ASAE, Association Forum Expanding Learning Opportunities for Chicago Associations

June 14, 2018

WASHINGTON— ASAE and Association Forum are collaborating to increase “in-person” educational offerings in the Chicago metro area, which is the second largest association market in the United States.

Expanding opportunities to enhance career development and meeting association community needs are a shared priority for both ASAE and Association Forum. The leaders established a collaboration framework that puts the association professional at the center, builds on the strengths of each organization’s programming, and reinforces their joint commitment to the future of associations. 

“We are excited to work with Association Forum to provide members with more opportunities to develop their skills and leadership abilities, strengthening their individual careers, and advancing their associations.” said ASAE President and CEO John H. Graham IV, FASAE, CAE.

Upcoming programs include: 
  • CAE Kickoff, June 13-15
  • Essential Practices in Association Management, July 23
  • Membership Development, July 24
  • Effectively Managing Volunteer Committees & Task Forces, July 25
  • Communication and Public Relations, July 26
  • Developing Your Leadership Potential, July 27
  • Exceptional Boards: CVBs Engaged, August 17-21 (with Destinations International)
  • AMCs Engaged, August 18 (with AMC Institute)
  • Association Law Symposium, August 18
  • CEO Symposium, April 8-9, 2019
“By collaborating with ASAE, we will increase the reach of our mission and the impact of our mutual organizations. It is a positive outcome for the association community. This is a demonstration of the Power of A, “said Michelle Mason, FASAE, CAE, President & CEO of Association Forum. 

“As a board member of both ASAE and Association Forum, I believe this collaboration will be beneficial to the association community at large.” said ABSI Board member and Forum Board member Paul Pomerantz, FASAE, CAE, Chief Executive Officer at the American Society of Anesthesiologists.

Programs are being hosted throughout the Chicago-metro area including: Marriott Marquis, Loews Chicago Downtown hotel, and ADA Conference & Meeting Center in downtown Chicago; ASA Conference Center in Schaumburg; McCormick Place and ASGE Institute for Training and Technology in Downers Grove; and Loews Chicago Downtown Hotel.

ASAE and Association Forum anticipate the programs will bring participants from across the midwest. ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition will be in Chicago from August 18-21. 

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

About Association Forum 
Association Forum’s mission is to "advance the professional practice of association management." Founded in 1916, Association Forum serves 47,000 association professionals whose efforts serve more than 37 million members and generate $22 billion in global annual expenditures. For more information, visit

About ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership 
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