What is the CEO Forum?
The leaders of growing small and mid-sized companies confront the constant challenge of “doing more” with constrained resources in the face of increasing competition. The CEO Forum was formed by SCORE Orange County to address these strategic issues in a peer group setting. The members of the Forums are passionate about improving the performance of their businesses through shared experiences and knowledge. Each CEO Forum group is comprised of 10 - 12 executives from non-competing businesses who meet monthly as an ongoing team. Meetings are held the morning of the second Wednesday of each month.
The CEO Forum program includes the monthly, half-day problem-solving and skills development meeting which is facilitated by two SCORE meeting leaders. Each forum is an opportunity for the group to work through their specific business issues using a proven process. Additionally, once a quarter the monthly session will include a two-hour workshop which is led by an expert outside resource speaker based on the group’s collective interests.
The CEO Forum meetings are facilitated by SCORE meeting leaders who become integral members of each group. The backgrounds of these leaders include retired senior executives from Fortune 500 firms such as Toyota, Hewlett Packard and Chase Manhattan as well as entrepreneurs who have launched, bought and sold businesses.
The CEO Forum program will enable you to become a better leader, make better decisions and achieve better results through:
- Better insight into your own business as well as the economy at large which will help you to compete and excel
- New perspectives to stimulate fresh ideas about your opportunities and challenges
- Enhanced skills to facilitate ongoing learning and performance improvements
- A confidential sounding board comprised of experienced executives for both everyday and strategic decisions
What are the Criteria for Requesting the CEO Forum?
The minimum requirements to participate in the program are:
- You must be responsible for the full operation of a qualifying business (e.g. CEO, President, Chairman, Managing Partner, etc.)
- Your company should have been in business for at least two years
- The primary business location should be an established office rather than a home office
- Your company should have revenues that will reach or exceed $1,000,000 in the current year
- There are at least three non-family employees
Note: Members agree informally to participate for at least one year to ensure continuity of the groups’ discussions. Also, individual groups will not include any competitors and each member will be asked to sign a confidentiality agreement.
How Much does it Cost to Join a CEO Forum?
There is a charge of $120.00 per month. This payment covers a continental breakfast and buffet lunch and the cost of the hotel meeting room each month as well as the quarterly outside speaker’s fees.
How can I learn more?
If you complete and submit the Briefing Invitation Request Form, you will be invited to a luncheon briefing on the program. Note: This is considered confidential information and will be shared only if you become a member and only with your specific forum members.
Click here to view the Briefing Invitation Request Form
What do current members say about the forums?
CEO Anton S says: "I love the CEO Forum! It is incredibly well put together and the quality of moderators and participants is inspiring. Benefits are two-fold. First, I have gotten great, practical advice from the group which I was able to use and get immediate improvements in the way my business functions. Second, the group provides a great business therapy venue. It is comforting to be able to discuss the most private of business problems in a confidential and caring environment and realize that I am not the only one with these problems. The group brings thoughtful discussions, collective experience in problem solving and accountability."
CEO Judy G says: "The synergy between our group of diverse CEOs and our world-class SCORE facilitators promotes creative problem-solving solutions. I really appreciate the high level of intellect and experience that the SCORE CEO Forum facilitators bring to the group. This executive quality expertise is what sets SCORE apart from other business coaching organizations."
CEO Forum members’ automatic payment
The following link allows you to charge your CEO Forum monthly fees to your credit/debit card or use a PayPal account. This account must be established before your first CEO Forum session but no earlier than the first of that month. So, for example, if your first meeting is June 15, you would enroll between June 1 and June 14. Your credit card will be charged monthly.