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by Associations Now Staff Apr 24, 2021

CEO to CEO: New Leadership Strategies

by Associations Now Staff Apr 24, 2021

What new leadership strategy worked for you in 2020 that you plan to use this year—and beyond?

by Mark Athitakis Apr 18, 2021

Why CEO Jobs Are at Risk During COVID-19

by Mark Athitakis Apr 18, 2021

CEO turnover is up as organizations look for different kinds of leadership due to the pandemic. To avoid that fate, CEOs can manage expectations and make sure their organization sees the whole picture.

by Lisa Boylan Mar 16, 2021

How a New CEO Connected With Members to Keep Healthcare Delivery on Track

by Lisa Boylan Mar 16, 2021

A new leader hit the ground running to make sure his members had everything they needed to meet Americans’ healthcare needs at the start of the pandemic. He’s continuing that work now during the nationwide COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

by Mark Athitakis Mar 14, 2021

Three Tips for Remote CEO Interviewing and Onboarding

by Mark Athitakis Mar 14, 2021

CEOs who are used to managing in person have had to make adjustments in the remote environment. The same holds true when interviewing and onboarding with a new organization. Here's how one exec made it work.

by Lisa Boylan Mar 5, 2021

Women CEOs Get a Professional Support System in Financial World

by Lisa Boylan Mar 5, 2021

A new alliance of women CEOs at small credit unions addresses the unique challenges they face and provides a network of support to help them succeed—a heightened priority as the pandemic places heavy burdens on women in the workforce.

by Ernie Smith Mar 1, 2021

Weekly Now: Black CEOs Take Steps to Boost Vaccine Access

by Ernie Smith Mar 1, 2021

Black association leaders pledge to increase access to and confidence in the COVID-19 vaccines within the Black community. Also: Who defines an association’s culture, the members or the staff?

by Ernie Smith Feb 15, 2021

Weekly Now: Former ASAE CEO John Graham Receives Posthumous Honor

by Ernie Smith Feb 15, 2021

John Graham IV, FASAE, CAE, will be inducted into the Events Industry Council's Hall of Leaders. Also: A medical association stands up for a doctor facing criminal charges for distributing the COVID-19 vaccine rather than wasting it.

by Associations Now Staff Nov 1, 2020

CEO to CEO: Emerging Leadership Skills

by Associations Now Staff Nov 1, 2020

What leadership skill emerged in you during the crises of 2020 that you didn’t know you had?

by Mark Athitakis Aug 2, 2020

What CEO Compensation Looks Like Now

by Mark Athitakis Aug 2, 2020

Thanks to COVID-19, associations want change agents in the corner office, but budgets are tight. The savvy new CEO, one expert says, will be creative and study contracts closely.

by Mark Athitakis May 17, 2020

Leading During a Pandemic: The New CEO Job Search

by Mark Athitakis May 17, 2020

COVID-19 may inspire (or force) association leaders to go on the job hunt. Candidates and search committees alike will need to adjust.

by Associations Now Staff Apr 20, 2020

Ask the CEO: Briget Polichene

by Associations Now Staff Apr 20, 2020

Briget Polichene, CEO of the Institute of International Bankers, answers questions from IIB member Nomita Singh.

by Associations Now Staff Apr 20, 2020

CEO to CEO: Skills for the Next Decade

by Associations Now Staff Apr 20, 2020

What skill did you learn in the last decade that you know you’ll need in the 2020s?

by Tim Ebner Feb 7, 2020

Membership Hack: Ask the CEO Anything

by Tim Ebner Feb 7, 2020

The CEO of the National Association of the Deaf encourages members to ask him about whatever is on their minds. Each month, he picks a member-submitted question and answers it in a YouTube video.

by Mark Athitakis Feb 2, 2020

The Smart Way for a CEO to Shape a Board

by Mark Athitakis Feb 2, 2020

Can association CEOs have a hand in board nominations without looking like they're just looking for rubber stamps? Two execs say yes, but care and diplomacy are in order.

by Tim Ebner Jan 12, 2020

Influencers-in-Chief: CEOs on Social Media

by Tim Ebner Jan 12, 2020

Like many association leaders, these three CEOs use social media to actively engage followers and gain influence for the organizations they serve.

by Tim Ebner Jan 12, 2020

The Personality-in-Chief: The Case for CEO Authenticity

by Tim Ebner Jan 12, 2020

As the face of an organization, how a CEO presents to members, staff, and the public matters. Many association chief staff executives say they are most effective when they bring their full selves to the role, using open communication and connections to establish personal, authentic, and transparent relationships with the people they serve.

by Associations Now Staff Jan 12, 2020

Ask the CEO: Stephanie Peters, CAE

by Associations Now Staff Jan 12, 2020

Stephanie Peters, CAE, president and CEO of the Virginia Society of CPAs, answers questions from VSCPA member Iris Wigodsky Laws.

by Associations Now Staff Jan 12, 2020

CEO to CEO: 2020 Strategy

by Associations Now Staff Jan 12, 2020

What is a strategic goal you’re encouraging your board to focus on in 2020?

by Ernie Smith Nov 20, 2019

How One CEO's Out-of-Office Messages Draw Fans and Build Trust

by Ernie Smith Nov 20, 2019

The CEO of an association management company has become famous for his ambitious out-of-office email messages. His success with these humorous gems shows the importance of fun and authenticity in your interactions—whether or not you’re taking a break.

by Associations Now Staff Oct 15, 2019

Ask the CEO: Melissa Hockstad

by Associations Now Staff Oct 15, 2019

Melissa Hockstad, president and CEO of the American Cleaning Institute, answers questions from ACI member Matt Vander Laan.

by Associations Now Staff Oct 15, 2019

CEO to CEO: Human Connection

by Associations Now Staff Oct 15, 2019

How do you maintain a human connection with the people you work with?

by Associations Now Staff Aug 1, 2019

Ask the CEO: Rafael Rivera, CAE

by Associations Now Staff Aug 1, 2019

Rafael Rivera, CAE, executive director of the Professionals in Human Resources Association, answers questions from PIHRA member Baskaran Ambalavanan.

by Associations Now Staff Aug 1, 2019

CEO to CEO: Workplace Positivity

by Associations Now Staff Aug 1, 2019

What is something you do to create a positive workplace culture?

by Mark Athitakis Jun 23, 2019

Can CEOs and CFOs Get on the Same Page?

by Mark Athitakis Jun 23, 2019

A new study shows a disconnect between staff and finance leaders about priorities, which can have severe implications for a nonprofit's strategy.

by Mark Athitakis Jun 2, 2019

How a New CEO Can Communicate Openness

by Mark Athitakis Jun 2, 2019

With stakeholders wanting more of a role in how an organization works, an exec is now more of a collaborator-in-chief. Which makes communicating your ideas even more critical.

by Associations Now Staff Jun 2, 2019

Ask the CEO: Jennifer Manos

by Associations Now Staff Jun 2, 2019

Jennifer Manos, executive director of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, answers questions from member Dr. Beth Mancini.

by Associations Now Staff Jun 2, 2019

CEO to CEO: Tech Vacation

by Associations Now Staff Jun 2, 2019

When you’re on vacation, how do you manage the time you spend on your tech devices?

by Ernie Smith May 21, 2019

New Climate Advocacy Group Has CEO Pedigree

by Ernie Smith May 21, 2019

The CEO Climate Dialogue brings together a number of major companies as part of a coalition that aims to push the climate discussion forward. It comes as chatter around climate change is heating up.

by Ernie Smith May 13, 2019

Survey: IT Execs Eyeing the CEO Role, But Not Right Away

by Ernie Smith May 13, 2019

While more than half of chief technology officers surveyed by Korn Ferry expressed chief executive ambitions, most believed the role wouldn't be the next step in their careers.

by Ernie Smith Apr 29, 2019

Why Some CEOs Still Struggle With Social Media

by Ernie Smith Apr 29, 2019

At this point, social media is old hat, but many leaders find it challenging to capture the right tone online. (Even the big names!) Is the answer to show a little humanity—but not too much?

by Associations Now Staff Apr 1, 2019

Ask the CEO: Denise Roosendaal, CAE

by Associations Now Staff Apr 1, 2019

Denise Roosendaal, CAE, executive director of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence, answers questions from member Johnna Gueorguieva, CAE.

by Associations Now Staff Apr 1, 2019

CEO to CEO: Staying Motivated

by Associations Now Staff Apr 1, 2019

How do you stay motivated professionally throughout the year?

by Mark Athitakis Feb 10, 2019

How CEOs Can Help Make Boards Strategic

by Mark Athitakis Feb 10, 2019

Disrupting the pathway to board service has complicated boards' understanding of strategy. That's created a leadership gap that CEOs are well-equipped to fill.

by Allison Torres Burtka Feb 1, 2019

Sharper Skills: The Tools CEOs Need to Manage a Board

by Allison Torres Burtka Feb 1, 2019

To manage a board of directors well, every CEO needs core skills that cover everything from setting strategy to facilitating conversation. They take practice to develop—and it may take some reflection to identify the ones that require sharpening.

by Allison Torres Burtka Feb 1, 2019

Personality Pluses for Association CEOs

by Allison Torres Burtka Feb 1, 2019

A few personality traits can help CEOs work well with their organization’s board. Some come naturally, and others might take some effort to develop.

by Associations Now Staff Feb 1, 2019

Ask the CEO: Samuel Aubrey, MPA, RCE

by Associations Now Staff Feb 1, 2019

Samuel Aubrey, MPA, RCE, chief executive officer of the Winston-Salem Regional Association of Realtors, answers questions from member Ferrell Clay.

