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About the NAW Association Executives Council Meeting

The NAW AEC Meetings bring together association professionals in an informal atmosphere where executives can share information on the opportunities and challenges of running a distribution association. These executives manage a diverse group of associations and can provide tremendous insights into association management. Attendees will experience programs rich with educational content and unparalleled networking.

The NAW 2020 AEC Winter Meeting will be held in January 27-28 at the Fairmont Hotel in Washington, DC.

AEC meetings are open to chief staff executives and senior staff members of the NAW’s member national associations and their families. The chief executive officer must attend for senior staff to attend this meeting. If you have any questions, please contact Trish Lilly at plilly@naw.org.

Don’t miss this opportunity to network with and learn from your association executive peers and our expert presenters when the NAW AEC convenes twice a year. The business agenda and interaction with association peers are key parts of the AEC meeting experience.

Click here to view past Association Executives Council (AEC) Meetings.

SAVE $100: Register and book your room at the Fairmont Washington, DC hotel by December 15 and you’ll receive a $100 room credit at check-in!

Registration

Register now for the NAW AEC Winter Meeting, Monday, January 27, 2020, 11:45 p.m.–Tuesday, January 28, 2020, 4:00 p.m., at The Fairmont in Washington, DC. Please plan your arrival and departure from the hotel accordingly.

When you register for the meeting AND book your room at The Fairmont using NAW’s custom link by December 15, you’ll receive a $100 room credit at hotel check-in.

Fees:

  • AEC Chief Staff Executive: $650
  • AEC Association Staff: $450

NAW Executive Summit January 28-30, 2020

  • Association Executes attending both the AEC Winter Meeting and the NAW Executive Summit will receive a 30% discount on the combined registration. To receive this discount, select the appropriate registration type on the registration page to receive this discount.

NOTE: If your association is a distribution association but not a NAW member, you must become a NAW member to be eligible to attend the NAW AEC. To join NAW, contact Trish Lilly at 202.872.0885 or plilly@naw.org.

Schedule at a Glance

MONDAY, JANUARY 27, 2020

11:45 AM – 12:30 AM AEC Opening Luncheon
12:45 PM – 1:00 PM Opening Remarks 
1:00 PM – 2:15 PM Building One Future
Speakers: 

  • Tom Naber, National Association of Electrical Distributors 
  • Ed Orlet, National Association of Electrical Distributors 
  • Mike Adelizzi, American Supply Association
2:15 PM – 2:30 PM AEC Networking Break
2:30 PM – 2:45 PM

ALHI Industry Outlook

Speaker:

  • Dan Ketelsen, ALHI
2:45 PM – 3:05 PM AEC Lightening Round!
3:05 PM – 4:05 PM

Running on Empty:  Is It Time to Sunset One or More of Your Association Programs?

Speaker:

  • Ann Arnott, Power Transmission Distributors Association
6:00 PM – 7:15 PM AEC Reception
7:30 PM  AEC Washington Dine-Around

TUESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2020

7:30 AM – 9:00 AM AEC Breakfast and Discussion Round Tables
9:15 AM – 10:00 AM Diversity and Inclusion 2020: Opportunities, Lessons Learned and Strategies for Success
Speaker:

  • Janet Crenshaw Smith, Ivy Planning Group
10:00 AM – 10:15 AM AEC Networking Break
10:15 AM – 11:00 AM The Consolidation Conundrum:  An AEC Think Tank to Identify Strategies to Survive and Thrive
11:00 AM – 11:55 AM Association Ethics 101
Speaker: 

  • George Keeley, NAW
  • Bob Skelton, CAE, ASAE
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM AEC Luncheon – Installation of New Chair
1:15 PM – 1:35 PM AEC Lightening Round
1:45 PM – 4:00 PM Get Stoked!  A Crash Course in Design Thinking
4:00 PM  NAW 2020 AEC Winter Meeting Adjourns

Speakers

We’ve gathered together leading association executives and experts in business and distribution to lead our sessions. Here are three of our featured speakers.

