UPDATED 5-11-20… look for “NEW” in front of date

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

Chapter virtual events. Chapters have always had the face-to-face advantage but now even they must get on the virtual bandwagon. Billhighway describes the kind of resources you can provide chapters to help them get started with virtual events, design engaging programs, prepare speakers and attendees, and put together a virtual event volunteer team.

Student/fraternal chapters. Will college students return to campus this fall? Who knows! If you have student chapters, WBT Systems shares some ideas for creating a virtual fraternal or student chapter experience.

Engaging virtual events. I just now left the Non Dues-A-Palooza virtual happy hour to finish writing this post (dedication!) and I can tell you, NDP Live was not a boring online event. However, if you’re planning a virtual event, Jess Sousa explains why online events are (usually) boring and how to make them better.

Virtual conference networking. One of the reasons NDP Live was an effective learning experience is because participants had a chance during the breakout sessions and post-event happy hour to share ideas. A critical component of any digital learning experience is connecting with others. In their most recent post, MemberSuite describes options for attendee networking at virtual events. Some may only apply to virtual campus platforms, but others make sense on any online platform.

Digital learning experiments. Associations now have permission to play with digital experimentation so take advantage, but keep this advice from Lowell Aplebaum, CAE, in mind: “If you want your digital learning experiences to stand out, they have to embrace adult learning approaches—specifically they have to be virtual-experiential and interactive.” Exactly.

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:

  • A parody screensaver for anxious times. (Zooooom.us)
  • Chill out by the stream of your choice, perhaps one in Texas, Colorado or elsewhere. (Yeti)

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

  • Make a sauce, pesto or other condiment-type-thing once, then bring it back for encore performances, like striped mullet with chermoula or turmeric sauce. Or flounder with dill pesto—the pesto is returning tonight as an accompaniment for sautéed soft shell crabs, not that they need anything.
  • Let’s get something straight, I’ve always liked making bread, I’m not a pandemic-Johnettey-come-lately bread baker, although I encourage that trend and welcome all of you to our fold. This weekend we demolished a loaf of buttermilk honey bread, a recipe from The Bread Bible by Beth Hensperger, which is on sale for only $2.99 right now—Kindle version. And, thank god, I just learned today that my yeast order from King Arthur is on its way. Phew.
  • I dug out a bunch of wild salmon fillets from the deeps of our chest freezer to make salmon and bok choy green coconut curry—made mine with pac choi, a bok choy cousin. Dang, it was good, especially over the frozen cauliflower rice I forgot I had.
  • Sautéed greens are usually on our menu once a week. This week, the mix included kale, radish greens, turnip greens and green cabbage, along with bacon, spring onions, carrot, jalapeno, orange bell pepper, dried apricots and sliced almonds.
  • The highlight of the week might have been a cocktail, although the curry was right up there: retox cocktail featuring muddled jalapeño slices, maple syrup, lime juice (instead of lemon) and reposado tequila. On the side, Hickory Grove cheese from Chapel Hill Creamery was a nice balancing act to the tart heat.

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 5/8 at 12 p.m.* – Meeting Executive Re-Think Tank on Lessons Learned & Continued Impact

Join a virtual roundtable to debrief, debate and discuss COVID-19’s impact on our businesses, events, teams, and the overall meeting and events industry. In a moderated, peer discussion format we will focus on lessons learned and what we see happening in the months ahead. Bring your own case studies, observations and burning questions to share in this interactive “group therapy” session on the COVID-19 crisis. More info/register.

Host: MPI

Presenters:

  • Kristi C. Sanders, CMP, CMM, Senior Director of Community Engagement, MPI
  • Tyra W. Hilliard, PhD, Esq, CMP, Attorney, Professor, Speaker, College of Coastal Georgia

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


Fri 5/8 at 1 p.m. – Short-Term Pivots, Long-Term Implications: Navigating the Path to the New Normal

The situation created by the spread of the coronavirus and COVID-19 has made it necessary for most of us to re-think our learning businesses and make rapid, often difficult decisions to get by in the short term. The session leaders will come ready to talk about actions their organizations have taken and offer their perspectives, but this is definitely intended as a conversation. So, we hope you will come prepared to share what you are doing and your perspective on the future. More info/register.

