Thursday, July 28, 2016

KiKi's Unofficial ASAE Annual 2016 Party List (a.k.a. How to Never Be Alone at #ASAE16)

Every year, for the past several years, I make it a point to attend the ASAE Annual Conference. This conference is where anyone involved with associations and nonprofits can connect with others working in that space. Why? Because it is the best way to catch up with the "Who's Who" of the association world.

To be sure, ASAE Annual promises opportunities in learning and networking. It also promises a ton of parties in all shapes and sizes. From the official mega receptions hosted by ASAE to the "invite-only" CVB hosted dinners, you should not ever find yourself in a position of not having somewhere to be. (One time I was randomly invited by a former colleague to join her in a reception at ASAE Annual I'd not been officially invited to and the conversation that happened in that reception ended up in me becoming a consultant which transformed my career!) 

The trouble is keeping track of all the parties along with your schedule for work and meetups with other attendees is nearly impossible. If you are a volunteer with ASAE or active in any other communities, your dance card will be overfilled. It's easy to forget or lose track of what is happening when.

Here is my Unofficial ASAE Annual 2016 Party List. I hope it helps you in your planning for making ASAE Annual the best it can be! If you click on the link, you should be able to see more details about admission, tickets, and contacts. Feel free to add your own parties, if you feel so inclined! 

Note: Some of these events require invitations, so please be sure to verify whether an event is general admission or invitation only and if you want to be invited, consider reaching out to the party host for more information. Don't say I didn't warn you!

DateDayTimeParty TitleHostsLocation
8/13Saturday4:00pm - 5:00pmASAE Volunteer ReceptionASAE
8/13Saturday4:00pm - 5:00pmASAE Content Leader Briefing & ReceptionASAE
8/13Saturday5:00pm - 7:00pmHawaiiSquatters Pub Brewery, 147 West Broadway (300 South)
8/13Saturday7 pm - 10 pmASAE Opening CelebrationASAELiberty Square
8/14Sunday6-9 pm"Keep the Flame Alive"Visit Milwaulkee, Visit Pittsburgh, Travel PortlandPierpont Place
8/14Sunday6-9 pm"Big D Reception"Dallas CVBAlamexo Mexican Kitchen
8/14Sunday4:30pm - 7:00pm ColumbusHope Gallery, 151 S. Main St. 
8/14Sunday5:00pm - 6:00pm International ReceptionMarriott, Room Wasatch
8/14Sunday5:00pm - 7:00pm American Technology ServicesGreen Pig Pub, 31 E 400 S.
8/14Sunday6:00 PMPokémon Go meetup! Bean CreativeMeet at the South Foyer/South Plaza entrance on Level One (look for the Pikachu balloon!)
8/14Sunday6:00pm - 8:00pm Synchroncities - Baltimore, Anaheim, San Antonio Caffe Molise, 55 West 100 Street
8/14Sunday6:00pm - 8:30pm AlbertaCaputo's Market, 314 West 300 Street
8/14Sunday6:00pm - 9:00pm Small Staff ShindigMemberClicksGracie's Gastropub, 326 South West Temple
8/14Sunday6:00pm - 9:00pm DallasAlamexo Mexican Kitchen, 268 South State Street
8/14Sunday6:00pm - 9:30pm Reno TahoeUtah Olympic Park Dinner Event, zip lining
8/14Sunday7:00pm Hong Kong DinnerRuth's Chris Steakhouse, 75 South West Temple
8/14Sunday7:00pm - 9:00pm Hilton Trofi Restaurant & Bar, Hilton Salt Lake City Center, 255 S. West Temple
8/14Sunday7:00pm - 10:00pm MarriottSalt Lake City Marriott Downtown, 75 South West Temple
8/15Monday5:00pm - 7:30pm NYC & CompanyThe Tasting Room, 357 200 S #100
8/15Monday6:00pm - 7:30pm The Classic VIP ReceptionASAEGrand America Hotel
8/15Monday7:30pm - 10:00pm The ClassicASAEGrand America Hotel
8/16Tuesday7:00pm - 10:00pm Closing CelebrationASAERed Butte Garden

Here's the full unofficial list of ASAE Annual parties! Add your edits, parties, or and details that might help others have a better experience.

I look forward to meeting many of you at ASAE Annual in Salt Lake City!

Want to meet up while there? Tweet me @kikilitalien!


  1. I added the LGBT event, but due to the invite, it made things messy. :-/

    1. Thanks, Russ! The sheet looks fine. Just needed a little readjusting! :)

    2. Content Leader briefing is now 3-4 to not interfere with Volunteer Reception.


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