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Calendar of Events

From The Trenches: User Experience On Event And Conference Virtual Platforms

December 16th  Noon to 1 PM

We will be reviewing the experience of our peers on the following platforms:

Our presenters will show us the platform and admin areas along with answering the questions:

  • What did you like best about the platform?
  • How did you use it for your event?
  • Was it easy for you to set up?
  • Was it easy for attendees to use?
  • The price point for the platform or range
  • Would you use it again?

Steven Stout, FASAE, CAE, Texas Society of Association Executives (TSAE)
Angie Guy, MFA, AMC - Association Management Consultants, LLC
Megan Sloan, Romance Writers of America (RWA)
Barbara Zlatnik, CAE, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Camille Cruz, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

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In Case You Missed It

On October 23rd, HSAE hosted the October Luncheon entitled "How to Run a Hybrid Meeting".  This meeting offered an interactive experience for meeting, event, and association professionals.  They were able to see and test actual hybrid logistics to help prepare for planning and implementing future events.


We are hosting a wrap up meeting on December 10th to this event showing you how we did it and we want your feedback on what went well, what went wrong and what YOU are doing to host a hybrid meeting for YOUR association.

Thank you to our Sponsors:



December 3 and 4 - Happy Half Hours

Winner of the Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest…
Congratulations to Melinda Eggenberger, Lex Mundi Ltd!

It was so nice to catch up with everyone and see what plans their associations have for 2021.

Topics included:

  • When your association is looking to start in person events.
  • 2020 in person events we have already hosted and their new challenges.
  • How are we handling COVID testing and waivers.
  • New conference calling technology – Check out the OWL 360 Camera
  • New addition to the HSAE family – Congratulations to Lauren Turner!

Don’t miss our next happy hour! It was fun to catch up with HSAE friends and get insight into how other associations are handling the new normal.


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We hope you are a member of HSAE. If not...sign up today!

Association Member - $40 annually

A membership offered to any individual association professional devoting a major portion of his/her working hours to association responsibilities. This is an individual membership and is not transferable.

Industry Partner (Vendors & Suppliers) - $80 annually

A membership offered to any firm that provides products, service or facilitates for associations such as hotels, meeting planners, software companies, insurance and financial services. This is an individual membership and is transferable.

If you are facing hardship due to COVID, please reach out to us at [email protected] for partial or full membership scholarship opportunities.

HSAE Membership Advantages

  • Education – Lunch/virtual programs, CollabLabs, Association Day, CAE (Certified Association Executive) credit offerings, CAE Study Group and CAE Study Materials.

  • Networking – Network with your association management peers and industry suppliers to expand contact base.

  • Leadership opportunities that allow you to contribute to your professional reputation and career development by volunteering.

  • Discounted programs - Discounts on monthly events including regular luncheon meetings which feature speakers addressing association related topics.

  • Contacts - Inclusion in the member directory located on the members-only portion of our website.

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Board of Directors

Thank you to The Omni Houston Galleria Hotel for Hosting our Board of Directors Retreat!

The 2021 board met on December 8th to discuss planning for 2021. We are excited for new programming and partnership efforts that are in the works. Be on the lookout for upcoming ways to stay involved with HSAE.

Congratulations to our newly elected Board of Directors for 2021.

Dorothy Gurka
Executive Director
Gulf Coast Plumbing, Heat, Cooling Contractors Association

Vice President
Lindsay Konlande
Associate Director
IREM Houston

Tamara Hancock
Chief Operating Officer
Associated General Contractors – Houston Chapter

Past President
Barbara J. Zlatnik
Senior Manager, Segment Operations
American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Members At Large
Catie Duhon
Vice President, Experiences
International Meeting Managers, Inc. (IMM)

Alisha Silver
Senior Manager, Sales
Omni Houston Galleria

Megan Sloan
Special Projects Manager
Romance Writers of America

Lauren Turner
Director of Outreach
Houston Apartment Association

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