New Ideas Annual Conference

2018 Social Events

2018 events listed for reference, 2019 events will be posted in April.

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 VisitDallas

Sunday, 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Welcome to Dallas – where Southern meets modern, legacy meets luxury, and hospitality meets heritage. To kick off your time in Big D, we’re showing you what Dallas does best: prime time football. Dress up in your favorite NFL gear as we celebrate the ‘Boys being back in action as they square off against the New York Giants!  Celebrate TSAE Opening Night with dinner, games and entertainment all offered in the grandiose style that you have come to expect from the Big D, and all happening at our historically grand masterpiece venue, Union Station!

Awards Luncheon

Monday, Noon - 1:15 pm

Enjoy a wonderful lunch and conversation with fellow attendees as we honor the 2018 TSAE Award winners.

Open Evening

Monday Evening

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

Skyline Reception Hosted by Omni Hotels & Resorts

Monday, 8:30 -10:30 pm

Live on the Pegasus Lawn’s main stage at the Omni Dallas Hotel, Jordan Kahn and his party orchestra will be keeping you on your feet, dancing the night away! Enjoy sweet treats, cocktails, and the glowing skyline views. All attendees are welcome! (Lawn attire suggested)

Healthy Kick Start

Tuesday, 6:30 - 7:30 am

Yoga on the Lawn and Group Run/Walk
No matter what your pace or expreience, you’ll enjoy starting your last day of conference with instructor-led yoga on the lawn, provided by our Wellness Hub sponsor Visit Frisco, or with an invigorating and casual run or walk with fellow attendees.


Monday, September 18, 3:45 - 6:00 pm
(Included in Full or Monday registration)

These exciting afternoon outings will help make the most of your time in Dallas. Take a few hours on Monday afternoon to get out and see what Dallas 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 "Solutions for the Things that Keep You Up at Night: Human Resources, Finance and Your Board" 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.

Dallas by Chocolate FULL

Savor some of the mouth-watering chocolate creations by local artists and shop at one of-a-kind Dallas boutiques for some unique souvenirs to bring home as you explore two of the most popular Dallas entertainment districts.

Downtown Preservation FULL

Explore and learn about Dallas’ history as you walk along the Downtown streets. Admire some of Dallas historic buildings that have been preserved and renovated into popular hotels, shops and restaurants.

Farmer’s Market FULL

Take an excursion to the Dallas Farmer’s Market. This newly remodeled and expanded hot spot has dozens of shops where you can find unique wares made by local artisans. Then, taste of some of the freshest hand-made tacos in Dallas and even learn to build your own sage sticks.

First Ladies Tour FULL

Take a walk though some of the most impactful moments of recent history at the George W. Bush Library & Museum. Explore the newest First Ladies Exhibit to learn how the role of the first lady has evolved over time and stay for a traditional afternoon tea on site.

Margarita Mile FULL

Dallas is the birthplace of the frozen margarita and five of Dallas’ popular spots will make their signature creations just for you! Sample the frozen margaritas at Café Herrera, El Fenix, Meso Maya, La Ventana and Wild Salsa and pick your favorites!

Mavs Mania FULL

Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Dallas Mavericks new NBA practice facility and get ready to be surprised – there are a few in store!

Reunion Tower with Wolfgang Puck Catering FULL

See Dallas from 460 ft in the sky! Visit Reunion Tower Geo-Deck for some breathtaking views and interact with Halo, their digital system, to learn about Dallas’ most famous landmarks and events. Then, head to Wolfgang Puck’s on-site restaurant, Five Sixty, for a culinary class.

Tequila, Tacos and Terrariums FULL

Visit one of Dallas’ most artistic and historic neighborhoods, Deep Ellum, for a tequila tasting and some freshly made tacos. Then walk down the street to Deeply Rooted and build your own terrarium to take home.

Volunteer at the Children's Hospital

Help build "Busy Books" for children at the Children's Hospital. 


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