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Educational Summit & Expo 2019
Thursday, March 14, 2019, 8:00 AM to Friday, March 15, 2019, 5:00 PM EDT
Category: Conferences


Advance Registration is now closed. Onsite registration will be available from 8:00am-4:00pm Thursday, March 14th and 8:00-11:30am Friday, March 15th.

2019 Annual Conference

March 14-15, 2019 | Wyndham Gettysburg

Download a copy of the meeting brochure.

Who Is Attending (as of 3/4/19)

Make Your Plans Now to Attend the Educational Summit & Expo 2019

A message from Planning Committee Co-Chairs:

On behalf of the planning committee, we are pleased to introduce you to the 2019 PASAE Educational Summit and Expo.  Due to the great lessons that were learned, Gettysburg has become a historic study in leadership.  We invite you to join us at the 2019 PASAE Summit and Expo and visit the past to Connect, Communicate, Collaborate and prepare your team for the future.

Association success can be achieved through people connecting, communicating and collaborating on the goals to move associations into the future.  Together, our committee has provided a program for your entire organization with skills and strategies needed to navigate the association battlefields.  We encourage you to bring your full team to the Wyndham Gettysburg to network and experience first-hand the great slate of speakers and topics being offered.

Please mark your calendar. We look forward to seeing you March 14-15, 2019 in Gettysburg.

Bethann Cray, Sheraton Harrisburg/Hershey
Yvonne A. Hersh, CAE, Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association


 Our exhibit hall has proved very popular. If you would like to be added to the wait list please email us at [email protected]

Taste of PASAE Social 2019: Authentic Adams County - Flavors of Gettysburg and the countryside. 

Join us for a terrific evening of socializing, sampling and sipping. Wyndham Gettysburg and Destination Gettysburg will dazzle you with entertainment, beverages and food stations highlighting local treats and establishments. PASAE and PASAE Foundation will be presenting the Scott Jackson and Julie Sullivan Awards.

Already registered for Educational Summit & Expo but need to add your Taste of PASAE tickets? 
Purchase Individual and Group Taste of PASAE tickets here!


Program at a Glance

Tentative - Subject to Change


Thursday, March 14

8:00 a.m. - 4:00 .p.m

 Registration Open

8:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Exhibitor Set-Up

9:00 - 10:15 a.m.

Opening General Session – The High Ground:  Positioning for Strategic Advantage

Speaker: Joseph E. Mieczkowski, The Lincoln Leadership Institute


10:15 - 10:30 a.m.

 Networking Break

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.



 Breakout Sessions

We Want You Back: Tools to Regain Lapsed Members

Speaker: Scott Oser

Intro to Foresight – Getting Ready to Discuss the Future of Your Association

Speaker: Sue Pine, CAE

11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Lunch in Expo Hall

1:15 - 1:30 p.m.

Networking Break

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.



Breakout Sessions

Return of Association Health Plans

Moderator: Leslie Howell, CHCP
Panelists:  Michael Davis
                    Kristen Holjes
                    David Ritter

Digging Deeper – Experience the ForesightWorks Research from Your Volunteer Leaders’ Seat

Speaker: Sue Pine, CAE

2:30 – 2:45 p.m. 

Networking Break

2:45 - 3:45 p.m.



Breakout Sessions

Cutting Edge Legal Issues for Meetings and Events

Speaker: Joshua Grimes, Esq.

Moving on Up - To the Fully Virtual Organization

Speakers: John Jordan, CAE
                  Janine Owen

4:00 - 5:15 p.m.  

Speed Networking (pre-registration required)

5:15 - 6:30 p.m.

Networking Reception in Expo Hal(included in conference registration)

6:30 - 8:30 p.m.   

Taste of PASAE Social (additional registration required)

Friday, March 15   
8:00 - 11:30 a.m. Registration Open
8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Roundtables
9:00 - 9:15 a.m.   Networking Break

9:15 - 10:15 a.m. 



Breakout Sessions

Powered Productivity: Tech Tools You Need to Get Stuff Done

Speaker: Beth Ziesenis

Let Us Show You What We Can Do: How to Collaborate with Your Chef

Moderator: TBA
Chef Andy Ernst
                  Tony Salomone
                  Scott R. Haupt

10:15 - 11:15 a.m.

Mid-Morning Refreshment Break in Expo Hall

11:15 - 11:30 a.m.     

