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Full Program
           18 Breakout Sessions 5 Leadership Topics 5 Marketing Topics 5 Membership Topics 4 Meeting Topics 2 Technology Topics


8:00 am - 9:00 am  Leadership Breakfast 

Start your day with a hot, plated breakfast and networking while learning more about the FSAE and Foundation Leadership. All Attendees Invited
Breakfast sponsored by OPAL Collection Hotels & Resorts
Beverages sponsored by Daytona Beach CVB and Ocean Center Daytona Beach

9:00 am - 10:00 am   Breakout Sessions

Breakouts are sponsored by Brannon Center,  Change by Design and Novi AMS

Membership sessionMarketing sessionFundraising Feud: An Interactive Non-Dues Revenue Game Show
Tony RissleyTony Rissley, Expo Auctions

Live auctioneer, Tony Rissley will lead contestants through an entertaining, fast-paced battle for the title of the first ever FSAE Fundraising Feud! Teams will go head-to-head to come up with the top answers from a survey of 100 association professionals. Whether you're a seasoned pro or rising star, you can benefit from the discussions of the top answers from the fundraising survey. Plus receive the full survey results following the session. Time together is designed for those ready to laugh, have a good time and learn about top fundraising and non-dues revenue trends and ideas. You do not have to compete to join the fun!

For the last 10 years, Tony Rissley with Expo Auctions has transformed the auction experience for the association, exhibits, and events industry by creating a fundraising experience that gives organizations a platform to raise more money with a fun and exciting mobile bidding experience. Tony's newest expertise, live auctioneering, brings new life to the trade show floor with his Pop-Up Live Auction.


Meetings sessionMembership sessionAsk the Association Attorney: Everything You Want to Know about Event Contracts and More

Jeff TenenbaumJeffrey S. Tenenbaum, Esq; Tenenbaum Law Group 

From one the country’s most experienced and notable association attorneys, come armed with your questions and curiosity as we explore the most pressing legal issues facing associations, including with respect to their meetings. As your association continues to negotiate new meeting contracts, what are the lessons learned since the pandemic? How should your association’s hotel, convention center, and other meeting contracts differ from those you signed in the past? What are some best practices and common pitfalls?

In addition, explore some of the hottest topics and legal risks creating buzz in the association legal world. In plain English and a very interactive format, come armed with your questions, learn the key red flags you need to be able to spot, what you should do when you spot them, and practical tips and suggestions for protecting your association and mitigating legal risk.

Jeff Tenenbaum is one of the nation’s leading nonprofit attorneys, and also is an accomplished author, lecturer, and commentator on nonprofit legal matters. As Managing Partner of the nationally recognized, five-attorney, Washington, DC-based Tenenbaum Law Group PLLC, Jeff counsels senior management and boards of directors on the broad array of legal and sensitive business and governance issues affecting trade and professional associations, foundations, and other nonprofit organizations. He is widely regarded as an innovative, highly responsive attorney with great judgment who provides practical, understandable advice extending to virtually every nonprofit legal issue and best practice.


Leadership sessionAre You Leading With The Right Leadership Style? 
Joshua FredenburgDr. Joshua Fredenburg, National Speaker

4 Leadership Styles that have a Direct Impact on Employee Retention, Engagement, Performance, Motivation

According to Dr. McPherson, Chief Scientist at Culture Amp, in a study of 175 teams that consisted of at least 8 people, he found that 28% decided to leave their workplace because of ineffective leadership. 

This workplace study along with many other studies on employee retention, engagement, performance, and motivation not only reveal the importance of effective leadership, but certain styles of leadership have a greater impact than others.   

To help managers/leaders develop the style of leadership that is needed to increase retention, engagement, motivation, and performance, Dr. Jay not only talks about the three styles of leadership that directly impact these areas, but he also identifies specific characteristics that enable participants to lead more effectively. Through a set of activities that encourage participants to create, develop, and implement an effective style of leadership, attendees will leave with tools for a positive impact on retention, engagement, motivation, and performance.

Dr. Joshua Fredenburg is an internationally acclaimed speaker, author of seven books, member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., Tedx Speaker, Certified Emotional Intelligence Coach/Trainer, Leadership/DEI Consultant, and President/Founder of the ‘Award Winning Circle of Change Leadership Experience that has impacted the lives of thousands of people in 49 different states across the nation.


10:00 am - 10:45 am -  Networking Coffee Break

 Sponsored by Sandesin Golf & Beach Resort
 Get some coffee and snacks while you network with attendees and visit the Mini-Trade Show in the Auction room!


