EAA 2023 Summer Staff Conference

Join us in the Big Easy this summer

Please join us July 23-26 in New Orleans, Louisiana for the 2023 EAA Summer Staff Conference: Leading Forward Together  

We have a schedule packed full of general and breakout sessions focusing on the areas of Learning and Development, Membership Marketing, Research and Surveys, and Consulting work. Join us as we explore guiding members and our own Employers Associations forward during tumultuous times and how we may do so using collaboration and other key resources.  

Join your peers from Employer Associations nationwide as we share best practices, attend educational sessions, and build valuable relationships. We are looking forward to our conference where we can explore Leading Forward Together!

Did you know? 
15 volunteers from 10 Employer Associations across 8 states, along with the EAA Board of Directors, came together to design the 2023 EAA Summer Staff Conference! Throughout the design of this conference, volunteers keyed in on the one thing that makes this 2023 conference so unique from the ones before it: togetherness. The collaboration from several Employer Associations, despite being from different organizations, living in different time zones, and having different job duties within their respective associations, brought them together and makes this conference so special. And that is where we landed on this year’s theme, Leading Forward Together.


Conference AgendaClick Here for Detailed Printable Agenda 

 Date  Time (CST)   Activity
 Sunday, July 23  5:30 - 8:30 p.m.   Welcome Reception & Dinner - Laurel Oak
 Monday, July 24  8:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.   Conference Programming 
   4:00 - 8:30 p.m.   Social Activity & Dinner - TBD 
 Tuesday, July 25  8:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.   Conference Programming 
 4:00 - 8:30 p.m.    Social Activity & Dinner - TBD 
 Wednesday, July 26   8:00 - 11:30 a.m.   Conference Programming 

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

Featured Sessions - Click here for a full listing of session descriptions

The Power of Together: Building Connections That Count      
Speaker: Myra Corrello, PhD
Myra Corrello Business Growth Strategies 

What is one single thing that you control that can change your life?
The breadth and quality of your relationships. Meeting one key person can change everything. Personally or professionally.
Networking and relationship-building didn’t come naturally or easy for Myra. Shyness and (almost) introversion  nearly crippled her early success. But major life challenges – including rebuilding a whole new life after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina – taught Myra how to reach out and forge life-altering relationships.
In this hands-on session, Myra will help you harness the power of relationships and build the social capital you need to do anything easier, faster, bigger or better. You will:

  • Identify key types of relationships that can help you accomplish your biggest goals. 
  • Acquire simple tools to efficiently plan and prioritize your relationship-building
  • Get tips and strategies to help make those relationships pay off -- in a non-salesy, comfortable, and natural way
  • Become a “relationship magnet” that attracts extraordinary people into your life

Come along as Myra gets real about what it took to build a successful career starting from zero relationships and how those same skills helped her successfully navigate life’s biggest personal challenges. You will leave enlightened, inspired, and ready to reach out to the right people to help you accomplish your most ambitious goals.


DEI: Bridges to Understanding
Speaker: Daryl Dixon
Director of Equity and Inclusion, Cascade Employers Association 

This workshop goes beyond cultural awareness and valuing diversity. It is a catalyst for building an organization that is free from discrimination, and one that allows everyone to be appreciated and to make a meaningful contribution.
Participants will explore real life situations, and build and refine the skills necessary to understand, appreciate and communicate respect for others. They’ll also leave with a sense of responsibility for speaking up when inappropriate or discriminatory remarks are made, and how to become part of a solution. The result is an enhanced workplace, where diversity becomes a strength instead of a weakness, a workplace likely to have fewer instances of bias and discrimination and where everyone can function in an inclusive atmosphere.
Key Learning Objectives:

  • Learn the four core competencies needed to work effectively with people, whether co-workers or clients, that are different from themselves.
  • Learn the skills needed to address inappropriate behavior in the workplace.
  • Learn communication strategies that will enhance their ability to communicate effectively in a diverse environment.


Conference Registration
Conference Registration includes programming, scheduled meals and social activities. 

 Attendee Type  Registration Rate 
 Early Bird Attendee (Registration by Friday, June 16)  $850
 Standard Attendee (Registration from 6/16 - 7/14)  $950
 Registration Closes  Friday, July 14


Important: 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. You must be logged in to register for the conference. 

Conference Cancelation Policy: All cancelation 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, cancelations received after Friday, July 14,  2023 cannot be refunded. 


HRCI Alliance - Special 2023 Conference Discount

The EAA is offering a special registration incentive. All Associations participating in the HRCI Alliance will receive a special $900 discount* for one conference in 2023. 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 on May 18. 
*This is a one-time discount. Unused portions of the $900 discount cannot be credited. Contact kim.mitschke@mranet.org with questions. 


Hotel Accommodations - Magnolia Hotel New Orleans


Magnolia New Orleans welcomes the EAA home with pure hospitality at the heart of the Central Business District. Just steps away from the French Quarter’s world-renowned nightlife and distinguished architecture, find yourself strolling Bourbon Street as the sounds of famed jazz clubs, scents of Cajun cuisine tempt the senses. Discover local crafts along the quieter streets of the French Market before enjoying Jackson Square’s street performers and the breathtaking beauty of St. Louis Cathedral – the oldest cathedral in the United States.
Rooms were re-imagined in 2019 to celebrate the unique location and culture of New Orleans. Modern rooms feature distinguished Magnolia bedding, in-room coffee & tea and other amenities. 

 EAA Discounted Group Rate  $119 + tax, fees*
 Cut-off Date  Friday, June 30, 2023

*Discounted Group Rate available Thursday, July 20 - Saturday, July 29, based on availability. Early Check-in based on availability. Guaranteed late check-out Wednesday, July 26 at noon. Rooms are subject to an early departure charge equal to one night's room rate plus taxes & fees. 

Room Reservations: To make a hotel reservation, please click on the button or call the resort directly at (888) 529-5173 and mention group (Employer Associations of America (EAA)) to secure your guest room at the discounted group rate of $119+ taxes, fees. 


Hotel Address: 
535 Gravier Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Hotel Website

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

Hotel Cancelation Policy: 
Reservation must be guaranteed with a credit card. Cancelations must be completed 72 hours prior to arrival to avoid cancelation fee of one night's room rate plus taxes and fees. Should you need to change or cancel your reservation, please have your confirmation number available when making changes online or by calling (888) 529-5173. 


​Conference Centre on 11
Conference programming will be held at the Conference Centre on 11 - New Orleans’ newest premiere conference center in the heart of the Central Business District. The Magnolia Hotel is a one block (three-minute) walk to the Conference Centre, located on the 11th floor of the Pan American Life Center. 



Conference Transportation

Airport: Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) is located 14.5 miles (22 min) from Magnolia Hotel New Orleans. 

Designated Ride Share passenger pickup is located outside of Level 1 Baggage Claim on the middle curb. 

  • Lyft: Exit baggage claim via Doors 7-9, cross the walkway to the middle curb and join the queue.  
  • Uber: Exit baggage claim via Doors 9-11, cross the walkway to the middle curb and join the queue. For non-Uber X requests, meet your driver outside Baggage Claim at Zone 3. 

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.

Airport Taxi: Taxis pick up passengers in a dedicated taxi loading zone on the Arrivals Curb outside of Level 1 Baggage Claim Door 7. Average cost of taxis from the airport to the Central Business District is $36. 


Thank You to our Valuable Partners: 

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