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Association Leadership Development

Ready to be a rock star leader? Our Leadership Development opportunities are laser-focused on association leaders – board members, emerging leaders, Executive Committee members and volunteers ready to go to the next level. We offer full day programs, Peer Advisory Groups and a 6 month program with a revenue sharing component.

About the program

With a combined 50+ years of experience working closely with associations, we have discovered that just one poor performing or dysfunctional Board Member or key leader can disrupt plans and goals, delay sustainable success for an association and derail impact.

The purpose of the Association Leadership Development Program is to close the gap between commitment and expertise among association volunteers. We prepare emerging leaders for productive, effective service in the near-term. 

Associations are dependent on mature, professional members who are competent to provide volunteer leadership at the Board and Committee level. Often, we find volunteer leaders who are either:

  • Not engaged fully but who desire to remain in leadership roles;
  • Not skilled to navigate the landmine of challenges within associations;
  • Not in volunteer roles that are aligned with their own individual strengths or not personally or professionally mature enough to put their own agenda and self-interest aside to engage in what is best for the association.

Our goal is to eliminate the 80/20 rule - let's get 80% of members engaged in the association so the results are not generated by only 20% of your leaders who are often at risk for burnout. 


Our curriculum includes governance (foundational training and board effectiveness/dynamics), accountability, communication and building alignment at all levels of the association while ensuring that everyone's strengths align with their volunteer role. Our methods have propelled the growth of organizations of all sizes and complexity since 1995, usually by a factor of 2-3x in revenues, reserves and impact.

Association leaders who step up, speak up and grow their membership revenues, reserves and impact!

About the Presenters

This program is presented in collaboration with Conni Ingallina of SOS Association Management Solutions and Katharine Halpin of The Halpin Companies. 

Conni Ingallina is the owner of SOS-Association Management Solutions, an Association Management Company (AMC). SOS is the only accredited AMC in Arizona. Her path to starting an AMC was circuitous, starting as a bassoon major in college, leading to an extensive background in business and business management, including financial, marketing and the automotive industry. For the past 24 years she has been managing professional, trade and nonprofit associations on a local, regional and national level. In this capacity, SOS acts as a Professional Advisor and service provider to its clients. Conni is quite active in the nonprofit sector, including as past Board Member and Treasurer of the Arizona Society of Association Executives, a current member of the AMC Institute and the inaugural chair of their newly formed Community Engagement Committee, a current member of the Arizona Advisory Committee for the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, a past member of the National Bank of Arizona’s NonProfit Advisory Board and Past President of the USAFA Arizona Parents Club. She is a 2011 graduate of the Athena Power Link Program. Currently, she serves as the Executive Director of the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations as well as the President and CEO for SOS. Conni is the Co-Founder of the Association Leadership Program Certificate and she and Katharine deliver a variety of leadership development programs to Associations across the globe.

Katharine Halpin is the CEO and founding principal of The Halpin Companies, Inc., a 24-year old management-consulting firm based in Phoenix that has clients across the Globe. She is the author of Alignment for Success: Bringing Out the Best in Yourself, Your Teams and Your Company published in 2014 and the Respond, Not React Playbook, published in 2017 (both available on Amazon). Katharine helps leaders create work environments where innovation thrives and drives organic growth. After a career as a practicing CPA, Katharine formed her consulting firm to fill a void she saw everyday. She helps leaders focus on the people aspects of growing their companies, not just the financial and legal aspects. Katharine has been profiled in the Phoenix Business Journal and interviewed in numerous publications, including Forbes.com, Fast Company.com, Inc.com, the Financial Times of London, The Wall Street Journal, Chief Executive Magazine, CMS Wire, Journal of Accountancy, Carrier Management, the Healthcare Finance Managers Association Journal, The Arizona Republic, and the Arizona Business Gazette. Katharine is the Co-Founder of the Association Leadership Program Certificate and she and Conni deliver a variety of leadership development programs to Associations across the globe.

How to Participate

1) Association Leadership Professional Certificate Program (ALPC)

This is a revenue-sharing opportunity with your association as your Board hand-picks applicants and we work together to get them prepared for ongoing leadership for your association.

INTERESTED? Contact Conni or Katharine for more information.

2) Join the Association Leader Peer Advisory Group 

This is a group of association peers that meet monthly via a virtual call and gives you an opportunity to interact with other Association leaders from across the country. These sessions will be focused on YOUR association needs and as we share with other associations, get ideas, share tools and resources that benefit everyone and have access to a peer group that knows what you are experiencing. Katharine and Conni lead these groups with tools and ideas to help develop great leadership for your association.

Peer Advisory Groups take place on the 2nd Wednesday of every month. The Peer Advisory Group is $150 per month and will include a group discussion, challenge presentations, Q&A session and access to other resources. 

Ready to commit to a group of peers that want to rock leadership?  This is for you.  We meet monthly with plenty of resources, tools and the opportunity to work through YOUR association issues.  

CLICK HERE to Become a Peer Advisory Group Member Today!

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