The weekly list of free educational events for the association community…

Merry Christmas

I heard the bells on Christmas day
Their old familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet the words repeat
Of peace on earth, good will to men. 

~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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There’s nothing going on next week as you would expect during the holiday season, but save an hour or two on your calendar for these upcoming free professional development events for the association community. If your organization has a webinar scheduled in the near future, please send me the link. I’ll be happy to feature it as long as it’s not too product-centric.


Mon 1/8 at 7:00 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. CST* – 2018 Convening Leaders LIVE

Can’t make it to Nashville for Convening Leaders? The PCMA Digital Experience Institute will be streaming live the most talked about sessions including each day’s main stage, thought leaders from across the globe and business events experts focusing on the most pressing industry topics. More info/register.

Host: PCMA

*All times are Eastern Standard Time unless otherwise noted.


Tue 1/9 at 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. CST – 2018 Convening Leaders LIVE

Can’t make it to Nashville for Convening Leaders? The PCMA Digital Experience Institute will be streaming live the most talked about sessions including each day’s main stage, thought leaders from across the globe and business events experts focusing on the most pressing industry topics. More info/register.

Host: PCMA


Tue 1/9 at 12 p.m. – The Ins and Outs of ASAE’s Gold Circle Awards: What to Know Before You Apply

Discover how you can showcase your association’s successful membership, marketing and communications campaigns by submitting an application for ASAE’s annual Gold Circle Awards. Learn how to apply for the awards, what the judges are looking for, and the ROI of applying. More info/register.

Host: ASAE

Presenters: current Gold Circle Awards Committee members, and previous winners and judges


Wed 1/10 at 8:00 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. CST – 2018 Convening Leaders LIVE

Can’t make it to Nashville for Convening Leaders? The PCMA Digital Experience Institute will be streaming live the most talked about sessions including each day’s main stage, thought leaders from across the globe and business events experts focusing on the most pressing industry topics. More info/register.

Host: PCMA


Wed 1/10 at 12 p.m. CST – Chapter Roundtable in Chicago IL

Tue 1/16 at 12 p.m. – Chapter Roundtable in Washington DC

Wed 1/17 at 12 p.m. – Chapter Roundtable in Alexandria VA

Thu 1/18 at 12 p.m. – Chapter Roundtable in Reston VA

Connect with fellow Component/Chapter Relations Professionals (CRPs) to network and discuss current chapter challenges, such as how to measure and increase the health of chapters; best practices for chapter operations (volunteer tools, processes, etc.); and how to get the right statistics to prevent national and chapter level members from leaving. Lunch provided. 1 CAE credit. Duration: 1 hour. Host: Billhighway.

Location: Chicago IL. More info/register.

Location: Washington DC. More info/register.

Location: Alexandria VA. More info/register.

Location: Reston VA. More info/register.


Fri 1/12 at 1 p.m. – Structured Content- A Marketer’s Secret Weapon

Structured content is a methodology that enables customers to find your content more easily online, and allows your team to redeploy it more efficiently into multiple formats and media types. Get a crash course on structured content, and how to start using it to your advantage today. More info/register.

Host: American Marketing Association

Presenters:

  • Joe Pairman, Lead Consultant, Mekon
  • Matt Dion, CEO, Mintent

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

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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