NEW DAY PATTERN! SUNDAY, MONDAY & TUESDAY!

 

AENC's 66th ANNUAL MEETING
Sunday, July 18th – Tuesday, July 20th, 2021
Wilmington, NC

If you can’t come in person, consider registering to join us virtually!

 

Host CVB
Wilmington and Beaches
Convention & Visitors Bureau
Host Hotel
Embassy Suites by Hilton
Wilmington Riverfront
Host Meeting Venue
Wilmington
Convention Center

 

 Sponsor & Exhibitor Opportunities are still available: reserve here!

Donate to the Silent Auction here.

CLICK HERE TO SKIP TO REGISTRATION

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

Sunday, July 18th 
  9:00am -  6:00pm - AENC Registration Desk Open
  9:00am -  6:00pm - Journal Donation for A Safe Place (Located at the AENC Registration Desk)

Optional Afternoon Activities (additional fee, see more details below)
          10:00am -  Golf (Porters Neck Country Club)
            1:00pm - 4:00pm - Limo Bus Brewery Tour
            2:00pm - 3:30pm - Scenic Wrightsville Beach Boat Cruise (from Blockade Runner Resort)
            2:00pm - 3:00pm - Historic Downtown Horse & Carriage Tour

  6:15pm -   8:15pm - Evening Reception – Docked Riverboat
  8:15pm - 10:00pm - After Party – Steam Restaurant & Bar Terrace

Monday, July 19th
Breakfast included for registered hotel guests, with room at Embassy Suites.
  7:00am -  6:00pm - AENC Registration Desk Open 
  7:00am -  7:00pm - Journal Donation for A Safe Place (Located at the AENC Registration Desk)
  7:00am -  7:45am - (Optional) FUEL Fundraiser (ALL AGES WELCOME) – Mimosas & Yoga($18) on Embassy Suites Lawn
  7:45am -  8:45am - Coffee, Connect and Networking with Exhibitors
  8:15am -  8:45am - New Member Mingle 
  8:45am - 10:00am - Keynote 1 - The Serving Mindset, Stop Selling and Grow Your Business
10:00am - 10:30am - Break: Network & Visit Exhibitors
10:30am - 11:30am - Keynote 2 - Your Career and the Camera: How to connect with people better over Zoom
11:30am - 12:00pm - Break: Network & Visit Exhibitors
12:00pm -   1:30pm - Business Meeting Lunch & Awards
  1:30pm -   2:00pm - Break: Network & Visit Exhibitors
  2:00pm -   3:00pm - Keynote 3 - Civil Discourse
  3:00pm -   3:30pm-  Break: Network & Visit Exhibitors
  3:30pm -   4:30pm-  Keynote 4 - Moving Forward from Lessons Learned in Events

  4:30pm -   7:00pm - Free time

  5:45pm -   6:45pm -  (Optional) Informal Networking - Connect with FUEL Young Professionals - All ages welcome! -Marina Grill's Boatyard Patio
  7:00pm -   8:45pm - Welcome Reception and Silent Auction Evening – Cloud 9
  8:45pm - 11:00pm - After Party -  Cloud 9

Tuesday, July 20th 
Breakfast included for registered hotel guests, with room at Embassy Suites.
  8:00am -   1:00pm - AENC Registration Desk Open 
  7:00am -   1:00pm - Journal Donation for A Safe Place (Located at the AENC Registration Desk)
  8:00am -   8:30am - Board of Directors & Committee Chairs Meeting
  8:00am -   8:30am - Early Bird Coffee with Exhibitors
Diversity, Beyond The Checkbox: Taking Your Association from Interest to Action | Presented by The Diversity Movement 
  8:30am -   9:45am - DEI Session 1 - Privilege Is NOT a Dirty Word
  9:45am - 10:00am - Coffee, Connect and Networking with Exhibitors
10:00am - 11:00am - DEI Session 2 - Accessibility & Disability Inclusion
11:00am - 11:15am - Break: Network & Visit Exhibitors
11:15am - 11:30am - 2022 Annual Meeting Invitation
11:30am - 12:30am - DEI Session 3 - 4D Association Brand Building
                   12:30pm - Adjourn 

REGISTRATION PRICING

NEW lower registration price for 2021!
If you are unable to join us in person,
consider joining us virtually at the same low price.
Member Non-Member
Full Registration - First Person from Organization $225 $295
Full Registration - Additional Person from an Association $170 $240
Sunday and Monday Only $150 $200
Tuesday Only $150 $200

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accommodations: To book a room at Embassy Suites by Hilton Wilmington Riverfront, please call (910) 765-1131 (AENC block rate has ended). 