10:45 am - 11:45 am  Breakout Sessions

Breakouts are sponsored by Brannon Center,  Change by Design and Novi AMS

Meetings sessionTable Topics Talk: Conversations on Making Meetings Work
Presented by the Associate Advisory Committee (AAC) 

Join us for a favorite FSAE Conference session with your Associates Advisory Committee. We’ve all heard the phrase “two heads are better than one.” In today’s world that statement is definitely true. With the collective knowledge of Association Executives & Meeting Planners and Associate Suppliers, you will experience an enhanced, experiential, brainstorming session. Each table of ten will discuss two compelling topics and offer their best recommendations. This is ALWAYS a standing-room-only educational event, so put it on your Conference calendar now!


Leadership sessionGovernance and Association Boards: Navigating Excellence in Leadership
Lowell AplebaumLowell Aplebaum, EdD, FASAE, CAE, IAF Certified™ Professional FacilitatorVista Cova, LLC

Join us for an session on governance and association boards, where we delve into the intricacies of effective leadership and stewardship. This session will provide valuable insights, practical strategies, and thought-provoking discussions aimed at enhancing the performance and impact of association boards. Explore best practices, emerging trends, and innovative approaches to propel your board towards greater success. Come engage with industry experts, share experiences, and gain the knowledge and tools needed to lead with confidence and competence in today's dynamic landscape.

Lowell Aplebaum, EdD, FASAE, CAE, IAF Certified™ Professional Facilitator is the CEO and Strategy Catalyst of Vista Cova – a company that partners with organizations on strategic visioning and planning, creating stronger stakeholder connections, and reimagining value and engagement.


Membership sessionTechnology sessionMarketing sessionCrafting Exceptional Member Experiences in the Digital Age

Jenn Norman and Russ WebbJenn Norman, CAE; Novi AMS and Russ Webb, CAE; Bay Area Apartment Association

Does it ever feel like technology is evolving at a pace that can feel hard to keep up? Do you know there are tools you could use to do your job more efficiently and reach members more effectively? Well, then you've come to the right place! Today's technology has so many complementary tools to build onto your AMS, email campaigns, etc. And AI is so much more than just ChatGPT! Join Russ and Jenn as they explore tech tools including AI that you can use to automate your workday and craft exceptional, personalized membership experiences.

  • Learn from real-world examples of how these tech tools are being used to create personalized member experiences
  • Walk away with examples of new tech and AI tools you can use to help craft better content and automate your day-to-day operations
  • Discover ways to better collaborate internally with your team and board

Russ Webb, CAE is the Executive Director of the Bay Area Apartment Association, having moved to the Tampa Bay Area in 2020 after 21 years of managing the Atlanta & Georgia Apartment Associations. A tech junkie and speaker extraordinaire, Russ is a teacher at heart and the originator of edu-tainment – making people laugh while learning.


12:00 pm - 1:30 pm  General Session Luncheon & Organizational Awards

Breaking Through Barriers: Unleashing Resilience, Determination, and Growth for Unbounded Success

Johnny QuinnJohnny Quinn, U.S. Olympian

Luncheon Sponsored by Visit Tampa Bay
Keynote Sponsored by Florida's Sports Coast

 Breaking Through Barriers explores the challenges and obstacles that can hold us back in life and work, and shows how to overcome them. This talk will cover the importance of resilience, determination, and a growth mindset in facing and conquering challenges, and will provide practical tools and techniques for developing these qualities. Through inspiring stories and expert insights, attendees will learn how to break through their own barriers and achieve their full potential. Whether you are looking to overcome personal or professional challenges, this speech is a must-see for anyone looking to break through to the next level.

  • Understand the importance of resilience, determination, and a growth mindset in facing and conquering challenges.
  • Learn practical tools and techniques for developing these qualities and applying them in real-world situations.
  • Gain inspiration and expert insights for overcoming personal and professional barriers and achieving one’s full potential.

Olympic bobsledder Johnny Quinn is a highly sought-after speaker for businesses and organizations of all sizes. Known for thought-provoking and action-packed content, Johnny is a trusted voice on resilience and change management. Johnny has been featured on: ABC, CNN, ESPN, FOX, NBC, TIME, USA Today and the Wall Street Journal. Be sure to connect with Johnny on social media: @JohnnyQuinnUSA


1:45 pm - 2:45 pm    Breakout Sessions

Breakouts are sponsored by Brannon Center,  Change by Design and Novi AMS

Marketing sessionLeadership sessionTaking Control: How to Master a Media Interview
Lexie SavedgeLexie Savedge, SalterMitchell PR

Newsrooms are rapidly shrinking, citizen journalists are more present than ever, and AI is becoming more intertwined with our daily routines. Public and Media Relations Manager Lexie Savedge will inform, engage, and prepare attendees on how to take control of the dynamically changing media landscape. Throughout this session, we will lay out the current media landscape, including pitfalls to be aware of and opportunities to seize before walking you through best practices to help you take control of your media interview. This will be an interactive discussion where attendees are encouraged to ask questions and test techniques.

