Association Brain Food Weekly: 11.16.18

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

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 association community

Does anyone on your staff have the association CIO mindset? David DeLorenzo at DelCor says you don’t necessarily need a CIO on staff but you do need a technology leader with the CIO mindset.

Microlearning may be trendy, says WBT Systems, but it’s a learning strategy based in brain science. Find out how learners and associations benefit from microlearning programs.

Ernie Smith at Associations Now looks into the world of publishing to share advice on finding the right new ideas and “the right way to sell innovation both inside your organization and to the broader world.”

The enactment of a federal data privacy law is just a matter of time. MemberSuite explains why regulation is on the horizon and how to prepare your association for these new data privacy laws.

Retirement is going extinct, says Harvard Business Review. Employers (and associations) need to prepare to adapt to aging populations and shifting employment trends.

Some quick hits before we get to this week’s list of free webinars:

  • Thought leadership is an overused buzzword but it’s also a highly effective marketing strategy. (Agility PR)
  • How to increase email sign-ups with better website forms. (HubSpot)
  • 9 critical iPhone privacy and security settings. (Fast Company)

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

Here are the educational events scheduled for next week plus a few extra. If you have any free webinars or events coming up, please send me the link. I’ll be happy to feature it as long as it’s not product-centric.

Mon 11/19 at 2 p.m.* – Life, Guilt & the Changing Pace of Work (AWTC Meet-Up)

Many of us struggle with establishing and maintaining work/life balance. Our panel will discuss a variety of challenges in navigating changing priorities brought on by parenthood, managing illness, life changes, and the desire for something new. Panelists will share their own strategies and lessons learned in designing the job that brings balance. Any woman working within the association community is welcome to attend. As always, happy hour will be at a nearby bar after the meet-up. Location: Washington DC. More info/register.

Organizer: Association Women Technology Champions


  • Alex Mouw, Principal Digital Strategist, Results Direct
  • Rhea M. Steele, COO, Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation

*All times are Eastern Standard Time unless otherwise noted.

Mon 11/19 at 2 p.m. – From Desktop to the Cloud: Why Organizations Are Converting

On-prem vs. cloud? What solution is right for your organization? Hear about the current desktop environment and the factors that will drive increased cloud adoption over the next several years. Learn why nonprofits need to be thinking about their digital transformation now. More info/register.

Host: TechSoup

Tue 11/20 at 10:30 a.m. – Online Tools That Help Nonprofits Learn, Listen & Engage

Learn about tools to manage your online presence, including social media platforms you should care about, tools to help master your online world, listening tools, engagement tools, and mastering your online presence in less than 15 minutes per day. More info/register.

Host: Firespring

Presenter: Jay Wilkinson, founder and CEO of Firespring

Tue 11/20 at 3 p.m. – To (Strategic) Plan or Not to Plan: ACE Conversation (Washington DC and online)

Learn how a good strategic planning process looks and how to bridge the gap between design and delivery of your strategic plan, especially when the board drives the design and staff is tasked with implementing. Hear about different levels of involvement and why it’s important to review your strategic plan every year. Find out how to measure and report progress. Location: Washington DC and online. More info/register.

Organizer: ACE (Associations Catalyzing Entrepreneurship) 


  • Jay Younger, president and CEO of McKinley Advisors
  • Lane Velayo, owner and CEO of Synergos, an Association Management Company and executive director of the Indiana Music Educators Association

Thu 11/22 at 1 p.m. – Using Storytelling to Boost Your Nonprofit’s Communications

Learn how to approach storytelling in a focused and strategic way. Review steps that will help you develop compelling content that supports your organizations’ mission and goals. Find out where to look for guidance, how to decide which stories your nonprofit should be telling, why a range of nonprofits are telling stories, and how and where nonprofit communicators are sharing their stories. More info/register.

Host: Charity Village

Presenter: Marlene Oliveira, communications consultant, copywriter at moflow, and founder of the Nonprofit MarCommunity blog

Wed 11/28 at 12 p.m. – Crafting Exceptional Digital Experiences: Lessons Learned from Brewing Craft Beer (Washington DC Idea Swap)

What do great beers and great websites have in common? Both require a careful balance of art and science that drive consumers to come back for more. Hear about lessons learned in brewing craft beer and crafting exceptional digital experiences. You’ll walk away with lots of laughs and ten essentials to crafting great experiences. 1 CAE credit. Location: Washington DC. More info/register.

Presenter: Alexandra (Alex) Biddle Mouw, CAE, Principal, Digital Strategist, Results Direct

Thu 11/29 at 8:30 a.m. – Partnership Professionals Network Idea Exchange (Chicagoland IL)

Featured topic: Does generating more non-dues revenue through partnerships and sponsorships keep you up at night? Location: Elk Grove Village, IL. RSVP/more info.

Facilitator: Dan Kowitz, Founder & CEO, JSB Partnership Consultants

Organizer: Bruce Rosenthal, Partnership Professionals Network Convener

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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