October 28-29, 2021

Host Venue Sponsor  
Hilton Durham near Duke University

Lunch Keynote Sponsor
Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort

Morning Sessions Sponsor

 Networking Social Welcome Sponsor
Chetola Resort & Spa at Blowing Rock


Closing Sponsor:


 Badge Sponsor
To the Moon Rigging

 Podium Logo Sponsor


Signage Sponsor
Southport Graphics

 Audio Visual/Technology Sponsor

Photography Sponsor
IWP Photography & Video


Location: Hilton Durham near Duke University | 3800 Hillsborough Rd. Durham, NC 27705
                  or Virtual via ZOOM

Accommodations: $119 +tax per night, Click here to book your room. (Cut off: 10/18/21)


Thursday, October 28, 2021
12:30PM - 1:00PM Registration, Networking with Exhibitors
1:00PM - 2:15PM General Session 1 - The Business of Storytelling
2:15PM - 2:45PM Networking with Exhibitors
2:45PM - 4:00PM General Session 2 - Parliamentary Procedure Survival Skills for Association Professionals
4:00PM - 5:00PM Networking with Exhibitors
4:15PM - 5:00PM Brand Storytelling Workshop with Sloan Heffernan
5:00PM - 6:30PM Networking Social
6:30PM Dinner (pay on your own)
Friday, October 29, 2021
8:00AM - 9:00AM Breakfast with Exhibitors
8:00AM - 8:30AM CEO’s Coffee
9:00AM - 10:00AM General Session 3 - Leading the Creative Mind
10:00AM - 10:30AM Networking with Exhibitors
10:30AM - 11:45AM General Session 4 - Risk Management Panel - Understanding & Managing the New Risk Profile Associated with COVID-19 in the Workplace and at Events 
11:45AM - 12:15PM Networking with Exhibitors
12:15PM - 12:30PM Lunch & AENC President Updates
12:30PM - 1:30PM General Session 5 - Panel - Building Bridges for More Inclusive Volunteerism 


Education 5.5 credit hours for both CAE and CMP

General Session 1 - The Business of Storytelling - Sloane Heffernan
Your story is what makes you unique. The question is, what is the best way to “sell” your story? A powerful character and a compelling narrative will help you connect on a deeper level and build lasting relationships.
After this session, you’ll be able to:
‣ Develop a Storytelling Toolbox for creating a story on any platform, with any budget
‣ Clarify your story and capture the attention of your content weary audience
‣ Ask “Reporter Questions” to get the answers that will best tell your story
This session is for anyone who wants to use their brand story to grow business.

Sloane Heffernan
Two-time Emmy Award winning journalist and former WRAL-TV anchor/reporter,
Owner, Storymore

General Session 2 - Parliamentary Procedure Survival Skills for Association Professionals - Jim Slaughter
Running association meetings, whether board meetings or membership meetings, can be a challenge—or worse.  Use parliamentary procedure and Robert’s Rules of Order to make your meetings shorter and more legal and efficient. Learn what rules you should follow, the order of business, agendas, minutes, board vs. annual meeting procedures, motions, voting, closed sessions, tips for virtual meetings, and parliamentary resources. Join Jim Slaughter, who is a North Carolina attorney, Certified Professional Parliamentarian, author of two books on running association meetings, and the most active parliamentary consultant in the country for a lively and interactive look at running better meetings.

James H. Slaughter
Attorney, Law Firm Carolinas


General Session 3 - Leading the Creative Mind - Mihali Stavlas | Speaker selection by AENC FUEL Young Professionals
As marketers, we’ve long known what businesses are just now catching up to, creativity drives serious value in organizations. And those who know how to create a culture where creative minds can thrive—be it in a marketing context or otherwise—have a competitive advantage. Attracting, retaining, cultivating, and directing the creative mind is the leadership challenge of our times. This session will give you key insights, a fundamental approach, and the necessary skills for leading the creative talent in your teams. 
Topics addressed:
 - Why creativity matters. Just in case you (or your boss) haven’t heard the news about the value of creativity outside the marketing department. 
 - The neuroscience of the creative mind: The wiring and synapses inside creative brains that make managing them a unique challenge for leaders. 
 - The psychology of motivating the unmotivated: Why creative people aren’t easily influenced and what to do about it.
 - How creativity fuels business culture. The best predictor of success is centered around harnessing creativity. Learn ways to leverage creativity in solving problems and creating differential value.

Mihali Stavlas
CEO, Mellōnaid


General Session 4 - Risk Management Panel: Understanding and Managing the new Risk Profile Associated with COVID-19 in the Workplace and at Events

If you are among the many professionals who are unsure of current laws, executive orders, mayoral proclamations, guidelines, standards related to “duty of care” and best practices that have emerged and evolved in the COVID-19 world, this session is for you!  The expert panel is comprised of Human Resource, Employment Law and Employer Liability professionals and will bring clarity to the complex questions of how to navigate forward. They will advise on maintaining compliance while mitigating risk and ensuring the strongest cultures are sustained in the workplace, at events and within your membership.

Becky Drozdz,
HR Advisor:
Kathryn Sears,
 Employment Law Attorney:
Jennifer Vuillermet ("Jenn V."), Soule Employment Law Firm
Expert Risk Manager; Employer Liability:
Darren Hickey,
HUB International 


General Session 5 - Panel - Building Bridges for More Inclusive Volunteerism

AENC has a steadfast and intentional commitment to ensuring DEIA remains a vital focus by learning from the past, celebrating successes and working together to chart a better path to the future.  This moderated panel session will highlight several AENC Members as they discuss the challenges and opportunities as they have all risen to association leadership from historically underrepresented communities.

Jennifer Johnson,
The Johnson Meetings Group

Immediate AENC Past President: 
Jerel Noel
Senior Account Executive,
FirstPoint Management Resources

AENC Member, MPI President:
Ricardo Hicks
Tech Factory

AENC Member, Immediate Past Chair of AENC FUEL Young Professionals:
Amanda Wujcik
Director of Events & Social Media, 
NC Retail Merchants Association



Tabletop exhibits are still available, sponsorships are SOLD OUT. Email [email protected] if you have questions or if you would like to book now, fill out the form below. Click here to claim your tabletop exhibit! 

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NOTE: AENC will follow all mandates, laws, executive orders and Mayoral proclamations.  If the aforementioned allow us to gather in person, we plan to do that.  We will also continue as a key fundamental, to appreciate and respect each members personal feelings on how best to participate in AENC events. As a result, we will continue to make education hybrid as long as there is member demand for it.   




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