Host: Leading Learning

Presenters:

  • Celisa Steele and Jeff Cobb, co-founders of Tagoras and Leading Learning
  • Mona Johnson, MBA, CAE, managing director, SRNT University, Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT)
  • Jack Coursen, director, ASHA Professional Development, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
  • Maddie Grant, culture designer and digital strategist at Human Workplaces

Fri 5/8 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

Presenters:

  • 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 5/8 at 1 p.m. – Healthy By Association Live! Wellness Check

Our emotional, career, physical, social and spiritual wellbeing 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 5/8 at 2 p.m. – The Impact of COVID-19 on Small Staff Associations: A CEO Dialogue

The COVID-19 pandemic has created significant financial and workforce challenges, meeting cancellations, and planning disruptions for all associations. The impact on small-staff associations is magnified by their leaner resources, smaller budgets, and limited ability to pivot in the face of turbulence. Hear small-staff executives share their “on the ground” experiences and strategies for the future and join an open-ended discussion of the unique challenges you are facing. More info/register.

Host: ASAE

Presenters:

  • Kerwin Brown, CAE, president and CEO, Bakery Equipment Manufacturers and Allieds
  • Janice Crampton, CAEP, executive director/CEO, Association of Independent School Admission Professionals
  • Tara Puckey, chief staff officer, Radio Television Digital News Association
  • Steven Stout, FASAE, CAE, executive director, Texas Society of Association Executives
  • Keith Skillman, CAE (moderator), senior research and content advisor, ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership

Mon 5/11 at 12 p.m. – Secrets to Work/Life Balance for the Working Mom

We all have responsibilities, whether caring for children or elderly parents or pursuing personal interests, activities, or hobbies. Some of us are in the “sandwich generation,” meaning that we’re juggling the challenge of school-age children and aging parents or family members. We must be equipped to resolve personal and workplace issues, juggle conflicting responsibilities and balance personal and workplace roles. Learn how you can balance your act – when family life matters from someone who has conquered the balancing act and lives and works stress-free. More info/register.

Host: MPI

Presenter: Sharon M. Weinstein, MS, RN, CRNI-R, FACW, FAAN, CSP


Mon 5/11 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.

Hosts:

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

Tue 5/12 at 7 a.m. – IMEX Community Day Rebroadcast: Prepare Your Organization For Post COVID-19

No one knows exactly what the world will be like after COVID-19. Waiting to act until the pandemic subsides could be detrimental to your organization. Learn about the importance of building ecosystems, agility and data and hear an industry panel consider the implications for business events. More info/register.

Host: PCMA

Presenters

  • Rik Vera, international business strategist
  • Tracy Bury, Deputy Chief Executive at the World Confederation for Physical Therapy
  • Gerd De Bruycker, marketing director at Cisco Systems
  • Dale Parmenter, founder, drpg

NEW: Tue 5/12 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Evolve: The Virtual Event for Planners

Evolve, a three-day event, will show the events industry how to successfully pivot to overcome obstacles in the future: how to adapt in times of crisis, how to find opportunities for growth and change, how to transition to virtual and hybrid events, and the future of the events industry. More info/register.

Host: Swapcard


Tue 5/12 at 2 p.m. – Case in Point Lessons Learned from a 12-hour GMID Virtual Broadcast (Session 1 of 2)

On April 14, MPI hosted a 12-hour virtual broadcast, bringing together 11,000 community members from around the world for a solutions and action-based summit for Global Meetings Industry Day: Virtual. What lessons did MPI learn from this experience, what will MPI do differently next time and how can organizations be agile enough to make changes when crises occur. Join us for this conversation on digital broadcast events—one of the many types of virtual experiences that can help bring communities together. 1 CMP credit. More info/register – fee for MPI non-members.

