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Discovering Practical AI Applications for your Association

From AI Concepts to Association Results

July 11, 2023 - July 25, 2023
Tired of high-level conversations about AI without any actionable steps forward?

Join Sidecar and Blue Cypress for the ultimate AI deep dive into how you can implement AI resources to improve member engagement, streamline operations and create personalized experiences for your members. 

It's time to stop talking about AI and start implementing it.

Register Now!

Are you a vendor? Register here!

Who should attend this bootcamp?

This bootcamp is for any and all association staff and volunteers.

One of the keys to successful implementation is having buy-in from your team. To make the most out of this experience, we encourage you to bring your team members who will be directly involved in implementation.

What will you learn to set your organization up for
successful implementation of AI?

You'll have a deeper understanding of AI and its applications in associations.
You'll learn to identify challenges and opportunities for AI adoption.
You'll discover practical ways to leverage AI to improve member engagement and operational efficiency.
You'll develop a game plan to apply AI concepts and best practices to your own association's scenarios.
You'll gain practical experience in implementing AI in your organization.

What's included in the bootcamp?

4 live 1.5 hour sessions led by Thomas Altman and Dray McFarlane and featuring expert guest speakers on association-specific topics.
A highly interactive and personal experience including dedicated time to group work and discussion.
A focus on creating plans for implementation of AI resources in the next 6 months.

You’ll Also Get…

Exclusive access to an attendee-only community forum.
Access to Sidecar’s courses “Piloting AI” and "AI for Purpose-Driven Leaders" in Sidecar’s Academy.
Up to 6 CAE Credits

Here's what we'll cover, week-by-week.

  • Session 1 | Intro to AI and Prompt Engineering for Associations

    With Thomas Altman and Dray McFarlane

    July 11, 2023, 2-3:30 ET

    Understand the fundamentals of AI and its potential applications in your association.
    Learn about the importance of prompt engineering and how to apply it to your association's use cases.
    Identify real-world challenges and opportunities for AI adoption in your association.
  • Session 2 |  Leveraging AI for Business Process Optimization

    With Dave O'Connell

    July 13th, 2023, 2-3:30 ET

    Discover how AI can Improve internal processes and automate repetitive tasks to streamline you associations operations.
    Learn to integrate AI into existing systems and processes for better efficiency and productivity.
  • Session 3 | AI for Association Marketing and Member Engagement

    With Erica Salm Rench

    July 18, 2023, 2-3:30 ET

    Explore AI-powered marketing tools to enhance member engagement.
    Learn to apply AI in your association's marketing campaigns and events for maximum impact.
    Discuss best practices for AI-supported marketing strategy.
  • Session 4 | Leadership and Strategy for AI Adoption

    With Rick Bawcum

    July 25, 2023, 2-3:30 ET

    Develop strategies for implementing AI into your association's operations and culture.
    Learn to build a data-driven culture and effective governance for AI implementation.
    Develop an AI roadmap for you association, including pilot projects and measurable success metrics.

How much does the bootcamp cost?

Registration for Association and AMC Staff:

$250 before June 9

$325 June 9-July 11

Registration for Non-Association and AMC Staff (Vendors):

$350 until June 9

$425 June 9-July 11

Meet your instructors.

Thomas Altman

Thomas Altman is a data scientist, association expert and entrepreneur. His first introduction to the world of associations was a decade ago when he took a job implementing AMS solutions right out of graduate school. With a degree in applied statistics and machine learning, he immediately saw a gap in what associations were doing with data and what was possible. He saw data either go unused or used to create flashy dashboards that had no impact on helping associations deliver on their missions. Thomas quickly realized that analytics that don't lead to measurable action are, at best, entertainment and, at worst, a waste of resources. He's dedicated his career to changing that and helping associations create data-driven action plans so they can know what needs to be done and know that it's working.

Dray McFarlane

Dray has spent nearly two decades providing associations with business and technology solutions. In that time he has loved diving into the goals and challenges of a group driven by passion to support their missions in the best ways possible. Immersing himself in their needs and getting a deep understanding of their organizations has been a constantly evolving and incredibly rewarding experience. Founding Tasio gave him the opportunity to continue on this path, specifically focusing on applying Artificial Intelligence tools and expertise to Associations.

Dave O'Connell

Dave is an Experienced IT leader and adult educator with 25-year history in managing and developing teams and delivering technical training across multiple Enterprise level CRM and AMS platforms. He is focused on deploying training via blended solutions including virtual, web based, instructor led, and self-directed techniques. Dave has a deep and practical knowledge of adult learning styles and instructional methodologies and is flexible in his delivery. He looks forward to the continued opportunities to improve IT learning effectively and efficiently with For Profit businesses, Associations, and Non-Profit clients.

Erica Salm Rench

After working in enrollment management where she focused on recruitment strategy and marketing, Erica managed a team of online marketers at the largest digital marketing company in the Gulf South. There, she supported the web development, SEO, online advertising, and content marketing teams in executing strategies which elevated organizations to stand out and be seen amongst the chaos of the online marketplace. Now, as the COO at, she gets to blend her love of digital marketing technology and email in order to support the incredible community of customers.

Rick Bawcum

As CEO and Founder of Cimatri, Rick’s passion is to help associations and non-profits make use of promising technologies such as apis, artificial intelligence, blockchain and the internet of things as game-changers for their organizations. He works with association and non-profit clients on technology assessments, strategic planning, operations, and information security. Rick’s professional experience includes leadership roles in organizations ranging from start-up to Fortune 1000.

Amith Nagarajan

Amith Nagarajan is the Chairman of Blue Cypress (, a family of purpose-driven companies and proud practitioners of Conscious Capitalism. The Blue Cypress family member companies focus on helping associations, non-profits, and other purpose-driven organizations achieve long-term, sustainable success. Amith is also an active early-stage investor in B2B SaaS companies. He’s had the good fortune of nearly three decades of success as an entrepreneur and enjoys helping others in their journey.
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