New Ideas Annual Conference

2017 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, and helps you connect with returning attendees 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

Come to our reception before we take off for the Sunday night party and meet fellow new members, first time attendees and TSAE board and committee members.

Opening Night Party Hosted by Visit Houston

Sunday, 7:00 - 9:00 pm

A Taste of Houston
Chiseled into the Downtown skyline and tucked between three professional sports venues is a destination that will take your Houston experience to the next level. Avenida Houston is downtown's new center of entertainment!

Avenida Houston expands the cultural landscape of downtown through the addition of many new works of public art. 

Sip, Stroll and Savor!

  • Sip…Enjoy a mix of local craft breweries, as well as signature creations by local mixologists
  • Stroll…Listen to the sounds of one of Houston’s hottest live bands and a picture yourself with an art car from Houston’s famous Art Car Parade
  • Savor…“A Taste of Houston.” the culinary capital of the South. Tickle your taste buds with  Tex-Mex, Asian Inspired, Comfort, Mexican, Barbeque, and more

CAE Breakfast

Monday, 7:30 - 8:30 am

All Certified Association Executives are invited to a CAE-only breakfast on Monday morning. Celebrate our newest CAEs, meet with fellow certified executives and enjoy a plated breakfast while listening to a presentation.

Awards Luncheon

Monday, Noon - 1:15 pm

Enjoy a wonderful lunch and conversation with fellow attendees as we honor the 2017 TSAE Award winners.

Open Evening

Monday Evening

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

Monday Night Party Hosted by Marriotts of Texas

Monday, 9:00 - 11:00 pm

Honky-Tonk on the Terrace: Houston, Home of Urban Cowboy
Channel your inner “Bud” and “Sissy” beneath Houston’s international skyline while sippin’ and two-steppin’ to the live soundtrack of “Urban Cowboy,” the smash-hit set in Houston, which launched the late 1970s/early 1980s popularity of country music.

Details to come. 

Healthy Kick Start

Tuesday, 6:30 - 7:30 am

Group Run/Walk
No matter what your pace, you’ll enjoy starting your last day of conference with an invigorating 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 Houston. Take a few hours on Monday afternoon to get out and see what Houston 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.

All tours are sponsored by Visit Houston.

Note: We are also offering a Deep Dive Education Session on Disaster Planning, at no additional cost, from 2:00 - 5:00 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.

aniMeals on Wheels & Meals on Wheels (Community Service Project) FULL

aniMeals on Wheels was founded so that recipients of the Meals on Wheels program would not feel compelled to share their limited food and resources with their four-legged friends. Many of the Meals on Wheels clients are isolated from their families and friends, and their pets provide them with much-needed companionship, exercise and affection. Volunteers are needed monthly to inventory the donations, repackage donated pet food for delivery to Meals on Wheels clients, and organize the pet food room. (Closed-toed shoes required)

Avenida Houston

Tour Houston’s new convention campus Avenida Houston, home to the  Hilton Americas, Marriott Marquis and George R. Brown Convention Center. Avenida Houston is the newest place to Sip, Stroll and Savor in downtown Houston. See Houston’s largest hotel – the 1200 room Hilton Americas with its Texas sized Starbucks, visit the George R. Brown Convention Center which features a new grand entrance that connects the building with the plaza and Discovery Green  across the street. Inside, five previously separate convention halls are now interconnected with a concourse that runs the length of the ground floor. Experience the Marriott Marquis and see 60 tons of crystal hanging from the ceiling in the largest ballroom in Texas. (Wear comfortable walking shoes)


Historic Downtown Pub Walking Tour FULL

Enjoy a ride on Houston’s Metro Trand and get to know Houston’s history through its charming pubs. Hear the stories behind the bars set in historic Houston buildings, stroll through Market Square Park, sip on local beers and designer cocktails in four unique Houston pubs. Experience Houston’s history hands on by visiting the places where it happened. (Wear comfortable attire and walking shoes)


“Looking Back” History Boat Tour and Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern CANCELLED

Take a look back to the late 1800s when Houston was founded with Louis Aulbach, local historian and author of Buffalo Bayou: An Echo of Houston’s Wilderness Beginnings. Louis will share stories of the Allen brothers and provide historical information about the people, places and events along the bayou that helped shape Houston. The Cistern at Buffalo Bayou Park is a former drinking water reservoir built in 1926 for the City of Houston. Restored and repurposed after being decommissioned in 2007, the Cistern is a magnificent public space to house an ambitious program of changing art installations. (Comfortable clothing suggested)

Game Time! It’s On at NRG Stadium! FULL

You don't want to miss this tour of NRG Stadium, the crown jewel of NRG Park, a premier 350 acre sports, convention, tradeshow/consumer show and entertainment complex. Come see where history was made this past Super Bowl. Super Bowl LI is the first and only one to ever be decided in overtime. You'll be treated to the full fan experience…can you say tailgating? That’s right, we will treat you to the best tailgating food and you can’t forget those tailgating beverages. This is going to be a TOUCHDOWN you don’t want to miss. (Comfortable shoes; casual or sports attire)

Museum District Walking Tour FULL

The Houston Museum District is one of the few areas in the country with such a dense population of museums, public art, contemporary architecture, and landscape design. On this walking tour you will experience the quintessential Modernism of Mies van der Rohe, the structuralist view point of Gunnar Birkerts, the simplicity and craft of Isamu Noguchi, and the first free standing American structure designed by Yoshio Taniguchi. Come explore these and other world class examples of design with ArCH tour guides and trace the chronology of significant cultural shifts from the early twentieth century through today. (Wear comfortable shoes and attire)


Shopping Tour – Sip, Shop and Stroll FULL

Sip Shop Stroll is a shopping experience for both visitors and locals alike. Guests will shop locally owned boutiques in one of Houston's most historic and stylish neighborhoods, Rice Village, with a professional Personal Shopper. You’ll also take a break to enjoy a special wine pairing exclusive to the unique aesthetic of each store. Shopping discounts included. (Wear comfortable shoes and attire)


Saint Arnold Brewery Tour + Cheese Pairing FULL

Head just outside of downtown to take a guided educational tour of Saint Arnold Brewing Company, the oldest craft brewery in Texas. A Saint Arnold Beer Guide and one of the Houston Dairy Maids will walk you through a five-course selection of beers and cheeses. See how the two really do go together! (Closed-toed shoes required)

Towers and Trees Downtown Walking Tour

Explore the magnificent architecture between Hermann Square and Discovery Green as well as the changing dynamics of Houston’s downtown. We'll look at the partially realized civic center plan surrounding Hermann Square, the backbone of Main Street, the ambitious 1970 proposal that would become Houston Center, the internationally recognized icons from the skyscraper booms of the 70's and 80's, and Discovery Green, the catalyst that ignited the most recent downtown development renaissance in Houston. (Wear comfortable shoes and attire)

Educational Deep Dive Session:
The Disaster Experience (1:45 - 4:45 pm)

Participation in Deep Dive prohibits you from going on an excursion. Deep Dive participants earn an additional 1.75 CAE hours. 

Chances are that while you read this, an unexpected disaster is causing an organization stress and confusion and is affecting its ability to provide products and services to its customers. Are the organization’s leaders prepared to handle it? Will they be able to recover? Disasters of every shape, size, look and feel happen all the time, affecting businesses, people's jobs, lives and families. You will participate in a small group, and work through an actual disaster scenario. The story unfolds with the delivery of multiple incidents in rapid succession. Your group prepares its responses to the questions provided. Groups are then selected to present their results and insight. The scenario then continues where it left off and the process is repeated. This session is highly interactive and very fast-paced. Never be caught unprepared again!


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