by Associations Now Staff Dec 9, 2018

Ask the CEO: Ping Wei, MAEd, CAE

by Associations Now Staff Dec 9, 2018

Ping Wei, MAEd, CAE, executive director of the Higher Education Consultants Association, answers questions from member Chuck Erickson, M.Ed.

by Associations Now Staff Dec 9, 2018

CEO to CEO: Room for Efficiency

by Associations Now Staff Dec 9, 2018

What’s an important task that you need to carry out as CEO that you wish you could execute more efficiently?

by Mark Athitakis Oct 24, 2018

Lessons From a CEO’s (Very) Brief Tenure

by Mark Athitakis Oct 24, 2018

Mary Bono’s four-day stint as interim CEO of USA Gymnastics puts a spotlight on the need for close scrutiny from boards and search firms.

by Ernie Smith Oct 15, 2018

Can a CEO Get Away With Just a Smartphone?

by Ernie Smith Oct 15, 2018

In one prominent case, the answer is yes, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the answer is yes for you—and it probably isn’t for your staff.

by Associations Now Staff Oct 15, 2018

Association CEOs: What I Wish I’d Known

by Associations Now Staff Oct 15, 2018

There’s nothing like hindsight, coupled with experience, to show you where your blind spots were long ago. An extended career tends to bring perspective and appreciation for what you may have undervalued in the past. We asked five association CEOs what they wish they had known as young professionals. Although their answers may be especially valuable for today’s YPs, these lessons are worth heeding at every stage of an association career.

by Associations Now Staff Oct 15, 2018

Advice for CEOs From Young Professionals

by Associations Now Staff Oct 15, 2018

We asked these young professionals what advice they would give CEOs about how to harness the potential of the YPs who work for them. Here’s what they said.

by Associations Now Staff Oct 15, 2018

Ask the CEO: Andrej Suskavcevic, CAE

by Associations Now Staff Oct 15, 2018

Andrej Suskavcevic, CAE, president and CEO of Financial Executives International, answers questions from FEI member John G. Panetta Sr.

by Associations Now Staff Oct 15, 2018

CEO to CEO: Professional Development

by Associations Now Staff Oct 15, 2018

What was your most valuable professional development experience ever?

by Ernie Smith Oct 5, 2018

GuideStar: Nonprofit CEO Salaries Still Growing

by Ernie Smith Oct 5, 2018

The nonprofit data analysis firm reports that CEO salaries are still on the rise, based on tax filings from the 2016 fiscal year. Meanwhile, the gender gap is closing, but parity is still a ways off, especially at larger organizations.

by Mark Athitakis Sep 28, 2018

How a CEO Can (Respectfully) Manage a Board

by Mark Athitakis Sep 28, 2018

Associations operate best when staff and board don’t get tangled. But that doesn’t mean executives should abdicate their responsibility to bring out the best in volunteer leaders---or help find better ones.

by Mark Athitakis Aug 5, 2018

Why CEOs Should Speak Out (More)

by Mark Athitakis Aug 5, 2018

A study says more Americans want executives to be activists. It's a role association leaders are well-equipped for.

by Associations Now Staff Aug 1, 2018

Ask the CEO: Jan MacLean

by Associations Now Staff Aug 1, 2018

Jen MacLean, executive director of the International Game Developers Association, answers questions from IGDA member Livio De La Cruz.

by Associations Now Staff Aug 1, 2018

CEO to CEO: Work-Life Balance

by Associations Now Staff Aug 1, 2018

How do you achieve work-life balance while traveling for work?

by Mark Athitakis Jul 2, 2018

Taking the Awkwardness Out of CEO Transitions

by Mark Athitakis Jul 2, 2018

Replacing a long-tenured executive is a challenge even in the best circumstances. But it can be done smoothly with advanced planning and clear communication to members, stakeholders, and—especially—staff. When Kristine Hillmer, CAE, was hired to be CEO of the Wisconsin Restaurant Association late last year, she had four months to prepare for day one—the day […]

by Mark Athitakis Jun 20, 2018

CEOs Are Time-Strapped, and Not Always Time-Savvy

by Mark Athitakis Jun 20, 2018

A 12-year study of how more than two dozen executives spend their workdays reveals a lot of meetings and travel—and too little time to be proactive.

by Associations Now Staff Jun 1, 2018

Ask the CEO: Deanna Tharpe

by Associations Now Staff Jun 1, 2018

Deanna Tharpe, executive director, Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action, answers questions from DSAIA member Kari Jones, president and CEO, Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio.

by Associations Now Staff Jun 1, 2018

CEO to CEO: Tech Tools

by Associations Now Staff Jun 1, 2018

What was the last tech tool or gadget that you purchased for personal use, and why?

by Mark Athitakis Apr 30, 2018

How a CEO Can Handle the Stress of More Roles

by Mark Athitakis Apr 30, 2018

Studies show that executives manage more tasks and have more direct reports—and receive less feedback than they should. Successful leaders have broad networks, and know how to expand them.

by Ernie Smith Apr 19, 2018

Study: CEOs With More Diverse Social Networks See More Success

by Ernie Smith Apr 19, 2018

According to a study published in the Journal of Corporate Finance, a CEO with a diverse social network can have a direct impact on the success of an organization—both in terms of business opportunities and innovation.

by Tim Ebner Apr 4, 2018

For a Membership Boost, Connect Your CEO to Content Strategy

by Tim Ebner Apr 4, 2018

At the TRSA, it’s the CEOs job to think critically about audiences the association wants to reach through a revamped content strategy. Here’s why he does it—and how he fits it into his workload.

by Associations Now Staff Apr 1, 2018

Ask the CEO: Mario Garcia Durham

by Associations Now Staff Apr 1, 2018

Mario Garcia Durham, president and CEO of the Association of Performing Arts Professionals, answers questions from APAP member Laura Colby.

by Associations Now Staff Apr 1, 2018

CEO to CEO: Self-Care Measures

by Associations Now Staff Apr 1, 2018

What self-care measures do you take to stay mentally sharp?

by Ernie Smith Mar 21, 2018

Report: The CEO and CTO Don’t See Eye to Eye on Cybersecurity

by Ernie Smith Mar 21, 2018

A new report from the tech firm Centrify makes the case that there’s a bit of a tug of war going on in the C-suite over who has the most say over cybersecurity issues. That, and the differences between the two executives, could create security issues down the road.

by Mark Athitakis Mar 12, 2018

Should an Exiting CEO Stick Around?

by Mark Athitakis Mar 12, 2018

Many new leaders say they want a clean break, but there are benefits to keeping the former exec around—so long as everybody’s clear on the roles they’ll play.

by Associations Now Staff Feb 1, 2018

Ask the CEO: Vincent Talucci, CAE

by Associations Now Staff Feb 1, 2018

Vincent Talucci, CAE, executive director and CEO, International Association of Chiefs of Police, answers questions from IACP member Chief Louis M. Dekmar.

by Associations Now Staff Feb 1, 2018

CEO to CEO: 2018 Trends to Watch

by Associations Now Staff Feb 1, 2018

What's one big trend that you're watching for 2018, and how do you think it will affect your organization?

by Emily Bratcher Jan 2, 2018

Association CEO Recounts Her 2017 Resolutions

by Emily Bratcher Jan 2, 2018

Michelle Mills Clement, CAE, CEO of the Commercial Brokers Association, discusses how she did on her 2017 resolutions and the lessons she learned along the way.

by Tim Ebner Dec 29, 2017

Association CEOs Talk 2018 Trends and Disruptions

by Tim Ebner Dec 29, 2017

Change is inevitable, and planning for the future can be tough. We asked a few association CEOS what trends might result in the largest disruptions for 2018.

by Associations Now Staff Dec 1, 2017

CEO to CEO: Year-End Goals

by Associations Now Staff Dec 1, 2017

What is one goal you want to accomplish before the end of the year? Four CEOs break down their thoughts.

by Associations Now Staff Oct 11, 2017

Ask the CEO: Veronica Cunningham

by Associations Now Staff Oct 11, 2017

Veronica Cunningham, executive director, American Probation and Parole Association, answers questions from APPA member Reyna Cartagena.

by Associations Now Staff Oct 11, 2017

CEO to CEO: New Conference Tricks

by Associations Now Staff Oct 11, 2017

What one new thing are you implementing at a conference that you're most excited about?

by Melissa Patterson Sep 29, 2017

Planning the Path to CEO

by Melissa Patterson Sep 29, 2017

So you’ve decided you want to be an association CEO.  Here are four steps for developing an intentional strategy for getting there.

by Mark Athitakis Sep 11, 2017

Will Bad Finances Sink You as a CEO?

by Mark Athitakis Sep 11, 2017

A new study suggests that weakened budgets can hasten an executive’s departure. Building better bridges with the CFO can help support a leader before the numbers fall short.

by Emily Bratcher Aug 17, 2017

A CEO's Perspective on Successful Strategic Planning

by Emily Bratcher Aug 17, 2017

The Toy Association recently underwent a complete overhaul, which included creating a new strategic plan. CEO Steve Pasierb shares four tips on how to get it done.

by Tim Ebner Aug 1, 2017

Young Association CEOs: A Fast Track to the Top

by Tim Ebner Aug 1, 2017

There’s a new generation of leaders entering the C-suite, and they’re bringing fresh ideas, talent, and experience to the job. But taking the express elevator to the top comes with unique challenges. Here’s how three young association CEOs are overcoming them and making their leadership mark.

by Dustin A. Paschal Aug 1, 2017

Ask the CEO: Brad Shanklin

by Dustin A. Paschal Aug 1, 2017

Brad Shanklin, executive director, Dallas HR Management Association, answers questions from DallasHR member Dustin A. Paschal.

by Associations Now Staff Aug 1, 2017

CEO to CEO: Desired Knowledge

by Associations Now Staff Aug 1, 2017

What is one skill or piece of knowledge you wish you had that would help you better lead your organization?

by Benjamin Evans Jun 1, 2017

Ask the CEO: Judy Schmidt

by Benjamin Evans Jun 1, 2017

Judy Schmidt, CEO, New Jersey State Nurses Association, answers questions from NJSNA member Benjamin Evans.

by Associations Now Staff Jun 1, 2017

CEO to CEO: Tech Skills

by Associations Now Staff Jun 1, 2017

What tech skill has been the most difficult for you to learn and adopt?

by Associations Now Staff Apr 1, 2017

Ask the CEO: Cathy Weatherford

by Associations Now Staff Apr 1, 2017

Cathy Weatherford, president and CEO, Insured Retirement Institute, answers questions from IRI member Paula Nelson.

by Associations Now Staff Apr 1, 2017

CEO to CEO: The Best Interview Questions

by Associations Now Staff Apr 1, 2017

When interviewing a candidate for a senior-level role, what’s the most important question you ask?

by Ernie Smith Feb 9, 2017

Why CEOs Want to Improve Literacy Among Third-Graders

by Ernie Smith Feb 9, 2017

The Business Roundtable is taking the long view on improving the skills gap for corporations with its most recent report, and some of its members are already following its lead on literacy issues.

by Associations Now Staff Feb 1, 2017

Ask the CEO: Randy Mayes

by Associations Now Staff Feb 1, 2017

Randi Mayes, the executive director of the International Legal Technology Association, answers questions from ILTA member Richard Shepherd.

by Associations Now Staff Feb 1, 2017

Bonus CEO to CEO: Even More Reflective Leadership Advice

by Associations Now Staff Feb 1, 2017

If you could give your 25-year-old self a piece of advice, what would it be? It's a question that a lot of people had answers for, many of which we couldn't get into the issue. But we made room for them here. Check a few of them out below.

by Mark Athitakis Jan 23, 2017

The Right Way to Kick Off a CEO-Board Relationship

by Mark Athitakis Jan 23, 2017

Working with a board for the first time will test a CEO’s soft-skills savvy. But there are ways to formalize the simple (and tough) business of getting along. If you’re a new CEO, you already know your board at least a little bit—a few of its members have likely sat on the executive search committee […]

by Associations Now Staff Dec 1, 2016

Ask the CEO: Rachel Tristano

by Associations Now Staff Dec 1, 2016

Rachel Tristano, RCE, CAE, CEO, Plymouth and South Shore Association of Realtors, answers questions from PASS member Donna M. Frano.

by Associations Now Staff Dec 1, 2016

CEO to CEO: Talkin' Board Chairs

by Associations Now Staff Dec 1, 2016

How do you prepare for new board chairs? Association executives share their strategies.

by Mark Athitakis Nov 28, 2016

The Skills an Association CEO Needs

by Mark Athitakis Nov 28, 2016

Association leaders from various backgrounds can succeed, but a new survey shows that there are some common experiences that can help.

by Associations Now Staff Oct 11, 2016

CEO to CEO: Conference Reflections

by Associations Now Staff Oct 11, 2016

What has been your most informative, engaging, or instrumental experience at a conference?

by Ernie Smith Sep 20, 2016

Report: Nonprofit CEO Gender Pay Gap Persists

by Ernie Smith Sep 20, 2016

A new report from GuideStar indicates that there are more female nonprofit CEOs than ever, especially at smaller organizations, but the compensation gap that has been an ongoing problem in the sector persists—and in some cases may be getting worse.

by Associations Now Staff Aug 1, 2016

Ask the CEO: Debra BenAvram, FASAE, CAE

by Associations Now Staff Aug 1, 2016

Debra BenAvram, FASAE, CAE, the CEO of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, answers questions from ASPEN member Gordon Sacks.

by Associations Now Staff Aug 1, 2016

CEO to CEO: Keeping Up With New Trends

by Associations Now Staff Aug 1, 2016

How do you stay up to date on new trends and keep your knowledge and expertise current? These association execs have an answer.

by Mark Athitakis Jul 25, 2016

Why CEOs Shouldn’t (Always) Embrace Their Staff Cultures

by Mark Athitakis Jul 25, 2016

A new study suggests that CEOs whose cultural values match those of their staffs’ can struggle. That’s not license to be a contrarian, but an opportunity to think about what’s missing.

by Mark Athitakis Jun 13, 2016

Why CEOs Need to Lead on Cybersecurity

by Mark Athitakis Jun 13, 2016

Cybersecurity breaches are rampant—and the C-suite's disengagement from the problem can exacerbate them. Connecting execs to the tech team can help.

by Associations Now Staff Jun 1, 2016

Ask the CEO: Conor McNulty

by Associations Now Staff Jun 1, 2016

Conor McNulty, CAE, Executive Director, Oregon Dental Association, answers questions from ODA member Dr. Ben Hellickson.

by Associations Now Staff Jun 1, 2016

CEO to CEO: Technology Tools

by Associations Now Staff Jun 1, 2016

How is your association leveraging tech tools to pursue your mission?

by Joe Rominiecki Apr 13, 2016

How Does a CEO's Background Influence Membership?

by Joe Rominiecki Apr 13, 2016

To hire an executive with experience in association management or in your members' field is an important choice every association must make from time to time. But how does that choice affect your association's membership performance and your members themselves—if at all?

by Joe Rominiecki Apr 1, 2016

The Tale Of Two CEOs

by Joe Rominiecki Apr 1, 2016

Success as an association CEO takes strong association management acumen and a deep understanding of members. But most CEOs come with career experience in one or the other, as association professionals or industry practitioners. Two new executives share how they’ve adapted in their first year on the job. Though their backgrounds are widely different, their stories are much alike.

by Associations Now Staff Apr 1, 2016

Ask the CEO: David Zepponi

by Associations Now Staff Apr 1, 2016

David Zepponi, president and CEO of the California Association of Community Managers, answers questions from CACM member Clint McClure.

by Associations Now Staff Apr 1, 2016

CEO to CEO: After Leadership, What's Next?

by Associations Now Staff Apr 1, 2016

What role would you consider taking on in an association after you finish serving as CEO?

by Ernie Smith Mar 29, 2016

CIOs Need to Think More Like CEOs

by Ernie Smith Mar 29, 2016

At times, the chief information officer is the leadership role that feels like it gets no respect in the organization—even though its skill set is often more diverse than those of other C-suiters. So, what's the problem? It may come down to soft skills.

by Mark Athitakis Mar 21, 2016

Three Tips for Brand-New CEOs

by Mark Athitakis Mar 21, 2016

A new association needs to expect the unexpected, but the author of The New CEO's Guide has some guidance for surviving the first year on the job.

by Mark Athitakis Feb 29, 2016

When the CEO Leaves, But Hasn’t Left

by Mark Athitakis Feb 29, 2016

AIIM’s John Mancini is staying put at his association after departing the corner office. Here’s how he plans to stick around without making things awkward.

by Mark Athitakis Feb 8, 2016

Leading Volunteers From the CEO Suite

by Mark Athitakis Feb 8, 2016

Staff leaders have plenty to manage beside the volunteer pipeline. One volunteer-leader-turned-CEO discusses how to spotlight volunteering without managing it day-to-day.

by Katie Rucke Jan 19, 2016

Ability to Attract, Retain Talent Is Top Concern for CEOs

by Katie Rucke Jan 19, 2016

The Conference Board’s CEO Challenge 2016 survey identifying top concerns of for-profit chief executives may sound familiar to association CEOs: Human-capital-related issues dominated the list of challenges that organizational leaders from around the globe are most concerned about this year.

by Mark Athitakis Jan 4, 2016

First Steps for Fighting CEO Burnout

by Mark Athitakis Jan 4, 2016

If your corner-office gig is starting to feel overly familiar, do you need to find a new job or rethink the one you’re in? An association CEO recruiter shares some thoughts.

by Associations Now Staff Dec 1, 2015

Ask the CEO: Olivia McLaughlin

by Associations Now Staff Dec 1, 2015

Olivia McLaughlin, executive director of the Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners, answers questions from MICNP member Mary Serowoky.

by Associations Now Staff Dec 1, 2015

CEO to CEO: Accomplishments to Admire

by Associations Now Staff Dec 1, 2015

What did your association accomplish in 2015 that you’re proudest of?

by Associations Now Staff Oct 1, 2015

Ask the CEO: Jorge Perez

by Associations Now Staff Oct 1, 2015

Jorge Perez, executive director, Hispanic American Construction Industry Association, answers questions from HACIA member Marco Romero.

by Associations Now Staff Oct 1, 2015

CEO to CEO: Face Value

by Associations Now Staff Oct 1, 2015

In your own words, what’s the value of face-to-face meetings?

by Kristin Clarke, CAE Oct 1, 2015

Learning: Secrets for New CEOs

by Kristin Clarke, CAE Oct 1, 2015

Navigate the first 90 days in the top job as a new CEO with these tips.

by Associations Now Staff Aug 3, 2015

Ask the CEO: David Varda

by Associations Now Staff Aug 3, 2015

David Varda, executive director, Ohio Association of School Business Officials, answers questions from OASBO member Eric Soltis

by Associations Now Staff Aug 3, 2015

CEO to CEO: Not in the Job Description

by Associations Now Staff Aug 3, 2015

What is one task that isn’t part of your job that you wish you could do?

