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OSAM 2020 Annual Virtual Conference – December 17
Thursday, December 17, 2020, 8:30 AM - 3:15 PM PDT
Category: Annual Conference

Registration for this event has now closed.
If you have any questions, please contact the OSAM Office at [email protected].

We are Oregon’s resource for the association community

2020 OSAM Annual Virtual Conference

Thursday, December 17 | 8:30 am – 3:15 pm

This online event will be sponsored by our fantastic virtual hosts MemberClicks and ePly Virtual Venue.
This is a top-notch virtual platform that integrates with Zoom presentations and has many awesome features we will be showing off on December 17!

An AMAZING one-day program built specifically for the Oregon association community. 
Association executives and staff, with our important industry partner suppliers, will convene to address the most crucial trends and updates in association management.





8:30 – 9:00 am       
Checking out our Virtual Venue & Annual Meeting Announcements (day enjoyed from your home or office) - chat is available for networking

9:00 am                 
Welcome and Introductions - By our 2020 OSAM Conference Chair Danielle Siver & 2020 OSAM President Dave Dillon

9:00 – 10:00 am     
Opening Keynote: State of the Association Industry
Presented by Mary Kate Cunningham, CAE, Senior Vice President of Public Policy, American Society of Association Executives (ASAE)
We are thrilled to open our conference with esteemed colleague and association and advocacy executive, Ms. Cunningham, from Washington, DC. Mary Kate will review several key issues on all of our minds: post-election update; 2021 federal outlook including COVID relief (expansion of the Paycheck Protection Program to associations) and tax; State legislation and Certification; State of the Association Community - Financial outlook and the future of meetings.

With the election now behind us, we will have some very timely new updates! January 2021 will bring change to Washington and to the Oregon Statehouse. What and how will this impact your association? Join association peers at this session to learn more about the effort to include associations in the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the Pandemic Risk Insurance Act, and other potential legislative and regulatory changes. Association executives and leaders should NOT miss this presentation!

10:00 – 10:15 am   

10:15 – 11:30 am   
The Latest with Oregon Associations and their Communities – Presented by a Panel of Association Executives
Panelists: Jason Brandt, President & CEO, Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association; Sandra McDonough, President & CEO, Oregon Business & Industry; and Jeff Stone, Executive Director, Oregon Association of Nurseries
Three experienced and well-respected executives will discuss several things that have been going on in their core industries — hospitality/foodservice/lodging; Oregon businesses’ economic climate; agriculture producers, re-sellers, transporters, retailers and suppliers. Each executive has been extremely active legislatively for their members and the important work they do. Some of the items they'll touch on will include organizational and professional challenges, staff morale, events, budgets and revenues, and their successes. 

11:30 am – 12:30 pm   
Lunch/Catch up on Emails Break

12:30 – 1:30 pm   
Risk Management for Associations — What you should know while planning for 2021
Presented by Adam Harris, CIC, Vice President, LaPorte and Associates; Amy Barker, CEO/Co-Founder, Stayker; & Matthew D. Lowe, Shareholder, Jordan Ramis PC Attorneys at Law
Hear from our expert group of professionals working tirelessly on behalf of non-profits, their clients and their best interests. We will cover evolving event management, contracts, online/remote guidance, employment and claim issues, insurance trends and what to look for, and much more! 

Ms. Barker will review event hotel contracting – past, present and future pitfalls.  She will discuss very important particulars including: how to avoid hotel penalties; rethinking your contracting process; and nurturing successful partnerships. In times like this, these are top of mind and absolutely pivotal to your association's financial success.

Mr. Harris will review the latest trends in the insurance world -- helping make both association executives, as well as your respective members, be wiser consumers of insurance. Times are changing and it's imperative we stay up-to-speed on the best policies and options for our members -- and their organizations/company members. Adam will help association execs navigate insurance questions for their own members -- creating that added value to reinforce the value of your own membership, very critical right now!

Mr. Lowe is always a well-respected and knowledgeable OSAM friend and colleague. He will discuss some of the challenges and solutions related to virtual events, general liability in remote meeting settings, as well as some employment/HR and other liability concerns.

1:30 – 1:45 pm     

1:45 – 3:15 pm     
Engaging Virtual Meetings
Presented by John Chen, CEO & The Big Kid, Geoteaming & Author of Engaging Virtual Meetings
Are you working from home? Do you have virtual meeting challenges? Have you ever had Zoom burnout or have virtual meetings drain your energy? Do you want to be more productive or raise more revenue online? John will show you the key secrets to having happy attendees -- saying "I have more energy (rather than less) after 60 minutes meeting with you! He'll outline his 6-step method that fixes the most common virtual meeting challenges. This method teaches you and your conference the techniques that will help your conference get into top 20% of all virtual conference. Your attendees will be more engaged, learn more and network more. 

  • Create a powerful virtual presence
  • Create a smooth flow so attendees don’t talk over each other
  • Network without saying a word
  • Engage everyone even if only one person is talking
  • Guarantee that everyone feels engaged and heard
  • Powerfully close your meeting and take steps to make your next meeting even more effective

When you complete Engaging Virtual Meeting, you will notice that you can meet virtually for 4 hours or more, your team is getting things done, your boss notices your leadership, and you look forward to your next meeting.

Check out the invitation from John below!

3:15 pm
Networking Social Hour 



Who will be at the conference?

This flagship event is one of the most valuable professional development programs solely dedicated to Oregon association professionals who manage small to large not-for-profit organizations. The OSAM community represents sectors including agriculture, medical and healthcare, restaurant and hospitality, accounting and financial services, construction, professional services, and more!

Registration Fees & Details

  • OSAM Member (per person): $39 (!!)
  • Non-Member (per person): $89 (apply for OSAM membership prior to or with conference registration and receive the discounted member rate)

Upon registration on the OSAM website, attendees will receive a confirmation email. The week of the conference, each attendee will receive an email with credentials/access info for the online platform. Please keep an eye out for that important information.

Please note: Attendee scholarships are available. Though we've tried to offer the best price we possibly can, we don't want costs to be a barrier to participating in our program. A limited number of scholarships are available for attending the OSAM conference. For more information, please contact Vicky Danielson, to discuss at [email protected] All inquiries are kept confidential.

For the first time, OSAM will not be offering a formal exhibit and sponsorship package. OSAM is very cognizant of the times we are in and the financial hardships many of our members may be experiencing. However we do want to be sure to extend the opportunity for our allied partners to participate in the conference -- so we've kept it simple -- extremely discounted pricing for all! Individual attendee pricing is listed above; this is based on each individual's membership status (individual member or employee of a corporate membership).

Though we don't have an official sponsor package, we would very much appreciate (and need!) our vendor and supplier support. If you are interested in finding a way to enhance your exposure at the conference beyond attending, let's talk about it! There are sponsorships that may be available to explore. Please contact Vicky Danielson, OSAM Association Manager, to discuss at [email protected]

Thank you to our Title Conference Venue Host Sponsor MemberClicks and ePly!
We are thrilled to show you the fantastic virtual experience at the 2020 OSAM Annual Virtual Conference.



Thoughts From 2019 OSAM Conference Attendees ...

"I was able to bring back something useful from all of the sessions!"

"Always a great way to connect with other association staff from the region!"

Our one-day conference brings together association executives and staff with our industry partner suppliers, to address the latest industry updates, best practices, success and learning lessons with real-life tips and tools. Looking for ways to make your day-to-day operations more productive and effective? Join us to talk about all of the most important issues you're facing today.

Contact: Amoreena Burke or Vicky Danielson in the OSAM office -- 503.253.9026 / [email protected]