TOM NABER

President and CEO

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF ELECTRICAL DISTRIBUTORS (NAED)

JANET CRENSHAW SMITH

Co-Founder and President

IVY PLANNING GROUP

ANN ARNOT

Executive Vice President and CEO

TRANSMISSION DISTRIBUTORS ASSOCIATION (PTDA)

Event Information

NAW 2020 AEC Winter Meeting
January 27-28, 2020

NAW 2020 Executive Summit 
January 28-30, 2020

NAW Meeting Venue

The Fairmont Washington, DC
2401 M St NW, Washington, DC 20037
https://www.fairmont.com/

Contact NAW

Our Office

1325 G Street NW, Suite 1000 Washington, DC 20005-3100

Contact Information

(202) 872-0885

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NAW 2020 AEC Winter Metting Speakers

Mike Adelizzi

Executive Vice President,
American Supply Association (ASA)

Monday, January 27
1:00 PM – 2:15 PM

Building One Future

MIKE'S BIO

Michael Adelizzi joined the American Supply Association and the ASA Education Foundation in the position of Executive Vice President in 2007.

Adelizzi has enhanced the strategic governance structure of the association through an expanded and reinvigorated planning process, strengthened the financial picture of the association, and increased the membership development effort of the association which has resulted in net membership growth the last six years…something the association has not enjoyed for over the past two decades..

During his tenure with the association, ASA has established a robust advocacy team which includes engaging the association in the codes & standards arena, , enhanced its comprehensive forecasting program, built and delivered ASA University.  And most recently, ASA is now is becoming a marketing partner with its membership through the publishing of two end user marketing publications, PVF and PB Outlook Magazines which reaches nearly 100,000 customers.

Tom Naber

President and CEO,
National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED)

Monday, January 27
1:00 PM – 2:15 PM

Building One Future

TOM'S BIO

President & CEO Tom Naber joined NAED in 1997 as publisher of tED magazine. In 2001, he was appointed president of the Association. In this expanded role, Naber assumed the additional responsibility of spearheading the strategic planning efforts for NAED and leading the organization’s day-to-day operations. In 2008, Naber was promoted to president & Chief Executive Officer. Under Naber’s direction, the Association has offered its members new products and services including expanded training opportunities; created joint industry task forces; and implemented new special interest conferences, such as the Women in Industry Forum. Naber possesses a strong background in both association management and the electrical industry, bringing more than 20 years’ experience as an association executive. Before coming to NAED, he served as editor of Electrical Contractor magazine, the publication of the National Electrical Contractors Association.

Ed Orlet

Senior Vice President of Government Affairs and Strategic Projects,
National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED)

Monday, January 27
1:00 PM – 2:15 PM

Building One Future

ED'S BIO

Edward M. Orlet is the National Association of Electrical Distributors’ Senior Vice President of Government Affairs and Strategic Projects where he leads NAED’s governmental advocacy and strategic planning efforts.

Ed is a registered lobbyist charged with representing NAED in Washington, DC and mobilizing NAED members at the grassroots level to advocate for NAED’s legislative agenda. Ed also serves as facilitator for diverse distributor and cross-industry groups, as well as moderator for industry panels nationwide.

Prior to joining NAED in 2001, Ed worked as a distributor salesperson to mechanical contracting and OEM markets. He has more than twenty years’ experience in distribution and sales to construction, institutional and industrial customers. Ed holds a bachelor of sciences degree in advertising from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Dan Ketelsen

Director of Global Sales, Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI)

Monday, January 27
2:30 PM – 2:45 PM

ALHI Industry Outlook

DAN'S BIO

As Director of Global Sales for ALHI’s Mid-Atlantic Region, Dan Ketelsen is responsible for assisting meeting professionals, association executives, incentive specialists, business executives, and convention specialists in the Mid-Atlantic United States with ALHI Global Sales Organization services and professional sales support for its distinguished portfolio of more than 250 hotels and resorts around the world. Prior to joining ALHI, Dan served as the Director of Convention Sales – Mid-Atlantic Region for Visit Anaheim. Previous to that, he served for 17 years with Hyatt Hotels Corporation.

