ASAE09 – 4 Days of Fun & Learning Just Ahead

Headed on Friday to ASAE09 in Toronto and I have to say I’m psyched. If you’re not headed to annual meeting, you can follow all the happenings via ASAE09’s hub (check it out at or on your mobile phone) or just head over to Twitter and follow #ASAE09.

I will be starting my trip by meeting up with good friend Leslie White in Buffalo after which we’ll cross the border (neat thing about associations, you meet awesome people and make great friendships!)

Saturday I begin my tenure on the Executive Management Section Council. Having just completed a great term as past chair for the Components Section Council, I am excited to don this new volunteer hat. Then afterhours, the Components Section is hosting a night of Karaoke, Karousing & Killer Talent – it’s open, so join us.

Sunday kicks off with a CAE Breakfast for us new CAE’s (we’re also walking the stage on Monday at the 9an General Session).

At 3:15 I’m joining Maddie Grant and Jason Della Rocca at the session CounterIntuitive Paths to Success: Upending the Status Quo, where I serve as a table host/moderator. For more insight, check out Jason’s accompanying article in Associations Now.

After sessions on Monday, you’ll find me heading over to the Bling! YAP party. I’ve heard there will be a chance to sample the perfect YAPtini! Of course, I’ve also heard that you need to stop by party sponsors’ booths Avectra and SusQtech in advance to get the bling you need to get in to our VIP area.

On Tuesday, come join me and KiKi L’Italien at 12:45 PM – 2:00 PM for Adding Power to Member Communities with Social Media. KiKi, Chapter and Student Services Manager, The Optical Society (OSA) and I are leading this IdeaLab in which we’re going to do an on-the-spot social media make-over for one lucky chapter.

After we’re all done, Leslie and I will wind our way back to Buffalo and home again. Looking forward to sharing what I learn (as I learn it) on Twitter and here.