Lessons Learned from the APS Virtual Meeting

Wednesday, June 10, Noon CT / 1 pm ET 


  • Mark Doyle, Chief Information Officer, American Physical Society

  • Hunter Clemens, Director of Meetings, American Physical Society


  • Sharon Lensky, Technical Support Manager, American Physical Society

As the American Physical Society put it, “the April Meeting must go on…line.” The Chief Information Officer and Director of Meetings at APS will walk through what they learned from transitioning their in-person April Meeting to a virtual meeting. They’ll discuss:

  • the constraints of physical versus virtual meetings
  • how attendees interact virtually
  • how best to work with staff, vendors, attendees and exhibitors
  • how the future will include hybrid meetings

Eligible for 1 CAE credit. 
Eligible for 1 CMP credit. 

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About the Speakers

Hunter ClemensHunter Clemens, CAE, CMP is a strategic association executive and the Director of Meetings for the American Physical Society. He offers more than 30 years of accomplishment-laden experience in the association community and the hospitality and meetings industry. Hunter is known for his integrity and is highly regarded by his customers and colleagues alike. He is a member of ASAE, PCMA, MPI, and AMPs. He is a Past-Chair of the American Society of Association Executive’s Meetings and Exposition Section Council and is a past member on the AMC Section Council of ASAE.

He periodically teaches courses on meetings and event management for ASAE as well as the CMP Study Course.


Dr. Mark DoyleDr. Mark Doyle has been with the American Physical Society for almost 24 years and is now Chief Information Officer. His main responsibilities are to oversee and manage all IT-related aspects of the APS, including the systems associated with its journals, membership, meetings, and programs. In addition, he is directly involved in the Society's strategic planning as part of the Senior Management Team. Mark is currently the Co-chair of the CHORUS Technical Working Group. He also serves on NISO's Standing Committee for JATS: Journal Article Tag Suite and ORCID’s Publications and User Facilities Working Group. 

Sharon LenskySharon Lensky is the technical support manager at the American Physical Society and is based at their Editorial Office in Long Island, NY.  She has worked for the publishing branch of the Society since 1988 and has been involved with CESSE for well over a decade as an attendee, speaker, moderator, and committee member.


How You Can Improve Collaboration with Your Virtual Team

Tuesday, June 23, Noon CT / 1 pm ET 


  • Sharon Kneebone, CAE – Executive Director, National Society for Histotechnology
  • Eileen DeGuire – Director of Technical Content and Communications, The American Ceramic Society, Inc.
  • Julie Steffen – Director of Publishing, American Astronomical Society

Are you and your staff feeling like you are just treading water when it comes to working remotely? Hear veterans of working remotely on how to efficiently work and collaborate together even when you’re all working from your homes. Our panel of speakers will discuss:

  • how to create social connection
  • managing employees remotely
  • virtually onboarding new employees
  • collaborating with teams in the office and offsite
Eligible for 1 CAE credit. 

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About the Speakers

Eileen De GuireEileen De Guire is director of technical content and communications at The American Ceramic Society, where she manages all ACerS publishing, education, and communication activities. During her nine-year tenure at ACerS, she has split her time between the office in Columbus, Ohio,  and her home in Cleveland, Ohio. Besides herself, several team members work remotely permanently or on a part-time basis.

Julie SteffenJulie Steffen has been Director of Publishing for the American Astronomical Society since 2014.  Before that, she spent 25 years at the University of Chicago, where she served for many years as Director of Astronomy Publications at the University of Chicago Press. Julie enjoys the many challenges of publishing the global astronomy community’s research output, including maintaining a community-run, non-profit publishing program in today’s increasingly commercial environment.  She has served on the board of directors of the Society for Scholarly Publishing, on faculty for the Council of Science Editors short courses in Publication Management, and is currently a vice-chair of the CESSE Publications Special Interest Group. Julie is based in Tucson, Arizona.


Sharon H. KneeboneSharon H. Kneebone, CAE, IOM, is the Executive Director for the National Society for Histotechnology.  She began her tenure in 2015 and led the organization’s transformation to entirely virtual in 2017.  Ms. Kneebone has over 15 years of executive management experience in addition to program-specific roles in governance, membership, and component relations. She has been an active association volunteer, serving in many roles, including contributing author in the Component Relations Handbook, 2nd Ed.


