The Value of the 2011 Annual Meeting & Expo

Still thinking about whether or not you can afford to attend Annual this year? Here are a few reasons why you can and should.

Still trying to decide if you should attend this year's Annual Meeting & Expo in St. Louis? When you compare the cost with what you get in return, the result might help you make your decision.

A standalone 90-minute ASAE webinar costs $195. But at the Annual Meeting & Expo, you can participate in at least nine education sessions (not counting the alternative-learning experiences available), for a total of 720 minutes of learning—a value of more than $1,755 for the member rate of only $895 or $1,095 for nonmembers. That's nearly $900 in savings on education alone. And you get all that knowledge and face-to-face networking in just three days, meaning fewer days out of the office, lower travel costs, and immediate results.

Ready to Register?

The 2011 Annual Meeting & Expo takes place August 6-9 and has new learning formats and thought-provoking speakers who will give you ideas you can implement as soon as you get back to the office. For more information and to register, visit

Calculate your savings

$195: Average cost of one 90-minute webinar

$895: Member registration fee for Annual Meeting & Expo includes

  • Nine education sessions (720 minutes): $1,755 value
  • Three lunches: $100 value
  • Three refreshment breaks: $35 value
  • Two evening receptions with heavy hors d'oeuvres and beverages: $150 value
  • Seven hours of exclusive Expo Hall access: Priceless

$2,060: Actual value of Annual Meeting & Expo

-$895: Actual member cost

$1,165: Actual member savings

7 tips to justify your trip to the 2011 Annual Meeting & Expo

With travel budgets and training budgets being cut, associations are feeling the pressure to cut costs where they can. Regardless of the merits of a conference, you'll probably need to explain the expense. Here are seven tips to justify your trip to Annual to your boss or board this year:

  1. Focus on what you will specifically bring back to the organization as return for the investment.
  2. Offer to prepare and deliver a short presentation and Q&A to your colleagues to share what you learned. That way, others in your organization will get benefits from your attendance too.
  3. Share the syllabus and speaker handouts with your colleagues. As an attendee, you have unlimited access to materials posted by speakers.
  4. If you are working to obtain or maintain your CAE designation, remind your supervisor that this is a great way to earn up to 18 CAE hours and is less expensive than registering for separate conferences. It also requires less time away from the office.
  5. Be ready with a plan that shows who will cover for you while you are attending the conference.
  6. Offer to share a room to reduce hotel expenses by finding a roommate on the Share a Room group in the Members' Directory on the Annual Meeting website at
  7. Be sure to check out the registration page online, where various rates are listed, to see if you qualify for lower rates or discounts.

Give back at Annual

This year, ASAE is partnering with Stray Rescue, a St. Louis shelter dedicated to saving abused and neglected animals left behind in public parks, on highways, and inside abandoned houses. Attendees will have a chance to give back to this local organization or offer monetary donations throughout the conference.

On Saturday, August 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Stray Rescue will offer two opportunities for volunteers. Participants can take part in a doggie-treat-baking workshop. Bakers who specialize in making dog treats will work closely with attendees to make these snacks from scratch in a commercial kitchen. The second experience is Doggie Day Spa, where top St. Louis groomers will assist attendees in grooming Stray Rescue dogs, giving them much-needed baths in the summer sun. This activity is limited to 80 participants.

On Tuesday, August 9, from 2:30–5:30 p.m., attendees are invited to Stray Rescue's primary shelter in downtown St. Louis to assist with various duties and care for dogs in the shelter. During the Shelter Shift, attendees may choose from tasks such as walking dogs, playing with the animals, cleaning cages, doing laundry, or making shelter improvements, such as landscaping and painting. This day's activity is limited to 50 participants.

For more information on Stray Rescue, visit