Lexie Savedge is the Public + Media Relations Manager for SalterMitchell PR. She's a public relations pro with a keen eye and understanding of what makes news. With a passion for storytelling, she helps companies present their people, products, initiatives, and programs in ways that generate media attention and news coverage. Her ability to influence change through strategic media placements is real and Lexie delivers every time. 


Meetings sessionUnlocking Your Creative Thinking to Design Experiential Events
Julie AustinJulie Austin, Creative Innovation Group

Today, event planners are looking for creative ways to innovate the traditional event experience. Treating attendees like influencers, creating a sense of FOMO, upscaling attendee wellness - it can seem all too daunting. But the secret to innovation is teaching your brain how to think outside the box! This session will explore inspiration from inventors, cross-industry innovation strategies, and event innovation stories from past to present. Join Julie Austin, award winning author and innovation speaker, in this interactive session to learn how to maximize experiential events with creative thinking strategies.

Julie Austin is an award-winning inventor whose NASDAQ-winning product is sold in 25 countries. She comes from a background as a TV host and film actor, so attendees can expect high energy entertainment, humor, and actionable innovation takeaways to stay ahead of disruption and create your ultimate competitive advantage.


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2:45 pm - 3:30 pm   Networking Break - Silent Auction Final Bidding

Sponsored by Visit St Pete Clearwater
Grab a snack while you network with attendees and visit the Mini-Trade Show in the Auction room. Auction bidding ends at 3:30 sharp!

3:45 pm - 4:45 pm    Breakout Sessions

Breakouts are sponsored by Brannon Center,  Change by Design and Novi AMS

Technology sessionMarketing sessionThe Red Pill or Blue Pill: Navigating the Dichotomy in AI
Sharon GaiSharon Gai

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is no longer a futuristic concept reserved for science fiction movies. It's already here, and it's rapidly changing the way businesses operate, compete, and grow. From machine learning to natural language processing, AI is revolutionizing the way we work, transforming the very fabric of industries across the globe. You will leave this session with a new mindset, with insights and perspectives that will enable you to navigate the complex landscape of AI, make informed decisions, and position your organization for success in the future. Now the question is, will you take the red pill or blue pill?

Sharon Gai is an expert in ecommerce, digital transformation and AI. She helps leaders and organizations become agile disruptors in their industries so they can increase revenue and retain users. In her tenure at Alibaba, she advised brands and heads of state in crafting their digital strategy with programmatic marketing and AI and is the author of the book, Ecommerce Reimagined: what we can learn in retail and ecommerce from China. 


Leadership sessionMembership sessionUsing Difference to Make a Difference: Creating a Culture of Belonging - Panel Discussion
Presented by the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee

Whether discussing organizational staff or membership, people want to experience a sense of belonging in the organizations they’re a part of. Our panelists will share their experiences at turning both barriers – and perceived barriers – into opportunities for growth. Gain valuable insights into identifying and transforming potential obstacles, and discover your pivotal role in creating environments where everyone feels seen and valued. Don't miss this opportunity to learn and contribute to building a more inclusive future.


Membership sessionMarketing sessionElevating Engagement: Crafting Enduring Connections Through Membership
Avi OlitzkyAvi Olitzky

In the dynamic landscape of associations, joining an organization marks only the first step towards cultivating a thriving community. This session delves into the critical distinction between “dues-paying members” and fostering engagement through a profound sense of belonging. We will explore the multifaceted benefits of nurturing this deep-seated connection, emphasizing its pivotal role in not only attracting, but also retaining members over the long term. Through a series of actionable insights, we will outline comprehensive strategies aimed at creating an atmosphere that is not merely inclusive, but genuinely welcoming. Participants will gain valuable tools to transform their association into a sanctuary where members don’t just belong but feel deeply valued and interconnected, encouraging long-term commitment and active participation. Join us to discover how to elevate your membership experience, ensuring your association becomes a cherished haven where members are eager to stay, contribute, and grow together.

Avi Olitzky is the president and principal consultant of Olitzky Consulting Group. He is a master facilitator, design-thinker and strategic planner, innovator, speaker, and retreat organizer. In addition, he has served as an advisor and consultant to multiple membership organizations and non-profits, associations, camps and youth organizations, synagogues and churches, for-profit executives, and general companies.


4:50 pm - 5:15 pm - CAE/CMP Q&A Meet Up
Hosted by the Young & Emerging Professionals Committee

More information coming soon


5:30 pm – 7:00 pm   Foundation Beer TastingPre-Registration Required
One 1.5-hour sessions available
Sponsored by Concord Hospitality and Visit Central Florida
Limited to 100 people and you must pre-register to participate. Add this option to your FSAE24 Conference Registration to attend! Learn More
Funds raised during the Beer Pours will go towards supporting the FSAE Foundation's mission.

7:00 pm - 10:00 pm   Conference Gala Reception & Dinner - All Attendees Invited
Sponsored by Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate and Experience Kissimmee 


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FSAE 2024 Annual Conference | July 17-19 | Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate