2021 Chapter Leadership Conference

2021 Chapter Leadership Conference


CLC attendees


The CAMFT Leadership Conference bring over 150 Chapter leaders together from our 28 chapters across the state to network with colleagues and attend workshops geared towards the successful maintenance and growth of their chapters.



To be announced by August 2021.



  • 2022 Chapter Board Members and Committee Chairs
  • 2021-2022 Chapter Advisory Council Members
  • 2021-2022 CAMFT State Board Members



“You’re not going to want to miss this amazing event next year! Excitement, interactive, fun, and informative.“

“By attending the CLC , Chapter Leaders will have an opportunity to network, ask questions and gain ideas about their role as well as the function of local CAMFT Chapters.“

“Learn how to grow your chapter and get the information you need to set your chapter up for success.”“

“You will be inspired, and will learn a lot! “

“It connects us to a larger purpose and gives us tools to increase the success of our chapter."

“Networking opportunities and best practices are unmatched.“

“Learn more about how CAMFT is here for us. Some inspirational presentations. Learning opportunities for your area/role. Meeting others in your role from other chapters.“

CLC attendees


There is no charge for Chapter Leaders, CAMFT Board members, and Chapter Advisory Council members to attend the Conference, but Pre-Registration is required. Registration for the 2022 Conference will open in October 2021.




12:00 Noon – 1:00 pm

“Pre-Conference Welcome”
Join us as we kick-off the conference at a meet and greet with the CAMFT State Board and Chapter Advisory Council members AND learn how to make the best of this VIRTUAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE! This is a fantastic session for new and returning leaders at it offers a quick overview of chapters’ responsibilities and a virtual tour of CAMFT resources and assistance available to chapter leaders.


3:00 pm – 3:50 pm

OPENING SESSION - “Maintain the Momentum for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion”
Mariama S. Boney, LMSW, CAE  
CEO of Achieve More LLC

The next normal requires us to go to the next level in our leadership. Now more than ever we must integrate and communicate diversity, equity, and inclusion in all that we do. And doing so in way that guides us to honor each other, preserve respect, practice with intentionality, and fine-tune the way build the future.

We will (i) explore strategies for communicating diversity, equity, inclusion in CAMFT chapter boards, events, Marketing, and social media, (ii) learn ways to yield the progress for diversity, equity, and inclusion success, and (iii) discover how to leverage your leadership for diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Don’t miss the live Q&A session with Mariama tomorrow at 12:15 pm.

3:50 pm - 4:00 pm


4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

“Health of Chapters and Awards Ceremony”
Dr. Nabil El- Ghoroury
Executive Director, CAMFT

Join Dr. El- Ghoroury, as he discusses the health of chapters and presents the Outstanding Chapter Leaders and Chapter Excellence Awards

5:15 pm - 6:30 pm

“Welcome Reception”

Grab a beverage and snack & join us for networking, games, prizes, and breakout room discussions with your peers throughout the state. The breakouts will host small groups to engage in a fun and collaborative exercise to crowdsource solutions to problems brought to the table, forge new connections and develop helpful resource lists.

8:00 am – 8:50 am

 “BYO Breakfast Discussion” (Optional)
Facilitated by the Chapter Advisory Council Members

 Early risers, this session is for you! Bring your breakfast to a lively open forum discussion. Start your day with a cup of joe and smiling faces!

9:00 am – 10:00 am “Pick My Brain“
Chapter representatives will share innovative programs and creative solutions for dealing with difficult situations, as well as what worked well for their chapters. Attendees will have an opportunity for Q&A.


10:00 am - 10:15 am


10:15 am – 11:00 am
Breakout sessions

1. How 4 “S” Words Can Transform Governance & Leadership”
Cynthia Mills, FASAE, CAE, CMC,  CPC, CCRC
Founder, President & CEO, The Leaders’ Haven

Governance can be an intimidating word – but it’s really about designing a clear picture to guide focus, lead people, understand behavior, influence outcomes, and tell compelling stories. Regardless of resources or size, people who come together with commitment and passion can have a tremendous impact. Together, we will learn how 4 simple words can help us remember how to govern effectively and why we say yes to taking it on!

We will (i) share an easy way to remember 4 key concepts that most complicated governing principles fit, (ii) understand the impact we each have as individual leaders within a board, and as a board in total and )iii) be effective regardless of numbers, size, or scope to create impact for those we serve.


