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5 Takeaways from the 2018 ISAE Convention

Posted by Ashley Roy on Jul 25, 2018 11:15:00 AM

We had a wonderful time last week in Noblesville for the 2018 ISAE Convention. The location was great, Top Golf was a fun outing and we had wonderful speakers spanning the industry. I now know that I cross my arms too much and that coloring outside the lines means you’re a free spirit and creative thinker - not messy.

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Deep Dives and Breakouts and Peer Learning…Oh my!

Posted by Ashley Roy on Jul 12, 2018 10:48:59 AM

Regardless of where you are in your career as an association professional, the ISAE Annual Convention offers relevant education in a variety of formats. Building stronger leaders who lead stronger associations is the goal, and the topics offered at this year’s convention are sure to do that.

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Top Five Reasons to Attend the ISAE Convention

Posted by Melissa Heeke, CAE on Jun 26, 2018 11:15:00 AM

The annual convention provides the relevant education and networking opportunities to help association professionals at all levels (not just the top staff position) emerge as more confident leaders and demonstrates that ISAE builds stronger leaders who lead stronger associations. If you have never attended an ISAE convention, I hope to give you ample reasons and encouragement to make this year your first year to participate.
  1. 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.

  2. 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!
  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

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Everything You Do is an Investment

Posted by Matt Judge on Jul 5, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Everything you do is an investment. This is both a philosophical and practical look at time and money. Time is the one thing each of us has and money is just another word for “options.” If you have money, you have options. You need to invest each for a payoff.

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It’s Game Time: Are You Making the Right Connections?

Posted by Karim Ellis on Jun 28, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Success is 50 percent what you know and 50 percent who you know, but are you focused on making the right connections?

As a child growing up, one of my favorite games of all times was Connect Four. A simple checkers game that you win by connecting four game pieces in a row. As a young man, I quickly understood that winning in life worked the same way, that I needed to focus on connectivity. Here are three powerful reasons you may not be getting what you want.

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Convention Highlights: What’s In It for Me? Part 2

Posted by Patti Overton on Jun 21, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Last week, we shared part 1 of Convention Highlights: What's In It for Me? and we're back this week with part 2. Check out the overviews of some great educational sessions at ISAE's Annual Convention.

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Convention Highlights: What’s In It for Me? Part 1

Posted by Kay Neidlinger on Jun 14, 2017 12:00:00 PM

One of the top attractions of ISAE’s Annual Convention is the variety of educational sessions that will be available. As you make your plans to travel to Muncie July 17–18, we know you are asking yourself, “What’s in it for me?” This year’s lineup of speakers has an answer to this, and lots of other questions you may be asking yourself. Check out these convention highlights.

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10 Reasons to Attend ISAE's 2016 Annual Convention

Posted by Travis Skodack on May 18, 2016 12:00:00 PM

  1. The Location

    The Horseshoe Southern Indiana Hotel and Casino boasts plenty of things to do at a great location. You name it…great restaurants, bars, a full casino, golf course, pool and a spa! If you’re looking to enjoy yourself at the 2016 ISAE Annual Convention July 18–20, the location offers something for everyone.

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Topics: Conferences, Associations, events, Annual Convention

5 Questions with Marcy McKinley

Posted by Rachel Daeger, CAE on Jul 1, 2015 12:00:00 PM

I sat down with Marcy McKinley, director of sales and marketing at the Grand Wayne Convention Center and the 2014 STAR Award winner for Individual Supplier of the Year. Since ISAE's Annual Convention is just around the corner, I asked her questions about her career, hosting convention in 2014 and the art of suspension.

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Topics: Association, Associations, Annual Convention, STAR Awards

Emotional Intelligence—Learn How to Boost Your Business EQ

Posted by Brooke Billingsley on Jun 24, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Why would anyone want to send out an assessment to their co-workers, direct reports, managers, clients and vendors asking them to rate their emotional intelligence? The mere thought of being evaluated can make some nauseous. Recently, in preparation for a day-long training, I had to send a 360 degree assessment to professionals with whom I interact. The assessment would be used in a detailed report I would receive as part of my Emotional and Social Competency Inventory Accreditation with the Hay Group.

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Topics: Leadership, Associations, Annual Convention, Emotional Intelligence

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