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Making Connections: Supercharging Your Association's Networking Activities

About this event

Associations bank on the relationships built by their members amongst themselves and the communities they support. This is one of the many reasons why associations hold regular networking events. These events also function as community engagement activities that promote membership and new-found supporters. Join us in this panel as we tackle how associations can further their causes through the power of networking.

Meet the Panelists

Lee Gimpel, Founder & Principal at Better Meetings

Lee Gimpel is the founder of Better Meetings in Washington, DC. The firm helps organizations turn meetings from boring and unproductive to engaging and effective, be they staff meetings, board meetings, retreats, or annual conferences. His work blends meeting facilitation, audience engagement, collaborative innovation, and human-centered design.

Teri Carden, Creator of Non Dues-a-Palooza

Teri Carden is an association junkie and self-proclaimed girl geek in normal girl’s clothing. After several years of experience in the association technology role, Teri created resources in the association space including ReviewMyAMS.com, AMS Fest, 100Reviews and now an industry event to help bring new non-dues revenue ideas to curious association professionals through Non Dues-a-Palooza. Teri is an early adopter, disrupter, and explorer and loves coaching associations to bring new ideas to life. 

Vinodhini Deshetty, Event Tech Advocate at EVA

As Founder and CEO, Vinnu Deshetty brings over 20 years of experience working with conferences, meetings, and events. As a meeting planner, she understands the hurdles her industry peers encounter on a daily basis. As a techie, Vinnu knows that there are tools and tricks of the trade to help organizations overcome the unknowns of what will happen next.

In an environment where technology is quickly changing and the nature of meetings is evolving, Vinnu leads EVA’s team of meeting planners and developers that takes the guesswork out of meeting planning. "Armed with data that EVA collects, we no longer have to rely on our gut to make strategic decisions about our events. Listen to the data. It's trying to tell you something."

Raised as a coal miner’s daughter in western Kentucky, Vinnu learned the value of hard work and community. Experiencing how a community rallies together in good times and bad, she knows that the meetings industry will champion again. Vinnu obtained a Bachelor of Science from Vanderbilt University and a Master of Public Administration. She now works and resides in the Washington, DC area with her fierce feminist daughters and her sidekick Toby the wonder dog.

What will be discussed?

  • Benefits of a strong association network
  • Industry best practices when organizing networking events
  • Common mistakes when organizing and how to avoid them

Who should attend?

While we firmly believe that anyone in the nonprofit sector could benefit from learning and thinking about the benefits of association networking activities, association leaders and professionals will find this panel the most pertinent.

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Hosted by

  • Team member
    Colleen Carroll NXUnite Lead @ Nexus Marketing

  • Guest speaker
    Lee Gimpel Founder & Principal @ Better Meetings

  • Guest speaker
    Vinnu Deshetty Event Tech Advocate/CEO & Founder @ EVA

  • Team member
    Team NXUnite NXUnite

    NXUnite is here to make introductions that lead to lasting relationships.

  • Guest speaker
    Teri Carden Creator @ Non Dues-a-Palooza


Making introductions that lead to lasting relationships.

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