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Donate to the GSAE Silent Auction Today!

Donating a silent auction prize is one of the best ways to promote your organization, while helping GSAE raise money for educational programming. Silent auction items donated to GSAE in 2022 raised over $19,000. The Annual Meeting Auction is May 31-June 2, 2023. Thanks to our friend Tony Rissley and Expo Auctions, the auction will be virtual. You will be able to bid right from your phone, and the auction will be open to all GSAE members.

Suggested items include themed gift baskets, hotel stays, electronic items/gadgets, and gift cards.

If helpful, we encourage you to partner with a sister property, organization, and/or your local CVB to help promote your area or organization.

Complete the online donation form today or use the downloadable PDF.

A huge THANK YOU to our 2023 Annual Meeting host Explore Charleston and all their partners.

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Member News
  Grant Cagle is the new President & CEO, Georgia Economic Developers Association (GEDA)
  Laura Lynn, Ed.S., SNS is the new Executive Director of Georgia School Nutrition Association.

We love to share our GSAE members' news. Please send job changes or member news to by the second Monday of the month.


GSAE Annual Meeting Rockstar Map sponsor Map D has a new logo. Also, check out their blog on "8 Steps to Maximizing ROI and Setting Goals to Successful Event Planning." 

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

Kwame Johnson, President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters Metro Atlanta, discussed "Power of Mentorship in Life and Career."


Presented by Map D
May 11, 2023
12:30 - 1:30 pm EDT
Register Here

Does the thought of public speaking frighten you to your core? If your boss asks you to present to a group, do you get the cold sweats and shaky knees? MOST people are right there with you! It’s okay! In this session, you'll learn how to:

  • Use PowerPoint effectively
  • Handle different types of microphones like a pro
  • Relax and be confident in front of any audience
  • Display positive body language
  • Present without fear

Presenter: Mike Pennington, CAE
Mike Pennington is the Vice President of the Atlanta Apartment Association, a Map D client, and past chair of the GSAE Board of Directors. He will lead a fun and interactive session where you'll gain valuable presentation skills that will help you conquer your fear of public speaking and elevate your presentations to the next level.


This year is a landmark year for the Georgia Piedmont Land Trust (GPLT). For a quarter-century the land trust has worked to protect land for a number of important conservation purposes. In 1998 a group of Gwinnett County residents gathered to find a way to ensure that some trees, creeks, and green spaces would be set aside and protected as quiet places. They envisioned green areas near where people live and work. The Georgia Piedmont Land Trust board leadership includes four GSAE members: Gabriel Eckert, FASAE, CAE, Lori K. Spear, CAE, Terry Dempsey, CAE (ret.) and Rob Sumner, CAE (ret.). Read more.


  • Internship grant applications are due May 20
  • 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.


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.


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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. Registration is open.

Atlanta is proud to host American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Annual Meeting & Exposition at Georgia World Congress Center Aug. 5-8. We’re expecting a record attendance of more than 5,000 association professionals and industry partners. These individuals will be key decision makers for booking future meetings in Atlanta, giving us an opportunity to showcase the many ways our city is on a different level. 

As a volunteer, you’ll play an integral role in welcoming attendees to Atlanta and giving them one of the best convention experiences in the country. Together, we will drive increased economic activity for our hospitality partners and the city.

This is a two-step process:

1.  You must register with the CVB to volunteer.

2.  Volunteer shift opportunities will open June 5.

You will receive an email with the link to sign-up for opportunities IF you have completed the registration with Atlanta CVB above.  


The association community sprang into action last month during American Associations Day 2023, ASAE’s annual legislative advocacy event, to build support for bipartisan workforce development policy: The Freedom to Invest in Tomorrow’s Workforce Act (H.R. 1477 / S. 722). Thank you to everyone who participated and helped demonstrate the Power of Associations in Congress. You can still make an impact and help the Freedom to Invest in Tomorrow’s Workforce Act become law. We encourage you to reach out – to join us – as we advocate for a stronger workforce. A great place to start is to follow our LinkedIn page.


Calling on leaders who have both a passion for associations and a desire to make a tremendous impact on the organizations they serve. Read more and complete an application for the NextGen Association Summit class of 2023! 

The application is open now until May 21 at 11:59 p.m. ET and is open to ASAE members aged 35 and under who work for an association or AMC.

  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 11, 2023 – Tips, Tricks and Traps to Educational Strategy
May 12, 2023 – DEI and the Ethics of a Diverse Leadership Model


GSAE is partnering with SHRM-Atlanta to offer the Atlanta Works Conference with a nonprofit HR track October 10 at Georgia Institute of Technology. Not every organization has an HR professional to ensure they are aligned with workforce management best practices. This conference will support nonprofit people managers in ensuring you understand what’s needed to hire, train, pay, schedule, and generally manage employees. We’ll address employment law, current trends, and success strategies with actionable takeaways. Earn CAE credit and save $25 when you register using the coupon code GSAE-ATLANTAWORKS23. More Information

Fisher Phillips  

The Atlanta office of Fisher Phillips is excited to partner with GSAE members to provide innovative and creative solutions to its members’ labor and employment challenges.

We will be presenting special packages and designing solutions just for you and presenting them in future publications. If you have any issues that come up for your members in the meantime, please email Stay tuned!

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GSAE Membership Directory & Buyers' Guide

Update your membership listing today by logging into your profile. and renew your GSAE membership at the same time.

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  • Add your birthday
  • Share your area of expertise
  • Start connecting with other members
Georgia. The Executive Director is responsible to the Board of Directors for conducting professional relationships for the organization. The Executive Director collaborates with the Board to formulate UAPRN’s goals, mission, objectives and policies and their attainment. This is a part-time position: $38/hr for 20 hours a week with room to grow. United Advanced Practice Registered Nurses of Georgia (UAPRN) is a non-profit organization focused on the enrichment, empowerment, education, and legislative advocacy for nurses and Georgians throughout the state. 
Kennesaw, 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. The position is located in our Kennesaw, GA office in a casual, team-oriented and friendly environment.
Kennesaw, Georgia. Elevanta, an AMC Institute accredited, Atlanta and DC association management company, has experienced significant growth over the past several months. The Association Coordinator performs administrative and other duties for multiple client associations as well as provides general office administrative support. This position will provide administrative services for various Elevanta client groups including Boards, and committees under management by Elevanta. The position is located in our Kennesaw, GA office in a casual, team-oriented and friendly environment.
Atlanta, Georgia. As the chief staff executive, the President of the Construction Suppliers Association (CSA) assures the continued health and long-term viability of the organization. Reporting to and working closely with the Board of Directors, the President serves to establish an appropriate strategic direction for the organization, provide leadership in implementing appropriate strategic initiatives, and provide management and oversight of all organizational resources. Ability to travel up to 70 percent. 
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