Association Brain Food Weekly: 4.24.20

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

Zoom fatigue—or is it? I’m reading a lot about “Zoom fatigue” these days, which concerns me because associations are relying on Zoom (and other web-conferencing platforms) to educate and connect members to each other. Evan Selinger says the problem isn’t Zoom fatigue, it’s mourning life as we know it. Makes sense.

Using Zoom for professional development. Selinger raises several good points to keep in mind as you plan virtual conferences and other online programs. WBT Systems also shares ideas specifically for preparing and engaging attendees and learners for virtual education via Zoom.

Survey re going virtual. Despite the uncertainty about face-to-face meetings in the future, according to an Association Laboratory survey (reported by Associations Now), only 57% of association leaders said they’re expanding investment in online education, 52% are looking into virtual conferences, and 62% plan on shifting content to a digital platform. Granted, this survey was published in March so maybe these percentages would be higher now, I hope so, or maybe the remaining associations are already invested in these platforms.

I’m thankful for the same silver lining that Dean West, FASAE, president and founder of Association Laboratory, sees: “Every day associations are discovering that they have both the capacity and the capability to do things differently and more successfully. And the crisis has generated a tremendous opportunity to experiment with new strategies and get rid of things that have not provided value for many years.”

Hosting virtual events. If you are hungry for more information about hosting virtual events, check out Matchbox Virtual Media’s blog. Arianna Rehak has written lots of good posts lately about going virtual.

Virtual event sponsorships. Your non-dues revenue doesn’t have to suffer when you move to virtual. I’ve seen lots of good articles about virtual event sponsorships, including this collection of 18 ideas from EventMB and five ways to drive greater value for virtual event sponsors from Trade Show News Network.

Hunger. Food banks are helping to feed kids who normally rely on school breakfasts and lunches as their nutrition for the day. You can help these kids out—as well as all the people, young and old, who have been laid off or lost their business—by supporting your local food bank. Find yours on the Feeding America website. If you’re in North Carolina, I hope you’ll support the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina.

Quick hits before we get to the list of this week’s free education:

  • Hey Zoom, here are some features people want! (Maddie Grant, Human Workplaces)
  • I am a flâneuse at heart, but no longer live in a city so don’t get to wander like I used to. But I can do it vicariously thanks to Rambalac who films his walks through the streets of Tokyo. I enjoyed this walk in East Shinjuku, especially those tiny alleyways.

Good eats—skip down to the list of free webinars if you’re not into cooking. Check out my weekly In The Kitchen posts for more.

  • I was watching Delicious Miss Brown on the Food Network and she made crab macaroni and cheese. I ordered crab right away from my fish store and made the recipe last Sunday. Wow. Cue horn fanfare… the highlight of the week.
  • I made chermoula to put on top of baked speckled sea trout. Chermoula is a mix of parsley, cilantro, mint, rosemary, lemon juice, garlic, and ground spices—fennel, cumin, white pepper—plus red pepper flakes and olive oil. You can use it for all kinds of things. Later in the week, I put it on steamed asparagus.
  • It’s strawberry season here. Jim brought home a big bucket from a local farm. He made fruit salad twice and I made a strawberry cake. If you make this, store it in the refrigerator, otherwise the strawberries might go off a bit.

Here are the educational events scheduled for next week. If you have a free webinar or event coming up, please send me the link before Wednesday evening the week before it’s scheduled. I’ll be happy to feature it as long as it’s not too product-centric.

Stay safe, stay well, take care.

Fri 4/24 at 1 p.m.* – 13 Secrets to Help You Create an Insanely Engaging Virtual Meeting Today

Online meetings don’t have to be awkward or dull. Contrary to popular belief, virtual group meetings can be productive, collaborative, and ridiculously engaging. The strategy is to reimagine the usual in-person agenda, energize participants differently, and use the tools to cultivate what the internet is best for – co-creation. Explore how to host virtual meetings for your members that are as engaging as in-person meetings on an interactive platform like Zoom with groups from 13 – 300 participants. More info/register.

