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2020 ASAE Virtual Annual Meeting & Exposition Breaks Event Registration Record

The 2020 ASAE Virtual Annual Meeting & Exposition had the highest registration number in the 100-year history of the event. With 14,108 association professionals, consultants, and industry partners registered for the meeting taking place August 10-12, 2020, with 71 percent of those being first-time attendees. Participants were inspired by three engaging keynote speakers and participated in more than 92 education sessions, five Game Changers, and explored 57 virtual exhibit booths representing technology, business, hospitality, and meeting services.

The final attendance breakdown included: 12,813 executives, 544 exhibitors, 207 industry partners, 433 consultants, and 111 others including press, vendors, and staff. The ratio of buyer to sellers was 95 percent buyers to 5 percent sellers.

“I am proud to lead an organization which, even during unpredictable times of change and uncertainty, can provide a much needed space for the association community to come together, share ideas, and have critical conversations that will guide associations to future success,” said Susan Robertson, CAE, ASAE President and CEO. “Throughout the last year of ASAE’s Centennial celebrations we looked back at the lasting impact associations have had on society over the last 100 years. If the overwhelming response to the 2020 ASAE Virtual Annual Meeting is any indication, we can expect the association community to act when called upon, starting with COVID-19 response and legislation, along with the fight for racial equality. I hope the theme of Virtual Annual Meeting will inspire other associations to ‘Make Your Mark’ in this next chapter of history.”

COVID-19 is impacting the association community at all levels. When determining the pricing structure for the event, ASAE considered the potential effect on individuals’ economic ability to participate in professional development programs like the Annual Meeting. The decision to offer a free or discounted virtual experience allowed over 10,000 individuals, who had previously not been able to attend due to travel or budget restrictions, the opportunity to participate for the first time.

Throughout the event attendees shared that the price point and virtual setting made the content, and connections with fellow association professionals, accessible to them for the first time. Another benefit of the virtual event attendees took advantage of was the on-demand session recordings. Many commented that unlike the in-person experience, they were not forced to choose between sessions as they could go back to view sessions taking place in overlapping time slots, or re-watch those that they found of particular interest.

On Monday, Leon Logothetis, Global adventurer, motivational speaker, philanthropist, and author/creator of book and Netflix show, The Kindness Diaries, set the tone for the meeting with his opening keynote presentation about using kindness to find the good in others and individually. He used excerpts from his adventures traveling the globe on a yellow motorcycle to encourage attendees to stop leaving their kindness at the door as they walk into work, but instead bring it to the forefront in order to achieve goals, and create a ripple effect of kindness that will touch all areas of their organizations and beyond.

Shiza Shahid, Co-Founder of Our Place, Founder of NowVentures, and Co-Founder & Founding CEO of the Malala Fund, began the second day of the meeting with a keynote that offered attendees a glimpse into how growing up as a female in Pakistan laid the foundation for how she approached her role as a leader in uncertain times. Shahid called attendees and the organizations they represent the guardians of civilization and implored them to choose to be guided by hope, and not fear, to have the greatest impact on society.

The event’s closing keynote speaker, Duncan Wardle, former head of innovation for Disney, shared insights on how to innovate during a time of crisis. Wardle began by stating that diversity is innovation. If someone doesn’t look like you, they don’t think like you, and they can help you think differently. In addition to highlighting the importance of diversity, he shared a list of tools to encourage creativity and innovation among teams. This included scheduling time to talk through successful ideas inside and outside of your industry with your colleagues once a week. Not having time is the biggest barrier to innovation, and when you dedicate time, creativity and innovation will follow.

Next year’s ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition will be held in Dallas, Texas, August 14-17, 2021, at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center.

ASAE thanks the following Alliance Partners for their continued support of the association community:

Strategic Partners
Atlanta CVB
Destination Canada Business Events
Choose Chicago
Experience Columbus
Community Brands
Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB
Naylor Association Solutions
Discover Puerto Rico

Corporate Partners
Visit Austin
Caesars Entertainment
Destination Cleveland
Visit Dallas
DelCor Technology Solutions
Fonteva
Louisville Tourism
Visit Omaha
Travel Portland
Visit Salt Lake
Visit San Jose

Event Partners
IMIS by Advanced Solutions International

Bostrom
CliftonLarsonAllen
Experient
Higher Logic
Manifest

Maritz Global Events

Mighty Citizen
MemberClicks
OpenWater
Discover the Palm Beaches

Global Partners
Dubai Association Centre
Korea Tourism Organization
Singapore Tourism Board

ASAE Installs New Officers and Directors for Fiscal Year 2021 to Begin September 1st

New officers and directors for the ASAE and ASAE Research Foundation Board of Directors were installed during ASAE’s Virtual Annual Meeting & Exposition held August 10-12.

