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Aug
01

THE ROLE OF ASSOCIATIONS IN THE EDUCATIONAL LANDSCAPE

In the educational landscape, associations have an important role to play in helping learners become job-ready.By learners, I don’t just mean those at the start of their professional careers, but also those at a later stage looking to make a change in career paths. We can find them in our staff, our members, and just […]

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Jul
30

SURGE GROWTH SPEAKERS WANTED

What began as a notion in November 2017 has now confidently become a certainty: that the best, brightest, and boldest ideas come from minds meeting. Along with thousands of association professionals, AssociationSuccess.org saw this thesis in action, and over the past 2 years our free virtual conference has evolved. It’s gone from a vanguard experiment to […]

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Jul
30

HOW TO USE METRICS AND DATA IN MEMBERSHIP ORGANIZATIONS

There are numerous benefits of digital technology to harness in associations, but today, I want to tell you about metrics and data in membership organizations and how to effectively use them. I think there are three components to this: 1. Clarify who your members are. You need to know what their needs are and how your […]

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Jul
25

LEARNING DOESN’T STOP AT MID-CAREER

As a professional in her mid-career, I certainly don’t feel like one sometimes. I’m still discovering who I am and what my place is in this world. In some ways, I could say I’m like a young professional at heart, eager to learn and explore. I’ve always been curious, and that curiosity has served me well […]

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Jul
23

HOW TO EMPOWER A COMMUNITY OF PROBLEM SOLVERS

Despite our best efforts, it can be easy for associations to fall into a siloed way of working. We can get so wrapped up in only thinking about problems and challenges we face specific to the work we are tasked with doing that often times we do not see the downstream impacts until much later. This causes […]

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Jul
22

NICKEL AND DIMING YOUR WAY TO A RAISE

Association work can be rewarding in a number of ways—professionally, socially, intellectually, and even monetarily. That last one is a bit rarer, especially if you’re in a small to mid-sized association and if you’re not in the latter stages of your career. But it can happen, and you can do something to speed it along. It’s […]

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Jul
18

ALIGNING VISION WITH TECHNOLOGY

When it comes to becoming a more innovative organization and leveraging today’s technological advancements for the overall betterment of the association and its operations, it all starts with the vision. Just look at how the tech stack comes out of the organization’s vision and their strategic plan. It might be very well worth borrowing philosophies from outside the […]

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Jul
16

MID-CAREERISTS AS MENTORS AND MENTEES

When you get to a stage in your career where you are too seasoned to get much value out of young professional content, but you’re not quite on the CEO track, then you’ve probably reached your mid-career. Or rather the “messy middle” that associations aren’t too sure how to address, and that professionals find difficult to navigate. There […]

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Jul
15

PAVING YOUR PATH TO YOUR MID-CAREER

I’m at an interesting point in my career journey where I’ve recently transitioned from a young professional to a mid-careerist. What I’ve found is that defining your mid-career, and your career in general, is really up to you. It’s up to you to pave your own path, and the good thing is that you can do anything […]

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Jul
11

TIME FOR A NEW ASSOCIATION VERB

THREE VERBS After 20 years working in VP, COO, CFO and CSO roles for associations, it’s become clear to me that our industry shares many common approaches to helping our members lead, learn and connect. At a high level, associations often apply these three verbs on their web sites and in their various marketing campaigns. Many of […]

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