2020 Archives

December 21, 2020

ASAE Applauds Congress for Addressing 501(c)(6) Needs in Year-End COVID-19 Stimulus Package

WASHINGTON— Following months of sustained advocacy from ASAE and many other associations, Congress is on the verge of passing year-end legislation later today that finally expands eligibility for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to include 501(c)(6) organizations that meet certain qualifying conditions.

December 10, 2020

ASAE’s TEC 20 Delivers Technology-DrivenSolutions & Connections for Associations

WASHINGTON— More than 2,580 association and industry professionals participated in the ASAE Technology Exploration Conference (TEC 20) December 7-9, taking part in over 30 high-level learning sessions tailored to the needs of an increasingly technology-driven community.

November 19, 2020

ASAE Board Approves Three-Year Strategic Plan, Enlists Volunteer Leaders in Building Culture Shift

WASHINGTON— The ASAE and ASAE Research Foundation Board of Directors on Nov. 17 approved a three-year strategic direction that will help ASAE reimagine its next chapter of impact and growth as the professional home for association leaders.

November 16, 2020

ASAE Extends Virtual Meetings Through February 2021 Due to COVID-19 Public Health and Safety Concerns

WASHINGTON— Due to continued concerns for the health and safety of all members, industry partners, volunteer leaders, staff and other stakeholders during the COVID-19 pandemic, ASAE has decided to extend its virtual meeting planning through February 2021.

November 9, 2020

ASAE Welcomes Association Software Providers JL Systems, Inc., as New Corporate Partner

WASHINGTON— ASAE has announced that JL Systems, Inc., which supports associations throughout the U.S. and Canada with advanced software solutions, has signed on as a new corporate partner in ASAE’s Alliance Partnership Program, starting Nov. 9.

Nov 4, 2020

Association CareerHQ To Be Founding Sponsor of [email protected]TM

WASHINGTON— ASAE announces Association CareerHQ, ASAE’s center for career and talent management resources, will be the Founding Sponsor of [email protected]TM effective November 1, 2020.

Oct 22, 2020

ASAE Board Chair Announces Selection of Executive Search Firm to Find Next CEO – National Search for President and CEO will be led by Spencer Stuart

WASHINGTON— Today, Stephen J. Caldeira, ASAE Board Chair and President & CEO, Household & Commercial Products Association, Washington, DC, announced that Spencer Stuart, a global executive search firm will lead the search to hire ASAE’s next President and CEO effective September 1, 2021. Currently, Susan Robertson, CAE, is serving as President & CEO on an 18-month contract that will end August 31, 2021.

Oct 19, 2020

ASAE Welcomes Digital Marketing Experts Feathr as New Event Partner

WASHINGTON— ASAE has announced that Feathr, a leading provider of marketing technology for associations and event organizers, has signed on as a new event partner in ASAE’s Alliance Partnership Program, starting Nov. 1.

October 14, 2020

Cunningham Named Senior VP, Public Policy, in ASAE’s Move to Reinforce Commitment to Strong Advocacy

Cunningham Named Senior VP, Public Policy, in ASAE’s Move to Reinforce Commitment to Strong Advocacy WASHINGTON— Reinforcing its commitment to strong, effective advocacy on behalf of the association community, ASAE has announced that Mary Kate Cunningham, CAE, has been promoted to senior vice president of public policy.

Oct 5, 2020

ASAE Research Foundation Announces Recipient of Inaugural Sal Martino Legacy Grant for DEI Research

WASHINGTON— The ASAE Research Foundation announced today the recipient of the inaugural Sal Martino Legacy Grant for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Research: Jennifer Wade-Berg, Ph.D., CNP, Associate Professor & Campus Executive Director of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, Wellstar College of Health and Human Services, Kennesaw State University.

Sept 28, 2020

ASAE Again Delivers Sign-On Letter to Congress Urging Access to PPP for 501(c)(6) Community

WASHINGTON— As Congress attempts to negotiate a likely final COVID-19 relief package for affected individuals, small businesses and industries before the November elections, ASAE has delivered another letter to Capitol Hill this week with more than 2,300 signatories requesting access to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for Section 501(c)(6) organizations.

September 17, 2020

ASAE Announces Virtual Power of A-Summit Awards Experience

WASHINGTON— For the first time in a virtual format, ASAE will host the 2020 Summit Awards event to recognize award recipients on Wednesday, September 30, from 6 – 7 PM EDT. Thanks to generous sponsors, registration is complimentary. Attendees will be able to enjoy a variety of virtual experiences and performances from the comfort and safety of home.

September 8, 2020

ASAE Board Chair Announces Formation of CEO Search Committee

WASHINGTON— Today, Stephen J. Caldeira, ASAE Board Chair and President & CEO, Household & Commercial Products Association, Washington, DC, announced an 11-member search committee that will oversee the search process to hire a permanent CEO effective September 1, 2021. Currently, Susan Robertson, CAE, is serving as ASAE President & CEO on an 18-month contract that will end August 31, 2021.

