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2018 AMCs Engaged!
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August 18, 2018
Hyatt Regency Chicago 
Chicago, IL


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Join us for the 2018 AMCs Engaged! Conference Saturday, August 18 in Chicago, Illinois!

AMCs Engaged! is tailored to meet the unique challenges of the AMC community and help professionals prepare for the changing business landscape. Whether you're part of the leadership team of an experienced association management company, a new owner navigating the first few years, or an entrepreneur investigating the strengths of the AMC model, you can join your peers for a day-long deep-dive into current trends and topics impacting the changing workforce of AMCI members. During the sessions, hear the latest research, best-practice company experiences, and emerging trends affecting the future of work. Your time will be enhanced by making connections with other professionals that provide management solutions. 

AMCs Engaged! meeting is offered as a focused, one-day pre-conference program prior to the ASAE Annual Meeting. This collaboration provides educational and networking opportunities that are not available through other sources, and allows AMC members to gain insightful knowledge and make contacts that provide value year round. If you are planning to attend ASAEs Annual Meeting, you will need to register separately on their website. See below for more information about registration, housing, and the program. 

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Category Price
AMCI Member  $525 
Non-Member - Association Management Company  $775 

If you are with an Association Management Company that is not a member of the AMC Institute, please contact Erin Carter at ecarter@amcinstitute.org or 703-570-8954 to register for AMCs Engaged! 

Please note: Vendors/suppliers who are not members of AMCI are not permitted to attend AMCs Engaged!

The refund policy is as follows:
Cancellations received 60 days prior to meeting date, will receive all amounts paid to AMCI minus a $75 handling fee. 
Cancellations received 59-30 days prior to the meeting date, will receive a 50% refund.
Cancellations received less than 30 days prior to the meeting date, or cancellations received during the meeting, are not refundable.
To cancel a registration, please e-mail Erin Carter at ecarter@amcinstitute.org.

The Hyatt Regency Chicago is the host hotel for AMCs Engaged! A limited number of rooms are being held exclusively for AMCs Engaged! attendees until June 27, 2018

To reserve your hotel accommodations for AMCs Engaged! please use the special housing link - AMCs Engaged! Housing Reservations. You will be asked to create a contact profile before proceeding to the reservations page. 

Please visit ASAE Hotel and Travel for more information. If you have any questions regarding housing, contact Expovision at +1.866.812.8749 or +1.703.770.3912.

Hyatt Regency Chicago
151 East Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60601

AUGUST 18, 2018 PROGRAM (subject to change)

Time  Event 
6:30 am - 3:00 pm  Registration
7:00 - 7:30 am  Breakfast
Sponsored by:

7:30 - 8:45 am 

Welcome and Keynote Speaker  
The Changing Nature of Work

Elizabeth Summy, FACHE, CAE, Human Resources Management Association of Chicago

This session will explore the external and internal forces on organizations as they recruit, hire, retain and allow their workforce to pursue other opportunities. Careers are not built on ladders but rather on the climbing wall - each assignment and organization requires new muscle as well as strength. Understand the external forces at play that will influence your internal approaches for managing and leading a high-performing workforce.

CAE Domain 3 - Administration, Sub-Domain A - Human Resources, 1.25 Hours

8:45 - 9:45 am 

General Session
#MeToo, Now What? Preparing our Companies and the Associations we Serve for the New Era of Inclusiveness and Accountability
Ruth Abrahamson, Base Consulting and Management, Inc.

Trudie Bruner, MBA, CAE, Fernley & Fernley, Inc.

#MeToo raised our collective consciousness to a spectrum of inappropriate conduct in the entertainment industry. The panelists will discuss the lessons for the AMC and association communities and how we might lead our organizations-and the associations we serve-towards inclusivity, respect, and fairness.

CAE Domain 3 - Administration, Sub-Domain A - Human Resources, 1.0 Hours

9:45 - 10:15 am 

Networking Break

Sponsored by:


10:15 am - 12:00 pm  AMC to AMC, Creating Connections: Kick-starters
Networking Kickstarters will allow AMC association professionals the chance to connect with others who provide management solutions to associations, lead and share staff teams, and provide solutions for growth.

1. Human Resources - Benefits, Recruitment and Talent Management
Karen Kramer, Association Management Center and Sonya Tolson, Kellen

Explore several components of talent management which lead to a highly effective workplace, including performance management and employee development. The facilitators and attendees will discuss best practices and solutions to foster an engaged workforce.

CAE Domain 3 - Administration, Sub-Domain A - Human Resources, 1.75 Hours

2. Is Culture Eating your AMCs Strategy for Breakfast? 
Lee Lowery, CAE, MCI USA and Carolyn Price, CAE, CMP Management, Inc.

Culture is the character and personality of your organization, and shows both your staff and clients the sum of your values, traditions, beliefs and behaviors. Many of us tout our culture without really knowing what it is or means – and how we can use the positive elements of our culture to attract new business. Join two AMCs with different sizes, geographic locations and client bases as they help us explore both the elements to celebrate, as well as areas for development that will improve both your staff and client experiences.

