Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Virtual Lunch -- Think like the Experts: Experienced Tips for a Hassle Free AMS Selection

Does the thought of selecting a new Association Management System (AMS) give you an instant headache? If you answered yes, attend the ASAE Membership Section Council’s webinar "Think like the Experts: Experienced Tips for a Hassle Free AMS Selection” on Thursday, September 18th from 12:00 – 1:00pm ET.    

During this webinar, you will gain insights
on navigating the AMS selection process and hear from three experienced association professionals on making this process as painless as possible. We promise to share tips on:  
  • ·       How to get started
  • ·       Pitfalls to avoid
  • ·       Resources available to help with selection
  • ·       And more!

If you are embarking on the AMS search now or in the near future, you don’t want to miss this learning opportunity.

Meet the Panelists

Teri Carden, Review My AMS

Teri Carden is an association junkie and self-proclaimed girl geek in normal girl’s clothing. Throughout her career as an association executive, she was supported by her mentors, colleagues, volunteer leaders, and bosses, to fulfill her incessant desire to geek out on the job. Recently Teri has answered a need in the association space by founding, a trusted site for executives to provide end-user reviews of their association management systems. 

Addy M. Kujawa, CAE, American Association of Orthopaedic Executives
Addy Kujawa, CAE, is a results-oriented, diplomatic, creative, energetic, dependable, motivational leader with outstanding, proven skills in every area of association management. She is an expert in strategic planning, visioning, and executing an organizational plan. She knows how to engage members, volunteers and staff in organizational mission goals and objectives. She is consistently successful at identifying and capitalizing upon market opportunities to maximize reach and drive revenue growth. Experience includes ten years in Public Relations for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and over three years as Executive Director for the American Association of Orthopaedic Executives.

Gretchen Steenstra, PMP, DelCor Technology Solutions

With many years of experience in the association community, Gretchen Steenstra is a solution oriented individual who strives to find the appropriate program and staff resources to match project objectives. Ms. Steenstra has the expertise to span boundaries between association staff members and technology. She teaches her clients to understand how applications ‘think’ and empowers them to use systems to their full potential. Ms. Steenstra assists her clients with projects that range from selecting new association technology, project management, IT strategic planning and ongoing system audits to help ensure technology continues to support the organization's objectives and goals. Ms. Steenstra is a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI) and a PMI certified Project Management Professional (PMP). She is also a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and has conducted educational sessions at ASAE and other organizations, including sessions on AMS Implementation Project Management and Web Usability. She is a member of the ASAE Membership Section Council. Ms. Steenstra is a trained Professional Facilitator. She is also a strong supporter of Computer CORE, a nonprofit organization to provide computer and life skills to low income adults.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The #ASAE14 Party List - Where to Go to See The Who's Who in Associations

Every year the best networking at ASAE Annual happens at the parties and receptions after the sessions have concluded for the day. You’ll never know how much learning you are capable of until you are shouting about outdated membership models across a crowded table at a bar.

Here is a handy-dandy list of parties and receptions happening at ASAE Annual in Nashville. Some of these may require RSVPs, but some will happily welcome walk-ins. Join your favorite association folks at these events. (If you’d like to add your event or make changes to an existing event, please send your info to and I’ll make the changes as quickly as possible.)

Hope to see you at some of these! ;) 

- KiKi @kikilitalien

8/9/2014 Saturday          
4:00 pm-5:00 pm Volunteer Leadership Reception at Music City Center, Junior Ballroom Foyer
5:30 pm-7:00 pm Summit Awards Dinner & ASAE Foundation Donor Reception at the Omni Nashville Hotel, Broadway Ballroom             
7:30pm-10:00pm Opening Night Celebration at Fifth Street Live! ("...the party is basically on Fifth Street, between the Omni and Music City Center")

8/10/2014 Sunday           
5:00 pm-6:00 pm Community Section Receptions at Music City Center                                   
6:00 pm-8:00 pm Balance Interactive, Protech, Cetrom at Tequila Cowboy, 305 Broadway
RSVP at       
6:00 pm-8:00 pm Dropbox, Hilltop Consultants at Margaritaville, 322 Broadway
6:00 pm-8:00 pm Advanced Solutions International (ASI)'s Recharge + Refresh = Reenergize at Honky Tonk Central, 329 Broadway
6:00 pm-8:00 pm YourMembership at Aerial Lounge, 411 Broadway, Rooftop Rock'n Reception
6:00 pm-9:00 pm Higher Logic, HighRoad Solution, JobTarget, mindSHIFT at Honky Tonk Central, 2nd Floor, 329 Broadway      
6:00 pm-9:00 pm SmartBrief at the Johnny Cash Museum
#assnchat regulars welcome!    
6:00 pm-9:00 pm MemberClicks Small Staff Shindig at BB King's Blues Club, 152 2nd Ave N
8:30 pm-1:30 am MultiView at Wildhorse Saloon, 120 2nd Ave N               
9:00 pm-10:30 pm Diversity + Inclusion Reception                                                            

8/10/2014 Monday         
7:30 am-8:45 am Awards and Recognition Breakfast                                                         
7:00 pm-10:00 pm The Classic at Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Tickets required              
9:00 pm-1:00 am "Fire and Ice Networking Party" – YAP at Hard Rock Café, Nashville
10:00 pm-1:00 am 11th Annual LGBT Party at The Big Bang (piano bar), 411 Broadway #201
Donation to IGLTA!

8/12/2014 Tuesday         
7:00pm-10:00pm Closing Celebration at Wildhorse Saloon