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Leadership Institute - Hit the Ground Running
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Bill Pawlucy, President, Association Options, takes participants through key “to-do’s” for new presidents to enjoy strong, successful starts with their associations.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Speak to the tactics for ensuring an elected Board President’s first 100 days are productive in order to set the stage for a successful year.
  2. Communicate best practices to their elected Board President for working with staff and committees effectively.
  3. Assist their Chief Elected Officer in the development of his or her Presidential Platform.
  4. Discuss the symbiotic relationship between both staff and the volunteer leadership.
  5. Share best practices for managing communications between the President and staff and the President and other volunteer leaders as well as managing the message of the organization and tying it to mission statement.



You are preparing for an incoming President. The time to start planning is at least sixty days before their term begins. There’s a lot to be done - from planning to appointments, this course intends to be of help.  This course, based on the book “The President’s First 100 Days: Hit the Ground Running” is designed to provide you and your incoming Chief Elected Officer with traction at the start of their term and plenty of momentum to last the year.


  1. Developing a Presidential Platform
  2. The People – Symbiotic Relationship between Staff and Volunteer Leadership
  3. Communication
    1. Healthy Communications between Volunteer Leaders, Chief Elected Officer and Staff
    2. Managing the Association’s Messaging
  4. Planning – Preparing the Chief Elected Officer for their Term
    1. Exercise: Working with the Chief Elected Officer to develop their Presidential Platform
    2. Review of Resources Available
  5. Self-Study: The President’s First 100 Days: Hit the Ground Running
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