Opening Keynote- Raven Solomon

Diverse Connection: How Associations Thrive in the Future of Work

As 2020 comes to a well-welcomed close for many, we are all asking ourselves the same question—what does the future hold and is my association prepared to thrive within it? In this highly engaging keynote, Generations + Racial Equity thought leader Raven Solomon sheds light on the nearing people trends that should be informing our everyday decisions—from the growing diversity of markets, to the Generational Bottleneck. While we focus on "Connecting the Association Community," learn why Diverse Connection is an imperative to preparing for the future of work and how you can embed it into your tactical and strategic practices both, personally and organizationally, to thrive now and beyond.


Industry Keynote Panel

Now, more than ever, Association Forum is committed to collaboration. We know that we are only as strong as our members, our partners, and our industry.  That's why Association Forum is partnering with other leading industry organizations to connect the association community at Holiday Showcase.  

Join us on December 16th from 12:45 - 1:45 CT for the Update on the State of the Industry Panel Discussion. 

American Society of Association Executives (ASAE)
Association Forum is excited to partner with ASAE, an essential organization for association management, representing both organizations and individual association professionals. ASAE believes associations have the power to transform society for the better.

Destinations International
Destinations International is about serving destination marketing and management professionals first and foremost. Together with their members and partners, Destinations International represents a powerful forward-thinking, collaborative association: exchanging bold ideas, connecting innovative people, and elevating tourism to its highest potential.

Events Industry Council (EIC)
The Events Industry Council’s more than 30 member organizations represent over 103,500 individuals and 19,500 firms and properties involved in the events industry. The Events Industry Council’s vision is to be the global champion for event professionals and event industry excellence. It promotes high standards and professionalism in the events industry with the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) program and signature program activities. The CMP credential is recognized globally as the badge of excellence in the events industry. The qualifications for certification are based on professional experience, education and a rigorous exam. The four signature programs – Sustainability and Social Impact, Accepted Practices Exchange (APEX), Knowledge and Leadership – represent the key initiatives, assets, services and products for the Events Industry Council. Learn more online at

IMEX America
IMEX America is the heartbeat of the global business events community. They welcome meeting and event professionals from a huge range of disciplines and sectors. Whether you're a meeting planner, an association executive, an incentive travel buyer or an in-house event expert, IMEX America is for you.

International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE)
Organized in 1928 as the National Association of Exposition Managers to represent the interests of trade show and exposition managers, the International Association of Exhibitions and Events® is the leading association for the global exhibition industry. Today IAEE represents over 12,000 individuals in over 50 countries who conduct and support exhibitions around the world.

U.S. Travel Association
The U.S. Travel Association is the national, non-profit organization representing all components of the travel industry that generates $2.6 trillion in economic output and supports 15.8 million American jobs. As the united voice of the industry, U.S. Travel prioritizes high-impact issues that matter most to their collective membership.


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