The ASAE Board of Directors for Fiscal Year 2021 was selected by ASAE’s Leadership Committee in June and is carefully assembled to be representative of the organization’s membership profile and diversity – including geography, size, gender, race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, skill sets and areas of expertise.

ASAE’s officers for the fiscal year that begins Sept. 1 include Chair Stephen J. Caldeira, president and CEO, Household & Commercial Products Association; Chair-Elect/Chair of ASAE Research Foundation Steven C. Anderson, FASAE, IOM, CAE, president and CEO, National Association of Chain Drug Stores; Secretary-Treasurer Lakisha Ann Woods, CAE, president and CEO, National Institute of Building Sciences; and Immediate Past Chair Patricia V. Blake, FASAE, CAE, CEO, Heart Rhythm Society.

Caldeira addressed more than 13,000 members of the association community on the second day of the ASAE Virtual Annual Meeting, noting the challenges and opportunities facing ASAE in a year when in-person meetings have ground to a halt due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

“I am very grateful for the opportunity to serve as your Chair and you have my steadfast commitment that ASAE will continue to stay focused on strengthening the value proposition for its members,” Caldeira said. “This is how ASAE will build upon its proud and rich, 100-year legacy—by helping its members to successfully navigate through an increasingly complex public health, political, economic, and social climate in the months and years ahead.”

ASAE priorities for the year ahead include completing and implementing a new strategic plan, creatively helping association leaders grow and connect via a multitude of learning programs and platforms, playing an active role in critical conversations around racial inequality and injustice and pursuing a vigorous advocacy agenda on behalf of the entire association community.

“ASAE has redoubled its advocacy efforts on behalf of associations,” Caldeira said. “We are asking Congress to expand eligibility for the Paycheck Protection Program to (c)(6) associations and reauthorize PPP until at least December 31. We are also asking Congress to pass the Pandemic Risk Insurance Act of 2020. This bill would establish a system of shared public and private compensation for business interruption losses and event cancellations resulting from future pandemics or public health emergencies. As associations that depend upon in-person meetings and events we (and our members) need access to this kind of insurance. And we’re advocating for the Skills Renewal Act, which would provide Americans who have been laid-off or furloughed due to COVID-19 a $4,000 tax credit to pursue post-secondary skills training and career development. If amended, Americans could use the credit to pursue and obtain industry certifications and other professional credentials.”

The following individuals were also officially installed on the FY21 Boards during ASAE’s Virtual Annual Meeting this week. All “At Large” Directors are ASAE Board members and two of the four will also serve on the ASAE Research Foundation Board.

Directors “At Large” (three-year term)

Scott Beck, FOFD
President and CEO
Tourism Toronto
Toronto, ON
(ASAE and ASAE Research Foundation)

Jay Karen, CAE
Chief Executive Officer
National Golf Course Owners Association
Charleston, SC
(ASAE and ASAE Research Foundation)

Sheri Sesay-Tuffour, PhD, CAE
CEO
American College of Nurse-Midwives
Silver Spring, MD
(ASAE)

Lynne Thomas Gordon, CAE
CEO
American Association of Orthodontists
St. Louis, MO
(ASAE)

Irving Washington, FASAE, CAE
Executive Director/CEO
Online News Association
Washington, DC
(ASAE and ASAE Research Foundation)

MEDIA CONTACT: Lauren Precker, CAE, lprecker@asaecenter.org, 202-626-2735.

About ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership
ASAE is celebrating 100 years of making society smarter, better and safer. The Centennial anniversary represents ASAE’s role as a leader and supporter of progress and innovation in the association industry.  ASAE is a membership organization of more than 50,000 association executives and industry partners representing over 7,000 organizations. Since it was established 100 years ago, its members have and continue to lead, manage, and work in or partner with organizations in more than a dozen association management disciplines, from executive management to finance to technology. With the support of the ASAE Research Foundation, a separate nonprofit entity, ASAE is the premier source of learning, knowledge, and future-oriented research for the association and nonprofit profession and provides resources, education, ideas, and advocacy to enhance the power and performance of the association and nonprofit community. Visit ASAE at asaecenter.org.                                                                  

ASAE Research Foundation Releases Multi-Year Centennial Research Report

The ASAE Research Foundation released the results of its multi-year Centennial Research Initiative entitled, Impact Every Day, to coincide with the 2020 ASAE Virtual Annual Meeting & Exposition. This innovative and forward-thinking report delivers research-based evidence supporting the Power of A message: society is better, safer, and smarter because of the work of associations.  

“As we come to the close of our Centennial celebrations, Impact Every Day provides a comprehensive look at the work associations and nonprofits have achieved, and delivers a road map to help guide our industry through a future that is evolving faster than anyone could have anticipated,” said Susan Robertson, CAE, ASAE President and CEO.  “ASAE, through the work of the ASAE Research Foundation, has long held a position in the association community as the premier source of learning, knowledge, and future-oriented research for the association and nonprofit profession. The Impact Every Day report demonstrates the importance of that mission.” 

Research for the report was gathered via case-studies, surveys, and interviews. The case studies represent a cross section of the association community, while the survey data reflects the perspectives of members, non-members, association professionals, and outside stakeholders. Interview participants, industry leaders from outside of the association space, provided perspectives on multiple areas of association practices, including past contributions to society, how best to prepare the industry to face future challenges, and the efforts being taken to foster transformative thinking throughout the association community.  

“Collaboration was key to the development of this ground-breaking research. We could not have produced such a comprehensive report without the support of our volunteer advisory committee who ensured continuous alignment of the research to our guiding principles and goals. I would also like to thank the teams at Westat and McKinley Advisors who spearheaded the data collection, analysis, and interpretation for all phases of research. Finally, thank you to Social Driver, for their help in developing a strategic plan designed to connect with our external audiences,” said Sharon E. Moss, Ph.D., CAE, President, ASAE Research Foundation.  

A sample of the findings show survey respondents overwhelmingly agree that associations have enabled them to contribute to society in their respective fields. Additionally, their expectations for associations to assist in shaping future industry progress and productivity is extremely high.  Finally, interviews with external stakeholders revealed a perception that the largest contributions of associations have been in education, and that they would like to see organizations invest more effort in other areas, particularly workforce development. 

Attendees of the 2020 ASAE Virtual Annual Meeting & Exposition are encouraged to attend the two Impact Every Day focused education sessions. During these sessions, representatives from organizations that participated in the case study portion of the research will share their stories. Additional research content will be available in the virtual ASAE Research Foundation Lounge. To further explore the research findings and case studies, please visit the ASAE Research Foundation. The full report will be available for download in Fall 2020. 

ASAE Names the 2020 ‘Power of A’ Award Winners

ASAE will honor six associations with the 2020 Summit Award, which is the highest recognition under The Power of A Awards. The winners will be formally recognized during the Virtual Power of A-Summit Awards event on September 30, which will also serve as the culmination of ASAE’s overall Centennial celebrations.

The awards are part of The Power of A campaign, which brings attention to the association community’s valuable contributions to society at the local, national and global levels. The winners were selected by the Power of A Awards Judging Committee. This year the committee received a total of 125 entries. These included entries for five new award categories: The Power of Advocacy, The Power of Industry/Professional Advancement, The Power of Global Development, The Power of Diversity and Inclusion, and The Power of Community Support and Engagement.

“Congratulations to this year’s Summit Award winners, whose range of activities speak to the incredible influence associations wield on society,” said Barry Pilson, CAE, Vice President, Membership and Marketing, National Business Officers Association and this year’s chair of the Power of A Awards Judging Committee. “We look forward to celebrating exceptional work in the association community every year, but with the challenges presented by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it’s especially gratifying in ASAE’s Centennial year to recognize and salute association excellence. Associations make a notable difference in the world and that’s one thing this current crisis has only magnified.”

This year’s winners are:

American Council of Life Insurers

Washington, DC

Program: Passage of The SECURE Act

American Geophysical Union

Washington, DC

Program: AGU Centennial Grants Program

American Public Power Association

Arlington, VA

Program: Light Up Navajo

Coin Laundry Association

Oakbrook Terrace, IL

Program: LaundryCares Foundation

Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association

Fairfield, NJ

Program: The Gender Parity Collaborative

National Association for the Education of Young Children

Washington, DC

Program: Unifying Framework for the Early Childhood Education Profession

“Congratulations to all of the 2020 Summit Award recipients. During these challenging times it is important create opportunities for us to come together as a community to celebrate and recognize the positive impact that associations continue to have on society,” said ASAE President and CEO, Susan Robertson, CAE. “While the celebration might look different this year, we look forward to honoring the work your association staff, members, and volunteers have done to create these winning programs.”

In addition to the six Summit Award winners, the Power of A Awards Judging Committee selected 21 association programs to receive a Power of A Gold Award and 39 associations to receive a Power of A Silver Award.

ASAE’s Power of A — Virtual Summit Awards on September 30 will bring together association executives, industry partners and business and community leaders for an evening to celebrate the value of associations and their impact on society.

Tickets will be complimentary. Full event and sponsorship information will be available soon. Contact summitdinner@asaecenter.org with questions.

MEDIA CONTACT: Lauren Precker, CAE, lprecker@asaecenter.org, 202-626-2735.

About ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership

ASAE is celebrating 100 years of making society smarter, better and safer. The Centennial anniversary represents ASAE’s role as a leader and supporter of progress and innovation in the association industry.  ASAE is a membership organization of more than 50,000 association executives and industry partners representing 2,000 organizations. Since it was established 100 years ago, its members have and continue to lead, manage, and work in or partner with organizations in more than a dozen association management disciplines, from executive management to finance to technology. With the support of the ASAE Research Foundation, a separate nonprofit entity, ASAE is the premier source of learning, knowledge, and future-oriented research for the association and nonprofit profession and provides resources, education, ideas, and advocacy to enhance the power and performance of the association and nonprofit community. Visit ASAE at asaecenter.org.

ASAE Welcomes Mighty Citizen as New Event Partner

ASAE announces Mighty Citizen has signed-on as an Event Partner in its Alliance Partnership Program.

“The association industry is made up of a diverse community of organizations that touch every aspect of our daily lives. With decades of association experience, Mighty Citizen has embraced that diversity and developed a deep understanding that no two associations are the same. Through this partnership, our members can access new ideas and tools that can accelerate their pace toward meaningful outcomes through marketing and communications,” said Susan Robertson, CAE, ASAE President and CEO.

The Alliance Partnership Program was developed to provide the industry partner community with opportunities to align itself with ASAE and the association sector through customized marketing platforms. It also offers partners the chance to help build and maintain year-round relationships with ASAE members and nonprofit communities worldwide.

“Mighty Citizen has been making associations stronger since 1999. Partnering with ASAE aligns with our mission and values, especially as they celebrate 100 years of advancing and advocating for associations.  Our clients are change-makers. Not only is our agency called Mighty Citizen but we work with mighty citizens every day. They work inside associations, changing the world by helping people further their careers and impact,” Nick Weynand, Founder and CEO of Mighty Citizen.

“In partnership with ASAE, we’ll create mightier marketing, brands, and websites that further the work and advocacy of associations to increase their results,” Weynand continued.

For more information about the ASAE Alliance Partnership program, please visit ASAE or contact Dan Melesurgo at dmelesurgo@asaecenter.org.

MEDIA CONTACT: Lauren Precker, CAE, lprecker@asaecenter.org, 202-626-2735.

About Mighty Citizen

Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with a satellite office in greater Washington D.C., Mighty Citizen is the branding and digital transformation agency for associations. Using a proven process for branding, marketing, and digital communications, this award-winning agency helps associations better connect with their members, increase revenue, and improve society. Driven by data and a belief in human-centered design, Mighty Citizen has produced measurable results for its diverse portfolio of clients since 1999. These clients include American Association of Veterinary State Boards, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Texas Society of Association Executives, National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, and Texas Restaurant Association. For client case studies and more, visit www.mightycitizen.com.

About ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership

ASAE is celebrating 100 years of making society smarter, better and safer. The Centennial anniversary represents ASAE’s role as a leader and supporter of progress and innovation in the association industry.  ASAE is a membership organization of more than 50,000 association executives and industry partners representing 2,027 organizations. Since it was established 100 years ago, its members have and continue to lead, manage, and work in or partner with organizations in more than a dozen association management disciplines, from executive management to finance to technology. With the support of the ASAE Research Foundation, a separate nonprofit entity, ASAE is the premier source of learning, knowledge, and future-oriented research for the association and nonprofit profession and provides resources, education, ideas, and advocacy to enhance the power and performance of the association and nonprofit community. Visit ASAE at asaecenter.org.

ASAE Announces Graham, Steele, Zaniello Receive Highest Individual Honors for Exceptional Leadership

ASAE will posthumously bestow John H. Graham IV, FASAE, CAE, past President and CEO of ASAE, with this year’s Key Award. In addition, James J. Zaniello, FASAE, President of Vetted Solutions, will be presented with the Academy of Leaders Award; and Rhea M. Steele, CAE, Chief of Staff of the School Nutrition Association, will receive the Professional Performance Award.

“On behalf of the committee, congratulations to the 2020 Individual Honors recipients. During these challenging times it is important to shine a light on the positive impact that our colleagues have made, not only in their volunteer work with ASAE, but throughout the association community,” said Christie Tarantino-Dean, FASAE, CAE, CEO, Institute of Food Technologists and chair of the 2020 Awards & Recognition Selection Committee.

John H. Graham IV is the 71st recipient of the Key Award, and the first to be posthumously honored.  This award is presented to association chief staff executives who demonstrate exceptional qualities of leadership in their association and display a deep commitment to voluntary membership organizations.

Prior to his death in January, John served the association community as President and CEO of ASAE for over 16 years. Before leading the organization, he was an active ASAE volunteer and served as an ASAE board member from 1994 -1997, a member of the ASAE Research Foundation board from 2000 – 2003, as well as chair of the Foundation Development Committee (2002-2003), and chair of the Key Philanthropic Organization Committee (1996-1997). Since becoming an ASAE member in 1988, he served on several other committees including the Associations Advance America Judging Committee, Foundation Finance Committee, Partners Advisory Forum, Membership Professionals Advisory Council, and the Joint Planning Committee. John was also known for his dedication to promoting ASAE’s Power of A initiative and his unwavering support of diversity, equity and inclusion programs and legislation.

“The Awards & Recognition Committee is taking action to support John’s diversity, equity and inclusion legacy along with ASAE’s ongoing efforts by taking steps to create a more transparent and inclusive awards program,” said Matthew R. D’Uva, FASAE, CAE, CEO, American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases and vice-chair of the 2020 Awards & Recognition Selection Committee. “The goal of these changes is to create a pool of applicants that reflects the diverse makeup of the association community.”

James J. Zaniello is the 33rd recipient of the Academy of Leaders Award which is given to consultants or industry partners who have demonstrated exemplary support of ASAE and the entire association community. Jim served as chair of the ASAE Political Action Committee (APAC) (2001-2003), as well as chair of the Foundation Development Committee (2011-2012). He has also been active on several other committees since 1997 including the Industry Partner Alliance, Executive Management Professionals Advisory Council, CAE Commission, Healthcare Community Committee, AMC Professionals Advisory Committee, Key Consultants Committee, and Fellows Recipients. Through his professional work, Jim has collaborated with the Florida Society of Association Executives to produce a diversity and inclusion focused research study, and with the ASAE Research Foundation team to compile data for a study that will examine the use of Interim CEOs and Executive Directors.

Rhea M. Steele is the 46th recipient of ASAE’s Professional Performance Award. It recognizes invaluable contributions made by association executives who are at the top level in their organizations but are not CEOs. Rhea has been an active volunteer since 2011. She served as vice-chair (2014-2015), and chair (2015-2016) of the National Capital Area Advisory Council and has been a member of the Gold Circle Awards Committee, the Technology Professionals Advisory Council, and was recently appointed to the CAE Commission. In addition to her committee work, Rhea helps to advance the association profession by leading prospective CAE candidates through the ASAE CAE Exam Kickoff Course and is a co-founder of the Association Women Technology Champions group.

The awards will be presented during the 2020 ASAE Virtual Annual Meeting & Exposition, August 10-12. To learn more about ASAE’s Individual Honors criteria and selection process, visit https://asae-honors.secure-platform.com/a/page/ASAEHonors.

ASAE to Take 2020 Learning Virtual Due to COVID-19 Public Health and Safety Concerns

With the public health and safety of the ASAE community of utmost concern, ASAE will hold all meetings, conferences and other scheduled learning programs virtually for the balance of 2020.

ASAE’s learning content has been entirely virtual during the COVID-19 pandemic, and ASAE is currently planning its first-ever fully Virtual ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition August 10-12 to replace the in-person Annual Meeting in Las Vegas that was cancelled last month.

While Washington, DC, and other parts of the country are in various stages of reopening, more than a dozen states are reporting a spike in new coronavirus cases and hospitalizations as restrictions have been lifted on businesses and large gatherings. Public health officials have also raised the possibility of COVID-19 resurgence this fall. Potentially exposing those in attendance at an ASAE program to COVID-19 is not a risk ASAE will accept.

“The impact of COVID-19 on in-person events across the association community is truly unprecedented,” said ASAE President and CEO Susan Robertson, CAE. “As was the case in ASAE’s decision to cancel its in-person Annual Meeting & Exposition in Las Vegas in August, our top priority in all of our decision-making about learning programs this year continues to be the health and safety of our attendees, industry partners, speakers, staff and volunteers. The good news is that the pandemic has made us accustomed to rapid change and we have the technology platforms to deliver exceptional learning content and continue to inform, educate and inspire our community in a virtual experience.”

Among the larger conferences on ASAE’s 2020 events calendar is the Technology Exploration Conference (TEC), which was scheduled to take place Dec. 8-9 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC, and typically draws up to 1,000 attendees. This conference will also be held virtually.

“TEC 2020 is a perfect event to deliver virtually and, by making the decision now, this allows the staff team and volunteers to focus on planning and delivering the best Virtual TEC for attendees and exhibitors,” said Amy Ledoux, CAE, CMP, ASAE’s Chief Learning and Meetings Officer. “More information will be shared in September.”

Other planned face-to-face meetings on ASAE’s 2020 calendar are being transitioned to virtual as well. The ASAE Learning team, along with content leaders, are focused on reimagining the deliverables, platform and learning experiences needed to sustain association leaders and their staffs through the rest of the year, Ledoux said. ASAE members who are already registered for planned face-to-face meetings this summer and fall will be contacted by ASAE staff and updated on plans for virtual offerings. As was the case with the Spring CAE Exam, candidates for the December CAE Exam will likely have the option of taking the exam at a scheduled testing site or at their home or other location with a live online proctoring option (LOP). The LOP will be dependent on approval from the accrediting body.

Please consult the ASAE website for details about cancellation policies and procedures, as well as updates to scheduled learning programs, meetings and conferences through the end of the year. ASAE’s COVID-19 round-up page also contains a wealth of resources for the ASAE community.

ASAE Virtual Annual Meeting & Exposition Announces Leon Logothetis, Shiza Shahid, and Duncan Wardle as Keynote Speakers for 2020 Event

The ASAE Virtual Annual Meeting & Exposition will take place August 10 – 12, 2020.  Attendees will experience education sessions, networking opportunities, Centennial celebrations, and the expo hall all through the virtual meeting environment created for ASAE using the Intrado platform. 

“ASAE hosted its first Annual Meeting & Exposition at the Curtis Hotel in Lenox, MA in October 1920. This year’s virtual annual meeting is a testament to the strength, resiliency, and relevancy of the association community as we prepare to host the same event almost exactly 100 years later,” said ASAE President and CEO, Susan Robertson, CAE. “The challenges of COVID-19 impacting every part of our daily lives, along with trying to understand how the association industry can effect changes in the fight against social injustice are complicated to assess, yet critical to act on. Now, more than ever, we must come together as a community to learn from each other, have those hard conversations, and define the work that needs to be done as we move into the next century.” 

The 2020 opening keynote speaker is Leon Logothetis, Global adventurer, motivational speaker, philanthropist, and author/creator of book and Netflix show, The Kindness Diaries.  Shiza Shahid, Co-Founder of Our Place, Founder of NowVentures; and Co-Founder & Founding CEO of the Malala Fund will kick-off day two. The final keynote from Duncan Wardle, former head of innovation for Disney, will address innovation during times of crisis.  

In addition, five Game Changer sessions will allow attendees to hear inspiring speakers from a variety of professional backgrounds who include: Risha Grant, Founder and CEO, Risha Grant LLC, will present key factors for effectively engaging diverse groups and tips to communicate to and attract new markets. Steve Lerch, President of Story Arc Consulting will share how to embrace an innovative culture with stories from his time at Google. #1 New York Times bestselling author of What Do You Want To Do Before You Die?, star of the MTV show The Buried Life, and co-founder of The Buried Life movement, Ben Nemtin, will share his message of service, gratitude and endless potential. Afshin Molavi, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Institute at Johns Hopkins University and Co-Director, emerge85 Lab, will share trends on key global issues. The final Game Changer, Priya Parker, author of the The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why it Matters, will explore how we can be together apart. . 

To learn more about all of the education opportunities, registration, and events, visit the ASAE Virtual Annual Meeting website

NOTE: Members of the press receive complimentary registration to attend the event. Please contact the ASAE Public Relations department to request your complimentary pass. 

ASAE thanks the following Alliance Partners for their continued support of the association community: 

Strategic Partners 
Atlanta CVB
Destination Canada Business Events
Choose Chicago
Experience Columbus
Community Brands
Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB
Naylor Association Solutions
Discover Puerto Rico

Corporate Partners
Visit Austin
Caesars Entertainment 
Destination Cleveland
Visit Dallas
DelCor Technology Solutions
Fonteva
Louisville Tourism
Visit Omaha
Travel Portland
Visit Salt Lake 
Visit San Jose 

Event Partners
IMIS by Advanced Solutions International
The Broadmoor
CliftonLarsonAllen
Experient
Higher Logic Manifest
MemberClicks
OpenWater
Discover the Palm Beaches 

Global Partners 
Dubai Association Center 
Korea MICE Bureau  
Singapore Tourism Board M

ASAE Launching American Associations Week to Push for Congressional Aid for Pandemic-Distressed Industry

ASAE has scheduled a virtual American Associations Week 2020 for June 15-18 to build support for much-needed legislative assistance for America’s trade and professional associations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

American Associations Week (AAW) will engage the association community in a collective response designed to educate legislators and Capitol Hill staff about the plight of America’s 501(c)(6) associations, the myriad ways they are assisting struggling industries and professions during the pandemic, and the urgent need for Congress to include them in the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) in the next COVID relief package.

American Associations Week will serve as a free, virtual education and advocacy event for associations after ASAE’s American Associations Day had to be postponed during the initial spread of the coronavirus in the U.S. back in March.

Events are scheduled throughout the week for associations to learn the state of play for ASAE’s COVID-19 policy asks on Capitol Hill; hear how other associations are effectively communicating about their industries and professions during the pandemic; and examine how research and data are serving as critical tools for informing policymakers in digital advocacy campaigns. ASAE’s Public Policy team is providing a robust package of materials, social media messaging and other tools to help enhance our community’s voice during the week-long virtual fly-in. Participants can pick and choose which sessions they want to participate in throughout the week. A full AAW schedule can be found on The Power of A website.

“Like the industries and professions they represent, associations find themselves in financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said ASAE President and CEO Susan Robertson, CAE. “Associations need access to emergency federal assistance to continue to support the industries and professions that will put the U.S. and world economy back to work when this crisis abates. American Associations Week is about telling our community’s story and helping Congress understand that associations have been working without a safety net throughout this pandemic to help their members and the American workforce stay afloat, and we won’t be able to continue our efforts without access to some of the same COVID-19 relief programs that Congress has already approved for small businesses and other industries.”

Associations are essential to the U.S. economy, providingeducation and professional development for America’s workforce; creating product and safety standards for everything from food packaging to new building construction; defining and advancing standards for professional certification and codes of ethics in a wide range of professional fields; and organizing community assistance programs and responding in times of greatest need, including after natural disasters or catastrophic events such as the current pandemic.

