EAA 2024 CEO & Staff Conference

Collaborate with Peers in the South this Fall

Please join us Sept. 8 - 12 in Hilton Head, South Carolina for the 2024 EAA CEO & Staff Conference: Bridging Horizons. 

For the first time in 6 years, CEOs and Staff will come together for a combined conference experience, celebrating the power of unity and collaboration within the EAA. Set against the serene backdrop of Hilton Head Island, the EAA CEO & Staff Conference will foster meaningful connections where we will learn from each other, engage in dynamic discussions, and forge stronger bonds between our organizations.

Breathe in the fresh Lowcountry air, dip your toes in the warm Atlantic waters, and dive into a collective conference experience where we’ll Bridge the Horizons of a unified EAA team.


Conference Agenda
The Conference is split into two sessions - CEOs will gather Sept. 8-10 and Staff will meet Sept. 10-12, with crossover on Tuesday, Sept. 10. 

CEO Conference Agenda - Sept. 8 - 10, 2024 
A detailed agenda coming soon! 

Session topics will include: an Economic Update; the Future of Associations; Generations in the Workplace; an exploration into the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS), a Marketing panel and much more! 

 Date  Time (EST)   Activity
 Sunday, Sept. 8  4:00 - 5:00 p.m.   Board of Directors Meeting 
 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.   Welcome Reception - Seacrest Patio (on resort)
 Monday, Sept. 9  8:00am - 4:30pm  Conference Programming 
   6:00 - 9:00 p.m.   Reception & Dinner - The Lawn (on resort) 
 Tuesday, Sept. 10   8:00am - 3:45pm  Conference Programming (combined with staff) 
   5:00 - 8:30 p.m.    Optional * Harbor Cruise & Dinner (combined with staff)
 Wed., Sept. 11             8:00am - 3:45pm  Optional * Conference Programming (combined with staff)
 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.   Optional * Reception & Dinner - Seacrest Terrace (combined with staff) 
 Thursday, Sept. 12   8:00 - 11:15 a.m.    Optional * Conference Programming (combined with staff)

*Please note that the agenda is subject to change and will be updated continuously until the start of the conference. 

Staff Conference Agenda - Sept. 10 - 12, 2024
A detailed agenda coming soon! 

Session topics will include: AI in HR; Change Management; DEI; five collaborative breakout sessions split into four tracks including: marketing & membership, training, consulting services and research & surveys. And much more! 

Date  Time (EST)   Activity
 Monday, Sept. 9  N/A   Arrival & dinner on own 
 Tuesday, Sept. 10   8:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.   Conference Programming (combined with CEOs) 
   5:00 - 8:30 p.m.    Harbor Cruise & Dinner (combined with CEOs)
 Wednesday, Sept. 11  8:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.   Conference Programming 
 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.   Reception & Dinner - Sea Crest Terrace (on resort)
 Thursday, Sept. 12   8:00 - 11:15 a.m.   Conference Programming

*Please note that the agenda is subject to change and will be updated continuously until the start of the conference. 

Conference Registration

Conference Registration includes programming, scheduled meals and social activities. Discount information below. 

 Attendee Type  Registration Rate 
 CEO Attendee Rate (9/8 - 9/10)  $900
 Staff Attendee Rate (9/10 - 9/12)  $900
 Registration Closes  Friday, Aug. 30


Important: You must be logged in to register for the conference. If you receive an error message during the registration process, that "your member type has not been invited to the event," please return to the webpage and login. 

Conference Cancellation Policy: All cancellation requests must be made in writing via email to the EAA and are subject to a non-refundable $75 processing fee. Due to the requirement to confirm participation counts, cancellations received after Friday, Aug. 30,  2024 cannot be refunded. 



HRCI Alliance - Special 2024 Conference Discount

The EAA is offering a special registration incentive for all associations participating in the HRCI Alliance. Each association will receive one $300 discount* for the CEO & Staff Conference in September. An email containing the HRCI discount code and instructions on how to redeem the promotional rate was sent to the CEO of each association that participates in the HRCI Alliance.
*This is a one-time discount. Unused portions of the $300 discount cannot be credited. Contact kim.mitschke@mranet.org with questions. 


