New Ideas Annual Conference

2019 Social Events

In addition to the great education sessions, the New Ideas Annual Conference gives you time to make new connections, see old friends and learn from other attendees in a variety of unique, engaging and meaningful ways.

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First-Time Attendee Orientation

Sunday, 12:45 - 1:30 pm

Your first New Ideas conference can be a little overwhelming. Our Sunday orientation gives first timers (both members and non-members) an opportunity to learn about the conference, hotel, and host city while connecting with New Ideas veterans who will help you make the most of your conference experience.

Networking Breaks

With increasingly busy schedules, we know how difficult it is to take time to get out of the office and talk with your peers. Our 30 minute networking breaks make sure that between all the formal education sessions you have plenty of time to meet with your peers.

New Member & First-Time Attendee Reception

Sunday, 6:00 - 6:45 pm

New to TSAE or Conference? Join us at our reception before we take off for the Sunday night party and meet fellow new members, first time attendees and TSAE board, committee, and staff members.

Opening Night Party Hosted by Galveston Island CVB

Sunday, 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Galveston Island Convention and Visitors Bureau is thrilled to host you for a special welcome reception on Pier 19, home to Katie’s Seafood, where a quarter of the Gulf of Mexico’s seafood comes through. We intend to reel you in to our Gulf Coast lifestyle through a waterfront event in the heart of our historic 200-year-old port. We’ll engulf you in our heritage, food and island culture. Bring your appetite and dancing flip flops…and we’ll sea you soon.

Awards Luncheon

Monday, Noon - 1:15 pm

Enjoy a wonderful lunch and conversation with fellow attendees as we honor the 2019 TSAE Award winners.

Open Evening

Monday Evening

We're giving you an open night to enjoy small group dinners, explore Galveston Island, or just relax after your excursion!

Reception Hosted by Moody Gardens 

Monday, 8:30 -10:30 pm

Add a little awe to your Monday evening at Moody Garden's ten-story aquarium pyramid with a wind down reception. Enjoy desserts, a bourbon tasting and bubbles station among the penguins, seals, stingrays and sharks.

Healthy Kick Start

Tuesday, 6:30 - 7:30 am

No matter what your pace or experience, you’ll enjoy starting your last day of conference with an activity, provided by our Wellness Hub sponsor Visit Frisco.


Monday, September 16, 3:45 - 6:00 pm
(Included in Full or Monday registration)

These exciting afternoon outings will help make the most of your time in Galveston. Take a few hours on Monday afternoon to get out and see what Galveston has to offer, learn a new skill, or give back to the community. It is a perfect way to meet new people in a fun and relaxed setting.

Note: We are also offering a Deep Dive Education Session "Finance for Association Professionals" at no additional cost, from 1:45 - 4:45 pm on Monday afternoon. Selecting this education session will prohibit you from attending an excursion. Deep Dive attendees earn an additional 1.75 CAE hours.

Artist Boat Eco-Education Kayak Tour FULL

An easy paddle in natural wetlands, the East End Lagoon offers an up-close view of the entry to the second largest port in the United States. Includes stop for watercolor demonstration and painting.

The Bryan Museum

Experience the epic story of Texas and the American West! Meet the cowboys, legends, and heroes who lived the story of the West with a one-of-a-kind collection of art and artifacts, hats, maps, firearms and saddles. We promise you, history is high adventure.

The Bryan Museum, located in the historic Galveston Orphans Home, houses one of the world's largest collections of Texas and the American West with a special emphasis on the Spanish influences in the region. In addition to its permanent galleries, the Museum also includes rotating special exhibits, a library, and an archive.

Cabanas and Cocktails FULL

Get ready for Mixology 101 Poolside at The San Luis Resort! Learn to create your own cocktail with our expert mixologists. Plus, enjoy a sampling of the culinary delights and relaxing chair massages overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. 

Galveston Historical Foundation

Welcome aboard the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA, the Official Tall Ship of Texas! Galveston Historical Foundation brought ELISSA, an 1877 square-rigged iron barque, from a scrap yard in Piraeus Harbor, Greece to Galveston to begin restoration work in 1978. By 1982, GHF staff and volunteers completed restoration and transformed this rare, historic vessel into a floating museum that would actively sail. Today, ELISSA is one of only three ships of her kind in the world to still actively sail and welcomes over 40,000 visitors annually. She also serves as the Official Tall Ship of Texas, a National Historic Landmark and a symbol of the Gulf Coast’s historic beginnings as a sea port and active waterfront.

Historic Harbor Tour and Dolphin Watch FULL

Gain a seaside perspective on Galveston Bay and its historic port by knowledgeable guides who will direct this tour of a wide variety of birds and marine life inhabiting in the bay. Playful dolphins almost always make an appearance!

Katie’s Seafood Market & Cooking Demo FULL

The Guindon family began their fishing empire in the late 70s and today processes 25% of the fresh fish caught commercially in the Gulf of Mexico. Focus of the Nat Geo television show Big Fish Texas, the Guindon family increased its holdings with a boat-to-table restaurant in 2019 at Pier 19. Buddy Guindon, family patriarch will speak to gulf coast seafood conservation and fishing.

Moody Gardens Animal Encounter FULL

Moody Gardens would like to present a rare glimpse behind the scenes at the Moody Gardens Aquarium.  You'll hear about, see, and touch some of the $37 million dollars in renovations and innovations to this unique island attraction. You'll also get to immerse yourself in the day to day operations behind the scenes of the Aquarium and its many inhabitants, viewing their galley and an intimate meeting with a penguin!

Moody Gardens Tour FULL

Offering two experiences with behind the scenes extras, Moody Gardens will expose you to the exotic. First, get an expert guided tour to view close to the more than 1,000 species of plants and animals collected at the Rainforest Pyramid. Then dive deep into four exhibits showcasing the complex beauty of the oceans and seas by exploring behind the scenes of a working aquarium.

Tree Sculpture Tour

Enjoy touring the East End Historical District and Galveston Island’s now famous tree sculptures carved from century old trees damaged by Hurricane Ike in 2008. The architecture reflects a variety of styles and periods. Early residents represented an economic and social cross-section of the community, also expressed in the dwellings which range from small, simple cottages to large, elaborate houses. There will be opportunities for photographs.

Turtles About Town

Located at Galveston Island’s premier locations, the turtle scultpures artistically eco their surroundings while brining awareness to the Kemps Ridley sea turtle. Clay Cup Studios, Galveston's local interactive art studio, has partnered with Turtle Island Restoration, a leading advocate for the world’s oceans and marine wildlife.

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