Host: MPI

Presenter: Lori Pugh Marcum, CMP, CMM, HMCC, Lead Manager, Event Programs & Production, Meeting Professionals International


Tue 5/12 at 2 p.m. – Expert Tips for Producing Virtual Experiences that Resonate on Any Budget

Learn the important implications behind letting content and strategy drive your virtual solution, as well as the reasoning behind using a production team to support the delivery of various software platforms. Hear about the successes – and stresses – of the virtual production process. More info/register.

Host: Smart Meetings

Presenters:

  • David Kenyon, Senior Vice President of Production at LEO Events
  • Chad Hines, Vice President, Sales & Live Events at Bluewater
  • Shelley Hodgkinson, Senior Director of Event Solutions for Walmart

Tue 5/12 at 3 p.m. – Cultivating True Success in the “New Normal” (Session 2 of 2)

We are living in unprecedented times that are and will continue to evolve and change our lives forever. How can you cultivate True Success in the New Normal? Hear three vital steps to help you flourish, regardless of what is happening in the world. More info/register – fee for MPI non-members.

Host: MPI

Presenter: Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo, Ph.D., Speaker and Psychologist, Elizabeth Lombardo International, LLC


Tue 5/12 at 3 p.m. – How Do Members (Especially New Members) Want to Be Engaged?

Join us as we each slip into our member’s shoes and look at engagement from their perspective. Discuss how engagement feels, and the seemingly benign things associations do that derail engagement. Weigh in on the differences in member engagement between trade and professional associations. Share engaging ideas that you can use in your career and for your association. More info/register.

Hosts: Kaiser Insights, Dynamic Benchmarking and Matchbox Virtual Media

Presenters:

  • Reggie Henry, CAE, Information and Engagement Officer, ASAE
  • Carey Goryl, CAE, CEO, Association for Advancing Physician and Provider Recruitment
  • Eric Lanke, President/CEO, National Fluid Power Association
  • Amanda Kaiser, MBA, Member Engagement Specialist, Kaiser Insights LLC

Tue 5/12 at 6 p.m. – Wine & Webinar: Google Analytics Fundamentals: How to Measure What Matters Most and Be a Data-Driven Marketer

If you have Google Analytics, you have insights waiting to be discovered. Learn about the proper setup of Google Analytics, the most useful reports in your Analytics, which reports answer which questions and support which decisions, and how to make sure you get the right information out of your Analytics quickly and efficiently. More info/register.

Host: Orbit Media

Presenter: Andy Crestodina, Co-Founder/CMO, Orbit Media


Tue 5/12 at 7 p.m. – Grapes and Graphics

The premise is two-fold: Grab your favorite grape (in wine form, of course) or cocktail of choice and spend an hour with us as we talk facilitation graphics. In addition to sharing some of our tips/tricks, we’ll invite you to grab a notepad/marker and draw along with us to some fun prompts. There will be good company, lots of laughs, some hands-on practice with graphics and, of course, sharing your work. More info/register.

Host: Event Garde


Wed 5/13 at 5 a.m. – Pivot Your Event from Live to Virtual

‘Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong’ is a common maxim of event planners globally, who navigate the often choppy-waters of event disruptions. With COVID19 driving face-to-face events online, how do you make the immediate pivot to turn an in-person event into a compelling virtual experience? Hear case studies of companies that have switched to large scale virtual events in the past few months, learn to navigate the digital environment and develop ways to design for peak audience engagement online. 1 CMP credit. More info/register.

Hosts: PCMA and MISE

Presenter: Darren Chuckry, Chair of the Marketing Society and the Regional VP of PCMA


NEW: Wed 5/13 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Evolve: The Virtual Event for Planners

Evolve, a three-day event, will show the events industry how to successfully pivot to overcome obstacles in the future: how to adapt in times of crisis, how to find opportunities for growth and change, how to transition to virtual and hybrid events, and the future of the events industry. More info/register.

