Conferences and Expos

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There’s nothing like a face-to-face conference to recharge your batteries, fuel your creativity, and renew your sense of mission. ASAE’s annual conferences are must-attend events when you’re seeking to gain new knowledge, expand your professional network, and strengthen your connection to the association community.

Join your peers from every association management discipline at ASAE conferences throughout the year. You’ll find engaging learning experiences in a variety of formats, encounter diverse perspectives, and explore new ways to lead and manage your association.

Review your options. Get a quick overview of ASAE's annual conferences below. Then, visit each event’s website for more details.

Interested in submitting a session proposal? ASAE issues a call for proposals for most annual conferences. If you’re interested in submitting a proposal, explore the opportunities and check upcoming submission dates.


ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition

August 12–15, 2017, Toronto, Canada
August 18–21, 2018, Chicago, Illinois
August 10–13, 2019, Columbus, Ohio
August 8–11, 2020, Las Vegas, Nevada
August 14–17, 2021, Dallas, Texas
August 6–9, 2022, Atlanta, Georgia

The ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition is where thousands of association professionals and industry partners gather to exchange resources, strategies, and solutions. Select from more than 100 education sessions in diverse learning formats, engage in dynamic networking opportunities, explore a bustling expo hall, and more.

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Associations @ Work

October 15–17, 2017, Baltimore, Maryland

Associations @ Work, formerly the Finance, HR & Business Operations Conference, addresses the interrelated functions of HR, finance, fundraising, and operations. It is designed to heighten collaboration and learning exchanges with colleagues. Attendees will identify and apply solutions to accomplish goals and resolve operational challenges. Associations @ Work will ensure that organizations of all sizes maintain administrative practices that keep pace with changing demands.

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Great Ideas Conference

March 11–13, 2018, Colorado Springs, Colorado

The Great Ideas Conference is the place for association executives to gather to imagine the future and share the big ideas that will propel associations forward. You’ll get the space you need to explore innovative ideas in a relaxed, collaborative setting. The conference features more than 70 Idea Labs on topics in leadership, governance, membership, marketing, and more. At a preconference workshop, attendees take a deep dive into topics that are crucial for associations to thrive in the future.

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Marketing, Membership & Communications Conference

May 22–23, 2018, Washington, DC

Attend the Marketing, Membership & Communications Conference (MMCC) to learn the smartest communication strategies and latest technology tools to engage your members and drive results for your organization. Leverage what you learn from education sessions, solution providers in the exhibit hall, and fellow attendees to boost your effectiveness and help your association reach its goals.

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Technology Conference & Expo

December 11–13, 2017, National Harbor, Maryland
December 10–12, 2018, National Harbor, Maryland

Experience learning tailored to your needs at ASAE's Technology Conference & Expo, whether you’re a CEO, CIO, director, manager, or other professional with a role or interest in technology. Your colleagues at the Technology Conference may come with different experiences and expertise, but they bring similar challenges and goals—guaranteeing an exchange of intelligent insights and bright ideas to take back and share with your organization.

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Xperience Design Project (XDP)

April 19–20, 2018, National Harbor, Maryland
April 11–12, 2019, National Harbor, Maryland
May 19–20, 2020, National Harbor, Maryland

XDP is a two-day, business-focused experience for association professionals and partners. You’ll work together to co-create better experiences for your event audiences and increase the success of your conferences and tradeshows. You’ll spend day one in The Lab, a collaborative learning environment where you’ll share ideas and tackle industry issues in six zones of educational content. On day two, you’ll sit down one on one with industry partners at The Business Exchange, where you’ll start planning your events for the years ahead. Top it all off with outstanding entertainment and plenty of time to connect and network.

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