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ZOOM Luncheon, Wednesday,  February 16 - 1 CAE credit
Featuring Tyler Enslin, "Remaining Positive in Times of Crisis"
Feb. 16, 2022, Noon-1:00 pm
Expert content and small group discussions

Beginning in March of 2020, the word "crisis” took on new meaning for billions of people. For most a global pandemic meant unprecedented challenges in relation to their careers, personal life, finances, relationships, and even physical and mental health. These issues were magnified when restrictions that were expected to last for a few weeks lingered on for over a year.

  • Highly interactive program specifically designed to help participants to navigate these unique challenges as well as to reflect on personal lessons learned from the experience
  • Customized content to impact both career and personal aspects of life.
  • Attendees will learn strategies that can help them to control stress levels, build habits to promote growth, and focus on opportunities.
  • Applicable to virtually any crisis that participants may face in the future.
  • Learn more about Tyler.

GSAE Member - $19
Guests - $39

10:30 - 11:30 am: New Member Orientation - ZOOM - separate registration available if you cannot attend the luncheon
12:00-12:40 pm-ish: Keynote content leader, Tyler Enslin, "Remaining Positive in Times of Crisis" - ZOOM
12:40 - 1:00 pm-ish: Small group discussions - facilitated ZOOM breakout rooms


Leadership Series Launching Friday, Feb. 18 - 6 CAE credits per session
9:30 am - 3:30 pm - February, March, April, May, June


GSAE's Leadership Series offers unprecedented access to our exclusive association management curriculum.

  • Experiential learning opportunities
  • Small group work designed to turn information into knowledge
  • Open to any GSAE member (limit of 12 per session)
  • 5 sessions - strategy, leading teams, human capital, innovation, career pathways
  • $189.00 per session
  • 6 CAE credits per session
  • In-person with all the safety caveats
  • Meet the 2022 facilitators

The dates and session outlines are also available online. We encourage you to take a look to see if this growth opportunity is right for you or a colleague.

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Member News
Katie Williams, director of the Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau, has been named one of the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce Gamechangers, a group of 10 community players under 40 that lead by example and collaboratively seek to implement a bright vision for the community. Read press release.
Tony Rissley, founder of Expo Auctions, started yet another unique and in-demand business to help him thrive through the pandemic. Tony is excelling with his two companies and continues to find success in his endeavors. Read press release.

Earning the CAE credential is the hallmark of a committed association professional. It helps drive professional self-confidence, opens doors, creates connections, and offers widespread value and recognition for candidates. Congratulations to GSAE’s newest CAEs.

Tip Tucker Kendall, CAE, Senior Director of Operations at National Grants Management Association
Katie Bodiford, CAE, Executive Vice President at Construction Suppliers Association 
Michael Fletcher is now Director of Sales and Marketing at Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia.
Brittney Love is now Senior Association Manager at Nardone Consulting Group, Inc.
Kara Bastarache, CAE is now Senior Manager of Educational Programs at Association of Clinical Research Professionals.
Alesa McArthur, MBA, CMP is now Deputy Executive Vice President at Georgia Academy of Family Physicians.
Race Roberts joins the Explore Gwinnett team as Sales Manager.
  Independent Electrical Contractors in Atlanta and Georgia complete their newest build in Savannah. This brand new facility, specializing in electrical apprenticeship training, opens unique opportunities to hundreds in the state.
As the new year kicks off, all of Jekyll Island will commemorate the last 75 years as a state park with anniversary events, new programming, and other celebratory experiences throughout 2022. 
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GSAE News & Events
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The Real-Time Compensation Benchmarking tool is a 24/7/365 online compensation benchmarking platform designed exclusively for executives
of professional, trade and service-centric associations/nonprofits.

  • Your competition is no longer just Georgia-based; sign up today to get the data your organization needs to remain competitive.
  • Sample questions - gather your information before you start the survey - NEW
  • FAQs on the entire benchmarking system
  • Data gathering is in full swing through March 31.
  • Free to GSAE members through March 31.
  • Compare key operational metrics, estimate valuable KPIs, and generate customized reports.
  • Get started now!

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the below events are subject to change. We appreciate your flexibility as we all navigate this new environment.

  • Luncheons in February, April, July, September, and November are $39 for all GSAE members. If any are moved to a virtual Zoom program, it will be $25 for GSAE members.
  • Workshops will be priced at $35-$49 per CAE credit hour.
  • The 2022 GSAE Annual Meeting is at the Jekyll Island Convention Center on Jekyll Island, June 1-3.
  • NEW - GSAE Winter Luncheon - February 16, 2022, noon-1:00 pm - 1 CAE Credit. We are Zooming with a mental health topic and meeting challenges in a positive, healthy way with Tyler Enslin. 35 minutes of content; 25 minutes of discussion. Sponsorships available.
  • GSAE Spring Luncheon - April 20, 2022 - 1 CAE Credit. Sponsored by Explore Brookhaven. Hosted by DoubleTree by Hilton Atlanta Perimeter Dunwoody
  • GSAE Tech Showcase & Luncheon - July 13, 2022 - 1-3 CAE Credits. Hosted by Wild Heaven West End Brewery & Gardens. Sponsorship available.
  • The Abit Massey Lecture Series - September 21, 2022 - 1 CAE Credit. Sponsored by Visit Savannah. Hosted by Atlanta Marriott Northwest at Galleria.
  • GSAE SIG-apalooza Breakfast - November 9, 2022 - 1 CAE Credit. Sponsorship & location available.
  • Holiday Luncheon, Awards Show, Silent Auction & Annual Business Meeting -  December 7, 2022. Sponsorship & location available. 