Ann Arnott

Executive Vice President/CEO, Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA)

Monday, January 27
3:05 PM – 4:05 PM

Running on Empty: Is It Time to Sunset One or More of Your Association Programs?

ANN'S BIO

Ann Arnott currently serves as the Executive Vice President/CEO of the Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA), a position she has held since 2011. She also serves as the Executive Director of the PTDA Foundation. Prior to assuming this position, she served as PTDA’s Vice President of Programs & Services and spent 16 years with the Institute of Real Estate Management, serving in positions of increasing responsibility throughout her tenure there.

Ann is a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and has served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Manufacturers’ Council of Manufacturing Associations.

Ann holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and was awarded a Masters of Business Administration from DePaul University.

Ann resides in Frankfort, Illinois outside of Chicago with her husband, Dave, and their two children, Holly and Jeff.

Janet Crenshaw Smith

Co Founder & President,
Ivy Planning Group

Tuesday, January 28
9:15 AM – 10:00 AM

Diversity and Inclusion 2020: Opportunities, Lessons Learned and Strategies for Success

JANET'S BIO

Janet Crenshaw Smith is Co-Founder and President of Ivy Planning Group (Ivy), a 30-year-old consulting and training company that specializes in diversity, strategy and change management.  Ivy has been recognized as one of the Top 50 minority-owned companies by DiversityBusiness.com; Black Enterprise Magazine Emerging Company of the Year Finalist; and received the Working Woman Magazine Entrepreneurial Excellence Award. Ms. Smith was honored as one of the Top 25 Consultants by Consulting Magazine,  Diversity Executive of the Year by the Minority Enterprise Advocate magazine, “Diversity Pioneer” by Profiles in Diversity Journal.  Minority Business & Professionals Network, Inc. named Ms. Smith one of “Fifty Influential Minorities in Business”.  Profiles in Diversity Journal featured her in its Women of Initiative issue naming her one of “47 Women Worth Watching.”

Ms. Smith works directly with corporate CEOs, executive teams, agency administrators, and senior officials to build strategies, facilitate challenging discussions, and achieve the organization’s vision.  Ivy’s clients include American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), Association of Law Firm Diversity Professionals (ALFDP), Advocate Aurora Health, Lockheed Martin, ITT, Sony Pictures, L’Oreal, MetLife, NBCUniversal Comcast, and U.S. Departments of Justice, Labor, Energy and Treasury.

A native of Chicago’s south side, Janet earned a Bachelor’s degree from Harvard University in Psychology and Social Relations.  She started her professional career at IBM Corporation where she held a number of marketing and management positions including Manager of Executive Consulting Services.

George W. Keeley, Esq

Keeley, Kuenn & Reed LLC

Tuesday, January 28
11:00 AM – 11:55 AM

Association Ethics 101

GEORGE'S BIO

George W. Keeley, NAW Legal Counsel, is a partner with the law firm of Keeley, Kuenn & Reid, specializing in the areas of commercial law, employee benefits, antitrust, regulatory matters and cooperative legal combinations. He combines legal expertise with a business background to collaborate with business associations and corporate clients on projects involving legislative and regulatory issues and litigation strategies.

George has written numerous articles on such topics as antitrust compliance, strategic alliances, manufacturer/distributor relations, employment law, dispute resolution and product standards and certification. He is author of the firm’s popular pamphlet, “What Every Business Should Know About the Antitrust Laws.”

A member of the Illinois and Chicago Bar Associations, George is a public arbitrator for the National Association of Securities Dealers and holds membership in the Edward Frederick Sorin Society, the Notre Dame Club of Chicago and the Northwestern Management Club of Chicago.

Bob Skelton, CAE

Chief Administrative Officer and In-House Counsel for ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership

Tuesday, January 28
11:00 AM – 11:55 AM

Association Ethics 101

BOB'S BIO

Bob Skelton, CAE, is the Chief Administrative Officer and In-House Counsel for ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership.  Bob is responsible for Legal, Human Resources, Risk Management, Office Services and Conference Center operations, and is a member of the Executive Team.  Bob also serves as the senior staff liaison for ASAE’s Legal Section Council, National Capital Area Advisory Council, and Ethics Committee.

