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NE/SAE will feature several of our Emerging Leaders Program participants in each of our upcoming monthly e-newsletters. Join us in getting to know these new members and up-and-coming association professionals who have made a commitment to advancing their careers in association management.

  Melanie McHugh is an Association Manager at The Center for Association Management, Inc. She graduated from Salem State University with a BS in Management. Over the past four years, Melanie has advanced from administrative roles to her current Association Manager role. In her role, Melanie provides staff leadership to several associations including the Association of Fundraising Professionals' Massachusetts and Rhode Island Chapters, New England Development Research Association, and the Estate Planning Council of Rhode Island.

  Stephanie Gillis-Thurstone is the Managing Director of South Shore Realtors, Inc. She graduated from Bridgewater State University with a BS in Business Management, and she holds the e-PRO Certification from the National Association of REALTORS®. In her role, Stephanie manages day-to-day operations and provides direct support to the CEO. She provides oversight to the membership department, assures company-wide data integrity, defines project goals and deliverables that directly support business goals, and also contributes to financial recordkeeping and trend analysis.



Registration is now open for the 2020 Conference for Association Education - New England’s premier conference for association executives AND association professionals. This year's conference features a Leadership Forum for CEOs, Executive Directors, and senior-level staff on Thursday, January 23, and a full-day of programming for association staff and leaders on Friday, January 24. Additional details and the full agenda will be announced in the coming weeks! 


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We've rounded up a few of our favorite recently-trending articles featured in ASAE's Associations Now from the past month! 

Is Your Association Agile Enough to Navigate a Turbulent Future?

With talk of recession ahead, many associations are wondering if they are prepared. Two experts say financial forecasting can help your organization be nimble enough to withstand tempestuous times.

Lagging Employee Engagement? Four Ways to Fix It

Employee engagement is often a challenging thing to get right, especially long term. But a focus on cultural needs and offering the right resources could help rekindle a flagging employee’s mojo.

Get More Renewals with a UX Mindset 

Attention to user experience isn’t just for website development. Membership teams that think like their members and step into their shoes get better retention results. A new guide offers some UX tips and tricks to use during a member’s renewal period.

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Learn how the audio and video tools of today can help enhance and lead your storytelling capabilities to help further your association goals and help grow membership. Our speaker will demonstrate techniques and tips to spark storytelling and explain how it fits into marketing and recruitment strategies.

Paul Schmidt has been a visual storyteller for as long as he can remember and decided to turn that into a career. He chose video as his medium and his award-winning style has been seen nationally as well as praised locally. A self-proclaimed community proponent and pro-Michigan advocate, he owns and is production director for UnoDeuce Multimedia which is celebrating its seventh year in Lansing. Paul is the 2015 Entrepreneur Institute Micro-Entrepreneur of the Year and a 2018 scholar of the Goldman Sachs 10K Small Business program.

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Education & Events
Webinar: The Successful 
Mentoring Mindset 
October 30, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. 
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  Webinar: Pratical Cybersecurity for 
Association Leaders
January 8, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. 
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Webinar: Association Storytelling
November 7, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. 
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2020 Conference for Association Education
January 23 & 24, 2020 | Four Points by Sheraton | Norwood, Mass.

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Webinar: Creating Fans, 
Not Just Clients
December 12, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. 
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  Webinar: Tips & Tools for 
Eye-Catching Marketing 

February 5, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. 
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Webinar: Fuel Memeber 
Engagement with Feedback

December 19, 2019 
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  NE/SAE 2020: Our Annual Meeting 
June 4 & 5, 2020 | Omni Mount Washington Resort | Bretton Woods, NH
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