Live webinars are worth 1 CAE hour. Did you know? More than 90 CAE-qualifying recorded webinars are available 24/7 on our GSAE website.


We understand your time is valuable, and we strive to make volunteer service convenient and rewarding. GSAE volunteers truly do the work of the organization through our committee structure.

GSAE's Shared Interest Groups (SIGs) offer one of the best resources for association executives and professionals. These self-directed groups of GSAE members focus on a particular area and delve into various topics within that area.

Sign up for any committee or SIG by logging into your GSAE profile or contacting Meg at

Vice Chair Opportunities

  • New Member Welcome & Orientation - in-person events, Zoom
  • Certified Association Executive (CAE) Study Group - summer; also recruiting facilitators

Chair Opportunities

  • Tech Ninjas - quarterly
  • Small Staff Association Execs SIG - quarterly
  • Emerging Professionals SIG - quarterly - also recruiting for spring Focus Groups 

GSAE Leadership
Meet the 2022 GSAE Board of Directors 
Meet the 2022 GSAE Foundation Board of Trustees  

Interested in learning more? Contact GSAE President Wendy W. Kavanagh, CAE at today!


Authentically Social: Putting Connection at the Core of Your Digital Strategy
Featuring Corey Perlman, Impact Social Media
March 3, 2022
2:00 pm EST

GSAE is excited to partner with Personify on a NEW thought leadership webinar series for the mission-minded. Personify and our fellow SAEs will be hosting quarterly webinars, and we hope you’ll join us.   

As our industry continues to navigate a complex and ever-changing world of virtual, in-person and hybrid events, it's critical that we are candid and transparent in our digital communication. In this thought-provoking presentation, Corey will challenge the status-quo of posting 'just to get something out there' and, instead, will talk about building a content plan around connection, community and collaboration. Creating a more Authentically Social digital strategy will help build trust, credibility and loyalty with members for years to come.  Are you ready to become Authentically Social? 


As a reminder:

  1. GSAE annual dues are sent via beginning in November. Always check that "from" line if you have any doubts.
  2. GSAE does not contract with third-party companies to sell our mailing list or member data. Please disregard any such fraudulent company solicitations. If you would like to rent GSAE's mailing list legitimately, you may access the contract on our forms page. We do not release your email address as part of the mailing list rental agreement - ever, per Board policy.
  3. GSAE staff or leaders will never ask you to transfer funds to a staffer, volunteer leader, or another member for any reason. If one of our leaders is actually traveling and runs into a spot of bother, they will contact a family member - not us, and not you.
  4. While we may ask you to log in to your profile to register for an event or update your contact information, we will not ask you to send your social security number, bank account information, or credit card information directly to us. Electronic and paper invoices will direct you to our secure PCI-compliant payment page or to our fax number.
  5. If you have any questions about the validity of a message from GSAE - from staff, our officers, our website or our enewsletter provider - please don't hesitate to contact us directly.
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News Briefs

A colleague of ours from KSAE, Amy Farmer, is a doctoral candidate at the University of Missouri - Columbia. Her dissertation examines the motivations of association professionals to sit for the Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential.

  • The survey's target audience is association professionals who have chosen to take the CAE, regardless of whether they passed, including those preparing to take it.
  • The survey is 100% anonymous and voluntary.
  • The questions are focused on the motivations of adult learners and are not specific to the CAE or professional certification, but they are a trusted method of determining adult learner motivation.
  • The survey is quick, only taking 4 minutes for participants to complete.  
  • Take the survey now.

Questions? Feel free to reach out to Amy at I received a copy of her dissertation proposal and think it’ll be helpful to our community in the future. She’s willing to share results with us once completed. – WWK

More CAE News
CAE Update from ASAE released 02-08-2022

Registration for American Associations Day, March 31-April 1, in Washington, DC includes two days of policy education, advocacy, and networking worth 4.5 CAE credit hours. Review the schedule.

Introducing PROPEL's new Growth Mindset Learning Intensive, a virtual training program for cultivating a growth mindset in your self, your team, and your organization.

Our new Growth Mindset Learning Intensive is a deep-dive, online learning program designed to prepare leaders to thrive in today's uncertain environment. Through a combination of recorded content, peer-to-peer interaction, live Q&A sessions, and concrete application exercises, we're offering a unique opportunity to up your leadership game. Heck, we're even sending you FIVE books to support your learning. To really solidify your growth mindset, you have to be holistic and address three different levels: self, team, and organization. So, we structured the course with one week on each area. Learn More. - Co-Founders Maddie Grant and Jamie Notter.

GSAE members receive a 20% discount code for the program by accessing your profile portal and then clicking the Members Offers tab.

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GSAE Membership Directory & Buyers' Guide

Don’t lose access to your GSAE community! Renew your membership today by logging into your profile, clicking on My Profile, then on Invoices in the drop down menu. OR, you may use GSAE’s easy pay button anytime. Need payment options? Just reach out to us at the GSAE office. Renew by February 28.

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