Previously, Bob held several positions, including as General Counsel and/or Vice President of Human Resources for several small technology companies in various stages of their life cycle.  Bob also served as Vice President – Human Resources & General Counsel for the regional subsidiary of Toyota Motor Sales, USA, and was in private practice at Webster, Chamberlain & Bean in Washington, DC.

Bob is a graduate of Union College in Schenectady, NY and The George Washington University National Law Center, and is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

Barbara Patchen

Design Lead, Stoked

Tuesday, January 28
1:45 PM – 4:00 PM

Get Stoked! A Crash Course in Design Thinking

BARBARA'S BIO

Barbara Patchen is an organizational psychology practitioner who is obsessed with disrupting an outdated construct of work by helping leaders reimagine what work can be and how it can get done. Barbara serves as Design Lead at Stoked, working with corporate and non-profit partners to help them shift from conventional cultures to more progressive and adaptable teams and environments. Barbara has held a variety of Talent and Organizational Development leadership roles at a Fortune 200 healthcare company where her team won numerous awards for creating an outstanding environment for leaders to thrive.

Brent Taylor

Design Lead, Stoked

Tuesday, January 28
1:45 PM – 4:00 PM

Get Stoked! A Crash Course in Design Thinking

BRENT'S BIO

Brent Taylor began his career as an investment banking analyst where he worked on mergers and acquisitions, private placements, and public equity offerings. His ability to bridge the gap between data and design lead him to Stoked more than 5 years ago.  He is now a Design Lead focusing on product, experience, and service innovation. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University with a major in economics.

NAW 2020 AEC Winter Meeting Agenda

Monday, January 27, 2020

11:45 AM – 12:30 PM           AEC Opening Luncheon

12:45 PM  – 1:00 PM            Opening Remarks

Monday, January 27
1:00 PM – 2:15 PM

Mike

MIKE ADELIZZI

Executive Vice President, American Supply Association (ASA)

 

 

MIKE'S BIO

Michael Adelizzi joined the American Supply Association and the ASA Education Foundation in the position of Executive Vice President in 2007.

Adelizzi has enhanced the strategic governance structure of the association through an expanded and reinvigorated planning process, strengthened the financial picture of the association, and increased the membership development effort of the association which has resulted in net membership growth the last six years…something the association has not enjoyed for over the past two decades..

During his tenure with the association, ASA has established a robust advocacy team which includes engaging the association in the codes & standards arena, , enhanced its comprehensive forecasting program, built and delivered ASA University.  And most recently, ASA is now is becoming a marketing partner with its membership through the publishing of two end user marketing publications, PVF and PB Outlook Magazines which reaches nearly 100,000 customers.

Naber

TOM NABER

President and CEO, National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED)

 

 

TOM'S BIO

President & CEO Tom Naber joined NAED in 1997 as publisher of tED magazine. In 2001, he was appointed president of the Association. In this expanded role, Naber assumed the additional responsibility of spearheading the strategic planning efforts for NAED and leading the organization’s day-to-day operations. In 2008, Naber was promoted to president & Chief Executive Officer. Under Naber’s direction, the Association has offered its members new products and services including expanded training opportunities; created joint industry task forces; and implemented new special interest conferences, such as the Women in Industry Forum. Naber possesses a strong background in both association management and the electrical industry, bringing more than 20 years’ experience as an association executive. Before coming to NAED, he served as editor of Electrical Contractor magazine, the publication of the National Electrical Contractors Association.

ED

ED ORLET

Senior Vice President of Government Affairs and Strategic Projects,
National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED)

 

 

ED'S BIO

Edward M. Orlet is the National Association of Electrical Distributors’ Senior Vice President of Government Affairs and Strategic Projects where he leads NAED’s governmental advocacy and strategic planning efforts.