by Ernie Smith Jun 12, 2015

Friday Buzz: Twitter's Complicated CEO Transition

by Ernie Smith Jun 12, 2015

The departure of Twitter CEO Dick Costolo comes with a transition process that could raise bigger questions. Also: Some considerations for off-site meetings.

by Mark Athitakis Jun 8, 2015

Four Tips for CEOs Thinking About Tech

by Mark Athitakis Jun 8, 2015

Technology is one of a universe of things an association executive needs to stay on top of. But you don't have to get stuck in the weeds.

by Associations Now Staff Jun 1, 2015

Ask the CEO: Carey Goryl, CAE

by Associations Now Staff Jun 1, 2015

Carey Goryl, CAE, CEO of the International Association of Forensic Nurses, answers questions from IAFN member Susan Chasson.

by Associations Now Staff Jun 1, 2015

CEO to CEO: Tips for New Leaders

by Associations Now Staff Jun 1, 2015

It’s your first day as the new CEO at an association. What’s on your agenda?

by Mark Athitakis Apr 20, 2015

Avoiding a Toxic Board-CEO Squabble

by Mark Athitakis Apr 20, 2015

A public disagreement between the Bitcoin Foundation’s executive director and board leader is an object lesson on setting boundaries.

by Associations Now Staff Apr 1, 2015

Ask the CEO: Lisa Washington

by Associations Now Staff Apr 1, 2015

Lisa Washington, executive director, Design-Build Institute of America, answers questions from DBIA member Tom Porter.

by Associations Now Staff Apr 1, 2015

CEO to CEO: Data Breach Considerations

by Associations Now Staff Apr 1, 2015

How are you protecting your organization against a potential data breach?

by Mark Athitakis Feb 9, 2015

Get Ahead of a CEO Transition Crisis

by Mark Athitakis Feb 9, 2015

Power at an association tends to drift away from boards. New CEOs following a longtime leader will have to work to restore balance.

by Mark Athitakis Feb 1, 2015

New CEOs: Are You Ready for the Next Exec?

by Mark Athitakis Feb 1, 2015

When a long-tenured CEO leaves, the organization’s board members need to adjust their assumptions and strategies to help the new executive succeed. It requires stepping out of a well-worn comfort zone and refocusing on the path ahead.

by Mark Athitakis Jan 5, 2015

Time for an Untested CEO?

by Mark Athitakis Jan 5, 2015

"Leapfrog" CEOs are popular at companies eager to innovate. But creativity doesn't have to wait till the next executive hire.

by Mark Athitakis Dec 1, 2014

A Board-CEO Communication Gap

by Mark Athitakis Dec 1, 2014

A new study says a lot of nonprofit executives are planning to depart---and that boards are missing the signals.

by Associations Now Staff Dec 1, 2014

Ask the CEO: Jim Benney, CAE

by Associations Now Staff Dec 1, 2014

Jim Benney, CAE, CEO, National Fenestration Rating Council, answers questions from NFRC member Catherine Best.

by Associations Now Staff Dec 1, 2014

CEO to CEO: Making Sure the Hats Fit

by Associations Now Staff Dec 1, 2014

What’s one tip you can share with someone who struggles to wear multiple hats?

by Associations Now Staff Oct 8, 2014

Ask the CEO: Martin Tirado

by Associations Now Staff Oct 8, 2014

Martin Tirado, CAE, CEO, Snow and Ice Management Association, answers questions from SIMA member Kent Peddie.

by Associations Now Staff Oct 8, 2014

CEO to CEO: Necessary Toolkit Parts

by Associations Now Staff Oct 8, 2014

Beyond a smartphone or tablet, what is your one must-have item for your CEO toolkit when attending a conference?

by Rob Stott Sep 24, 2014

Study: CEO Gender Pay Gap Still Prevalent in Nonprofit Sector

by Rob Stott Sep 24, 2014

Collectively, the nonprofit sector appears to have a persistent gender problem in the area of CEO compensation. However, data for trade associations and professional societies, in particular, paints a slightly different picture.

by Mark Athitakis Sep 22, 2014

Tips for Leaving the CEO Perch

by Mark Athitakis Sep 22, 2014

Moving from a top executive position to a different one can be a tough decision. Here are three tips from one exec who recently made the leap.

by Mark Athitakis Aug 11, 2014

What Kind of Support Does a CEO Need?

by Mark Athitakis Aug 11, 2014

A VC firm recently promised to always take the side of the founders of companies it funds. The idea offers good lessons on the board-CEO relationship.

by Rob Stott Aug 5, 2014

How Important Is Industry Experience for a New CEO?

by Rob Stott Aug 5, 2014

After its data-breach debacle, Target chose a new CEO from outside the retail industry. Associations often face a similar question: Does industry experience trump association management experience?

by Katie Bascuas Aug 1, 2014

Study: Why It Pays to Have a Humble CEO

by Katie Bascuas Aug 1, 2014

A new study suggests that bosses who are more self-aware and appreciative of others make for better leaders than those who are self-focused and opposed to feedback.

by Associations Now Staff Aug 1, 2014

Ask the CEO: Barb Kachelski, CAE

by Associations Now Staff Aug 1, 2014

Barb Kachelski, CAE, executive director, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, answers questions from AACD member Charlie Cooper, DMD

by Associations Now Staff Aug 1, 2014

CEO to CEO: Staff Outings

by Associations Now Staff Aug 1, 2014

CEOs talk about the best staff outing they've ever had at their association.

by Mark Athitakis Jul 21, 2014

Do Boards Do Enough to Support New CEOs?

by Mark Athitakis Jul 21, 2014

It's lonely at the top: A new study suggests that new nonprofit CEOs get little support from their boards during their first months on the job.

by Katie Bascuas Jul 14, 2014

CEOs Join American Heart Association's Healthy Workplaces Push

by Katie Bascuas Jul 14, 2014

The 22 CEOs will lead by example, demonstrating healthy lifestyle habits in an effort to encourage the more than 2 million employees at their organizations to make healthier choices in their own lives.

by Ernie Smith Jun 20, 2014

Business Roundtable CEO Survey Mixes Good News, Bad News

by Ernie Smith Jun 20, 2014

The executive trade group's most recent economic indicator study was a mixed bag, with CEOs saying that they were more likely to hire but less likely to spend on capital investment.

by Mark Athitakis Jun 16, 2014

A CEO's Duty to Lead on Technology

by Mark Athitakis Jun 16, 2014

Following a massive data breach, Target is moving its corporate and technology leadership closer. It's a model more associations should consider following.

by Mark Athitakis Jun 9, 2014

Are CEOs Necessary?

by Mark Athitakis Jun 9, 2014

"Leaderless" organizations are in vogue, even with imperfect track records. Looking at the problems they mean to fix can help define your leadership style.

by Rob Stott Jun 4, 2014

Next in Line: Tips for CEOs Cleaning Up After Controversy

by Rob Stott Jun 4, 2014

Turnover at the top is bound to happen, but when a leader leaves amid controversy, the successor has a particularly tricky job. (Would you want to be the next VA secretary?) Priority number one for CEOs faced with a tough new gig: Regain trust.

by Associations Now Staff Jun 1, 2014

CEO to CEO: Wanted Tech Tools

by Associations Now Staff Jun 1, 2014

What technology tool would these CEOs invent to help them do their job better?

by Ernie Smith May 29, 2014

Thursday Buzz: Make Online Communities Easy for Your CEO

by Ernie Smith May 29, 2014

The first step to getting your execs chatting in your private community may be removing as many barriers as possible. Also: Social media mistakes to avoid when publicizing your events.

by Ernie Smith May 5, 2014

As Target's CEO Resigns, Retail Payment Upgrades Remain on the Forefront

by Ernie Smith May 5, 2014

With fallout from the holiday season's huge data breach now toppling Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel, a top retail group backed the company's plan to update its payment technology. But another payment group says that the benefits won't go beyond the big-box retailer's doors, at least for now.

by Mark Athitakis Apr 21, 2014

How Much Should CEOs Say About a Staff Crisis?

by Mark Athitakis Apr 21, 2014

A call for the resignation of the American Angus Association's CEO ultimately led to the departure of multiple employees. Can you be transparent about staff turmoil without fueling gossip?

by Ernie Smith Apr 10, 2014

Thursday Buzz: This Association CEO Has Style

by Ernie Smith Apr 10, 2014

A high-profile trade group exec gets the fashion spread treatment. Also: why it's OK if you don't consider yourself an expert.

by Mark Athitakis Apr 7, 2014

Did Brendan Eich's Politics Sink Him as CEO?

by Mark Athitakis Apr 7, 2014

The Mozilla Foundation CEO's ill-fated tenure was the result of a cultural mismatch. But gay marriage was only part of it.

by Associations Now Staff Apr 1, 2014

CEO to CEO: Room for Improvement

by Associations Now Staff Apr 1, 2014

What one leadership skill or trait would you like to improve upon? These association leaders ponder the question.

by Ernie Smith Mar 31, 2014

New Mozilla Foundation CEO Faces Heat Over LGBT Views

by Ernie Smith Mar 31, 2014

Six years after Brendan Eich made a $1,000 donation in support of passing Proposition 8, California's since-overturned same-sex marriage ban, flak over the contribution has the new Mozilla CEO facing questions about his ability to lead the nonprofit software project. It's led the organization to re-emphasize its commitment to equality.

by Rob Stott Mar 18, 2014

Are Association CEOs More Important Today Than Ever?

by Rob Stott Mar 18, 2014

A forthcoming study claims that corporate CEOs have gained increasing influence over their organizations’ success—particularly as measured by the bottom line. Can the same be said of association chief executives?

by Mark Athitakis Mar 10, 2014

Should CEOs Feel Optimistic About the Economy?

