Spring Summit

Thursday, June 10, 2021 - 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Virtual Format: ZOOM Meetings
Clock Hours: 3
Access will be provided prior to the event to all registrants

The ESSAE Program Committee has created a half-day spring virtual experience. The program is optimized to leverage the most relevant education, engagement, and inspiration value in an online platform. The virtual environment will feature the sharing of knowledge, connectivity of association professionals, and engagement.

Event Pass (3-CEs)
ESSAE Members: $45 | Non-Members: $65

Program Agenda

About the Education

This year's virtual spring summit will feature two (2) panel discussions. 

Remote vs Back to the Office 

Beginning May 19, New York will lift most capacity restrictions on businesses, venues, and gatherings. Office capacity will be increased to 75% beginning May 15 - social distancing, masks, health screenings, and all other State health and safety protocols will remain in effect.   

While more and more people have been vaccinated, what does this mean for the traditional office culture? Are associations prepared to continue the remote work life, or is there an expectation of returning to the office? What should an organization consider when it comes to remote employee engagement, performance, and incentives?

Join ESSAE for a panel discussion that will cover the questions above and much more, including:

  • Advantages and disadvantages of transitioning back to an in-person office environment or staying 100% remote
  • Technology and infrastructure, cybersecurity, and remote office setup
  • Lease renewals, co-working, and office downsizing options and considerations
  • New HR policies for remote and in-person employees
  • Remote employee performance, incentives, and engagement
  • Performance management and employee efficiency
  • Costs to support remote employees

Our panel includes: 

Miriam Dushane, PHR, SHRM-CP, Managing Partner, Alaant Workforce Solutions
Sara McDonnell, Community Manager, Hone Coworks
Dave Vener, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, TAG Solutions, LLC
Pete Zimek, CAE, Founder & CEO, Novi AMS

Hybrid Events: Budget, Technology, and the Future

While in-person event capacities have eased, meeting professionals are still looking to include hybrid meetings in their event budgets, which could grow much-needed revenue, expand an association’s reach, and enable organizations to reach a wider audience of potential and current members, clients, and stakeholders. 

The biggest challenge? Price. So how do associations keep hybrid events alive, and should they? What does hybrid truly mean? Is there a way to create a “hybrid-light” production that doesn’t break the bank?

Join ESSAE for a panel discussion on the challenges of hybrid events, including budgeting, catering to two audiences, hybrid roles and staffing, small-scale hybrid events, AV requirements, platforms, and engagement. Panelists will also discuss the future of hybrid, its staying power within the association community, the impact on trade shows, and other major association events.

Our panel includes:

Shannon Licygiewicz, CEM, Director of Sales, Albany Capital Center, ASM Global
DJ McKeon, Director of Audio Visual, CMI Communications
Michael J. Shapiro, Editor, News, and Technology, Northstar Meetings Group
Michelle Lavoy, Association Manager, Capitol Hill Management Services (Client: New York Aviation Management Association) 

Moderator: Victoria Palasieski, CMP, Director of Association Management, Capitol Hill Management Services 

Professional development opportunities are more important now than ever before.

  • Develop employee skills, boost morale and improve recruitment efforts.
  • Employees who participate in professional development are: more engaged, loyal, and committed to meeting their company’s challenges.
  • Employees who apply new skills and knowledge to their work help their company become more competitive.

We remain committed to offering a robust learning experience, including education sessions and networking opportunities in support of your association career. Our virtual conference platform will enable live, moderated Q&A with presenters, as well as access to on-demand sessions that will be available after the event.

Delivering education virtually means attendees have access to more options. This is great news for your co-workers and colleagues too! Our virtual program allows us to reach more people in your association who can benefit from this content! We at ESSAE are proud to provide flexible, quality solutions that accommodate your employees’ needs and add greater value. If you have any questions, contact us at (518) 463-1755 or email at [email protected].


Virtual Backgrounds: While Zoom backgrounds are fun, please limit your backgrounds to images that you personally own. Attendees who use images that they do not own put ESSAE at risk for copyright infringement. 

Social Media: Connect with us! @EmpireStateSAE - Event Hashtag: #ESSAESpringSummit

CreditsThis event will offer up to 3 credit hours towards the CAE/CMP designations. Details on how to track your points/clock hours, visit: http://www.essae.org/cae-cmp/

Event Fees: You must be listed as an ESSAE member representative (and in good standing) to receive member rates for registration to ESSAE events, webinars, etc. If you are not yet a member, you must submit a membership application with your registration. To do this online, complete the membership application and pay dues. After your dues are paid, complete your registration. (PDF of Membership Application)

Substitution Policy: Substitutions of attendees are permitted for paid registrations. The difference between the member and non-member price will apply if a non-member replaces a member. 

Consent to Use of Photographic Images & Recording
All virtual programs will be recorded. Registration and attendance at, or participation in, ESSAE meetings and other activities constitutes an agreement by the registration to ESSAE's use and distribution (now and in the future) of the registrant or attendee's images or voice in photographs, videotapes, electronic reproductions, and audiotapes of such events activities. Unless you inform ESSAE that you object, permission is assumed. Registrants will need to acknowledge consent during the registration process. 

Cancellation Policy: Registrations must be made and paid for by Friday, June 4, 2021. Registration cancellations received prior to the deadline may be eligible to receive a refund less a $25 service fee. Cancellations received after the stated deadline will not be eligible for a refund. Refunds will not be available for registrants who choose not to attend an event (no-shows). Cancellations will be accepted in writing only and must be received by the stated cancellation deadline. All refund requests must be made by the attendee or credit cardholder. Refunds will be credited back to the original credit card used for payment. If you are unable to attend, you may send an alternate to the event without additional charge.