ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership Enlists Ogilvy PR for Communications Campaign

Contact: Rachel Foltz

WASHINGTON, DC, May 4, 2009 – ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership (ASAE & The Center) today launched a communications campaign intended to broadcast how associations across all industry sectors and in every state harness the power of millions to help jumpstart America's economic engine and help propel the nation toward recovery. ASAE & The Center hired Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide (Ogilvy PR) in mid-March to design and implement the integrated campaign.

"Working collectively to solve problems has never been more important than this moment in modern history," said ASAE President & CEO John H. Graham IV, CAE. "The association community has perfected the art of collaboration, a valuable skill when all of the country's strength is needed to rebuild the economy and investigate, analyze and resolve issues of national importance such as healthcare, education, employment and housing. Ogilvy PR has helped bring association capabilities to life in a real, relevant and powerful way."

Entitled The Power of A (the letter A standing for "Associations"), the program underscores the many ways in which national trade and professional groups assist U.S. employers, legislators, workers and the public at large every day. The Power of A is associations' ability to help build a stronger economy through workforce education, expert points of view, enriched public policy, innovative business practices and a spirit of community service.

The Washington, D.C. office of Ogilvy PR was engaged by ASAE & The Center to develop and implement the campaign, whose top priority is to inform decision makers on Capitol Hill, particularly those individuals who comprise the group of newest political gatekeepers to the American public. Ogilvy PR created the campaign website, www.ThePowerOfA.org, to bring the program to life digitally. The site includes an Economy to the Power of A blog summit, which offers global association perspectives on the issues of healthcare, jobs and energy, among other subjects. The conversation also can be followed on Twitter using #pwra.

A blended Ogilvy PR team of creative, public affairs, media and digital strategists will bring ASAE & The Center's integrated program to life primarily through television and digital media. Ogilvy PR has worked with more than 50 associations to help them achieve their issues management, industry reputation, member communications and category marketing goals.

"Because associations are comprised of hundreds and even thousands of industry professionals, associations uniquely offer perspectives that represent all sides of an issue. The numerous, diverse points of view within each association often result in policies that best reflect the people they are intended to impact and protect, as well as bold and innovative practices that enhance Americans' safety, environment and quality of life," Graham added.

"Associations have a positive impact on so many areas of American life," said Robert F. Mathias, managing director of Ogilvy PR/Washington. "We are passionate and perfectly trained to take on this responsibility and very honored to have been selected for the task."

About ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership
ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership are two organizations linked together by a common belief and passion. The American Society of Association Executives is a membership organization of more than 22,000 association executives and industry partners representing more than 11,000 organizations. Its members manage leading trade associations, individual membership societies and voluntary organizations across the United States and in 50 countries around the world. The Center for Association Leadership is the premier provider of learning, knowledge and future-oriented research for the association profession. Together, ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership provide resources, education, ideas and advocacy to enhance the power and performance of the association community. For more information about ASAE & The Center, please visit www.asaecenter.org.

About Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide
Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide (www.ogilvypr.com) is an integrated global marketing communications firm, with offices in more than 70 cities around the world. We blend proven PR methodologies with cutting edge digital innovations to craft strategic programs that give clients winning and measurable results. In its 28th year, Ogilvy PR provides strategic public relations counsel to a variety of clients across its 360 degree digital influence, consumer marketing, corporate, healthcare, technology, public affairs and social marketing practices. The agency also offers biotechnology and government affairs expertise through its subsidiaries Feinstein Kean Healthcare and Ogilvy Government Relations, respectively. Ogilvy PR is part of the WPP Group, one of the world's largest communications services organizations (NASDAQ: WPPGY, www.wpp.com).

Date: May 04, 2009
Office: New York