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

March 16, 2023 | 11 am CT

Artificial intelligence (AI) is transforming how organizations operate faster than ever. From radically improving member engagement to streamlining internal processes and better serving their audiences through personalized content, associations have an incredible opportunity to embrace AI.

But what does that really mean and how do you get started?

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While there are plenty of ways AI can impact associations, one particular category, Generative AI, is  critical to understand. Tools like ChatGPT and the AI-powered Bing have captured the public’s attention, and they can start changing how you operate as an organization today.

Join Sidecar and ASAE as we explore the fundamentals of AI, the power of generative AI and how associations can immediately make use of these emerging technologies.

What you'll learn about AI in this 1-hour session:

The fundamentals of AI – what it is, the basics on how it works, and where you can use it
What is generative AI and how does it work?
Explore mainstream apps like ChatGPT, DALL·E 2 and others
Dive into 8+ association-specific use cases that will give you paths to implementing right now in your organization.
The Future – AI is moving fast – what’s likely to happen in the next 12-24 months.
What you can and should do next to experiment and take your organization forward.

Meet your speakers!

Amith Nagarajan

Blue Cypress Founder and Chairman

Amith Nagarajan is an entrepreneur who has served the association and not-for-profit market for over 25 years. As the founder of Aptify, he built a business focused on delivering the tech infrastructure associations needed to modernize and improve their agility. After over 20 years of leading Aptify, he sold Aptify to Community Brands in 2017 and launched Blue Cypress, a family of companies focused on transformative change across the entire association space. Blue Cypress is a family of 20 companies. The companies are all focused on driving sustainable and meaningful change in the association sector, but in completely different ways. Each company has a narrow area of focus and expertise in fields as diverse as technology, leadership coaching, team learning, conferences, and of course many applications of AI.

Dray McFarlane

Taiso Co-Founder

After an education focused on technology and economics, Dray has spent nearly two decades providing associations with technology solutions. In that time he has loved diving deeply 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 an understanding of their business has been a constantly evolving and incredibly rewarding experience. Founding Tasio gives him the opportunity to continue on this path, specifically focusing on applying Artificial Intelligence tools and expertise to Associations.

Reggie Henry

Chief Information and Performance Excellence Officer, ASAE: The Center For Association Leadership

Reggie joined ASAE in November of 1994. His responsibilities are to implement "exemplary" systems at ASAE that can serve as a model to the rest of the association community and to "ratchet-up" the use and understanding of technology among ASAE members. He has been working with and/or for non-profit organizations since 1985. Reggie speaks regularly on technology and strategy issues. Some of his most recent speaking engagements include the NABE CE Retreat: Welcome & Plenary Session - The Future of the Membership Association Post-Pandemic, 2021 Exhibition and Conventions Executive Forum, 2021 High Road Solutions Spring Virtual Conference, 2021 ASAE Annual Meeting, 2020 Arizona Chamber Executives Virtual Conference, 2020 ASAE Technology Conference, 2019 Empire State Leadership Conference, 2019 Digital Now Conference. In 2009 he was invited by the Secretary of Smithsonian to participate in Smithsonian 2.0, a Gathering to Re-Imagine the Smithsonian in the Digital Age. Reggie was recently named one of the top 40 CIOs in DC-MD-VA area.

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Sidecar’s Core Purpose is to grow leaders at every level of every association. Sidecar is a member of the Blue Cypress family of companies and is deeply committed to the success of the global association market.


ASAE is the essential organization for association management, representing both organizations and individual association professionals. Celebrating 100 years of making the world better, they represent more than 47,000 members, with more than 1,750 through organization memberships.
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