Dallas Fort Worth Association Executives


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DFWAE Announces 2017-18 Board

Fifteen executives in the North Texas area have been elected to serve the Dallas-Ft. Worth Association Executives (DFWAE) Board of Directors. The officers and directors were sworn in on July 19 during a monthly luncheon at The Westin Dallas Park Central Hotel. Marilyn Ellis, a 20-year veteran of serving associations, was elected president of DFWAE for the fiscal year.

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The Dallas Fort Worth Association Executives is an organization dedicated to professional development for CEOs of Assocations and their vast staff of professionals. We offer excellence in education which enables Association Professionals to share this living knowledge with their organizations providing them the tools to be successful, sustainable, and profitable.

DFWAE provides valuable networking opportunities amongst CEOs, Association Staff, Professional Meeting Planners, Hotel Professionals, Convention and Visitors Bureaus and those companies who service Associations, Non Profits, and Professional Societies. In essence, we are Leaders developing Leaders; we learn to lead and share what we have learned.

DFWAE Mission and Vision

Vision: DFWAE is the #1 resource for relevant education, networking & career development for North Texas association professionals.

Mission: DFWAE serves the North Texas association community through relevant education and services, leadership & career development and the exchange of ideas.

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Upcoming Events

September 6, 2017
CAE Study Group (September 6 - December 1)

The Dallas/Fort Worth Association Executives conducts a comprehensive, interactive study group twice a year. The group meets from September through November for the fall exam and from February through April for the Spring exam. Classes are held at various locations throughout the metroplex depending on the location of pre-registered participants. DFW area CAE's facilitate the classes using the ASAE Allied Society CAE Study Guide. For more information, contact Craig Nauta, CAE.

CAE application and deadline information is available at: More Information / Registration

September 20, 2017
September Lunch & Learn

1-15-20-50: Why These Numbers Should Matter to Your Organization
Presenters: Dustin Paschal, Simon | Paschal PLLC

Every organization with employees is subject to employment laws but not necessarily every employment law. The numbers 1, 15, 20 and 50 determine the employment laws applicable to your organization and every organization should be aware of its important numbers. This presentation will explain the thresholds and the basics of each employment law but will also dive deeply in to the pitfalls and dangers your business faces and how to avoid those pitfalls and dangers and reduce your potential liability, thereby increasing your oppotunities for growth. . . .

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