Host: Amanda Kaiser, founder, Kaiser Insights

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

Fri 4/24 at 1 p.m. – How to Go Virtual (While Still Creating an Engaging Experience)

Learn how to take events online in a way that is going to deliver high value, create an engaging experience, and preserve the outcomes you were seeking to achieve with your in-person conference. Hear about some major considerations for online engagement. Find out how to design for virtual-first experiences, satisfy the desire to network, and keep your members engaged. We’ll also touch on the tech, because we know it’s on your mind! More info/register.

Host: Matchbox Virtual Media


  • Graham Harvey, Chief Strategy Officer, Matchbox Virtual Media
  • Allen Lloyd, CAE, Executive Director, Montana Society of CPAs
  • Arianna Rehak, CEO & Co-Founder, Matchbox Virtual Media
  • Jeff Cobb, Managing Director, Tagoras

Fri 4/24 at 1 p.m. – HBA Live! Wellness Check

Our emotional, career, physical, social and spiritual wellbeings are in a constant state of flux. To maintain some semblance of balance, it’s important that we stay connected, eat well, sleep well, move our bodies and practice self-care. But that’s a lot to juggle among homeschooling, working from home and the countless other demands we’re currently facing. So take 30 minutes to join this edition of Heathy By Association Live. More info.

Facilitators: Aaron Wolowiec, CEO, Event Garde and Angela Pelc, owner, Sidecar Slider Bar

Fri 4/24 at 2 p.m. – Addressing Workforce Challenges During COVID-19: A CEO Dialogue

Having transitioned to a remote workforce, associations have discovered new ways to stay focused, lead teams, and move their agendas forward. As the weeks and months continue, however, workforce challenges will shift to economic challenges. Tough decisions will need to be made and contingency plans put into place. These will run the gamut from tapping into reserves, to freezing 401(k) matches and hiring, to furloughs or even layoffs. In this CEO dialogue, hear from colleagues about strategies for addressing these and other difficult workforce decisions. More info/register.

Host: ASAE


  • Janet McNichol, CAE, human resources director, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Lynda J. Patterson, FASAE, CAE, president and owner, AMPED Association Management
  • Lakisha Ann Woods, CAE, president and CEO, National Institute of Building Sciences
  • Robert Skelton, CAE (moderator), chief administrative officer, ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership

Fri 4/24 at 3 p.m. – How To Bring Sponsor Value Online

Learn the key steps you need to meaningfully bring your sponsors along the virtual journey. Hear about creative strategies and best practices to bring sponsor value into virtual events, and how to maintain positive win/win/win relationships throughout. More info/register.

Host: Associations Catalyzing Entrepreneurship


  • Arianna Rehak, CEO & Co-Founder, Matchbox Virtual Media
  • Christina Lewellen MBA, CAE, Executive Director, Association of Technology Leaders in Independent Schools
  • Bruce Rosenthal,Convener, Partnership Professionals Network
  • Cindy Simpson,Manager of Member Services, National Society for Histotechnology

Mon 4/27 at 1 p.m. – Chatting with Agnes & Cecilia

This series of 15-minute videos cover hot topics and issues related to 501c organization management. A new episode is posted every Monday by 1 p.m. More info.


  • Cecilia Sepp, CAE, CNAP, principal and founder, Rogue Tulips LLC
  • Agnes Amos-Coleman, MBA, CMP, education, conference, event, certification consultant, Amos-Coleman

Tue 4/28 at 12 p.m. – Employing Empathy: Associations Connecting with Staff, Leaders, and Members

Pandemic. Economic roller coasters. Isolation. No matter what ‘face’ we put on in our Zoom meetings, we know that this moment is not easy. Now more than ever, as organizations, leaders, and as colleagues, we need to be intentional in how we listen to each other. As facilitators and partners to organizations of all shapes and sizes, Cynthia and Lowell will spend the hour discussing how they approach empathetic conversations, sharing reflections on organizational voice, and exploring your thoughts & concerns. More info/register.


