2019 ASCE Presidents and Governors Forum
On September 22-22, 2019, 107 Section and Branch Presidents, Region Governors and Society Directors from across
the country and abroad attended the annual Presidents and Governors Forum (PGF) in Reston, VA at ASCE
Headquarters. This Leader Training Committee sponsored event provided opportunities for attendees to learn about
ASCE resources, network with other ASCE leaders, and develop skills that would benefit their Sections and Branches.
The program began on Sunday, with an icebreaker followed by several sessions including an “Introduction to your
Presidency,” “How to Utilize your Governors,” “An Introduction to Region 10,” “Leadership in the Century of
Disruption” by ASCE Distinguished Member Gerald Galloway, Ph.D., P.E., Hon.D.WRE, Dist.M.ASCE; “Legal Issues for
Sections and Branches” and the “Philadelphia Section Mentoring Program.” President-Elect Kancheepuram Gunalan,
Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE and Executive Director Tom Smith, CAE, ENV SP, F.ASCE shared their thoughts and
experiences on Society activities. On Sunday evening, the attendees attended a networking social and dinner in
Reston Town Center.
Monday continued with additional Best Practice sessions on Struggling Sections and Branches; Developing a State
Infrastructure Report Card; Student Transition Strategies; Running a Successful Section/Branch; and Creating a
Successful Website and the Effective Use of Social Media. Some of the attendees also attended breakout sessions
on becoming a Region Governor and learning about ASCE Institutes. The program continued with a Roundtable
Discussion sharing measurable goals for their Section/Branch and Resource Breakouts from Society Staff members,
followed by a competitive game of JeopardASCE. Closing remarks were made by President-Elect Elect Jean-Louis
Briaud, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, Dist.M.ASCE.
After two solid days spent with ASCE, attendees left with new knowledge that will be useful in their upcoming year
as a Section or Branch leader. ASCE-NH’s President-Elect (Hugh Scott, PE) attended this event and we look forward
to participating in 2020!
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