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What is the Executive Seminar?

The Executive Seminar is designed to strengthen and further develop executive level skills that are transferable across all organizations and companies.

What does ACA Illinois Consider an Executive Level Skill?

ACA Illinois considers an Executive Level Skill to be a combination of skills that are demonstrated/used in an executive level position. These may include high-level finance, customer service, strategic planning, governance, fund development, people development, organizational change, and more.

What is Considered an Executive in this Context?

Every organization titles their positions differently. For the context of the Executive Seminar, executives typically meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Is the CEO/Executive Director or owner of the organization/company or an equivalent position, OR
  • Has direct involvement in organizational decision making on matters related to goals, strategic planning, governance, finance, and/or funds development, OR
  • Aspires to work towards becoming an executive in the future.

Who should attend the Executive Seminar?

Current and aspiring executives of any organization, camp directors/owners, and managers. Please note that this program is designed for experienced professionals.

Who are the faculty?

Each year, ACA Illinois identifies faculty who are subject matter experts in their field and provide our attendees with current information that will increase their understanding and executive skills on the topic. Faculty must have extensive knowledge of their subject matter, documented experience & expertise as an executive within their subject matter, and be experienced with training/educating adult learners.

2023 Executive Seminar

This year’s Executive Seminar is themed around legal considerations and laws facing camps and organizations. Staying up to date on these topics will help strengthen your organization's risk management, human resources, and overall goals - particularly around Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion.

Register Today!

Topics Will Include:

  • Updates, trends, and new labor & employment laws for both year round and seasonal employment.
  • What organizations need to know about legal implications of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion strategies and how to protect the work of DEI and the organization.

This is a must attend seminar! Spend the day gaining essential knowledge that will help you run your organization efficiently and effectively. If you hire and manage employees - either year round or seasonal - this is the event for you!

Who Should Attend?

This event has been carefully curated to serve the needs of executive and senior leaders in both nonprofit and for profit organizations. Managers or professionals who hire and manage employees are also encouraged to attend.

Aspiring executives and managers are invited to attend, however should be aware that the content is at an experienced level.

Meet the 2023 Executive Seminar Faculty: Nathan Breen, Esq.

Nathan J. Breen is a partner with Howe & Hutton, Ltd. Nathan serves as counsel to national and international trade associations across a wide variety of industries providing guidance in the areas of association governance, antitrust, intellectual property, certification and accreditation, ANSI standards, information technology, hospitality, employment law, and risk management. He has twice served as the Chair of the Trade and Professional Associations Committee of the Chicago Bar Association. Nathan has taught courses in hospitality law both in person and online as an adjunct professor at Lexington College and Kendall College. He earned his undergraduate degree from DePaul University and his Juris Doctorate from The John Marshall Law School (now University of Illinois Chicago School of Law). Nathan is a member of the Chicago Bar Association and the American Society of Association Executives and is admitted to practice in Illinois and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Register Early. Space is limited and expected to sell out! Click here to register today!

Pre-registration is required. Walk-Ins will not be accepted. Registration closes Sunday, October 12, 2023.

Event Registration Fee Levels

Early Bird - ends September 15, 2023

ACA Illinois Members: $75

DFI Title XX Partners: $75

ACA Member: $85

Non Members: $99

September 16 to October 13, 2023

ACA Illinois Members: $95

DFI Title XX Partners: $95

ACA Member: $105

Non Members: $125

Special Rate for ACA Illinois Summer 2023 Onsite Visitors: $50*

To receive this rate, please email to request rate. Only for individuals who participated as an onsite Visitor for ACA Illinois during summer 2023 qualify. Deadline to register under this rate is September 15, 2023. This rate is non transferable to another individual.

Location/Style of Event

This live event will take place in-person.

The Fine Print

You must pay for this event at time of registration. If you would like to pay by invoice/check, please contact prior to registering.

By registering and attending an ACA Illinois event or meeting, virtually or in-person you are agreeing to all the event policies listed here. These policies include the photo release, refund, link sharing, Code of Conduct, and other relative policies.

Past Executive Seminars

2022 Executive Seminar

Camp isn’t that much different from Disney World; the culture we build at our organizations is based on who you are, how you “do” the work, and how you serve campers and caregivers (i.e. your customers). And just like at Disney, Lee credits creating “magic” in our careers, organizations, and lives to four core concepts: leadership, customer service, culture, and management. In this exclusive, 2-day Executive Seminar, participants will explore the Disney Parks & Resorts Service Model, practical leadership strategies, and effective career advancement practices that Lee has established throughout his career.

Topics Included:

Gaining a deeper understanding of essential customer service philosophies and how we can apply them to our camps and organizations;

How to become outstanding, intentional leaders using real-life examples, time management tools, and common sense approaches that can help improve your recruitment strategies and enhance your employees performance and retention; and

Discovering key elements of planning for career advancement, including: juggling personal and professional expectations, and how to continue having a fulfilling and meaningful career that you’re passionate about.

Meet the 2022 Executive Seminar Faculty:

Lee retired after a career as the Executive Vice President of Operations for Walt Disney World Resort and holding additional positions with Disneyland Paris, Marriott, and Hilton. Lee is the best-selling author of four books on leadership, management, and world-class customer service. Click here to learn more about Lee!

Mailing Address:

American Camp Association, Illinois   I   PO Box 5412, Evanston, IL 60204

Mailing Address:

American Camp Association, Illinois

5 S Wabash Ave

Suite 1406

Chicago, IL 60603

Phone: 312-332-0833



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