ISAE Convention Education Session Information
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<< Monday, July 16 >>

10 am - 12:20 p.m. Deep Dive Sessions: (two-part session with 30-min expo break)

  • Option 1:  Our Brains are Biased, Amy Waninger, Lead at Any Level
    Is your professional network as diverse as the workforce and community around you? If not, you could be missing important opportunities for your career and your company. Learn about the challenges we all face in making meaningful connections, the impacts of these missed connections, and how to recognize and overcome them. This session will help you remove the artificial barriers that may be keeping you from your next mentor, star hire, or big sponsor.

  • Option 2: Beyond the Mission: How to Craft a Leadership Proposition for your Association, Ali Cudby, Your Iconic Brand
    Most associations strive to be mission-driven – but a mission is only as valuable as its integration into an organization. A clearly defined organizational direction is vitally important, but it is not enough to inspire members and employees. In this session we will focus on ways to transform the organizational mission into a foundation for emotional connection with both association members and the internal team. 

12: 45 - 2:15 p.m. Keynote: Lead Without Speaking -  The Importance of Nonverbal Communication, Erick Rheam, Rheam Productions

2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions:

  • Option 1: How to Give an Effective Presentation, Erick Rheam, Rheam Productions
    A lifelong runner and writer, Erick speaks regularly across the country on topics related to human dynamics, specifically on how to rediscover purpose and live a life of significance. His vision is to help busy professional men and women rediscover their passion and calling, so they can redefine their purpose, and develop the courage to act now.

  • Option 2: Serving up Feedback, Amy Waninger, Lead at Any Level
    Many people shy away from giving constructive feedback because they fear conflict. And while many are quick to praise for a job well done, few do so in a meaningful way. In this session, you’ll learn a simple and effective four-step method (called “BITE”) for giving feedback. We’ll practice strategies for accepting both compliments and criticisms gracefully. What’s more, you’ll be ready to seek out more meaningful feedback to propel you forward in your career.

<< Tuesday, July 17 >>

9 - 10 a.m. Keynote

10:15 - 11:15 a.m. Breakout Sessions:

  • Option 1: The Successful Mentoring Mindset, Debbie Peterson, Getting to Clarity, LLC
    Debbie Peterson is a Professional Keynote Speaker and Mindset Strategist who works with individuals to shift mindsets and drive bottom-line results and believes that your mind is the biggest tool in achieving breakthrough growth. At any level of your business – changing perspective and gaining additional clarity will help men and women alike overcome roadblocks to create more focus, momentum and results.

  • Option 2: Leveraging the Gig Economy in Your Association, Robert Riggs, CAE, Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity

    To keep the next generation of volunteers engaged, associations must align volunteer opportunities with the passions and interests of their potential volunteer candidates. Additionally, they must evolve their staffing and volunteer structures to take advantage of those looking to blend align both their professional and personal lives seamlessly. In this session you will learn how one association took advantage of the Gig Economy’ to create an opportunity that leveraged member talents and passions to deliver on specific association outcomes.

  • Option 3: Coloring Outside of the Lines, Jeff Tobe
    This high-energy, participatory, humorous session has received outstanding reviews from diverse association groups around the world. Certified Speaking Professional, Jeff Tobe, challenges you to force yourself to look at your organization’s experience from a different perspective.

11: 45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Breakout Sessions:

  • Option 1: Social Media Session, Brent Mann
    Social media has drastically changed the way people market, communicate, and interact with each-other. It can become confusing and daunting knowing what to post, when, where and why? Explore what platforms you need to be on, why you need to be on them, what you should be posting and how often.

  • Option 2: Crafting a Simple Message, Jeff Tippett, Targeted Persuasion
    Whether you’re a CEO, business leader, salesperson, or whatever your role, you live or die based on your ability to persuade others. And the foundation for all persuasion is a your message. Almost all effective, persuasive messaging has one common core component: simplicity. Because no one will jump on board if they don’t clearly grasp your message. Join this session to learn key techniques to help you craft simple, persuasive messaging with complete confidence. 

  • Option 3: Using Member Engagement to Drive Growth, Jackie Davis, Loyalty Research Center
    Members that are strongly engaged know the true value of your organization, advocate for you with other potential members, and interact with you on a consistent basis. On the other hand, those that are weakly engaged tend to take time and resource to retain and can detract from other members’ experiences. Join this session to gain clear understanding of how engagement can determine the success of growth initiatives and an action plan for how to grow using engagement profiles.

2:15 - 3:15 p.m. Breakout Sessions:

  • Option 1: Experiencing Experiential Learning, Dana Saal, Saal Meeting Consulting
    This fast-paced, interactive session will give you the tools to develop a list of meeting planning best practices, plus numerous easy-to implement, low-cost ideas that you can use to enhance your meetings. Following this session, you should be able to design experiential learning programming, justify the benefits of experiential learning when trying to convince others to make changes, and attract new participants by showcasing the new meeting model or modifications.

  • Option 2: Creating a Learning Culture, Stacey Rickman, SPHRi, Imagine This Career Journey
    A learning culture is a set of organizational values, behaviors, processes, and practices that encourage individuals to increase knowledge, competence, and performance. This culture embeds professional development into the heart of the company and ensures that knowledge is shared among colleagues leading to continuous improvement. Learn how to create a learning culture in this engaging breakout session.

  • Option 3: Association Crisis Communications: Controlling the Narrative on Your Terms
    Join the ISAE Government Affairs Committee to explore the ways in which social media has changed how associations communicate to their members and the public during a crisis, how associations can, and should (or should not), respond when a new law threatens their industry, best practices in developing a crisis communications plan, and more.

 3: 30 - 5:30 p.m. Peer-to-Peer Learning Lab: "I know this could be better..." 

 What keeps you up at night? Who has time to get it all done? How can you be more efficient or effective in your day-to-day activities?

Find support and solutions in this hands-on, solutions-oriented session by leveraging the brainpower of your peers. Designed for both experienced professionals and those new to the industry, this workshop provides the opportunity for a focused, facilitated problem-solving exercise. Bring your challenges and leave with strategies you can implement in your own organization. Start brainstorming the topics and issues you'd like to discuss in this fast-paced, interactive session! 


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