Empower Yourself

Sep
12

Ready for SURGE Growth? Meet the 3 keynote speakers for our digital conference

When we first started to think about what the next SURGE should focus on, we considered associations’ biggest challenges today, how there’s a need to face transitional forces coming from both inside and outside the industry and how these organizations are looking to tap into new generations coming of age and into the market.  We […]

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Sep
02

The tricky business of understanding members’ needs

In preparation for my SURGE Co-creation session this past May, I posed this question to registered attendees about Netflix: “What keeps you coming back? Do you view your subscriptions as memberships?” One response from Elizabeth Graham caught my eye: “It’s a small price to pay for a service that makes me laugh, relax, reflect, and […]

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Aug
29

The New Gold Standard in Employee Engagement is Fulfillment

What gives you a sense of fulfillment?  For me, the question evokes a lot of little vignettes before any articulate answer. It’s the feeling of progress I get when I train for a big run. It’s cooking all day to share an elaborate Italian feast with friends. It’s the thrill of working on a high-performing […]

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Aug
05

JOB CANDIDATES ARE STILL STRUGGLING TO COMMUNICATE

We often stress the importance of soft skills in the job market, and this is particularly true when it comes to a lack of communication skills affecting the employability of job candidates. As the Director of CompTIA AITP, an association for IT professionals, we talk a lot about not only the skills gap but a […]

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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
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
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
04

MAKE A BIGGER IMPACT WITH YOUR STORY

So many times people came to me and said, “There’s no place for me to be heard or seen” or “It’s such a saturated marketplace! I’m not even going to bother trying to share my story.” Even more so, the concept of storytelling has gotten a somewhat bad reputation lately because so many people are using […]

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Jun
06

WHY DON’T YOU JUST MEET ME IN THE MIDDLE?

It begins innocently enough. Career milestones are reached. You find yourself in conference sessions instructed noticeably below your skill level. The interns at your office look, maybe even are, young enough to be your children. You may not yet be a C-Suite leader, but you’d be kidding yourself attending a Young Professionals happy hour. Welcome to […]

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