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NE/SAE is pleased to announce our first-ever Spring Social networking event for association professionals and industry partner members. Network with your peers and enjoy a variety of hors d'oeuvres and beverages. 

The Spring Social will take place from 5 to 7 p.m., with a meeting for NE/SAE volunteers and members interested in volunteering with NE/SAE from 4 to 5 p.m. Additional details to follow!

Please note: this event is open to active NE/SAE members only. 

Thank you to our host and sponsor, Babson Executive Conference Center!

Click here for more information and to register today.

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NE/SAE is excited to feature several of our Emerging Leaders Program participants in each of our 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 through this year-long development program.


Hannah Hodgson serves as Administrative Representative/Board Administrator at the Newport County Board of Realtors. As part of her role, she wears many hats during the day, and she must be ready and knowledgable all the time about so many facets of the profession. Skilled in Nonprofit Organizations, Sales, Event Management and Team Building, Hannah has a background in real estate with a BA focused in Psychology, Education, and Science from University of Rhode Island.

Hannah hopes to develop stronger organizational skills, build a larger network of professionals, and become a better leader, as part of the Emerging Leaders program. 



Stephenie Drago serves as the Manager of Member Experience at the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA). She joined TCIA two years ago as a membership coordinator. She is currently developing a brand new Member Experience Department from the ground up. By having a Masters Degree in Public Relations, Stephenie has supported the association to create avenues for the members to not only be heard and served, but to develop strong relationships that drive loyalty and dedication to the Association, increasing retention efforts. 

As part of the Emerging Leaders program, Stephenie hopes to further develop her skillset to provide strategic support, and to build relationships that can be leveraged to position TCIA in a stronger place to not only grow the association fiscally but also, to better serve its members. 


We can't wait to see you at NE/SAE 2020: Our Annual Meeting! This year's conference features two-days of educational sessions, networking, social events, and more! 

Attendees, register HERE! Exhibitors and sponsors, register HERE!

Featured Educational Sessions

  • The Science of Member Retention
  • Putting the Strategy Back In Strategic Planning
  • The Duh! Approach to Management & Supervision
  • Telling Your Story
  • Programs With Impact: Aligning Your Portfolio with Your Strategy
  • Next Level Governance
  • ...and many more!

Featured Speaker

Lowell Aplebaum, CAE, CPF is the CEO and Strategy Catalyst of Vista Cova – a company that partners with organizations on strategic visioning and planning, creating stronger stakeholder connections, and reimagining value and engagement.  As a Certified Professional Facilitator, Lowell frequently provides dynamic sessions to organizations - getting volunteers, members, and staff involved through experiential learning approaches. A dedicated association professional, Lowell has served as Chair of the Certified Association Executive (CAE) commission, Chair of ASAE's Task Force on CEO Pathways, and as Chair for ASAE's Component Relations Council. Lowell will kick off this year's conference with a general session and will be leading a breakout session as well.

Discounted Overnight Rooms

Discounted overnight rooms are available to NE/SAE conference attendees and sponsors at the Omni Mount Washington Resort. Rooms are limited and you must book by May 11, 2020 to receive the discounted rate of $175 per night, plus tax. Click here for additional information about our room block. 


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

Put Your "About Us" Page to Work for Members

Your website’s “about us” page can say a lot or very little about your organization. Go beyond bland descriptions and a staff list to make this page more engaging, a place where members can build connections with your team and your community. READ MORE.

Maybe It's Not Content Management Anymore. Maybe It's Context Management.

Content management systems are losing some of their innovation luster, in part because our needs are changing. Your CMS still matters, but the context for your content has to extend beyond the web. READ MORE.

How to Make Succession Strategic

Executive transitions can be uncomfortable for boards and CEOs alike. But they’re also opportunities to think about an organization’s future. READ MORE.

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Member News

Congratulations to the following NE/SAE members who recently earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE®) designation:

Sarah Elise Braese, CAE
Director of Education & Programs
Northeast Public Power Association
           Graham Cox, CAE
Executive Director
McKenna Management, Inc. 

The CAE is the highest professional credential in the association industry. To be designated as a certified association executive, an applicant must have a minimum of five years experience with nonprofit organization management, complete a minimum of 100 hours of specialized professional development, pass a stringent examination in association management, and pledge to uphold a code of ethics. To maintain the certification, individuals must undertake ongoing professional development activities in association and nonprofit management. More than 4,300 association professionals currently hold the CAE credential. The CAE Program is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).


We are excited to welcome the following new members to NE/SAE!  

Regular Members

Dana Cutter
Executive Assistant, AHRA: The Association for Medical Imaging Management

Megan Flanagan
Deputy Executive Director, National Society of Compliance Professionals

Cathleen Haggerty
Executive Director, MA Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics

Hillari Wennerstrom
Executive Director, McKenna Management, Inc. 

Industry Partners

Tom Fitzmaurice
Executive Director, Greater Merrimack Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau 


The New England Society of Association Executives is looking for YOUR news for our monthly e-newsletter, NE/SAE eNews. Please consider sharing any of the following:

  • You or your organization in the news, including any awards or recognition you have received.
  • Your professional development news - promotions, job changes, retirements, etc.
  • Articles you have written that would be of interest to NE/SAE members.
  • Photos.
  • Other non-promotional items you think would be of interest to the membership.

News submissions are accepted on a rolling basis and will be published in the next monthly e-newsletter. To submit your news, simply click here to email our office.

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Education & Events

Spring Social | April 29, 2020
Babson Executive Conference Center, Wellesley, MA

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

2020 Digital Solutions Conference | October 30, 2020
DoubleTree by Hilton, Westborough, MA More Info 


We're pleased to share our spring webinar schedule. NE/SAE is an approved CAE provider, and our live webinars meet the requirements for fulfilling the professional development requirements to earn or maintain the Certified Association Exectuive credential. Webinars are $45 for members and $75 for non-members. 

rEvolutionary Governance
February 26, 2020 at 1:30 PM

Membership Recruitment & Retention
March 18, 2020 at 1:30 PM

The Missing Link to Building Member Loyalty
March 25, 2020 at 1:30 PM

The Board's Duty of Foresight in The Turbulent Twenties
April 22, 2020 at 1:30 PM

Tips & Tools for Eye-Catching Marketing
April 29, 2020 at 1:30 PM

Legal Considerations in Association Management
May 14, 2020 at 1:30 PM

Negotiate Like a Pro
May 20, 2020 at 1:30 PM


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