Refresh your thinking. Learn new approaches to challenges.
Connect with peers. Leave inspired.

At ELEVATE 2023 you will experience sessions that inspire new thinking, promote innovative solutions, and supply you with strategies to help your organization thrive. Engage in provocative discussion with peers and thought leaders from inside and outside the association community. From workplace culture to membership value, technology infrastructure to governance, ELEVATE 2023 will invigorate and inspire.

Join your association colleagues for three exciting days of networking, learning and face-to-face connections. Attendance at ELEVATE may be applied for up to 12.5 CAE credits (of which 2 are offered through the pre-conference program) and may also qualify for CMP credits.

Alex Sheen

because I said I would.

Alex is the founder of a social movement and nonprofit dedicated to bettering humanity through promises made and kept. In just two years, they have sent over 12.3 million promise cards. Some cards have even made headlines around the world. Alex is a five-time TEDx Talk speaker, and his charitable work has been featured on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, CNN, The Today Show, NPR, and many others.

Irving Washington, FASAE, CAE

Senior Fellow,
Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF), Former CEO, Online News Association

At KFF, Irving focuses on national health issues serving as a source of facts, analysis, and journalism. Previously he was the CEO of the Online News Association (ONA), one of the world’s largest membership organizations for digital journalists. At ONA, he led efforts to build a foundation for journalism’s future by leveraging the power of new media technologies to raise up the next generation of diverse media leaders.

Guest Speaker
Michelle Mason, FASAE, CAE

President & CEO

Michelle is passionate about the advancement of the professional practice of association management. She currently serves on Destinations International Foundation and Tourism Diversity Matters (TDM). Michelle is a Chicago Business Journal Women of Influence Honoree 2019, Chicago Defender Women of Excellence Honoree 2019, and the CEO Update Professional Society CEO of the Year 2020.


Sunday, April 16  |  10:30 am - 12:30 pm
The Six Toughest Decisions Association Boards Must Make Masterclass

 As association boards and chief staff executives continue to navigate The Turbulent Twenties and seek the opportunity for their organizations to thrive, they will need to make a series of six tough decisions to anticipate and adapt to the unforgiving conditions ahead. While none of these decisions will be a panacea for addressing the wicked problems facing the association community, its organizations, or their stakeholders and successors, they are direct and immediate challenges on which boards, in concert with their staff partners, must focus their attention to begin nurturing the habits of mind required to guide their organizations into an uncertain future.

This high-impact masterclass invites the participation of senior association professionals designed to build new individual and collective capacity and begin the process of setting a higher standard of stewardship, governing, and foresight [SGF] in the association community.

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