Bostrom + CEO Update:
A Dynamic Partnership!

Bostrom + CEO Update: A Dynamic Partnership!

Bostrom is honored to be the signature sponsor of the CEO Update LIVE 2019 series.

We are proud to support and champion this special community of dynamic leaders dedicated to the field of association management. If you joined us for the CEO Update LIVE breakfast on September 10, you heard veteran CEOs and executive recruiters discuss the exposure executives should seek to enhance their skill-sets, what attributes are best matched to the C-suite, and how to navigate through the career challenges that all association leaders face. If you were unable to enjoy these distinguished leaders’ panel, we missed you and look forward to connecting during the final LIVE event of 2019!

To continue the discussion, Bostrom created a video to guide those wishing to position themselves as a strategic leader and trusted advisor with her/his Board of Directors and Board Chair. We understand that three-quarters of CEOs hired in the last two years have no corner office experience and are first-time chief executives. Whether this describes you or not, through our agile association executive leadership experience, we identified the skills outlined in the video are essential for success. We believe this guidance will be instrumental as you create your career path and navigate its course to the C-suite.

Bostrom is a boutique firm providing tailored, personalized services built upon a close-knit culture of diverse and talented people, delivering cutting-edge, long-term solutions with proven results. Bostrom is passionate about and dedicated to transforming organizations through client experience, culture and value. Bostrom is an AMC leader that thinks like a start-up – constantly innovating; embracing disruption and transforming associations. Let’s discuss how we can help move your organization’s mission forward!


In keeping with CEO Update LIVE’s September 10, 2019 breakfast meeting, Skills for the C-Suite, we at Bostrom wish to recommend the characteristics, qualities and skills needed to make it to (and stay in) the C-suite based on our association management leadership experience. We believe the answer is to position yourself as a trusted advisor.

  • What exposure should executives seek to gain the “right” experience?
  • What characteristics are best suited to the C-suite?
  • How to best navigate the toughest problems facing all association leaders.
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What is your Employer Value Proposition? Once you are in the C-suite, attracting, retaining, and properly utilizing talent is the most important factor in CEO performance and association performance.

CEOs need to focus on strengthening their Employee Value Proposition to attract the best talent and minimize the disruption and cost of talent “jumping ship.” Bostrom can help you in your CEO role – we use a multi-faceted approach to help associations develop sound human resource plans:

  • Develop an Employee Value Proposition plan that is an integral part of an association’s strategy, with top management involvement, leadership support and active HR oversight
  • Conduct a thorough staffing analysis then develop a talent development strategy and implementation plan

In addition to these planning-oriented human capital services, Bostrom offers support services to assist in implementation and ongoing management:


  • CEO/Executive Director succession plans
  • Interim Executive Director services
  • CEO/Executive Director and senior staff coaching
  • Executive search assistance (advice and sourcing)