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GSAE Luncheon, Wednesday,  April 20 - 1 CAE credit
Featuring Terri Stewart
April 20, 2022, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

What's keeping us up at night? Everything around workforce development, talent identification, the great resignation in the midst of rising costs ... all the things. Learn more about Terri.

GSAE Member - $39 ($49 after April 8)
Guests - $49 ($59 after April 8)

10:30 - 11:30 am: New Member Orientation
11:30 am - 12:00 pm: Networking Reception
12:00 - 1:30 pm: Luncheon with Keynote Speaker, Terri Stewart, Partner, Fisher Phillips. Workforce Development topic.
1:30 - 2:00 pm: Supplier Council Planning Meeting

Thank you to our sponsor: Explore Brookhaven

Thank you to our host: Doubletree by Hilton Atlanta Perimeter Dunwoody


Leadership Series - 6 CAE credits per session
9:30 am - 3:30 pm - 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 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.

Huntsville/Madison County CVB
Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center
Member News
ABC of Georgia’s Rebecca Colbert, MS, CMP was recognized in the 2022 Smart Women in Meetings as an award recipient in the Rising Star category.
Steve Gigantiello is Senior Association Manager at Meeting Expectations.
Tip Tucker Kendall, CAE is serving as the Interim Executive Director at National Grants Management Association.
Kristin McWhorter, CAE is Fundraising Coordinator at YOUR Humane Society SPCA.

Ashley Woitena, MBA, TMP, LEC, VisitColumbusGA, President
Andy Williams, CMP, TMP, Visit Roswell, Vice President of Education & Fundraising
Rebekah Snider, Visit Milledgeville, Vice President of Membership
Jeff Hewitt, CDME, Visit Savannah, Secretary-Treasurer
Katie Williams, Athens CVB, Immediate Past President

Explore Brookhaven is hosting the 2022 Travel Unity Summit: DEI & Southern Hospitality - Embracing Community Diversity to Expand Tourism. The conference is March 22-25, located at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta Perimeter at Villa Christina. Learn more.

Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants plans to open one of their luxury boutique hotels in the Historic District of Roswell. This new development is set to open in the beginning of 2024 and aims to bring a new "brand" to southern hospitality. Read more.


Enjoy an afternoon learning from keynote speaker, Courtney Stanley, and three break-out presenters, networking, and exploring a robust tradeshow. Learn more and register


Big shout outs to several GSAE members for making A Far’s article about underrated cities in the SE. Check out more here.


Athens is nestled at the center of an awesome array of roads, which get even better when you stray onto dirt. The local cycling community is as friendly and welcoming as can be. Learn more.

GSAE Editorial Note: Practice your cycling skills June 1 during GSAE’s 3rd Annual Quarter Century Bike Ride on Jekyll Island. Register today! 

Destination Augusta
The Lodge at Gulf State Park
GSAE News & Events
ASA Compensation logo

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!

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.

DECA is heading back to Atlanta for the 2022 International Development Conference April 23-26.? 

Nearly 20,000 high school marketing, finance, hospitality and management students will take part in our international business competitions during the event. They need local volunteers like you?to evaluate their solutions to business-related case studies and identify the top performers who will receive scholarships and international recognition. Click here for more information.

High School DECA International Career Development Conference

Date: April 24-26, 2022 
Location: Georgia World Congress Center, 285 Andrew Young International Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30313
Register as a Judge at: 2022 ICDC Judge Registration


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 Wendy at 

Vice Chair Opportunities

  • Certified Association Executive (CAE) Study Group - summer; also recruiting facilitators

Chair Opportunities

  • Tech Ninjas - 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!


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 does not contract with any housing 3rd party for Annual Meeting rooms. Only book through the provided links or phone numbers.
  4. 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.
Visit Macon
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
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.

Panama City Beach CVB
Alabama Gulf Coast CVB
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

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