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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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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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What I’m Reading

Tips for emerging association professionals from Shelly Alcorn and KiKi L’Italien. The real reason associations don’t innovate? According to Eric Lanke, it’s because we don’t really know our members very well. Free, easy tips to improve your staff members’ days. … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading

Fantastic, if long, piece about what’s wrong with unpaid internships. (By the way, I agree – I think they are not only a bad idea and potentially illegal, but also immoral.) Keys to a successful ideation session – step one: … Continue reading

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