CEO/Volunteer Leader Workshop

Strengthening the Leadership Partnership and Building High-Performance Governance

May 2, 2022 | 1:00 - 5:45 PM Education; 6:15 - 8:00 PM Reception/Dinner
May 3, 2022 | 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM Education

Renaissance Austin Hotel
9721 Arboretum Blvd. 
Austin, TX 78759


The CEO/Volunteer Leader Workshop provides an educational and relationship-building experience for CEOs/Executive Directors and volunteer leaders. This interactive workshop provides CEOs/Executive Directors and volunteer leaders an opportunity to reach a common understanding of roles, responsibilities, and relationships in association governance and strategy. Participants will leave the session with a collaboratively developed plan of action to enhance board performance.

Sessions will include the following modules:

  • Networking Evolution: Building Stronger Relationships and Connections
  • Board of Directors Excellence
  • Adaptive Strategy Approach
  • Strategy Outside the Plan
  • Listening with Intent
  • Governance of the Future
  • Reflections & Priorities


Monday, May 2

12:30 PM

Registration Opens

1:00 - 3:30 PM

Educational Programming

3:30 - 3:45 PM


3:45 - 5:45 PM

Educational Programming

5:45 - 6:15 PM


6:15 - 8:00 PM

Networking Dinner

Tuesday, May 3

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Education Session

10:00 AM-10:15 AM 


10:15 AM-12:00 PM

Educational Sessions

12:00 PM

Event Ends

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About the Speaker:

Lowell Aplebaum, FASAE, CAE, CPF
Lowell is the CEO and Strategy Catalyst of Vista Cova – a company that partners with organizations on strategic visioning and planning, creating stronger stakeholder connections, and reimagining value and engagement. As an IAF Certified™ Professional Facilitator, Lowell frequently provides dynamic sessions to organizations - getting volunteers, members, and staff involved through experiential learning approaches. 

After starting his career in the informal education realm, over the course of more than a decade, Lowell has worked inside associations on membership and value, volunteer leadership establishment and growth, professional development and learning, global alliance-building, communications and marketing, online and in-person communities, operations, finance, HR, and staff oversight. After serving as the Chief Operating Officer for a medical association, Lowell founded Vista Cova – returning to his passion of facilitating for and partnering with volunteer leaders, members, and staff. 

Lowell currently serves on the ASAE Research Committee and is a past Chair for the overseeing commission for the Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential. He chaired ASAE’s Task Force on CEO Pathways, and previously served as Chair for ASAE’s Component Relations Council. He is the creator of a master-level learning series, Through the CEO Lens, and Association Charrette – a co-creation retreat experience. He is the co-Executive Editor and Contributing Author for ASAE’s Component Relations Handbook, 2nd edition, and contributed chapters to the latest versions of Professional Practices of Association Management as well as Membership Essentials. He is a mentor for ASAE’s Diversity Executive Leadership Program and recently served as a facilitator for ASAE’s Centennial Recognition Task Force. His work on global efforts for associations includes experience across five continents, hundreds of volunteer groups, and all 50 states in the U.S. 

Lowell also volunteers as a platelet donor and social media solicitor for the American Red Cross and is a member of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Brewers Ball organizing committee. Lowell has a B.A. in Sociology from Columbia University and utilizes the knowledge he gained from his M.A. in Education to volunteer and tutor students with learning disabilities. Lowell resides in Maryland where his 10-year-old son and twin 8-year-old girls keep the house full of laughter.

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