Ed is a registered lobbyist charged with representing NAED in Washington, DC and mobilizing NAED members at the grassroots level to advocate for NAED’s legislative agenda. Ed also serves as facilitator for diverse distributor and cross-industry groups, as well as moderator for industry panels nationwide.

Prior to joining NAED in 2001, Ed worked as a distributor salesperson to mechanical contracting and OEM markets. He has more than twenty years’ experience in distribution and sales to construction, institutional and industrial customers. Ed holds a bachelor of sciences degree in advertising from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

GENERAL SESSION

Building One Future (1.15 CEU)

How the American Supply Association Is Expanding Its Relevance by Establishing Bold Strategic Visions to Lead Their Members in The Age of Disruption

In 2018, the American Supply Association (ASA) paused to assess where they were as an organization and rethought the challenges facing its membership that were too big for anyone member to confront alone and what would be needed to help its members win the future.  As a result, they challenged themselves to think big and bold about the future and how its members and industry would be disrupted and by whom.  To provide clarity and a vision about what was coming, ASA engaged three Issue Strategic Action Teams (ISAT’s) to think deep about solutions to the three biggest issues facing the PHCP and PVF industry over the next ten years.  These three ISAT teams met throughout 2018 and the first half of 2019 to answer the following questions:

  1. What would it take to recruit 60,000 to 100,000 employees with the needed competencies to help its members win?
  2. What can ASA do to catalyze growth-oriented members to strategically and successfully transform their companies with technology?
  3. What can ASA do to help members not only survive, but thrive, by raising members’ awareness of how they are positioned for the future and provide the tools and resources that lead them to a viable and relevant future?

The three visionary solutions presented and approved are called D-Next, Project TALENT and VITALITY.

Mike Adelizzi, EVP of the American Supply Association, will share ASA’s path to the future.  Learning how they harnessed the power of listening to their members to drive solutions might provide new insights for your association.

NAED POWERS THE ELECTRICAL DISTRIBUTION INDUSTRY THROUGH COLLABORATION WITH END USERS

The National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) is dedicated to helping progressive distributors overcome business obstacles by delivering resources so they can own their customer.   One of the key initiatives NAED employs to help their members is by developing an understanding of contractors’ challenges so distributors can deliver valuable solutions and services.   NAED has created a task force where end users and distributors work together to explore opportunities for greater efficiency and growth.

Convening a small group of members from both NAED and its contractor counterpart, they identified what the most important challenges and opportunities faced by the electrical industry in the next 10 years will be and what distributors and contractors can do, working together, to help members and the industry meet those challenges and seize opportunities.  This joint group is creating a very real strategy that could make a difference for not only individual companies, but also the industry.

Join NAED’s President and CEO, Tom Naber, and Ed Orlet, NAED Vice President of Government Affairs and Special Projects as they share the story behind this effort.  Learn about how the conversation started, how the relationship is nurtured, and how distributors and end customers, and ultimately the industry, will benefit from this collaboration.  Their story can help spark your collaborative potential.

2:15 PM – 2:30 PM                AEC Networking Break

JIA

DAN KETELSEN

Director of Sales, Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI)

 

 

DAN'S BIO

As Director of Global Sales for ALHI’s Mid-Atlantic Region, Dan Ketelsen is responsible for assisting meeting professionals, association executives, incentive specialists, business executives, and convention specialists in the Mid-Atlantic United States with ALHI Global Sales Organization services and professional sales support for its distinguished portfolio of more than 250 hotels and resorts around the world. Prior to joining ALHI, Dan served as the Director of Convention Sales – Mid-Atlantic Region for Visit Anaheim. Previous to that, he served for 17 years with Hyatt Hotels Corporation.

GENERAL SESSION

ALHI Industry Outlook

Monday, January 27
2:30 PM – 2:45 PM

Take a quick look at the latest trends in the hospitality industry, courtesy of Associated Luxury Hotels.

2:45 PM  – 3:05 PM          AEC Lightening Round!

