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2012 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition to Open with Carville & Rove Debate, Dan Pink is Closing General Session Speaker

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SOURCE American Society of Association Executives

Jean Chatzky, Peter Diamandis, Hattie Hill, Fritzi Woods will lead Game Changer sessions

WASHINGTON, March 7, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — More than 5,000 nonprofit and association professionals are expected to attend the 2012 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition in Dallas, August 11-14. With the 2012 election in November, ASAE wanted to provide members with political insight into the election process and how the current political landscape will impact the country. For the opening General Session, August 12, Democrat strategist James Carville and Republican strategist Karl Rove will discuss these issues and why the political shifts are happening. The session will be moderated by Michelle Bernard, political analyst, MSNBC and founder, The Bernard Center for Women, Politics and Public Policy.

For the closing General Session, August 14, Daniel H. Pink will provide a new approach to business and sales and how the art and science of selling has evolved. Pink is an author of four books including the New York Timesbestsellers, A Whole New Mind and Drive.

ASAE is hosting three Game Changer sessions, which are given by influential leaders in business, innovation, and finance. Here’s the list of topics and speakers:

  • “Creating an Age of Abundance” by Peter Diamandis. He will examine human needs by category and how technologies are transforming things that were once scarce to something abundant.
  • “The Keys to Personal Financial Happiness” with Jean Chatzky. She will share a survey in which she questioned 1,500 Americans about their financial attitudes and behaviors and looks at how much money people need in order to have a happy, comfortable life.
  • “The Power of Using Influence & The Art of Diplomacy” with Hattie Hill and Fritzi Woods. They will discuss how becoming a powerful advocate and sponsor for others can fuel your career.

“With this being an important election year and associations trying to find new, innovative ways to implement business strategies, we wanted to have dynamic, smart, strategic thinkers that can provide these perspectives,” said John H. Graham IV, CAE. “Rove and Carville will engage in an important discussion about politics that will give our members insight into how the election may impact their organizations. As professionals, we are always looking for ways to become better communicators and advocates for our members, and Pink will provide attendees with a new perspective, tips, and tools on how to be a better seller, so they can take their association to the next level.”

Today, ASAE launched its 2012 Annual Meeting & Exposition website, which includes information on all the speakers, more than 120 education sessions, registration, hotels, and events.

For more information visit

NOTE: Members of the press receive complimentary registration to attend the event. Please contact ASAE Public Relations department to request your complimentary pass.

ASAE thanks the following Alliance Partners for their continued support of the association community.

Strategic Partners
Canadian Tourism Commission
Detroit Metro CVB
Fort Worth CVB
Mexico Tourism Board
Reno-Sparks CVA
TMA Resources

Corporate Partners
Affinity Center International
Atlanta CVB
Visit Baltimore
Dallas CVB
Hawaii Convention Center
Omaha CVB
Visit Salt Lake
Tourism Toronto
Meet in Washington State

Event Partners
The Broadmoor
Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB
Johnson Lambert & Co.
Litle & Co.
New Orleans CVB and New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Omni Hotels & Resorts
PBD Worldwide
Puerto Rico Convention Bureau
Richmond Metro CVB

About ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership

ASAE is a membership organization of more than 21,000 association executives and industry partners representing 10,000 organizations. Its members manage leading trade associations, individual membership societies and voluntary organizations across the United States and in nearly 50 countries around the world. With support of the ASAE Foundation, a separate nonprofit entity, ASAE is the premier source of learning, knowledge and future-oriented research for the association and nonprofit profession, and provides resources, education, ideas and advocacy to enhance the power and performance of the association and nonprofit community. For more information about ASAE, visit

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