Empower Yourself

Oct
01

Are We All Generalists in Association Culture?

Today, I am the Director of Data Systems and Technology for ACPA—College Student Educators International. However, my career trajectory was not an obvious one. A DIVERSE CAREER PATH I became an Air Force linguist after dropping out of community college in 1997. When the language I trained in was no longer needed, I took a […]

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Sep
27

Do You Know an Innovation Pioneer?

Change might be afoot. The environment around us might be transforming rapidly, and technology might be posing all sorts of disruptions – but our associations are well-poised and well-equipped to see the future as an amazing opportunity. Our biggest asset? People. The industry is teeming with visionary people, dedicated to making change, advancing the space, and supporting their […]

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Sep
25

Association Dead Zones: How to Overcome Geographical Limits

It’s no secret – North American associations live and breathe in Chicago, D.C., New York, and other major metropolitan hubs. But whether by circumstance, choice, or necessity, there are many association management professionals working in offices and from home across the continent, from Saskatoon to Albuquerque, Providence to Anchorage. Although the nature of association work – […]

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Sep
24

SURGE Optimism Line-up: Find out what’s in store!

It is with optimism surging through our veins* that we announce to you the launch and line-up of our next SURGE virtual conference. Running on November 7th-9th, this event is themed around Optimism for the Future. The goal of our twelve sessions is to celebrate and make possible the potential of our associations. They have all […]

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Sep
18

Evolutionary Data Quality: A Response to AI Disruption

Artificial intelligence is so embedded into our everyday lives we don’t notice it anymore. We don’t see machine learning as end users, we see its major outcome: convenience. Shortcuts. Streamlined digital experiences that require less attention from us. Similarly, when we think about how artificial intelligence relates to the association space, it’s natural to focus on […]

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Sep
11

How Setting Boundaries Can Enhance Your Productivity

Productivity is an evaluation of how effectively you are able to get things done (or not). If you’re productive, you are able to produce, complete, show up and show out. What’s the cost of this productivity? If I am productive at work and people there think I’m a go-getter, what’s happening in my personal life? […]

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Aug
09

Workshopping Innovation: How We Taught Design Thinking

It is one thing to commit to a pathway towards innovation. Bringing people along the road with you, however, can be an innovation project in itself. The process of teaching a new framework, or inspiring your team to embrace a different methodology, is its own opportunity to create and discover. Recently I had the chance to […]

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Jul
30

Human Capital: Nurture Personal Value to Increase Organizational Success

The value of a business is a function of how well the financial capital and the intellectual capital are managed by the human capital. You’d better get the human capital part right. ~ Dave Bookbinder, Author of The New ROI: Return on Individuals The concept of human capital is not spoken about enough. As I imagine […]

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Jun
17

Association Management and Corporate Management: How Do They Diverge?

Coming from the corporate world, when I first started working in an association 27 years ago I thought the job of an association executive would be a walk in the park. I couldn’t have been more wrong! Fast forward to today, and I am still learning. I am involved in at least three other associations, one […]

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Apr
30

SURGE Spring: Know Before You Go

SURGE is our free virtual conference for association professionals – and it’s happening May 2-4th! Here are some things to know before you go: THE BASICS What to expect: The event consists of 12 thought-provoking sessions, shown over three days, from 12-4PM EST. As the sessions play, an attendee chat will run alongside. Speakers will also be in […]

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