Monthly Archives: January 2019

ASAE Foundation Announces Three Innovation Grants Program Award Recipients

The ASAE Foundation named three awardees for the 2019 Innovation Grants Program (IGP). Each grant recipient will receive $10,000, and they will be recognized during ASAE’s 2019 Great Ideas Conference, March 17-19, at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, CO. These grants are funded through support from the SunTrust Foundation, Whiteford, Taylor & Preston L.L.P, GEICO, and Choose Chicago.

The three awardees are:

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
“Mixed Reality Simulation (MRS)”
Alexandria, VA

American College of Cardiology National Headquarters
“Revolutionary”
Washington, DC

National Association of Colleges and University Business Officers 
“Microlearning at NACUBO” 
Washington, DC

“On behalf of the committee, I want to congratulate the 2019 awardees. It is never an easy task for the committee to make its selections among all the applications received. They reflected creativity and commitment to an innovation process – we look forward to having them share that journey and add to the innovative efforts within the association community.” Rita Chen Fujisawa, 2018 chair of the IGP steering committee and Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, California Association of Health Facilities.

During the last seven years, the ASAE Foundation has received close to 300 applications and awarded a total of 28 innovation grants to organizations of varied types, sizes, locations, and industries. These numbers underscore the value of innovation in the association community.

“Since 2013, the Innovation Grants Program has been the impetus for innovation growth and open experimentation in the association community. I continue to be impressed with the research, creativity, and dedication being applied to meeting diverse sets of member needs. We appreciate the continued support from SunTrust Foundation, Whiteford, Taylor & Preston L.L.P, GEICO, and Choose Chicago. Congratulations to this year’s winners,” said ASAE EVP, President, ASAE Foundation Susan Robertson, CAE. “

For more information and to apply for DELP, visit IGP website.

MEDIA CONTACT: Lauren Precker, CAE, lprecker@asaecenter.org, 202-626-2735.About ASAE
ASAE is a membership organization of more than 44,000 association executives and industry partners representing 7,400 organizations. Its members lead, manage, and work in or partner with organizations in more than a dozen association management disciplines, from executive management to finance to technology. Together, they create a vibrant community that makes the world smarter, safer, and better every day. With support of the ASAE Foundation, a separate nonprofit entity, ASAE is the premier source of learning, knowledge, and future-oriented research for the association and nonprofit profession and provides resources, education, ideas, and advocacy to enhance the power and performance of the association and nonprofit community. Visit ASAE at asaecenter.org.

2018 PCMA Chairman’s Award Presented at Convening Leaders

Claire Smith, Chair of PCMA’s Board of Directors, today announced the 2018 Chairman’s Award at the Convening Leaders event in Pittsburgh.

Smith presented the award to PCMA employees for their hard work and dedication.

“Last year was exciting, yet challenging, for the organization as it embarked on a journey of self-reflection and realignment towards achieving our vision,” Smith said. “But PCMA employees persevered and embraced change to deliver amazing results, including the 63rd annual Convening Leaders. We are all better for their passion, hard work and commitment to PCMA and the business events industry.”

The award, given by the PCMA Board of Directors Chair, is given annually to an individual, group or organization for unique achievements and contributions to the business events industry over the previous year.

Past recipients include Janet Tan-Collis, president of the Singapore Association of Convention and Exhibition Organizers and Suppliers (SACEOS) and the founder and CEO of East West Planners in Singapore and Isabel Bardinet, CEO of the European Society of Cardiology.

“We are extremely humbled to be recognized by the Chair and I am extremely proud of the team,” said Sherrif Karamat, PCMA president and CEO. “This is the first time the employees have been recognized and it’s an incredible honor.”

Convening Leaders, PCMA’s signature annual event, is the most important, influential and inspiring industry event. The 2019 “Disrupt + Deliver” event was held Jan. 6-9 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

PCMA and business events to help eradicate human trafficking

PCMA has committed to combat child exploitation by signing The Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism. In partnership with ECPAT-USA, The Code is the only voluntary set of business principles that companies and organizations in the travel, business travel and tourism industries can implement to prevent and eradicate the trafficking and exploitation of children.

The initiative forms part of the association’s new vision that business events drive social positive transformation. Its commitment to The Code and partnership with ECPAT-USA, which engages with the private sector to drive innovation in protecting children around the world, will see the world’s largest network of business events strategists advocate, build awareness and act on the issue.

The signing of The Code was announced by PCMA Foundation Chair and President of Maritz Global Events, David Peckinpaugh, during the association’s annual Convening Leaders conference, taking place from Jan. 6-9, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

“As an industry, currently worth over $150 billion, we have the power of advocating and raising awareness of the human trafficking epidemic, and have a stronger voice for the vulnerable, whose opinions and opportunities have been taken away from them”, said Peckinpaugh. “Together with ECPAT-USA and other participating organizations, we are committed to doing everything in our power to end human trafficking.”

Alongside other industry experts, Peckinpaugh will present a session at Convening Leaders taking an in-depth look at the human trafficking epidemic.

“One of ECPAT-USA’s main focuses — and essential tools for ending child sex trafficking — is engagement with the private sector, including ensuring as many associates in the travel industry are educated about this urgent issue”, said Michelle Guelbart, director of private sector engagement at ECPAT-USA. “This new collaborative partnership with PCMA helps expand that mission to thousands more and will help protect countless more children from exploitation.”

ASAE Launches Applications for DELP 2019-21 Class

ASAE has opened the call for association professionals to apply for the 2019–2021 class of the Diversity Executive Leadership Program (DELP). Deadline for submissions is Monday, March 11. The Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau has been the exclusive sponsor of DELP since 2001.

