Association Brain Food Weekly: 3.19.21

Little white flowers opening up on the spring equinox: inspiration for a weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association management community

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

Little white flowers opening up on the spring equinox: inspiration for a weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association management community

Association innovation. Throughout March, Mary Byers, CAE, and the Loyalty Research Center are sharing stories about highly innovative organizations, their best practices, interviews with innovators, and challenge questions about innovation to ponder. Start at her website, explore more on Association Innovation Today, and follow her on LinkedIn for the latest updates.

CAE books. If you can’t afford the books you need for the CAE exam or if you have CAE books lying around that you no longer need, check out the ASAE Collaborate CAE Book Exchange launched by Cecilia Sepp, CAE.

Celebrating a new season. The spring equinox arrives on Saturday. WBT Systems suggests setting aside time to reflect back on a year of pandemic winter, do some spring cleaning, tend to the plants in your care, and fertilize your soil—four activities that will renew your association spirit.

Chapter events. Billhighway talked to Aaron Wolowiec, CAE, CMP, of Event Garde about his outlook for chapter events this year and what chapters should consider before deciding to return to in-person events.

Questions for leadership. Jeff De Cagna, FRSA, FASAE, of Foresight First, shares six questions for association decision-makers. Leaders should discuss these questions to avoid returning to “the emerging temptation of a false normalcy and [making] a hard turn back toward the pre-2020 complacency that exacerbated the pandemic’s detrimental impact.”

Mindfulness. Mindfulness is going mainstream because the science says it works, reports Tanya Basu at The Daily Beast. Mindfulness is not a cure-all. However, having a daily mindfulness habit helps you practice staying in the moment, recapturing your attention when it wanders, and taking time to think before reacting—like giving into the late-night ice cream urge. Bottom line… mindfulness can transform your life.

Self-care. This is one of the best articles about self-care I’ve read because it dismisses the usual tripe spewed out as advice. At First Round Review, Jessmina Archbold says self-care is not what you buy yourself, it’s how you work on yourself. She explains how to assess your needs, identify where you’re depleted, and find resources and solutions, including setting boundaries.

Quick hits

  • Two proven tips to increase your newsletter’s open and click rates. (Ann Handley via Jaina Mistry, Litmus)
  • There’s no easy solution for overwhelm, but this might help. (Christine Fonseca, Psychology Today)
  • Job performance isn’t about showing up anymore—and that’s a good thing. (David Vallance, Dropbox)

Good eats

Skip down to the list of free webinars if you prefer takeout. If you’re a home cook, check out the weekly In The Kitchen posts on my Grabbing the Gusto blog.

  • One of my favorite flavor combos is lamb and eggplant, so this shepherd’s pie recipe in Bon Appétit caught my eye. I used ground lamb instead of shoulder so it didn’t take nearly as long to make—30 minutes simmering instead of 1-3/4 hours. Add the garlic when the onions are nearly done, not later, as instructed. I used 2% milk and pecorino romano cheese.
  • On the side, what else, sautéed greens. This time the mix included kale, chard, red cabbage, bacon, onion, orange bell pepper, garlic, and dried cranberries.
  • One of our fish nights featured striped bass given the Mummy Lorraine treatment—for those not in the know that’s baked fish fillets topped with a mix of crushed Ritz crackers, lemon zest, garlic salt, and melted butter. On the side, broccoli stems and carrots cooked in a small amount of butter/oil with herbes de Provence.

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.

Fri 3/19 at 10 a.m.* – Member ROI Simplified: Safeguarding Your Organization’s Future

The most important method for safeguarding your organization’s future is to research, embrace, and maximize your Member ROI. Learn how to measure your current ROI in actual dollar numbers, use the numbers for influencing the membership decision, grow your ROI, and prove beyond a doubt that membership in your organization is a good business decision. More info/register.

Host: Ed Rigsbee, CAE, president at Rigsbee Research

*All times are Eastern Daylight Time unless otherwise noted.

