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Updated June 18, 2020, 10:00am EDT
The American Society of Association Executives has unveiled plans to move all of its remaining 2020 live events into a virtual format. Most prominently, the first Virtual ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition will take place Aug. 10-12 -- replacing the live gathering, which had originally been scheduled to take place Aug. 8-11 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. The event, which is the organization's 100th Annual Meeting, is one of the latest in an ever-growing list of major in-person gatherings that have been transitioned from face-to-face to virtual due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The digital event will include a full agenda of education sessions, "Game Changer" keynote speakers and virtual networking opportunities. Speakers include The Art of Gathering author Priya Parker, global risk expert Afshin Molavi and innovation consultant Duncan Wardle.
All of the other education events for the remainder of the year will now also take place online, including the Technology Exploration Conference (TEC), which was scheduled to take place Dec. 8-9 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., and typically draws up to 1,000 attendees. More details on that digital event will be announced soon.
ASAE's leader emphasized that the decision to cancel the live events was not an easy one, but they felt it necessary due to the continuing threat from COVID-19 and its unpredictable spread.
"The impact of COVID-19 on in-person events across the association community is truly unprecedented," said ASAE president and CEO Susan Robertson in a statement. "As was the case in ASAE’s decision to cancel its in-person Annual Meeting & Exposition in Las Vegas in August, our top priority in all of our decision-making about learning programs this year continues to be the health and safety of our attendees, industry partners, speakers, staff and volunteers. The good news is that the pandemic has made us accustomed to rapid change and we have the technology platforms to deliver exceptional learning content and continue to inform, educate and inspire our community in a virtual experience."
The 2021 Annual Meeting & Exposition is on the calendar for Aug. 14-17, 2021, in Dallas.