Educational Programming

Educational Programming

Thursday, September 19
Session:  5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Speaker: Garet Turner, CMP, CAE
Room: Barton Creek AB

The Current and Future Role of Associations in Leading Civil Discourse: 

The Power of A said in a recent statement of commitment: "Associations stand ready to work with the new Congress to transcend "politics as usual;" to engage in constructive, civil discourse; and to find solutions on issues that matter to all Americans." 

Because of the unique position associations hold in society, they often cross political and social boundaries to pursue their members' best interests. In an atmosphere of widening divisions, associations may increasingly take on the role of promoting civil discourse, and have the opportunity to leverage their influence to contribute positively to society. 

As association management professionals, it is our duty to lead our industry and serve as an example of civility in the face of discord. This session will feature a conversation about three drivers of change from ASAE Foundation's ForesightWorks project related to society and politics, and the work the Power of A is doing to support our industry and its leaders through these capricious times. 

Friday, September 20

Keynote  8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Ben Nemtin
Room: Darrell K Royal Ballroom

New Leadership: Why You Matter 
Like all organizations, associations with a people-first culture see measurable improvements  in productivity, lower absenteeism, higher customer satisfaction and improved recruitment (Harvard Business Review). This is the new leadership. When you put yourself first you're putting yourself in a position to serve others, it's not selfish; it's service. When you're pursuing the things that are truly important to you, you're more alive in every way and you bring that energy to everything you do. Your association can only become the-best-version-of-itself to the extent that your employees are becoming better-versions-of-themselves. Proving that you care enough to ask your people what matters most to them goes a long way, and it's easier than you think to help them get there. Ben brings home the importance of pursuing radical possibility, not only for your own wellbeing, but also for your career and for those around you. Ben facilitates goal sharing and inspires people into action through masterful storytelling and by implementing tiers of accountability to drive you towards your goals. 
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Saturday, September 21

Keynote:  8:00 - 9:30 a.m.
Speaker: Roy Spence
Room: Darrell K Royal Ballroom 

The Power of Purpose in Life, Business and the Life of America
I got lucky and got on the road to Purpose early in my life - although I did not know it at the time. My older sister, Susan Spence, was born with a severe birth defect called Spina Bifida and she never walked. So, I would push her to school every day and around town on the weekends. Wen she passed away I was in her bed and that is when I had my first Purpose epiphany. All those years I thought I was pushing her, she was actually pushing me. 

Life: When you have Purpose in your life you have both an anchor of great strength in the tough times and a might North Star to catch the trade winds in the good times. George Bernard Shaw said it the best "This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one...being a force of nature."

Business: In our best-selling book, It's Not What You Sell It's What You Stand For, we prove again the idea so brilliantly articulated by my great friend Jim Collins, best-selling author of Built to Last and Good to Great, when he talked about the great business all have a Purpose beyond making money and because of that they not only make more money - they make a difference. Plus, when you have Purpose in your business life you NEVER have a job; you just always have work to do. That's not a bad way to spend your life at work. 

Life of America: America was born different. Born with a mighty Purpose that was anchored in America's first motto "E pluribus unum...out of many one" and this grand promise: It doesn't matter where you come from or what class or zip code you were born into, if you are willing to work hard and take responsibility, here in America you should have the chance to live up to your full potential. But in today's America the politically driven forces on all sides have deliberately created a destructive culture of US vs Them here in America. So, I have launched the Promiseland Project - a long-term, purpose-inspired marketing and grassroots campaign to share the great things about America to America, to find common ground on higher ground and in the process, begin building a high-performing, job-creating, inclusive and purpose-driven culture of US. As in USA. 
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