Signature Conferences


There’s nothing like a face-to-face conference to recharge your batteries, fuel your creativity, and renew your sense of mission. ASAE’s signature conferences are must-attend events to gain new knowledge, expand your professional network, and strengthen your connection to the association community.

Join your peers from every association management discipline at ASAE conferences throughout the year. You’ll find engaging learning experiences in a variety of formats, encounter diverse perspectives, and explore new ways to lead and manage your association.

Review your options. Get a quick overview of ASAE's annual conferences below. Then, visit each event’s website for more details.

Find out how ASAE plans conference content. Learn about the content development process and how you can get involved.

ASAE encourages members of all types, as well as other knowledgeable experts outside the membership, to engage with us as volunteer content leaders. Prospective content leaders are invited to respond to our open call for educational session proposals. Check below for submission dates.

ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition

2020, Virtual
August 14–17, 2021, Dallas, Texas
August 6–9, 2022, Atlanta, Georgia

The ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition is where thousands of association professionals and industry partners gather to exchange resources, strategies, and solutions. Select from more than 100 education sessions in diverse learning formats, engage in dynamic networking opportunities, explore a bustling expo hall, and more.

Subject matter: Business Operations, Fundraising and Non-dues Revenue, Governance, Human Resources, Diversity + Inclusion, Leadership, Learning and Development, Marketing and Communications, Meetings and Events, Membership, Personal and Professional Development, Research, Technology

Call for proposals for 2020 conference: September 10–October 8, 2019

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Associations @ Work Conference

Future dates coming soon.

Associations @ Work is ASAE’s premier business conference that addresses the interrelated business functions—executive management, finance, development, operations, human resources, and fundraising—in associations. Previously known as FHRBOC (Finance, HR & Business Operations Conference), Associations @ Work is designed for association professionals to heighten collaboration and learning exchanges with colleagues by identifying and applying solutions to optimize efficiencies, solve cross-functional operational challenges, and propel organizations forward.

Subject matter: Finance/Accounting, Human Resources/Talent Management, Operations/Planning, Organizational Leadership, Governance, Fundraising/Development, Risk Management/Security, Legal and Compliance, Technology Infrastructure/Facilities

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Great Ideas Conference

March 1–3, 2020, Salt Lake City, Utah

The Great Ideas Conference is the place for association leaders to build core competencies for achieving innovation and share big ideas that will propel associations forward. You’ll get the space you need to explore innovative ideas in a relaxed, collaborative setting. The conference features idea labs, offsite experiential learning, learning circles, and preconference workshops presented by thought leaders from inside and outside the association community that will help surface new concepts and leave you inspired.

Subject matter: Innovation, Executive Leadership, Business Models, Product Design, Portfolio Management, Curiosity, Creativity, Foresight, Data Literacy, Customer Research and Empathy, Design Thinking, Change Management, Storytelling

Call for proposals: Closed

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Marketing, Membership & Communications Conference

April 16-17, 2020, Washington. DC

Attend the Marketing, Membership & Communications Conference (MMCC) to learn the smartest communication strategies and latest technology tools to engage your members and drive results for your organization. Leverage what you learn from education sessions, solution providers in the exhibit hall, and fellow attendees to boost your effectiveness and help your association reach its goals.

Subject matter: Marketing, Branding, Member Recruitment, Member Service/Retention, Communications, Public Relations, Component Relations, Volunteer Management

Call for proposals for 2020 conference: Closed

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Technology Exploration Conference (TEC)

December 8–9, 2020, Washington, DC

Experience learning tailored to your needs at ASAE's Technology Exploration Conference (TEC), whether you’re a CEO, CIO, director, manager, or other professional with a role or interest in technology. Your colleagues at TEC may come with different experiences and expertise, but they bring similar challenges and goals—guaranteeing an exchange of sharp insights and bright ideas to take back and share with your organization.

Subject matter: IT infrastructure, IT Strategy and Management, Mobile Technologies, Website Development and Analytics , E-Learning, Marketing Technologies, Association Management Systems, Security, Collaboration Tools, Data Integration and Management, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Call for proposals for 2020 conference: February 18–March 17, 2020

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Xperience Design Project (XDP)

May 19–20, 2020, National Harbor, Maryland

XDP is a two-day business-focused experience for association professionals and their key partners. You’ll work together to co-create powerful association events and experiences that attract the right audiences, get results, and increase the success of your conferences and tradeshows. XDP features learning, connections, and business, making it an indispensable event that delivers a positive return on investment for the industry partner community and association professional attendees.

Subject matter: Conference/Convention Management and Innovation, Experience Design, Event Destinations, Event Technologies, Event Marketing, Event Engagement, Event Programming, Event Partnerships

Due to the unique program design of XDP, a call for proposals is not used.

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For More Information

ASAE members may visit the Library in Collaborate to view and download a detailed overview of content development for ASAE signature conferences.

Or contact ASAE Learning:
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