2. “Recruiting and Retaining New Volunteers and Putting Them on a Path to Leadership: Strategies for Small, Mid-size, and Large Chapters”
Wesley Carr, Director of Stakeholder Engagement, Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society

 “During this session, an experienced member and volunteer engagement professional will provide an overview of proven strategies in the three Rs of volunteer management... Recruitment, Retention and Recognition. We will explore tactics to help expand your volunteer pool, how to pair the right person with the right opportunity, and ways to put your volunteers on a path to leadership roles. Whether a large chapter, a small chapter or anything in between, you will walk away with concepts that should help build upon your volunteer management system.”

You will explore (i) tactics to help expand and diversify your existing volunteer pool, (ii) strategies to keep your volunteers engaged and interested in other opportunities, and (iii) strategies to help prepare your volunteers to move into leadership roles.


3. "Finances - "Chapter Finances Made Easy"
Ron Hynum, Managing Director Finance and Operations, CAMFT

Large or small, a chapter must maintain accurate financial records, follow solid internal control procedures, be fully informed of current performance, and comply with governmental regulations. All collected funds must be deposited promptly, and payments must be made only after proper authorization and approval. We will learn (i) about your chapter’s organization or tax status, (ii) recordkeeping and reporting, (iii) tax filings, (iv) policies, and (v) how to protect yourself and your chapter!


4. “CE Provider Approval – Three Secrets of Your Chapter Revealed”
Mary Beth Muro,  CEPA Program Assistant, CAMFT

CAMFT Chapters have unique challenges in selecting speakers, so make sure to know how to handle them by attending the CEPA Chapter Three Secrets Revealed Session. In this revealing session, you will learn what is needed when a speaker approaches you with a course. This workshop will address your issues and provide advice, tools, and resources for how to manage and plan CE Programs to ensure that BBS Regulations and CEPA guidelines are met. Please bring any and all of your questions.

At the end of the course, participants will be able to (i) identify the three responsibilities of a chapter on selecting a qualified speaker, (ii) identify four ways a course is eligible for continuing education hour, and (iii) name two qualifications that a speaker must-have.

11:00 am - 11:15 am


11:15 am – 12:00 Noon

“Expanding Your Chapters Reach through Sponsors, Partners & Promotion”
Peggy Hoffman, FASAE, CAE , Mariner Management

Let’s tackle two ongoing challenges facing chapters: sponsor engagement and marketing chapter events. Hint: they are connected. When we create strong relationships with sponsors, we can bring that to more effective marketing. When we have creative marketing, we can draw in sponsors. We’ll share strategies and quick-win tips. Come for ideas and take-aways

We will (i) explore what drives sponsor value and how to tap into that to draw in sponsors, (ii) gain helpful tips and best practices on how to bring sponsors closer and keep them engaged in our organizations, and (iii) learn marketing tips to drive interest in events and activities.

Don’t miss the live Q&A session with Peggy at 12:15 pm

Noon - 12:15 pm


12:15 am – 1:00 pm

“Synthesis - Live Q&A”
Facilitated by Dr. Nabil El-Ghoroury

Join keynote speakers, Mariama S. Boney and Peggy Hoffman for an opportunity to answer your questions. Chapter diversity program representatives will also share their successes.


1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

“Optional Networking Session”
Want a chance to connect and chat about the great workshop content? Meet up to continue the discussion with your peers!



10:00 am – 12:30 pm

“Diversity: Difficult Dialogues with your Board”
Mariama S. Boney, LMSW, CAE
 CEO of Achieve More LLC

Attendees will have the opportunity to role-play various scenarios surrounding Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in breakout groups


Peggy HoffmanCommitted to maximizing results Mariama Boney, LMSW, CAE, celebrates over 20 years as an educational administrator, association executive, facilitator, and consultant, serving in four associations, five universities, and three non-profits. Mariama has also held diverse executive director and senior roles leading membership, volunteer leadership, regional affairs, and multicultural initiatives. She is a Diversity Executive Leadership Program Scholar (2008-2009), a licensed Social Worker in Virginia and Maryland, and is pursuing her Associate Certified Coach designation. As CEO of Achieve More, LLC, a small women and minority-owned consultancy, Mariama provides training and consulting in leadership, teams, diversity, equity, inclusion, and access. As an avid volunteer leader in the association community, her church, and past state president of Virginia College Personnel Association, her mission is to see executives advance and volunteer leaders succeed.



