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DFWAE Adopts Formal DEI Statement PDF Print Email
Wednesday, April 07, 2021 09:11 AM

DFWAE Adopts Formal DEI Statement

After months of work, DFWAE's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force and the Board of Directors have adopted a formal DEI statement on behalf of the organization. This philosophy will become part of DFWAE's core values, and be woven into the future work of the association through strategic planning, policy setting, nominations, and all other critical areas.

The statement reads:

People feel a sense of belonging when differences are embraced and valued. DFWAE is dedicated to nurturing equality by creating spaces for the voices least heard, providing educational opportunities to grow leaders, instilling a greater understanding of diverse and equitable environments; and expanding opportunities to collaborate with one another to ensure DFWAE is reflective of the larger, richer community of association voices. We recognize there is still work to be done and commit to cultivating an atmosphere and culture that is inclusive for all.

The 2020-2021 DEI Task Force members include:

Janet Kane, MetroTex Association of REALTORS (Chair)
Shasta Foy, Society of Petroleum Engineers (Board Liaison)
Doug Laher, American Association for Respiratory Care
Laura Venhaus, American Association of Professional Landmen
Mark Jones, enSYNC Corporation
Eme Augustini, National Association of Dental Plans
Julie Kwane, Promotional Products Association International
Katie Gimenez, Plano Chamber of Commerce
Heather Zrubek, National Association of Episcopal Schools
Riane Gay, American College of Emergency Physicians
Sheena Beaver, Dallas Builders Association
Leona Scott, JEP Marketing Communications
Maurice Norris, Promotional Products Association International

2021 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition to be Virtual with Regional In-Person Hubs PDF Print Email
Wednesday, March 10, 2021 01:42 PM

Due to continued concerns for the health and safety of all members, industry partners, volunteer leaders, staff and other stakeholders during the COVID-19 pandemic, ASAE announced today that the 2021 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition that was scheduled to take place in Dallas, TX, will be held virtually, alongside smaller, regional hub meetings that can safely take place in person around the country. The dates for the reimagined 2021 Annual Meeting will be the week of August 16, 2021.

Throughout the pandemic, ASAE has relied on public health guidance, federal and state-by-state event restrictions and member surveys to gauge whether to move major meetings on its events calendar to virtual. Given the current pace of COVID-19 vaccine roll-out and member comfort in participating tied to whether they are vaccinated, ASAE concluded it’s not possible at this time to guarantee the success of an in-person, multi-day annual meeting and trade show in mid-August for the ASAE community.

Instead, Annual Meeting attendees can choose to participate virtually with additional options for smaller groups of ASAE attendees to meet face-to-face regionally. Hub locations have not yet been determined but ASAE anticipates that Dallas and other ASAE Alliance Partner destinations will serve as ASAE Annual Meeting hubs in August. Registration for the reconfigured 2021 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition will open May 3 with full details.

While this is disappointing—both for ASAE and its members, and for our scheduled 2021 host city Dallas—we are shifting all efforts to ensuring that this Annual Meeting delivers the best content and experiences possible for our many stakeholders. This will not be a retread of last year’s fully virtual Annual. In keeping with ASAE’s strategy focused on omni-channel content delivery, the combination of a virtual platform and regional hub events should be exciting and meet our community’s varied needs for learning, networking and business development.

The same external factors that contributed to the decision about the 2021 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition have led ASAE to move other major meetings on the events calendar to virtual through the beginning of June 2021. This includes the 2021 Marketing, Membership, & Communications (MM&C) Conference, which was scheduled to take place in Washington, DC, June 3–5, 2021. Currently, Washington DC is not allowing in-person gatherings larger than 10 people, so ASAE staff is reconfiguring this meeting into a fully virtual event June 2–4, 2021. The new MMCC website and registration portal will launch at the end of April.

Please note the changes for other F2F meetings taking place during this time frame.

  •  April CEO Symposium, April 19–20—Being delivered Virtually
  • May Exceptional Boards, May 6–7—Being delivered Virtually with a F2F option re-scheduled for October 13-15, 2021 - Hard Rock Hotel, San Diego, CA
  • Innovation Launch Pad, May 19–21—Being delivered Virtually with a F2F option rescheduled in 2022 (Date to be determined) in Salt Lake City, UT
  • Marketing, Membership, & Communications Conference (MMCC), June 3–5—Being delivered Virtually June 2–4
  • Executive Leadership Forum, June 6–11—Moved to September 22–24, 2021 Calgary, AB
  • XDP, August 15 as pre conference to Annual—Will premiere in August 2022 as a pre-conference at the 2022 Annual Meeting & Exposition in Nashville, TN

If you have registered or booked a hotel room for any of the above listed meetings, ASAE will cancel your registration and hotel room automatically. ASAE staff will be reaching out to those that are registered for specific programs directly.

