2019 ICE Executive Summit


Monday, May 6

1200 Seventeenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036

Member Rate: $450│ Non-member Rate: $515

The Executive Summit is an invitation-only event*

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The Changing Landscape of Credentialing: Mitigating Risk and Leveraging Opportunity

The assessment and credentialing landscapes are shifting. Some shifts have been slow and predictable, but others have potential to become genuinely disruptive.  Important economic, legislative, and demographic shifts will complicate credentialing programs’ operating models and strategies or inspire new ones.  Forewarned is forearmed, but only if one is prepared and empowered.

ICE’s 2019 Executive Summit will start the day with insightful briefings on the economic and legislative climate, and the potential impacts on credentialing. Through facilitated discussion, delve in to economic and political underpinnings motivating current legislative and legal challenges, and workforce trends such as job reskilling, job movement, and automation and the impact on the economy

The afternoon program will build off the morning program and your analysis of the large scale forces and their potential impact on credentialing. Consider how you as a leader can prepare your organization for the future and engage in risk mitigation and leverage opportunities. Discuss the best strategy given the challenges and prepare an action plan on how to drive and lead change within your organization.


Below is an agenda for the day. Each presentation will include a debrief on the key considerations for credentialing.

  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Orientation to the day
  • Presentation and Discussion: Economics Examining Likely Futures with Catherine Putney
  • Presentation and Discussion: Workforce Trends, Jobs/Demographics
  • Presentation and Discussion: Legal and Legislative updates with Jerry Jacobs
  • Understanding and Managing Operating Risk, and Leveraging Opportunities, facilitated by Rob Pedigo
  • Next Steps and Closing Remarks

Learning Objectives

  • Gain a grounding in important economic, legislative, and demographic trends germane to assessment and credentialing from futurists’ perspectives.
  • Engage in reasoned risk and opportunity assessment for one’s own organization associated with these trends.
  • Identify the optimal locus of action (organizational and/or collective) for risk mitigation and opportunity development activities.
  • Relate trends and action planning to personal executive readiness, to organizational readiness and planning, and to the commitment to collective planning and action.


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Robert Pedigo, Pedigo + Associates

Robert Pedigo has advised private industry leaders, government agencies, and academic institutions on the creation, development, and improvement of certification and credentialing programs for over 25 years.

He founded and managed three large global, multilingual testing programs before helping establish and run the IT Certification Security Council as Executive Director. He continued his work on examination security as a founding partner of Caveon before joining Castle Worldwide for 13 years as Vice President serving on the senior management team and responsible for the psychometric, test development, and management/governance consulting practice areas.

Currently, he is drafting a practical guide for test takers to help maximize their success in earning credentials, consulting, and serving on two credentialing industry Boards of Directors.

Rob enthusiastically supports ICE, NCCA, and ACAP. He also served three terms on ANSI's PCAC and has recently started his second term on ATP’s Board of Directors, where he chairs the Strategy Committee. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Washington in political economics and an MBA with an emphasis in organizational development from City University in Seattle, Washington.



Jerald A. Jacobs, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Jerald Jacobs, Pillsbury’s Nonprofit Organizations practice leader, counsels and advocates for trade associations, professional societies, charities, veterans’ organizations, and scientific and educational societies.

Recognized by Best Lawyers and the American Bar Association as a leader in his field, Jerry assists all kinds and sizes of nonprofit organizations in governance, transactions, mergers, disputes, tax exemption, global operations, and legislative and regulatory issues. He is general counsel to the “association of associations,” the ASAE. Jerry is the author of a dozen books in nonprofit law, including the standard in the field Association Law Handbook now in its sixth edition

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Catherine Putney, ITR Economics

Catherine Putney is an Economist at ITR Economics™. She provides economic consulting services for small businesses, trade associations, and Fortune 500 companies across a spectrum of industries. Her economic insight and forecasting experience play a key role in the 94.7% accuracy rating for ITR Economics.

Catherine specializes in applied research regarding business-cycle trend analysis, growth-cycle trend analysis, and the utilization of cyclical analysis at a business level. She holds a Masters of Arts in Economics from the University of New Hampshire.

Catherine contributes articles regularly to ITR Economics’ flagship publication, the ITR Trends Report, focusing on
the manufacturing sector of the US economy. Catherine and the team at ITR Economics have put this expertise to work for companies from a wide-range of industries, including manufacturing, chemicals, fibers, healthcare, distribution, real estate, construction, and technology.

Designed for Strategic Thinkers of Credentialing Organizations

This invitation-only event is designed specifically to create a powerful networking and learning opportunity for CEOs and Executive Directors of credentialing organizations.

Contact ICE at to request to attend. 

Attendance is limited to individuals who:

1. Are focused on creating strategy and vision (not necessarily implementation or operational aspects) and/or
2. Work directly with Boards of Directors of the organization

Are you grooming a colleague for a leadership position and would like them to attend? Email ICE at to inquire about their attendance.


CAE approved web icon.png As a CAE Approved Provider educational program related to the CAE exam content outline, ICE's Executive Summit may be applied for 6.5 credits toward your CAE application or renewal professional development requirements.

Summit Sponsor

ICE expresses sincere gratitude to our 2019 Executive Summit Sponsor: