Govern for Excellence

With greater clarity regarding the needs of students and society going forward—as well as new organizational capabilities—how can your board add essential imagination, impetus, and momentum for big-picture achievement?

Societal division; emerging technologies; population shifts; public skepticism; health, safety, and security threats; political intrusion… Foreboding challenges of years past remain front and center today. Indeed, primary responses to new realities are largely underway. Higher education governing boards and executives have an important opportunity to break cycles of coping and reacting, both within and beyond the boardroom. To do so, many will find developing fresh approaches to their work indispensable.

Join the AGB 2025 Board Professionals Conference to raise your sightlines and reset your feet to govern for excellence.

Please note: The only legitimate way to reserve your room at the conference hotel is by using the hyperlink provided in the confirmation email you receive upon registration.

Reasons to attend the 2025 Board Professionals Conference:

Board professionals are indispensable to driving successful governance for strategic boards. At the 2025 Board Professionals Conference, you’ll have the opportunity to develop the expertise, knowledge, and connections to achieve excellence.

The AGB Board Professionals Conference is designed by the Board Professionals Leadership Group for assistants to the president, general counsel, secretaries of the college, assistant secretaries to the board, vice presidents, and chiefs of staff and others who staff the board.

The AGB Board Professionals Conference provides training resources, networking opportunities with peers and industry experts, and invaluable learning to support your work with your board, institution, or foundation. Amid the many complex issues that define these times, this conference celebrates the essential services and indomitable spirit of today’s board professionals.

Curious about the Board Professionals Conference program?

Browse the 2024 schedule of events to learn more about the types of sessions, speakers, and networking opportunities the event typically includes and see who attended.

Hear about the value of the Board Professionals Conference from a past attendee.

Richard Uchida
Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary of the College
Colby College

Register now to reserve your spot in Chicago.

Early Bird Rate*


Regular Member Rate*


Dual Registration Offer
National Conference on Trusteeship and Board Professionals Conference*
Special Dual Registration Offer for Foundation Board Professionals
Foundation Leadership Forum and Board Professionals Conference*

Foundation board professionals who register for the 2025 Foundation Leadership Forum will receive a $300 discount when registering for the 2025 Board Professionals Conference. To take advantage of this bundled rate, members should register for the Foundation Leadership Forum first; or contact the AGB registrar for assistance.

Save $300

Nonmember Rate


*Member exclusive pricing.

Please note: The only legitimate way to reserve your room at the conference hotel is by using the hyperlink provided in the confirmation email you receive upon registration.

Key Dates

  • Early bird deadline: December 2, 2024
  • Deadline for cancellation: February 17, 2025
  • Deadline to receive discounted hotel rate: February 28, 2025 (provided space is available)

Registration and Cancellation Policy

This program is available only to registrants who are serving a higher ed institution or foundation. Please contact with any questions.

All cancellations and requests for refunds must be submitted in writing to and will be processed after the meeting. Requests for refunds must be received by close of business on February 17, 2025, to receive a full refund minus a $25 cancellation fee. No refunds will be issued for registrants who cancel after February 17, 2025. If you are unable to attend, a substitute is welcome in your place at no additional charge. AGB is not responsible for cancellations due to airline disruption, inclement weather, COVID-19, or schedule changes.

Group Discounts: If a cancellation causes the group to fall below the required three registrations, the refund will be issued minus the discount benefit received by the original group.

Hotel Information

AGB has secured a room block for the Board Professionals Conference attendees at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile at the group rate of $229 per night, exclusive of 17.4% taxes. Once you have registered for the conference, you will receive a hotel reservation link in your meeting registration confirmation. To receive the group rate, reservations must be made online through the reservation link received. Reservations should be made in the name of the person registered for the 2025 Board Professionals Conference. Multiple reservations under the same name will not be accepted.

The deadline for reserving a room at the group rate is  February 28, 2025, at 5:00 PM CT.

With thanks to our 2025 sponsors.

View our 2025 sponsors and see how you can support the Board Professionals Conference.



AGB is committed to excellence in member service. Should you have questions about registering for the National Conference on Trusteeship, contact the AGB registrar.

Become a Member and Save

If you currently are not an AGB member but want to take advantage of member pricing, contact Matt Stevens, director of membership outreach.


To learn about sponsorship opportunities, contact Steve Abbott, senior director of partnerships.