  • Lowell Aplebaum, CAE, CPF, CEO & Strategy Catalyst, VistaCova
  • Cynthia Mills, FASAE, CAE, Founder, President & CEO, The Leaders Haven

Tue 4/28 from 12 to 2:30 p.m. – Save the Associations Virtual Summit: Responding to Members in a Time of Global Crisis

This summit is a free virtual conference giving association professionals from all over the world the opportunity to learn best practices and engage in meaningful conversations around crisis management, featuring a special interview with Susan Robertson, CEO of ASAE, and two panel discussions with associations who are responding to COVID-19 with an exceptional commitment to their members. More info/register.

Host: Sarah Sladek

NEW: Tue 4/28 at 1 p.m. – How To Design and Lead Interactive, Inclusive Virtual Meetings

Learn about simple virtual tools to lead meetings that get participants sharing ideas, interacting and moving towards investment and action. Hear about differences between in-person and virtual meetings, factors to consider when designing virtual meetings, strategies to engage virtual meeting participants, strategies for designing meetings for multiple participation styles, and next steps and implementation plan. More info/register.

Host: Steven Shattuck, Chief Engagement Officer, Bloomerang

Presenter: Dr. Renee Rubin Ross, founder of The Ross Collective

Tue 4/28 at 1 p.m. – COVID-19 Disruptor: The New Normal for Event and Meeting Planners

Has the Coronavirus panic thrown your entire schedule or business off track? Are you wondering what the best message to send out to your attendees, vendors, speakers, sponsors and everyone else involved is? Do you feel lost in the middle of it all and unsure about what to do next? We’ll answer any questions you have about how to communicate about your event…the best way to react and respond to new developments…how to restore and retain a great relationship with attendees and others…and much more. More info/register.

Host: When & How


  • Former FBI Hostage Negotiator Chip Massey
  • Crisis Communications Expert Adele Cehrs
  • Adult Learning Expert Jeff Hurt

Tue 4/28 at 1 p.m. – 5 Steps to Quickly Take Your Learning Program Virtual

Learn how to quickly transition your in-person learning strategy into a digital strategy, optimize content and the educational materials in a virtual training environment, and measure and boost learner engagement and participation. More info/register.

Host: BenchPrep

Presenter: Danielle Levsky, learning technologist and content manager at BenchPrep

Tue 4/28 at 2 p.m. – How To “Go Virtual” With Your Poster Session

Organizers are looking for new ways to offer online events and interactive virtual content to their attendees. As poster presentations are an important component of an in-person event, they can be incredibly valuable to your online event as well. Discover how to “Go Virtual” with your poster sessions and provide the same rich, in-person experience online. More info/register.

Host: Event Tech Group

Tue 4/28 at 2 p.m. – Defining the New Normal: Post-coronavirus Events & Conferences

A swift and profound shift is happening among corporate conferences, association meetings, and in-person events: pivoting to digital environments is the next best thing to face-to-face. Featuring subject matter experts from diverse seats at the proverbial table, this 90-minute session will explore what a post-crisis future looks like for the event industry. More info/register.

Host: Pathable


  • Corbin Ball of Corbin Ball & Associates
  • Lance Simon of Blue Sky eLearn
  • Jennifer Loftus of Astron Solutions
  • James Ellsmoor of Island Innovation

Wed 4/29 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – MMCC Virtual

Immerse yourself in this virtual, interactive educational opportunity designed to help move your marketing, membership, and communication strategies forward in these challenging times. ASAE has reimagined its Marketing, Membership, and Communication Conference as a one-day virtual event featuring a “taste of MMCC,” including a keynote, 12 concurrent sessions that are most relevant to the community in the COVID-19 environment, chats and Q&A with presenters and attendees, and a moderated virtual happy hour. This event is free of charge thanks to the support of our platform provider, TopClass LMS by WBT Systems. 3 CAE credits. More info/register.

