Welcome to the application for the 19th Annual STAR Awards! Please click on a form below to enter your nomination for one or more of the many prestigious awards up for grabs. Awards are categorized either as individual or association/organization.

Nominations will be accepted until November 6, 2020. Please note that the nominations should reflect programs, initiatives, and work which took place between September 1, 2019 and August 31, 2020.

Listed below are the available awards. A description for each award can be found HERE or in their respective submission forms.

Association/Organizational Awards:

  • NEW! Special Recognition
  • Golden Shoestring
  • Impactful Community Philanthropic Program
  • Impactful Technology
  • Innovative Communications Program
  • Innovative Marketing Campaign
  • Innovative Membership Program
  • Outstanding Annual Convention
  • Outstanding Government Affairs Program
  • Outstanding Individual Program/Event
  • Supplier Company of the Year

Individual Awards:

  • Association Executive of the Year
  • Association Professional of the Year
  • Individual Supplier of the Year
  • Rising STAR of the Year


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Do I need to create an account to submit a nomination?

Yes. Before you enter any information, Submittable will prompt you to create an account. You will then be able to manage your submissions.

Can I nominate myself?

Of course! You may nominate yourself or your peers.

Can I submit more than one nomination?

Yes. You may nominate multiple individuals for each award. At the end of each award submission, you will be asked if you would like to nominate an additional individual. Click “yes” and a set of questions will appear.

If you would like to nominate more than one company for an association/organizational award, please fill out separate forms.

Is there a recommended length for each question in the nomination form?

Yes. Suggested word counts can be found next to every question. We recommend providing the judges with as much detail as possible.

What is the time frame/scope of projects, events and initiatives eligible for nomination?

Nominations should reflect programs, initiatives, and work which took place between September 1, 2019 and August 31, 2020.

What is the deadline to submit a nomination?

October 16, 2020. This deadline will NOT be extended.

Who judges the awards?

All submissions for the association/organizational awards are reviewed and scored by the Ohio Society of Association Executives.

Do I have to finish the entire nomination form at one time?

No. Once you make an account to fill out a nomination, anything you add to your form will be autosaved until you submit, allowing you to come and go as you please.

Welcome to the 2020 STAR Awards Application! Ten highly-coveted association/organizational awards are up for grabs this year. Nominations will be accepted until November 6, 2020. Please note that the nominations should reflect programs, initiatives, and work which took place between September 1, 2019 and August 31, 2020.

Thanks to advanced form logic, you may now apply for multiple association/organizational awards for the same organization through this one form, making submissions easier than ever before. Simply select the award(s) you are interested in applying for below and a set of questions will appear for each one. If you intend to nominate multiple organizations, please use a separate submission form for each one. Please answer each question with as much detail as possible to help our judges make the best decision. A suggested answer length can be found next to each question. All association/organizational awards are judged by association professionals from the Ohio Society of Association Executives (OSAE).

Thank you for participating in the 2020 STAR Awards! Your nomination is much appreciated. Don't forget to mark your calendar for the 2020 ISAE STAR Awards, taking place virtually on Thursday, December 3.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out to ISAE Director of Communications & Membership Stu Kushner at skushner@isae.org.

Association/Organizational Awards:

  • NEW!! Special Recognition - Has your association and/or a particular staff member gone above and beyond for your membership during the COVID-19 pandemic? Share your story! We will compile all submissions and share them with the ISAE membership.
  • Golden Shoestring
    No Money? No Problem! Tell us how you successfully met a challenge head-on with a budget of under $5,000.
  • Impactful Community Philanthropic Program
    Entries must include public service programs that involved and benefit the greater community and surrounding areas beyond the confines of the specific association.
  • Impactful Technology
    The Technology Award is intended to highlight member(s) who demonstrate an innovative use of technology. Successful submissions will detail the objective and goals of the effort and demonstrate an effective use of the organization's resources. The submission should also convey the impact the technology had on the organization and its members. Submissions can include, but are not limited to website, event technologies, apps, etc.
  • Innovative Communications Program
    Any improved or innovative tactic your association has used to communicate to its membership. Successful submissions should detail the campaign objective and goals and how those were achieved. It should also highlight the different audiences/segments attempting to be communicated with. Submissions can include but are not limited to mailings, email campaign, social media plan, video series, etc.
  • Innovative Marketing Campaign
    Any new, unique or innovative way your association marketed a program or event. Successful submissions should detail the campaign objective and goals and how those were achieved. It should highlight the creativity of the campaign and how that creativity conveys the message of the organization. Submissions can include, but are not limited to, print advertising, social media, web, email, etc.
  • Innovative Membership Program
    Do you have a recruitment, retention, new member, lapsed member, or education program with results that exceeded your expectations? These programs can be general, focused on a particular hot button topic specific to your members, or on a particular program, initiative, or product. Be sure to include the measurable goals and outcomes. What was the feedback from your members, how do you know it worked, what can other ISAE members learn from your entry and how could they replicate it?
  • Outstanding Annual Convention
    Entries must be a convention that benefits your membership and makes a positive impact on your organization.
  • Outstanding Government Affairs Program
    Entries should outline how the legislative-specific government affairs program successfully lobbied elected officials or public agencies on a member issue on a local, state or national effort.
  • Outstanding Individual Program/Event
    Any single-day, non-convention event planned by the association for the membership. Focus of the event could be education, advocacy, networking, etc.
  • Supplier Company of the Year
    Nominee company must be a supplier member of ISAE who has provided exceptional service in working with associations, is understanding of association needs, and has demonstrated an active support of ISAE.


Welcome to the 2020 STAR Awards Application! Four highly-coveted individual awards are up for grabs this year. Nominations will be accepted until November 6, 2020. Please note that the nominations should reflect programs, initiatives, and work which took place between September 1, 2019 and August 31, 2020.

Thanks to advanced form logic, you may now submit nominations for multiple individual awards for the same organization through this one form, making submissions easier than ever before. Simply select the award(s) you are interested in nominating a peer (or yourself) for below and a set of questions will appear for each one. Please answer each question with as much detail as possible to help our judges make the best decision. A suggested answer length can be found next to each question. You may choose to nominate multiple individuals for each award if you would like.

Thank you for participating in the 2020 STAR Awards! Your nomination is much appreciated. Don't forget to mark your calendar for the 2020 ISAE STAR Awards, taking place virtually on Thursday, December 3.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out to ISAE Director of Communications & Membership Stu Kushner at skushner@isae.org.

Individual Awards: 

  • Association Executive of the Year
    Nominee must be a regular, voting member of ISAE and actively involved in a full-time position as the chief staff executive for an association. A minimum of three years association management experience is required. This person has shown dedication, innovation and leadership. This is the kind of executive all association professionals aspire to be.
  • Association Professional of the Year
    Nominee must be a regular, voting member of ISAE and actively involved in a full-time position as a staff member (not CEO) for an association. A minimum of three years association management experience is required. While not the top person in the association, the nominee is a leader who moves the association to the next level.
  • Individual Supplier of the Year
    Nominee must be a supplier member of ISAE in a full-time position serving the association industry. Nominee must have a minimum of three years' work experience with associations and provide outstanding customer service to ISAE member associations.
  • Rising STAR of the Year
    Nominee must be a regular member of ISAE. Nominee must have one to three years' service in or to the association industry. This person is one who makes contributions to his/her association, loves learning new things and provides outstanding service to the membership.


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