Ann

ANN ARNOTT

Executive Vice President and CEO of the Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA)

 

 

ANN'S BIO

Ann Arnott currently serves as the Executive Vice President/CEO of the Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA), a position she has held since 2011. She also serves as the Executive Director of the PTDA Foundation. Prior to assuming this position, she served as PTDA’s Vice President of Programs & Services and spent 16 years with the Institute of Real Estate Management, serving in positions of increasing responsibility throughout her tenure there.

Ann is a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and has served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Manufacturers’ Council of Manufacturing Associations.

Ann holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and was awarded a Masters of Business Administration from DePaul University.

Ann resides in Frankfort, Illinois outside of Chicago with her husband, Dave, and their two children, Holly and Jeff.

GENERAL SESSION

Running on Empty:  Is It Time to Sunset One or More of Your Association Programs? (1.0 CEU)

Monday, January 27
3:05 PM – 4:05 PM

Associations are good at launching new offerings but are not necessarily skilled at letting go when a program outlives its usefulness.  Sunsetting a product or service can be painful, but it can pay dividends when you focus on meeting your members’ needs and your association goals.

The Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) created a process for assessing the viability of association services and programs to determine future need.  Prompting this process was the realization that, with more than 40 programs offered to members, the association recognized their messages weren’t always getting through to their target audience, plus continued industry consolidation meant they needed to take a close look at programs in the event any needed to be discarded in the future.

Through trial and error, PTDA engaged their management team and Board of Directors to assess every program on a scale of “essential, valuable, nice to have and expendable.”  Ann Arnott, Executive Vice President and CEO of PTDA, will walk NAW AECs through PTDA’s process.  She will lead the group through an exercise where you can evaluate a program and decide about its future.

Learn from Ann Arnott, Executive Vice President/CEO of the Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) how to assess your legacy programs and how to put your own assessment plan into action.

4:05 PM  – 4:15 PM            Closing Comments

6:00 PM  – 7:15 PM            AEC Reception

7:30 PM                                  AEC Washington Dine-Around

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

7:30 AM – 9:00 PM              Breakfast and Discussion Round Tables

The NAW AEC breakfast roundtable discussions bring together association executives and senior staff for lively dialogue on the key issues surrounding leading distribution association. This is a great opportunity to learn and share with your peers. A do not miss session!

Crenshaw

JANET SMITH CRENSHAW

Co-Founder and President, Ivy Planning Group

 

 

JANET'S BIO

Janet Crenshaw Smith is Co-Founder and President of Ivy Planning Group (Ivy), a 30-year-old consulting and training company that specializes in diversity, strategy and change management.  Ivy has been recognized as one of the Top 50 minority-owned companies by DiversityBusiness.com; Black Enterprise Magazine Emerging Company of the Year Finalist; and received the Working Woman Magazine Entrepreneurial Excellence Award. Ms. Smith was honored as one of the Top 25 Consultants by Consulting Magazine,  Diversity Executive of the Year by the Minority Enterprise Advocate magazine, “Diversity Pioneer” by Profiles in Diversity Journal.  Minority Business & Professionals Network, Inc. named Ms. Smith one of “Fifty Influential Minorities in Business”.  Profiles in Diversity Journal featured her in its Women of Initiative issue naming her one of “47 Women Worth Watching.”

Ms. Smith works directly with corporate CEOs, executive teams, agency administrators, and senior officials to build strategies, facilitate challenging discussions, and achieve the organization’s vision.  Ivy’s clients include American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), Association of Law Firm Diversity Professionals (ALFDP), Advocate Aurora Health, Lockheed Martin, ITT, Sony Pictures, L’Oreal, MetLife, NBCUniversal Comcast, and U.S. Departments of Justice, Labor, Energy and Treasury.

A native of Chicago’s south side, Janet earned a Bachelor’s degree from Harvard University in Psychology and Social Relations.  She started her professional career at IBM Corporation where she held a number of marketing and management positions including Manager of Executive Consulting Services.

GENERAL SESSION

Diversity and Inclusion 2020: Opportunities, Lessons Learned and Strategies for Success (.45 CEU)

Tuesday, January 28
9:15 AM – 10:00 AM

Diversity and inclusion are a reality. The changing workforce, workplace and marketplace have challenged our industries and associations to take notice. What to do?