by Mark Athitakis Mar 10, 2014

A new study shows that association CEOs feel steadier after the Great Recession. But growth opportunities remain hard to come by.

by Ernie Smith Feb 10, 2014

A Gaffe With Impact: An AOL CEO's 401(k) Saga Leaves a Mark

by Ernie Smith Feb 10, 2014

When CEO Tim Armstrong announced AOL was scaling back the company's 401(k) match offerings, he drew a slew of criticism over the way he presented it—but his poorly worded comments reveal a real issue about changing trends in employee benefits.

by Associations Now Staff Feb 1, 2014

Leader to Leader: When a CEO Leaves

by Associations Now Staff Feb 1, 2014

How would your organization respond if your CEO left tomorrow? These volunteer leaders ponder a tough question.

by Ernie Smith Dec 13, 2013

Association CEO Looks to Debate Congressman Over Fracking Conflict

by Ernie Smith Dec 13, 2013

As an ongoing conflict about the rights of local communities versus the energy industry plays out in Colorado, Rep. Jared Polis has sided with the communities in his district. But the Colorado Oil and Gas Association's CEO hopes to make her association's case in a debate with the congressman.

by Mark Athitakis Dec 9, 2013

A CEO's Long Goodbye

by Mark Athitakis Dec 9, 2013

Nonprofit CEOs are drafting exit agreements with their boards to establish terms of their departure, even years down the line.

by Joe Rominiecki Dec 4, 2013

CEOs' Tech Challenge: Bringing Order to Chaos

by Joe Rominiecki Dec 4, 2013

As technology opens new doors for associations, their leaders are faced with new responsibilities to match IT decisions with organizational strategy.

by Mark Athitakis Nov 25, 2013

For CEOs, It's Time to Study Up on Technology

by Mark Athitakis Nov 25, 2013

AIIM CEO John Mancini on why CEOs need more expertise in how technology can simplify (or complicate) the member experience.

by Mark Athitakis Nov 18, 2013

How Much Data Does a CEO Need?

by Mark Athitakis Nov 18, 2013

Leadership gurus have been preaching the gospel of "data-driven decision making" for years. But good decisions still involve much more than running the numbers.

by Associations Now Staff Nov 15, 2013

CEO to CEO: Time to Unplug During the Holidays

by Associations Now Staff Nov 15, 2013

How much do you unplug from the office during the holidays? Here's what a few top association executives had to say.

by Katie Bascuas Nov 5, 2013

Poll: Most Nonprofit IT Leaders Do Not Report to CEO

by Katie Bascuas Nov 5, 2013

A new survey of nonprofit leaders found their organization’s IT departments largely reside within operations or finance departments, and a majority of the managers heading IT are reporting to COOs and CFOs.

by Mark Athitakis Oct 28, 2013

A Better Job Description for CEOs

by Mark Athitakis Oct 28, 2013

It's a tough question: What's the job of the CEO? Here's a look at three parts of the answer.

by Alexis Williams & Alexis Davis Oct 21, 2013

Social Media Roundup: Defining the Role of the CEO

by Alexis Williams & Alexis Davis Oct 21, 2013

Leveraging the power of the CEO to improve your organization. Plus: Nine questions to ask when drawing up your IT strategy.

by Mark Athitakis Oct 7, 2013

The Case for the Flexible CEO

by Mark Athitakis Oct 7, 2013

Research suggests that the best leaders balance conflicting instincts. One association exec's experience shows when to be tough and when to be sensitive.

by Associations Now Staff Oct 1, 2013

Ask the CEO: Patricia Montague, CAE

by Associations Now Staff Oct 1, 2013

Patricia Montague, CAE, the CEO of the School Nutrition Association, answers questions from SNA member Jean Ronnei.

by Katie Bascuas Sep 17, 2013

CEOs: Communications Strategy Changing in 24/7 Digital World

by Katie Bascuas Sep 17, 2013

An association of public relations and communications professionals surveyed CEOs to determine how chief execs believe the role of organizational communications is changing in an age of nonstop news and information.

by Mark Athitakis Sep 16, 2013

Inside a Co-CEO Relationship

by Mark Athitakis Sep 16, 2013

For the co-EVPs at the American Gastroenterological Association, shared leadership has its benefits---so long as you start with trust.

by Emma Beck Sep 12, 2013

Social Media Roundup: Spot the Successful CEOs

by Emma Beck Sep 12, 2013

The brave aren't all bald—and neither are most CEOs. An infographic breaks down the top traits of the world's best performing company executives. Plus: The ingredients to deliver a rockin' case study.

by Mark Athitakis Sep 9, 2013

Can a Co-CEO Structure Work?

by Mark Athitakis Sep 9, 2013

Putting more than one person in the corner office has a checkered history. But it may be the kind of leadership style our times increasingly demand.

by Ernie Smith Aug 16, 2013

Study: CEOs Just Wanna Be Coached

by Ernie Smith Aug 16, 2013

A new Stanford study finds many chief executives are receptive to outside input on leadership decisions, but more than two-thirds say they don't get that desired coaching.

by Ernie Smith Aug 9, 2013

Where You'll Find CEOs on Social Media

by Ernie Smith Aug 9, 2013

According to a new study, LinkedIn is still the reigning king of social media among Fortune 500 CEOs. But Twitter is gaining steam, as some high-profile chief executives have proven.

by Mark Athitakis Aug 5, 2013

What Makes a Great CEO Evaluation?

by Mark Athitakis Aug 5, 2013

The association CEO's job is too complex for check-box job reviews. Two association leaders discuss what can make them more effective.

by Associations Now Staff Aug 1, 2013

Ask the CEO: John Courtney

by Associations Now Staff Aug 1, 2013

John Courtney, Ph.D., CEO, American Society for Nutrition, answers questions from ASN student member Sabrina Sales Martinez.

by Joe Rominiecki Jul 31, 2013

Does Membership Experience Matter in the CEO Role?

by Joe Rominiecki Jul 31, 2013

Membership is the foundational business model for most associations, but working in a membership department doesn't appear to be an important step toward the CEO job.

by Associations Now Staff Jul 1, 2013

Ask the CEO: Ralph Albert Thomas

by Associations Now Staff Jul 1, 2013

Ralph Albert Thomas, CEO and executive director, New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants, answers questions from NJSCPA member Emily Vu.

by Ernie Smith Apr 15, 2013

Study: Association CEO Gender Gap Isn't Going Away

by Ernie Smith Apr 15, 2013

While female CEOs are rising in the ranks, according to a new study from CEO Update, their financial compensation has yet to reach their male counterparts, especially at large associations.

by Associations Now Staff Apr 15, 2013

CEO to CEO: Characteristics of a CFO

by Associations Now Staff Apr 15, 2013

What characteristics do you look for in a CFO? We pose the question to a group of association CEOs.

by Ernie Smith Apr 9, 2013

When a Bold Plan Fails: Why JCPenney's CEO Lost His Job

by Ernie Smith Apr 9, 2013

Ron Johnson may have played a key role in creating the innovative Apple Store, but a bold business strategy didn't work out so well at the retail chain. Here's what you can learn.

by Katie Bascuas Mar 14, 2013

Case Study: A Social CEO in Action

by Katie Bascuas Mar 14, 2013

What would inspire your CEO to start tweeting or posting on Facebook? For the executive director of the National Military Family Association, it was sequestration.

by Katie Bascuas Mar 6, 2013

Social CEOs: Why More Leaders Are Getting Virtual

by Katie Bascuas Mar 6, 2013

As the internet becomes the dominant calling card for most organizations, more and more CEOs are investing in their online social presences, a new study found.

by Associations Now Staff Mar 1, 2013

CEO to CEO: Advocacy Campaigning

by Associations Now Staff Mar 1, 2013

What was your association’s most successful advocacy campaign? We pose the question to a group of association CEOs.

by Associations Now Staff Feb 1, 2013

CEO to CEO: Encourage Innovation

by Associations Now Staff Feb 1, 2013

What does your association do to encourage innovation in your industry? We pose the question to a group of association CEOs.

by Ernie Smith Dec 12, 2012

Report: Top Trade Group CEOs See Salaries Increase

by Ernie Smith Dec 12, 2012

According to a recent study by CEO Update, some executives are earning millions. However, many of these salaries are due to one-time charges or retirement payouts.

by Chloe Thompson Dec 4, 2012

Lunchtime Links: How to Avoid CEO Burnout

by Chloe Thompson Dec 4, 2012

Could CEO burnout at your association be a side effect of poor workload delegation? Plus: Another day, another lesson from Apple.

by Chris Roseman Dec 1, 2012

Ask the CEO: ACA's Richard Yep

by Chris Roseman Dec 1, 2012

Richard Yep, FASAE, CAE, executive director and CEO, American Counseling Association, answers questions from ACA member Chris Roseman.

by Associations Now Staff Dec 1, 2012

CEO to CEO: December 2012

by Associations Now Staff Dec 1, 2012

We ask association CEOs: What unique marketing tactics is your organization employing? Debra L. Wentz, Ph.D. CEO, New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies, Inc., Mercerville, New Jersey The best marketing has been, and remains, word of mouth. The New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies, Inc., catalogs positive feedback from […]

by Associations Now Staff Nov 1, 2012

Ask the CEO: AACP's Lucinda Maine

by Associations Now Staff Nov 1, 2012

Lucinda Maine, CEO, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, answers questions from AACP member Amy Franks.

by Associations Now Staff Nov 1, 2012

CEO to CEO: November 2012

by Associations Now Staff Nov 1, 2012

We ask Association CEOs: What was the last significant change you made, and how was it received by members?

