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

Free professional development resources and events for CAEs, association staff and others in the #assnchat community

I’m always astonished when I meet someone who works for an association that doesn’t even support their professional development. That’s just ignorant. WBT Systems has some help for staff in these short-sighted associations: ideas for convincing your employer to pay for your professional development.

DelCor looked at some of the findings from the ASAE Foundation’s Tech Success for Associations study, specifically how associations rank on the IT maturity scale in four different functions: infrastructure, data management, technology management and strategy, and digital presence.

The American Institute of Graphic Arts encouraged their chapters to use Slack and it took off like gangbusters. Billhighway explains why they chose Slack and how AIGA and its chapters are using it.

Two good articles about LinkedIn:

And a few more quick hits before we get to this week’s list of free webinars:

  • A really good list of email marketing best practices. (HubSpot)
  • What happens to employee loyalty (if that still exists) when passive job-matching chatbots become prevalent? (TechCrunch)

Off-topic: Check out my Grabbing the Gusto blog for my posts about the recipes I’ve made recently or plan to make in the coming week.

Here are the educational events scheduled for next week plus a few extras. 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 7/17 at 12 p.m.* – Chapter Roundtable in Washington DC

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. Location: Washington DC. More info/register.

Host: Billhighway

*All times are Eastern Daylight Time unless otherwise noted.


Tue 7/17 at 12:30 p.m. – The Future is in the Air: Talking with Nick Brown about Amazon Alexa and Voice AI Communication (Association Chat)

More info/register.

Host: KiKi L’Italien, founder, Amplified Growth

Guest: Nick Brown, Co-founder and CEO, Effct


Tue 7/17 at 2 p.m. – 30 Revenue-Generating Ideas in 40 minutes

Uncover new ideas for generating revenue from your events. Discover how the ideas have been implemented by others. Explore pricing and marketing practices that will lead to success. 1 CMP credit. More info/register.

Host: PCMA

Presenters:

  • Stacy McManus, CEM, Director, Corporate Alliances & Exhibition Operations American Thoracic Society
  • Tom Pellet, Meetings and Convention Director American Academy of Family Physicians

Wed 7/18 at 11 a.m. – Future Reinvented: Association/Nonprofit Challenges in the World of Exponential Change

Global change is happening at an unprecedented rate. It can seem daunting to derive strategies that keep up with “exponential change”. Hear about the major forces shaping the future, the “possibility explosion” in science and technology, and the potential implications of exponential change on the working world. More info/register.

Host: iCohere

Presenters: Amanda Batson and Steve Wells


Wed 7/18 at 12 p.m. – Chapter Roundtable in Alexandria 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. Location: Alexandria VA. More info/register.

Host: Billhighway


Wed 7/18 at 1 p.m. – Hotel Insider Series – Negotiating Venue Food & Bev

Catering is a huge part of your hotel contract, but it is seldom negotiated. Since catering is the most profitable part of the Food & Beverage department, there are ways to negotiate pricing, service options, upgrades, and inclusions, if you know how to do it. Learn how a hotel makes money in catering; what areas can be negotiated; how to stretch your budget; how to avoid hidden fees, minimums and service charges; and how to make sure your catering expense is accurate. 1 CMP credit. More info/register.

Host: Pathable

Presenter: Tom Pasha, founder, CONTACT Planning Inc.


Wed 7/18 at 4 p.m. – Nonprofit IT Management Fundamentals

Learn about IT management essentials and how to build a culture at your organization that includes these fundamentals. Hear about policy and planning, budgeting best practices, and integrating your decision making process and project calendar with the annual rhythm at your organization. More info/register.

Host: Community IT Innovators

Presenter: Johan Hammerstrom, President and CEO, Community IT Innovators


Thu 7/19 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. – Reston Herndon Meeting Planners Summer Camp (Leesburg VA)

Expect creative thinking, collaboration, education, and networking while participating in interactive traditional and non-traditional meeting formats. This year, our camp will be even bigger—more topics, more speakers, and more planners determining the program content. 4.5 CEM credits. Location: Leesburg VA. More info/register.


Thu 7/19 at 11:30 a.m. – The Value of a Data Driven Association (Alexandria VA Brown Bag)

Learn how leveraging your association’s data fuels smarter, faster decisions that encourage member engagement, drive adoption and add value to the entire organization. See best practice examples from several associations on their path to create data-driven success. 1 CAE credit. Location: Alexandria VA. More info/register.

Organizer: Talisa Thomas-Hall

Presenter: Jennifer Gartner, Chief Client Officer, Icimo


Thu 7/19 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. Location: Reston VA. More info/register.

Host: Billhighway


Thu 7/19 at 2 p.m. – Health and Wellness Trends for the Event Industry

Hear about results from research done in collaboration with leading experts in wellness that could be used to make events healthier for attendees and the world. More info/register.

Host: Smart Meetings

Presenter: Jaloyn Fockler, SVP, Delos Living


Thu 7/19 at 3:30 p.m. – How to Sell Thought Leadership Sponsorships

More info/register.

Host: The Moery Company


Tue 7/24 at 1 p.m. – How Does Your Association Compare? The 2018 Membership Marketing Benchmarking Report

Hear about the findings from the 10th anniversary edition of the Membership Marketing Benchmarking Report. 1 CAE credit. More info/register.

Host: Marketing General, Inc.

Presenters: Tony Rossell, Senior Vice President, and Matt Kerr, Research Manager, Marketing General, Inc.


Tue 7/24 at 2 p.m. – Promote Your Content Effectively to Drive Member Engagement

So you’ve published a blog—now what? We see firsthand that members have extremely high interest in their association’s blogs, articles, and journal publications, but how can they engage with your news and articles if they don’t even know you have published content? Learn all about some effective methods to promote your internal content. More info/register.

Host: rasa.io


Wed 7/25 at 2 p.m. – Selfie Culture’s Effect on Member Engagement

Taking selfies is often viewed as a common teen pursuit, but selfie culture is becoming a pervasive form of expression beyond Generation Z. Learn about the factors surrounding selfie culture and how they impact member engagement in associations and nonprofits. Hear about tips for extending your own member engagement via a variety of marketing platforms. More info/register.

Hosts: ReviewMyAMS and Altai Systems


Thu 7/26 at 8:30 a.m. – Partnership Professionals Network Idea Exchange (Alexandria VA)

What is your biggest challenge in providing value for your corporate partners/sponsors and keeping them happy? Bring your challenges for a facilitated discussion and solutions. Location: Alexandria VA. More info/register.

Organizer: Bruce Rosenthal, founder, Bruce Rosenthal Associates, LLC, and Partnership Professionals Network


Fri 7/27 at 2 p.m. – The Future of Work (Virtual and In-Person Round Table)

The “gig economy” is here to stay and it’s only a matter of time until it disrupts an industry close to you. Using the ASAE ForesightWorks’ Drivers of Change as our springboard, we will explore the effects that “freelance, gig, contract and temporary work” are bringing to all industries (ours and our members’) and discuss the changes in “employment and workplace systems, educational systems, and social safety net systems” that will be demanded by a changing workforce. Locations: Washington DC and online. More info/register.

Host: ASAE Technology Section Council

Facilitator: Rebecca Achurch, PgMP, PMP, CSM, CAE, Achurch Consulting


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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