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Conference Goals:

ASAE's flagship innovation conference aims to challenge conventions with new perspectives, explore macro trends and major shifts on the horizon, and celebrate models of innovation in practice both inside and outside the association industry. Each attendee will leave with an enhanced capacity to innovate from discovery and ideaation to testing and implementation. 

ASAE is seeking content leaders to facilitate knowledge transfer and development related innovation leadership. As we are continuing to refine our content submission process, we’ve included lots of information below to answer some of your questions.  Questions, ideas and feedback are welcome and encouraged, please contact, Karen Bernstein  ( or call (202) 326-9520 anytime.

Q. What are the ways in which I can submit content or ideas for this year's conference?

For the 2020 Great Ideas Conference, there are three different ways that you can submit your ideas:

1. Suggest a topic or Refer a Speaker
Not interested in speaking, but want to refer someone else, an/or share an idea?  Let us know the people or subjects you would like to see featured in the program.  

2. Pitch a Session from a List of Suggested Topics
The program Advisory Committee has a identified a list of session ideas that respond to member needs.  Select one and pitch your take on the concept.  

3. Design a New Session
Have a session idea that you think is perfect for the conference?  This is your chance to submit a standard proposal on a topic of your choice.  

Q. What are the qualifications to be a content leader, and how will they be selected? 

ASAE is seeking content leaders with a background and qualifications ideally suited to present the requested educational sessions.   Nominees’ biographical information will be reviewed by ASAE members on the program advisory committee, and key criteria for faculty selection will include depth of subject expertise, relevance of professional experience, and teaching and/or speaking skills.  

Q. Who was invited to be on the program advisory committee?

ASAE forms most of our program advisory committees by inviting standing (year-round) Councils/Committees to appoint a specific number of delegates, who then represent the needs/interests of that constituency group on the program committee in addition to bringing forward their own expertise on the subject matter. When needed, for any reason, such as subject matter expertise, representation, or other, ASAE does invite additional members (or guests from outside the industry when appropriate) to join an advisory committee as well.

Q. What are the content priorities?

Great Ideas is focused on supporting association innovation and leadership.  The ASAE Foundation’s Innovation in Associations provided a comprehensive understanding of how associations choose to innovate, where they choose to focus their efforts, and the strategies and practices associations have applied for success in innovation. The research identified effective practices to help association leaders nurture innovation in their own organizations.  Some concepts apply to innovation universally, and other are more specific to innovation in the association space.  These competencies, along with those related to association leadership and culture which help innovation to thrive, provide a foundation for the overall learning goals and content strategy for Great Ideas.  Currently, the core innovation competencies the conference seeks to model, support and develop through educational programming include:

  1. Curiosity
  2. Creativity
  3. Enterprising (Entrepreneurial)
  4. Foresight
  5. Data Centricity
  6. Empathy (Human Centered)
  7. Iteration (Persistent/Learn from Failure)
  8. Managing Change
  9. Storytelling
  10. Idea Generation (Ideation)