Stubborn challenges require new approaches to attract and retain new talent, members, volunteers and leaders.

Ivy Planning Group is a 30-year-old firm that specializes in diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). They have worked with the world’s largest organizations to address DEI issues. They have seen what works and what doesn’t. They will share lessons learned and provide authentic advice, evidence-based solutions, and real-world tested approaches to leveraging diversity as an opportunity.

Janet Crenshaw Smith will explore how you, as an association leader, can uncover strategies for success and how you can help your members do the same.

10:00 AM – 10:15 AM              AEC Networking Break

10:15 AM – 11:00 AM              The Consolidation Conundrum:  An AEC Think Tank to Identify Strategies to Survive and Thrive (.45 CEU)

As consolidation and an impending economic downturn threatens our members, associations scramble to respond to the impact industry consolidation has on their business model.  As memberships change and/or decline, associations will need to focus on how to manage membership, events, programs and services.  Attendees will break into three discussion groups to assess the impact of consolidation and the actions that can be taken in these critical areas.

  • Membership – what innovative membership models will ensure the long-term financial health of the association? What modifications in membership models and engagement strategies can we employ to maintain relevancy and value?
  • Events – Consolidation potentially reduces the numbers of companies and individuals who engage in association conventions, educational and other events. What strategies are associations using to provide events with maximum benefit for members?  Are your considering or pursuing joint events with other organizations in your market space?
  • Programs and Services – what programs and services can your association provide your members and the industry that no one else can? Are there any new services you can offer to benefit your members and the industry, further cementing your value in the marketplace?

George

GEORGE KEELEY

Keeley, Kuenn & Reed LLC

 

 

 

GEORGE'S BIO

George W. Keeley, NAW Legal Counsel, is a partner with the law firm of Keeley, Kuenn & Reid, specializing in the areas of commercial law, employee benefits, antitrust, regulatory matters and cooperative legal combinations. He combines legal expertise with a business background to collaborate with business associations and corporate clients on projects involving legislative and regulatory issues and litigation strategies.

George has written numerous articles on such topics as antitrust compliance, strategic alliances, manufacturer/distributor relations, employment law, dispute resolution and product standards and certification. He is author of the firm’s popular pamphlet, “What Every Business Should Know About the Antitrust Laws.”

A member of the Illinois and Chicago Bar Associations, George is a public arbitrator for the National Association of Securities Dealers and holds membership in the Edward Frederick Sorin Society, the Notre Dame Club of Chicago and the Northwestern Management Club of Chicago.

BOB

BOB SKELTON, CAE

Chief Administrative Officer and In-House Counsel for ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership

 

 

BOB'S BIO

Bob Skelton, CAE, is the Chief Administrative Officer and In-House Counsel for ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership.  Bob is responsible for Legal, Human Resources, Risk Management, Office Services and Conference Center operations, and is a member of the Executive Team.  Bob also serves as the senior staff liaison for ASAE’s Legal Section Council, National Capital Area Advisory Council, and Ethics Committee.

Previously, Bob held several positions, including as General Counsel and/or Vice President of Human Resources for several small technology companies in various stages of their life cycle.  Bob also served as Vice President – Human Resources & General Counsel for the regional subsidiary of Toyota Motor Sales, USA, and was in private practice at Webster, Chamberlain & Bean in Washington, DC.

Bob is a graduate of Union College in Schenectady, NY and The George Washington University National Law Center, and is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

GENERAL SESSION

Association Ethics 101 (.45 CEU)

Tuesday, January 28
11:00 AM – 11:55 AM

How do you advance ethical behavior with your staff, volunteers and elected association officials?  Do you have a Code of Ethics?  What are the implications?  What agreements do your elected volunteers sign?

Featuring NAW Legal Counsel George Keeley of Keely, Kuenn and Reed in Chicago, Illinois and Robert M. Skelton, CAE, American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Chief Administrative Officer, this session will take a dive into what you need to know to maintain an ethical workplace and environment for your association.

