Association Brain Food Weekly: 3.21.16

inspiration for association learning

Spring is the perfect time to nurture your professional growth. You can start doing that by setting aside one hour a week for you. Maybe one of these virtual or in-person events will be a good place to start.

Mon 3/12 at 9 a.m. Central (networking at 8:30 a.m.) – Dallas Fort Worth Association Executives Association Day

DFWAE has put together a good-looking slate of sessions—good luck making your choices! Susan Robertson, CAE from ASAE is the keynote. She visited my state SAE a few years ago and I remember it being one of the most interesting keynotes we’ve had. Trade show too! Location: Arlington Convention Center, Arlington TX. More info.

Tue 3/22 at 12 p.m. Eastern DT* – Managing the Client AMC Relationship (ASAE AMC Section Council Virtual Lunch)

Your approach to client relationship management is influenced by the partnership phase and staff/volunteer dynamics—a balancing act. Hear about real life examples and take home tips on scope discovery, board dynamics, metrics for success, and more. More info. (1 CAE credit)

Host: ASAE AMC Section Council


  • Jodi Araujo, CEM (moderator), Entrepreneurial Industry & Corporate Segment Leader, Association Headquarters
  • Robert Waller, Jr., CAE, President & CEO, Association Headquarters

*all times are Eastern Daylight Time

Tue 3/22 at 12 p.m. – Columbia (MD) Idea Swap for Marketing

Learn how to keep your marketing efforts fresh, current, and relevant without breaking your budget. Grimm will share lessons learned, goals reached, and efforts still underway to brand and market her association. She’ll bring her stories and ask for yours. Location: Maryland Association for Justice, 6240 Old Dobbin Ln, Columbia MD. More info. (1 CAE credit)

Presenter: Kim Grimm, Deputy Director of the National Association for Catering and Events

Tue 3/22 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. – Network with FUEL (AENC’s Young Professionals)

Join AENC’s young professionals for a few hours of fun and good beer. No preregistration required. Pay for your own food and beverages. Location: Clouds Brewing, 126 N West Street, Raleigh NC.

Tue 3/22 from 5:30 to 7:30 – Association Happy Hour in Washington, DC

Meanwhile in DC, a cross-generational mix of association professionals will be hanging out at BlackFinn. That’s all I know!

Wed 3/23 – AENC Technology 20.16 Conference

Don’t miss this conference. Session topics include: websites, gamification and polling, data strategies, conference social media ambassadors, virtual events, cybersecurity, working with IT vendors, technology trends, plus roundtable discussions. We’ve put together a flexible schedule—choose from four registration options: full day, morning, afternoon, or luncheon keynote. Location: Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh NC. More info. (up to 5.25 CAE credits)

Keynote: Andy Steggles, president and chief customer officer of Higher Logic

See you there!

Wed 3/23 at 12 p.m. – Embracing the Board’s Duty of Foresight

Through the consistent practice of foresight, association boards, along with their staff partners, can collaborate to explore emerging directions, and make the bold decisions required to create the future. Learn how to imagine an amazing future for your association and stakeholders, and take action to prepare for whatever may come next. More info. (1 CAE credit)

Host: YourMembership

Presenter: Jeff De Cagna, FASAE, Principled Innovation LLC

Thu 3/24 at 12 p.m. – Make Your Resume Relevant: Trends and Best Practices 

Get introduced to resume trends on the rise—from infographic resumes to ATS-optimized text and more—and see how they fit into your professional profile. You’ll also get practical tips for crafting a relevant resume—no matter what kind of work you do. More info.

Host: Association CareerHQ (ASAE)

Presenter: Cheryl Palmer, M.Ed., CPRW, Call to Career

Thu 3/24 at 12 p.m. – Using Data to Make Smart Decisions

Get practical tips on how to incorporate data into your current decision-making processes and encourage staff to factor data into their everyday work. More info.

Host: Idealware

Presenter: Laura Quinn, Director of Partnerships and Knowledge, Idealware

Thu 3/24 at 2 p.m. – Maximizing Culture and Member Value in Associations

“Awesomely Simple” author John Spence talks about developing culture, nurturing top talent and giving members real value. More info.

Host: Monomyth Collaborative

Thu 3/24 at 2 p.m. – 10 Things You Can Do Right Now to Meet (or Surpass) Your Membership Engagement Goals for 2016

Hear about ten ways to increase member engagement rates as well as ten association and nonprofit examples of best practices. More info.

Host: Incept

Presenter: Adam Snyder, President, Incept

Fri 3/25 at 3 p.m. – Measuring: Blogging Your Brand

Learn how to measure the success of your blog. Find out what metrics are important, and how to collect and interpret them so your organization’s blog thrives. More info. (1 CAE credit)

Host: HighRoad Solution

Presenter: Maneesha Manges, Director of Inbound, HighRoad Solution

SAVE THE DATE: Thu 4/21 – Sat 4/23 – digitalNow

I believe this is the best value conference in the association community—excellent program, optimal atmosphere for learning and connecting, and always great food. Registration is limited to association CEOs and any team members they bring with them. Location: Hyatt Regency, Orlando FL. More info.

If you can’t attend the live webinar, go ahead and register if the topic interests you. Most webinar hosts send a link to the recording to all registrants.

If your organization offers professional development for association executives, please send me the link via email or Twitter. Every Friday morning, I publish an Association Brain Food Weekly that lists the coming week’s events.

(Creative Commons licensed photo by Norbert Reimer)

Author: deirdrereid

Deirdre is a freelance writer for companies serving the association market, who after more than 20 years in the association and restaurant industries, is enjoying the good life as a ghostblogger and content marketing writer. Away from her laptop, you can find her walking in the woods, doing yoga, going to shows, journaling, cooking, or relaxing in a comfy chair with a good book and a glass of something tasty in hand.

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