Thank you for your understanding and for being part of the ASAE community. We hope to see you at the reconfigured 2021 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition and down the road at future in-person events when it’s fully safe for us all to convene!
Texas CASA Distinguished Speakers Series PDF Print Email
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 04:35 PM

New Distinguished Speaker Series Launches Oct. 2 

Texas CASA is excited to launch the Distinguished Speakers Series, a new, advocacy-focused learning opportunity for the CASA network and other community partners involved in the child welfare system. The multi-part series will feature high-caliber speakers sharing their expertise on topics and issues impacting the child welfare system and how we can all enhance our advocacy for children and families involved in the system.

The series begins on Thursday, Oct. 29, with Dr. Jessica Pryce and wraps up on Wednesday, Nov. 18, with Professor Ibram X. Kendi. The full schedule and speaker bios are below.

Register now to secure your spot for all four episodes! Reminder emails with the link information will be sent before each episode.



We Need Your Help! Join New ASAE Letter to Expand the PPP PDF Print Email
Wednesday, September 09, 2020 05:17 PM

Dear Members and Advocates:

We are close. Yes, negotiators remain apart on an overall deal for the next COVID-19 relief package, but 501(c)(6) organizations are close to gaining access to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Fortunately for our community, expanding PPP to nonprofit associations and other 501(c)(6) organizations holds broad bipartisan support in both chambers of Congress.

The issues that repel negotiators, such as state funding, do not include PPP expansion to 501(c)(6)s. That said, we must do everything we can to keep this issue top-of-mind for Congress and the Administration. The more time goes by, the more opportunity for progress to recede. This is true for any issue, but we have the power to prevent that.

New Sign-On Opportunity

ASAE is pleased to announce a new community sign-on letter – focused solely on PPP – that urges Congress to pass relief legislation and support 501(c)(6) organizations. Add your organization by the September 14 deadline.

In addition to providing for 501(c)(6) eligibility on equitable terms, the letter calls on Congress to enact the following PPP-related provisions:

  1. Reauthorize until at least March 31, 2021;
  2. Include 501(c)(6) nonprofits in the so-called “second draw” program;
  3. Expand the definition for eligible “receipts” within the “second draw” program to include in-person event cancellations and lost revenue from certification programs and other education; and
  4. Apply lobbying language as outlined in Section 90001 of the HEROES Actand included in the broadly bipartisan Local Chamber, Tourism, and 501(c)(6) Protection Act of 2020 (H.R. 6697).

As a reminder, the lobbying language referenced in #4 above would prohibit borrowers from including salaries of all federally registered lobbyists on staff in PPP loan term calculations. We reported last month on harmful lobbying restrictions presented in the Senate.

Will They, or Won’t They? 

We’ve been through this exercise before. About a month ago, there was a chance for an agreement, but negotiations didn’t produce. Now, with government funding set to elapse at the end of September and the elections right around the corner, predictability is elusive. But we can try, and here’s how we see it:

Our priority is to help secure an agreement by the end of September. October will be largely dedicated to political activities ahead of the elections and anything after that may depend on election results.

The best thing we can do right now is raise the volume on our collective voice. Congress and the Administration need to hear us, so make them listen and add your organization to our community sign-on letter.

Thank you. And special thanks to the organizations that graciously provided us with compelling data and testimonials – this information and our community’s unwavering support have proved invaluable.

We hope you all have a great holiday weekend.


Mary Kate Cunningham, CAE
Vice President of Public Policy

DFWAE Charity Partnership PDF Print Email
Wednesday, September 09, 2020 05:03 PM

DFWAE Charity Partnership 2020

Our Friends Place helps young women break generational cycles of abuse, neglect, poverty and homelessness through empowering self-reliance and independence.

DFWAE’s support helps young women ages 12-24 who experience homelessness or unstable housing in North Texas. Our Friends Place’s Transitional Living Centers (TLCs) provide a home, case management, and life skills that stress the importance of education, career, and financial stability to build a brighter future. These life skills are translated into the SOAR to Success homeless prevention program for at-risk youth in high school, college, or part of programs with partner agencies in North Texas. As of August 2020, they have served more young women already than in any previous year.

There are two ways to support Our Friends Place!

  1. Donate by PayPal or credit card: In order to track donations on behalf of DFWAE members, please scroll down to "Make an Honorary or Memorial Gift" and make a gift in honor of DFWAE.
  2. Send gift cards: Walmart or Target can be mailed to Our Friends Place, 6500 Greenville Avenue, Suite 620, Dallas, TX 75206 to be given to their young women in need of new outfits and basic supplies. Please note the cards are sent on behalf of DFWAE members. 


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