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2019 Chief Staff Executives Retreat & Small Bar Track
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3/12/2019 to 3/13/2019
When: March 12 - 13, 2019
Where: Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile
540 N Michigan Ave.
Chicago, Illinois  60611
United States
Contact: Emma Buell

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The CSE Retreat is a great opportunity for chief staff executives of bars of all sizes to gather in advance of the ABA Bar Leadership Institute to discuss personal development, human resources issues, and volunteer/management relationships. As a change from last year’s conference, this year’s retreat was held as a collaborative event in conjunction with the Small Bar Conference. To kick-off the retreat, there were separate welcome dinners on Tuesday evening, March 12, one for general CSE attendees and one for Small Bar attendees. As always, the CSE Retreat is open to executive directors only. NABE also brought back the Bootcamp for New Executive Directors which was held prior to CSE Retreat and Small Bar dinners, on the afternoon of Tuesday, March 12. The Bootcamp is geared toward executive directors who have been in their positions under two years.

Meeting Venue and Accommodations

The 2019 CSE Retreat and the Small Bar Conference Track was held at the Chicago Marriott Downtown (540 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL). The Small Bar Conference Track Wednesday afternoon was held at the Chicago offices of the Illinois State Bar Association, 20 South Clark Street, Chicago, IL. Both CSE and Small Bar immediately preceded the 2019 ABA Bar Leadership Institute, and accommodations were provided by the BLI headquarter hotel, the Chicago Marriott Downtown.

Registration Policies

Registration: Registration is $100 for Small Bar Track attendees and $285 for individuals attending the General CSE Retreat through February 4. After February 4, registration increases to $125 for the Small Bar Track and $335 for the General CSE Retreat. The Tuesday Small Bar Dinner is a separate fee of $65 for attendees and their guests, and not included in the early or standard rate registration. Guests tickets to the General CSE Tuesday Dinner are $85 each. Registration closes on February 25, 2019. Late registrations will be accommodated provided that registration has not reached capacity. Please contact Emma Buell at to request registration after February 25, 2019. Names of late registrants may not be included on the attendee list provided in the pre-meeting message sent to registrants.

Cancellations: All requests for refunds must be submitted in writing to Rebecca Green-Jablonsky at A full refund will be applied to cancellations received on or before February 1, 2019. Refunds of 50 percent will be applied to cancellations received after February 1 through February 25. Refunds for cancellations after February 25 cannot be guaranteed.

Information: Please direct general registration questions to Emma Buell at


Special thanks to our meeting sponsors! Please click here to view sponsors listed on page 4 of the program.

National Association of Bar Executives
c/o ABA Division for Bar Services
321 N. Clark St., 17th Floor
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 988-5408