The Research Foundation at ASAE's 2021 Annual Meeting

Join your colleagues for a series of virtual mini-sessions highlighting our recent research projects and findings. Sessions feature association professionals, researchers, and volunteers who will discuss lessons learned, decisions made, and shared experiences to bring to life real-world meaning and application of research findings.  

Schedule of Events

Monday, August 16: Sustaining Association Value

  • 12:00-12:20 pm, Associations as Catalysts
  • 12:40-1:00 pm, Race for Relevance in a World Reshaped by COVID, Authors Talk

Tuesday, August 17: Empowering Foresight

  • 12:00-12:45 pm, Race for Relevance in a World Reshaped by COVID, Applying Lessons Learned
  • 12:50-1:10 pm, Donor Exclusive: Introduction to the ForesightWorks New Drivers of Change

Wednesday, August 18: Defining Effective Practices

  • 12:00-12:30 pm, Planning for Succession: The Role of the Interim CEO
  • 12:45-1:15 pm, DEI and Association Leadership

 

Event Details

Monday, August 16: Sustaining Association Value

12:00-12:20 PM ET
Associations as Catalysts: Industry-Focused Innovation

What role(s) can associations play to catalyze innovation in their industry or profession? What culture and capabilities are needed to foster and sustain that innovation? What challenges may associations face in their efforts to help their industry innovate? This session presents preliminary findings from the ASAE Research Foundation initiative, Associations as Catalysts: Industry-Focused Innovation.

Featuring:

  • Liz Lucas, CAE, MBA, Executive Director & CEO, Soroptimist International of the Americas, Inc
  • Satish Nambisan, PhD, Nancy and Joseph Keithley Professor of Technology Management, Case Western Reserve University

12:40-1:00
Race for Relevance in a World Reshaped by COVID, Authors Talk

Hear from Mary Byers and Harrison Coerver, authors of the 10th anniversary edition of Race for Relevance, as they discuss how association leaders can sustain their organization’s relevance in a world reshaped by COVID.

Co-Authors:

  • Mary Byers, CAE
  • Harrison Coerver, President, Harrison Coerver & Associates

Tuesday, August 17: Empowering Foresight

12:00-12:45
Race for Relevance in a World Reshaped by COVID, Applying Lessons Learned

As a follow-up to Monday’s Authors Talk, this interactive session features association leaders discussing how to build on lessons learned from the pandemic for long-term sustainability.

Featuring:

  • Natasha Bethea, Director, Marketing and Membership, Info Technology Industry
  • Lesleigh Campanale, Senior Manager, Corporate Strategy, IEEE and Chair, ASAE’s ForesightWorks Advisory Committee
  • Sharon Kneebone, CAE, IOM, Executive Director, National Society for Histotechnology

12:50-1:10
Donor Exclusive: Introduction to ASAE ForesightWorks New Drivers of Change

Our donors are invited to attend an exclusive preview of ASAE ForesightWorks drivers of change released in August. On Tuesday, hear from members of the ForesightWorks Advisory Group on the soon-to-be-released new drivers of change, including:

  • American Instability
  • Changing Science
  • Evolving Cities
  • Dismantling Systemic Racism
  • A World Reshaped by COVID

Wednesday, August 18: Defining Effective Practices—

12:00-12:20
Planning for Succession: The Role of the Interim CEO

An interim CEO offers a unique opportunity for associations to reset and bring management practices in line with known good practice, allows boards the space to determine what kind of association they want to be in the future, and provides time for a thorough search for the right leader.  This session presents findings from the Role of the Interim CEO research initiative and highlights how associations can effectively engage interims to ensure long-term success

Featuring:

  • Monika Schulz, CAE, Executive Director and CEO, National Society of Professional Engineers
  • Jim Zaniello, FASAE, President and Founder, Vetted Solutions

12:40-1:00
DEI and Association Governance

Hear from Cie Armstead, chair of the Research Foundation DEI taskforce, and Trevor Mitchell, co-chair of ASAE’s D+I Committee, as they discuss DEI and its essential role in association management. This session presents findings from the DEI and Association Governance research initiative.

Featuring:

  • Cie Armstead, MPA, DBA, Director, Diversity & Inclusion, American College of Healthcare Executives
  • Trevor S. Mitchell, MBA, CAE, CDP, Executive Director/CEO, American Mensa

 


The ASAE Research Foundation advances knowledge in association management and nonprofit leadership, and sponsors and conducts research in an array of areas, the breadth and depth of which a single trade or professional association would likely not be able to undertake on its own.

For more information on current research initiatives or how to support the foundation, contact research@asaecenter.org.