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Executive Director's Message

Friday, February 14, 2020   (0 Comments)
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I hope this, my first letter of the new year, finds you all enjoying the year.  As we look forward to all of the exciting events ahead of us in 2020, I hope you’ll allow me a few minutes to recap the highlights from 2019.  It was a great year for our Association, and I am immensely grateful to the staff, Board of Directors, and member volunteers that worked to make such great progress.

  • Created our ACCED-I Connections lead program for all members and promoted it to event planners and organizations throughout the US
  • Added the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee and through their work we will award the Inclusive Excellence Award for the first time at the Annual Conference in March
  • Hosted a successful Annual Conference in Pittsburgh with 429 attendees and over 35 exhibitors
  • Continued our Educational Forums for the fourth year – bringing new, relevant professional development topics to our members
  • Offered a scholarship to each region for the Educational Forums and Annual Conference
  • Reformatted our Benchmarking Survey and reissued the yearly Salary Survey for members
  • Provided recordings of our top-rated Annual Conference sessions for members on our website
  • Surveyed members for more demographic information and expanded our directory search capacity to increase member networking opportunities
  • Revised our CCEP workbook to reflect the latest changes in the CAS Standards
  • Updated Corporate Member benefits to maximize exposure and add value to membership

Looking to the year ahead, we have a lot planned!

  • Preparing to welcome many of you to our 40th Annual Conference in Providence, Rhode Island
  • We are already planning our next round of Educational Forums for this fall – stay tuned for more information
  • This spring, we’ll be offering recordings of Educational Forum sessions on our website
  • We’ve started the “Share Your Story” program – giving our members a chance to share their successes, experience, and insights
  • To further our strategic plan, we are always working to increase member engagement and bring value to the membership and more visibility to our industry
  • To celebrate our 40th year, we will be posting archive photos, newsletters, and educational recordings on our website

I’m excited for what lies ahead this year and I hope to connect with many of you at the Annual Conference just a few weeks away!  As always, we welcome your feedback – please feel free to contact me directly with your questions or thoughts.

With best regards,


Karen L. Nedbal is Executive Director of ACCED-I. She can be reached  at or (970) 449-4960.