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Shared Interest Groups

GSAE's Shared Interest Groups (SIGs) offer one of the best resources for association executives and professionals. These self-directed groups of GSAE members focus on a particular area and delve into various topics within that area. SIG meetings often qualify for Certified Association Executive credit (normally 1 hour per meeting).


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Shared Interest Groups (SIGs)

2018 Chairs and vice chairs

Emerging Professionals SIG

This SIG is designed for GSAE members who are new to the association profession and are interested in connecting with peers and leaders to grow professionally. 


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Chair:Janell Martin, CAE

American College of Rheumatology



Vice Chair: Molly Whobrey, CAE

Meeting Expectations



Vice Chair: Amanda Cook

Map Dynamics


Government Relations SIG
For association professionals who have an interest in government relations or who work in an advocacy environment.

Michael "Sully" Sullivan, JD
American Council of Engineering Companies of Georgia (ACEC of Georgia)


Small Association Staff SIG
Designed for staff of associations with 10 or fewer employees. Focuses on best practices and sharing resources.

Chair: Betsy Eddy

Southeastern Affordable Housing Management Association 


Meetings SIG

For those who plan association meetings, conferences and tradeshows

Chair: Connie Bergeron, CMP

Site Selection Solutions, Inc. 



Vice Chair: Amy Hokkanen


Telework SIG

For those who telecommute and/or maintain full time home offices.

Chair: Mike Pennington, CAE

novi AMS


Communications SIG

For anyone who has communications as part of their day to day function

Chair: John Roch, CAE

Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc.


Fundraising/Development Professionals SIG

For association professionals looking to learn and share best practices and creative strategies around fundraising in the association world.

Chair: Jasmine T. Okafor, M.Div.

The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc.


 CAEs After Dark

An online GSAE discussion group for CAEs only to continue their education.

 Organizer: Damian M. Kavanagh, Ed.S, CAE


caeafterdark (at)


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Featured Members
Abit Massey2017 Alan R. Johnson Award
Lori K. Spear2017 Chair's Award
Jennie Nesspor2017 Stephen Styron Award

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