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NE/SAE would like to welcome our new chair of the board of directors for 2020-2021, Stephen E. Sousa. Steve is executive vice president at MBREA, the Association for Valuation Professionals™, headquartered in Boston, MA.  

Steve shared his insights on his career in association management, his role as an association professional and what he hopes to accomplish as chair of NE/SAE this year.


Interested in volunteering your time and talents to YOUR professional society, but not sure where to start? We would love to hear from you! 

NE/SAE volunteers make new connections, develop skills, learn about the latest in association maangement and have fun – all while directly contributing to NE/SAE's mission and shaping our programs and services. 

Featured Volunteer Opportunities 

  • Education Committee | Standing Committee, Quarterly Meetings | More Info 
  • Member Value Committee | Standing Committee, Quarterly Meetings | More Info
  • NEW! Awards & Recognition Task Force | Ad hoc task force | More Info

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From the American Society of Association Executives 
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and closures, nearly every sector of the American economy has struggled to meet basic expenses such as payroll and rent, necessitating unprecedented legislative relief measures from the U.S. Congress. To date, however, and despite their critical importance to the industries and professions that drive economic growth, nonprofit associations remain one of the few sectors of the economy left without a financial safety net during this crisis. This document is intended to correct misconceptions about nonprofit associations and their purpose and function in the economy and society at large.

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 

A Look at Some New Meeting Roles

A lot has changed in the events industry, particularly in the past few months due to the impact of COVID-19. As the industry evolves, so will the skills and job roles required. A look at some possibilities. READ MORE.

The New Normal for Hiring and Onboarding

For associations that are still looking to fill job roles, especially in the C-suite, different rules apply. It’s a time for distanced interviewing and “culture buddies.” READ MORE.

7 Changes Affecting Government Relations During the Pandemic

A recent report from the Public Affairs Council found that the pandemic is changing the way advocacy is done. With more organizations saying advocacy is critical now, associations need to focus on virtual engagement and standing out from the crowd. READ MORE.

What Association Tech Departments Should Know About Reopening Offices

CIOs will be trying to do more with less as they balance remote and onsite workers when offices start to reopen. Here’s what should be on tech leaders’ minds. READ MORE.

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Member News

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

Regular Members

John Ferrante
Associate Executive Director
Building Trades Employers' Association

Dianna Poulin
Executive Director
Maine Association of Psychiatric Physicians


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.
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  • 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.


NE/SAE is currently accepting proposals for presentations at our virtual Conference for Association Education, to be held on Thursday, Jan. 21 & Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. 

We're looking for tactical, how-to sessions that cover a variety of functional areas of association management. Sessions may be geared towards CEOs/Executive Directors, professional staff or both. 

Submit your proposal by Friday, Aug. 28, 2020! 

Suggested Topic Areas:

  • Member engagement - recruitment, retention, volunteerism and value propositions
  • Programs, products and services - new ideas and how to implement them 
  • Communications and marketing - how to communicate with your members and stakeholders
  • Professional and personal development - leadership, time management, interpersonal skills, etc.
  • CEO-education - high-level topics geared towards C-suite executives


NE/SAE is excited to announce the launch of a new virtual program series: NE/SAE Think Tanks. 

NE/SAE Think Tanks are virtual opportunities for members to discuss timely topics, assess emerging trends, and share challenges and success stories with one another. 

Think Tanks are held on the last Tuesday of each month for one hour. The full schedule for the remainder of 2020 is below. Registration is free for NE/SAE members, but pre-registration is required.  


2020 Schedule 

Hosting Successful Virtual Meetings 
Tuesday, Aug. 24 at 8:30 a.m.  

The Future of In-Person Meetings 
Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 8:30 a.m.

Emerging Trends 
Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 8:30 a.m.

Strategic Planning in an Age of Disruption 
Tuesday, Nov. 24 at 8:30 a.m.

Getting Creative with Non-Dues Revenue 
Tuesday, Dec 29 at 8:30 a.m.

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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. 

Elements of Association Management:
Key Elements and Processes of Government Relations

Aug. 25, 2020 at 1:30 p.m.

ENGAGE! Harnessing the Power of Video Marketing - and How to Do it Right
Oct. 8, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. 


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, Oct. 29 & Friday, Oct. 30, 2020

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

2021 Annual Meeting | Omni Mount Washington
Thursday, June 10 & Friday, June 11, 2021 


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