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2020 Chief Staff Executives Retreat
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3/10/2020 to 3/11/2020
When: 3/10/2020
Where: Marriott Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile
540 N Michigan Avenue
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 resource issues, and volunteer/management relationships. This year's meeting theme is 2020 Vision!

The CSE Retreat will begin with an evening dinner on Tuesday, March 10 and end at 3:00 pm on Wednesday, March 11.

NABE is also bringing back the Bootcamp for New Executive Directors which will be held prior to the CSE Retreat dinner, on the afternoon of Tuesday, March 10. The Bootcamp is geared toward executive directors who have been in their positions under two years. Follow this link to view the final Bootcamp agenda.

What to Pack, Weather, Transportation & Things-to-Do

The CSE Retreat (and the Tuesday Dinner) dress is casual.

Weather: Chicago weather in March has average high-temperatures between 45 and 50 degrees, and average low-temperatures between 30 and 38 degrees.

Transportation: O’Hare International Airport; Midway Airport; Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Buses and Trains

Visit for more information about things-to-do in the Windy City.


Onsite registration will be located in the foyer area at the Marriott on the 6th Floor. Registrants may pick up badges at the following times:

  • Tuesday, March 10: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday, March 11: 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Registration for the 2020 CSE Retreat includes the CSE Tuesday Dinner, Wednesday joint breakfast, Wednesday CSE lunch and all substantive CSE programming.

Early Registration Rate now through February 7, 2020
$285 per member

Standard Registration Rate after January 31, 2020
$335 per member

Additional Fees
$85 Guest Ticket CSE Tuesday Dinner

Meeting Venue and Accommodations

The 2020 CSE Retreat will be held at the Chicago Marriott Downtown (540 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL). CSE immediately precedes the 2020 ABA Bar Leadership Institute, and accommodations will be provided by the BLI headquarter hotel, the Chicago Marriott Downtown. The BLI room rate is $214 (+ tax). The CSE Retreat is scheduled to precede the BLI conference for economy, but individuals may attend the CSE Retreat independently of the BLI and make reservations at the Marriott. Please follow the link below to make hotel reservations:

Reserve by February 26, 2020

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Registration Policies

Registration: Registration is $285 for individuals attending the CSE Retreat through January 31, 2020. After January 31, registration increases to $335. The Tuesday Dinner is included in the registration fee, however guests may attend the dinner. Guest tickets for the Tuesday Dinner are $85. Registration closes on February 24, 2020. Late registrations will be accommodated provided that registration has not reached capacity. Please contact Emma Buell at to request registration after February 24, 2020. 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 3, 2020. Refunds of 50 percent will be applied to cancellations received after February 3 – February 24, 2020. Refunds for cancellations after February 24, 2020 cannot be guaranteed.


The NABE Scholarship Committee is proud to offer 2 scholarships available to executive directors (only) for attendance at the 2020 CSE Retreat. The scholarship includes a waiver of the 2020 CSE Retreat registration fee and up to $750 in reimbursement to cover the cost of travel expenses. Please follow this link below for scholarship guidelines and the application.

The deadline to apply for a scholarship is January 10, 2020.

Applications open on December 2, 2019. Click here for more details.


Special thanks to our generous meeting sponsors!

Platinum - Fastcase

Gold - Casemaker & Lawpay

Silver - MemberCentral & Growthzone

Please stop by to visit them during sponsor breaks on Wednesday at 10:15 am and 2:15 pm. While visiting booths take a selfie and tweet it at #2020NABECSE to be entered to win a $100 coupon off NABE CSE 2021!

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