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Host a NE/SAE Meet-Up

Interested in hosting a NE/SAE meet-up? Details below!

As part of NE/SAE’s strategic objective of increasing connections among association professionals throughout all of New England, we are encouraging our members to host local meet-ups with their peers for networking and educational conversations. Meet-ups should incorporate some element of peer-to-peer learning but are meant to be informal opportunities for you to learn from, and with, your colleagues. Download a PDF of the toolkit here.


NOTE: NE/SAE is currently only supporting virtual meet-ups as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meet-Up Ideas

  • Breakfast or Coffee Break – at your office or a local coffee shop 
  • Brown-Bag Lunch – at your office or a reserve a table at local restaurant 
  • After-Work – reserve a table or a few high tops at a local restaurant or bar

Planning the Meet-Up

  • Determine a date, time, and location for the meet-up.
  • Determine a focus topic for the meet-up (i.e. Board relations, member recruitment, technology)
  • Submit the Meet-Up Request Form (BELOW) to the NE/SAE office and wait for approval (within 1 week).
  • Coordinate directly with the venue for space and food and beverages (guests to pay for own). 
  • Prepare brief talking points or discussion prompts for you to reference at the meet-up. 

Marketing the Meet-Up

  • NE/SAE staff will post the meet-up to NE/SAE’s calendar and market it to members in your area.
  • Explore the Member Directory and reach out directly to members in your area to invite them. 
  • Post the meet-up details on your own social media networks – Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook.
  • NE/SAE staff will provide you with a list of registered attendees before the meet-up. 

Hosting the Meet-Up 

  • Welcome attendees onsite and ask everyone to briefly introduce themselves to the group. 
  • Proactively encourage conversation around the chosen topic, ensuring everyone can participate.
  • Try to summarize any key ideas or findings to the group before wrapping up the meet-up.

After the Meet-Up


Meet-Up Request Form



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