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2021 Connections Conference
Kalahari Resorts & Conventions
250 Kalahari Boulevard
Pocono Manor, PA 18349

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Thursday, May 06, 2021, 8:00 AM to Friday, May 07, 2021, 5:00 PM EDT
Category: Conferences






Join us for a safe meeting experience and opportunity to look toward the future of the association community and hospitality industries at PASAE’s annual conference. Gather insights from like-minded colleagues through roundtable discussions, keynote presentations, and philanthropic initiatives. Together, we can reimagine the future of our industry and the goal is for you to walk away with tips, tricks, and tools to add to your resource bank that are immediately applicable to your professional livelihood, no matter if you are in the association or business supplier space.

We believe that we are best when we are together, whatever your comfort level may be. Some of you may not be able to attend in-person for various reasons and we are respectful of all situations and circumstances. Registration includes the option to view educational sessions on demand.  

Boasting 25,000 square feet of space, there is plenty of room to safely mingle and collaborate with exhibitors and association professionals that are second to none. If you'd like to exhibit at this year's conference, click here to reserve your space. 


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Before April 22

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Conference Schedule (Subject to Change)

Thursday, May 6, 2021 

7:30 am - 4:00 pm - Registration Open 

7:30 am - 11:00 am - Exhibitor Set-Up 

8:00 am - 8:10 am – Greetings from PASAE Sponsors 

8:10 am - 9:00 am – Panel Discussions - COVID 19: Lessons learned, HR Policies and Best Practices, Recovery Planning, Future Thinking 

1.0 CMP; 1.0 CAE credits  

9:00 am – 9:50 am – Visit with Exhibitors 

9:50 am-10:00 am – Greetings from PASAE Sponsors 

10:00 am – 10:15 am – Welcome from Kalahari and PASAE Leadership 

10:15 am - 12:00 pm – Opening Keynote Session: Resilience of the Association Community 

1.75 CMP; 1.75 CAE credits  

12:00 pm - 1:20 pm - Expo Hall Open with Lunch 

1:20 pm -1:30 p.m. Movement Break

1:30 pm-1:40 pm – Greetings from PASAE Sponsors 

Business Supplier Session:

1:40 pm – 3:00 pm –5 Sales Hurdles and How We Clear Them; Speaker: Deb Ellenberg, VP of Business Development at Sandler Training 

Association Session:

1:40 pm – 3:00 pm – Attracting New Members and Sponsors and Keeping them Engaged with your Association 

1.5 CMP; 1.5 CAE credits  

3:00 pm – 3:15 pm - Break and Visit with Exhibitors

3:15 pm – 3:25 pm – Greetings from PASAE Sponsor 

3:25pm – 4:55 pm - Technology: Apps and Virtual Platforms; Best Practices and Measures for Continued Engagement; Speaker: Doug Bollman, JP Lilley 

1.5 CMP; 1.5 CAE credits

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm - Networking Reception to include awards presentation 

6:30 pm - Exhibitor Break-Down 

Friday, May 7, 2021 

7:30 am - 9:00 am - Registration Open 

7:30 am - 8:30 am – Breakfast 

8:00 am – 8:10 am – Greetings from PASAE Sponsor

8:10 am - 9:10 am – Emotional Intelligence in Strategic Planning 

1.0 CMP; 1.0 CAE credits 

9:10 am - 9:20 am - Break 

9:20 am - 10:20 am – Service and the Importance of Connecting to Community; Speakers: Representatives from the Pocono Mountain Visitors Bureau and their P3C Program 

1.0 CMP; 1.0 CAE credits 

10:20 am - 10:30 am - Break 

10:30 am – 10:35 am - Greetings from PASAE Sponsor 

10:35 am - 11:35 am – Closing Keynote Session: Applying What You’ve Gained to Your Everyday Work, Taking Charge of Your Mindset 

 1.0 CMP; 1.0 CAE credits  

11:35 am – 11:45 am PASAE Final Remarks 

Conference Concludes


 Hotel Information: 

Overnight room accommodations are available here or you can call Kalahari Resorts and Conventions at 1-877-525-2427. Room rates are $119 + tax. Ask for the PASAE Connections 2021 room block or use group code 7035. Kalahari Resorts & Conventions is located at 250 Kalahari Blvd., Pocono Manor, PA 18349. The room rate is good until April 19. Rooms booked after that date are subject to standard pricing. 

The fabulous Kalahari Conventions and Resort’s commitment to sanitation allows for a safe meeting experience. Learn about the safety protocols in place to make your stay an enjoyable one while also being mindful of extra procedures to reduce exposure to germs.


Sponsorship & Advertising 

Looking to showcase your company’s capabilities to Pennsylvania’s premiere associations and business suppliers? Become an annual or conference sponsor and boost your exposure to connect with your association family. Please complete this form or contact Alexis Kierce at [email protected]. We couldn’t offer our PASAE members all the wonderful educational opportunities without the commitment of our sponsors.