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GSAE Millennials are Taking Over...in a GOOD way.

Millennials are entering the workforce—including our associations—at a rate comparable to that of Baby Boomers in their workforce entry peak.  The Millennial generation, identified as having been born between 1981 and 2000, is constantly being dissected and discussed as a faceless entity.  And now, Millennials have taken the reigns to plan the first ever GSAE Millennial Infusion Luncheon, on July 9 at the Westin Buckhead Atlanta!

The Millennial Infusion luncheon will lead attendees on a collaborative exploration into common notions about Millennials and learn how best to work in today’s multi-generational association.  Based on research and data, common myths about Millennials will be validated or busted, giving those in attendance—regardless of generation—a deeper understanding of how different generations can work with one another toward a greater result.

This will be a fun, interactive session and we look forward to hearing from you.  Head to Twitter and use #GSAEinfusion to share your thoughts and questions regarding Millennials and the multi-generational workplace.  Check out the promotional video!

Morning Workshop: Drugs Don't Work in Georgia
The Drugs Don’t Work in GA program assists companies in achieving and maintaining state certification as a drug free workplace. Certified drug free companies receive a state-mandated 7.5% discount on workers compensation insurance.*  Certification is a simple 5 step process.  Chuck Wade will detail the five steps required for certification.  Chuck is the President and CEO of The Council on Alcohol and Drugs.  He has been the state director of Drugs Don’t Work in Georgia for the past seventeen years.

Afternoon Panel Discussion - "Ask the Millennial"
Have you ever wondered why a millennial seems to know so much about technology and wanted to pick their brain?  Or what elements of a work environment are conducive to their productivity and morale?  Join us after the luncheon for an informal panel discussion to get your questions answered.  You will have a chance to "Ask a Millennial" anything!

Already know some topics you’d like to hear about during the panel?  Help the planning committee prepare for the panel discussion by sending us your topics/questions in advance to Katie@abcga.org or szirkle@rheumatology.org.

10:30-11:30 am - Workshop: Drugs Don't Work in Georgia - 1 CAE hour
11:30-12:00 - Networking Reception
12:00-1:30 pm - Luncheon - 1 CAE hour
1:45-3:00 pm - "Ask the Millennial" panel discussion - 1 CAE hour


Luncheon - GSAE Member:  $25 Early Bird; $40 Late
Luncheon - GSAE Guest:  $35 Early Bird; $50 Late
Morning Workshop - $25
Afternoon Panel Discussion - $25

Thank you to our Sponsor: Humana

Thank you to our Host: The Westin Buckhead Atlanta

As a CAE Approved Provider educational program related to the CAE exam content outline, this program may be applied for 1 credit toward your CAE application or renewal professional development requirements; additional hours may be earned by attending the morning workshop and/or the afternoon panel discussion, for a potential total of 3 CAE credits.

Note: This program is not endorsed, accredited, or affiliated with ASAE or the CAE program.  Applicants may use any program that meets eligibility requirements in the specific timeframe towards the exam application or renewal.  There are no specific individual courses required as part of the applications – selection of eligible education is up to the applicant based on his/her needs.

Have you checked out the latest episode of GSAEtv? In the latest installment of our monthly video series you'll learn more about how to work with members of the three generations currently in the workforce. On Average, 10,000 Baby Boomers retire every day and by next year the majority of the workforce will be in their 20s. Is your association ready for this generational shift? 


This article from Association Adviser eNews offers tips for career success. From working with members of other generations, to working through set-backs and even ways that associations can help member careers, these tips can help you make sure you're set up to succeed.
Chances are, you’re working with some Millennials (born 1982-1995). Maybe it’s not always easy, but what is? Understanding who they are and what they expect will help you communicate better and be more productive on the job. You won’t be doing yourself, or your company, any favors if you’re making some common mistakes when it comes to your Gen Y co-workers.
Member News
Rod Klima, Chair of the Southern Association of Orthodontists Search Committee, announces the selection of Ms. Heather Hunt as the next Executive Director of the Southern Association of Orthodontists.  She is the third person to serve as Executive Director of the SSO/SAO.  The search has transcended several years, beginning in 2011 with the understanding that Sharon Hunt, CAE, Executive Director since 1996, announced her retirement as of the end of 2014.  Heather will begin July 1 and fully assume duties as Executive Director on November 1. 