Host: Swapcard


Wed 5/13 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Tap Chapters as a Member Engagement Channel

Dive deep into the data on membership needs, loyalty, and behavior. Exploring the data, we’ll work to create strategies that help your chapters generate engagement and value based on your members’ career stages. Not only will you walk away with a playbook of new ways to engage the next big wave of individuals starting their careers or reinventing themselves, but you’ll also uncover ways to better prepare volunteers to be the face of your association. 3 CAE credits. More info/register ($29 fee includes $10 Grubhub eGift Card for lunch).

Hosts: Billhighway, Mariner Management and Community Brands


NEW: Wed 5/13 at 11 a.m. – The ROI of Words

As important as website design and functionality is, so is excellent influence copy, perhaps more important. Regardless of your desire, getting members back into the fold or inviting the uninitiated, you must clearly explain the value of membership. Learn how to write the kind of benefit (or “what’s in it for me”) copy that will influence the decision to join or renew. More info/register.

Host: Ed Rigsbee, CAE, president, Rigsbee Research


Wed 5/13 at 12 p.m. – Optimize Your Data to Deliver Conversion

Most associations are sitting on a wealth of transactional and behavioral data about their members. With so many data sources, it’s hard to know how best to use them. Learn how to develop the right segmentation strategy to ensure conversion, build an engagement algorithm that supports marketing and membership efforts long term, and use your marketing technology tools to take immediate action on the stories your data reveals. 1 CAE credit. More info/register.

Host: ASAE

Presenters: Maneesha Manges and Adam Higgins of HighRoad Solutions


Wed 5/13 at 12 p.m. – Avoiding Burnout and Managing Stress

Stress is commonplace for those who work in the meetings industry. “Event Planner” continues to land in the top five – on the top 10 list – of the most stressful careers year after year. While those in this industry are ‘used’ to some level of stress, it seems that it is not going to lighten up anytime soon – for anyone. hear from a 25+ year meetings executive who left the industry after her own experience with burnout. Her story, what to look for, what it looks like if you do nothing about it, and immediate (and simple!) ways you can protect yourself from falling into the burnout rut. 1 CMP credit. More info/register.

Host: MPI

Presenter: Rachelle Stone, Trusted Adviser, Consultant, & Coach, R Stone Consulting


Wed 5/13 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 5/13 at 1 p.m. – Best Practices to Accelerate Your Pivot to Virtual Events

The fundamentals of great in-person events also apply to virtual events: promotion, registration, driving and capturing attendee engagement, gathering feedback, etc.—but there are some unique differences and details you should be aware of if you want to make the successful transition to virtual. More info/register.

Host: Meetings Today

Presenter: McNeel Keenan, Vice President, Product Management, Cvent


NEW: Wed 5/13 at 1:15 p.m. – Not Just ‘Phoning It In’: Ensuring Productivity in the New Reality

Organizations around the world have been forced to move to a completely digital workplace. The good news is that building a productive digital workplace isn’t nearly as difficult or expensive as renovating your physical office space! While digital workplace tools are easier than ever to deploy, a lack of planning and structure can obstruct collaboration and communication. CAE credit maybe. More info/register.

Host: FAR (formerly the Finance & Administration Roundtable)

Presenters: Tom Jelen, Strategic Consultant, Delcor  & Dan Lautman, Senior Technology Consultant, Delcor


NEW: Wed 5/13 at 2 p.m. – Legal Governance Challenges for Associations During a Pandemic

COVID-19 has not only thrown a huge monkey wrench into associations’ planned in-person meetings and conferences, but has also thrown a big curveball into association governance. This webinar will answer a host of pressing governance questions and offer real-time, practical advice and guidance, best practices, and suggestions for avoiding pitfalls. More info/register.

Host: Association Societies Alliance

Presenter: Jeffrey S. Tenenbaum, Esq. Managing Partner Tenenbaum Law Group LLC


Wed 5/13 at 2 p.m. – Going Virtual Overnight: A Retrospective

In March, when workplaces everywhere found themselves suddenly needing to support a fully remote staff, even those that had started down the path of accommodating more telework and remote-only employees were thrown for a loop. So, let’s talk about it. Agile methodologies include the concept of a retrospective – taking the time, as a team, to look back on a specific period of time or event and discuss what went well, what went not-so-well, what happened, what didn’t happen, and what should happen next time. Let’s work together to create real, helpful insights and guidance for our peers (and future selves). More info/register.

