2013 Section Officers Leadership Seminar (SOLS)
June 20-21, 2013
Crown Plaza, Rosemont Chicago
Event at a Glance
As part of the support given to Section leaders, SAE offers annual leadership training known SOLS (Section
Officers Leadership Seminar). This training brings Section officers together to discuss ideas and strategies for
leading a Section and make valuable connections with peers from other Sections.
THURSDAY’S KEYNOTE ADDRESS
David L. Schutt PhD
Chief Executive Officer
SAE Chief Executive Officer
David Schutt, PhD, is SAE International's Chief Executive Officer and is responsible for
overseeing SAE International's global management and operations. SAE International is a
non-for-profit educational and scientific organization dedicated to advancing mobility
technology to better serve humanity. Its 133,000—engineers, business executives, educators, and students
from more than 100 countries—develop technical standards, publish authoritative literature, share
information and exchange ideas for advancing the engineering of mobility systems. SAE is the world's resource
for designing, building, maintaining and operating self-propelled vehicles for use on land or sea, in air or space.
Schutt also serves as the President of the Performance Review Institute and the SAE Industry Technologies
Consortia. PRI advances the interests of the mobility and related industries through development of
performance standards and administration of quality assurance, accreditation, and certification programs as
well as related activities for the benefit of industry, government and the public. It provide a full range of
programs and services designed to improve manufacturing process and product quality by adding value,
reducing total cost and promoting collaboration between global stakeholders in the mobility and other
interested industries. The ITC includes development of industry specifications, certification, and cooperative
programs with SAE, joint-research activities and conformance to establish standards.
Argonne National Laboratory
In his position with Argonne National Laboratory, Donald G. Hillebrand, PhD, leads
transportation research activities including vehicle systems and hybrid vehicle development;
engine and emissions research, materials research, tribology, thermal life cycle analysis, and
Prior to joining Argonne, Dr. Hillebrand worked for Daimler Forschung and Technologie in Stuttgart, Germany.
While there, he was responsible for Daimler’s research, was technology liaison with the European
Commission in Brussels, and interacted with European research organizations and business groups.
Dr. Hillebrand also worked in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Technology Division
Transportation (1996-98) where he served as Senior Policy Advisor.
Dr. Hillebrand has earned several awards and distinctions throughout his career, including SAE International
Distinguished Younger Member, 2000 and SAE International Outstanding Young Engineer, 1999. In July 2011,
Dr. Hillebrand was named by Automotive News as one of the 100 most influential people bringing about the
electrification of the automobile.
A member of SAE International since the age of 18, Dr. Hillebrand served on the SAE International Board of
Directors from 2001-2003. In addition, he served as the General Chairman of the 1999 SAE International
He earned a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, and
a PhD in Mechanical Systems Engineering from Oakland University.
Director Society Programs and Industry Relations
With nearly 30 years of experience in the automotive and commercial vehicle industries.
Andrew also serves as Director of SAE Automotive Headquarters in Troy, Michigan.
Andrew joined SAE from Ricardo, Inc. where he was Vice President, Business Development
and Marketing and a member of their Executive Leadership Team. Prior to Ricardo, Andrew
was head of Marketing and Sales with AVL Powertrain Inc. and held both commercial and technical positions
with Tickford Engelhard, LLC (now part of BASF), Perkins Technology and DAF. British-born Smart holds a
bachelor of engineering degree, is a Chartered Engineer,
a Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, a
Member of SAE since 1997 and is a naturalized U.S.
Thursday’s Networking Reception
Attendees will have the opportunity to network and share ideas with other section leaders along with the
SOLS Volunteer team and SAE HQ staff.
FRIDAY’S KEYNOTE ADDRESS AND WORKSHOP
Sarah L. Sladek
Founder and CEO
Engaging the Next Generation without Alienating the Loyalty Generation
A combined demographic of 120 million people, Generations X and Y are the most elusive, skeptical
generations dubbed the least likely to join an association. Associations are acutely aware that they need to
adapt to the unique interests, needs, and values of these next generations to survive. Yet, associations can’t
risk losing the Baby Boomers who have dominated the make-up of association leadership and membership for
many years. What’s an association to do?
In this presentation you will learn how do you engage every generation into your association and create a
successful, collaborative, multi-generational association. Learn how to:
Plan for your association’s succession and develop the next generation of leaders and volunteers;
Add a generational lens to your membership marketing and engagement efforts;
Bridge communication and leadership gaps;
Connect with each generation and create loyalty among them; and
Create a must-have membership for every generation in your association.
As a member-driven organization, membership is the foundation of Sections. This session will introduce the
basic fundamentals of SAE membership—who qualifies, what are the costs, and most important of all, how
members benefit. Roundtables will offer opportunities for participants to discuss the value proposition of
membership and share ideas and best practices.
PROGRAMMING & EDUCATION SESSION
Sections exist to deliver value at a grass roots level and content is one of the key drivers that encourages
members to participate. This session will emphasize the importance of understanding the various member
segments within your Section and the specific needs and wants of each. The volunteer team will provide
strategies for where and how to find ideas for compelling events and share examples of topics and speakers
that have been successful in their Sections. A collaborative exercise will provide a competitive forum for you
to apply the material presented and develop the most compelling plan of events.
Proactive, strategic leadership is a critical component to the success of SAE Sections. However, as in business,
talent development is one of our greatest challenges, so this session will provide strategies for recruiting and
mentoring future leaders. Two discovery-oriented, interactive exercises will provide opportunities for you to
learn by doing, increasing this competency which can be used in your Section and throughout your career.
This session will offer strategies and examples that help participants increase the effectiveness of their
communications with members. Since there are always new people volunteering as Section leaders, it’s
important to explain the basics of how to use the various tools. Even experienced members will benefit from
a review. It’s likely they’ll hear something they didn’t know, get new ideas from the examples shown, and be
able to share their experience with others.
PEER- TO- PEER
You will have an opportunity to discuss issues and share ideas with your counterparts in other Sections based
on key leadership positions including: Chairs & Vice-Chairs, Secretary, Treasurer, Membership, Programming,
EXPENSES – WHAT IS COVERED
Note: Original receipts are required for all reimbursable items.
Travel expenses for both leaders will be paid by SAE International. This includes:
• Transportation (airfare or car rental) to and from the training.
o Airfare should not exceed $600. If you are not able to secure a flight for under $600, please
contact your section representative for approval before booking the flight.
Note: The hotel has a complimentary airport shuttle to and from O'Hare. SAE will not reimburse you
for expenses incurred if you use any other transportation method to travel to/from the airport.
• Hotel (one night)
o Hotel arrangements must be booked via the housing link:
SAE Section Officers Leadership Seminar
By providing the group name, individuals will also be able to make reservations by calling : 877-
• The following meals while at SOLS:
o Lunch (6/20/13) - Included in conference registration
o Dinner (6/20/13) - Included in conference registration
o Breakfast (6/21/13) - Included in conference registration
o Lunch (6/21/13) - Included in conference registration
Other expenses incurred including parking, mileage and additional meals should be submitted to the section
treasure along with original receipts for reimbursement consideration.
Questions / Staff Contacts:
Nicole Iorfido – SAE Western Region Field Representative