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Congratulations to the 2020 class of NE/SAE's Emerging Leaders Program!

Over the past nine months, the Emerging Leaders participated in a series of curated educational sessions designed to meet their career needs as young professionals or new association professionals. Focus areas included association structure and sustainability, innovation, managing up and down, social identities in the workplace, and developing an association career roadmap. 

The Emerging Leaders also participated in the general programming at our 2019 Digital Solutions Conference, 2020 Conference for Association Education, and our 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting. 

Participants were selected based on nominations from their CEOs, Executive Directors, or supervisors last summer. Their involvement in the program represents their commitment to both advancing their careers in association management and having a positive impact on the associations they serve. 

We look forward to the continued engagement of our Emerging Leaders in the NE/SAE community for many years to come. Please join us in congratulating the wonderful class of 2020!

Katherine Batten
Senior Association Administrator
The Center for Association Management
  Hannah Hodgson
Board Representative/
Association Administrator
Rhode Island Association of REALTORS
Jacqueline Campbell
Administrative Assistant
Northeast Public Power Association
  Jake Krilovich
Director of Legislative & Public Affairs
Home Care Alliance of MA
Stephenie Drago
Manager of Membership Experience 
Tree Care Industry Association
  Kathryn Magnoli
Chief of Staff
Massachusetts League of
Community Health Centers
Samantha James
Business Operations Manager
New England Interstate Water
Pollution Control Commission
           Melanie McHugh
Senior Association Administrator
Center for Association Management Inc.
Jon Gerstenberger
Corporate Marketing Manager
Tree Care Industry Association
  Whitney McNamara
Education Programs Director
Cape Cod & Islands Association
Stephanie Gillis-Thurstone
Managing Director
South Shore Realtors, Inc.
  Joe Riley
Coordinator, Membership Marketing
Tree Care Industry Association

Information about the 2020-2021 Emerging Leaders Program, including the nominations process for the 2021 class, will be available shortly. 


Each year since 2013, NE/SAE has recognized an exceptional rising association professional with the Rising Star Award. Nominees for this award must show exceptional promise, dedication, and accomplishment in the association industry. 

Congratulations to this year's Rising Star Award winner, Kathryn Magnoli, MBA, Chief of Staff at the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers.

In addition to her dedication to the association industry, Kathryn is applauded for her business acumen, communications skills, commitment to her association's mission, and fortitude and leadership during the COVID-19 crisis.

Kathryn was recognized during the business meeting at NE/SAE's Annual Meeting, held virtually on Thursday, June 4.

Information about the nominations process for the 2021 Rising Star Award will be available in early 2021. 


We've rounded up a few of our favorite recently-trending articles featured in ASAE's Associations Now from the past few weeks. These articles originally appeared on 

Five Benefits of Virtual Conferences

As associations quickly transition their conferences online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important that they also recognize some of the benefits that come with making the pivot to virtual. READ MORE.

New Report Offers Tips for Improving Employee Engagement 

Employees who feel a sense of belonging are more engaged and loyal, yet minorities are more likely to feel left out, according to new research from the Center for Talent Innovation. With a few changes, organizations can improve feelings of belonging. READ MORE.

Four Strategies to Bolster Your Association's Resilience Right Now

From the top down, resilience is key to surviving the crises of 2020. Here are just a few ways to firm up your foundation for better days. READ MORE.

Why Understanding Member Fiscal Health is Key to Success

Running an association like a business, not a nonprofit, requires a good understanding of the financial viability of all your partners. That means asking some smart questions about how your members are faring in the current climate. READ MORE.

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Member News

Sherri Oken, CAE, was recently selected by the Wakefield, MA Town Council to serve a two-year term on the town's Human Rights Commission. The Commission's mission is to promote the civil and human rights of all people in Wakefield. 


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

Regular Members

Emily Leonczyk
Director of Marketing
The Markens Group, Inc

Kate Smith
Director of Membership and Programs
The Markens Group, Inc


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Education & Events

We're pleased to share our upcoming 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. 

Your Post-Pandemic Meeting: What to Consider
July 8, 2020 at 1:30 PM

Putting the Strategy Back in Strategic Planning 
July 23, 2020 at 2:00 PM 

ENGAGE! Harnessing the Power of Video Marketing - and How to Do it Right
October 8, 2020 at 1:30 PM 


Due to the ever-evolving details surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, NE/SAE will host our next two conferences virtually. Please save the dates for these upcoming conferences, share with your colleagues and staff, and plan to join us for excellent educational and networking programming delivered to your home or office. Additional details to be announced!

2020 Digital Solutions Conference (VIRTUAL)
Thursday, October 29 & Friday, October 30, 2020

2021 Conference for Association Education (VIRTUAL)
Thursday, January 21 & Friday, January 22, 2021


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