Spring Virtual Conference (Part 2)

Thursday, June 4, 2020 @ 8:45 AM
Virtual Format: ZOOM Meetings
Clock Hours: 3.5
Access will be provided prior to event to all registrants

The ESSAE Program Committee has re-purposed the traditional in-person conference by pivoting to a virtual experience. The modified 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.

Please note that ESSAE has rescheduled its Trade Show for a December 14. Members of the Trade Show Committee will be reaching out to all exhibitors in the coming weeks to discuss the details. 

1-Day Pass (3 - 3.5 CEs)
ESSAE Members: $59
Non-Members: $109

June 4 Sessions | Presenters CAE & CMP | Event Policies

Code of ConductCOVID-19 Resource Page

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.

As the situation with COVID-19 continues to evolve, we are keenly aware of the impact it is having on your family, your daily lives, and of course, your decisions to travel for professional development. With this in mind, ESSAE's Spring Conference will be presented virtually. Moving our spring educational content to a virtual format, we remain committed to offering a robust conference 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.

VALUE ADD! Moving to a virtual environment to deliver education means attendees have access to more educational options. This is great news for your co-workers and colleagues too! Our virtual conference will allow 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 during this difficult time. If you have any questions, contact us at (518) 463-1755 or email at [email protected].

Spring Conference (Pt. 2) 

Thursday, June 4, 2020 @ 8:45 AM to 1:00 PM (3.5 CEs)

9:00 AM - Emotional Resilience
Dr. Stevie Dawn BlakelyCEO, Stevie Dawn Inspires, LLC
We all must deal with negative emotions at work sometimes and learning how to cope with these feelings is now more important than ever. After all, negative emotions can spread, and no one wants to be around a person who adds negativity to a group. Learning to be resilient after a negative experience can change the game. At the workplace, many of us are bringing in emotions from home, which makes it harder for our colleagues and supervisors to understand how to support us. Therefore it is imperative to create a strong set of coping skills and emotional resilience. Understanding how to identify and process your emotions as well as how to speak about emotions with others can change the “vibe” at the office.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify personal emotional triggers
  • Understand emotional resilience and how to find it inside ourselves
  • Examine how to inquire about the emotions of others
  • Explore multiple coping skills to develop personal strategies

10:00 AM - Coffee Break

10:15 AM - Right vs. Right in a Post-COVID World? Ethics and Critical Thinking in an Association Environment
Karl Ahlrichs, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, CSP
Senior Consultant at Gregory & Appel | Speaker, Facilitator and virtual presenter on Human Resources, Ethics and LEAN.
In the “New Normal”, Critical Thinking and Ethics are “Front Burner” skills. In this discussion, we will cover new challenges and how they apply to the Association world, and then we will touch on what leaders can do to develop others in these issues.

Association Executives know that getting Ethics right is a big deal.  An organization’s ethics is directly connected to its reputation in the community, and solid ethical principles are crucial for the long-term success of any organization. This facilitated discussion goes face-to-face, beyond a lecture on ethical principles – it is a series of executive level case study challenges that offer “real time” practice in resolving dilemmas, with participants sharpening their skills. 

Key outcomes include:

  • The new world of Critical Thinking and Ethics under COVID pressure
  • Resolving Ethical Dilemmas under pressure
  • Kidder’s nine steps for decision-making, a logigical pattern that applies to our current situation
  • How to make sense of the most relevant data in a situation
  • How to use advanced adult learning methods to transfer wisdom and change behaviors.

This will be a strategic session, offering the view from 35,000 feet with occasional dips to ground level.  Participants will get some effective tactics for keeping their values and ethics aligned with the vision of their association and their members.

11:15 AM - Coffee Break

11:30 AM - Virtual Meetings and Virtual Work: Getting More Productivity and Effectiveness from Both
Randall Dean, MBA, The Email Sanity Expert
In this new program reflecting our current times with the coronavirus outbreak, Randy Dean, MBA, The E-mail Sanity Expert®, will take his 16+ years of "working from a home office" and leading multiple client meetings and webinars virtually, and provide you with tips that can greatly help increase your productivity and effectiveness with both.  We'll discuss critical set up, equipment, software, tools, and apps that will make your work from home experience more productive and less distracting.  We will also discuss critical tips for running and/or attending online virtual meetings so they can be more useful and effective.

Education & Clock Hours (CAE/CMP)

Adjustments to 2020 CAE Renewals Due to COVID-19

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the cancellation or postponement of many educational events, the CAE Commission is offering additional temporary options to assist those due to renew their CAE credential in 2020:

  • The renewal deadline has been extended from December 31, 2020, to March 31, 2021.
  • The cap on self-study has been lifted. All 40 credits needed for renewal may be taken through any amount of live and/or approved self-study courses.
  • The early-renewal discount will be extended to completed renewals submitted through March 31, 2021. The discounted renewal fee is $275 for ASAE members and $425 for nonmembers.

