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Wes Sovis
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Congratulations to Michigan's Newest CAEs! Bookmark

Congratulations to Michigan's Newest CAEs!
Passing the Certified Association Executive exam is no small feat. The accomplishment represents months of study, preparation, nerves, and time management skills. For many holders of the CAE designation, it represents one of the highlights of one’s professional career. For others, it simply represents the start of a new chapter for advancement.

Meet Your New Chairman of the Board: Jared Burkhart, CAE Bookmark

Meet Your New Chairman of the Board: Jared Burkhart, CAE

If you joined us for our Annual Meeting on August 4, you know that we had some very exciting changes to announce. Perhaps the most important piece of business was the passing of the gavel from last year’s Chairman, Cynthia Maher, CAE, to Jared Burkhart, CAE.

The MSAE Annual Meeting (In Five Minutes) Bookmark

The MSAE Annual Meeting (In Five Minutes)

On August 4, we had one of the most well-attended Annual Meetings in recent MSAE history via Zoom. The reasons for high attendance were many; we welcomed a new Chairman, new Board members, made changes to our by-laws, and had a nationally-recognized thought leader on organizational culture provide us with a keynote. 

Tips and Etiquette for Virtual Meetings Bookmark

Tips and Etiquette for Virtual Meetings

Over the last few months, we’ve all likely spent a considerable amount of time on Zoom calls. If you’re at all like me, you’ve quickly realized that virtual meetings and events quickly separate attendees who know how to be engaging and prepared participants from those who, well, very much aren’t.

CMP Virtual Prep Course Info Session Bookmark

CMP Virtual Prep Course Info Session
Interested in learning more about the Fall 2020 Virtual CMP Prep Course? Join us at this one-hour info session to get your questions answered. 

Mental Health in the Workplace: Start with Empathy Bookmark

Mental Health in the Workplace: Start with Empathy

As the COVID19 pandemic continues to rage across the country, even those not infected have been feeling a substantial impact in other ways. Unemployment, lack of childcare, and chronic instability associated with the economic and cultural fallout of the pandemic has many experiencing severe bouts of anxiety, depression, and other mental health symptoms.

Virtual Events Have Boomed in the COVID-19 Era. But Are They Here to Stay? Bookmark

Virtual Events Have Boomed in the COVID-19 Era. But Are They Here to Stay?
Virtual events are ubiquitous this summer. But will that trend stick around?

Tobi Lyon Joins MSAE's Board of Directors Bookmark

Tobi Lyon Joins MSAE's Board of Directors

MSAE is excited to welcome Tobi Lyon, MBA, to our Board of Directors! Take a moment to get to know Tobi and what she brings to our organization. 

Safe Meetings in Michigan: Attendee Responses to Important Industry Questions Bookmark

Safe Meetings in Michigan: Attendee Responses to Important Industry Questions

More than 175 industry professionals joined us for the Safe Meetings in Michigan Virtual Conference, held June 16-17. It was a truly fascinating learning experience, which sought to discuss and address the gorilla in the room; what would the future of conferences and meetings look like for the rest of 2020 and beyond? 

How to Add a Virtual Component to Your Event (Without Losing Your Mind) Bookmark

How to Add a Virtual Component to Your Event (Without Losing Your Mind)


COVID-19 has completely changed how members view meetings and events. For as long as there are still new cases across the country, potential conference attendees are going to hesitate to join a few hundred (or thousand) of their peers in a singular location and sit in big rooms with other people. While we’re certainly headed in the right direction in many locations (particularly Michigan!), we’re not anywhere close to being out of the woods. 


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