CAE Domain 2 - Leadership, Sub-Domain A - General Leadership, 1.75 Hours

3. Talent: Rent, Own or Buy? 
Erin Fuller,FASAE, MPA, CAE MCI USA, Mike Dwyer, CAE Association Headquarters, Chris McDonnell, McDonnell Capital Management

Professional services firms are nothing without their workforce – relationships, chemistry, skills, tenure and expertise all directly lead to winning new business and retaining existing clients. However, each internal hire carries a significant cost – beyond salary, there is real estate, insurance, and other infrastructure costs. How do we make the call of when to trust an outside vendor to partner on our business operations and development? How do we appropriately vet those partners, at the outset of the relationship as well as on an ongoing basis? And when do we make the decision to either keep or pull services back to in-house staff? Join colleagues who have both recently outsourced and insourced significant functions, as well as a professional that adds value to AMC client-facing work.

CAE Domain 3 - Administration, Sub-Domain A - Human Resources, 1.75 Hours

12:00 - 12:15 pm   Move Break/Lunch Buffet Opens
12:15 - 12:30 pm  ASAE Update
John Graham, FASAE, CAE, President & CEO, ASAE and Sal Martino, FASAE, CAE, Chair-Elect, ASAE, Chair, ASAE Foundation, CEO & Executive Director, American Society of Radiologic Technologists

12:30 - 1:30 pm 

Lunch and Keynote Speaker 
Work Redefined
Congressman Mike Quigley (D-IL, 5th District)

During this session, Congressman Quigley will explore the upcoming midterm elections and their various impacts on the Association Community. Mike Quigley was elected to Congress to represent Illinois' 5th District on April 7, 2009. A former Cook County Commissioner who began his career through community service in the Lakeview neighborhood, Mike has served his community for more than thirty years. His election to Congress was an opportunity to take his unique style of reform-minded politics, which Chicagoans have known for years, from Cook County to Washington.

He has proposed smart policies to crack down on corruption and increase government transparency. Mike is the co-founder and co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Transparency Caucus, and he has introduced landmark legislation that would significantly strengthen oversight at all branches of the federal government and utilizes 21st century technology to expand public access to information.

 Sponsored by: 

CAE Domain 2 - Leadership, Sub-Domain A - General Leadership, 1.0 Hours

1:30 - 1:45 pm  Move Break
1:45 - 3:00 pm  AMCs by Size!
Discuss what's on your mind with your peers during these facilitated networking breakouts! AMC and Account Executive breakouts are for AMC Members only. 

Emerging/Small (Less than 10 Employees)
Shari Bricks, CMP, Bond Executive
Constance Wrigley-Thomas, CAE, Essentient Association Management & Events

Medium (11-20 Employees)
Ruth Abrahamson, Base Consulting and Management, Inc.
Leslie Murphy, FASAE, CAE, Raybourn Group International, Inc.

Large (21-49 Employees)
John Dee, CPA, Bostrom
Karen Wesloh, CAE, CMP, The Harrington Company

Extra Large (50 or More Employees)
Mike Dwyer, CAE, Association Headquarters 
Marilyn Jansen, Association Management Center

Account Executives
Rebecca Brandt, CAE, Executive Directors, Inc.
Michelle Tidwell, Parthenon Management Group, LLC

CAE Domain 2 - Leadership, Sub-Domain D - Interpersonal Skills and Group Facilitation, 1.25 Hours

3:00 - 3:15 pm  Networking Break

3:15 - 4:15 pm General Session
Elevating Your Security Strategy through Awareness & Preparedness
David DuBois, CMP, CAE, FASAE, CTA, International Association of Exhibitions and Events and Mark Herrera, International Association of Venue Managers

This session will provide an understanding of the current threat level, augmenting situational awareness and mitigating risk by providing the tools to increase observational capabilities and provide an overview of the current security initiatives in place to mitigate risk.
CAE Domain 3 - Administration, Sub-Domain C - Legal and Risk Management, 1.0 Hours

4:15 - 4:30 pm  'Day in the Life' Video Awards / Meeting Wrap-up
5:30 - 6:30 pm  AMCs Enaged! Reception
Hosted by Hilton at the Hilton Chicago



Committee Chair
Tara Withington, CAE, Executive Director, Inc. 

Committee Members
Ruth Abrahamson, Base Consulting and Management, Inc.
Trudie Bruner, MBA, CAE, Fernley & Fernley, Inc. 
Jenny Faucher, Managing Matters Inc.
Keith Howard, CAE, Association International, LLC
Marilyn Jansen, Association Management Center
Chris McDonnell, McDonnell Capital Management
Bennett Napier, MS, CAE, Partners in Association Management, Inc.
Heather O'Steen, CAE, Professional Management Associates, LLC
Carolyn Price, CAE, CMP Management
Yvonne van Dinther, Navigate
Constance Wrigley-Thomas, CAE, Essentient Association Management & Events



Thank you to our 2018 AMCs Engaged! sponsors!






Contact Erin Carter, Associate Executive Director, at ecarter@amcinstitute.org or +1.703-570-8954. 

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