by Associations Now Staff Sep 25, 2012

CEO to CEO: September-October 2012

by Associations Now Staff Sep 25, 2012

If you had unlimited resources to ­create a brand-new staff position for your organization, what would ıt be?

by Ernie Smith May 10, 2021

Weekly Now: People Are Ready to Return to Events … Well, Soon

by Ernie Smith May 10, 2021

Recent research from Freeman finds that attendees and exhibitors alike are warming up to doing in-person events near the end of the year. Also: Understanding the relationship between engagement and value.

by Rasheeda Childress May 7, 2021

Comings and Goings: Career Moves in Associations  

by Rasheeda Childress May 7, 2021

Association professionals are always on the move. Here’s our monthly roundup of new hires, career changes, and retirements across the industry. Of Note: Marla Bilonick is the new president and CEO of the National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders.

by Samantha Whitehorne May 6, 2021

Are Microconferences on the Rise?

by Samantha Whitehorne May 6, 2021

As vaccination rates increase and people get more comfortable with the idea of attending meetings again, some associations are taking baby steps by hosting microconferences in several cities instead of having one large meeting. A look at the format and its benefits.

by Chris Vest, CAE May 6, 2021

ASAE Urges Tennessee Governor to Veto Anti-LGBTQ Bill

by Chris Vest, CAE May 6, 2021

In a letter this week, ASAE asked Governor Bill Lee to veto a bill it says “promotes mistreatment of a targeted LGBTQ population and threatens to give rise to state-sanctioned discrimination in Tennessee.”

by Ernie Smith May 5, 2021

Good Reads You Might Have Missed: Member Renewals

by Ernie Smith May 5, 2021

Getting members to renew is challenging every year—but this year in particular, associations need effective strategies for member retention. These articles have smart advice from association pros.

by Ernie Smith Apr 30, 2021

How Cloud Computing Can Boost Your Member Engagement

by Ernie Smith Apr 30, 2021

From thinking more strategically about member data to building benefits that leverage cloud resources in innovative ways, associations should look to the cloud as a way to think more broadly about member engagement possibilities.

by Rasheeda Childress Apr 29, 2021

We Asked, You Answered: How You Thank Your Volunteers

by Rasheeda Childress Apr 29, 2021

National Volunteer Week was April 18-24, so we wanted to know how associations thanked their members who had answered calls for help. It turns out, associations get creative, providing everything from shoutouts to discounts to show their gratitude.

by Lisa Boylan Apr 24, 2021

Blueprint for the Hybrid Office

by Lisa Boylan Apr 24, 2021

What will work look like when some employees return to the office and some stay permanently remote? Making plans while aiming at a moving target has not been easy, but associations are putting pieces in place for a revised workplace, perhaps forever changed by the pandemic. Here is a glimpse of what’s happening so far.

by Mark Athitakis Apr 24, 2021

The Outlook for In-Person Meetings

by Mark Athitakis Apr 24, 2021

This year won’t bring the complete recovery for face-to-face meetings that many have hoped for. But things are looking up. Associations have learned to be creative, innovative, and safe while bringing attendees together.

by Lisa Boylan Apr 24, 2021

Tech Memo: Ready for Your Close-Up?

by Lisa Boylan Apr 24, 2021

Video provides connection, emotion, and authenticity, says the CEO of a video-sharing platform.

by Ernie Smith Apr 19, 2021

Weekly Now: Crowdfunding Donors Favor Familiarity

by Ernie Smith Apr 19, 2021

A new study finds that people are more likely to give to friends and family in crowdfunding campaigns. Also: Detroit replaces its auto show with a “car crawl.”

by Lisa Boylan Apr 16, 2021

A New Way to Celebrate Pork Is Ready to Hit the Grill

by Lisa Boylan Apr 16, 2021

An association’s new partnership sparks creativity and inclusiveness among its members, giving them more inspiring—and delicious—ways to showcase their skills.

by Ernie Smith Apr 14, 2021

Tools to Raise Your Note-Taking to the Next Level

by Ernie Smith Apr 14, 2021

Whether it’s a tablet, a laptop, or a microphone, there are lots of technologies to leverage for better note-taking. Association pros share a few of their preferred tactics.

by Lisa Boylan Apr 13, 2021

Should You Increase Membership Dues?

by Lisa Boylan Apr 13, 2021

Raising membership dues is rarely an easy decision, and the past year’s complications have made it even more difficult. Anecdotal and statistical evidence shows associations are holding off on raising dues right now, mindful of members’ struggles.

by Ernie Smith Apr 13, 2021

Good Reads You Might Have Missed: Association Ethics

by Ernie Smith Apr 13, 2021

Ethics touches almost every aspect of association management. This sampling of articles from our archives could help you cultivate a more ethical organization.

by Rasheeda Childress Apr 9, 2021

Comings and Goings: Career Moves in Associations

by Rasheeda Childress Apr 9, 2021

Association professionals are always on the move. Here’s our monthly roundup of new hires, career changes, and retirements across the association industry. Of note: Donte P. Shannon, FASAE, CAE, is heading up the Woodworking Machinery Industry Association.

by Michael Hickey Apr 8, 2021

Tips for Assessing Your Board Composition

by Michael Hickey Apr 8, 2021

Diversity is critical to board effectiveness, and the right representation doesn’t happen by accident. These tips can help you make an honest assessment of where your board stands now and whether you need to add new perspectives.

by Rasheeda Childress Apr 8, 2021

Associations Speak Out for Voting Rights, Access on Heels of Georgia Law

by Rasheeda Childress Apr 8, 2021

A new Georgia law that many contend is aimed at suppressing voters, as well as concern over similar legislation in other states, has caused many organizations to speak out. Spanning industries, these groups say laws should encourage voting, not enact barriers to it.

by Ernie Smith Apr 5, 2021

Weekly Now: Celebrating In-Person Meetings, At Home

by Ernie Smith Apr 5, 2021

The latest edition of Global Meetings Industry Day comes as progress is made toward reopening for in-person events. Also: The two primary trade groups in the produce industry announce plans to merge.

by Julie Shoop Apr 1, 2021

Associations Now Live: Real-World Conversations About Leading Today

by Julie Shoop Apr 1, 2021

In a special five-episode series, Associations Now Live presents insider views on leading associations in 2021 from the executives who are doing the work every day. Don’t miss these revealing conversations, streaming weekly in April and May.

by Lisa Boylan Mar 30, 2021

How an Association Rebounded, Turning Challenges Into Progress

by Lisa Boylan Mar 30, 2021

A new CEO saw opportunity in multiple challenges and brought about real change—including a significant boost in membership and initiatives to dismantle systemic racism in higher education. Here are insights into how he achieved an ambitious agenda.

by Ernie Smith Mar 29, 2021

Weekly Now: Surprise! Projects Get More Efficient Amid Pandemic

by Ernie Smith Mar 29, 2021

The Project Management Institute reports that organizations have been more likely to meet their business goals and reduce waste with projects during the pandemic, despite remote operations. Also: Roller coasters need pandemic precautions, too.

by Mark Athitakis Mar 28, 2021

When a Narrower Strategic Plan Makes Sense

by Mark Athitakis Mar 28, 2021

Strategic plans mean thinking about the future. But if COVID-19 has clouded the crystal ball, a two-year strategic plan focused on the near term might be the best option, one association found.

by Rasheeda Childress Mar 26, 2021

Is Your Association Ready to Issue Statements and Handle Other Crisis Communication?

by Rasheeda Childress Mar 26, 2021

From the Capitol riot to recent mass killings of Asian Americans, events with widespread societal impact are causing some associations to speak out. A communication expert discusses the ins and outs of issuing a statement and the importance of having a crisis communication plan.

by Lisa Boylan Mar 23, 2021

Easy, Low-Cost Ways to Update Member Data

by Lisa Boylan Mar 23, 2021

Spring is here. What better time for a member data cleanup? Small, easy steps make a daunting challenge easier to dive into. Here are some quick ideas to get the ball rolling.

by Rasheeda Childress Mar 11, 2021

Comings and Goings: Career Moves in Associations

by Rasheeda Childress Mar 11, 2021

Association professionals are always on the move. Here’s our monthly roundup of new hires, career changes, and retirements across the association industry. Of note in March 2021: Suzanne Clark becomes the first woman to lead the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

by Lisa Boylan Mar 10, 2021

Membership Pro Tip: Making Fitness Fun

by Lisa Boylan Mar 10, 2021

A popular fitness competition gets members up and moving to help diffuse stress during their profession’s most demanding time of year.

by Lisa Boylan Mar 9, 2021

How Strategy Drove a Pandemic-Era Membership Surge

by Lisa Boylan Mar 9, 2021

Transformation and a year full of challenges galvanized the Consumer Brands Association after a high-profile rebrand. A sharpened focus and a new strategic direction led to increased membership, despite adversity.

by Mark Athitakis Mar 7, 2021

When Needing Help Is an Asset

by Mark Athitakis Mar 7, 2021

Too often, our image of a strong leader is somebody who flies solo. As one association CEO learned, even strong leaders need help sometimes. When they get it and share it with others, the entire organization benefits.

by Rasheeda Childress Mar 5, 2021

We asked, You Answered: Tell Us Your Favorite Way to Unplug

by Rasheeda Childress Mar 5, 2021

The pandemic has forced many to both work and play from home, using Zoom to see family, friends, and coworkers. Having had more than enough screen time, association professionals are finding novel and creative ways to disconnect.

by Ernie Smith Mar 5, 2021

Are Your Member Perks Inviting Churn?

