CAE Kickoff

CAE Kickoff

Event Information


Sep 18, 2019 - Sep 20, 2019


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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Event Status


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 independent of the CAE certification program, which is governed by the CAE Commission, an independent certifying body of ASAE. CAE Commission volunteers and CAE staff are not involved in developing any preparatory program, and no preparatory program is endorsed by the CAE Commission nor is a prerequisite to earn the CAE.

To learn more about CAE certification, visit the CAE page or contact the CAE department at [email protected] or 202.626.2759.

This event is sold out!
Please visit the In-Person Programs Page to find other upcoming offerings of this program. ASAE is keeping a waitlist for this program. In case of cancellations, ASAE staff will contact those on the waitlist to offer them the open spot. Interested parties will be contacted in the order that they requested to join the waitlist, and will have 48 hours to confirm registration. If you would like to be added to the waitlist for this event, please contact Vivienne Oxford at [email protected] Thanks!

  • Agenda

    • Wednesday, September 18, 2019

      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 19, 2019

      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 20, 2019

      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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      Trevor S. Mitchell, CAE

      Trevor Mitchell, CAE, is executive director at American Mensa, Ltd. As the Executive Director, of American Mensa, Ltd. provides leadership toward the achievement of the American Mensa’s mission, vision, strategy and annual goals and objectives. The Executive Director is responsible for the general, day-to-day administration of the affairs of the organization. The Executive Director serves as chief executive officer for staff and the chief administrative officer for the Board of Directors (the American Mensa Committee or AMC) and its subsidiary Foundation (Mensa Foundation), and is charged with implementing policies and programs that benefit the society. The Executive Director reports to the Chair of the AMC and works with the AMC in developing strategies which support the mission of American Mensa, developing and implementing the strategic goals and objectives of American Mensa, and enabling the AMC to effectively fulfill its governance function.

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      Bonnie Buell Fedchock, CAE

      Bonnie Fedchock has more than 30 years of experience in nonprofit management, serving as CEO for more than 20 years.She also has extensive experience in the hospitality industry, having worked in her family’s catering business and for several hospitality based nonprofit organizations. Bonnie received a bachelor’s degree in government and politics from the University of Maryland, a master’s degree in not-for-profit management from UMUC and is a Certified Mediator. She is a frequent instructor for ASAE, for both the Association Management Week and the CAE Kickoff Class.

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      Mariama S. Boney, MSW, CAE

      Committed to maximizing results and growing initiatives, Mariama Boney, LMSW, CAE, is an educational administrator, association executive, facilitator, and consultant, serving in four associations, five colleges/universities, and two non-profits over 20 years. Mariama serves as Executive Director of the Maryland Music Educators Association. She has held senior roles and served on executive management teams to lead student support, multicultural, and diversity services; university and public relations; governance reviews; membership, volunteer leadership development, and component relations; national awards; plus, accessibility, diversity and inclusion. Her impact demonstrates a distinguished record of directing operations, designing strategy, developing programs, and building partnerships with over 500 diverse groups, teams, and stakeholders of 20 to 100,000. Mariama has served in several volunteer and leadership roles for ASAE, other associations, non-profits, and alumni groups. She is blessed to contribute to several causes as a donor and is an alumnus of the ASAE Diversity Executive Leadership Program (2008-09). Originally from Syracuse, New York, Mariama obtained her B.S. and M.S. degree in Social Work from Syracuse University. She is a Certified Association Executive (CAE) and a Licensed Social Worker (LMSW). In her spare time, she enjoys comedy, the performing arts, and spending time with friends, family and local church family. As the President and CEO of Achieve More, LLC, a small women and minority owned business she enjoys focusing on maximizing the talents of others to expand organizational possibilities. The primary areas of expertise are organizational effectiveness, facilitation, training, membership development, and coaching.

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      Michael P. Skiados, CAE

      Mike Skiados, CAE, is a certified association executive with a proven track record of advancing strategic initiatives and successfully leading teams. With over 15 years of experience working in the association and hospitality sectors, Mike has an understanding of how to deliver effective communications to and excellent experiences for members. 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. A graduate of James Madison University, Mike lives in Sunderland, MD with his wife Kristin and their two children.

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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 Partner 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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      Cancellation, Refund & Substitution Policy

      Submit all requests to ASAE Registration via email at [email protected] All registration cancellations and refund requests must be made in writing by September 11, 2019, to receive a full refund, less a $75 administrative fee. Refunds cannot be approved for requests received after this date, to include no-shows. Substitutions are gladly accepted at any time. Badge sharing, splitting, and reprints are strictly prohibited.

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