Host: ASAE

Wed 4/29 at 12 p.m. – Content Forum Weekly Community Chat

Join Content Forum members for content strategy advice, to share what you are working on, and for support with any professional and personal challenges you are facing. Join first, then look in Events for more information

Host: Content Forum

Wed 4/29 at 12 p.m. – Event Risk Management in a Post-Pandemic World

As the world recovers from the current crisis, and clients start to hold events again, identifying and reducing risk in the post-Coronavirus period will be vital to ensure safety, reputation, financial viability. This session discusses the importance of an integrated and formalized risk management process in event planning, as well as some of the new risks and associated contingencies that are likely to be the new norm for events in the near future. More info/register.

Host: MPI

Presenter: Martin Hanneman, President, Astrea Risk Management

Wed 4/29 at 1 p.m. – Strengthening Customer Relationships During the COVID-19 Crisis

Face-to-face interaction with your customers has been the golden standard for conducting business and closing sales for decades. But as we work from home—and an uncertainty surrounding when it will be safe and advisable to meet again in-person—you may be feeling a bit disconnected from your audience. Learn how you can continue to foster (and even strengthen) your customer/client relationships, as well as how you might begin to form new connections. More info/register.

Host: Event Garde


  • Aaron Wolowiec, CEO of Event Garde
  • Rob McCarty, CEO of The Image Shoppe

Wed 4/29 at 2 p.m. – What You Miss in Selecting and Inspecting Sites Can Hurt You…More Now Than Ever

Learn how to sharpen your RFP checklists to address key issues in proposals and when inspecting venues/properties/cities to include more about accommodations and health. Develop better questions to ask, people to see, and timing for in-person or virtual site inspections ​including the actions in a city during a health or other emergency. Enhance your ability to delve deeper in predicting the future into what is not shown or addressed or even now known—or as said in improvisation, your “yes and…” skills. More info/register.

Host: Meetings Today

Presenter: meetings industry consultant and educator Joan Eisenstodt, principal of Eisenstodt Associates, LLC

Wed 4/29 at 2 p.m. – Become a Virtual Meeting & Event Pro

In this two-part webinar about running virtual and hybrid meetings and events, we’ll equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to engage your audiences remotely. From the AV and tech checklist you should run through before your virtual meeting to facilitation techniques designed to keep your audiences engaged, the takeaways from this webinar will improve how you run your virtual and hybrid meetings and events. 1 CMP credit. More info/register.

Host: MeetingsNet


  • Michael Judeh, Senior Director, AV Technology, Convene
  • Julie Starr, Director, Learning and Development, Convene

Wed 4/29 at 2 p.m. – Adjusting Course During a Pandemic: Strategies for Tech and Standards Orgs

Learn seven practical strategies that standards groups, industry associations, and technical consortia can use to reposition their organizations, not just for today’s crisis, but for tomorrow’s realities. Hear ideas for optimizing virtual decision models in a sub-optimal, decentralized environment, identifying growth opportunities in a challenging world, and realigning your operations in the face of uncertainty. 1 CAE credit. More info/register.

Host: Virtual Inc.

NEW: Wed 4/29 at 3 p.m. – Meet Your Members Where They Are: Associations Share Virtual Conference Successes

Hear how two associations responded to the COVID-19 crisis by pivoting from live events to successful virtual conferences. What was their decision-making process? How did it work? How did their members and stakeholders react? Did they see a reduction in attendance? Was sponsorship affected?

Explore how to meet your members where they are to offer virtual solutions amidst a pandemic. More info/register.

Host: Association Acumen


  • Heather Bidinger, PA-C, President, Minnesota Academy of Physician Assistants (MAPA)
  • Elizabeth Schlicht, CAE, Executive Director, Minnesota Academy of Physician Assistants (MAPA)
  • Karissa Kerstan, PA-C, CME Co-Chair, Wisconsin Academy of Physician Assistants (WAPA)
  • Lori Conaway, CAE, Executive Director, Wisconsin Academy of Physician Assistants (WAPA)
  • Betsy Smith, CPA, MST (moderator), President, Association Acumen

NEW: Wed 4/29 at 3 p.m. – Four Show Organizers Talk Going Virtual

Four show organizers will talk through the ins and outs of how they tranisitioned their events virtual. Hear about the steps these events took to go virtual, how they approached choosing the right technology, what experience design they took into account and how they considered monetizing the new virtual format. More info/register.

