CAE Kickoff

CAE Kickoff

Event Information


Sep 06, 2017 - Sep 08, 2017 Eastern


9:00 AM - 4:15 PM


J.W. Marriott, Jr.–ASAE Conference Center / ASAE Building

1575 I Street NW
Washington, DC 20005
United States

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Are you ready to pursue the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation but don't know where to begin? Maybe you've signed up to take the CAE exam, but you’re not sure how to prepare. If you are ready to earn your CAE, the Kickoff is your first step. And a copy of the CAE Study Guide is included in the price of registration.

The CAE exam covers a broad base of association management knowledge, so there's a lot of information to review, compile, and organize. The Kickoff will help you assess your knowledge of the content, sort out what is and is not covered on the exam, identify content areas you need to focus on, and even rediscover the joys of test-taking.

Register today to:

  • get a solid overview of the nine domains of association management covered in the exam.
  • learn how to approach the exam with the mindset of a chief staff executive.
  • take a practice exam to evaluate your progress and areas that need more attention.
  • develop a study plan.
  • forge long-term relationships with other association professionals and create study groups to help you prepare for the exam.

There is no prereading requirement for this program. Together, participants will review the materials that are considered CAE core resources. A bookstore will be available onsite each day should you wish to purchase reference books in addition to the CAE Study Guide, which is included in the price of registration.

The CAE Kickoff is not affiliated with the CAE certification program. The CAE certification program is governed by the CAE Commission, an independent certifying body of ASAE. In adherence to best practices for certifying bodies, CAE Commission volunteers and CAE staff are not involved in the development of any preparatory program, and no preparatory program is endorsed by the CAE Commission, nor is any such program a prerequisite to earn the CAE. The CAE Commission and its staff are solely responsible for the policies and administration of the CAE program, including application deadlines and qualification requirements.

For more information on this program, contact ASAE Learning at [email protected].

To learn more about CAE certification, visit the CAE page or contact the CAE department at [email protected] or 202-626-2759.

  • Agenda

    • Wednesday, September 6, 2017

      8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
      Registration Opens

      9:00 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.
      Learn the Foundations

      Receive an overview of the program, get into the chief staff executive mindset, review the legal issues relevant to association management, get reacquainted with test-taking, and get the CAE take on finance.

      5:15 – 6:15 p.m.
      Networking Event

      Thursday, September 7, 2017

      8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

      9:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
      Start Thinking Like a CEO

      Explore the domains that act as lenses for executive decision-making, relationship management, and strategic thinking. Explore approaches to studying.

      Friday, September 8, 2017

      7:45 – 8:15 a.m.

      8:15 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
      Bring It All Together

      Review the functional domains that a chief staff executive must understand and manage, and take a mock exam to get familiar with the test.

  • Speakers

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      Mariama S. Boney, MSW, CAE

      Committed to maximizing results and growing initiatives, Mariama Boney, MSW, CAE, has been an administrator, executive, trainer and consultant; serving in associations, higher education and non-profits for 20 years. Currently she serves as the Senior Director, Volunteer Leadership Development and Regional Affairs with NAFSA. She is focused on applying strategic management and leadership to create and produce quality programs and services while developing caring and competent students, leaders, professionals, and boards. Throughout her career with 5 large universities (NOVA, George Mason University, James Madison University, Rochester Institute of Technology and Syracuse University), 3 associations (NAFSA, ACPA and AAUW) and 2 non-profits (Year Up, Inc.,The Salvation Army), she has worked with thousands of academic faculty, administrative leaders, staff, students, parents, boards, community councils, business leaders, volunteers and members. Her primary areas of expertise and passion are educational administration, executive leadership, diversity and inclusion, membership and programs. Next would be public relations, strategic planning, and communications. She is blessed to be an active alumni as a 2008-09 ASAE Diversity Executive Leadership Program Scholar. Originally from Syracuse, New York (Go Orangemen!), Mariama obtained her B.S. and M.S. degree in Social Work from Syracuse University and is a Certified Association Executive (CAE). You can find her having fun in group fitness classes, watching sports, attending musical performances, theater and comedy shows. She loves learning through traveling, networking, reading, TED Talks and watching Master Class on OWN. She is honored to serve as an ASAE CAE Kick-off facilitator, active member, contributor to APAC and the ASAE Foundation, serve on the awards committees for the Gold Circle Awards and Power of A Awards a 2014-15 Immediate Past Chair, 2013-14 Chair and 2012-13 Vice Chair of ASAE's Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

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      George E. Constantine III, Esq.

      George E. Constantine represents numerous trade and professional associations as a partner in the District of Columbia headquarters office of Venable LLP. Venable, comprised of 500-plus lawyers, is widely regarded as the country’s premier law firm in tax-exempt organization representation, particularly in the trade and professional associations arena. George works extensively on tax, governance, and transactional matters for association clients, providing counseling to hundreds of associations and other tax-exempt organizations. George is the former Staff Counsel of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), the national society for trade and professional association executives. George is a frequent author and speaker on legal topics of relevance to the association community.