by Ernie Smith Mar 5, 2021

When a single benefit or annual meeting draws members in, membership churn can become an issue for associations. With the same concern emerging for streaming video services, a membership pro sees a solution in offering year-round value.

by Michael Hickey Mar 4, 2021

When and How to Recommend Employees Seek Mental Health Help

by Michael Hickey Mar 4, 2021

Employees might need more assistance with their mental health struggles than the occasional day of self-care. Managers can help by knowing when to step in and how to approach staff.

by Rasheeda Childress Mar 4, 2021

New Strategic Plan Puts Focus on Member Growth and Experience

by Rasheeda Childress Mar 4, 2021

When the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors created its new strategic plan, it sought member input. The result: a plan focused on member growth, brand amplification, and great member experiences.

by Chris Vest, CAE Mar 4, 2021

Associations Considering PPP Loans Have Options

by Chris Vest, CAE Mar 4, 2021

Many 501(c)(6) groups are deciding if they should apply for federal assistance programs to reduce the financial impact of the pandemic. Industry advisors say these groups still have options available, including the Paycheck Protection Program and the Employee Retention Tax Credit.

by Rasheeda Childress Feb 26, 2021

Startup Stories: Press Forward

by Rasheeda Childress Feb 26, 2021

New associations launch to fill a void in their sector. Here, Canadian media group Press Forward tells us what got them started, what they’re working on at the moment, and what they plan to do next.

by Samantha Whitehorne Feb 25, 2021

Indy Gets Ready to Host Entire March Madness Tournament

by Samantha Whitehorne Feb 25, 2021

To minimize health risks due to the pandemic, the NCAA decided that this year’s March Madness basketball tournament will be held in one regional location: Indianapolis. A look at how the city’s convention and visitors bureau is gearing up for “The Big Dance.”

by Michael Hickey Feb 25, 2021

When and How to Recommend Employees Seek Mental Health Help

by Michael Hickey Feb 25, 2021

Employees might need more assistance with their mental health struggles than the occasional day of self-care. Managers can help by knowing when to step in and how to approach staff.

by Lisa Boylan Feb 23, 2021

Tips and Tools for Helping Members Manage Stress

by Lisa Boylan Feb 23, 2021

The Massachusetts Society of CPAs goes the extra mile for members facing mental health issues and stress. Here are some of its leadership tips and proven tools to help members cope when they need it most.

by Ernie Smith Feb 23, 2021

When a Larger-Than-Life Leader Steps Back, What Comes Next?

by Ernie Smith Feb 23, 2021

Announcements that two iconic business leaders would be leaving their roles highlight the challenges of maintaining culture amid leadership transitions. Here’s how associations in the same boat can find their path forward.

by Mark Athitakis Feb 21, 2021

Inside an Effective Governance Overhaul

by Mark Athitakis Feb 21, 2021

Once burdened with a top-heavy leadership structure, the Ontario Medical Association has successfully found a way to be more nimble and forward-thinking.

by Lisa Boylan Feb 19, 2021

Super Bowl Performance Brings Visual Language to Big Audience

by Lisa Boylan Feb 19, 2021

Chosen by the National Association of the Deaf to perform at the Super Bowl pregame, a deaf performer brought down the house and amplified the need for visual language in a range of events and communications.

by Lisa Boylan Feb 16, 2021

An In-House Newscast Keeps Messaging Under Control

by Lisa Boylan Feb 16, 2021

Hearsay posted on social media about association announcements before their official release can cause headaches. One association came up with a solution to counter misleading chatter and reassert itself as its community’s official news source.

by Samantha Whitehorne Feb 11, 2021

A Few Practical Realities for Post-Pandemic Events

by Samantha Whitehorne Feb 11, 2021

As the pandemic abates and even after it subsides, meetings are going to look a lot different. What should you think about now to make sure you’re offering the best experience to participants this year and beyond? A look at some considerations.

by Lisa Boylan Feb 9, 2021

Tips for Navigating a New Membership Terrain

by Lisa Boylan Feb 9, 2021

Associations long relied on the same channels to engage, recruit, and retain members. And then everything changed. Now what? A membership expert shares her ideas for switching course and finding new opportunities.

by Ernie Smith Feb 8, 2021

Weekly Now: A Push for More Equitable Telehealth

by Ernie Smith Feb 8, 2021

The American Telemedicine Association launches an equity initiative. Also: The longtime CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce plans to step aside.

by Samantha Whitehorne Feb 4, 2021

A Return to Meetings: COVID Protocol Document

by Samantha Whitehorne Feb 4, 2021

As associations start hosting in-person meetings again, they’ll want to develop a COVID protocol document that outlines the steps they’re taking to keep participants safe. Here’s a look at the components you should consider including in your documentation.

by Rasheeda Childress Feb 4, 2021

Environmental Media Group Gives Super Bowl Ads Points for Sustainability

by Rasheeda Childress Feb 4, 2021

After success certifying TV shows and movies for sustainability, the Environmental Media Association finally tackled commercials for one of the small screen’s biggest events: the Super Bowl. The organization awarded its Green Seal Gold certification to all six Anheuser-Busch ads.

by Rasheeda Childress Feb 4, 2021

Comings and Goings: Career Moves in Associations

by Rasheeda Childress Feb 4, 2021

Association professionals are always on the move. Here’s our periodic roundup of new hires, career changes, and retirements across the association industry.

by Lisa Boylan Feb 2, 2021

Give Your Members Safe Spaces to Connect

by Lisa Boylan Feb 2, 2021

What do you do when your members have too many choices for online engagement? Don’t add to their options. Instead, help them find a safe space to connect on platforms where they already are. Here’s how one association did it and saw engagement spike during a challenging time.

by Rasheeda Childress Jan 28, 2021

Mental Health Organizations Join Forces to Battle Pandemic Crisis

by Rasheeda Childress Jan 28, 2021

Saying stresses related to the pandemic are causing a mental health crisis among Americans, 14 mental health organizations have teamed up to use a single voice to advocate for relief and to spur systemic change.

by Chris Vest, CAE Jan 28, 2021

ASAE Details Critical Role of Associations in Letter to Biden

by Chris Vest, CAE Jan 28, 2021

In a letter to the new president, ASAE urged the administration to tap into the expertise and resources that associations can bring to policy discussions about the challenges facing America.

by Rasheeda Childress Jan 27, 2021

Lessons from an Association that Opened a Headquarters During a Global Pandemic

by Rasheeda Childress Jan 27, 2021

While no organization wants to finish construction on a new building during a pandemic, the American Physical Therapy Association turned this unfortunate timing into an opportunity. APTA modified its plans to ensure a building positioned to serve staff and members during this world health crisis and beyond.

by Michael Hickey Jan 27, 2021

Initial Steps for Creating a Speaker Database

by Michael Hickey Jan 27, 2021

Creating a pool of subject matter experts that your organization can pull from will improve and accelerate your search for quality speakers for learning programs and other events.

by Ernie Smith Jan 26, 2021

Make the Most of the New Facebook Pages

by Ernie Smith Jan 26, 2021

Facebook is revamping its primary offering for organizations—including associations—this year. Here’s what’s coming and how associations can benefit.

by Mark Athitakis Jan 24, 2021

A Better Path to a Diverse C-Suite

by Mark Athitakis Jan 24, 2021

Diverse employees are often cut off from paths to the CEO's office, a new study finds. One solution is to look at bias where those paths begin.

by Lisa Boylan Jan 22, 2021

Beer Distributors Aid in Combating Human Trafficking

by Lisa Boylan Jan 22, 2021

National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, observed in January, has spurred groups whose members are well positioned to spot instances of trafficking in progress—including beer distributors—to partner in the fight against this widespread crime.

by Samantha Whitehorne Jan 21, 2021

A Return to Meetings: COVID-19 Screening and Testing

by Samantha Whitehorne Jan 21, 2021

When you resume your in-person meetings, should you conduct onsite screening and testing to avoid hosting a super-spreader event? Here's a look at what that may entail.

by Ernie Smith Jan 20, 2021

Four Etiquette Rules for Remote Meetings

by Ernie Smith Jan 20, 2021

Business meetings held in virtual settings come with some familiar rules and some different ones. Be sure you follow them to maintain your professional polish—even if you're secretly wearing shorts.

by Samantha Whitehorne Jan 14, 2021

A Return to Meetings: How Contact Tracing Works

by Samantha Whitehorne Jan 14, 2021

As meeting professionals plan for future in-person meetings, they'll need to incorporate new technologies and processes to keep all participants safe. One tool to consider is digital contact tracing. Here's a look at what’s involved.

by Chris Vest, CAE Jan 11, 2021

ASAE Asks for Guidance on 501(c)(6) Access to PPP

by Chris Vest, CAE Jan 11, 2021

In a letter to administration officials, ASAE welcomed long-sought COVID-19 aid for 501(c)(6) associations provided in the year-end stimulus legislation, but asked for clarification of eligibility for Paycheck Protection Program loans.

by Ernie Smith Jan 11, 2021

Weekly Now: CES Goes Virtual in 2021

by Ernie Smith Jan 11, 2021

The Consumer Technology Association expects 150,000 attendees at its all-digital CES this week. Also: the cool thing Google did that your organization may want to try.

by Lisa Boylan Jan 8, 2021

New DEI Task Force Aims for Cultural Shift in Electrical Trades

by Lisa Boylan Jan 8, 2021

The National Electrical Contractors Association formed a DEI task force to promote a more inclusive environment, fill a growing skills gap, and expand the industry’s potential by attracting a more diverse workforce.

by Lisa Boylan Jan 5, 2021

Three Ways to Boost Membership Renewal With Video

by Lisa Boylan Jan 5, 2021

Looking for ways to increase membership renewal in 2021? Sounds like a plan. And adding video to that plan could help make your association a renewal superpower.

