Leadership / Legislative Conference

Adapt. Evolve. Improve. That’s our official 2021 theme. Our Members, our Chapters, our Leadership, and our Organization have evolved. And our 2021 Leadership/Legislative Conference, September 12-14, will provide you the opportunity to continue your evolution.

Engage in interactive programs, workshops, breakout sessions, and entertaining networking experiences designed specifically for aspiring, current, and sustaining club industry leaders. Come together live and in person to celebrate our successes and share our challenges at The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC.
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September 12–14, 2021

Future Events:
September 12-14, 2022
The Mayflower Hotel, Washington, DC


This category is available to current CMAA members and club management professional non-members and includes education sessions, continental breakfasts, refreshment breaks, the Monday Awards lunch, the Sunday and Monday evening event tickets, and all program materials.

CMAA Members: $695 / Non-Members: $945


This category includes education sessions, continental breakfasts, refreshment breaks, the Monday Awards lunch, the Sunday and Monday evening event tickets, and all program materials.

CMAA Managing Directors: $425


This category is specifically designed for the significant other/guest of Member registrant and does not include access to education sessions. The social event package includes access to continental breakfasts, refreshment breaks, the Monday Awards lunch, and the Sunday and Monday evening events.

Significant Other / Guest with Member Event Package: $300


12:00 p.m.
Registration opens at the hotel

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Develop Your Leadership Voice
Holly Moore

Everyone speaks…but not everyone is heard. In today’s work environment, it’s more important than ever for every voice around the table at your organization to feel deeply heard, valued, and respected. Can you imagine a team of people who are self-aware, know how to communicate well, and are able to bring their best to the table every day? What would that do for your culture? For productivity? Creating that kind of culture is possible when team members discover their leadership voice and know how to leverage the unique contribution they can make.

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
CMAA Business Session

  • 2022 Board of Directors Candidates Forum
  • State of the Association Address with Jeff Morgan, FASAE, CAE
  • Town Hall with the 2021 CMAA Board of Directors

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Networking Reception at the Metropolitan Club of Washington DC

Take in the sights and sounds of the Nation’s Capital at the Metropolitan Club of the City of Washington, one of Washington's oldest and most valued private institutions. Since its founding in 1863, it has pursued its primary goal of furthering "literary, mutual improvement, and social purposes." Today, the Club continues to attract distinguished members from around the world. The Clubhouse, which opened in 1908, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is a District of Columbia historic landmark and now features stellar views of the city from its newly added rooftop terrace.

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast and Royal Cup Coffee Lounge

8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Leadership Address: What 80’s Pop Culture Teaches Us About Today’s Workplace
Chris Clews

Ah the 1980s. A magical time for creativity, invention, individuality, and pop culture that taught us valuable workplace lessons. Wait? What was that last one? Workplace lessons? The best lessons for our workplace and our lives often come from the most unexpected of places and the era of parachute pants, padded shoulders, neon, and members-only jackets most certainly qualifies. So, is '80s pop culture really imbued with timeless lessons for leaders? Yes! In this interactive session, you’ll hear some totally awesome leadership and workplace lessons from Jeff Spicoli in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Prince Akeem from Coming to America, John Bender in The Breakfast Club, a musician who loved the color purple, and more '80s pop culture characters and icons.

10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Chapter Management Breakouts – Session A

CMAA’s National Team will share best practices for chapter management areas. Meet your HQ liaison and get the full 411.

11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Chapter Management Breakouts – Session B

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Awards Lunch: Adapt, Evolve, Improve

Celebrate the 2021 Chapter Idea Fair and Chapter of the Year winners and get an update on The Club Foundation.

1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
The Bridge to Belonging: Building B.R.A.V.E. & Courageous Cultures
Jen Croneberger

3:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Legal Update
Margaret Scheele, Fisher & Phillips

7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Networking Event: Are You Ready for Some Football!?

