2017-18 Recap: Looking Back, Moving Forward

NYSAE Meet NY 2018

Attendees Network at Meet NY

By Denman Wall

As NYSAE approaches its 100th anniversary (yes, 100 years!), it’s important to reflect on what was achieved more recently, thanks to the contributions of our members, guests, strategic partners, sponsors, and staff.

Every year, NYSAE provides the association and nonprofit community with a variety of educational, networking, informational, and professional development services. The 2017-2018 program year was no exception. With 24 event offerings, including Shared Interest Groups, a popular new Webinar Series, Educational Summits, after-work programs, and the ever-popular Meet NY event, this past year was a bonafide success

Speaking of Meet NY, despite the furious nor’easter that evening in and around Manhattan, NYSAE reached an impressive 10th Anniversary milestone for the event. That milestone, combined with the spirit of the attendees who braved the elements to attend, reinforced the flagship gathering as "The Best Hosted Buyer Event in the Northeast" as rated by the suppliers. A very special thanks to the Meet NY Committee for supporting this program.

NYSAE Synergy Awards 2018

NYSAE celebrates the accomplishment of its members and constituency at the Synergy Awards.

Paying homage to the many accomplishments of our constituency is a vital part of the organization’s purpose. This past April, NYSAE celebrated the achievements of members and organizations that made a difference in the community at the Synergy Awards Luncheon

NYSAE is honored to be able to acknowledge the commitment and contributions they made. To learn more about the awards program, visit the awards section of NYSAENET.ORG.

For many of our members and guests, education is the basis of their participation in NYSAE. The program year consisted of multiple educational summits, several morning seminar series, a new webinar series, and numerous breakfast and lunch-hour discussions.

The educational program, spearheaded by NYSAE member Amy Geffen, PhD, covered topics such as "Best Practices in Using Twitter," "Cyber Security Awareness," "Branding for Your Board. Branding for Yourself," "5 Keys to Disrupting Member Engagement," "Wellness in the Workplace," "GDPR for Associations" and many more.

NYSAE CEO Connect June, 2018

CEO Connect panelists present their experiences on Building Bench Strength for Associations.

NYSAE also provides programming for C-level executives through the CEO Connect program. Coordinated by NYSAE Board member Holly Koenig, we heard presentations by Dr. Max Gomez, a panel discussion about Harmony in the C-Suite, and building your bench strength for the future.

Rounding out the educational offerings were the Professional Development Workshops where participants learned how to utilize Indeed.com, target their LinkedIn Profile, and how to refresh their networking skills. Led by Beverly Daniel of CareerGrowth Group, the workshops enjoyed a healthy attendance.

Not to be overlooked is NYSAE’s ability to bring people together through its various networking opportunities. The program year began in the summer with the Annual Industry Summer Bash, continuing in the fall with the Fall Open House, monthly receptions and luncheons, a holiday party, and the Welcome Summer Reception.

In support of NYSAE programming was its sponsors. NYSAE was fortunate to have Kalahari Resorts & Conventions as a strategic alliance partner. Kalahari will also be supporting the NYSAE Board and Committee Retreat this July 22-23. NYC & Company also sponsored many NYSAE programs throughout the year.

In closing, NYSAE thanks its board of governors, committees and staff for supporting the many critical elements that go into a successful program year.

But that’s not all…Be on the lookout for details about the 100th anniversary celebration, and get ready to enjoy the 2018-2019 program year where we will continue to build upon NYSAE’s cherished tradition of being the "association of associations" in the Northeast.

Denman Wall is the Editor of InView Newsletter and Sr. Director of Interactive Services for Dolci Interactive.