NEW YORK (February 5, 2015)—Arianna Huffington has been secured as the keynote speaker for the second annual Associations: 2020 and Beyond conference to be held in New York City on June 4, 2015. This intimate event brings together top association leaders, executives and renowned speakers to network and discuss the ideas and technologies that are shaping the future of trade associations and professional societies. The announcement was made by the conference host Kellen, global leaders in association services, conference planning and communications.
This year’s conference will focus on the changing nature of networks and their impact on membership development, revenue models, regulatory programs, digital communications and more. Huffington, who is chair, president and editor-in-chief of Huffington Post, will lead the luncheon keynote with a presentation titled “From Politics to the Board Room: Fearless Leadership.” She will advise attendees on some of the most difficult challenges in any industry— managing and leading change, negotiation, inspiring lives and overcoming obstacles. A successful entrepreneur and business leader who has overcome many obstacles herself, Huffington is an expert at guiding people to thrive in the face of change and grow both themselves and their organizations.
After debuting in 2014 as the only New York event designed for (and by) association leaders, Association: 2020 and Beyond received an outpouring of positive feedback from the association industry. Kellen is bringing back the exclusive event this year to give association executives another one-day opportunity to network with peers, learn from experts and discuss the future of their industry. The company is partnering with the Washington Speakers Bureau and Association Trends to help organize the event’s keynote speakers, panel discussions and breakout sessions.
“Networks are an integral part of any association’s success, and it is vital that executives understand how the “network effect” impacts every aspect of their organization, from revenue to membership,” said Peter Rush, chairman and CEO of Kellen. “Our selection of panelists and speakers will discuss the significance of networks, their changing nature, and how associations can capitalize on them. We are very excited about this year’s program and look forward to sharing it with the association community. ”
Association CEOs, directors and board members are invited to attend the conference, which will take place at the Apella Event Space in New York City. Space is limited. To register or find out more about the event, visit www.kellenconference.com.