Hosts: Trade Show News Network and DAHLIA+Agency


  • John Toner – VP, Convention & Industry Collaboration – United Fresh
    Kristi Dougherty – General Manager – Niche Media
    Dorian Sullian – Vice President of Audience Development – National Association of Broadcasters
    Kimberly Carcone – Vice President Market Events – Toy Industry Association
  • Tech Evangelist Dahlia El Gazzar (moderator) of DAHLIA+Agency

Wed 4/29 at 4 p.m. – ASAE Key Consultants Committee Weekly Virtual Forum

During the month of April, ASAE’s Key Consultants Committee will convene a weekly virtual forum for all association consultants. These online gatherings will provide a space to share what’s happening with you, exchange ideas and practices, and seek support from your colleagues. Get Zoom invite.

Thu 4/30 at 10 a.m. – Assessing and Choosing a Business Intelligence Tool

In the last 10 years, the market for BI tools has exploded, creating a proliferation of tools, some of which are geared towards developers and/or database administrators, some can only be used locally on desktops, some are designed to be shared easily and others are not. Some tools are entirely self-service, requiring the customer to install, integrate, update and manage the tool themselves, and others are entirely managed by the vendor. Learn how to navigate the myriad tools available on the market and choose the one that is right for your organization. More info/register.

Host: Inciter

NEW: Thu 4/30 at 12 p.m. – Stories of Resilience: A Conversation with Brené Brown

How do you cultivate braver, more daring leaders and embed the value of courage in your company culture? Stories of Resilience is an ongoing virtual event series where small business leaders share true stories of how they’ve navigated challenging times. Speakers will offer strategies for adapting and pivoting during periods of uncertainty and provide inspiration to forge a path forward. More info/register.

Host: Salesforce


  • New York Times bestselling author Brené Brown
  • Salesforce SVP of SMB Marketing Marie Rosecrans

Thu 4/30 from 12 to 3 p.m. – Managing the Virtual Experience

There is a new set of considerations arising if you are planning to pivot to virtual events. What are the implications of creating virtual experiences? Managing the pre-production and implementation of virtual events requires different timing, tools knowledge, and experience design skills. 2 CMP credits. More info/register.

Host: EventMB

Thu 4/30 at 12:30 p.m. – Reimagined Spaces for Social Distancing

As live events start to take place again, event professionals will need to think creatively about how we redesign event spaces if social distancing is still a part of our world. More info/register.

Host: DC Event Coalition

Moderator: Andre Wells, Events by Andre Wells

Thu 4/30 at 1 p.m. – ForesightWorks Live: Fast Data in the Time of COVID-19 and Beyond

According to ASAE ForesightWorks research, association leaders will have a growing need to access and apply data “in the moment” to make strategic and operational decisions. That need has become more urgent amid the COVID-19 crisis. A panel of three association professionals, guided by facilitator Julie Sciullo of Association Analytics, will discuss findings from the ForesightWorks “Fast Data” driver of change, share their strategies for using data in quick decision making, and explore the value of fast data for associations in the future. 1 CAE credit. More info/register.

Host: ASAE

Thu 4/30 at 1 p.m. – Virtual Hugs, Handshakes and Self-Care Amidst COVID-19: Taking Care of Ourselves and Each Other

COVID-19 has impacted our personal and professional lives in ways many of us could not have anticipated. Taking time to care for ourselves and our teams has become more important than ever. Learn about the emotional impacts many of us are experiencing with COVID-19 (and also the physical impacts), how that manifests itself in our work and at home, and ways we can care for ourselves and for our teams/each other during this time. More info/register.

Host: Event Garde

Presenter: Lindsay Gross, Director of Facilitation Services for Event Garde

Thu 4/30 at 2 p.m. – How to Create Effective Audience Surveys

Done well, surveys can empower you with real, actionable, and surprising insights into what your audiences do, think, and need. Smart surveys can turn your communications strategy into a fine-tuned, sophisticated engine of revenue. Learn how to build, deploy, and analyze the results of a great audience survey. Identify and sidestep the countless pitfalls that plague so many surveys. 1 CAE credit. More info/register.

