- Colleagues, Peers, and Friends - The ISAE convention is big enough that I can always meet someone new and small enough to be able to enjoy learning and hanging out with longtime friends. Peers from micro-staffed associations to some of the largest national and international associations will be in attendance to learn and share.
- Convenient Hamilton Co. Location - This year’s convention will be held at the beautiful new Embassy Suites by Hilton in Noblesville. The all-suites hotel just opened its doors for business in early June, which will make our group one of the very first to enjoy the space.
Side note for Central Indiana association professionals: Even though Embassy Suites in Noblesville is close enough for you to “commute,” to make the most of the convention experience commit to staying for the duration. Making the mental shift into learning mode can be challenging. Another excellent benefit to being so close to home is that ISAE now offers a “closing reception only” ticket so you can invite association friends and significant others to attend. I have invited my husband as a guest that evening and look forward to introducing him to my association colleagues as we wrap up the convention with the CAE Reception, Young Professionals Pre-Game, and the Closing Bash!
- Finally Getting to Top Golf - ISAE will be taking full advantage of the hotel’s proximity to Top Golf Fishers with the convention kick-off party on Monday night. (No worries, there will be shuttle service to/from the event.) This means that many of us will finally get to experience Top Golf!
- Learning from Experts and Peers - I’m especially looking forward to learning from experts in Monday’s in-depth Deep Dive sessions and Tuesday’s keynote presentations while learning from my association peers in those breakout sessions in between. The convention schedule has been cleverly designed to complete the educational line up with a peer-to-peer learning lab, so we have the opportunity to share our experiences and “ah-ha moments” with one another before wrapping up for the day. As a bonus: Attendees earn up to 10 CAE credits!
- Competitive and Collaborative Networking Opportunities – All attendees will have an option to join the annual cornhole tournament or participate in the community service project. No matter your style, Monday afternoon is an excellent opportunity to socialize with your peers. Though I’ve never played in the tournament, I’ve heard that the cornhole tournament can get a little competitive. Fear not; you have plenty of time to brush up on the America Cornhole Association’s official rules! While significantly less competitive, the community service project affords attendees the opportunity to feel good knowing that we have done good in our host community. This year that means that we’ll be working with the Good Samaritan Network to assemble hygiene kits for the Hamilton County Co-Op. So, while the rest of the convention is business casual, be sure to bring along some comfortable (and cool) clothing for Monday afternoon’s activities!
If you’re in the association space, regardless of your career stage or experience level, the ISAE convention will provide you with the opportunities to learn from and engage with peers who share the same acronym-laden language.
I look forward to meeting you July 16-17 for the ISAE convention!
Melissa Heeke, CAE