Hotel Accommodations - Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island


The Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island welcomes the EAA with pure Southern hospitality. Immerse yourself in the Lowcountry charm and tranquility of this relaxing oceanfront oasis. Step out your door and onto lush paths and pristine beaches, where sugary sand meets the sparkling Atlantic. Relax and unwind in the Resort's newly renovated public spaces and sleeping rooms that reflect the serenity of Hilton Head's oceanside ambiance. 

 EAA Discounted Group Rate  $219 + tax, fees*
 Cut-off Date Thursday, Aug. 15

*Discounted Group Rate available Saturday, Sept. 7 - Wednesday, Sept. 11, based on availability. Early check-in and late check-out is based on availability. A discounted resort facilities fee of $10 will be applied each day.

Room Reservations: To make a hotel reservation, please click on the button or call the resort directly at (843) 842-2400 and mention group (Employer Associations of America (EAA)) to secure your guest room at the discounted group rate of $219+ taxes, fees. 



Hotel Address: 
130 Shipyard Drive 
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
Hotel Website


Check-in / Check-out: 
Check-in: 4:00 p.m. CST 
Check-out: 11:00 a.m. CST

Hotel Cancellation Policy: 
Reservation must be guaranteed with a credit card. Cancellations must be completed 5 days prior to arrival by 4 p.m. Should you need to change or cancel your reservation, please have your confirmation number available by calling (843) 842-2400.  




Social Activities

Sunday, Sept. 8
CEO Conference attendees are invited to a welcome reception and dinner on the patio at Seacrest Restaurant, located on resort. Relax and unwind in the breezy indoor/outdoor space while catching up with fellow conference attendees and peers before the conference kicks off Monday morning.
CEO Conference Attendees Only 

Monday, Sept. 9
CEO Conference attendees will enjoy an enchanting evening reception & dinner at The Lawn, located on resort and surrounded by tranquil ponds and the lull of nearby ocean waves. Dinner will be followed by camaraderie and a private evening bonfire. 
CEO Conference Attendees Only 

Tuesday, Sept. 10

Step aboard the legendary Salty Dog, a double-decker, 63-foot catamaran that sails the Caibogue Sound, taking in stunning views of the South Carolina coastline and its lush maritime forests and charming waterfront community. Attendees will let loose and enjoy a delicious Lowcountry-inspired dinner while enjoying the fun-filled atmosphere aboard. Don't miss the beautiful sunset and a celebratory time with your peers on this two-hour private cruise that you won't
soon forget.  
Combined Conference Attendees. *Note - this experience is optional for CEO attendees. 

Wednesday, Sept. 11
Conference attendees are invited to unwind and celebrate a successful Conference with a lively reception and dinner at the sunny Seacrest Patio, located on resort. 
Staff Conference Attendees.


Conference Transportation


Two great airport options! 

  • Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (SAV)  is located 47 miles (65 min) from Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island. Airlines: All major carriers 
  • Hilton Head Island Airport (HHH) is located 8 miles (18 min) from Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island. ​Airlines: American Airlines, Delta, United

Ground Transportation: 

  • Savannah International designated rideshare pickup (Lyft & Uber) is located at the north entrance of the baggage claim. Click Here for additional ground transportation information. 
  • ​Pre-arranged transportation is strongly recommended at Hilton Head Airport, as there are limited rideshare options available. Click Here for taxi, rental and shuttle information. 

Ride Share Safety Tips: When using any ride app service, ensure that you are getting into the right car by following a few simple steps. Always be sure that the automobile’s license plate, make and model, and driver photo match the information provided in your app. Ride app services can only be requested through the app, so never get in a car where the vehicle’s appearance or driver’s identity doesn’t match the information displayed in your app.

Thank You to our Valuable Partners: 

For additional conference information please contact: 
Kim Mitschke, CMP
Conference & Events Manager