MEDIA CONTACT: Lauren Precker, CAE, lprecker@asaecenter.org, 202-626-2735.

About ASAE

ASAE is celebrating 100 years of making society smarter, better and safer. The Centennial anniversary represents ASAE’s role as a leader and supporter of progress and innovation in the association industry.  ASAE is a membership organization of more than 48,000 association executives and industry partners representing 7,400 organizations. Since it was established 100 years ago, its members have and continue to lead, manage, and work in or partner with organizations in more than a dozen association management disciplines, from executive management to finance to technology. With the support of the ASAE Research Foundation, a separate nonprofit entity, ASAE is the premier source of learning, knowledge, and future-oriented research for the association and nonprofit profession and provides resources, education, ideas, and advocacy to enhance the power and performance of the association and nonprofit community. Visit ASAE at asaecenter.org.

ASAE Announces the 2020-2022 DELP Class

ASAE has selected 12 scholars for the 2020–2022 Diversity Executive Leadership Program (DELP) class. DELP is a two-year program that supports individuals from under-represented identity groups to advance into the ranks of leadership in the association management profession. DELP scholars participate in an accelerated leadership program of education, mentoring, and volunteer service in the association community.

The 2020-2022 DELP class is coming together during a historic and challenging time for not only the association community but the world at large. Due to COVID-19,the annual DELP reunion was cancelled. However, ASAE is developing alternative plans to recognize and celebrate the new class of DELP scholars during the Virtual ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition.

“Congratulations to the members of the 2020-2022 DELP Class. You are now a part of a legacy of talented association professionals who have used their unique sets of knowledge and experiences to make positive changes in the association community,” said ASAE President and CEO, Susan Robertson. “While the impact of COVID-19 has changed how we celebrate the new DELP class, it will not deter the future contributions of this distinguished class. And that is something I look forward to.

ASAE would also like to thank the Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau (DMCVB) for their ongoing support of the DELP program for twenty years. DMCVB’s support has resulted in developing more than 200 diverse and inclusive leaders throughout the association industry.

This year’s class includes:

Tiki Ayiku, MA

Assistant Vice President for Professional Development

NASPA–Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education

Washington, DC

Ernest J. Barrens, CAE

Director, Chapter Relations -Northeast Region

American Inns of Court
Alexandria, VA

Anikia Brown, MS

Marketing and Communications Manager

National League for Nursing
Washington, DC

Andrew T. Dailey, MDiv., MS

Director, Minority Fellowship Program

American Psychological Association
Washington, DC

Matt J. Granato, LLM, MBA

Chief Executive Officer

Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Washington, DC

Shameka Jennings, MTA, CMP

Director of Meetings and Partnership Development

National Coalition of STD Directors

Washington, DC

Liz Jones, CAE

Chief Revenue Officer

Online Lenders Alliance
Arlington, VA

Jakeeva Lee, CIPS, AHWD

Manager, External Affairs

Chicago Association of Realtors
Chicago, IL

Tia Perry

Director, Business Development and Partnerships

Associated Builders and Contractors
Washington, DC

Alexis Redmond, JD, MA, CAE

Director, Career Management Resources

American Speech-Hearing Language Association
Rockville, MD

Nate Wambold, CMP

Director, Meetings & Conferences

American Anthropological Association
Arlington, VA

Ben Yzaguirre, M.Ed.

Director of Faculty Development and e-Learning

American Dental Education Association
Washington, DC

Media Contact: Lauren Precker, CAE, lprecker@asaecenter.org, 202-626-2735.

About ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership

ASAE is celebrating 100 years of making society smarter, better and safer. The Centennial anniversary represents ASAE’s role as a leader and supporter of progress and innovation in the association industry.  ASAE is a membership organization of more than 48,000 association executives and industry partners representing 7,400 organizations. Since it was established 100 years ago, its members have and continue to lead, manage, and work in or partner with organizations in more than a dozen association management disciplines, from executive management to finance to technology. With the support of the ASAE Research Foundation, a separate nonprofit entity, ASAE is the premier source of learning, knowledge, and future-oriented research for the association and nonprofit profession and provides resources, education, ideas, and advocacy to enhance the power and performance of the association and nonprofit community. Visit ASAE at asaecenter.org.