Host: Mighty Citizen

Thu 4/30 at 2 p.m. – Lessons Learned: How We Took Our Event Virtual in 5 Weeks

Like so many events, Protech’s Fusion Customer Conference was forced to go virtual due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Fortunately, we were able to find another way to deliver our conference to customers, and even double event attendance. So, how did we pull it off? Join the Protech team as they discuss the transition to a virtual event and answer your questions about virtual conferences. What worked? What didn’t? How did Protech maintain value for event sponsors? How did we decide on Microsoft Teams as the conference platform? What advice do we have for associations planning their virtual conferences in the near future? 1 CAE credit. More info/register.

Host: Protech

Presenters: Protech Marketing Director Liz Palm and Marketing Communications Specialist Heather Hughes

Thu 4/30 at 3 p.m. – Getting Creative with Virtual Events

Virtual events can be an opportunity to generate revenue, at a lower cost. But the challenge is how to make the virtual event into a positive experience for attendees and sponsors. Learn about creating value for attendees, rethinking the vendor experience, post-event considerations, and technology and data to leverage. Hear from a panel of association and technology leaders who will share actionable tips that can help you adapt to virtual events and continue to drive revenue. More info/register.

Host: Association Analytics

Thu 4/30 at 3:30 p.m. – Emerging from Crisis – What Associations Need to Consider in Order to Thrive in the Future

During a disruptive event such as the COVID-19 pandemic, organizational leaders must adopt a short-term time frame focused on adaptive strategies for providing value and ensuring survival. But as soon as possible, the focus must shift to how to prepare for the future, and the ability to emerge as a stronger, more resilient organization. 0.5 CAE credit. More info/register.

Host: .orgCommunity


  • Jeff De Cagna, Executive Advisor at Foresight First
  • Stefanie Reeves, Executive Director at Maryland Psychological Association
  • Sharon Rice, Managing Director of Business Strategy at .orgSource
  • Sherry Budziak, Founder and CEO at .orgSource

Thu 4/30 at 4 p.m. – How Event Planners, Hotels and Meeting Support Vendors Can Work Together During COVID-19

Hear from a panel that include two experienced meeting planners, a national hotel representative, a CVP representative, a convention services representative and a contract attorney. The panel will discuss: What prompts a legitimate cancellation of the contract? As a meeting planner/ED how do you best work with your partners (hotel, exhibit company, outside facilities, transportation companies, etc.). How can we all help the live meeting industry rebound since we are all in this together? What is the future of live meetings? 1 CAE credit. More info/register. (I’m not sure if non-MASAE members can attend, please let me know if you find out.)

Host: Mid-Atlantic Society of Association Executives


  • Shannon Fagan, CMP, HMCC, Association Headquarters, Inc.
  • Joshua L. Grimes, Esq., Grimes Law Offices, LLC
  • Anthony Montanaro, Vista Convention Services
  • Joan Mooney, Director of Sales, Meet AC
  • Heather M. Seasholtz, CMP, Director, TMG Meeting & Event Management
  • Mike Wainwright, Vice President Sales, Marriott Convention Resort Network

Fri 5/1 at 12 p.m. – Food Safety: What is the New Normal and How do Meeting Planners Need to Prepare?

While COVID-19 has not been proven to be transferable through food, can it theoretically be possible? Think about all the touch points there is with the food and beverage we serve at events. Food safety is something planners often overlook, relying on caterers to handle. In the new normal, what do we need to consider about our attendees safety as it relates to the food and beverage we serve them. Buffets vs plated vs boxed? Single-serve prepackaged food? Seating & social distancing? Sneeze guards? Number of servers? Hand washing stations? Bottled water? 1 CMP credit. More info/register.

