Association Brain Food Weekly: 3.30.18

free educational events and resources for association management professionals

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

free educational events and resources for association management professionals

The team at Velocity Partners has scrutinized the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and come up with seven requirements for Generally Dickish Practice Retirement (what GDPR really means) that you need to start working on right away.

Jeffrey Cufaude shares a few simple ways to jumpstart fresh thinking and fresh perspectives because, he says, “We can’t think differently if we’re not exposed to differences.”

I know how badly you want to put your technology project (and all that heavy drinking) behind you, but before you move onto your next big project, heed Gretchen Steenstra’s advice at the DelCor blog: before moving forward, do a technology project close.

There are excellent online courses and there are excruciating ones. Make sure your online learners look forward to time spent with your courses by trying out some of these ideas for engaging online students from WBT Systems.

Some quick hits before we get to the list of free webinars:

  • Tips for optimizing your blog posts for search engines. (HubSpot)
  • The average small- and medium-sized business website is attacked 44 times per day. (by TechRepublic)
  • The most common website mistakes revealed by content audits. (Moz)

Way off-topic: Check out my Grabbing the Gusto blog if you’d like to check out the list of recipes I’ve made this week or plan to make in the coming week, and my list of recommended fiction and non-fiction ebooks (including cookbooks) on sale right now.

Now, the main event: free professional development events for the association community. If your organization has a free webinar or event coming up, please send me the link. I’ll be happy to feature it as long as it’s not product-centric.

Tue 4/3 at 2 p.m.* – Learn the Secrets of Better Member Engagement

More info/join discussion.

Host: KiKi L’Italien, founder, Amplified Growth


  • Amanda Kaiser, Smooth the Path
  • Lisa Vivinetto, Dynamic Benchmarking

*All times are Eastern Standard Time unless otherwise noted.

Thu 4/5 at 12 p.m. – Tips on Building a Speakers Bureau for Chapters

Offering effective speakers who can discuss timely, industry-relevant topics helps increase chapter engagement while driving wider awareness of your association. Learn how other associations have built their speakers bureaus, including how they’ve driven adoption. Hear about resources available to chapters that want to build their own speakers bureau. 1 CAE credit. More info/register.

Host: Billhighway

Presenter: Peggy Hoffman, CAE, Co-Founder & President, Mariner Management & Marketing LLC

Thu 4/5 at 12 p.m. – Time is Running Out! What U.S. Nonprofits Need to Know About GDPR

If you have European constituents in your databases, the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations), which goes into effect May 25, applies to your organization. GDPR is designed to make sure people have control over their personal information and what it is being used for. Find out what these laws mean for your organization; what you need to do to be compliant, including the impact to your opt-ins, cookies and analytics tracking; and why it’s not all bad. More info/register.

Host: Beaconfire RED

Thu 4/5 at 12 p.m. – Doing Business in India

Hear about the Institute of Management Accountants’ experience in India—both good and bad including office setup, staff hiring, bank account, office registration and currency issues. Learn about risks, partner frustrations, pricing challenges and potential roadblocks. 1 CAE credit. More info/register.

Host: ASAE International Section Council

Presenter: Jim Gurowka, CAE, Senior Vice President, Global Business Development, Institute of Management Accountants

Thu 4/5 at 1 p.m. – Selecting Accounting and Financial Management Software for Your Nonprofit

Hear about the findings from the new Idealware research report, Selecting Financial Management Software For Your Nonprofit. Get a better understanding of the landscape of financial management software and how to find the right fit. More info/register.

Host: Idealware


  • Hilda Polanco (moderator), founder and CEO, FMA
  • Gretchen Upholt, Nonprofit Financial Management Consultant
  • Rocky Davidson, CEO, Qbix Accounting Solutions
  • Brittany Speed, CFO, Strive Together
  • Chris Bernard, Research and Editorial Editor, Idealware

Thu 4/5 at 2 p.m. – Your CMP Roadmap

Whether you are considering if the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) program is worth it or looking for last minute exam preparation tips, this webinar will cover the process of obtaining your CMP from beginning to end. Get step by step guidance for applying and laying the career groundwork for obtaining your CMP; a comprehensive look at the different study aids available—what works and what doesn’t work; and practical tips and tricks to make exam preparation a breeze. 1 CMP credit. More info/register.