Wesley CarrWesley Carr has worked for membership associations, in component relations, for 25+ years. He currently serves as the director of stakeholder engagement at the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society, where he leads the chapter relations, volunteer management and membership departments.

He led the transition to a new chapter model that increased member engagement in chapter­ served regions and improved collaboration amongst and between chapters and headquarters. He also implemented a volunteer continuum that led to a 285% expansion of the volunteer pool, increasing member volunteerism from 6% to 20% within three years. Wesley currently serves on the Component Relations and Volunteer Management Council of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE).



Nabil El-Ghoroury, Ph.D., Executive DirectorNabil El-Ghoroury, PhD, CAE began as Executive Director of CAMFT in January 2018. He completed his doctorate in clinical psychology from Binghamton University, and practiced for 7 years at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland as a licensed psychologist. Prior to coming to CAMFT, he was an Associate Executive Director for the American Psychological Association, where he served as the director of the graduate student office. Nabil was recognized as an emerging association leader by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) when he was invited into the Diversity Executive Leadership Program (2016-2018 class). He has presented at numerous conferences (in English and in Spanish) on issues such as student development in psychology, professional and legal issues in the use of social media, and health/educational disparities in autism spectrum disorders. Nabil led student delegations on Capitol Hill for 8 years. He recently earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential, a certification that demonstrates wide knowledge of association management skills.


Peggy HoffmanPeggy Hoffman, FASAE, CAE is president of Mariner Management, an association management company where she also serves as executive director for PRSA Maryland. In addition to managing organizations, Peggy has provided training and counsel to dozens of global, national and local membership associations over the past 30 years. She often draws on her own team’s research on volunteerism, member communities and association innovation. Peggy not only enjoys working with association volunteers but is an active volunteer for her professional association and in the community so she’ll draw from experience on both levels. Read her full bio at MarinerManagement.com and connect with Peggy on Twitter @peggyhoffman or LinkedIn. And ask her about triathlons, dance or living with three sons.



Cynthia MillsCynthia Mills is Founder, President & CEO of The Leaders' Haven™, a consultancy that helps leaders & teams go beyond business as usual & continuously transform, so they can fulfill their true calling & exceed the expectations of the people they serve.™ Clients include small & family-owned businesses, corporations, associations, NGO's, 501 (c)3's & foundations, certification bodies & faith based communities. Nicknamed "The Board Whisperer" & "Chief Experience Officer" by clients, Cynthia relishes transformational journeys, shares her insights through The Leaders' View online TV show & is a best -selling author. The Leaders' Haven's 4 S's™ model for strategy, governance & leadership transforms leaders, businesses & organization’s.




Mary Beth MuroMary Beth Muro joined the CAMFT Team just over seven years ago, with the last five years working in the Continuing Education Provider Approval (CEPA) Department. Her responsibilities include working with applicants, providers, and chapters, assisting them through each step of the application and renewal process. Working with continuing education providers whose sole purpose is helping and educating others makes CAMFT a perfect fit for her. Mary Beth lives in North County; she volunteers her time and serves on the Board of Directors for Straight from the Heart, Inc., which provides resources for foster children and the people who care for them.




Ron Hynum is CAMFT’s Managing Director, Finance and Operations. Ron has over 25 years of accounting, business, and administrative experience. His overall responsibilities include budgeting, financial management and reporting, cost analysis for $5+M organization; investment portfolio management; preparation and management of the annual audit and production of all financial reports issued to the Board; and liaison with all benefits and insurance providers, bankers and fund managers. 


Recordings / Handouts

The State of CAMFT Chapters - Dr. Nabil El-Ghoroury, Executive Director

Awards Ceremony

Maintain the Momentum for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
with Mariama S. Boney, LMSW, CAE


How 4 "S" Words Can Transform Governance & Leadership
with Cynthia Mills, FASAE, CAE, CMC, CPC, CCRC


Recruiting and Retaining New Volunteers and Putting Them on a Path to Leadership
with Wesley Carr, Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society


Chapter Finances Made Easy
with Ron Hynum, Managing Director Finance and Operations, CAMFT


CE Provider Approval - Three Secrets of Your Chapter Revealed
with Mary Beth Muro, CEPA and CSP Program Coordinator 




Expanding Your Chapter Outreach Through Sponsors, Partners, Promotions
with Peggy Hoffman, FASAE, CAE, Mariner Management

Engaging Sponsors: CAMFT CLC Recap
with Peggy Hoffman, FASAE, CA, Mariner Management


Pick My Brain with CAMFT Chapter Leaders 
with Michele Champion, Chapter Relations Manager



More handouts and speaker presentation slides will be posted in mid-March.

