Shared Interest Groups (SIGs)


One Community,
Many Interests

At NYSAE, we believe in offering different formats and experiences to help you learn and network. Our goal is to equip you with the information you need to succeed professionally and personally. One of our most popular educational series is know as our Shared Interest Groups. 

The Shared Interest Groups (SIGs) provide the setting and occasion for like-minded professionals in association and not-for-profit management to share ideas, knowledge, and experiences. Our SIGs are organized around a common interest area, offering the opportunity for ongoing interaction among professionals during the session and afterwards. 

Our SIGs Share These Common Elements

  • SIGs are informal and highly interactive, often led by a guest facilitator.
  • The size of the group ranges from 10-35 people, depending on room size and topic.
  • NYSAE members are granted free admission and may invite guests to attend.
  • Guests are able to attend two SIG events at no charge before they are invited to join NYSAE.

SIG Descriptions

Executive Women in Nonprofits (EWIN)
Chaired by Linda Ferm, CAE

The Executive Women in Nonprofits provides an opportunity for women in leadership roles (CEOs, COOs, Executive Directors, Vice Presidents, and Board Members, etc.) to engage in interactive high-level discussions with like-minded peers. EWIN’s goal is to build relationships, test new ideas, receive feedback, and inspire one another. Together we face the challenges of managing high-level careers by sharing practices from multiple perspectives. For more information, contact Linda Ferm, CAE at lferm@fermstrategies.com.

NEW Next Generation Leadership (NextGen)
Chaired by Jean Dorak

"The Next Generation SIG provides exposure, access, value, and is relevant to the future decision-makers of the association and not-for-profit community."Michael Weamer, President & CEO, The Marfan Foundation, and NYSAE Chair of the Board

The Next Generation Leadership Group is for young professionals (20s – early 30s), who are just starting out or in mid-level management at their organization. Attendees convene and engage in interactive dialogues with outside facilitators, enjoy career discussions, and mentoring programs. NextGen’s mission is to give young professionals the opportunity to connect with other young leaders and to help them build networks by learning from each other. For more information, contact Jean Dorak at jdorak@abny.org.

“We have been trying to change the meaning of technology, moving it away from a thing on its own to a medium or vehicle that does stuff, because it's the "stuff" that matters; the technology only helps us get it there or keep it when it arrives.”David Teisler, CAE, Director of Communications, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Vice Chair of the NYSAE Technology Committee, and 2014 NYSAE Outstanding Association/Non-Profit Executive Awardee

Technology Group (Tech)
Chaired by David Teisler, CAE

The Technology Group encourages everyone who is interested in using technology as a strategy to achieve organizational and personal goals. Technology is not to be feared; instead, view it as the solution to your problems. It is merely a vehicle to accomplish your tasks. For more information, contact David Teisler, CAE at teisler@abct.org.