October 29-30, 2020


Location: Hilton Durham Near Duke University- 3800 Hillsborough Road, Durham, NC  27705

Accommodations:  Book your hotel room here ($119/night plus taxes) or call 1-800-HILTONS (445-8667) and reference the Group Code: AENC
(CUTOFF 10/30/20)
Sponsorships/Exhibits: SOLD OUT


Host Venue Sponsor  
Hilton Durham 
Near Duke University


 Friday Keynote Sponsor
Caesars Entertainment


     Thursday Keynote Sponsor
Mooresville CVB

Networking Social Sponsor




Photography Sponsor
IWP Photography and Video



Podium Logo Sponsor

Badge Sponsor
Pinehurst Resort



PPE Sponsor
Genuity Concepts 





Front Row Session Sponsor
Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC

Audio Visual Sponsor




Sanitation Station Sponsor
Pioneer Specialties


October 29th (Thursday)
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Registration Open

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm Networking with Exhibitors
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Keynote 1: What's on the Horizon: Trends in Event Safety, Alan Kleinfeld
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Networking with Exhibitors
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm Keynote 2: Front Row with Marc Rotterman / Panel Discussion
4:30 pm - 5:00 pm Networking with Exhibitors         
5:00 pm                 Networking Social    

October 30th (Friday)
8:30 am - 1:30 pm      Registration Open
8:30 am - 9:00 am      Networking with Exhibitors
9:00 am - 10:00am     Keynote 3: How Smart Association Leaders Prepare for an Unknown Future, Calvin Stovall
10:00 am -10:30 am   Break, Networking with Exhibitors
10:30 am - 11:30 am  Keynote 4: The Successful Mentoring Mindset, Debbie Peterson
11:30 am - 12:00 pm  Lunch/Business Meeting
12:30 pm - 1:30pm     Keynote 5: Beyond Diversity, Tru Pettigrew
1:30 pm                      Meeting adjourns


Keynote 1: How Smart Association Leaders Prepare for an Unknown Future
Presenter: Calvin Stovall, Iconic Presentations
All of us experience the unknown. It’s exciting, full of growth and learning opportunities, gives us plenty of adrenaline to survive on. The flip side of the coin is that it can also be draining, overwhelming and exhausting. During the keynote Calvin will provide association leaders with a three-step process on how to become better prepared professionals in a world of uncertainty.

Keynote 2: Front Row with Marc Rotterman/Panel Discussion
Marc Rotterman, Host of Front Row with Marc Rotterman
Joe Stewart, Vice President of Governmental Affairs, Independent Insurance Agents of NC
Mitch Kokai, Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Morgan Jackson, Partner and Co-Founder, Nexus Strategies, Inc.
Donna King, CEO, Cape Lookout Group
Marc Rotterman, Host of Front Row with Marc Rotterman on UNC-TV, along with a panel, will analyze the presidential race handicap, the NC US senate race and the NC Governor’s race as well as highlight the key legislative races for control of the General Assembly.

Keynote 3 : The Successful Mentoring Mindset
Presenter: Debbie Peterson, Debbie Peterson Speaks
The presence of a mentor can be a significant influence on your team’s career or business, but what needs to be present in order for the relationship to be successful? In this presentation, Debbie will dispel the myths about mentoring and give your team the strategies to build lasting and impactful connections with mentors and mentees.  Attendees will walk away knowing what they need to do to take advantage of the wisdom in your organization, your industry, and even in your community to create a mentoring relationship that will pivot their life, business, and career.

Keynote 4: What's on the Horizon: Trends in Event Safety
Presenter: Alan Kleinfeld, Arrival Conference Solutions
Safety. It’s become a legit subject for planners and it doesn’t only encompass a large palette, but it’s changing and evolving. As soon as you prepare for one thing, some bad guy comes up with a new misdeed. Come get an overview of where we stand as an industry on meeting safety and where it might take us in the near future.

Keynote 5: Beyond Diversity
Presenter: Tru Pettigrew, Tru Access
What organizations and institutions across the country are quickly realizing, is that diversity (a state-of-being) cannot be the end goal. Instead, the act of developing safe, open, and inclusive environments for all to collaborate and co-exist is the greatest need and challenge.  This session equips organizations to go beyond diversity and the often created “illusion of inclusion”. Attendees of this session understand how to effectively activate the richness of diversity through the power of inclusion. 





Full Conference (Thurs/Fri)

$ 75