Host: PCMA

Presenter: Jenny Stanfield, Director, Sales and Marketing, Engagement Unlimited

Thu 4/5 at 2 p.m. – A Woman’s Guide to Leadership: Women, Credibility and Power

Learn how to conquer the communication nuances that can enhance your credibility and make a greater impact on the job. Find out about strategies that go beyond common sense and provide cutting-edge verbal and nonverbal techniques that can be applied directly with immediate success. More info/register.

Host: Smart Meetings

Presenter: Audrey Nelson, Ph.D.

Tue 4/11 at 2 p.m. – Innovation and Events

Hear insights from new brain research and case studies that show how changing the way you manage your consciousness and focus will improve how you design events. Learn the three specific cognitive strategies of “the high performance mind” and how to employ them in planning and executing event tasks. 1 CMP credit. More info/register.

Host: PCMA

Presenter: Denis Greene

Wed 4/11 at 12 p.m. – Leveraging Generational Strengths at Healthcare Associations

Recent discussion different generations—including their behaviors in the workforce—have become more divisive. But each age group brings its own strengths to your association’s staff team. Hear how healthcare organizations engage with the varied generations in the workplace, as well as their best practices and proven strategies. Learn how your association can benefit and learn from members of each generation. 1 CAE credit. More info/register.

Host: ASAE

Presenter: Sarah Sladek, CEO, XYZ University

Wed 4/11 at 1 p.m. – Big, Small, and Everything in Between – Tech Trends for All Events

Learn about event technology trends suited for events large or small and on any budget. Walk away with ideas you can implement right away, along with long-term strategies to integrate into your event planning. 1 CMP credit. More info/register.

Host: Meetings Today

Presenter: Brooke Gracey, Senior Mobile Events App Strategist, CrowdCompass by Cvent

Wed 4/11 at 2 p.m. – Keys to Driving Webinar Registration and Attendance

Learn about the best practices and secrets that have helped companies build their webinar audiences from tens to thousands. Find out how to optimize your email invitations, use videos to drive registration, more effectively leverage social media, and build a long-term audience. More info/register.

Host: ON24

Presenter: Mark Bornstein, Vice President, Content Marketing, ON24, Inc.

Thu 4/12 at 12:30 p.m. – Focusing on Resource Planning

Whether you are a creating a project plan or a staffing plan, resource planning provides you with the information you need to be confident you have the people resources you need to efficiently and effectively get the job done. During this session, we define resource planning, articulate the objectives of a resource plan specific to its use (project planning, staff utilization, etc.), describe the resource planning process, and provide templates to support your resource planning efforts. 0.5 CAE credit. More info/register.

Host: .orgCommunity

Presenter: Sharon Rice

Thu 4/12 at 2 p.m. – Destination Selection: Overcoming Myth and Perception and Get to the Truth

When negative headlines and travel warnings create false perceptions about a destination’s safety and readiness, the effects are tremendous. In selecting a destination, how can planners balance sensational media reports with real information from trusted sources on the ground to get to the truth? What are the best strategies to address participants’ perceptions? More info/register.

Host: Smart Meetings

Presenter: John Iannini, CIS, CTC, Vice President, Business Travel & Meetings Melia Hotels International and SITE Foundation President

Thu 4/12 at 3 p.m. – What Every Association Professional Needs to Know about Sexual Harassment (Reston-Loudon VA Idea Swap)

Join a discussion on sexual harassment and what every association professional needs to know. 1 CAE credit. Location: Reston VA. More info/register.

Host: ASAE Greater Washington Community

Presenter: Jennifer Jackman, Esq., Whiteford Taylor Preston

Fri 4/13 at 1 p.m. – Create Revenue with an eLearning Business Strategy

Learn how to break down the task of creating an eLearning business strategy into four manageable steps, including practical methods to combine eLearning goals and business viability into one eLearning business strategy. Find out how to categorize educational offerings, create a learning-business vision, synergize learning and business goals, and get from where you are now to where you want to be. More info/register.

Host: Blue Sky eLearn

Presenter: Julie Stelter, Chief Creative Officer, Walden Group

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 free professional development for the association community, please send me the link via email or Twitter.

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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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