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Where can I hear Elizabeth Engel?

Are you looking for a dynamic speaker to fire up your volunteers? Do your chapter leaders need training in how to support your association’s recruitment and retention efforts? Would you like to inspire the attendees at your users’ group meeting? Would you like your staff to learn how to make better decisions, work more effectively with your volunteers, or develop a customer relationship management mindset?

Participant quote, MarComm Makeovers session:

Best session of the conference.  Elizabeth was engaging, it was interactive and relevant to analyze what other associations are doing in their marketing efforts.

Hire Spark to create and deliver a content-rich and compelling presentation or lead a highly interactive and effective training program at your next event.

Catch me at

  • SURGE 2017 FREE virtual summit, November 2017 – register HERE
  • 2018 presentations to be announced

Participant quote, Mission Driven Volunteer webinar:

The session was GREAT!! I learned so much and it gave me so much to think about.


New! from Spark and S*Marts Consulting:

Include Is a Verb: Moving from Talk to Action on Diversity and Inclusion, May 2017

The research demonstrating the value of getting diversity and inclusion (D+I) right is clear: not only will it benefit your organization from a “doing the right thing” perspective, it also leads to increased innovation, better decision-making, faster and more creative problem-solving, better outcomes, and an improved bottom line. And associations tend to have strong D+I statements. Unfortunately, too often, it ends there. We have great statements, but not much by way of actions to back them up.

In Include is a Verb, Sherry Marts and Elizabeth Engel discuss some of the factors that make the association D+I environment unique, talk about why well-intentioned D+I efforts often fail, share an inspiring vision of what a truly inclusive association would look like, and provide concrete, actionable advice about how to align your walk with your talking, moving from self to staff to volunteers to members to transforming the entire industry or profession you serve.

The whitepaper also includes:

  • An interview with Cie Armstead, 2017-2018 chair of ASAE’s D+I committee
  • An interview with an ASAE Diversity Executive Leadership Program (DELP) scholar and her mentor
  • Sidebars from noted D+I experts Joan Eisenstodt, Joe Gerstandt, and Jess Pettitt addressing topics like using Q-storming to create truly inclusive meetings, being an ally, and the importance of clarity in your D+I efforts
  • Case studies from the Entomological Society of America, the Association for Women in Science, and the Geological Society of America that show what real inclusion looks like and how you get there

Download your free copy now!

Check out the other Spark whitepapers, too. All are free, and you don’t even have to give me your name, email, and firstborn child to get them.

Like what you read? Wish your organization could turn out whitepapers, articles, and blog posts like this? You can – you can hire Spark to do it for you! Whether you’re looking for a regular blog columnist, feature articles for a print or online publication (see below), or a longer whitepaper based on secondary or even primary research, Spark has you covered.