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Georgia group pulls off socially distanced annual meeting

Holding in-person gathering during pandemic requires meticulous preparation, contingency plans; ‘It is not for the faint of heart’

Socially distanced education sessionSocial distancing was enforced at breakout sessions at GSAE's annual meeting in August.

Sept. 28, 2020
By Kathryn Walson

The Georgia Society of Association Executives is a pioneer in paving the way back to in-person meetings. President Wendy Kavanagh, GSAE’s top executive, waited until two weeks after the group’s annual meeting ended Aug. 28 to declare it a success.

“None (of the 113 attendees) have reported to us any (COVID-19) diagnosis, any sudden symptoms, so that just feels great,” she said. “Everybody there was so committed to making it work. They were awesome rule followers.”