Forty credits will be required for renewal, including one credit of ethics-focused education. Up to 10 credits from association management leadership, instruction, or writing activities may still be submitted on the application. All credits for this renewal must have been earned from January 1, 2018, through March 31, 2021. All credits must be completed when you submit your application. Find more details about CAE renewal click here

Certified Meeting Professional (Renewal and Certification)

  • 25 clock hours must have taken place in the past five years. Up to 12.5 of these hours may be non-industry-specific activities IF the subject matter aligns with one of the 9 domains in the CMP-IS (e.g., project management or financial management).
  • Activities may be face-to-face conferences, webinars (both live and on-demand), classes, or individual session.
  • Continuing education (CE) clock hours must align to one of the 9 Domains in the CMP International Standards. You are not required to have CEs in each of the Domains.
  • All activities must include attendance documentation and course descriptions

Due to the global effects of COVID-19: If your recertification deadline was 31 December 2019, EIC will be offering an additional two-month window, until 31 May 2020, for you to reinstate your CMP without retaking the exam. EIC hopes this extension mitigates a little stress during this hectic time in the industry.

About Our Presenters

Dr. Stevie Dawn | Karl Aldrichs | Randy Dean

Dr. Stevie Dawn Blakely, CEO, Stevie Dawn Inspires, LLC
Dr. Stevie Dawn serves as CEO of Orange Compass, a corporate training company dedicated to providing staff and leadership training to organizations. Stevie Dawn brings a variety of experience in the corporate, non-profit, and governmental sectors. She has owned multiple small businesses and specializes in Emotional Intelligence strategies for the workplace. She enjoys challenging people to change their workplace behaviors. Her educational background includes a Master’s Degree in Sociology from Wichita State University and a doctorate in Leadership from Colorado State University. With over 20 years of teaching and training experience, Dr. Stevie Dawn delivers training sessions with humor and high-energy that leave all participants inspired.

Karl J. Ahlrichs, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, CSP
Karl has broad experience in training Ethical behavior into adults.  As a Human Resources professional, he has faced difficult decisions on a daily basis.  He has been a part of multiple terminations that were triggered by people making the wrong decision.

He is a national speaker and author, presenting on the people issues in organizations in general and ethics in particular, and is often quoted in the local and national media.  He teaches continuing education courses on Ethics to CPAs, Bankers and Insurance Professionals.  Most recently, he presented this subject to the Washington DC chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

At Gregory & Appel Insurance he provides consulting and risk management advisory services.  He has launched two businesses, and has facilitated an invitation-only roundtable for CFOs for more than 20 years.

He has been named the SHRM Human Resource Professional of the Year for the State of Indiana, has presented at the annual global SHRM Conference for 20 consecutive years, and holds the SHRM-SCP and Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR) certifications, and is one of fewer than 800 global speaking professionals to achieve the CSP (Certified Speaking Professional) designation from the National Speakers Association.

He still owns the first car he ever drove, a Model T Ford, and has visited all 50 states.  He is learning Spanish.  He is an Eagle Scout.  

Randy Dean, MBA,The E-mail Sanity Expert ®
Randall Dean, MBA, and author of the recent Amazon.com #1 E-mail Bestseller, Taming the E-mail Beast, has 25 years of experience using and teaching an advanced time management/personal organization system, including systems for effective e-mail management, office clutter reduction, optimizing your Outlook and/or Gmail/Google usage, and getting the most from affiliated smart phone and tablet devices. He has taught different versions of his time & e-mail management systems for many prominent organizations including Procter & Gamble, Michigan State University, University of California Berkeley, Westinghouse Electric Company, Volvo, The Global Business Travel Association, the Graduate Management Admissions Council, The University of Pittsburgh, Ohio State University, the Institute of Management Accountants, the National Association for Legal Career Professionals, the Michigan Association for Continuing Education & Training, and the Michigan, Indiana, Texas, and Iowa Societies of Association Executives for groups as small as five and as large as 550. 

He has previously been interviewed by the Washington Times, Detroit News, The Globe and Mail, Business Week Online, and numerous other media outlets, including radio, television, newspaper, and blog sites. He is an active member of the National Speakers Association (NSA) and Michigan Society of Association Executives.


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. 

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CreditsThis event will offer up to 3.5 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 audio tapes of such events activities. Unless you inform ESSAE that you object, permission is assumed. Registrants will need to acknowledge consent during registration process. 

Cancellation Policy: Registrations must be made and paid for by June 3, 2020. Registration cancellations received prior to the deadline may be eligible to receive a refund less $35 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 card holder. 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.