“The chance to see and visit with dozens of colleagues and clients from around the country made ASAE 2018 so valuable,” says Jill Christie, Tuft president. ASAE’s Annual Meeting & Exposition was held at Chicago’s McCormick Place, Aug 18-21, bringing together thousands of association colleagues for learning, networking, and socializing.
“It was particularly rewarding to see so many of our client placements in action—leading panels and participating in sessions. ASAE is a great way to build skills and visibility,” says Christie.
Book signing. Christie and Tuft associates Mary McMahon and Karen Dunn Caspers joined with Pamela Kaul, CEO, Association Strategies, Inc., to host a book signing on Sunday, August 19, for colleague Gary A. LaBranche, FASAE, CAE, author of The Association CEO Succession Toolkit. ASAE board members and fellows, along with association CEOs, attended the reception to hear remarks from LaBranche and enjoy refreshments. A special drawing awarded a few lucky winners with a free copy of the book. LaBranche is President and CEO of the National Investor Relations Institute, Alexandria, VA.
Community service. ASAE enables attendees to give back to the host city through activities that benefit local charitable organizations. This year, ASAE 2018 offered opportunities to benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository and Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly (LBFE) Chicago. Christie participated with about 40 ASAE colleagues on Tuesday, August 21, to make gifts for the 1,000+ lonely and isolated elders served by LBFE in Chicago. We first connected with this dedicated nonprofit in 2004 to place CEO Simone Mitchell-Peterson. Tuft associate Mary Nowesnick is a past board chair for LBFE.