All Events

Surge Forward 2021

8-10, June 2021

Connect with membership organization professionals from around the world. Learn about cutting edge ideas and technologies to help your organization grow. Get inspired to lead your team with purpose.

Learn More

September 14, 2023

Thursday | 1:00PM (CST)

What's New in the World of AI?

with Amith Nagarajan, Dray McFarlane

August 15, 2023

Tuesday | 10:00AM (CST)

Introduction to Prompt Engineering for Association Professionals

with Thomas Altman

August 6, 2023

Sunday | 4:00PM (EST)

ASAE Annual Happy Hour

Join us for Happy Hour at ASAE's Annual Conference.

July 12, 2023

Wednesday | 5:00PM (CST)

Sidecar Meetup, Chicago

Meet Sidecar in person and hear from author Amith Nagarajan.

July 11, 2023

Tuesday | 1:00PM (CST)

From AI Concepts to Association Results: Discovering Practical AI Applications for Your Association

with Dray McFarlane, Thomas Altman

July 11, 2023

Tuesday | 10:30AM (CST)

Sidecar Meetup, Washington D.C.

Meet Sidecar in person and hear from author Amith Nagarajan.

June 15, 2023

Thursday | 11:00AM (CST)

The Power of Personalization: Tips and Tricks for Driving Member Participation and Retention

with Allison Kral, Tony Paille

If you're a marketing professional looking to boost member engagement and retention amid evolving user…

June 6, 2023

Tuesday | 10:00AM (CST)

SURGE Ignite

May 24, 2023

Wednesday | 12:00PM (CST)

May Monthly Meetup

Join us for a monthly meetup to connect with your association peers. This months topics…

May 18, 2023

Thursday | 11:00AM (CST)

Transforming Your Digital Capabilities: How Legacy Systems are Limiting Your Association’s Growth 

with Macy Kittelberger, Tony Paille

May 17, 2023

Wednesday | 10:00AM (CST)

How to Boost Productivity by Overcoming Conflict Avoidance

with Jamie Notter

May 15, 2023

Monday | 1:00PM (CST)

Artificial Intelligence Idea-Thon

Imagine the power of multiple brains collaborating and innovating with one goal in mind: solving…

May 11, 2023

Thursday | 11:00AM (CST)

Work Smarter, Not Harder: How to Scale Your Association’s Marketing and Sales Efforts with Less 

with Madison Filipiak, Tony Paille

April 28, 2023

Friday | 10:00AM (CST)

How to Maximize Volunteer Engagement

April 25, 2023

Tuesday | 10:00AM (CST)

From AI Concepts to Association Results: Discovering Practical AI Applications for Your Association

with Amith Nagarajan, Dave O'Connell, Dray McFarlane, Erica Salm Rench, Thomas Altman

April 21, 2023

Friday | 10:00AM (CST)

Generative AI for Associations - Replay & Discussion

Artificial intelligence (AI) is transforming how organizations operate faster than ever. From radically improving member…

March 30, 2023

Thursday | 10:00AM (CST)

AI & Associations: A Guide to a Smarter Strategic Plan

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is no longer a buzzword but a transformative technology that’s rapidly changing…

March 29, 2023

Wednesday | 10:00AM (CST)

Session 1: Member Retention Bootcamp

with Thomas Altman

Reduce Member Churn by Up To 25% Learn to use your organization’s member data to…

March 29, 2023

Wednesday | 10:00AM (CST)

Learn to Reduce Member Churn by Up To 25%

with Thomas Altman

Reduce Member Churn by Up To 25% Learn to use your organization’s member data to…

March 23, 2023

Thursday | 12:00PM (CST)

Generative AI Roundtable Discussion

March 16, 2023

Thursday | 11:00AM (CST)

Generative AI for Associations - How to Use ChatGPT and AI Tech Right Now!

Artificial intelligence (AI) is transforming how organizations operate faster than ever. From radically improving member…

February 23, 2023

Thursday | 1:00PM (CST)

Event Planners Meetup

It's event planning season! So let's get together and discuss our challenges, solutions and experiences.…

February 14, 2023

Tuesday | 10:00AM (CST)

Overcoming Hotel Contracting Challenges in a “Seller’s” Market

with Therese Jardine

For any event professional, understanding and negotiating your hotel contract is an important step in…

February 6, 2023

Monday | 10:00AM (CST)

Goal Setting 101: How to set, achieve and exceed your goals

Your 2023 goals are set. But one month into the year, are you on track…

January 17, 2023

Tuesday | 4:30PM (CST)

Making Virtual Mentoring Work

How Can You Succeed in Virtual Mentoring? In the remote and hybrid world, creating connections…

January 12, 2023

Thursday | 10:00AM (CST)

How to Build a Professional Development Plan for your Whole Organization

You’ve analyzed the past year’s successes and failures and settled on this year’s organizational goals.…

December 7, 2022

Wednesday | 3:00PM (CST)