Host: Association Women Technology Champions (AWTC)


Wed 5/13 at 2 p.m. – Monetizing Your Virtual Conference When Competing with Free

Everyone and their brother is hosting webinars and virtual networking opportunities. Like this one, most are free. Explore virtual experience quality filters that will best position your event for participation, value and revenue.

Discuss and evaluate emerging pricing models to consider for your Fall 2020 event. 1 CMP credit. More info/register.

Host: PCMA

Presenters:

  • Lisa Block, Executive Vice President, Conference Strategy & Design, Velvet Chainsaw Consulting
  • Dave Lutz, Managing Director, Velvet Chainsaw Consulting

Wed 5/13 at 2 p.m. – Growing Non-Dues Revenue in Times of Crisis & Beyond

Most associations are facing challenges when it comes to generating non-dues revenue during our current crisis. Discover ways to grow your non-dues revenue through expanding your digital communication strategy, opening more exclusive and targeted opportunities, and working with advertisers and sponsors to shift their messaging. 1 CAE credit. More info/register.

Hosts: Naylor Association Solutions and Association Adviser

Presenters:

  • Laura Taylor, Vice President of Digital Operations, Naylor Association Solutions
  • John Bacon, Senior Group Publisher, Naylor Association Solutions

Wed 5/13 at 2 p.m. – The New Turnaround CEO

In this crisis, leaders have been thrust into the role of turnaround CEO. From setting short-term, survival strategies to establishing the vision necessary for long-term sustainability, association CEOs must maintain some level of stability while leading organizations through rapidly evolving challenges and opportunities. Gain an understanding of the critical skills for “turnaround” leadership. Distinguish between leadership approaches for times of stability and approaches for times of significant change or crisis. Gain leadership insights and best practices from the front lines of COVID-19 that can be applied across association sectors. More info/register.

Host: McKinley Advisors

Presenters:

  • Abe Eshkenazi, CAE, CEO of the Association for Supply Chain Management
  • Bob Chalker, CEO of NACE International
  • Jay Younger, FASAE, president and CEO of McKinley Advisors
  • David Gammel (facilitator), FASAE, CAE, principal, McKinley Advisors

Wed 5/13 at 2 p.m. – Boosting Audience Engagement at Virtual Meetings

As more meetings are taking place remotely, with attendees joining virtually, event planners must content with a wide range of challenges and distractions in keeping their interest. Hear strategies for delivering a virtual meeting program that truly engages your audience and elevates your event to must-attend status. More info/register.

Host: Northstar Meetings Group

Presenters:

  • Beth Surmont CAE, CMP, Director of Experience Design, 360 Live Media
  • Judy Rees, virtual facilitator
  • Alex Palmer (moderator), deputy editor, Northstar Meetings Group

Wed 5/13 at 2:30 p.m. – Unlocking Engagement in a Remote World with Digital Events

Over the past month, planners are faced with the challenge of transitioning their events to the virtual world. Learn how meals can bring everyone to the table while they log in remotely, driving not only attendance but also engagement from attendees. 1 CMP credit. More info/register – fee for MPI non-members.

Host: MPI

Presenter: Heather Grobaski, Grubhub


NEW: Thu 5/14 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Evolve: The Virtual Event for Planners

Evolve, a three-day event, will show the events industry how to successfully pivot to overcome obstacles in the future: how to adapt in times of crisis, how to find opportunities for growth and change, how to transition to virtual and hybrid events, and the future of the events industry. More info/register.

Host: Swapcard


Thu 5/14 at 11:30 a.m. – Fundamentals of Member Marketing for Small Staff Associations

Learn how to develop member personas and understand members by loyalty segments, a 5-step member recruitment process, and top ways for recruiting and retaining members. More info/register.

Host: YourMembership

Presenters: Michelle Schweitz, Marketing Manager, and Tirrah Switzer, Product Marketing Manager, Community Brands


Thu 5/14 at 12 p.m. – Leading Virtual Teams Effectively and Productively

Hear ideas and tips that will increase your leadership effectiveness and teamwork productivity, when working remotely. Understand the link between trust and effective and productive leadership and teamwork. Learn tangible and measurable actions you can take immediately in the areas of communications, information sharing, interactions, empathy, dealing with customers, and more to increase your leadership effectiveness, team productivity, and customer and vendor retention. More info/register.

Host: MPI

Presenter: Dr. Yoram Solomon, the author of The Book of TrustCulture Starts with YOU, Not Your Boss


Thu 5/14 at 12:30 p.m. – Scholarly Events: Is Virtual the New Norm?

With the global uncertainty around physical conferences, it’s unclear when live events will be held again. Some believe that they won’t be back before the end of this year. So, we have invited a group of experts to discuss how research conferences may be changed forever. In this webinar, we will look at the biggest questions around virtual conferencing and address some of the key issues. More info/register.

Host: Ex Ordo


Thu 5/14 at 1 p.m. – Nonprofit Data for Beginners: Hunting Down the Data 

A three-week course designed to help you ask the right questions, find the data you need, and use your data to strengthen your organization. Simply collecting data is not enough. More often than not, the most useful data won’t be found already neatly laid out in a spreadsheet. You might find extremely valuable data in handwritten staff notes, in multiple software systems, or public repositories. We’ll discuss where different data can live, which sources of data might be useful, and where and how you can collect it to be ready for analysis. More info/register.

Host: Idealware

Presenter: Eric Leland, Founder and Director of FivePaths


Thu 5/14 at 2 p.m. – How We Pivoted to a 100% Virtual Event in 2 Weeks

Just two weeks before their annual two-day conference, ASi shifted their iNNOVATIONS conference to a 100% virtual event—with an 81% increase in attendance. Learn how they used three different types of video to deliver an engaging virtual experience; best practices for sponsorship, registration pricing, and non-dues revenue; how they made the most of their website and mobile app to deliver conference materials; and community-building tools like virtual “appy hour” and private group chats. More info/register.

Host: Gather Voices

Presenters:

  • Edward Wendling, Global Vice-President of Advanced Solutions International (ASi)
  • Michael Hoffman, co-founder and CEO of Gather Voices

Thu 5/14 at 3 p.m. – Staying Connected and Relevant with Members

Finding ways to provide members with relevant information and services in their time of need is critical to staying relevant and building loyalty. In this session, we’ll discuss ideas and tools to provide useful, relevant content to members to keep them engaged during this time of unique challenges. More info/register.

Host: Association Analytics


Thu 5/14 at 3:30 p.m. – The Evolution of Work in Disruptive Times

As we adapt to what will likely be a long road to the newest version of “normalcy,” we will need to become more resourceful, innovative, and creative in how we will get out work done through flexible, agile, and cost-effective means. Hear tips for shifting organizational culture toward the new world of work; how to utilize technology to improve workflow efficiency, communication, and management via virtual work collaboration; and how to leverage the rise of the flexible workforce. 0.5 CAE credit. More info/register.

Host: .orgCommunity

Presenter: Stuart Meyer, Founder & Storyteller at Social Frequency Media


NEW: Thu 5/14 at 4 p.m. – What Do You Do When Everyone Has to Work Remotely? Technology Take-Aways & Lessons Learned

Within a few days, organizations were faced with transforming their daily, brick and mortar operations into a virtual environment, leaving several key business functions to be rethought, and quickly. Walk away with a tool kit that can be used to immediately enhance your current virtual operations as well as considerations for your business continuity plans. 1 CAE credit. More info/register.

Host: Mid-Atlantic Society of Association Executives

Presenters:

  • Brian Atchison, PICS ITech
  • Terry Rossi, PICS ITech
  • Chris Hartman, PA Med Society, Senior Director of IT
  • Marty Raniowski, PA Med Society, Executive Vice President
  • Heather Wilson, PA Med Society, Deputy Executive Vice President
  • Jason Harbonic (Moderator), Association, TEAM

Fri 5/15 at 12:30 p.m. – Event Contracts in the Age of COVID-19

Join us for Legalease with the Ladies, the first in a series of legal topics in the Meetings & Events industry. Discussion will include: contract clauses related to COVID-19, general contract language, and Q&A. More info/register.

Presenters:

  • Barbara Dunn, partner at Barnes & Thornburg LLP (representing group clients)
  • Lisa Sommer Devlin, Devlin Law Firm P.C. (representing hotel clients)

Fri 5/15 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

Presenters:

  • 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 5/15 at 1 p.m. – Healthy By Association Live! Wellness Check

Our emotional, career, physical, social and spiritual wellbeing 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 5/15 at 2 p.m. – The Cvent Source: Group Business Insights

This series of webinars is based on proprietary data from the Cvent Supplier Network (CSN), overall meetings and events trends, and observations from proven third-party experts in the hospitality space. Join us for a monthly look at planning for the industry’s restart. More info/register.

Host: Cvent

Presenter: Jeffrey Emenecker, Senior Director, Analytics, Cvent


NEW: Tue 5/19 from 11 a.m. onward – Untethered 2020: Events Reimagined, a Virtual Summit

Untethered is an industry event aimed at educating and connecting event professionals during this time of profound change. We want to educate, inspire and innovate together. It’s open to all event industry professionals and event technology providers as a source of information and connection as we go through this time together. More info/register.

Host: Hubb


Tue 5/19 at 1 p.m. – Advocacy from Afar: 6 Takeaways for Advocacy and Conference Programs during (and after!) COVID-19

The COVID-19 outbreak cancelled annual conferences and fly-in plans for many associations. As a result, associations are turning to virtual and remote options to facilitate engagement among their members and with policymakers. At associations pivot to virtual advocacy, what tactics should they leverage? What new technologies can they employ? Can they still involve vendors and generate non-dues revenue with virtual fly-ins and conferences? Find out the answers to these questions and more in this webinar featuring association advocacy and event experts sharing their experiences helping associations advance their priorities while traditional fly-ins, conferences and face-to-face meetings are impossible. More info/register.

Host: ASAE Government Relations and Advocacy Professionals Advisory Council

Presenters:

  • Kristin St. John, Deputy Director, National Association of Community Health Center
  • David Lusk, Founder, Key Advocacy
  • Matthew Zablud, Partner, Beekeeper Group
  • Bridgid Myers, Principal, Forward Events Group

NEW: Wed 5/20 from 11 a.m. onward – Untethered 2020: Events Reimagined, a Virtual Summit

Untethered is an industry event aimed at educating and connecting event professionals during this time of profound change. We want to educate, inspire and innovate together. It’s open to all event industry professionals and event technology providers as a source of information and connection as we go through this time together. More info/register.

Host: Hubb


NEW: Thu 5/21 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Untethered 2020: Events Reimagined, a Virtual Summit

Untethered is an industry event aimed at educating and connecting event professionals during this time of profound change. We want to educate, inspire and innovate together. It’s open to all event industry professionals and event technology providers as a source of information and connection as we go through this time together. More info/register.

Host: Hubb


Thu 5/21 at 1 p.m. – What Two Years of Technology Assessments Reveal About Association IT

Find out about the five top areas for improvement in the technology domains of data, digital, infrastructure, and management. More info/register.

Host: DelCor Technology Solutions

Presenters: Mike Guerrieri and Dan Lautman, DelCor Technology Solutions


Fri 5/22 at 1 p.m. – Virtual Idea Swap: Chapters in the COVID-19 Era

It’s safe to say that our support for components (chapters et al) took on a different look this past month. With three months under our belts, let’s look at what’s working, what needs to be changed and what’s next. We’ll use Zoom Breakout rooms to problem-solve the questions you bring. Come with your virtual sleeves rolled up. More info/register.

Host: Mariner Management


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