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The Virtual Experience


Where is the 2020 conference located and and when is it taking place?

In an effort to protect our members and ensure access to safe, industry-leading education, the OSAE Board of Directors elected to move OSAE's annual conference online this year. This virtual event will be held August 31- September 2, 2020.

What is the appropriate attire?

We want you to be comfortable so you can enjoy your annual conference experience! Therefore, casual dress is strongly encouraged during programming sessions. The majority of sessions will not have the participants on-screen during the webinar.

How do I register for the event?

There are THREE easy ways to register: online, by mail or by phone. Registration will be open soon!

What are the registration fees and what do they include?

Full conference registration fees include access to all learning activities Monday through Wednesday, plus access to the recorded sessions after the event to view on-demand. Registered attendees will also receive access to all available session handouts and attendee roster. View our pricing here.

What is the Program Schedule for the 2020 Annual Conference?

Our full program is available here .

Why do I not have the option to sign up for specific educational sessions at the 2020 Annual Conference?

This year, the sessions are consecutive as opposed to concurrent. This means that attendees do not have to select one session over another. Also, registration covers not only attendance at the live sessions, but includes the option to view the education later as on-demand  at your leisure.

What are the CEU hours and how do I know if the conference is approved for the CE I need?

OSAE has achieved the "Approved CAE Provider" status from ASAE, the Center for Association Leadership. What this means for you is that all OSAE programming automatically qualifies for CAE education hours. Attendance at the full Annual Conference qualifies for thirteen and one-half (13.5) education hours of CEU for CAE application or renewal.  

Does OSAE have a conference app?

Yes, we do! OSAE is working with Results at Hand who has created a mobile conference app that’s available to virtually anyone with web browsing capabilities (smartphone, tablet, PC, etc.). This allows you to keep up-to-date with the conference details through your mobile devices! Visit our site here ahead of time, and check back often as we will have lots to update between now and the conference.

May I tweet, blog or use other social media outlets before, during and after the meeting to discuss topics announced at the meeting?

Absolutely! OSAE encourages you to use social media to share views, give feedback, network and discuss new developments in person. You can follow OSAE via Twitter @OhioSAE, and we encourage the use of #OSAE20 for related posts, as well as #OSAEInspires and #OSAEBetterTogether.

Will handouts be available?

The annual conference is paperā€lite for our education sessions. As we are a "green friendly" organization, OSAE consciously aims to reduce the amount of paper we use on handouts at all our events and conferences. Additionally, this increases the quality and timeliness of the resources provided through the learning experience as presenters can update their materials more rapidly versus having to reprint attendee handouts. Electronic program materials and handouts replace paper and can accessed online before, during and after the program.

What if I have special needs to fully participate in the conference?

Pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), participants with special needs should indicate on the registration form, or contact OSAE's office as early as possible so that any requirements can be adequately acted upon.

I am not a member of OSAE, but my co-worker is. Can I use their membership to register at the member rate?

No; membership in OSAE is individual and, thus, non-transferable. However, association professionals registering for the meeting as a non-member will receive a complimentary one-year membership in OSAE! (Note: This option is not available for former OSAE members whose membership has lapsed within the past three years.)

What are important dates to remember?

Mark your calendar for Aug. 14, 2020, which is when early-bird registration ends.

Will I be refunded if I have to cancel my registration?

We'll be sorry that you won't be able to join us for this exceptional learning and networking experience! However, we understand that things happen so if you simply can't attend, please notify us in writing by August 14, 2020. A 60-percent surcharge will be retained if cancellations are received between Aug. 15-28, 2020. No credits or refunds will be issued after Aug. 28 or for non-participation. Cancellations may be submitted via email to, via fax to (614) 824-4117, or via mail to: OSAE, 1335 Dublin Road, Ste. 224-A, Columbus, OH 43215.

How can I become a speaker at the OSAE 2020 Annual Conference?

At this time, the program for the OSAE 2020 Annual Conference is finalized. Proposals were due by October 18, 2019 — we're sorry you missed this deadline. This online form allows you to submit your ideas not only for annual conference, but for all other programs that OSAE holds throughout the year. Thanks for your interest in delivering quality learning to our members.

If you have specific questions about getting involved as a 2021 speaker with OSAE, please contact OSAE Manager, Membership & Programs Martha Mattson, CTA at

My question is not here. Who should I contact?

We're sorry that we weren't able to anticipate your needs. Please email us at so we can assist you!



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