by Ernie Smith Jan 4, 2021

Weekly Now: A Push for Vaccinations in Nursing Homes

by Ernie Smith Jan 4, 2021

The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living has created a toolkit to encourage residents and staffers in long-term care facilities to get vaccinated. Also: Nashville raises money to rebuild after the Christmas Day bombing.

by Mark Athitakis Jan 3, 2021

Why You Shouldn't Skip the Performance Review

by Mark Athitakis Jan 3, 2021

An annual review in 2021 is a good way to surface lessons learned from 2020. But it's also an opportunity to better support the work and goals of a challenged staff.

by Associations Now Staff Jan 1, 2021

Lead2021: The New Playbook for Executive Leaders

by Associations Now Staff Jan 1, 2021

Recovery from the crises of 2020 is on the horizon, but organizations aren’t out of the woods yet. In this in-depth special report, association CEOs and other executive leaders share their outlook on organizational strategy, board management, and the CEO role as a year of post-pandemic possibilities begins.

by Lisa Boylan Dec 22, 2020

Top 2020 Membership Takeaways

by Lisa Boylan Dec 22, 2020

Is 2020 ending with a bang or a whimper? Hard to say, but it’s almost over, and that is a good thing. The challenges of this year, however, were no match for the fortitude of associations. Here are some reflections.

by Chris Vest, CAE Dec 22, 2020

Congress Addresses 501(c)(6) Needs in Year-End COVID-19 Stimulus Package

by Chris Vest, CAE Dec 22, 2020

After months of advocacy by ASAE and several other associations, Congress passed a COVID-19 stimulus package that finally expands eligibility for the Paycheck Protection Program to include 501(c)(6) organizations that meet certain qualifying conditions. 

by Ernie Smith Dec 21, 2020

Weekly Now: What We Unexpectedly Miss About In-Person Meetings

by Ernie Smith Dec 21, 2020

In any other year, swag is something we tend to have too much of—but in 2020, it’s just something we miss about meetings, a CVB explains. Also: What might be the perfect acronym to describe the current moment.

by Lisa Boylan Dec 18, 2020

Top Holiday Tips From Associations

by Lisa Boylan Dec 18, 2020

As a year like no other in memory wraps up, associations offer some great and COVID-safe ways to celebrate the holidays, with fun, health—and pets!—top of mind.

by Samantha Whitehorne Dec 17, 2020

What Virtual Attendees Are Looking for in 2021

by Samantha Whitehorne Dec 17, 2020

A look at three ways attendee expectations have evolved since the pandemic began, and what that means for associations as they plan for their 2021 virtual conference offerings.

by Ernie Smith Dec 17, 2020

Should Your Association Consider Adding a Gen Z Membership Tier?

by Ernie Smith Dec 17, 2020

With a recession, a pandemic, and a tough job market, some associations are looking to target Generation Z with new member offerings. It can work if you prioritize their engagement, one expert says.

by Rasheeda Childress Dec 16, 2020

Three Steps to Help Your Marketing Department With Revenue Attribution

by Rasheeda Childress Dec 16, 2020

In the COVID-19 economy, generating revenue is crucial, and marketing departments being able to attribute revenue to their efforts is also important. An expert offers three tips to get you on the right path.

by Lisa Boylan Dec 15, 2020

Use Fast Data You Gathered This Year to Improve the Member Experience

by Lisa Boylan Dec 15, 2020

The upside of the shift to virtual platforms in the past several months is that members are interacting more with associations digitally. This is providing a quick roadmap of member preferences. Speakers at the ASAE Technology Exploration Conference explained why that’s key.

by Ernie Smith Dec 15, 2020

Career Setback in 2020? Here’s How to Make 2021 Your Year

by Ernie Smith Dec 15, 2020

If your career hasn’t progressed as you’d hoped in 2020, focus on turning the page in the year ahead. Here’s some advice from a career counselor with an association insider’s point of view.

by Kristin Clarke, CAE Dec 14, 2020

Books: Embrace Upstream Thinking

by Kristin Clarke, CAE Dec 14, 2020

In Dan Heath's latest book, he urges leaders to set aside traditional efforts toward resolution in favor of “upstream thinking,” fixing problems rather than symptoms. Plus: saving face and the art of reflection.

by Mark Athitakis Dec 13, 2020

How One Association Made a Speedy Impact During COVID-19

by Mark Athitakis Dec 13, 2020

The Association of Medical Device Reprocessors helped get PPE to hospitals as the pandemic intensified. Its next step is making the healthcare industry more sustainable.

by Lisa Boylan Dec 11, 2020

Four Ways to Combat End-of-Year Burnout

by Lisa Boylan Dec 11, 2020

As a tumultuous year comes to a close, reckoning with burnout is understandable. A productivity expert offers some guidance on ways to put a few things in order and make more time for yourself.

by Ernie Smith Dec 10, 2020

Five Associations That Landed Nondues Revenue in 2020

by Ernie Smith Dec 10, 2020

With strategies as varied as attracting new sponsors to revamping product development, some associations have found innovations in raising nondues revenue.

by Rasheeda Childress Dec 9, 2020

How to Have Holiday Celebrations in the COVID-19 Era

by Rasheeda Childress Dec 9, 2020

With social gatherings still upended by the pandemic, and many associations facing financial struggles, groups are turning to alternatives like Zoom parties and in-home contests to celebrate the holiday season with staff.

by Ernie Smith Dec 7, 2020

Weekly Now: #GivingTuesday’s Banner Year

by Ernie Smith Dec 7, 2020

The organizer of the annual charitable holiday says donations surged in 2020. Also: tips for curating content more effectively.

by Mark Athitakis Nov 29, 2020

Stick to Your Mission on This Giving Tuesday

by Mark Athitakis Nov 29, 2020

Appeals to donors have changed in 2020, but many of the old rules still apply: Be authentic and true to your organization’s goals.

by Mark Athitakis Nov 22, 2020

Why Self-Care for Leaders Isn't Selfish

by Mark Athitakis Nov 22, 2020

2020 has been a lot. To escape burnout, execs need to learn how to set aside the day’s crises and make time for themselves.

by Lisa Boylan Nov 20, 2020

Associations Turn to 2021 Event Decisions, Leaning Heavily on Digital

by Lisa Boylan Nov 20, 2020

Associations are beginning to announce event plans for next year, holding steady with virtual meetings at least for now, with hybrid conferences likely to follow. Confidence is high, but realistic. Here are some perspectives—and tips—for the transition to 2021.

by Ernie Smith Nov 18, 2020

How Leaders Can Build Empathy

by Ernie Smith Nov 18, 2020

While having empathy is a key aspect of being a good leader, it’s not intrinsic—but it can be learned. Here are some ways leaders can build empathy.

by Lisa Boylan Nov 18, 2020

COVID Silver Linings: Something New

by Lisa Boylan Nov 18, 2020

Before the pandemic, we all dreamed about what we’d do with more time. Then we finally had more time to turn those nagging “what-ifs” into reality. Here’s what happened.

by Mark Athitakis Nov 15, 2020

How to Avoid a Retention Crisis

by Mark Athitakis Nov 15, 2020

Workplace engagement is slipping (again). It's time to think about whether your top talent will leave once the pandemic has ended.

by Lisa Boylan Nov 13, 2020

Association Aims to Boost Breweries on Small Brewery Sunday

by Lisa Boylan Nov 13, 2020

As small businesses face uncertainties, the Brewers Association is generating support for small breweries to help them maintain their businesses throughout the holiday season and into the next phase of the COVID-19 crisis.

by Lisa Boylan Nov 12, 2020

COVID Silver Linings: Family Time

by Lisa Boylan Nov 12, 2020

It’s safe to say no one anticipated spending so much time with family this year. The pandemic brought us closer than ever before—in a good way (mostly). These bonus hours have brought many silver linings.

by Lisa Boylan Nov 10, 2020

A New Report Shows What Members Value Most

by Lisa Boylan Nov 10, 2020

Members continue to engage with their associations, even in crisis, according to a new report, which reveals a surprise top member benefit and one that is rapidly emerging. Here are some insights to light the way forward.

by Ernie Smith Nov 6, 2020

How to Update Your Code of Ethics for Today’s Members

by Ernie Smith Nov 6, 2020

A code of ethics that falls out of date can cause major problems during uncertain times. Which elements should associations focus on updating? Here are a few suggestions to consider.

by Samantha Whitehorne Nov 5, 2020

How One Association Put Together an In-Person Event During COVID

by Samantha Whitehorne Nov 5, 2020

The Fertilizer Institute safely and successfully organized a September face-to-face meeting for 50-plus people in Indianapolis. Here’s a look at how some of the pieces came together.

by Lisa Boylan Nov 5, 2020

COVID Silver Linings: Living Life

by Lisa Boylan Nov 5, 2020

Life effectively ground to a halt eight months ago and we all retreated to our homes, experiencing the same crisis separately. Challenge often brings unexpected gifts that reveal hope amid adversity. Association pros share a few of their silver linings.

by Rasheeda Childress Nov 5, 2020

New Education Network Lets Members Earn Certification Credits at Universities

by Rasheeda Childress Nov 5, 2020

The National Association of Corporate Directors’ new education network allows members to earn continuing-education credits from top-tier university programs. NACD says the move was a natural fit and a win for both the association and schools.

by Ernie Smith Nov 2, 2020

Weekly Now: Pizza to the Polls’ 2020 Comeback

by Ernie Smith Nov 2, 2020

A clever election-oriented organization sees a coronavirus-era surge. