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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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Education to Employment #AMA

What are you doing Wednesday, February 1 at 12:30 pm ET? If your answer is “eating lunch,” or “nothing much,” I have a better option for you. Shelly Alcorn and I will be hosting an Ask Me Anything (aka “AMA”) … Continue reading

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Where are the YPs?

“How can I recruit young professional members if there are no young professionals entering our industry?” I’ve been thinking about this question a lot recently, not least of which because I have a client that is in this EXACT situation. … Continue reading

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Bridging the Education to Employment Gap: Where Can I Learn More?

Now that you’ve had a chance to learn a little bit about the disruption affecting education, the changes in the employment market (both in the US and world-wide), the “wicked” problem that perfect storm has created, and how Shelly Alcorn … Continue reading

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What Should Associations Do to Bridge the Education to Employment Gap?

If you’ve been persuaded by the information I’ve shared about The Association Role in the New Education Paradigm the past few days that we do have a large-scale problem that associations are uniquely equipped to address (and I hope you have), … Continue reading

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The Association Advantage

Yesterday, I mentioned that associations have some inherent advantages in bridging the education to employment gap for the audiences we serve. What are they? (third post of The Association Role in the New Education Paradigm release week) Direct connection to employers Experience … Continue reading

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Disruption in Education

What are some of the forces impacting education in 2016? (second post of The Association Role in the New Education Paradigm release week) Incorporating technological advances in the classroom Decreasing public funding Increasing class sizes High-stakes testing in K-12 Exploding … Continue reading

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The Perfect Storm

I’d like to share some sobering statistics about higher education and employment: In the United States, students graduate from college with an average debt load of nearly $29,000. Total student debt in the U.S. is $1.23 trillion and rising. 47% of … Continue reading

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Catch Spark at #ASAE16

I’ll be presenting two sessions at the upcoming ASAE Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City in a few weeks: Unsession: The Association Role in the New Education Paradigm, Sunday, August 14 Deep Dive: The Lean Startup Changes Everything, Tuesday, August … Continue reading

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Is Growth Necessarily Good?

For membership associations, total membership count tends to be one of the key pieces of data we report to our senior leadership, our Board, and often publicly. And up is always better, right? Not necessarily. First of all, to quote … Continue reading

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