Fri 3/19 at 12 p.m. – The Science of Meetings & Events Series: Experience Design for Emotional Wellbeing

Attendees’ minds are often filled with clutter, uncertainty and insecurity, which can lead to stress and block the greatness our events are designed to induce and capitalize on. Learn how the psychology of emotional wellness and success can inform the experiences you design for your communities, staff, leaders and industries. Discover how using the principles and science of emotional wellness can change your participants’ perspectives and ultimately drive better return on investment and return on experience for all of your stakeholders. 1 CMP credit. More info/register (fee for MPI non-members).

Host: MPI

Presenter: Dr. Lawana Gladney, CEO, Gladney Enterprises, LLC

Fri 3/19 at 12 p.m. – EventTech Chat

A weekly conversation about meeting and event technology, including software, hardware, and audiovisual for in-person and online events. More info/register.

Host: Brandt Krueger, founder Event Technology Consulting

Fri 3/19 at 1 p.m. – How to Find Your Hidden Culture Patterns

Get introduced to a culture assessment tool that highlights the next steps for taking your organization’s culture to the next level. Learn about the eight different culture markers we measure, what it looks like to break the data down by subgroups, how to spot the cultural patterns that get in the way of results, and our driver analysis tool where you can see what areas of the culture truly drive employee engagement. More info/register.

Host: Propel

Presenter: Jamie Notter, co-founder, Propel

Fri 3/19 at 3:45 p.m. – Open Networking – Featured Topic: Career Mentors and Influencers

More info/register (must join Fridays@4 first, it’s free).

Host: Fridays@4

Facilitator: Mike Ulmer

Mon 3/22 at 11 a.m. – The ROI Member Recruitment Brochure: How to Create Brochures That Positively Influence Membership Decisions

Learn to determine who should be membership targets, which features of membership should be highlighted, how to develop an effective brochure layout, decision motives for joining, and how to train your members to use the brochure. More info/register.

Host: Ed Rigsbee, CAE, president at Rigsbee Research

Mon 3/22 at 1 p.m. – CyberStory with Sanjay Deo: Artificial Intelligence (Chatting with Agnes & Cecilia)

This series of 15- to 20-minute videos cover hot topics and issues related to 501c organization management. New episodes are posted by 1 p.m. every Monday. Check out Cecilia’s Nonprofit Executive Spotlight series too.


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

Mon 3/22 at 3 p.m. – The Power of Play in Virtual Meetings

By using the Power of Play, and inviting interaction from your attendees, your next Zoom presentation will be engaging, exciting, and full of smiles. Learn how to appraise your own energy as a member of an audience playing a game, in order to contrast that energetic state with a passive observer of content; recognize the difference between speaking and facilitating, in order to apply both modes of delivery to an audience; and discover the shift in your own attention when you are invited to contribute, in order to plan interactive exercises that engage your audience. 1 CMP credit. More info/register.

Host: MPI

Presenter: Caelan Huntress, Creative Director, Stellar Platforms

Tue 3/23 at 2 p.m. – Mergers and Alliances in COVID Times

There has never been a better time to assess what the future holds for your association. An alliance with one or more other associations can strengthen your association’s voice on Capitol Hill or provide additional resources for your members. Learn about the distinctions between mergers and alliances and if your association should consider a merger or alliance, how to prepare your board to discuss your association’s future, and key drivers and issues that can arise in merger or alliance negotiations. 1 CAE credit. More info/register.

Host: ASAE


  • Eileen Morgan Johnson, CAE, partner, Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, LLP
  • David Kushner, CAE, president, The Kushner Companies

Tue 3/23 at 3 p.m. – Digital Asset Security: 4-Step “Back to Basics” Approach

Knowing that data streams in from various entry points, organizations that still differentiate between internal and perimeter security should urgently reconsider their security approach—specifically the role of digital assets (i.e., domains, domain name system, and digital certificates)—in enabling the day-to-day successful operation of their business. 1.5 CAE credits. More info/register.

Host: U.S. Transactions Corp.


  • Gianni Maiorano, Digital Brand Specialist, Corporation Service Company (CSC)
  • Elizabeth Sylves, Senior New Business Consultant, Corporation Service Company (CSC)

Wed 3/24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Virtual Shake-Up 3.0: Event Strategies 2021 and Beyond

Hear actionable advice and tested strategies for hosting both virtual and hybrid events. Learn how to implement tried-and-true processes to create a best of breed virtual event, embrace the ‘new’ in-person, and place customer experience at the center of your event strategy. More info/register.