Roadmapping Conference Success: Leveraging Knowledge Hubs to Enrich Your Conference Agenda, Grow Your Audience and Improve Delegate Engagement

Tuesday, October 20, 2020, at 2 pm ET

In this webinar, Destination Canada’s Business Events team will walk you through the benefits of hosting your event in key knowledge hubs, and how to leverage sector expertise to augment your conference agenda, engage with your delegates and grow your audience and membership base. Using case studies from global conferences hosted in Canada’s innovation centres, we’ll provide you with the tools to identify knowledge hubs by sector, and the roadmap for how to best connect with local industry and thought leaders to create meaningful content presentations, technical tours and field trips, and enhanced networking opportunities during your event, ultimately increasing your event ROI.

Eligible for 1 CAE credit. 

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About the Speaker

Virginie De Visscher Director of Business Development, Economic Sectors, Destination Canada is responsible for leading the development and managing the implementation of Destination Canada's economic sector strategy. She is also responsible for increasing overnight visitations to Canada by attracting business events from international markets in alignment with economic sectors identified in Canada's Trade and Investment Strategy.

Virginie has an extensive background in business development and international operations with 17 years' experience. She has lived and worked in more than seven countries in Asia, Africa and Europe before moving to Canada in 2010, where she was director of international trade at the World Trade Centre Winnipeg for five years.

Virginie is the Honorary Consol for the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Manitoba and is a certified International Trade Professional (CITP) through the Forum for International Trade Training. Virginie holds a Masters of Science from the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences at the Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) in Belgium, and a diploma of Engineering in Agriculture. She is originally from Belgium and has language skills in French, English, Spanish, Dutch and Bahasa Indonesia.



During these trying times, we feel it's right to provide not only our STEM society members the resources they need to navigate the COVID-19 crisis, but also the broader community of association professionals. We are offering very relevant and timely presentations to help you guide your associations.

  • You can access the recorded webinar, COVID-19: Legal Strategies for Association Meetings presented by Jeff Tenebaum, Managing Partner at Tenebaum Law Group PLLC, in our webinar library. This webinar gives you the legal strategies that you can take to guide your associations if their events are canceled or rescheduled. 

  • How to Pivot and Create a Virtual Event in the Face of Challenge brings together an experienced panel who has recently had to plan and institute quick, innovative thinking for their events. The webinar is presented by:

    • Chris Urena, CAE, The Endocrine Society
    • Renee Lewis, CMP, Infinity Management Group 
    • Emma Clawson, Hematology-Oncology Pharmacy Association
    • Christine Young, Hematology-Oncology Pharmacy Association
    • Jacob Adams, NACE International

View webinar library for free COVID-19 presentations 


CESSE is a CAE Approved Provider

This webinar meets the requirements for fulfilling the professional development requirements to earn or maintain the Certified Association Executive credential. Every program that we offer which qualifies for CAE credit will clearly identify the number of CAE credits granted for full participation, and we will maintain records of your participation in accord with CAE policies.

For more information about the CAE credential or Approved Provider program, please visit www.asaecenter.org/cae. As a CAE Approved Provider educational program related to the CAE exam content outline, this program may be applied for 1 credit toward your CAE application or renewal professional development requirements.

Note: Applicants may use any program that meets eligibility requirements in the specific timeframe towards the exam application or renewal. There are no specific individual courses required as part of the applications – selection of eligible education is up to the applicant based on his/her needs.

CESSE is a CMP Approved Provider

Certified Meeting Professional Preferred ProviderCESSE has been approved by the Events Industry Council (EIC) as a Preferred Provider of the above-listed continuing education courses, which qualify for CMP continuing education credit.  Determination of continuing education credit eligibility or Preferred Provider status does not imply EIC’s endorsement or assessment of education quality.

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The keyword that comes up again and again at CESSE is trust. Our community members meet through our hallmark events and continue the conversations well beyond. Whether you are looking for a sounding board to help you work through a challenge, tips and advice on industry practices, or referrals to other people who have a solution you can use, CESSE is here to be, or become, your professional network of choice.

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