September 11, 2020

ASAE Announces 132 Professionals Earned Prominent CAE Credential

WASHINGTON— 132 association executives recently received their Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential from the CAE Commission of ASAE, joining more than 4,500 industry leaders worldwide.

August 13, 2020

2020 ASAE Virtual Annual Meeting & Exposition Breaks Event Registration Record

WASHINGTON— 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.

August 12, 2020

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

WASHINGTON— 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.

August 10, 2020

ASAE Research Foundation Releases Multi-Year Centennial Research Report

WASHINGTON— 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.

August 6, 2020

Circles123 to Offer ASAE-Endorsed Concierge Service Solution

WASHINGTON— ASAE and ASAE Business Services, Inc. announces its partnership with Circles123 as the provider of the ASAE-Endorsed Concierge Service Solution. Circles, the global leader in concierge and personal assistant services is the exclusive provider of concierge services to the association community through Circles123.

July 31, 2020

ASAE Names the 2020 ‘Power of A’ Award Winners

WASHINGTON— 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.

July 27, 2020

ASAE Welcomes Mighty Citizen as New Event Partner

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

July 1, 2020

ASAE Delivers Community Sign-On Letter to Congress to Support Associations Impacted by COVID-19

WASHINGTON— ASAE delivered a community sign-on letter to Congress on Tuesday, alongside 2,200 organizations, requesting assistance for nonprofit associations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

June 30, 2020

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

WASHINGTON— 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.

June 17, 2020

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

WASHINGTON—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.

June 16, 2020

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

WASHINGTON—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.

June 15, 2020

Nominees for ASAE and ASAE Foundation Board of Directors Announced by Leadership Committee

WASHINGTON—The Leadership Committee of ASAE and the ASAE Research Foundation has selected the following nominees to serve on the ASAE and the ASAE Research Foundation Boards of Directors for Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21), which begins September 1, 2020.

June 4, 2020

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

WASHINGTON—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.

May 28, 2020

ASAE Announces the 2020-2022 DELP Class

WASHINGTON—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.

May 27, 2020

ASAE Voices Support for Pandemic Risk Insurance Act (H.R. 7011) Introduced by Rep. Carolyn Maloney

WASHINGTON—ASAE endorsed a bill introduced on May 26 by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) to create the Pandemic Risk Insurance Program, a system of shared public and private compensation for business interruption losses resulting from future pandemics or public health emergencies.

May 18, 2020

ASAE Urges Senate Passage of COVID-19 Relief for Revenue-Challenged Associations

WASHINGTON— ASAE is appreciative of congressional action in the U.S. House of Representatives on May 15 to provide specific relief through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for associations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

May 12, 2020

ASAE, MGM Resorts Announce Cancellation of Face-to-Face 2020 Annual Meeting & Exposition in Las Vegas Due to COVID-19

WASHINGTON— ASAE, in close collaboration with MGM Resorts International, announced today it will cancel its in-person 2020 Annual Meeting & Exposition, scheduled to be held August 8-11, at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas due to public health and safety concerns related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

May 5, 2020

Passageways to Offer ASAE-Endorsed Virtual Board Meeting Management Solution

WASHINGTON— ASAE and ASAE Business Services, Inc. announce its partnership with Passageways as the provider of the ASAE-Endorsed Virtual Board Meeting Management Solution. Passageways’ board meeting management product, OnBoard, serves the governance needs of an array of association and nonprofit organizations across the country and around the world. This partnership will help associations navigate the COVID-19 crisis by offering free access for all new accounts through August 31, 2020.

May 4, 2020

ASAE Announces Five Association Leaders for 2020 Class of Fellows

WASHINGTON— Five association leaders have been selected for ASAE’s 2020 Class of Fellows. The Fellows program recognizes individual accomplishments and contributions to ASAE and the association sector, and it is a call to service for the profession.

May 1, 2020

Virtual ASAE Marketing, Membership & Communications Event Sees Three Times Normal Attendance

WASHINGTON— Over 3,000 individuals registered for the reimagined one-day virtual Marketing, Membership, & Communications Conference on April 29. The previously scheduled event on April 16-17 was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The virtual MMCC was the largest ever with registration over three times higher than the event’s highest recorded attendance in 2015. The event could not have happened without the support of ASAE's Strategic Partner; Naylor Association Solutions; the virtual platform provider TopClass LMS by WBT Systems who made it possible for attendees to access the event free of charge, and Matchbox Virtual who provided video production services for the event.

April 27, 2020

ASAE Applauds Recent Congressional Support for 501(c)(6) Inclusion in COVID-19 Small Business Loan Program

WASHINGTON— ASAE applauds recent bipartisan efforts on Capitol Hill to include Section 501(c)(6) trade and professional associations in the types of businesses eligible to apply for small business loans established by the recently-enacted CARES Act.

April 24, 2020

ASAE Research Foundation Announces Recipient and Update to Scholarly Research Grant Program

WASHINGTON— The ASAE Research Foundation named the latest academic institution to receive a grant from the Scholarly Research in Association Management Grants Program (SRGP). The SRGP provides investigators with funds to conduct research on a cross-section of topics relevant to association and member-based organization management. This cycle’s recipient will receive a $13,250 grant that starts on April 15 and lasts for 18 months.

