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Wednesday, April 19
11:30 am - 1:30 pm 
Featuring Kwame Johnson, the President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters Metro Atlanta, who oversees the largest and most effective youth mentoring agency in the state of Georgia. He was named the "Most Admired CEO" by the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Register Today

10:30 am - 11:30 am – Member Orientation 

11:30 am - 12:00 pm – Networking Reception 
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm – Luncheon with Keynote Speaker Kwame Johnson
1:30 pm - 2:00 pm – Supplier Council Planning Meeting

GSAE Member – $49 ($59 after April 14)
Guest – $69 ($79 after April 14)

Thank you to our sponsor: Cartersville-Bartow County Convention & Visitors Bureau


Thank you to our host: Hilton Alpharetta Atlanta

Thank you to our AV sponsor: Orchestrated Audiovisual & Production Services

Luncheon Menu
Harvest Salad: Spinach | Arugula | Red Onion | Candied Pecans | Kumquat | Feta | Bacon Vinaigrette
Chicken Entrée: Chicken Breast Yukon Mash | Garlic Haricots Verts | Chicken Butter Sauce
Dessert: Tiramisu | Coffee Stout Reduction
*Dietary restrictions from your registration will be indicated by a card in your nametag


***GSAE Annual Meeting, May 31 - June 2, 2023***


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Member News
  Janell Martin, CAE is Executive Director, Association of Rheumatology Professionals (ARP), as of March 1. 
  Tami Brehm, CAE is Vice President, Member Experience & Governance at American College of Rheumatology.
  Beth Hilton is Senior Sales Manager at Hyatt Place + Hyatt House Charleston Historic District.
  Holly Wright is Director, Global Accounts at Omni Hotels & Resorts.
  Over the course of 2023, Jim Moody, CAE, past GSAE chair, is transitioning out of CSA and into full-time consulting. The name of his company, Open Aperture Advisors, is a nod to his love of landscape photography. Learn more about Jim's consulting business on his new website
  Susan Cheshire, CAE, longtime member and past GSAE chair, retired from Georgia School Nutrition Association on March 31, 2023.
    Robin B. Gray, Jr.JD, past GSAE president, retired recently from the Electronic Components Industry Association.
    Darryl Leech, General Manager of Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center for the last 30 years, will be retiring at the end of the year. 
  Explore Asheville will soon welcome new air travel routes and expansions, with 26 non-stop airport destinations available. Several of the new routes are international hubs, making connectivity to the world easy to and from AVL. Read more.
  Dahlonega has been named #4 in Southern Living’s “The South’s Best” list for 2023. Learn more about Dahlonega, America's first gold rush city, and read the full list of "The South's Best."
  A quote from a meeting planner, “In Athens, creativity permeates everything,” provided a spark during research that resulted in a refreshed brand for Visit Athens. The new logo and tagline, “We’re Always Open,” highlights Athens as a hub of curiosity that is always open to new ideas and experiences. Learn more about what’s coming next.
  Congratulations to the Tennessee Aquarium on being named to  USA Today's 10 Best Aquariums in the US list. The Aquarium hosted GSAE's Annual Meeting reception in Chattanooga in 2021. See the full list.
  GSAE, The Lodge at Gulf State Park, A Hilton Company, and Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism are pleased to present our 2024 GSAE Annual Meeting logo. Mark your calendar now for May 29 - May 31, 2024. Take a 360° tour of The Lodge.
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WELCOME. GSAE is committed to being a resource and model for members and organizations on effective practices that drive successful Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives. GSAE believes in fostering a welcoming culture amongst our members that is diverse, inclusive and equitable to all. We know our differences are what make us stronger. Through diverse perspectives, an inclusive culture and equitable opportunities, we are connecting leaders, advancing associations. 

Not a GSAE member yet? Consider joining today.

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GSAE News & Events

We need your help to make our 2023 Annual Meeting Silent Auction a success! Donating a silent auction prize is one of the best ways to promote your organization, while helping GSAE raise money for educational programming. Our 2022 Annual Meeting Silent Auction raised over $12,000.

Every donation, no matter what, helps us reach our goal. Suggested items include: themed gift baskets, hotel stays, electronic items/gadgets, gift cards. We encourage you to partner with your colleagues, a sister property, organization, and/or your local CVB to create a compelling donation.

Thanks to our friend Tony Rissley and Expo Auctions, the auction is virtual. To donate, please complete the online form or download a pdf version. Thank you for your support!


  • Internship grant applications are due May 1
  • Any organization in Georgia that employs at least one GSAE member may apply
  • Applications will be judged on the quality of the internship experience
  • It is the responsibility of the organization to recruit a qualified student to fill the internship
  • Recipients will be announced during the 2023 GSAE Annual Meeting in Charleston, SC

Please consider making a donation to the GSAE Foundation

  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. Please send an email to Wendy if you are interested in learning more. 
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Open Opportunities

  • Welcome Warriors (Peer Connections) – monthly – Vice Chair
  • Table Hosts – quarterly – Co Chair
  • CAE Study Group – summer – Chair

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.


Have a compelling story to share? GSAE is seeking members interested in sharing effective practices, compelling case studies, and pilot programs. Have another story idea? Contact Wendy at if you are interested in contributing to our community knowledge.

