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ASAE Annual Meeting and Exposition

Come to the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Annual Meeting & Exposition August 18-21 at McCormick Place and stay at the nearby and affordable LaQuinta Inn & Suites in historic Hyde Park.

The ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition is where thousands of association professionals and industry partners gather to exchange time, resources, strategies, solutions, and more. Over three days of learning, growing, and finding inspiration, attendees are equipped with a year’s worth of support in their daily responsibilities as leaders in the association industry.

Opening Keynote Speaker: Yancey Strickler, cofounder of Kickstarter. Hear how three creative people built a business that would define a generation by being passionately idealistic, deeply generous, and never, ever selling out. Rediscover the enormous benefits doing good for the community, and your own employees. Yancey offers sage advice for association leaders on executing on your own terms, hiring people with the same values, creating a vibrant and diverse corporate culture, and scaling growth while ensuring sustainability.

To guest speaker Gabby Rivera, it’s vital to encourage people of all backgrounds to create, daydream, and tell their own stories—and in so doing, open a radical space for creativity. Rivera unpacks how she navigates the world as a queer, Latinx, millennial woman; how she incorporates her heritage into her writing; how she strives to be a thoughtful ally for others, and how she celebrates the healing power of community. This is a talk about privilege and power.

McCormick Place is located at 2301 South King Drive. To register for the ASAE Meeting and Exposition, and to see a full schedule of events, go online to and follow the prompts.

Make your ASAE experience even more enjoyable by staying at the LaQuinta Inn & Suites, in Hyde Park. The hotel offers free shuttle bus service to and from the Loop area and is close to bus and train services. Enjoy the free breakfast. AND Jazz and seafood buffet (non-seafood items available) Friday nights.