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This Is Not a Good Look for Us

It’s an open secret that associations are deeply concerned about – and struggling with – our ability to recruit and retain Millennial young professionals, both as members and as association executives and talent in our industry. We’re trying all kinds … Continue reading

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ISO Your Board Transformation Story

Sherry Marts (of S*Marts Consulting) and I are starting to work on a whitepaper looking at what’s going on in diversity and inclusion in the association space. This will be the ninth whitepaper in the ongoing Spark collaborative series. You may … Continue reading

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Letter to ASAE – ASAE’s Response

ASAE has officially responded to those of us who expressed concern about the association industry response to the 2016 Presidential election. Thanks to John Graham and Scott Wiley for allowing me to publicly share their response to the letter that … Continue reading

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Associations and Trump’s Travel Ban

Airports and cities large and small erupted into chaos this weekend as Donald Trump’s executive order temporarily banning Muslims from Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Iran, Somalia, Libya and Yemen from entering the US took effect. People with valid entry visas and legal … Continue reading

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What Will 2017 Hold?

Aptify set out to answer this question, at least for associations, in their recent e-book: Top Association Management Predictions for 2017. In the monograph, 13 association pros (including me) share their thoughts about the future as relates to topics like member engagement, online … Continue reading

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Further Election 2016 Association Industry Responses

ASAE has posted further clarification of their position on the incoming administration. While I am heartened to see ASAE specifically mention “…work[ing] with the new administration in a manner consistent with our commitment to diversity and inclusion…,” I believe it … Continue reading

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Association Industry Response to the Election

As you may have seen in Associations Now Online, ASAE recently signed onto a National Association of Manufacturers-organized letter of support to President-Elect Trump. While this has been common practice in previous presidential elections and while this letter was arranged … Continue reading

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Letter to John Graham and Scott Wiley

Monday, November 21, 2016 John Graham, President & CEO, ASAE Scott Wiley, Chairman, ASAE Dear John and Scott: This letter is a call for meaningful community-wide dialogue and action on behalf of a nation at risk. One week ago, Associations Now … Continue reading

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What REALLY Drives Success for Your Association?

Information overload – we all experience it personally, every day, with our emails and social media feeds and online media and print media and broadcast media, and that’s hard enough to manage. But in 2016, our associations ALSO struggle with … Continue reading

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A Lean Startup Conversation

Guillermo Ortiz de Zarate and I recently had the chance to sit down with Rick Rutherford of Yourmembership.com to talk in a little more detail about some of the ideas raised in our new whitepaper, Innovate the Lean Way. Our … Continue reading

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