  • Summer – Associations' Role in Workforce Development
  • Fall – The State of Meetings Revisited

Have an article idea for a future edition? Let us know! Develop Once, Publish Everywhere is the theme.


Y'all asked; we listened. GSAE is thrilled to announce a new partnership with Naylor Association Solutions and Boxwood Career Headquarters. Multiple options for job seekers, employers and future execs are available at headquarters. We encourage all job seekers, especially, to create a new account and upload your résumé. Use your GSAE member number to receive the preferred pricing options.


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Discover GSAE's entirely FREE library of downloadable content, including white papers, guides, infographics, case studies, industry analysis and so much more! Consider this your one-stop shop when looking for current topics you need to learn about that are influencing our entire industry. Be sure to check back often as GSAE continues to add resources to this page going forward. Access the Hub.

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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
  • FAQs on the entire benchmarking system
  • $149 subscription rate for GSAE members
  • Compare key operational metrics, estimate valuable KPIs and generate customized reports.
  • Get started now!
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News Briefs
GSAE compiles a compendium of podcasts, blogs and resources from association land that we think will help you be better at your job. Follow, listen and learn!

  The ASAE Annual Meeting & Expo is where thousands of association professionals and industry partners gather to exchange knowledge, resources, strategies, solutions and more. Mark your calendar now to join us in Atlanta, August 5 - 8, 2023. Volunteer opportunities and info will be available in early June. Registration is open.

The bipartisan legislation, long supported by ASAE, would allow workers to use 529 education savings accounts to pay for voluntary professional certifications and credentials offered by associations.
Read more


Naylor Association Solutions and Association Adviser recently launched its 2023 Association Benchmarking Survey. In its 12th year, participation has never been more important to help shape the annual report into an insightful and relevant resource for the industry. 

Completion of this survey will provide you with your Association Best Practices Score and will offer an integrated set of strategy suggestions to help your association reach its goals in 2023 and beyond. Take the survey today. All participants who complete the survey will be entered for a chance to win one of fifty $100 Amazon gift cards when the survey closes.The survey will remain open through April 30.

  We’ve looked at challenges, now it’s time to talk solutions. Association Laboratory and GSAE invite you to participate in the Looking Forward™ Solutions survey. Participants have a chance to win one of ten $50 Amazon gift cards. Each participant will receive complimentary access to a customizable dashboard that allows you to view the data and download a unique report to guide you, your staff and volunteer leadership on possible solutions to the issues facing you as an association exec.

Association Laboratory is hosting a spring CAE-athon. A convenient digital series offering up to 10 high-quality CAE credits in one week. Each webinar is $60. Purchase all 5 and receive a 20% discount (a $60 value).

May 8, 2023 – Scenario Planning: Your Solution to Optimal Organizational Strategy
May 9, 2023 – The Power of a Prepared Board
May 10, 2023 – Non-members Matter!
May 11, 2023 – Tips, Tricks and Traps to Educational Strategy
May 12, 2023 – DEI and the Ethics of a Diverse Leadership Model

   April 20, 2023
9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Trusteees Dining Room, Mercer University

Lighthouse Counsel is hosting an educational event with Bernard Ross, the behavioral economics guru in the world of fundraising. Learn more about this local event hosted by GSAE member Jeff Jowdy and his team.
Fisher Phillips, headquartered in Atlanta with 38 offices throughout the country, combines national resources with local, personalized services. The firm focuses exclusively on representing employers in labor and employment law, allowing it to offer its clients practical business solutions and a nuanced understanding of their workplace legal issues. Fisher Phillips will be offering special programs for our GSAE members. Be on the lookout for more to come. For more information contact Terri Stewart.

Over the past six years the Virtual Association Network (VAN), a grassroots 501c3 organization dedicated to assisting individuals and associations thrive in a virtual/remote working environment (, has administered periodic benchmarking surveys addressing a wide array of specific operational issues associated with a virtual workforce. 

Your organization does not need to be operating 100% virtually to benefit from this survey. We anticipate there will be valuable lessons learned if half, 25% or even 10% of your workforce works remotely most or all of the time. Participating organizations will receive a free synopsis of survey results. Take the survey today and by Friday, April 14.

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Atlanta Area, Georgia. Elevanta, an AMC Institute accredited, Atlanta and DC association management company, has experienced significant growth over the past several months. With the addition of recent association management clients, we are looking for an experienced association leader to join our team! The Association Manager/Account Executive (possible Executive Director position for some future clients) is responsible for the day-to-day business operations of their assigned association(s) and requires comprehensive knowledge of the association industry. 
Atlanta, Georgia. As the world is focused on climate change and working towards net zero, join us to drive the impact energy efficiency has in addressing the global crisis – yes, help us change the world! If you are passionate about making a difference and inspiring positive and engaging change, we invite you to apply for our Director of Learning and Development position! We are seeking a driven team leader who has demonstrated success developing, implementing and coordinating adult learning. 
Responsibilities include: Provide leadership to Training Dept to ensure successful administration of all educational programs. Work with subject matter experts and developers to develop content to meet the needs of our members. Coordinate new, redevelopment and standardization efforts of training material.
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