Host: Brella

Wed 3/24 at 11 a.m. – How to Create a Diverse Capitol Hill and K Street

Learn how to break down the initial barriers that prevent the government relations industry from looking like the rest of the country, what policy and institutional obstacles remain despite the increased focus and attention given to DEI initiatives over the past several years, how to widen the funnel from the beginning with diverse applicants who want to work as staffers and lobbyists, and how to build and train your government relations team to be able to interface with the increasingly diverse slate of legislators and their staff. More info/register.

Host: FiscalNote


  • Chris Lu, Senior Strategy Advisor, FiscalNote, Former Deputy Secretary of Labor for President Obama
  • Madalene Xuan-Trang Mielke, President & CEO, Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS)
  • Eliza Ramirez-Gamboa, Co-Chair, Congressional Hispanic Staff Association Advisory Board, Deputy Chief of Staff and Legislative Director for Congressman Tom Malinowski (NJ-7th District)
  • Carlos Mark Vera, Co-Founder, Pay Our Interns, Forbes 30 Under 30: Law and Policy
  • LaShonda Brenson, Ph.D., Senior Fellow of Diversity & Inclusion, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

Wed 3/24 at 11 a.m. – Nonprofit GAAP: Functional Expense Reporting – Make It Meaningful to You and Your Audience

Since the implementation of ASU 2016-14 many nonprofits that did not previously have to present a statement of functional expense are required to. Learn how to understand the elements of the statement of functional expense, how to make it meaningful to your audience, the difference between program and supporting services, and variance methods for allocating costs in accordance with GAAP. 1.5 CAE credits. More info/register.

Host: U.S. Transactions Corp.


  • Mark Robins, CPA, Partner, Assurance Services, Aronson LLC
  • Eric Hittle, CPA, Manager, Assurance Services, Nonprofit & Association Services Groups, Aronson LLC

Wed 3/24 at 11 a.m. – The ROI of Words: How to Write Website Copy That Will Drive Member Renewal and Recruitment

You can no longer depend on interns or web designers to write your member value copy for influencing renewals and retention. They do pretty, you must do effective. 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 at Rigsbee Research

Wed 3/24 at 12 p.m. – Chapter Events: Making the In-Person/Hybrid/Virtual Decision

For the past year, CRPs and chapter leaders have focused on virtual. As the vaccine rolls out across the country, the focus is shifting to when chapters can resume in-person meetings (and indeed some already have). But should chapters plan on in-person meetings this year? Can they provide a safe experience? Will members be ready? What about hybrid—the word on everyone’s mind? Is that a viable possibility? Hear expert advice on how to help chapters make the right event decisions. 1 CAE credit. More info/register.

Hosts: Billhighway and Mariner Management

Wed 3/24 at 12 p.m. – Hybrid Meetings: One Event, Two Experiences

While hybrid conferences are not necessarily new, most meeting planners are learning the best and most effective way to plan and execute these experiences. It can be overwhelming to weigh all of the options and factors needed to make these decisions. Our presentation will focus on three of the key areas to consider when deciding to plan a hybrid meeting. More info/register.

Host: Talley Management

Presenters: Heidi Jetter, CMP, Meeting and Exhibit Manager, and Gina Pozielli, Meeting and Exhibit Coordinator, Talley Management

Wed 3/24 at 1 p.m. – Are You Ready for the Future of Assessment?

Hear about the problem with current psychometrics, “in the flow of work” assessments, telemetry for job-task analyses, automatically generated items, the role of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in assessment, and virtual and mixed reality assessments. More info/register.

Host: Knapp & Associates International

Presenter: Liberty Munson, PhD, Microsoft Worldwide Learning

Wed 3/24 at 1 p.m. – #ExpoChat on Twitter

ExpoChat is a Twitter-based conversation on topics related to the trade show industry. More info.

Wed 3/24 at 1:30 p.m. – TechsyTalk Virtual Event Showcase

Tune in and learn about what virtual event platform options are in the market and why one may be a better fit than another for you. 8-10 tech companies will each have 10 minutes to captivate your attention, then a few minutes for questions and on to the next. Once the showcase is over, you’ll have all the info you need to dive deeper into the platforms that will work best for you. More info/register.