Read the full press release here.
Twelve scholars have been chosen to join the Diversity Executive Leadership Program (DELP) as the class of 2014–2016.  DELP provides individuals from underrepresented segments of the association profession an opportunity to advance into the ranks of leadership in association management by providing access to ASAE educational programs, career guidance and networking opportunities.  Please join us in congratulating our three Georgia-based DELP scholars: Gabriel Eckert, CAE, Executive Director, Building Owners and Managers Association of Georgia, Angela Flanigan, Director of Education, Georgia Academy of Family Physicians and Tangela Monroe, Assistant Director, American Institute of Architects/Georgia.
Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau
Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa
Hilton Garden Inn/Homewood Suites Atlanta Midtown
GSAE News & Events
Wednesday, July 16
Webinar (sponsored by Ohio Society of Association Executives and Georgia Society of Association Executives): Going Google
2:00 - 3:00 pm EST
$45 members; $75 non-members
Register online

Rapid advances in technology and society have created expectations and demands straining traditional communications and productivity systems that have long dominated the workplace. In a world where the speed of business is ever-increasing, you may not even realize if your organization is using outdated, disconnected and cumbersome sets of tools creating unwanted inefficiencies, redundancies and slow downs.  Learn how "Going Google" can make the future of your business happen today.

Thursday, July 31
Webinar (sponsored by Indiana Society of Association Executives and Georgia Society of Association Executives): Taming the E-mail Beast Using Outlook and/or Gmail: Key Strategies for Managing E-mail Overload
2:00 - 3:00 pm EST
$45 members; $75 non-members
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Every day, managers and professionals are getting buried under a continuing stream of both useful and useless e-mail.  Without a system for getting "control of the beast," professionals spend much of their work (and personal) time spinning wheels and feeling highly unsatisfied.  If you would like to get control of your e-mail "beast," you should attend this program. 

Thursday, August 7
Webinar (sponsored by Texas Society of Association Executives and Georgia Society of Association Executives): What do you say?  Communicating Across Barriers, Around Conflict and Over Clutter
2:00 - 3:00 pm EST
$45 members; $75 non-members
Register online

Learn how to advocate rather than "sell" through communication techniques.  This session is designed to help you understand the role communication plays in professional relationships.  You will explore the three dimensions of communication, enhance your communication strengths, downplay your weaknesses, and build your likeability. 

Thursday-Friday, August 28-29
GSAE Strategic Planning Update & Leadership Retreat
Lake Lanier Islands Resort
12 pm Thursday - 12 pm Friday
GSAE recognizes excellence by presenting a variety of awards to members.  To nominate a member for an award, simply contact Wendy Kavanagh, CAE, President, at wendy@gsae.org.  For more information about the awards program, visit the Awards page of the GSAE website.  The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, October 1, 2014.
Individual Awards include:  
The Clifford M. Clarke Award is GSAE's highest honor and is presented to honor a member for an outstanding career of leadership and service to associations in Georgia.  It is named for the late Cliff Clarke, president emeritus of the Arthritis Foundation and the first Georgian to serve as chief elected officer of ASAE.  Any active individual member of GSAE is eligible for the Award, with the exception of current officers, directors, staff, members of the Awards Committee and previous recipients.  Honorary and retired members who have worked in the Georgia association community within the past two years and former staff members who meet the other criteria as well are also eligible.  
The Alan R. Johnson Award was established in 1994 and named in memory of a former Chair of the GSAE Foundation.  It is given to an association executive in Georgia who has demonstrated qualities of teamwork (ability to work with and support others), vision (ability to see possibilities for making things happen and communicating this vision to others) and servant leadership (willingness to reach out beyond work and home to benefit the community).