OPTIONAL ACTIVITY CHOICES: (add-on your choice in Registration)
Check out more from Wilmington, NC here.

SUNDAY:
10:00AM | GOLF
| Porters Neck Country Club-On your own for Transportation
Enjoy a round of golf on the Porter's Neck Tom Fazio Championship Golf Course with your AENC friends! Greens fee, cart and lunch included.
$125.00 per person

1:00PM-4:00PM | LIMO BUS BREWERY TOUR Departs from the Embassy Suites Hotel
Did you know that Wilmington is one of the fastest-growing craft beer hotspots in North Carolina? Wilmington was named one of “America’s Beeriest Beach Towns” by CraftBeer.com. Join this tour to see some of these amazing breweries! Includes Limo Bus transportation to 3 of Wilmington’s fantastic Breweries, guided tasting samples at each brewery, brewery tour, snacks & bottled water.
$35.00 per person
Limit 28 people

2:00PM-3:30PM | SCENIC WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH BOAT CRUISE Transportation to Blockade Runner departs from Embassy Suites at 1:00PM.
Cruise the intercoastal waterway with your AENC friends on this narrated boat cruise that includes beverages and goes to Masonboro Island & Money Island!
$40.00 per person
Limit 28 people

2:00PM-3:00PM | HISTORIC DOWNTOWN HORSE & CARRIAGE TOUR Departs from the Embassy Suites Hotel
Travel brick-lined streets by horse-drawn carriage learning about the rich history of Wilmington NC!
$24.00 per person
Limit 24 people

MONDAY:

7:00AM-7:45AM | RIVERSIDE MIMOSAS & YOGA FUNDRAISER
AENC FUEL YOUNG PROFESSIONAL’S SCHOLARSHIP FUNDRAISER
Proceeds go to the AENC Scholarship Fund
$18.00 per person

 

EDUCATION INFORMATION:

ALL EDUCATION HAS BEEN EIC APPROVED FOR CEU'S (THERE IS A TOTAL OF 6 EDUCATION CEU'S)!  THIS IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR THOSE WITH A CAE/CMP OR THOSE HOPING TO GET ONE!

Keynote 1 - The Serving Mindset, Stop Selling and Grow Your Business - Farnoosh Brock
In this talk, Farnoosh challenges us to drop our “sales” agendas, whether we are selling an idea, a product, or a service, and instead challenges us to come from a place of genuine serving and curiosity in our next sales conversation. She shares the how-to, case studies, specific strategies and approach behind adopting the serving mindset. This enables us to achieve deeper trust, higher influence, stronger relationships, and sustainable growth and success.

Farnoosh Brock
Founder & President, Prolific Living Inc. 

 

Keynote 2 - Your Career and the Camera: How to connect with people better over Zoom - Kiki L'Italien
At the heart of every virtual meeting lies one seemingly elusive goal: how can we better connect with people who aren’t in the room with us? Thankfully, there’s a surprisingly simple answer, and it lies in how we show up to our own meetings in the first place.

After this keynote you’ll be able to:
1. Tailor your on-camera presence to the audience and impact you want
2. Identify the two building blocks of the “virtual professional presenter” 
3. Organize those building blocks so you can cultivate trust with others, and bolster your professional reputation with every meeting

Kiki L'Italien
CEO & Founder, Amplified Growth

 

Keynote 3 - Civil Discourse in an Era of Division and Derision - Thomas Rosenfield
Public discourse has reached new heights of incivility with no indication of it diminishing. In 2019, 93% of Americans said there was a problem with civility. The trend continues. In this unpredictable environment, associations and nonprofit organizations remain responsible for preparing effective public policy strategies, engaging their members, and creating Champions out of elected officials.

How did we get here? What kind of political dialogue should we expect with our elected officials as well as the broader public? How can organizations shape and sustain civil discourse, especially around controversial issues and disrespectful stakeholders?

Learning Objectives: In this session we will discuss how attendees can prepare themselves and their members to engage constructively with those who oppose their perspective, while advocating for their position in an uncertain environment. Attendees will learn how to create an effective public policy strategy shaped by the realities of current political discourse.

Thomas Rosenfield
President, HillStaffer LLC

 

Keynote 4 – Moving Forward from Lessons Learned in Events Moderator: Jennifer Johnson
Since March 2020, we have all had to learn how to execute virtual meetings and now hybrid meetings. Anyone that has hosted or attended hybrid meetings will tell you the landscape is different and there is a lot to learn.  What better way to learn than doing it with AENC colleagues!  Join us for an interactive panel session, moderated by well-respected meeting planner Jennifer Johnson, as we discuss Lessons Learned from hybrid meetings.

Jennifer Johnson
President, The Johnson Meetings Group

 

 


Diversity, Beyond The Checkbox: Taking Your Association from Interest to Action | Presented by The Diversity Movement(TDM)

 

Session 1 - Privilege Is NOT a Dirty Word - Privilege Walk with Susie Silver, TDM and AENC Panelists.
Recognizing the level of privilege and blind spots your association has on its journey to build DEI strategies and engage diverse members. 

Session 2 - Accessibility & Disability Inclusion - John Samuel & Ronak Patel, Ablr360
Why does your association need to understand and prioritize accessibility inclusion in the workforce? How to integrate disability inclusion into the core of your organization’s culture, strategy, and daily operations, so that you can incite cultural change around diversity and inclusion and cultivate stronger innovation as well.

Session 3 - 4D Association Brand Building - Kurt Merriweather, TDM
How associations can build brand from inside out with DEI at the center. 4 elements of the brand -  talent brand (recruiting emerging diverse talent), community (engaging community to build skills of membership/leadership), innovation (partnerships with diverse suppliers to create new services), member brand (ensuring composition of teams matches membership). 

 
Susie Silver, TDM Kurt Merriweather, TDM Najauna White, TDM
 
John Samuel, Ablr360  Ronak Patel, Ablr360  

 

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  HUGE THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!

Host Sponsor

Wilmington and Beaches Convention & Visitors Bureau

Technology & AV Sponsor

EZAV

Signage Sponsor

Southport Graphics

Headshot Station Sponsor

 Freeze-Frame Photography

Photography Sponsor

Open Water Communications

Diamond

Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort

 Visit Greenville NC

 Visit Winston-Salem

 Memberclicks

Rocky Mount Event Center

Badge Logo Sponsor

 Visit Norfolk

Platinum

Visit Mooresville

 Sheraton Raleigh Hotel

 CVB Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen Area

 Goalmakers

Podium Logo Sponsor

HillStaffer

Gold

 Pinehurst Resort

Pioneer Strategies

Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley

Fat Dog Laser Awards & Recognition

 Silver

EMC Meetings & Events

Wild Dunes Resort

Visit Charlotte

Explore Asheville

Novi AMS

Silver

 KMG Services

The Terraces on Sir Tyler

 Sheraton Greensboro Hotel and Koury Convention Center

Silver

Chetola Resort & Spa at Blowing Rock

 The Umstead Hotel & Spa

 Discover Burke County

 TowneBank

Silver

Great Wolf Lodge

Alamance County Visitors Bureau

 The Greenbrier

Embassy Suites by Hilton Wilmington Riverfront

Silver

Visit Myrtle Beach SC

Gephart Marketing Solutions

Fayetteville Area CVB

DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront

 

Bronze

DesignHammer

 

Blockade Runner Beach Resort

Exhibitors

Charlotte Payroll

The Francis Marion Hotel