Empower Yourself

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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May
13

WHEN YOU LOSE YOUR JOB

In Washington D.C., we often define our identity through our jobs as association executives. But what happens, as happened to me last year, when you lose that job and are suddenly looking for a new position? Well you go through the stages of grief (you know the stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance). […]

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Apr
25

THE ABC TO BECOMING A HEALTHIER HUMAN IN YOUR ASSOCIATION

As busy association executives at every level of your organization, you are required to address multiple demands at the same time. You experience change, and that change can cause chaos. I practice and teach applied mindfulness, which has changed my life. It has given me the ability to stay calm in moments of chaos, and it […]

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Mar
07

HOW TO BE A NOTICER: ORIENTING LEARNING TOWARDS THE FUTURE

Is the learning you offer future focused? If you start changing your learning programs once you discover a new direction or need in your industry, it’s likely too late. It takes months or years to retool things like learning design, pathways and marketing. We need to find out what’s going to happen in our industry next […]

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