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by Bob Harris, CAE
Happy New Year! For some associations the governance-year begins in January.
A new board and New Year are opportunities for a fresh start. Ideally the legacy of the prior board can be built upon for continued progress.
Though the previous board’s reputation might not be so stellar. Dysfunctions may have entered into board processes. Directors might have pushed personal agendas. There may have been in-fighting or disrespect. Maybe the elected president simply didn’t achieve the desired results. Or the strategic plan was shelved and the crisis-of-the-month took over.
According to Sam Kuhnert, founder at NubAbility Athletics Foundation, “The New Year is full of opportunity. Don't fear the processes of governance but embrace the chance to improve the organization and its impact in 2019.”
If poor performance characterized the prior board, it’s time to wipe the slate clean. In 2019, focus on producing results in the year ahead. Agree upon a vision. Advance the mission and adhere to the governing documents. Pull out the strategic plan.

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It's not too late to register for the 2019 Annual Management Conference. Join us for two days of education and networking, including a variety of strategic, tactical, and interactive learning sessions for association executives and staff. Click here to see who else is already registered!

Click here for additional information and to register online today!

Featured General Sessions:

Values that Work: Operationalizing Your Association's Culture
Mark Sedgley, CEO & President, MemberClicks

Driving Change: Lead & Succeed During Transformational Times
Eric Curtis, President, Curtis Strategy

How to Create a Value Proposition that Attracts Members 
Lisa Dennis, President, Knowledgence Associates 

...and many more breakout sessions!  

NE/SAE's 2019 Annual Management Conference offers 6.5 CAE Professional Development Hours.  


The application deadline for the May 3, 2019 CAE exam is February 22, 2019. Start reviewing the eligibility requirements and application process today.

If you have any questions about your attendance at past NE/SAE programs and conferences, please contact our office, and a member of our team would be happy to help you.  

If you're planning to take the May 3 exam and would like to be matched with other members to form a study group, please contact our office. 

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Member News

NE/SAE is excited to welcome the following new members who recently joined:

Regular Members

Emily Duane
Senior Marketing Coordinator, Tree Care Industry Association

Christopher Egan
Executive Director, Massachusetts Forest Alliance

Dan Kelsey
CEO, AHRA: The Association for Medical Imaging Management

Industry Partners

Sheila Anderson
Senior Sales Manager, Disney Destinations

Yolanda Gonzalez
Group Sales Manager, Hilton Boston Back Bay

Nicole Kravitz
Sales Manager, Great Wolf Lodge New England

Krista Marchand
Wylie Inn and Conference Center

Gina Mintzer
Executive Director, Lake George Regional
Convention & Visitors Bureau and Chamber of Commerce


NE/SAE is currently seeking nominations for our Board of Directors! 

If you have knowledge or experience with governance, strategic thinking, and the commitment to work effectively within a collective decision-making group, the NE/SAE Board of Directors is looking for you!

Members of NE/SAE's Board of Directors are the stewards of the association and consider the broad interests of NE/SAE in shaping its future. The Board provides strategic leadership, a shared vision, a sense of mission, and is responsible for NE/SAE's fiscal health.

Deadline for Nominations 
Self-nominations AND peer-nominations are accepted. Nominations for Board positions are due no later than January 31, 2019. Click here to complete the online nomination form.

Board Eligibility 
Board members must be association or industry partner members at the time of nomination and throughout their Board service.

Other Volunteer Opportunities 
We are also seeking volunteers for our various Committees and Task Forces, and we welcome new Committee and Task Force Members at any time during the year. Click here to share your interest in serving on one of our Committees or Task Forces.

We look forward to working with you in 2019!

Education & Events
2019 Annual Management Conference
January 16-17, 2019 | Sheraton Framingham Hotel & Conference Center | Framingham, Mass.

Webinar: Key Interests-Based Advocacy - Simple Steps to Strategic Targeting
January 17, 2019 at 1:30 PM
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Webinar: The Big Ask - How Storytelling Can Get You What You Want
January 31, 2019 at 1:30 PM
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Webinar: We Want You Back: Tools to Regain Lapsed Members
February 12, 2019 at 1:30 PM
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Webinar: 29 Tech Tools to Create Cool Content for Social Media
February 20, 2019 at 1:30 PM
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Webinar: Hiring Interns 101 - Developing a Sustainable Internship Program
February 27, 2019 at 1:30 PM
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Webinar: An Inclusive Society - Under Construction
March 27, 2019 at 1:30 PM
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2019 Annual Meeting 
May 29-30, 2019 | Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Course | Brewster, Mass.



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