“DELP is a vital program to the association industry. It helps associations identify and develop motivated leaders that fuel organizational success,” said ASAE President & CEO John H. Graham IV, FASAE, CAE. “The continued support of Larry Alexander and the Detroit Metro CVB over the last 18 years has made the association community stronger by every measure.”

DELP is an accelerated leadership program of education, mentoring, and volunteer service in the association community. Candidates who have at least three years of mid-senior level association management experience or at least one year of experience as an association CEO (as of the date of their application) and are members of a racial/ethnic minority group, lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender, or have a disability are encouraged to apply.

During this two-year program, 12 DELP scholars will experience membership and volunteer service in ASAE. They will also have access to industry leaders who could serve as career coaches or mentors.

For more information and to apply for DELP, visit asaecenter.org/DELP.

MEDIA CONTACTS: Lauren Precker, CAE, lprecker@asaecenter.org, 202-626-2735.

About ASAE: ASAE is a membership organization of more than 44,000 association executives and industry partners representing 7,400 organizations. Its members lead, manage, and work in or partner with organizations in more than a dozen association management disciplines, from executive management to finance to technology. Together, they create a vibrant community that makes the world smarter, safer, and better every day. With support of the ASAE Foundation, a separate nonprofit entity, ASAE is the premier source of learning, knowledge, and future-oriented research for the association and nonprofit profession and provides resources, education, ideas, and advocacy to enhance the power and performance of the association and nonprofit community. Visit ASAE at asaecenter.org.

Chicago Southland Meeting Facilities Top Choice for Event Planners

The Chicago Southland region has become a top choice for event planners as they identify venues to hold their corporate or association meetings, annual conventions, corporate team building, continuing education programs and other special events.

What makes the Chicago Southland meeting facilities unique and why should planners reach out to Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau? The Chicago Southland CVB can assist event planners in many ways. The CSCVB acts as the primary source of information for the Chicago Southland region. Meeting organizers can rely on the expertise of the CSCVB professional staff to assist in all facets of planning the event. They offer a variety of free professional services to groups booked through the CSCVB including: name badges, welcome banners and tent cards to just name a few. Also, a variety of brochures, videos and electronic files for individuals and groups are available upon request to event planners. These brochures contain information on hotels, attractions, cultural organizations, restaurants, and activities in the Chicago Southland area.

If an event planner looks for assistance with convention suppliers, the CVB has a list of members representing every facet of the hospitality industry including: audio/visual, transportation, decorators, florists, tour companies, specialty items, etc. The CSCVB can introduce event planners to the local suppliers who will help make their event a success.

The convenience of location is certainly one of the best features of Chicago Southland. With six interstates running through the region, it is accessible from any direction, and is just a five-hour drive from eight different states. The Chicago Southland is only minutes away from both Midway International and O’Hare International Airports, has many commuter rail options, and is just 30 minutes outside of downtown Chicago, making it one of the most accessible meeting destinations out there. 

Facilities, Amenities, and Attractions

Chicago Southland offers a variety of facilities to hold any kind of event, big or small. With six full service hotels, a multitude of select service hotel brands with meeting space, La Banque Hotel, a boutique hotel equipped with a retreat room and Tinley Park’s 70,000 sq. ft. convention center, you will easily find the facility perfect for an upcoming meeting, convention or event. All of the Chicago Southland facilities also offer FREE parking, and many of the hotels provide complimentary continental breakfast, making it an affordable option for many.

In addition to their variety of meeting facilities, Chicago Southland has a 38-acre nature preserve called Irons Oaks. Irons Oaks offers programs in outdoor recreation, environmental education, adventure education and corporate training. This is the perfect destination for a company retreat to work on team building skills as well as individual skills. Companies that participate in Irons Oaks’ corporate reach training can expect to leave with enhanced skills in collaboration, communication, problem solving and accountability. The skills learned at Irons Oaks will be sure to create noticeable improvements in the work place.

The Chicago Southland CVB has recently announced a new tool specifically for meeting planners looking to host an event in the Chicago Southland. A new Unique Venues & Activity Guide has been created to offer a menu of fresh event concepts to meeting planners including unique meeting venues, mobile activities that can be added to events taking place in traditional meeting spaces, and social responsibility/community service project suggestions. Whether it is adding group yoga, sip & paint, escape room, teambuilding, or other activities, this new guide will help planners create an unforgettable experience. Planners can reach out to Mary Patchin directly at (708) 895-8200 to receive a copy of this new tool.

The many attractions and endless activities in the Chicago Southland area is a large reason so many people enjoy holding meetings and other events here. Some of the attractions include Accelerate Indoor Speedway & Events, Dave & Busters, Brookfield Zoo, Hollywood Casino Amphitheater, Toyota Park (home of the Chicago Fire Soccer Club), a number of distilleries and wineries, a children’s museum, and Standard Bank Stadium (home of the Windy City ThunderBolts). On top of all of the amazing attractions, the Chicago Southland also has many outstanding restaurants. With award winning breweries, farm to table restaurants, fine dining and more, the only hard part of holding an upcoming event here is deciding where to eat. Chicago Southland is a very lively area that truly has something for everyone.

About CSCVB

The Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau is the official destination marketing organization for the south metropolitan area and represents 63 south and southwest suburbs of Chicago. The Chicago Southland provides an abundance of amenities for meeting planners with an ease of accessibility. With its huge array of lodging and meeting facilities, amazing restaurants and endless activities, Chicago Southland is sure to be the best place for company or group events. For inspiration, you can view their Meeting Video here.

So whether it’s a company looking for corporate team building event venues, an annual company event for 10-2,000, or convention facilities near Chicago, organizers should consider Chicago Southland when planning their next event. To find out more or to contact the CSCVB, check them out at: www.MeetChicagoSouthland.com.