I belong to a lot of organizations, and none come remotely close to the quality of the networking at The Conference Board, the seniority of the networking, and the quality of the peer relationships. This is my premier professional development. It’s the one I esteem the most and hold onto the hardest.
People are quick to compare this to CEB. There’s no comparison. They do benchmarking and data analytics, but there’s less interactivity. They don’t bring people together.
Patrick Carpenter, VP, Communications, Materion
The Conference Board plays a really critical role in terms of what’s going on in the world. We’re here today with our functional hats on. But we can’t serve our companies without knowing what’s going on in the wider world. The Conference Board does a great job of bringing in other issues, topics, and relevant information. The size of the group is good, and the confidential discussions amongst one’s peers are priceless.
Maril MacDonald, Founder and CEO, Gagen MacDonald
The informal, very candid exchange is why you don’t want to miss the meetings. We’ve formalized our “round robins” so that candid information sharing is an institutional tradition.
Barie Carmichael, Senior Counselor, APCO Worldwide
I’m working on my third year with my Council. My company’s always been very supportive of training—seminars, plus we have a robust internal training mechanism. But there’s a point in your career where the returns on that diminish. I tend not to do any other training or education now beyond my Council membership.
Originally I was skeptical of the “no rules, but everything stays in the room” way the Council operates. But it really is a safe place for me to talk about my challenges.
I report to the General Counsel at our company. He’s a man who doesn’t like to sit in meetings. But he’s a member at The Conference Board. He said his experiences with The Conference Board are the only impactful and actionable professional experiences he’s ever found.
Michelle Goret, VP Communication, Cintas
The Conference Board Councils has, for years, been a safe and healthy environment to crystallize thinking and learn fast in order to redress the ignorance chasm.
John Dodds, Senior Member, The Sharp End LLC