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Webinars Presented by STEM Society Experts

CESSE hosts informational webinars from a wide range of relevant topics throughout the year. They are available to all CESSE members for an unlimited time.

Learn how you can join CESSE to take advantage of these valuable resources.

Upcoming Webinars

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Transparency in Peer Review

Tuesday, January 26 at 1 pm ET

Transparent peer review shows the complete peer review process from initial review to final decision. With more transparency, reviewers are encouraged to provide critical but fair and constructive comments. Join us on January 26 for short presentations on masking author identity (single vs. double), increasing the diversity of the reviewer pool, author name changes, openness in the review process, and more. This interactive webinar will include a panel discussion where attendees can submit questions and have them answered live.

Directly following the webinar will be an interactive Zoom discussion hosted by the Publications SIG. We hope that many of you will be able to participate and to share information on your organizations’ recent and planned initiatives that are relevant to these topics.

Register today and join us for an informative and timely webinar on transparency in peer review. 


Meet the Presenters

Moderator: Maisha Fleming Miles, American Society for Microbiology


  • David Evans, Institute of Physics Publishing
  • ​Randy Townsend, American Geophysical Union
  • Jasmine Wallace, American Society for Microbiology


Advocacy Efforts in the Virtual World

Tuesday, February 16 at 2 pm ET

Along with all things during COVID19, advocacy efforts have also had to pivot to the virtual world. CESSE is bringing together two government relations professionals to share what their organizations are doing differently to advocate effectively during this pandemic.

Learn how Mark Elsesser and the American Physical Society used increased member engagement and a new mobile-friendly advocacy software platform to increase their grassroots advocacy actions by more than 700%. Hear from Mary Jo Hoeksema, Population Association of America, how her organization has adapted to virtual engagements with members of Congress and Administration officials. Mary Jo and Mark will both share strategies that they’ve adopted to be more effective in the virtual space.


About the Presenters

Mark ElsesserMark Elsesser, Interim Director of Government Affairs, American Physical Society, has worked at the Society for seven years. In his role, he works closely with APS's Chief External Affairs Officer to develop and implement advocacy strategies to advance APS's policy priorities -- managing the office's day-to-day activities and representing the Society on Capitol Hill and with the executive branch.

Prior to joining APS, Mark served as Science and Technology Policy Fellow, supported by the California Council on Science and Technology, in the office of Assemblymember Ken Cooley of the California State Legislature. Mark is a chemical engineer by training, graduating with a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan and receiving his Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Mary Jo HoeksemaSince January 2004, Mary Jo Hoeksema has been the Director of Government Affairs for the Population Association of America and Association of Population Centers.  In addition to representing PAA and APC, Ms. Hoeksema has co-directed The Census Project since 2008.  Prior to her position with PAA/APC, Ms. Hoeksema worked at the National Institutes of Health for approximately 10 years, as the Legislative Officer at the National Institute on Aging and as the Special Assistant to the Director of the NIH Office of Policy of Extramural Research Administration. 

Ms. Hoeksema served as a Legislative Assistant for Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro and Legislative Correspondent for U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman.  Ms. Hoeksema has a Master of Public Administration from the George Washington University and is a former Presidential Management Fellow.


Thank you to our Partner Venable for sponsoring this webinar.


Micro-volunteering: What is it and how to create a successful program

Tuesday, April 13, 2 pm ET

In associations, the roles we have for volunteers are often long-term, formal positions within our organizational governance structure. These roles are important and essential to our operations, but they may not be conducive to bringing in new volunteers who are just trying to get a feel for the association. 

Additionally, some of our members who may be interested in volunteering are busy with work and family obligations and find themselves unable to commit to longer-term positions. We may already be engaging volunteers in small or short-term roles informally, but how are we keeping track of these volunteers? 

Creating and implementing a micro volunteer program across your association can help solve these – and other – challenges. It will broaden your volunteer base, expose you to new volunteers who have the potential to become future leaders in the organization, and – most importantly – help you get the crucial work of your association accomplished.


About the Presenter

Clare Bruff is Senior Manager, Volunteer Leadership Development and Diversity at ASME, where she is responsible for training, orientation, succession planning, and professional development for the organization's volunteer corps, and provides leadership for diversity and inclusion strategy.

Previously, she was Director, Field Support at the American Lung Association, where she worked with Lung Associations throughout the country on organizational performance management. She also staffed the Lung Association's national Diversity Committee and provided leadership on nationwide diversity initiatives. She has been a member of the New York Association for Volunteer Administration since 2004 and served on its Board from 2006 until 2017, as President from 2014-2016. Clare is a graduate of Rutgers University with a degree in Africana Studies and English and she holds a Master's of Public Administration from Baruch College.



Thank you to our Partner OpenWater for sponsoring this webinar.


Free Webinars on COVID-19 Topics

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.

We're About Trust

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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