Our neighborhood creek found a new path during the hurricane.

Our neighborhood creek found a new path during the hurricane.

My apologies if I missed a few webinars this time. I’m writing this post earlier than usual (Wednesday) because we’re leaving tomorrow for a weekend camping trip on the beach – a welcome change from several days of camping inside our house.

As I write this, we’re heading into our fifth day without power. The relentless rain and wind of Hurricane Matthew took down trees and power lines in four spots in our neighborhood. Thank goodness for our Coleman stove and lantern, they make indoor camping more bearable. But at times this kind of living gets old and I get grumpy. That’s when I remember this week’s mantra: perspective.

It could have been so much worse. Our home, property and lives were spared from the storm, unlike so many in North Carolina. People are still dying here because of river and creek flooding. And Haiti – I can’t even properly express my thoughts on that poor country.

I’ve managed to work a few hours each day during quiet times at my boyfriend’s business – commercial areas in the next town over got their power back on quickly. Behind my chair right now, our chest freezer purrs away – it will camp out here until our power goes back on.

If you’d like to buy food for the North Carolina residents who lost their homes or don’t have the means to make their lives bearable, please consider supporting my favorite charity: Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina is holding a virtual food drive.

Here’s the list of this week’s webinars. If your company has a webinar scheduled in the next few weeks, please send me the link. I’ll be happy to feature it as long as it’s not too product-centric.

Tue 10/18 at 2 p.m.* – Turning Your Org’s Continuing Education into a Competitive Advantage (Association Chat)

The training industry is a huge enterprise representing approximately $160 billion in North America and over $355 billion globally. What portion of this market do associations claim and should your organization be a part of it? What should that training look like? Hear how to design integrated learning programming that disrupts disruption. Watch/participate live or view the recording.

Host: KiKi L’Italien, CEO and founder, Amplified Growth

Guest: Tracy King, chief learning strategist & founder, InspirEd

*All times are Eastern Daylight Saving Time unless otherwise noted.

Tue 10/18 at 3:30 p.m. – Data Sessions: Getting Real with Data (Arlington VA)

In this Ask Me Anything (AMA) session, find out how associations and event professionals are using data to enhance sales, marketing, planning and everything in between. Come early and/or stay late to network. More info/register.

Host: Bear Analytics and ASAE Meetings & Exposition Section


  • Ryan Brown, VP of sales & event services, National Trade Productions
  • Erin Lee, managing director, marketing, Biotechnology Innovation Organization
  • Katherine Matthews, database manager, Entomological Society of America
  • KiKi L’Italien (moderator), CEO and founder, Amplified Growth

Wed 10/19 at 2 p.m. – Look Before You Leap Into a New AMS

Many of today’s organizations understand the need to change their AMS to better meet the needs of their stakeholders, but how ready are they to make the leap? Learn how to assess your association’s readiness to change and get tips for identifying tech partners. More info/register.

Host: Altai Systems

Presenter: Brandon Russ

Thu 10/20 at 12 p.m. – Tools and Processes to Create Impactful Credentialing Programs

Credentialing models are evolving in the association space. Learn a step-by-step process for implementing a credentialing program and hear about technology tools that deliver a robust user experience. Understand the key trends and possible environmental threats out in the lifelong-learning world and how to ensure your association creates “golden handcuff” value for your members. 1 CAE credit. More info/register.
Host: ASAE Professional Development Section

Presenter: Adrienne Segundo, IOM, co-founder, Limitless Association Solution Resource

Thu 10/20 at 12 p.m. – The Future of Healthcare Compliance: What Today’s Medical Meeting Planner Must Know

Medical meeting planners face a tough challenge: ensuring each meeting achieves its objectives while remaining compliant with healthcare laws and limitations. This discussion on the trends and challenges in medical meetings will help you understand what’s driving change in the medical meetings landscape and how to be prepared for the future of medical meetings. More info/register.

Hosts: Maritz Travel and Polaris


  • Pat Schaumann, senior director of healthcare compliance, Maritz Travel
  • Rob Shropshire, director of product development, Polaris

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.

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