Sidecar Membership Demo

Looking for ways to grow in the new year? Want association and non-profit specific personal…

December 7, 2022

Wednesday | 10:00AM (CST)

Cybersecurity Fundamentals for Association Executives

with Brian Scott

Cybersecurity is more than just a hot topic, it’s a “must have” for all organizations.…

November 16, 2022

Wednesday | 10:00AM (CST)

How to Diversify Your Board

with Andrea Elkin, Veronica Meadows, CAE

Associations support and serve various communities made up of a variety of groups from all…

October 25, 2022

Wednesday | 10:00AM (CST)

Data-Driven Member Retention Bootcamp

with Thomas Altman

In today’s society, data touches every part of your association. Have you ever thought about…

October 4, 2022

Tuesday | 10:00AM (CT)

DigitalNow 2022

September 28, 2022

Wednesday | 10:00AM (CST)

Run the Meeting Like a Pro: Intro to Microsoft Teams

with Dave O'Connell

Use of Microsoft Teams and other virtual meeting softwares has only grown. Conducting meetings with…

August 9, 2022

Tuesday | 10:00AM (CST)

Learn to Create and Use PivotTables

with Dave O'Connell

There are two thoughts in the world about Excel - you either love it or…

July 27-28, 2022

| 10:00AM (CST)

Mentoring: How to Build a Program that Drives Success

In the remote and hybrid world, creating connections and mentoring relationships is key to your…

April 5, 2022

Tuesday | 10:00AM (CST)

Intro to Web3: What Association Pros Need to Know

with Gil Hildebrand

With recent headlines touting the expansion of blockchain, the explosive popularity of NFTs and the…

Mar 29, 2022

Tuesday | 1:00PM (CT)

What to Expect from Event Contracts in 2022

with Jennifer Haisten

With the return of in-person events, we all know that event planning is no longer…

Mar 8 - Mar 22, 2022

| 10:00AM (CST)

Data-driven Member Retention Bootcamp

with Thomas Altman

About this event In today’s society, data touches every part of your association. Have you…

March 3, 2022

Thursday | 10 AM CT

Keeping Association Audiences Engaged Beyond COVID-19

with Amanda Safdar

With the rush to return to in-person events, we all know how important it is…

Jan 25-28, 2022


Goal Setting 101: How to set, achieve and exceed your goals

with Jamie Notter, Jennifer Neydon

The first month of 2022 is coming to an end — have your goals already…

Jan 20, 2022

Thursday | 10:00AM (CST)

Disruptive Next Gen Association Tech Stacks

with Johanna Snider

Is the monolithic AMS a thing of the past?  In this session, we'll discuss a…

Nov 16, 2021

Tuesday | 10:00AM (CST)

7 Tools to Create a Healthy Hybrid Workplace

with Meico Marquette Whitlock

You work hard to deliver for your members. But COVID-19 has disrupted your professional life…

Oct 27, 2021

Wednesday | 10:00AM (CST)

Association Modernization: Changing Mindsets and Models

with Garth Jordan, MBA, CSM, CSPO, Jaya Koilpillai Bohlmann, Peggy Winton, CIP

Like organizations in other industries, associations must be well on the path to digital transformation.…

Sep 22, 2021

Wednesday | 2:00PM (EST)

How to disruption-proof your association advocacy

with Danielle Duran Baron, David Lusk, Oyango A. Snell, Esq, Thomas Goodwin

During the last 18 months, we have learned that the only thing constant is change…

Aug 23-27, 2021


Recruiting and Engaging Members with AI - Bootcamp

with Mike Kaput

As a purpose-driven leader, you want to fulfill your mission and reach your full potential.…

Aug 10, 2021

Tuesday | 10:00AM (CT)

Why Your Association Needs to Embrace a “Digital First” Strategy

with Harrison Coerver, Mary Byers, CAE, CSP

If the pandemic taught us anything, it’s that associations underestimated members’ acceptance of digital delivery.…

July 28, 2021

Wednesday | 02:00PM (ET)

Virtual onboarding: How to communicate expectations, promote company culture and create connections

with Jonathan Carbin, Lauren Caputo, Esq., Sharon Kneebone, IOM, CAE, Wade Koehler

When the world quarantined in 2020, working remotely was a necessity. Now that the world…

June 29, 1021

Tuesday | 11 a.m. ET

Beyond Bitcoin: Workshopping how associations can put blockchain to use

This interactive workshop is designed to help you understand where blockchain fits into your strategic…

June 8, 2021

Tuesday | 9 a.m. CT

SURGE forward

The only virtual conference for fearless association pros. Learn actionable insights from top experts, connect…

May 27, 2021

Thursday | 11 a.m. ET

Up for discussion: Non-dues revenue in your association

with Lewis Flax

This event is exclusively for Sidecar members. As the COVID-19 pandemic spread through the world,…