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM          AEC Luncheon – Installation of New Chair 

1:15 PM – 1:35 PM              AEC Lightening Round

Barb

BARBARA PATCHEN

Design Lead, Stoked

 

 

 

BARBARA'S BIO

Barbara Patchen is an organizational psychology practitioner who is obsessed with disrupting an outdated construct of work by helping leaders reimagine what work can be and how it can get done. Barbara serves as Design Lead at Stoked, working with corporate and non-profit partners to help them shift from conventional cultures to more progressive and adaptable teams and environments. Barbara has held a variety of Talent and Organizational Development leadership roles at a Fortune 200 healthcare company where her team won numerous awards for creating an outstanding environment for leaders to thrive.

BRENT

BRENT TAYLOR

Design Lead, Stoked

 

 

BRENT'S BIO

Brent Taylor began his career as an investment banking analyst where he worked on mergers and acquisitions, private placements, and public equity offerings. His ability to bridge the gap between data and design lead him to Stoked more than 5 years ago.  He is now a Design Lead focusing on product, experience, and service innovation. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University with a major in economics.

GENERAL SESSION

Get Stoked!  A Crash Course in Design Thinking (2.0 CEU)

Tuesday, January 28
1:45 PM – 4:00 PM

Here’s your chance to rekindle your natural ability to see things in new ways.  During this session, you will learn how to ignite the creative forces in every person in your organization by making human-centered design central to your everyday culture.

The Stoked Team will introduce the fundamentals of human-centered design, and offer the tools, behaviors and mindsets for you to use when you return to your association.  This fun and engaging experience will give participants:

  • Alignment – a common language and shared understanding of the fundamental tools, mindsets and behaviors that fuel human-centered design (aka design thinking).
  • Storytelling – the Stoked Team will share stories of how other organizations have used the tools to reimagine their services, businesses, and even industries.
  • Collaboration – Pushing ourselves to move outside our comfort zone always results in new insights and ideas. AECs will learn about and experience the power of collaborating with unexpected partners and in new ways.

You will walk away from this workshop with an experiential understanding of how design thinking works and how NAW AECs might employ the tools and behaviors of design thinking to innovate.

4:00 PM                      AEC Meeting Adjourns

Frequently Asked Questions

Does my association have to be a Member of NAW to attend the NAW AEC Meeting?

If your association is a distribution association but not a NAW member, you must become an NAW member to be eligible to attend the NAW AEC. To join NAW, contact Trish Lilly at 202.872.0885 or plilly@naw.org.

When will the AEC Meeting begin and end?

The NAW AEC Meeting begins on Monday, January 27, 2020, at 11:45 p.m. and concludes on Tuesday, January 28, 2020, at 4:00 p.m. Please plan your arrival and departure from the hotel accordingly.

What is the appropriate attire for this event?

Business casual is appropriate.

Are there discounts if I bring additional people from my association with me?

When the AEC Chief Staff Executive attends, AEC Senior Staff pays a reduced fee of $450 per person.

Where is this meeting venue? How can I reserve a hotel room, and what are the rates?

This event will be held at The Fairmont Washington, DC Hotel at the corner of 24th and M Streets, NW. For detailed information about The Fairmont Washington, DC, including how to book your hotel room at NAW’s special rates, click here. REMINDER: When you register for the NAW AEC Meeting and book your room at The Fairmont Washington, DC Hotel by December 15, you will receive a $100 room credit at check-in!

What is the cancellation policy for this event?

The full amount of your registration fee will be refunded on cancellations received by January 3, 2020.  After January 3, 50% of the fee will be refunded up to January 15, 2020.  No refunds are possible after January 15, 2020.

What do I do if I want to attend both the AEC Meeting and the Executive Summit?

When you log in and click “Register” the registration page will offer you the opportunity to register for the AEC Meeting or the AEC Meeting and Executive Summit .  AECs attending the Executive Summit receive a discounted registration fee for the Executive Summit.

My question is not here. Who should I contact to have my questions answered?

Please direct your questions about the NAW AEC Meeting to Trish Lilly at plilly@naw.org.

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