ASAE Announces Keynote, Additional Speakers for Annual Meeting

This week, ASAE built buzz for its upcoming annual meeting and exposition by announcing the event’s keynote and game-changing speakers. The 2017 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition will come to Toronto August 12–15. Nearly 5,000 association professionals and industry partners are expected to attend.

Attendees will be treated to a closing keynote by Jeff Henderson, an executive chef for brands such as Caesars and Bellagio. Henderson is also The New York Times bestselling author of Cooked: My Journey from the Streets to the Stove.

The chef’s personal reinvention will be a component of the address. He will also use inspirational anecdotes to demonstrate how diversity results in organizational benefits, including increased staff retention and more confident, productive teams.

In addition, the conference will present five game-changing speakers from outside the association community. These game changers will share their diverse perspectives and innovative ideas with attendees:

Major Mary Jennings “MJ” Hegar, executive coach and consultant and former Air National Guard pilot, will present Be the Change.
Daniel Lerner, New York University psychology professor and author of U Thrive, will speak on Balanced Obsession: The Science of Happiness and Success.
Luvvie Ajayi, executive director of The Red Pump Project, will motivate with her talk I’m Judging You: Do Better.
Nyle DiMarco, deaf activist and winner of America’s Next Top Model and Dancing with the Stars, will inspire in a presentation titled Living out Loud.
Chris Bailey, author of The Productivity Project, will discuss how to Be More Awesome: A Fresh Approach to Productivity.

Also on the docket for the ASAE Annual Meeting are more than 120 education sessions, preconference workshops and masterclasses designed to enhance career and knowledge pathways for professionals in the association and nonprofit sectors.

“We are excited for this year’s meeting in Toronto. Chef Jeff Henderson, the five game changers, and education session leaders will provide attendees with inspiration, new ideas and different perspectives on a variety of association management topics and challenges they are facing,” said ASAE President and CEO John H. Graham IV, FASAE, CAE. “Participants will bring back innovative solutions to their organization.”

Registration is now open, and a comprehensive ASAE Annual Meeting website has launched.


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