ASAE, Reno-Tahoe USA Hosted NextGen Summit to Identify Ways to Engage Young Professionals

ASAE and its strategic partner Reno-Tahoe USA, who hosted the event, brought together a cross-section of young professionals from across the country to delve into the issues facing the association community, September 18-21, in Reno, Nevada

ASAE and its strategic partner Reno-Tahoe USA, who hosted the event, brought together a cross-section of young professionals from across the country to delve into the issues facing the association community, September 18-21, in Reno, Nevada. The NextGen Summit included guests from ASAE Board of Directors, California Society of Association Executives, The Association Forum of Chicago, and the Texas Society of Association Executives.

Shelly Alcorn, CAE, of Alcorn Associates Management Consulting, led facilitated conversations around different topics including: professional development, opportunities for young professionals, issues they are facing, as well as ways associations can address these issues.

“As the baby boomer generation is set to retire, it’s important for the association community to engage professionals from all generations, so we can ensure we have a pipeline of future leaders. The conference provided insight on how young professionals wanted to be engaged in the community, to learn, and to be heard,” said ASAE President and CEO John H. Graham IV, CAE.

The key findings from the group are:

The biggest opportunities for younger professionals are to establish relationships early in their career, to continue learning post-formal education, and the opportunity to be involved in advancing their industry.

The group encouraged associations to think toward the future, to be proactive in providing what their industry needs, to build collaborative relationships with other organizations, and to explore models that reach beyond the traditional confines of membership.

Attendees were optimistic and had a positive outlook for the long term health and survival of associations.

“As a Strategic Partner of ASAE, Reno Tahoe USA is already a big supporter of education in the association management field. With Gen X and Gen Y managers ascending to roles of greater responsibility, we saw this as the perfect time for a summit with ASAE to start the conversation as well as recognize and train tomorrow's industry leaders,” said Reno-Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority President and CEO Christopher Baum.

MEDIA CONTACT: Sabrina Kidwai, APR, [email protected], 202-326-9505.

About ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership
ASAE is a membership organization of more than 21,000 association executives and industry partners representing 10,000 organizations. Its members manage leading trade associations, individual membership societies and voluntary organizations across the United States and in nearly 50 countries around the world. With support of the ASAE 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. For more information about ASAE, visit www.asaecenter.org.

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