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digitalNow, the annual conference built specifically for the most forward-thinking C-Level association and volunteer leaders, is now part of Sidecar’s lineup of events. 

This change offers an unparalleled opportunity for both Sidecar members and digitalNow attendees as digitalNow’s entire archive of video content from previous years’ conferences will be made available to stream for all Sidecar members. 

The game-changing conference created by Don Dea and Hugh Lee first launched 20 years ago, and now we’re excited about becoming part of its future. While Lee begins his retirement over the next six months, Dea will be on hand for digitalNow’s next two years to ensure a smooth transition. 

“digitalNow has always set itself apart from other industry events because of Hugh and Don’s willingness to experiment and seek inspiration from untapped sources and new technologies,” said Sidecar general manager Chelsea Brasted. “That perspective is one we value highly, and it’s why we’re so excited to be able to take digitalNow into the future. The best way to honor the strength of the community Hugh and Don have so carefully built is to continue their legacy of providing a world-class conference experience and hosting critical conversations about the issues leaders face.”  

digitalNow attendees in 2021 can plan for a hybrid conference, which will include both an in-person event and virtual offerings.  Those interested in being the first to learn about the digitalNow in 2021, can RSVP now for early notification about dates, keynote speakers and more. 

digitalNow would not be possible without its prestigious Advisory Group, which is comprised of some of the most innovative and influential leaders in the association space and who help shape digitalNow’s content every year. That tradition will not change.

“DigitalNow has been my 'must do' community and event since its inception 20 years ago. I am so excited about the foundation and community of digital leadership that has been built. More importantly, with Sidecar and Hugh and Don providing continuity, the future is bright as they ‘Pay it Forward’ for the next generation of association leaders,” said Advisory Group member Tom Hood, CPA, CITP, CGMA, the CEO of the Maryland Association of CPAs, Inc. and the CEO of the Business Learning Institute. “I can't wait to see what the next 20 years will hold.”

In 2020, as the world faced a pandemic and wrestled with uncertainty and unprecedented change, digitalNow went fully virtual for the first time ever, serving as a space for forward-thinking and optimism about the road ahead. 

“The vibrancy and resilience of the association management community continues to accelerate to the next level with this investment in digitalNow by Sidecar to advance leadership and technology in the digital age,” added Advisory Group member Peter J. O'Neil, FASAE, CAE, the

Chief Executive Officer of ASIS International. “I am excited and look forward to seeing the impact on our current and next generation of leaders in the digitalNow community and association management profession.”   

For more details, download our press release and check out our FAQ about this announcement here.

Sidecar Staff
Post by Sidecar Staff
January 26, 2021
At Sidecar, we create the professional development tools a leader needs to grow their career and their purpose-driven membership organization, like associations and nonprofits. The skills you’ll learn within our growing community, interactive workshops and from our step-by-step courses will drive innovation, empower strategic thinking and institute cultural changes wherever your career takes you.