The first game of Monday night football showcases the Baltimore Ravens visiting the Las Vegas Raiders, so let’s kick off the start of the NFL season together, Vegas style! There’ll be good food, engaging conversation, high-stakes gaming tables, and football watching. Wear your favorite team jersey and join your fellow CMAA leaders and colleagues as we cheer for an evening full of fun!

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast and Royal Cup Coffee Lounge

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Legislative Address
Amy Walter

Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of the Cook Political Report and popular on-air political analyst Amy Walter will take you on an insider’s tour of Washington through the eyes of the woman with her finger on the pulse of politics, expertly breaking down the electoral process, congressional culture, and the Washington political scene.

9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Tax Update
Edward Yoder, CPA, PBMares, LLP

10:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Chapter Success Begins with Best Practices and Ends with a Plan
Chris Coulter, CCM, McMahon Group, and Tom Wallace, CCM, CCE, of Kopplin, Kuebler & Wallace

As CMAA Chapters look to refresh/reset their focus on the future, they must ensure that they have effective leadership and strategy to do so. Chris Coulter, CCM, of the McMahon Group and Tom Wallace, CCM, CCE, of Kopplin, Kuebler & Wallace (KKW) will guide attendees through a best practices checklist and roadmap for enhanced Chapter leadership, board and committee dynamics, and operational successes. This 90-minute interactive session will provide insightful information and best practices that will help leaders evaluate and communicate their Chapter’s key initiatives and efforts regarding next-level planning and oversight.

12:15 p.m.

Event Details

The last day to book within the group block is Friday, August 27. Reserve now!

The Mayflower Hotel is a capital classic freshly rendered, a landmark hotel that brings timeless elegance and contemporary style to its role as a vibrant social hub - a Washington, D.C. original since 1925.

CMAA has arranged for a special rate of $289 plus applicable taxes. Check-in time is after 3:00 p.m. and check-out time is 12:00 noon.

Please note that all scheduled business and education sessions will take place at
The Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20036.

Hotel Cancellation Policy: The hotel has a 72-hour cancellation policy which means that any cancellations must be processed more than 72 hours prior to the arrival date to avoid a late cancellation fee in the amount of one night’s room and tax.

CMAA makes every effort to keep attendee expenses at the Leadership/Legislative Conference including registration fees and accommodation rates for the event as economical as possible. We work diligently to negotiate the best hotel rates and to make the best use of your registration dollars to keep the Conference affordable and accessible.

CMAA encourages all participants to reserve a room at The Mayflower Hotel; this supports not only the Conference, but also future meetings. While in some instances, less expensive accommodations may be available from third party online consolidators, booking within CMAA’s established block helps to underwrite the cost of meeting space and other hotel concessions. When commitments to our host property are not met, CMAA must pay penalties which will ultimately increase the cost of events.

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All registration cancellations and refund requests must be made in writing by the individual whose name appears on the registration. To be valid, submit all requests to CMAA Registration at cmaa.org/cancelevent.aspx. No refunds will be made after Friday, August 20. CMAA regrets that refunds will not be given for no-shows. Substitutions are gladly accepted; substitutions of registrations are permitted prior to the event. Only one substitution is permitted per original registrant. The individual submitting the substitution request is responsible for all financial obligations (any balance due) associated with the substitution. Badge sharing, splitting, and reprints are strictly prohibited.

Expected Conduct at CMAA Events: CMAA is dedicated to providing a safe, hospitable, inclusive, and productive environment for all participants at CMAA Events. CMAA has established minimum expectations of behavior for participants at all CMAA. Please review the policy. It is intended to supplement any other applicable CMAA policies, including the CMAA Code of Conduct and Ethics.

Stay tuned for information on downloading the official event app!

Attire & Weather
Attire for LLC is business casual, including both evening events. September temperatures in Washington, DC, average 80 degrees for the high with lows around 60 degrees.

Locations & Registration
Please note that all scheduled sessions will take place at The Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20036.

Registration opens at 12:00 noon in the Palm Court Ballroom, Lobby Level.

Programming begins at 2:30 p.m. with a leadership kick off followed by the CMAA Business Session at 4:00 p.m. in State Ballroom. View the complete schedule.

Special Events
The Networking Reception at the Metropolitan Club of Washington is a short, walk from the Mayflower. Dress for this event is business casual, no jeans please.
Please note:

  • Photography is prohibited inside the club.
  • No on-site parking is available.

Networking Event: Dress is casual and your favorite jersey is highly encouraged!

Monday and Tuesday Breakfast: Continental breakfast will be available both days beginning at 7:00 a.m. in the Palm Court Ballroom, Lobby Level, and programming begins at 8:00 a.m.

Visiting Washington DC
Don’t forget to make your plans for dinner following the welcome Networking Reception. Check out the great suggestions under Local Restaurant Recommendations within the App.

And don’t forget to tag #CMAALeaders on social media to join the conversation!

For any questions, please call CMAA at 703-739-9500. Travel safe!

Health and Safety

CMAA is monitoring the current COVID-19 and Delta variant situation and continues to work closely with our venues to work toward providing a more safe environment for attendees during the 2021 Leadership/Legislative Conference (LLC).

CMAA will adhere to all local regulations and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for all of our events, including the LLC.

As of July 31, the District of Columbia has mandated the use of masks in all indoor settings, regardless of an individual’s vaccination status. All LLC attendees should be prepared to comply with the indoor mask mandate.

  • Attendance at the LLC is voluntary. By attending, attendees assume all risks and accepts sole responsibility for any injury (including, but not limited to, personal injury, disability, and death), illness, damage, loss, claim, liability, or expense, of any kind, that attendee may experience or incur in connection with attending the LLC. By registering for the event, attendee hereby releases, covenants not to sue, discharges, and holds harmless CMAA, its employees, agents, and representatives, of and from any such claims, including all liabilities, claims, actions, damages, costs, or expenses of any kind arising out of or relating thereto.
  • Specifically relating to the global COVID-19 pandemic, attendee acknowledges the highly contagious nature of COVID-19 and voluntarily assumes the risk of exposure or infection by attending the LLC., and that such exposure or infection may result in personal injury, illness, disability, and/or death to attendee. Attendee understands that the risk of becoming exposed to or infected by COVID-19 at the LLC may result from the actions, omissions, or negligence of others who may attend the event or their families, colleagues, or others with whom they may have contact. Accordingly, attendee understands and agrees that this release includes any claims based on the actions, omissions, or negligence of CMAA, its employees, agents, and representatives, whether a COVID-19 infection occurs before, during, or after participation in the LLC.
  • All people planning to attend should be mindful of their health status and should not travel to the event if they have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days, are waiting for their COVID-19 test results, have COVID-19 symptoms, or have been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for or who has symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
  • Additionally, CMAA recommends all attendees familiarize themselves with and comply with travel guidelines issued by the CDC when traveling to/from the Washington, DC area.
  • During the event, all attendees should abide by and engage in appropriate health and safety conduct including, but not limited to, posted signs, placards, and verbal requests, wearing masks properly, engaging in physical distancing as appropriate, and engaging in hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette.
  • Onsite, if an attendee develops symptoms consistent with COVID-19, such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, they should immediately seek medical assistance and notify event organizers.

Based on current contact tracing advice from health authorities, if you test positive for COVID-19 up to 14 days after the event, please notify CMAA via email at cmaa@cmaa.org.

Any changes to these policies will be communicated promptly to all attendees.

Chapter Idea Fair
The 2021 Chapter Idea Fair competition will be held during the Leadership/Legislative Conference. Entries will be accepted online until August 23, 2021. Winning chapters will be recognized at LLC for their achievement.

CMAA will print your entries for you. You do not need to print and ship them.
Entries should be submitted electronically, no later than August 23.

Download Submission Details
General Info
2020 Entries