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      Jamie Saylor, CPA

      Jamie Saylor is the CEO and a founding Member of Vault Consulting. Vault is a highly specialized professional services firm that focuses on providing outsourced accounting, survey research and primary market research services to associations, nonprofits and their affiliates. As the CEO of Vault, Jamie is responsible for running all facets of the business. Jamie has more than six years of executive leadership experience running Vault’s practice groups that were previously part of Veris Consulting. Jamie is a CPA who has spent more than 20 years providing accounting and financial management services to an array of diverse industries. Jamie’s roles have included that as an auditor in a public accounting firm, Johnson Lambert & Co., as well as VP of Finance in corporate accounting for a custom luxury homebuilder, EYA.

      Sarah McConnell, CPA

      As a Principal at Johnson Lambert, Sarah McConnell manages all aspects of performing financial statement audits. She specializes in all three of our industry niches in the Mid-Atlantic area; her experience also includes significant SEC Rule 404 compliance testing and providing consultation services regarding internal control and business operations. Sarah co-manages operations in the Virginia office including marketing, strategic planning, engagement analysis, and personnel oversight. She coordinates recruiting for the Virginia office, including the internship program, office visits, and firm-wide new hire orientations. Prior to joining Johnson Lambert in 2005, Sarah worked at Ernst & Young. Throughout her career, Sarah has been active in the public accounting profession as well as in industry events. Sarah is a graduate of Loyola College in Maryland, where she obtained her Masters of Business Administration and her Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting and mathematics.

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      Charlie Jones, CAE

      Charlie Jones, CAE, Senior Vice President of Global Brand Management for FIA, is responsible for all internal and external marketing, conferences and events, as well as member services and member relationship development. Prior to joining FIA three years ago, Charlie was Vice President of Marketing, Communications and Membership for six years at Heart Rhythm Society in Washington, DC. Before he began his career in non-profit management, Charlie worked in the corporate sector at AT&T for seven years, where he held various management roles in Washington DC, New Jersey and Hong Kong. As an association executive specializing in building organizational capacity and improving effectiveness in marketing and branding, communications, conferences and events, Charlie’s proven leadership has successfully transformed both non-profit and for-profit organizations for over 20 years. He is a frequent speaker at ASAE’s Annual Meeting and conferences and is an active ASAE volunteer, having served on the Marketing Section Council (former Chair), the International Section Council and currently sits on the Meetings & Expositions Section Council. He is especially proud to hold his CAE credential since 2009.

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      Eloiza Altoro, MS, CAE

      Ms. Altoro-Acevedo is President of her own organizational development consulting firm called Mind Redesign Consulting. She has approx. 20 years experience working with and for nonprofit and professional/trade association. She specializes in organizational planning, program and policy development. She is a past adjunct Professor at Springfield College in the Human Service/Management and Organizational leadership Graduate Program. Ms. Altoro has served on a variety of nonprofit Boards, including the Women's Fund of Greater Milwaukee(Vice President), The Certified Association Executive (CAE)Commission (Marketing Chair) Woodlands Charter School (Vice Chair), Latino Community Center (Secretary) and the Alverno Alumni Association. She has also consulted with many nonprofit organizations in the areas of strategic planning, fund development, policy development and much more. Ms. Altoro has an MS in Human Services with an emphasis in Management and Organizational Leadership from Springfield College. She also is a Certified Association Executive (CAE) through the American Society of Association Executives.

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      Michael P. Skiados, CAE

      Mike Skiados, CAE, is an association executive with a proven track record of advancing strategic initiatives and leading teams to higher successes. With over 15 years of experience working in the association and hospitality sectors, Mike has an understanding of how to deliver excellent experiences for members while focusing on an organization’s bottom line. In his current role as Director, Membership, for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), Mike leads a professional team in the delivery of strategic communication and services to audiologists, speech-language pathologists, speech, language, and hearing scientists, audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel, and students. As Chief Operating Officer of the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, he effectively managed the day to day operations and financial performance of the Society, while leading marketing, education, membership and communications initiatives that delivered positive results. As Director, ASAE Greater Washington, Mike helped move forward the agendas of strong communities such as ASAE Greater Washington, association CEOs, large-staff association executives, and the ASAE Fellows. Mike is a certified association executive (CAE) as certified by the American Society of Association Executives. A graduate of James Madison University, Mike lives in Sunderland, MD with his wife Kristin and their two children.

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      Shomari Raymond McCrimons, MBA, CAE

      Shomari McCrimons, MBA, CAE serves as the President of Philanthropy Works and has over 15 years of experience building solutions that quantify member insight through survey design and analysis, big data analytics, and data driven initiatives that create brand loyalty and retention. Shomari has worked with numerous organizations including but not limited to: YearUP, The National Dental Association, The National Black MBA Association, and the Cactus Car Wash franchise. Early in his professional career he worked as an AmeriCorps VISTA with TeamTech, an organization committed to reducing the country’s digital divide. Shomari has been an active ASAE member since 2012 when he was selected as a Diversity Executive Leadership Program (DELP) scholar. He has spoken on issues ranging from Diversity & Inclusion to Data Analytics at numerous ASAE meetings and conferences. Shomari holds a BBA from Howard University and an MBA from the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University where he was a Morton A. Aldrich Fellow. Shomari earned his Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation in 2015.

  • Sponsors & Partners

    • A special thank you to our Event Partners: Johnson Lambert Vault.

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