Tag Archives: Jeff De Cagna

Happy Fabulous Five, Spark!

Today marks five years since I launched Spark Consulting. As I look back on the past five years, I have much to be grateful for. Leading that list is all the people who’ve contributed to the success of this Big … 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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Letter to John Graham and Scott Wiley

Monday, November 21, 2016 John Graham, President & CEO, ASAE Scott Wiley,┬áChairman, 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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Risk: The Missing Link Connecting Strategy to Implementation

I’m excited to share the launch of the fourth whitepaper in the ongoing Spark whitepaper series, Risk: The Missing Link Connecting Strategy to Implementation. Co-authored with Jamie Notter ( and Leslie White, CPCU, ARM, CIC, CRM, (Croydon Consulting), the whitepaper … Continue reading

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Friday Top 5

I had lunch with a dear friend I don’t see often enough earlier this week. She is also a sole practitioner running her own business, although she’s been part time while raising preschool aged kids. “Thing Two” starts kindergarten this … Continue reading

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The Steve Jobs Problem

At the inaugural ACE Symposium two weeks ago, one of the topics we discussed was the future of new value creation in associations. One of our speakers, Jami Lucas, Executive Director/CEO at the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy & Foundation, … Continue reading

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Friday Top 5

This week, I had the opportunity to serve as a “strategic listener” for the first ever Association Chief Executives Symposium. Produced by Shira Harrington and Jeff De Cagna, it was a full day program for association #1s and #2s to … Continue reading

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Why Is Membership the Only Relationship?

Way back in March at ASAE’s Great Ideas Conference, I had the opportunity to participate in an early morning conversation facilitated by Jeff de Cagna. Rob Barnes (at the time of Fitness Australia and now of Aptify) and Bob Rich … Continue reading

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Friday Top 5

Just got back from ASAE’s Great Ideas Conference. It’s always been my favorite ASAE event, but most years I haven’t been able to go due to conflicts with my own association’s spring or annual meeting. This year, I’m a consultant … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading

Did you observe the National Day of Unplugging last week? What did you learn? You know what’s awesome? Minimum Viable Awesome. Jeff De Cagna challenges boards to be better in the March issue of Associations Now, and offers advice on … Continue reading

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