Advisory Relationships for Senior Leaders

One of the most crucial, fulfilling, and at times, difficult roles a senior advisory professional can play is that of a counselor. This seminar considers the unique dynamics of giving advice to the most senior leaders, and offers practical counsel on how to establish senior advisory relationships of confidence, equality, fulfillment, and trust.

In the Advisory Relationship for Senior Leaders Seminar, Alan Nelson, co-head of CRA’s Strategic Communication Practice, will lead a developmental discussion across six areas:

  • The Unique Dynamics of Senior Relationships
  • Becoming a Peer, Not Peer-Like
  • Speaking Truth and Giving Advice in Crisis
  • Relational Limits and Boundaries
  • The Dilemma of Poor Relational Fit
  • From Advisor to Partner to Friend

CRA Partners and Managing Directors with a minimum of 10 years advisory experience in Fortune 50 organizations lead each Seminar, and Seminars will typically include a variety of other CRA staff and clients who lend texture to the discussion. The agenda spans one and one-half days, with the content intentionally limited to six discussions – the goal is to engage a smaller number of more meaningful issues with depth. While individual Seminars can vary, a typical agenda is:

Thursday, February 20

  • 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Content sessions with catered lunch
  • 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. | Break
  • 6:30 p.m. | Group dinner

Friday, February 21

  • 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Content
  • 12:00 p.m. | Lunch-to-go and departures

* This is a senior seminar hosted in Tampa, Florida.

For additional information or to enroll, please contact Hannah Cassidy at 610-644-5597 or