Host: Liz King, CEO of Liz King Events and techsytalk

Wed 3/24 at 2 p.m. – Strategy, Governance, and Operations Excellence in the World of Remote Work

COVID accelerated the already growing practice of allowing employees to operate virtually. An added layer for associations to consider is ensuring your governance has a future-focused mission impact in the wake of these new virtual initiatives. Learn ten tips that will help your leaders and boards plan strategically for the future as well as best practices and approaches to transition from in-person to virtual management and governance smoother and more efficiently. 1 CAE credit. More info/register.

Host: Achurch Consulting

Presenter: Lowell Aplebaum, FASAE, CAE, CPF, CEO and Strategy Catalyst, Vista Cova

Wed 3/24 at 2 p.m. – Women Entrepreneurs – Strengthening a Shift in Diversity and Shattering the Glass Ceiling

Hear insights about remaining successful in the face of adversity and how panelists made changes as women leaders to address diversity, equity, and inclusion, fostering a supportive and collaborative space. Come away with tools you can use to transform your business’ marketing outreach and learn tips on branding yourselves or your business. 1 CMP credit. More info/register (fee for MPI non-members).

Host: MPI


  • Kara Campuzano, Founder & CEO, KC Creative Marketing
  • Lynn Edwards, Founder & CEO, Proper Planning

Wed 3/24 at 2 p.m. – Ask the Attorney: New Legal Issues for Event Planners and Suppliers

Now that virtual and hybrid meetings have taken a new position in event planners’ bag of tricks, these gatherings add to the nuances expected in each new agreement. To help you navigate these challenges, your questions will be answered in this session. 1 CMP credit. More info/register.

Host: Northstar Meetings Group

Presenter: Jonathan T. Howe, president and founding partner of Howe & Hutton Ltd.

Wed 3/24 at 4 p.m. – Mindful Networking with Rebecca Headrick

In this online world, we miss making new connections through referrals from friends or chance meetings at networking receptions. We’ve found it hard to make these serendipitous connections during large, virtual events. That’s why AWTC is introducing virtual “Mindful Networking.” These are quick (45-minute), small group meetings with someone we think you should get to know. No formal presentations, instead a chance to intentionally expand your network, exchange ideas, and get some advice. More info/register.

Host: Association Women Technology Champions

Guest: Rebecca Headrick

Thu 3/25 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Virtual Shake-Up 3.0: Event Strategies 2021 and Beyond

Hear actionable advice and tested strategies for hosting both virtual and hybrid events. Learn how to implement tried-and-true processes to create a best of breed virtual event, embrace the ‘new’ in-person, and place customer experience at the center of your event strategy. More info/register.

Host: Brella

Thu 3/25 at 11 a.m. – Looking Forward 2021: Key Takeaways for Association Professionals

Hear takeaways from Looking Forward 2021, the first post-pandemic environmental scan for associations with over 600 association professionals contributing. Key findings include new trends, new issues impacting relationships with members, and the distinct impact of COVID-19 on association strategy. 1 CAE credit. More info/register.

Hosts: Association Laboratory Research Alliance and Gravitate Solutions

Thu 3/25 at 11 a.m. – Facilitating Engagement Before, During and After the Event

Hear the panel share case studies, new ideas, and proven tactics for online audience engagement. The Tech Talk is a “how-to” session focusing on the best way to facilitate audience engagement. More info/register.

Host: Virtual Events Institute


  • Matt Coyne, Co-Founder, Twigged
  • Cheri Keith, Director of Strategy & Research, On24
  • Jyrki Paananen, Co-founder & COO, Brella
  • Arianna Rehak, Founder, Matchbox Virtual
  • Joe Schwinger, Founder, MeetingPlay

Thu 3/25 at 11 a.m. – 6 Things That Will Kill Your LMS And 3 Companies That Did It Right

Many organizations fall into unforeseen traps as they procure, implement and roll-out an LMS. And all too often, those roadblocks derail implementation and delay success. Find out how to avoid these fatal missteps by learning the six most lethal LMS implementation threats, typical warning signs, why adaptability matters, how to spot an adaptable LMS, and what three companies did to get it right. 1 CAE credit. More info/register.