Networking Break

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.



 Breakout Sessions

The Blue Variable: Mastering the Art of Timing

Speaker: Adele Cehrs

Tell All: What Meeting Planners Look For When Choosing a Venue

Moderator: Donna Centofanti, CHME
Panelists: Kristin Bleiler, CMP
                   Wendy Fonner, CMP
                   Keith McNally
                   Kimberly Snyder-Wise

12:30 - 1:00 p.m.

 Networking Break

1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Closing Keynote Luncheon
A Day in the Life of a Nerdy Association Professional

Speaker: Beth Ziesenis

Thank you to Valley Forge Tourism and Convention Board for sponsoring this session!

2:45 - 5:00 p.m. 

 Exhibitor Break Down



PASAE is a CAE Approved Provider. The educational programs denoted above may be applied for the specified amount of credits towards your CAE application or renewal professional development requirement. Keep a copy of this registration form to use toward CAE certification.

Note: This program is not endorsed, accredited or affiliated with ASAE or the CAE Program. Applicants may use any program that meets eligibility requirements in the specific timeframe towards the exam application or renewal. There are no specific individual courses required as part of the applications - selections of eligible education is up to the applicant based on his/her needs.

The session identified with the CMP Preferred Provider logo meets the requirements to receive continuing education (CE) credits for the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) credential. Note: This is not endorsed, accredited, or affiliated with the Events Industry Council or the CMP Program. Applicants may receive CE credit for attending any program that meets eligibility requirements of the CMP Program. There are no specific individual courses required as part of the applications. Selection of eligible education is up to the applicant based on his/her needs.

Expo Hours

Exhibitor Set-Up  Thursday, March 14
8:00 - 11:00am
Lunch in the Expo Hall  Thursday, March 14
11:30am - 1:15pm
Speed Networking Appointments
Additional Fee Required. Open to  first 20 exhibiting companies.
 Thursday, March 14
4:00 - 5:15pm
Networking Reception in Expo Hall  Thursday, March 14
5:15 - 6:30pm
Mid-Morning Break in Expo Hall  Friday, March 15
10:15 - 11:15am
Exhibitor Break Down  Friday, March 15
2:45pm - 5:00pm

Ways to Engage and Win

PASAE, the organizing committee, and our exhibitors want to help you get the most out of your conference attendance by helping you connect in more ways throughout the Educational Summit. The committee has created several opportunities for you to make these connections during the conference. Each time you participate in one of these actions, you’ll be rewarded with a ticket for prize drawings* at the end of the Closing Keynote Luncheon.

Here are the seven ways to engage:

  1. Expo Game – Visit specific exhibitors, turn in your game piece, and receive a ticket.
  2. Community Service Project – Bring items to donate to Hospice of Central PA and receive a ticket.
  3. Speed Networking Appointments – Sign up and participate in the networking appoints to receive 2 tickets.
  4. Educational Session Engagement – Ask that question. Speakers have tickets to award attendees that participate with outstanding questions.
  5. Social Media – Tweet or post to Twitter, Instagram or Facebook using #PASAESummit19 to receive one ticket per format used each day.
  6. 1st Time or Lapsed Attendee – Is it your first time attending or you haven’t attended in over 5 years? Congratulations! You automatically get a ticket.
  7. The More the Merrier – Bring 3 or more attendees from your organization and you each receive 1 ticket.

 *These prize drawings are separate from booth prizes determined by exhibitors. Only association executives are eligible to win tickets and prizes. 

Hospice of Central PA Donation List

If you would like to bring an in-kind donation, Hospice of Central PA could use the following items to assist in the care for patients and their families at Carolyn’s House, their 23-hour hospice residence.

  • Bounty paper towels (individually wrapped)
  • Puff’s facial tissues
  • Tide high efficiency detergent
  • Bounce dryer sheets
  • New nightgowns in XXL and XXXL
  • Granola bars (individually wrapped)
  • Chips, nuts, crackers and snacks
  • Twin-size flat sheet and pillow cases (in lilac, rose, yellow, peach, green, or blue)
  • Body wash and lotions
  • Travel-size deodorants and toothpaste

Registration Fees

Association Professional Attendee Pricing: 

Registration fee includes all events except for the Laurel Awards.

