Association Brain Food Weekly: 5.2.16

Arches National Park in the early morning

While writing this I realized I haven’t been taking my own medicine. Since my return from Big Bend, I haven’t attended any webinars. I won’t make that same mistake this week.

I’m definitely participating in Tuesday’s Association Chat on Blab—a topic and speakers I don’t want to miss. And, I’ll see how the rest of my week shapes up. I’d love to go to Chicago for the AMS Fest, but…too many conferences, too little time and money, sort of like books.

Here’s the webinar line-up for the association community for the week of May 2.

Tue 5/3 at 1 p.m. EDT* – 10 Website Design and Email Marketing Best Practices for NGOs

The rapid rise of social media and mobile technology has had a profound impact on website design and email marketing, yet many NGOs haven’t yet adapted to the new aesthetics and functionality of a mobile, social Internet. This webinar will demonstrate the importance of embracing new design and call-to-action trends. You’ll learn how to format news articles and blog posts to increase your click-through rate, ensure your website and email communications are mobile compatible, integrate social media into your website and email communications, and build your email list. More information.

Host: OnGood

Speaker: Heather Mansfield, Nonprofit Tech for Good

*all times are Eastern Daylight Time

Tue 5/3 at 2 p.m. – My Thoughts on 5 Recent Association Topics (Association Chat on Blab)

Participate live or view the recording. Host: KiKi L’Italien, Amplified Growth

Wed 5/4 at 12 p.m. – Form versus Function: Assessing Your Email Templates

When is the last time you took a hard look at your email template portfolio to assess it based on modern practices? This webinar will teach you the elements and styles that make emails appealing and help users engage; layouts, subject lines and imagery; and why it’s not enough to be just functional in today’s information-overload world. 1 CAE credit. More information.

Host: ASAE Business Services

Speaker: Suzanne Carawan, Chief Marketing Officer, HighRoad Solution

Wed 5/4 at 12 p.m. – 25 Free and Low-Cost Tools for Nonprofits 

Learn about free and low-cost tools ranging from photo editing and design apps to time management and collaboration tools. More information.

Host: Idealware

Speaker: Joshua Peskay, Vice President, RoundTable Technology

Wed 5/4 at 1:00 p.m. – Recruitment Jam

Join Cynthia for a test experience using virtual improv games virtually to learn how to recruit new members with ease. Participants will co-create new perspectives on recruiting, and learn some specific how-tos as well. Limit: 25 players. More information.

Host: Cynthia D’Amour, MBA, People Power Unlimited

Speakers: You

Wed 5/4 at 2 p.m. – Executive Director Essentials: Effective Team Development

Whether you are tasked with building a management team for your organization or filling seats on a volunteer board, make sure you’re making sound decisions based on knowledge and experience, rather than timing and costs. This webinar will help you understand how to create an accountability chart, fill positions with the right talent, conduct meaningful meetings, deal with healthy conflict, incorporate culture into the team building process, and measure success. More information.

Host: Association Headquarters


  • Kelly Mariotti, JD, CPA, CAE, Vice President of Client Services
  • Amy Barra, Account Executive

Thu 5/5 at 11:00 a.m. – Getting Real about AMS Costs (#aptichat Twitter Chat)

If your organization is looking for new AMS software, then chances are you want to know how much it will cost. Join Aptify’s Johanna Kasper and David Frick for a frank discussion. Search for #aptichat on Twitter or your favorite Twitter dashboard. Related reading.

Thu 5/5 at 12:30 p.m. – Save Money and Boost Organizational Engagement with Office365 (Thirty on Thursday Solutions)

Many associations and nonprofits needlessly invest additional dollars on third-party collaboration platforms, even though their Office 365 license includes enterprise-class collaboration tools. Discover a better way to engage and collaborate with your constituents and members using Office 365. More information.

Host: .OrgCommunity

Tue 5/10 – AMS Fest Midwest in Chicago

Seats are almost sold out! This event is for you if your organization is thinking about a new association management system (AMS) in the next 2 years.

  • Meet executives in the same buying position as you and some who have ‘been there, done that’ and can share lessons learned.
  • Learn from forward-thinking association leaders the first half of the day.
  • We’ll keep you on your toes the second half of the day with sessions that have been selected by you, the crowd.
  • And to make the day even sweeter we’re introducing an AMS Showdown where AMS representatives will have just 10 minutes to share their best client story, flashiest tool, or newest module.

You won’t want to miss it, but seats are limited to the first 100 so register today. More information.

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

Association Brain Food Weekly is published Friday mornings. If your organization offers professional development for the association community, please send me the link via email or Twitter.

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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