CLC attendees


CAMFT will be recognizing chapters and chapter leaders for their 2021 accomplishments and achievements at the 2022 Leadership Conference (More information to follow.)







Outstanding Leaders
The Outstanding Chapter LEADER Award is presented to one member of each chapter for exemplary service and commitment. This individual is nominated by their entire chapter board, so please designate only one nominee per chapter.

The Chapter EXCELLENCE Award
This award is presented to chapter boards in 5 categories:

  • Best Chapter Management
  • Best Marketing Practices
  • Best Community Involvement and Outreach
  • Best Membership Development, and
  • Best Financial Management.

Award recipients will receive a $250 stipend. Each of the five (5) award categories are available for a chapter with a small (1- 100), medium (101-250), or large (251+) membership. Therefore, you are ALL encouraged to consider nominating your chapter.

The Nomination Guide contains information about the Awards Ceremony, Categories, Criteria, How to Apply/Nominate, and Chapter Stipends.




Click here to view complete conference disclaimers.

CAMFT is approved for CE hours by: CAMFT is recognized as a CE Provider by the Board of Behavioral Sciences for LMFTs, LEPs, LPCCs, and LCSWs (16 C.C.R. §1887.4.3(3)(D)); Provider Approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (Provider# CEP 4046) for number of contact hours and the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP-EI Provider #1S-95-319-1021). Pre-licensed members and associates may earn hours of experience for attending CAMFT workshops as approved by their supervisors.

Presenter Opinions and Sensitive Materials Disclaimer: Some workshops may include highly sensitive material. Presenters may express a wide variety of opinions and views which do not necessarily represent the opinions and views of CAMFT and/or you as an individual. The presenters were selected because of their expertise in their respective subject areas and to provide you with a diversity of views on a variety of topics to enhance your conference experience.

The CAMFT Education and Planning Committee selects and approves continuing education presenters and programs based on the information provided to the Committee by the workshop presenters. The Committee cannot be in attendance at all workshops to ensure that the information delivered is as described in the applications submitted to the Committee. The material and modalities presented by CAMFT continuing education workshops reflect the views of the presenters and have been made available by CAMFT for educational and informational purposes only and not as professional advice for specific cases or circumstances.

Refunds/Cancellations: Requests for refunds must be made in writing and received by CAMFT one week prior to the conference start date. The Administrative fee for cancellation shall be $25 for each day of a paid registration. This fee will be deducted for cancellations through the cancellation deadline. There will be no refunds on requests received after 11:59 p.m. exactly one-week prior to the event start date.

Special Needs: Facilities are accessible to persons with disabilities. If you have a special need and plan to attend the conference, please contact CAMFT at 858-292-2638. Special needs requests will be fulfilled if received at least 2 weeks prior to the event start date.

Consent to Use of Photographic and Video Images: CAMFT and its affiliates may be photographing, videotaping, audiotaping or webcasting CAMFT meetings, activities, and CAMFT-sponsored events. Registration, attendance at, and/or participation at any of these events constitute an agreement by the registrant or attendee to these activities and to the use and distribution of the registrant’s or attendee’s image, likeness, or voice in photographs, videotapes, electronic reproductions, and audiotapes.

Fragrance Sensitivity: To keep the environment free from unnecessary irritants, participants are asked to refrain from wearing heavily scented perfumes, colognes, or other products.

Anti-Harrassment Policy: CAMFT is committed to ensuring a safe and welcoming environment for all participants at its meetings or events. We expect all participants at a CAMFT meeting or event to abide by this Anti-Harassment Policy in all venues, including ancillary events and official and unofficial social gatherings:

  • Exercise consideration and respect in your speech and actions.
  • Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behavior and speech.
  • Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants.
  • Alert community leaders if you notice harassment


Unacceptable behavior from any participant at a CAMFT meeting or event, including attendees, sponsors, exhibitors, contractors, volunteer leaders, vendors, venue staff, and anyone with decision-making authority, will not be tolerated.

If a participant engages in unacceptable behavior, CAMFT may take any action they deem appropriate, including removal from a CAMFT meeting or event (without refund) at which the harassment occurred. Egregious violations will result in more severe sanctions.