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W407: Why Futures-Thinking Helps Leaders Make Better Decisions Today


How can you and your volunteer leaders best prepare for ongoing environmental ambiguity and unexpected developments? By constantly scanning for weak signals and adopting a future-oriented mindset. Hear from four experienced association executives who have benefited from embracing and integrating futures-thinking throughout their associations. This wide-ranging conversation will cover key points such as how to proactively lead your board and staff colleagues toward a futures mindset; the power and importance of creating a future-focused organizational culture, overcoming resistance to change, and much more!



  • – Learn how you and your volunteer leaders can best prepare for environmental ambiguity and unexpected developments.
  • – Learn how to proactively lead your board toward a futures mindset.
  • – Learn the power and importance of scenario planning.
  • – Learn about contingency planning and risk mitigation; and much more!

INSTRUCTORS: Kristine Metter, CAE, President at Crystal Lake Partners LLC; Donté P. Shannon, FASAE, CAE, Non-profit Exec. | Strategist | Public Speaker | Author, PMA Nonprofit Leadership and Vista Cova; Lindsay Currie, CAE, Executive Officer, Council on Undergraduate Research; and Melody Jordan-Carr, Vice President, Membership Operations, American Trucking Associations: The Center for Association Leadership 

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