April 13, 2020

Dr. Sharon E. Moss Named ASAE Research Foundation President

WASHINGTON— Effective April 16, Dr. Sharon E. Moss, Ph.D., CAE will take on a new role leading the ASAE Research Foundation as President and Chief Research Officer.

April 9, 2020

ASAE Reveals 2020 Gold Circle Awards Winners

WASHINGTON— ASAE announces the winners of the 2020 Gold Circle Awards competition, which denotes excellence, innovation, and achievement in association/nonprofit marketing, membership, and communications programs. With the cancellation of the 2020 Marketing, Membership & Communications Conference due to COVID-19, ASAE will be taking a new, creative approach to recognize, celebrate and share the work of GCA Awardees.

April 3, 2020

ASAE Calls for More Association-Specific Relief for COVID-19 Impacted Organizations

WASHINGTON— ASAE applauded Congress for swiftly constructing a $2.2 trillion emergency coronavirus relief package last week, while calling on policymakers to include more association-specific relief in a fourth relief package currently taking shape.

March 30, 2020

ASAE Selects THRUUE Inc. as Strategic Planning Consultant

WASHINGTON— With the full participation of the ASAE and ASAE Research Foundation Board of Directors, ASAE launched a strategic planning process on March 20. The meeting was conducted by THRUUE Inc., the firm chosen to facilitate the organization’s strategic planning process. THRUUE Inc. was chosen from a field of six finalists who submitted proposals to ASAE through an open selection process.

March 6, 2020

2020 ASAE Great Ideas Conference Attendees Encouraged Explore, Expand, and Elevate

WASHINGTON— From March 1-3, a total of 424 association executives and industry partners convened for the first time in Salt Lake City, Utah for ASAE’s 2020 Great Ideas Conference at The Grand America Hotel. Over three days, ASAE had 7 Main Stage speakers, hosted by Visit Salt Lake, in addition to 35 Idea lab sessions, three workshops, and four leadership intensive offsite opportunities.

March 5, 2020

ASAE Board of Directors Appoints Susan Robertson President and CEO

WASHINGTON— The ASAE Board of Directors today announced an executive staffing decision that will position the organization for sustained growth following the death of longtime president and CEO John H. Graham IV, FASAE, CAE, in January.

February 27, 2020

ASAE Announces Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Fund in Honor of John H. Graham IV, FASAE, CAE

WASHINGTON— In celebration of the life and legacy of John H. Graham IV, FASAE, ASAE’s Board of Directors has approved the creation of a diversity, equity, and inclusion fund established through the ASAE Research Foundation. This fund will remain partially restricted to diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, which will allow resources from the fund to be allocated to any DEI program as needed, as guided by volunteers and determined by staff.

February 13, 2020

ASAE Announces 190 Professionals Earned CAE Credential

WASHINGTON— One hundred and ninety association executives recently earned their Certified Association Executive (CAE®) credential from the CAE Commission of ASAE, joining more than 4,400 industry leaders worldwide.

January 30, 2020

ASAE Research Foundation Announces Three Innovation Grants Program Award Recipients

WASHINGTON— The ASAE Research Foundation named three awardees for the 2020 Innovation Grants Program (IGP). Two recipients will receive $10,000, with the third receiving a two-year $30,000 grant. The winners will be recognized during ASAE’s 2020 Great Ideas Conference, March 1-3, at the Grand America in Salt Lake City, Utah. These grants are funded through support from the SunTrust Foundation, Whiteford, Taylor & Preston L.L.P, GEICO, and Atlanta CVB.

January 30, 2020

ASAE Seeking Nominations for Board Positions

WASHINGTON— ASAE has opened the call for association professionals and industry partners to fill open positions on the ASAE, and the ASAE Research Foundation Board of Directors to help lead the association dedicated to furthering the profession of association management.

January 29, 2020

Amy Ledoux to Lead Combined ASAE Learning & Meetings Departments

WASHINGTON— ASAE has combined its Learning and Meetings Department functions. This decision will enhance member experiences by formally connecting educational curriculum development and delivery with meetings experiences.


January 21, 2020

ASAE Launches Applications for DELP 2020-22 Class

WASHINGTON— ASAE has opened the call for association professionals to apply for the 2020–2022 class of the Diversity Executive Leadership Program (DELP). Deadline for submissions is Monday, March 16. The Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau has been the exclusive sponsor of DELP since 2001

January 15, 2020

ASAE Announces New Membership Benefit: The Member’s Edge Program

WASHINGTON— ASAE members now have access to the Member’s Edge Program featuring curated benefits that help ASAE members succeed personally and save time and money.

January 7, 2020

ASAE Announces Partnership with Meeting Professionals International

WASHINGTON— ASAE and Meeting Professionals International (MPI) announce a partnership in which the two organizations will collaborate on projects and education programs to benefit the association and meeting professional communities. ASAE is the premier source of education, community and advocacy for association professionals around the world. This partnership with MPI will cement both organizations position as leaders in experience design and will focus on developing and certifying expertise among association meetings professionals in tailoring events to the needs and motivations of attendees.