The Emerging Leader Award is presented to an association executive with ten years or less of experience in associations who demonstrates leadership through service to GSAE, their own association and to their community.  Chief staff executives (CEO, executive director, executive vice president, etc.) are not eligible.  Nominees must have been a member of GSAE for at least one year.
The Corporate Member Representative of the Year is presented to the corporate member who has demonstrated outstanding and continuous service to the association community in Georgia.   
The GSAE Nominating Committee is soliciting names of members interested in serving on the GSAE Board of Directors.  The Nominating Committee will include Past Chair, Aubie Knight, CIC, CRM; Chair Susan Cheshire, CAE; Chair elect Jim Fowler, CAE; and two at large association executive members (to be named by the GSAE Board of Directors on August 28).
Five seats for individual association member directors and one seat for a corporate supplier director will be available for two-year terms, beginning January 1, 2015.
If you or someone you know would like to be considered, please send the name and a brief description of qualifications to Wendy. All candidates must be members in good standing.  Deadline for nominations is September 15, 2014.
The slate of nominees will be offered to the membership for review no later than Friday, October 10.  Board members and officers will be accepted and installed at the GSAE Annual Business Meeting during the Holiday Luncheon & Silent Auction December 10th at the Georgia Aquarium.
We had a great time in Savannah at the 2014 GSAE Annual Meeting - and we've got the pictures to prove it!  Head on over to Facebook to see them all.

News Briefs
"Nonprofit staffs are busy putting out fires, trying to do more with fewer resources, and carrying out programs," said Bob Harris, chairman of The NonProfit Center: Promoting the Association Management Profession.  "The assessment tool allows an executive or volunteers to step back and look at the big picture, noting whether or not a strategic plan exists, identifying potential risks and strengthening leadership training."

The tool covers ten areas common to every nonprofit, for instance, governance, risks, finances and outcomes.  Each section includes the questions and rationale to develop best practices.  Download the 12 page free guide at www.associationoptions.com.  "It is common for exempt organizations to be so busy that they fail to notice errors and oversights," according to Harris.  The document promotes sustainability.

Plan to join AENC, SCSAE, TNSAE and GSAE members  for an attendee reception on Monday before The Classic.  Drop by the Nashville City Club anytime between 5:00 and 6:30 PM for some light munchies, a beverage or two, and the opportunity to connect with your Southeastern SAE peers and industry partners.

Nashville City Club
201 4th Avenue North; Suite 1930
Nashville, TN 37219
Telephone: (615) 244-3693

Thank you to our sponsor: YourMembership.com

The 2014 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition, August 9-12, offers a relaxed yet business-oriented environment where you can step back and be exposed to new and creative ways of thinking.  This is the chance to find big ideas that you can take back to forward your organization and your professional development.  You’ll find 120+ educational sessions that will help you take your strategy to the next level, as well as tons of networking opportunities.  There is something for everyone at ASAE Annual Meeting. Move your organization forward today.

The Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp., hosts of our own 2007 GSAE Annual Meeting, is this year’s host city.  From the opening reception on Saturday, a block party on 5th Avenue with Dierks Bentley, to the ASAE Foundation’s The Classic on Monday featuring Lady Antebellum at the gorgeous Schermerhorn Symphony Center, to the closing event at Wildhorse Saloon with a private performance by award-winning country artist, Phil Vassar, you know the Nashville CVC and our own representative Brenda Dempsey will pull out all the stops to entertain us.

Visit ASAE’s 2014 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition website for more information and to register today.

Join AENC, GSAE, SCSAE and TNSAE  for a reception during the ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition in Nashville this August.  Plan to drop by anytime at our reception on Monday, August 11 between 5:00 and 6:00 pm for some munchies, a beverage or two, and the opportunity to connect with your Southeastern SAE peers and industry partners.  Remember, we only get a list of attendees from the great state of Georgia, so be sure to let Wendy know if you are joining us in Nashville this year.  We’ll send out the location in July’s GSAE Update.


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