ASAE Announces Siri Lindley as Closing Keynote for 2018 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition

June 28, 2018

WASHINGTON—ASAE announces Siri Lindley, a world champion triathlete, coach, and author, will be the closing keynote at the 2018 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition in Chicago. ASAE is expecting close to 6,000 association professionals and industry partners in Chicago.

Lindley will offer inspiring lessons on how to cultivate the mindset of a champion and give advice on how leaders can unlock the potential in the people they lead. She will provide insights on how to focus on one’s strengths rather than on one’s weaknesses. Lindley will share a compelling story about her journey of personal growth, self-belief, and self-discovery.  

“We are excited to have Siri Lindley. She will share experiences on how to leverage peoples’ potential within the organization, and how being inclusive brings positive results,” said ASAE President & CEO John H. Graham IV, FASAE, CAE. “She will inspire us and demonstrate how changing one’s focus leads to long-term success and accomplishing your goals.” 

Lindley is the author of Surfacing: From the Depths of Self-Doubt to Winning Big and Living Fearlessly, and she has been inducted into both the Brown University Hall of Fame and USA Triathlon Hall of Fame.  

Along with Lindley and opening keynoter Yancey Strickler, ASAE will have several Game Changers speakers this year including: Tina Tchen of Times Up Legal Defense Fund, Seth Mattison of Luminate Labs, Rich Karlgaard of Forbes, and Gabby Riviera of Marvel Comics.

ASAE has five career and knowledge pathways: Global Operations is hosted by Global Partners at Dubai Association Centre and Korea Tourism Organization; Healthcare Associations is hosted by Canada Business Events; CEO and ED Executive Education is hosted by Naylor; Senior Executives Aspiring to CEO is hosted by Choose Chicago; and the Young Professionals as Future Leaders is hosted by Visit Columbus.

“These pathways were developed with and for our members to support personal educational goals at key steps on the career ladder as well as to help learners at the conference engage in an in-depth professional development plan to move their careers forward,” says Rhonda Payne, CAE, chief learning officer.  
Early bird registration deadline is July 18. To see all the education offerings for this year’s conference, visit the ASAE Annual Meeting website. 

NOTE: Members of the press receive complimentary registration to attend the event. Please contact 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
Canada Business Events
Choose Chicago
Experience Columbus 
Community Brands
Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB  
Naylor Association Solutions
Visit San Jose

Corporate Partners
Visit Austin
Visit Baltimore
Destination Cleveland
Visit Dallas  
DelCor Technology Solutions
Louisville CVB 
Visit Omaha 
Visit Salt Lake

Event Partners
iMIS by Advanced Solutions International 
The Broadmoor 
Higher Logic
Johnson Lambert LLP and Vault Consulting 
Mexico Tourism Board 
Discover The Palm Beaches

MEDIA CONTACT: Sabrina Kidwai, APR, CAE, 202-326-9505.

About ASAE 
ASAE is a membership organization of more than 40,000 association executives and industry partners representing 7,200 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