2019 Learning Circles

2019 Learning Circles

Want to squeeze even more out of your Great Ideas experience? Join a Learning Circle!

You'll share learning with up to 8 of your peers with a learning circle guide to facilitate and support the process. Your Circle will adventure together on a quest to dive deeper and apply the vibrancy of ideas and innovations you'll encounter at this year's Great Ideas.

Through this process, you’ll discover learning and ideas from sessions you were not able to attend while developing stronger connections with new peers.
Your goal is simple: Enrich your Great Ideas journey with insights and experiences from your fellow Circle members.


Circle Meet up Times

Sunday, March 17 (location TBD)
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
5:30-6:15 p.m.

Monday, March 18 (location TBD)
7:00-9:00 a.m.
5:30-6:15 p.m.

Tuesday, March 19 (location TBD)
7:00-9:00 a.m.
1:15-2:00 p.m.


Meet Your Circle Guides

Marc Beebe

Marc Beebe is senior director, strategic research, public imperatives, and corporate development at Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering. He leads teams that manage the institutional and market research activities, humanitarian activities, and industry outreach and corporate partnerships for IEEE. He is Co-Chair of the ASAE 2020 Research Task Force and on the Boards of the ACLU (where he chairs the Governance Committee) and the ACLU of New Jersey. He co-authored of two chapters in “The Informed Association: A Practical Guide to Using Research for Results” and the chapter on Research in the “ASAE Handbook of Professional Practices in Association Management.” Fun Fact: He was once on the gameshow Jeopardy. Sadly, he lost in Final Jeopardy.

Lindsay Cheyne

Lindsay Cheyne is a senior digital strategist and user researcher for Interactive Strategies in DC. She believes in innovation by design and has applied this to her work which spans associations, higher education, interior design, B2B and retail. Fun fact: Her first visit to Colorado ever was for Great Ideas 2018.

Michael Gips

Michael Gips, CAE, is chief global knowledge & learning officer at ASIS International, a membership organization for security professionals. He is responsible for Publishing, Production, Creative Services, Education, Certification, Standards and Guidelines, and the CSO Center for Leadership & Development. He has previously worked as a writer, editor, journalist, attorney, and media trainer. Fun fact: He was classmates with, among others, Barack and Michelle Obama, Rod Rosenstein, Neil Gorsuch, Hank Azaria, and Tracy Chapman.

Peggy Hoffman

Peggy Hoffman, FASAE, CAE, is president and executive director of Mariner Marketing. From her earlier role as membership director for a trade association with components, Peggy developed a commitment to building strong communities within associations. To that end, she has been very involved in ASAE and is past chair for both the Component Relations Section Council and the Executive Management Council. A key project of the council is the “Rebuilding the Volunteer Spirit”, one of ASAE’s inaugural Innovation Projects. She has presented workshops or keynotes for more than 40 volunteer leadership conferences, retreats, and webinars


Sherry Keramidas

Sherry Keramidas, PhD, FASAE, CAE, is the executive director at the American Occupational Therapy Association. For 20 years Keramidas served as the executive director of the Regulatory Affairs Professional Society. Previously, she was CEO of the American College of Dentists, as the Associate Executive Vice President of Research and Education of the American Physical Therapy Association, and as the Scientific Director of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. She also served as a special consultant to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) working on research program evaluation, strategic planning, and interagency collaboration in the Office of the Director and across the NIH. She has offered her experience to advisory groups for government agencies and academic organizations.

Clarissa L. Russell

Clarissa L. Russell brings more than 20 years of experience and expertise in association management to our partners and members. She is responsible for leading the teams who transition incoming partners—all of whom have successfully reduced their financial liabilities while experiencing growth in their net assets Clarissa is a founding Managing Partner of AIM. In 2017, she became the Executive Director for The Toxicology Forum. She has served over 19 associations in her career. She specializes in strategic and financial planning, as well as tradeshow and convention management with a focus on international participation. Fun fact: Two years in a row at James Madison University, she won the ice cream eating contest; thus, her sorority receives free ice cream from Baskin Robins each year. 


Kevin Whorton

Kevin Whorton has run Whorton Marketing & Research for 12 years, and is former VP of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores and Catholic Relief Services, former research director for National Association of Home Builders and American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, and Marketing General Inc. Kevin took PhD coursework in economics at the University of Maryland-College Park and George Mason University and completed his masters at George Mason University. He serves on board of Melos Institute, was Vice Chair of DMA Nonprofit Federation. Fun fact: Kevin has served roughly 18 terms on ASAE Councils and Committees!



How to Participate

Learning Circles have limited capacity. Availability will be based on a first come, first serve basis. Sign up during conference registration.