CAE-Approved Education

Deborah Borak, CDS, CMM, SMMC, Vice President/Team Director at ConferenceDirect, taught about meeting and event contracts and negotiations.

Deborah Borak, CDS, CMM, SMMC, Vice President/Team Director at ConferenceDirect, taught about meeting and event contracts and negotiations.




Civica is an approved provider of Certified Association Executive credential credits*.

We welcome our friends in the association community to our CAE education. Please check this page for pending events.


March Coffee & CAE Event

Keeping it Legal: Avoiding Association Liability

This session will offer attendees one CAE credit upon completion

Register Here

Cara Lawrence, Partner, Tierney Lawrence LLC

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

8:15 AM – Registration
8:30-9:30 AM – Breakfast & Programming
9:30-9:45 AM – Q&A

2851 South Parker Road

Tower 1, Lower Level Conference Room

Aurora, CO 80014

Program Description:
As tax-exempt entities, associations face unique legal issues. Understanding all of these issues and how to navigate them can be difficult. Sometimes we don’t even know a legal situation exists until it arises unexpectedly. As was the case with a board of directors for a national association who confronted a potential elections problem (potentially to result in expulsion from the board) and looked to association staff to provide guidance. Or, a state association board of directors considering the rejection of a membership application for a potential member, also seeking staff recommendations. As association staff, we need at the very least to be aware of these areas of potential legal exposure and liability and know where to find answers. 

Cara Lawrence, Partner with Tierney Lawrence LLC, will cover five legal issues as well as the hierarchy of law and where to seek answers.  


  • What is a 501c(6) according to Internal Revenue Code

  • Hierarchy of law: Federal trumps state, state trumps bylaws…

  • Federal and state regulatory agencies that oversee non-profits

Resignation, Discipline and Termination

  • Membership

  • Elections/Leadership

The Impact of Anti-Trust Laws

  • What is it?

  • Membership Restrictions and Terminations

  • Other areas of impact

Legal Liability for use of photos, videos and music

  • At conferences

  • On social media

Overview of the New Colorado Privacy Act
Q&A: Ask the Attorney (10 minutes)

$5.00 to cover cost of food and drink

Contact Krista Matthews at

April Coffee & CAE Event

This session will offer attendees one CAE credit upon completion

Registration will open in the coming weeks!

Mike Michalowicz, author of Profit First

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

12:00-1:00 PM MT

LIVE Webinar (on-demand recording available after webinar)

Mike Michalowicz will teach NFPs the simple process to converting Profit First into the Purpose First system.

  • Learn how to create an organization that delivers on its purpose, without sacrificing the organization itself.

  • Discover the simple system for managing restricted and non-restricted funds.

  • Master the process managing cash flow using the "small plate" method.

  • Walk out with actionable tools so that you can immediately improve the financial health of your NFP. 

More information will be posted in the coming weeks!


January 23, 2019: Planning Smarter: Tips & Tricks To More Engaged Members, Higher Revenue and a Better Bottom Line
November 29, 2018: HR UNDERCOVER: Insights into Turning the Tide on Bad Hires and High Turnover
October 24, 2018: Coffee, Contracts & CAE

*A CAE Approved Provider is an organization that has formally registered with the CAE program and committed to providing education that meets the CAE Commission’s standards for helping individuals earn or maintain the Certified Association Executive credential. CAE Approved Providers have received guidance on such standards and pledged to properly represent course eligibility for CAE credit.

When selecting a CAE-eligible course from a CAE Approved Provider, CAEs and CAE candidates can be confident that the course will be recognized for CAE credit as advertised. The CAE program encourages candidates and CAEs to consider qualifying courses from CAE Approved Providers to meet the professional development requirements to earn or maintain the CAE credential.