How to Navigate Annual

A lot happens at ASAE’s Annual Meeting. Plan ahead to keep from getting overwhelmed.

Whether your trip to Dallas this summer marks your first time attending ASAE's Annual Meeting & Exposition or your 10th, at some point you're likely to feel a bit overwhelmed by all the options. To make things easier and plan ahead, scan this sampling of events for a session that's just right for you.

And don't forget you also can create your own schedule using the ASAE Annual Meeting iPad app. Visit the Hub at to download the app from the Apple Store.

If you're part of a small staff …

The Small Staff Executive Dilemma: Critical Finance and HR Issues

Sunday, August 12, 1:30-2:45 p.m.

What are the front-and-center challenges for small-staff association leaders? Explore the top-10 finance and human resources issues that affect daily decision making for CEOs and senior management.

The Greatest Show on Earth: Thriving as a Small-Staff Executive

Monday, August 13, 8:45-10 a.m.

Managing a small-staff association can be a high-wire circus act for any executive. A panel of small-staff executives will share their experiences, challenges, and successes on a variety of topics, with an open forum to answer your specific questions to follow.

If you're looking to learn more about diversity and inclusion …

We are the 1%: A Frank Conversation on Diversity

Sunday, August 12, 1:30-2:45 p.m.

Ever wonder what executive directors are thinking when the term "diversity" is mentioned? Does the topic keep them up at night? Taking ASAE's recent research one step further, you'll hear CEOs go beyond sound bites to hold a frank and no-holds-barred conversation on diversity in associations.

Do Women Leaders Have an Edge?

Monday, August 14, 10:45 a.m.-12 p.m.

The Healthcare Businesswomen's Association conducted the E.D.G.E. (Empowerment, Diversity, Growth, Excellence) in Leadership Study to benchmark best practices for advancing women to top ranks. Discuss key findings relevant to associations, identify the business case for change, and define what a successful woman leader looks like in tomorrow's association.

If you're from a healthcare organization …

Critical Issues Affecting Healthcare Associations

Sunday, August 12, 3:15-4:30 p.m.

Effective governance, strategy in the face of healthcare reform, reduced industry funding, free online content, and competitive staffing in the current economic environment. Are these leadership issues challenging you and your organization? This facilitated conversation will allow you to share solutions and best practices.

Decision 2012 and the Implications for Healthcare Associations

Monday, August 13, 1:30-2:45 p.m.

Examine what healthcare associations are doing proactively to create positive futures for members in response to identified election implications. You'll leave with concrete ideas on how to be innovative in the current political and economic environment as well as an expanded network of healthcare association contacts.

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What if you can't be there?

We're sad you can't join us, but it doesn't mean you have to miss out on all the fun. Here are some ways to keep up to date from your desk:

Twitter: Follow @asaeannual; our hashtag is #asae12.

Facebook: Visit and "like"

Flickr: Be the first to see this year's photos by visiting

Looking for some creative learning options?

We've got you covered. Here are just a few of the nontraditional formats you'll find at Annual Meeting this year:

Ignite. Reflecting the Ignite motto, "enlighten us, but make it quick," each talk is exactly five minutes long. Ignite presenters share their personal and professional passions.

Game Changer Sessions. Get a compelling look into the minds of today's most influential leaders in business, innovation, and finance and learn how they transformed their industries.

Mobile Playground. This three-day showcase of six mobile-driven sessions will immerse participants in activities and experiences designed to maximize the productivity of any busy association executive.

Story Slam/Coaching Jam. Explore the art of good storytelling. Each presenter has five minutes to tell a story based on this theme: lessons learned from association leadership. Participants will be selected onsite and will receive immediate feedback on how to make their story more engaging.

Flash Learning Room. Don't see the content you're looking for? Here's your chance to claim a meeting room onsite and conduct a session of your choosing. It will be your responsibility to promote the session through various social media channels.

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