The Ethical Nonprofit


2021 Brings Updated Content &
the FRESH conversation Continues!

dynamic conversationThe 501c League’s real-time online course, The Ethical Nonprofit, is for nonprofit leaders interested in advancing ethical practices. As part of its mission to advocate for high ethical leadership, The 501c League presents this one-hour course to equip association executives and other nonprofit leaders [Volunteers welcome!] with best practices for making ethical decisions.

This online course is eligible for one (1) CAE credit hour and will fulfill the CAE ethics requirement for renewal. 

This course is offered throughout 2021! Below are the dates for January to June.

Member fee: $25     Nonmember fee: $45 Join

Registration fee includes a digital copy of the course materials and a copy of the presentation slides.  

COURSE SCHEDULE - click date to register!

1st Quarter 2021

2nd Quarter 2021
Now is the time to create a consistent message on ethics within the association sector. Historically, ethical leadership has been limited to association executives doing the most with the least to provide the highest value with members’ resources. As a result, practices have occurred that call into question the knowledge of ethics. Being the leaders of leaders, as every association executive is, it is important to set the example of the highest ethical standards. If you would like to discover how to improve ethical practices in your nonprofit organization, association or industry, then this online course is for you. 

Presented by Cheryl Ronk, CAE, president of So Right LLC, and Cecilia Sepp, CAE, chief executive officer and founder of The 501c League, this interactive course will provide the opportunity to engage with experts and fellow peers in real time and to tackle some of the most challenging ethical issues in leadership today.


  • What is Ethics? 
  • Why is Ethics Important in the Association and Nonprofit Sector? 
  • The Six Pillars of Character 
  • Seven-Step Model of Ethics from The Josephson Institute
  • Common Misconceptions about Important Issues related to Copyright Ownership, Convention Property Shopping, 
    and Entrepreneurial Ideas 
  • A Closer Look at Consistent Ethical Standards for All Situations 
  • Case Studies for Ethical Situations

Cheryl Ronk

Cheryl Ronk, CAE, CMP

Cheryl Ronk, CAE, is the president of So Right LLC and former president of the Michigan Society of Association Executives where she served for over 25 years. She is a highly recognized national leader in association management certification training. She became a Certified Association Executive in 1995 and a Certified Meeting Professional in 2003. Cheryl co-chaired the American Society of Association Executives 2015 annual meeting planning committee in Detroit. She has been a trustee of Burcham Hills Retirement Center II since November 2014, and is a current member of The 501c League. Cheryl earned a bachelor's degree at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, and a master's degree in educational leadership at Western Michigan University.

 Cecilia Sepp, CAE, CNAP

Cecilia Sepp, CAE, is the chief executive officer and founder of The 501c League and principal and founder of Rogue Tulips LLC.

Cecilia SeppShe brings over three decades of experience to the association management profession, having served as a staff member at professional societies, trade associations, and a nonprofit dance organization. For 12 years, she consulted to a variety of professional and trade associations, focusing on strategy development and research. An experienced CEO, Cecilia frequently speaks and writes on a variety of association management topics. She received a bachelor’s degree in political science with an adjunct in management from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri. She became a Certified Association Executive in June 2015 and completed the Certified Nonprofit Accounting Professional (CNAP) certificate program in 2018.