May 5, 2021

Wednesday | 10AM CT

How to ask the right questions to improve your content and drive member engagement

with Chelsea Brasted, Dave Will

The best conversations start with the right questions … and this virtual event. In this…

April 20, 2021

Tuesday | 2pm ET

How your community can turn 1 event into 365-day engagement

with Alex Mastrianni

Last March we were all forced to make abrupt changes in virtually every area of…

April 7, 2021

Wednesday | 11:00AM (ET)

10 steps to make your virtual event worth watching

with J. Damany Daniel

The move to virtual has been quick, with no real standards in place. Things are…

March 31, 2021

Wednesday | 1pm ET

How to drive member engagement with education

with Dr. Holly Whitaker

In an increasingly competitive landscape, our No. 1 priority needs to be clearly showing value…

March 18, 2021

Thursday | 10am CT

Learning and leading beyond crisis: How to keep going and growing

with Donté P. Shannon, FASAE, CAE, Lakisha Ann Woods, CAE, Sheri Sesay-Tuffour, PhD, CAE, Stefanie Reeves, FASAE, CAE

Before 2020 even ended, it became a cliche: That was one tough year. But just…

March 4, 2021

Thursday | 2:00PM (ET)

Workplace mindfulness, wellness, and productivity: Yes, there’s an app for that!

with Meico Marquette Whitlock

As our reliance on technology increases, so do our levels of stress and burnout. But…

Feb 18, 2021

Thursday | 10:00AM (CST)

How to bring virtual reality to life in your association

with Anthony Shop, Candace Parrish, Jimmy Vainstein, Kevin Coroneos, Rachel Henderson

With the unprecedented rush to virtual events and meetings in 2020, organizations around the world…

Feb 10, 2021

Wednesday | 10:00AM (CT)

Down, but not out: Flash mentoring to build your resiliency

with Julie Silard Kantor

  Join Sidecar and Twomentor for a flash mentoring session meant to help each participant…

Feb 4, 2021

Thursday | 1:00PM (CT)

Digital marketing strategies for ultimate content promotion

with Erica Salm Rench, Michael Hoffman

As an association professional, you're very familiar with the idea of producing content to deliver…

Jan 25, 2021

Monday | 02:00PM (CT)

How to create names that get noticed

with Alexandra Watkins

The right name can attract customers, increase sales and differentiate you. The wrong name can…

Dec. 10, 2020

Thursday | 10:00AM (CST)

Reduce, reuse, recycle: How to do more with less content in 2021

with Chelsea Brasted, Heather Nolan

Do you ever feel like you’re constantly churning out content for your association? Between blog…

Nov 19, 2020

Thursday | 10:00AM (CST)

How to market your hybrid event

with Aidan Augustin

This virtual workshop originally aired Nov. 19, 2020. Interested in seeing it for yourself? All…

Oct 26, 2020

Monday | 10:00AM (CST)

Content Curation 101: How to elevate your brand and connect with your audience

with Erica Salm Rench, Heather Nolan

Your audience has a lot of information at their fingertips. Perhaps too much. Is your…

Oct 13, 2020

Tuesday | 10:00AM (CST)

How to manage conflict in a remote workplace

with Jamie Notter

Oct 06, 2020

Tuesday | 10:00AM (CST)

4 strategies to build a culture of learning remotely

with Dr. Holly Whitaker

Adopting remote-learning opportunities delivers positive change to critical business metrics, such as reduced expenses, increased…

Sep 30, 2020

Wednesday | 10:00AM (CST)

How to build a world-class remote team

with Robert Glazer

Entrepreneur, Wall Street Journal-bestselling author and keynote speaker Robert Glazer has led an award-winning, 100…

Sep 23, 2020

Wednesday | 10:00AM (CST)

How to project leadership and get results in video conferences

with Dr. Laura Sicola

Sep 10, 2020

Thursday | 10:00AM (CST)

How to predict and prevent member churn

with Dray McFarlane, Thomas Altman

Retaining your members doesn’t have to be complicated or require sophisticated tools. In this workshop,…

Aug 25, 2020

Tuesday | 10:00AM (CST)

Can Facebook replace face-to-face? Building association communities online

with Jennifer Mackinday, Stefanie Reeves

28 July, 2020

Friday | 10am CT

Rooting out racism: How to get started at your association

with Chelsea Brasted, Maxine Crump

Join Maxine Crump of Dialogue on Race Louisiana and Chelsea Brasted of Sidecar for this…

Apr 28, 2020

Tuesday | 10:00AM (CST)

Go on offense with Andy Bailey

with Andy Bailey

As leaders, we’ve all been punched in the mouth recently. What’s your new game plan?…

Apr 16, 2020

Thursday | 10:00AM (CST)

Master the 'Forever Transaction' with Robbie Kellman Baxter

with Robbie Kellman Baxter

“The Membership Economy” author Robbie Kellman Baxter is back with a new book, “The Forever…

linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram