More than 1,500 people celebrated the opening of the Center for Association Leadership at the Marriott Learning Complex in Washington, D.C., in November. The center was founded by the Greater Washington Society of Association Executives (GWSAE) as both a think tank for the association community and a place for education and networking.

Pictured from left to right: Barbara Byrd Keenan, GWSAE chair; Susan Safarti, GWSAE president/CEO; Bill Marriott, president/CEO, Marriott International; and Paul Greeley, chairman, Association Leadership Foundation. Marriott International and the J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation provided the founding gift of $1.2 million that helped make the center possible. For more information, visit