Host: MPI

Presenter: Tracy Stuckrath, Founder and Chief Food Officer, Thrive! Meetings & Events

Fri 5/1 at 12 p.m. – Reactor, Planner, Experimenter? Diverse Approaches = Better Outcomes

Do you find yourself learning more in a retrospective than the kickoff? How do you figure out the real question or problem you are trying to solve rather than reacting to a series of symptoms? Join a panel of your peers to discuss: What does it mean to you to identify and treat causes versus symptoms? Do you have an a-ha moment AFTER you are in the heat of a problem of the root case? How do you set up an environment to ‘work to learn’? More info/register.

Host: George Rears

Fri 5/1 at 1 p.m. – How the American Association of Geographers (AAG) Took Their Annual Meeting Virtual

Hear how AAG moved their annual meeting to virtual. As an early April conference, they were one of the first to have to make the shift. 1500+ people attended virtually over a 5 day period. Oscar Larson will tell us how they did it along with the insights he received from his post-meeting surveys. This presentation will be followed up with a live Q&A session with special guest, Reggie Henry. More info/register.

Host: OpenWater


  • Oscar Larson, Director of Conferences, AAG
  • Reggie Henry, CIO of ASAE
  • Kunal Johar, CTO, OpenWater

Fri 5/1 at 1 p.m. – HBA Live! Wellness Check

Our emotional, career, physical, social and spiritual wellbeings are in a constant state of flux. To maintain some semblance of balance, it’s important that we stay connected, eat well, sleep well, move our bodies and practice self-care. But that’s a lot to juggle among homeschooling, working from home and the countless other demands we’re currently facing. So take 30 minutes to join this edition of Heathy By Association Live. More info.

Facilitators: Aaron Wolowiec, CEO, Event Garde and Angela Pelc, owner, Sidecar Slider Bar

Tue 5/5 at 2 p.m. – COVID-19: Moving from Triage to Modeling a Future for your Association

Association executives have spent the past few weeks in triage as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, moving operations to a virtual environment and making decisions about upcoming activities, meetings, events, and general operations. Scenario modeling and planning for the future are the next logical steps. Explore how to use scenario modeling to develop a plan with multiple options to address the rapid changes occurring in these challenging times. 1 CAE credit. More info/register.

Host: ASAE

Presenter: Lisa Stover, CPA, CGMA, CAE, principal, CLA (CliftonLarsonAllen LLP)

Wed 5/6 at 1 p.m. – The Future of Advocacy

With association advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill never more urgent, who does Congress listen to in an over-communicated world? What do congressional staffers believe are the most effective communications tactics for influencing undecided Members of Congress? How can “grasstops” advocates be trained to influence Congress? How can associations use social media to impact legislative outcomes? Hear insights on the emerging advocacy strategies to influence legislative outcomes, as well as update attendees on the status of Congressional office operations and activities in light of COVID-19. 1 CAE credit. More info/register.

Hosts: ASAE Government Relations and Advocacy Professionals Advisory Council and the Congressional Management Foundation


  • Bradford Fitch, President and CEO, Congressional Management Foundation
  • Seth Turner, Director of Citizen Engagement, Congressional Management Foundation

Thu 5/7 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. – Non-Dues-a-Palooza LIVE

Associations were desperate for non-dues ideas and exposure to innovative people and products before. But now in light of the thousands of association events that have been disrupted, there is no better time to look at diversifying revenue streams. We’re partnering with the big dogs to provide an incredible virtual experience for all Non Dues-a-Palooza registrants. All registrants get an all-access pass to Non Dues-a-Palooza LIVE on May 7 plus the in-person event September 24 in Nashville. More info/register (fee).

Host: Teri Carden of ReviewMyAMS fame

Thu 5/7 at 3:30 p.m. – Staying Sane, Motivated & Productive Right Now!

Covid 19 has huge economic impact for our business, but it also has a significant impact on our well-being and productivity. This program won’t help you with your cash deposits right now, but it will help you with your mental deposit and how you can improve your current work environment in a way that will help you stay sane, motivated and productive during these (ahem) challenging times. Hear about simple, actionable steps to improve your performance and productivity right now. More info/register.

Host: .orgCommunity

Presenter: Conor Cunneen, IrishmanSpeaks

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 before Wednesday evening.

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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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