ASAE Community Turns Disruption into Opportunity at 2022 Annual Meeting in Nashville

August 25, 2022

WASHINGTON— Nearly 5,000 association professionals, industry partners and consultants embraced the theme of the 2022 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition in Nashville this week, turning the disruption of the pandemic and other industry-changing events into opportunities to learn, reconnect and advance the powerful association community.

The 2022 ASAE Annual Meeting & Expo exceeded all expectations for ASAE’s first in-person Annual Meeting & Exposition since 2019. The attendance breakdown: 4,912 total attendees, including the highest number of association professionals since 2018 in Chicago, at 2,699; 1,638 exhibitors; and 575 others, which included guests, staff, vendors, volunteers and press.

“After three years, it was absolutely magical to see the ASAE community reunite again at this conference,” said ASAE President and CEO Michelle Mason, FASAE, CAE. “The ASAE Annual Meeting is our flagship event for delivering next-level content, community and connection, and I hope our attendees left reenergized and ready to take their own organizations to new heights. The city of Nashville delivered an outstanding experience for our attendees and we could not imagine a better city or better partners to help welcome back the ASAE community to the face-to-face Annual Meeting experience.”

Attendees of the 2022 ASAE Annual were able to design their own educational experience during the meeting, with more than 100 innovative learning sessions and Main Stage speakers selected for their unique perspectives on leadership, innovation, change management and finding one’s authentic voice. At ASAE’s Association Solutions Marketplace, also known as the Expo, attendees had a one-stop destination for finding the right products and service providers to help their associations achieve success.

The 2022 Annual was also loaded with new engagement opportunities, including Community Pop-ups for under-represented communities to build on relationships formed virtually over the last couple of years, and ASAE’s first-ever Global Summit on the State of the Association Community, which brought together nearly 100 international association leaders for knowledge-sharing and collaboration on common issues and challenges faced by the global association community.

Music City delivered an Opening Celebration at the Ascend Amphitheatre with performances from renowned guitarist and vocalist Regi Wooten and GRAMMY, ACM, CMA, AMA and People’s Choice Award winning super group Little Big Town. The ASAE Research Foundation’s The Classic was a sold-out affair at the Wildhorse Saloon, with performances by Wendy Moten and acclaimed country artist Phil Vassar. The Closing Celebration at Fifth + Broadway, Nashville’s newest downtown development, featured special performances by Joe West and chart-topping pop singer/songwriter Ben Rector.

ASAE also launched a new initiative in Nashville called Meeting Community Needs, which reflects ASAE’s commitment to impact positive change in the host city for its Annual Meeting. At the 2022 ASAE Annual, ASAE and its attendees worked with Hands On Nashville to meet local community needs and deliver materials for local school teachers to use in their classrooms and food packs for local residents experiencing food insecurity. On Tuesday, ASAE also presented Hands On Nashville with a $20,000 donation to continue their important community work.

The 2023 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition will be held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA, August 5-8, 2023.

ASAE thanks its Alliance Partners for their continuing support of ASAE and the association community:


ASAE Alliance Partners

Strategic Partners

Atlanta CVB

Destination Canada Business Events

Experience Columbus

Community Brands

Naylor Association Solutions

Discover Puerto Rico

Visit San Antonio

Visit Tampa Bay


Corporate Partners

Aarwin MEP

Visit Austin

Destination Cleveland

Visit Dallas

DelCor Technology Solutions

Visit Detroit



Visit Lauderdale

Louisville Tourism

Greater Miami CVB

Visit Omaha

The Palm Beaches

Visit Greater Palm Springs

Visit Phoenix

Travel Portland


Visit Reno Tahoe

Visit Salt Lake


Event Partners

360 Live Media



Choose Chicago


Higher Logic


Los Angeles


Mighty Citizen

Meet Minneapolis


Truist Bank

Virginia Beach CVB


Global Partners

Dubai Association Centre

Singapore Tourism Board



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About ASAE

ASAE is a membership organization of more than 46,000 association executives and industry partners. 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