Alex Sheen

Alex Sheen

because I said I would

Opening Keynote: because I said I would

Tuesday, August 24 | 11 AM-12 PM

Powerful. Inspiring. Transformative.
As one of the world’s foremost experts on accountability and commitment, Alex is a five-time TEDxTalk speaker, author, podcast host, internationally-recognized humanitarian, and founder of the because I said I would movement. Sparked by the loss of his father and the impact his father's kept promises had on him, Alex began building a Promise Card at a time

13 million Promise Cards later - distributed across 178 countries - Alex shares how the stories of these promises teach practical life lessons and inspire lives around the world. Heartwarming, humorous, inspirational, and tragic – Alex will talk with participants of MSAE's 2021 Annual Conference about the transformative power of promises kept.

Inspiring Connection in a Hybrid Workplace

[Facilitated conversation during the CEO & Past Chairmans' Breakfast] 

Wednesday, August 25 | 7:30 - 8:15 AM

Inspiring connection in a hybrid workplace will be vital for leaders who want to foster a culture of connection. Many of us have gotten used to learning, living, and leading from home. While this has created flexibility and autonomy among teams, it has also created a sense of disconnection and isolation. Demonstrating empathy for the changes your team is going through and understanding ways to restore energy and team member interaction will be critical to your organization's success. Mark Ostach will provide ways to reignite human connection in a hybrid workplace, leaving you filled with a newfound courage to connect. He'll also seek your insights, perspectives and experiences as part of a facilitated discussion on this important and evolving topic.
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Mark Ostach

Digital Wellness Speaker

Lessons of Leadership: A Panel Conversation 

Wednesday, August 25 | 8:30-9:30 AM

Belinda Chandler

Belinda Chandler, CAE

Executive Director, Michigan College of Emergency Physicians
Brian Calley

Brian Calley

President, Small Business Association of Michigan
Jada Paisley

Jada Paisley, CMP

Executive Director, Michigan Golf Course Association
Dave Martell

Dave Martell, CPA

Executive Director, Michigan School Business Officials

President John Kennedy once famously said that leadership and learning were indispensable to each other. The past 18 months have presented remarkable opportunities to lead and to learn. In this insightful panel discussion with association CEOs from diverse industries, we'll explore the triumphs, frustrations, and lessons learned during their COVID-19 journeys. Then, with the help of our expert moderator, we'll examine how the crisis impacted their approaches to leadership and managing the sometimes overwhelming responsibilities that come with the mantle of leadership.
David Waymire

David Waymire

Partner, Martin Waymire
Kristine headshot

Kristine Metter, MS, CAE

Crystal Lake Partners

Donna Oser photo

Donna Oser, MSML, CAE

President & CEO

A World Reshaped by COVID: Making Better Future-Focused Decisions

Wednesday, August 25 | 2:30-3:30 PM

As leaders, we are expected to make decisions that affect the long-term health of our associations but how do we make the best decisions following such a tumultuous year?

Adding foresight to our leadership toolkits enables us to prepare for a range of potential futures that may impact our associations and their members. During this forward-looking conversation, Kristine and Donna will explore:

  • How the pandemic has shifted the future of associations
  • The concrete steps leaders can take to effectively navigate a post-COVID landscape
  • How leaders can make better future-focused decisions moving forward
Join your colleagues for this engaging and thought-provoking session as Kristine Metter, MS, CAE, and Donna Oser, MSML, CAE, discuss ASAE ForesightWorks' soon-to-be-released research on how COVID has reshaped the world and how the practice of foresight can empower association leaders to make better decisions.

Annual Conference Sponsors

Check out the sponsorship opportunities available for this event!
For assistance, contact Donna Oser, CAE, or call (517) 420-7637. 

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