Host: Talented Learning


  • John Leh, CEO and Lead Analyst, Talented Learning
  • Lars Hyland, Chief Learning Officer, Totara Learning

Thu 3/25 at 12 p.m. – Optimizing Your Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Potential

Learn how to fully optimize your organization’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) programs in ways that impact your employees, customers, and beyond. Hear about the key components of successful DEI initiatives, get answers to your questions and brainstorm solutions for DEI challenges your organization is facing. More info/register.

Host: Meridian Knowledge Solutions

Presenters: Liza Wisner, Senior DEI Curation Specialist, OpenSesame and a panel of Meridian and OpenSesame experts

Thu 3/25 at 12 p.m. – The Little Engine That Could: The Unseen Power of Strategy in Small-Budget Associations

Join us for a monthly networking series of connections, engaging discussions, and collaborating on case studies highlighting common challenges faced by organizations today. More info/register.

Host: Halmyre

Thu 3/25 at 12 p.m. – 7 Steps to Use Data and Learning Science for a Slam Dunk Learning Program

Learn how to analyze and interpret data from your learning programs, course-correct those results with learning design and science principles, and next steps to implement in your learning and training programs today. More info/register.

Host: BenchPrep

Presenters: Nish Ravichandran, Director of Business Strategy & Operations, and Abby Spoerl, Solutions Content Manager, BenchPrep

Thu 3/25 at 1 p.m. – The Vaccine & In-Person Events: Health Experts & Event Pros Share Top Tips

Find out what needs to happen before we can host in-person gatherings; best practices for hosting safe, yet engaging, in-person events; specific safety measures event experts are planning to take for in-person experiences; and what the events industry will look like in a post-COVID and post-vaccine world. More info/register.

Host: Splash


  • Connor Fitzpatrick, Executive Director, CrowdRx
  • Martín Martinez, Founder, A-Player Media
  • Marcus White, Founder, MCW Events
  • Allie DeCastro, Senior Product Designer, Splash
  • Rebecca Miller, Senior Manager, Marketing, Splash

Thu 3/25 at 1 p.m. – Association Health Plans, HRAs, and the ACA: What Is Changing in 2021 for Your Members

Learn how the health insurance industry under the rules and regulations of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is expected to change and evolve under a new administration. Topics include the future of Association Health Plans, changes to the ACA, new programs like ICHRA/HRA, and the challenges and possibilities in the marketplace in the upcoming year and how this will potentially impact you and your membership. More info/register.

Host: LIG Solutions


  • Katie Keith, JD, MPH, principal at Keith Policy Solutions, LLC
  • Jason Farro, Chief Executive Officer founder of LIG Solutions

Thu 3/25 at 2 p.m. – $ecrets & $trategies on How EO Nashville Created an Accelerator Program

The Entrepreneur’s Organization Nashville Chapter created an accelerator program that is undeniably one of the biggest revenue generators and member engagement opportunities for the organization. Learn how they built it, how they have kept it growing for more than ten years, and what secrets and strategies you can transfer to a new profit center for your association. More info/register.

Host: 100 Reviews

Presenter: Sameera Lowe, Executive Director of EO Nashville

Thu 3/25 at 2 p.m. – 10 Ways to Elevate Your Virtual Event with Video

Hear the secrets for elevating your virtual event with video, including why video production is crucial for an engaging event, ten ways to incorporate video for big impact, assets you need to create a powerful virtual experience, whom you need to hire to make the magic happen—who the players are and how they work together. 1 CAE credit. More info/register.

Host: Matrix Group


  • Tim Zanker, CEO of O’Keefe Communications
  • Rachel Schwerin, Senior Producer at O’Keefe Communications
  • Wilhelm Hesse, Video Producer at O’Keefe Communications
  • Joanna Pineda, CEO and Chief Troublemaker of Matrix Group

Thu 3/25 at 2 p.m. – Back to Basics: Delivering Great In-Person Events

In this series, we provide the knowledge and tools you need to make sure that no matter what is thrown at you this year, you’ll be future ready. We’ll help you craft a total event program strategy that includes virtual and hybrid events and that gives you the flexibility you to need to handle the return of in-person gatherings. More info/register.

Host: Cvent

Fri 3/26 at 1 p.m. – Recent Live Event Success Roundtable

Hear how the panel pulled off GSAE’s recent safe and successful annual meeting in Savannah while following the everchanging safety protocols and government restrictions in this Covid era. The webinar will cover physical distancing layouts, enforcing mask/sanitization policies, keeping attendees engaged and enjoying the event, lessons learned, and how communication between all parties has never been more important. More info/register.

Host: Hopskip


  • Wendy W. Kavanagh, CAE, President of GSAE
  • Michelle Gortemoller, DOSM of Hyatt Regency Savannah
  • Jennifer Thompson, Senior National Sales Manager of Visit Savannah

Fri 3/26 at 3:45 p.m. – Getting Noticed at Work

Learn how to present yourself so that you are noticed for the right reasons. We will discuss the importance of a professional presence, an image of self-confidence, credibility building behaviors, and things you can do that will show your worth and enhance the likelihood of success in building your career. More info/register (must first join Fridays@4, it’s free).

Host: Fridays@4

Presenter: Lisa Johnson, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, Owner, HR Know-How LLC

Tue 3/30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – LMS Demo Day

The just-in-time virtual LMS demo day will feature presentations from a limited number of industry partners that offer LMS platforms. More info/register.

Host: ASAE

Tue 3/30 at 12 p.m. – Association Management Companies (AMCs) and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Part 1

Hear the journey of three AMCs as they implement Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and (Accessibility) initiatives in their companies and for their association clients. Learn how each organization defines DEI (A), where and how they chose to start the conversation, their approach to DEI(A) with their association clients, and effective practices both internal and external. 1 CAE credit. More info/register.

Host: ASAE AMC Professionals Advisory Council


  • Derrick M. Johnson II, CMP, DES, Chief Diversity Officer & Director of Event Strategy, Talley Management Group Inc
  • Dionne S. Wilson, CAE, Executive Director, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Association Management Center
  • Eric Mason, Director of Human Resources, Association Headquarters Inc
  • Beth Quick-Andrews, CAE (facilitator), President, Q&A—An Association Management Company, Inc.

Tue 3/30 at 12 p.m. – How to Solve the Challenges of Networking in Virtual and Hybrid Events

Dive into the value of creating deep networking opportunities and how to bring the fidelity of in-person to virtual and hybrid events. Creating a better networking experience is possible and it may be simpler than you think. Learn about the power of deep networking and how to bring it to event participants who are yearning for high-quality networking opportunities. 1 CMP credit. More info/register.

Host: Event MB

Presenter: Lawrence Coburn, CEO and Co-founder, Twine

Tue 3/30 at 1 p.m. – Increasing Connectivity & Networking in Virtual Spaces (using Avatars)

A challenge of virtual meetings is replicating the hallway moments and small-group interactions that often naturally spring from in-person events. Learn how to better connect meeting and conference attendees in virtual spaces using avatar-based platforms. More info/register.

Host: Better Meetings

Facilitator: Lee Gimpel, founder, Better Meetings

Tue 3/30 at 1 p.m. – Ultimate Member Engagement: The Power of Data-Driven Decision Making

Learn how to quickly build, edit, filter, resize, share and integrate data from inside and outside your AMS; render critical data in compelling visualizations and analyses; build confidence in the numbers; gain greater visibility into business performance; and strengthen the alignment between strategies and operations. More info/register.

Host: Impexium

Wed 3/31 at 12 p.m. – DEI: An Association Call to Action

March marks continued call for justice regarding Breonna Taylor and the start of the George Floyd trial. This third segment of Association Xchange’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) series features a conversation about the dynamics of black fatigue, and managing racial trauma while addressing privilege and unconscious bias, plus dismantling the structures of systemic power and privilege. Learn about actions that ensure DEI is infused into your association’s culture and values. 1 CAE credit. More info/register.

Host: Association Xchange (formerly DC Swap)


  • Mariama Boney, LMSW, CAE, president of Achieve More, LLC
  • Donte Shannon, CAE, FASE, CEO of the Association for Equipment Management Professionals and Text to Table Co-Host
  • Robb Lee, CAE (moderator), Chief Marketing & Product Strategy Officer, and responsible for DEI, ASAE

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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