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Executive Seminar with Lee Cockerell

  • Thursday, November 10, 2022
  • 9:00 AM
  • Friday, November 11, 2022
  • 3:00 PM
  • Embassy Suites - Deerfield; Deerfield, Illinois


  • Non ACA Illinois Members or Summer 2022 DFI Title XX Partners.

Registration is closed

Camp isn’t that much different from Disney World; the culture we build at our organizations is based on who you are, how you “do” the work, and how you serve campers and caregivers (i.e.. your customers). And just like at Disney, Lee credits creating “magic” in our careers, organizations, and lives to four core concepts: leadership, customer service, culture, and management. In this exclusive, 2-day Executive Seminar, participants will explore the Disney Parks & Resorts Service Model, practical leadership strategies, and effective career advancement practices that Lee has established throughout his career.

Over the course of this seminar, Lee will guide learners in:

  • Gaining a deeper understanding of essential customer service philosophies and how we can apply them to our camps and organizations;
  • How to become outstanding, intentional leaders using real-life examples, time management tools, and common sense approaches that can help improve your recruitment strategies and enhance your employees performance and retention; and
  • Discovering key elements of planning for career advancement, including: juggling personal and professional expectations, and how to continue having a fulfilling and meaningful career that you’re passionate about.

Meet the 2022 Executive Seminar Faculty

Lee retired after a career as the Executive Vice President of Operations for Walt Disney World Resort and holding additional positions with Disneyland Paris, Marriott, and Hilton. Lee is the best-selling author of four books on leadership, management, and world-class customer service. Click here to learn more about Lee!





Hotel Rooms

Dinner with Lee

About the Executive Seminar


(Subject to Change)

Thursday, November 10, 2022

9:00am - 5:00pm Day 1: Includes breakfast, lunch, & snacks.

6:00pm - 8:00pm Dinner with Lee: A Fundraiser for ACA Illinois - additional ticket required.

Friday, November 11, 2022

9:00am - 3:00pm Day 2: Includes breakfast, lunch and snacks!

Register Early. Space is limited and expected to sell out! 

Pre-registration is required. Walk-Ins will not be accepted. Registration closes Sunday, October 23, 2022. The first 50 registrants will receive a copy of Lee's book: Time Management Magic for FREE! 

Event Registration Fee Levels:

There are four fee levels. Registrants must meet the qualifications for discounted fee levels.

General Attendee - $300 per person.

ACA Illinois Members -  $250 per person. 

Only for individuals who are fee paying members to ACA Illinois at time of registration and event.

Summer 2022 DFI Title XX Partner - $250 per person.

Only for DFI Title XX Partner Agencies who were contracted for summer 2022.

Special Rate for ACA Illinois Summer 2022 Onsite Visitors - 

To receive this rate, please email to request rate. Only for individuals who participated as an onsite Visitor for ACA Illinois during summer 2022. 

Dinner with Lee (not included in registration fee.)

Join Lee Cockerell for a small group dinner that will benefit ACA Illinois

For tickets to this special event, please email Space is extremely limited and payment is required at time of registration. There will be no refunds granted for the special event: Dinner with Lee. Participants must also be registered and fully paid any fees for the Executive Seminar to attend/register this event.

Tickets to Dinner with Lee are $300 per person. 

Hotel Information:

Make your life easier by booking your room at the Embassy Suites - Deerfield for only $139 per night, per room when you register. Avoid Chicago traffic and fully immerse yourself in this Seminar experience by staying onsite. 

Click here to use our link to book your room. (Using our link helps us maintain lower fees for this event now and in the future. Thanks for helping us out by booking directly from our link!)

About the Executive Seminar:

What is the Executive Seminar?

The Executive Seminar is designed to strengthen and further develop executive level skills that are transferable across all organizations and companies.

What does ACA Illinois consider an Executive Level Skill?

ACA Illinois considers an Executive Level Skill to be a combination of skills that are demonstrated/used in an executive level position. These may include high-level finance, customer service, strategic planning, governance, fund development, people development, organizational change, and more.

What is considered an Executive in this context?

Every organization titles their positions differently. For the context of the Executive Seminar, executives typically meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Is the CEO/Executive Director of the organization or an equivalent position, OR
  • Has direct involvement in organizational decision making on matters related to goals, strategic planning, governance, finance, and/or funds development, OR
  • Aspires to work towards becoming an executive in the future.

Who should attend the Executive Seminar?

Current and aspiring executives of any organization, camp directors/owners, and managers. Please note that this program is designed for experienced professionals.

Who are the faculty?

Each year, ACA Illinois identifies faculty who are subject matter experts in their field and provide our attendees with current information that will increase their understanding and executive skills on the topic. Faculty must have extensive knowledge of their subject matter, documented experience & expertise as an executive within their subject matter, and be experienced with training/educating adult learners.

Other Details to Be Aware of:

This is a live, in-person event that will not be recorded or live streamed. 

ACA Illinois will continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and implement non-pharmaceutical interventions as recommended and/or required by public health at the time of the event.

Mailing Address:

American Camp Association, Illinois   I   PO Box 5412, Evanston, IL 60204

Mailing Address:

American Camp Association, Illinois

5 S Wabash Ave

Suite 1406

Chicago, IL 60603

Phone: 312-332-0833



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