Early Registration - registration and full payment submitted on or before December 31, 2018:

$175 - PASAE Members
$275 - Non-Members

Regular Registration - registration and full payment submitted on or before February 28 2019:
$200 - PASAE Members
$300 - Non-Members

Late Registration - registration and full payment submitted after February 28, 2019:
$225 - PASAE Members
$325 - Non-Members

Additional Fees:
Taste of PASAE Social - $75 per person or $500 for a group of 8

Exhibit/Business Supplier Pricing: 

Exhibit package includes (1) 6' draped table, one complimentary convention registration badge per table and company listing in the official PASAE 2018 Educational Summit & Expo Program.

Early Registration - registration and full payment submitted on or before December 31, 2018: $400 - PASAE Members $600 - Non-Members

Regular Registration - registration and full payment submitted on or before February 28, 2019: $500 - PASAE Members $700 - Non-Members

Late Registration - registration and full payment submitted after February 28, 2019: $600 - PASAE Members $800 - Non-Members

Additional Fees:
Electrical - $50
Speed Networking Appointments - $50 - FULL
Taste of PASAE Social - $75 per person or $500 for a group of 8
One additional name badge per table - $175 (Maximum of two additional representatives per table.) 
Event Sponsorship - Prices vary
Program Book Advertisement - Prices vary


Registration Policies


The PASAE Educational Summit and Expo is open to association and association management company professionals, consultants, federal/state/local government employees, higher education professionals, corporate meeting planners, and attorneys. Meeting registration is only open to those industry suppliers who exhibit. Exceptions are made only for PASAE Board of Directors, speakers, and committee members whose committee is meeting in person during the PASAE Educational Summit and Expo. This ensures a high buyer/supplier ratio. No one under the age of 18 may enter the exhibit hall at any time. PASAE reserves the right to refuse ineligible registrations.

Ineligible Registrations

All registrations are reviewed to ensure they meet PASAE eligibility policies. PASAE reserves the right to refuse or cancel all ineligible registrations at any time and shall not be held accountable for any outside fees associated with this cancellation. Please refer to the specific Eligibility Policy above.

Special Offers/Discount Codes

Use of a discount code is only valid at the time of the initial purchase/registration. Refunds will not be authorized for existing registrations where the special offer was received after the initial purchase. Discount codes cannot be applied to already reduced/discounted registrations. Limit one special offer/discount code per registration.


All attendee registration cancellations and refund requests must be made in writing by February 28, 2019. A refund of the full conference fee, minus a $25 administrative fee, will be given for cancellations received by that date. No refunds will be granted for requests postmarked after February 28, 2019. Submit all requests to PASAE Registration via email at [email protected] Any exhibitor desiring to cancel exhibit space shall notify PASAE in writing. If the exhibitor cancels its contract on or prior to February 28, 2019, PASAE shall be entitled to retain 50% of the full exhibit price as liquidated damages. If the exhibitor cancels its contract on or after February 28, 2019, PASAE shall be entitled to retain the full exhibit booth price as liquidated damages. PASAE reserves the right to resell and/or reassign the space. PASAE regrets that refunds will not be given for no-shows. All requests for exceptions to the cancellation/refund policy must be submitted in writing by the registrant with appropriate documentation no later than March 21 2019. After that time, no refund considerations will be made. Substitutions within this program are gladly accepted. A substitution of your full registration is permitted prior to the conference by submitting a written request to [email protected]. Onsite transfers must be accompanied by proof of the original confirmation letter. Only one substitution is permitted per original registrant. The individual submitting the substitution request is responsible for all financial obligations (any balance due) associated with that substitution. Badge sharing, splitting, and reprints are strictly prohibited.

If you have any questions and/or concerns regarding any of the above mentioned Policies, please contact the PASAE Team via email.

Save When You Bring Your Team

Register your staff using the same email domain to take advantage of reduced registration fees and build your team professionally. The registration form lists prices for all registration types at both member and nonmember rates.


You will receive an email confirmation of your registration from the PASAE Team Department, (please add ‘[email protected]’ to your safe senders list). If you have not received a confirmation within 10 business days after registering, please contact the PASAE Team at [email protected].

Consent Clause

Registration and attendance at, or participation in, PASAE meetings and other activities constitutes an agreement by the registrant to the use and distribution (both now and in the future) of the registrant or attendee’s image or voice in photographs, videotapes, electronic reproductions, and audiotapes of such events and activities by PASAE and other third parties, including but not limited the venue.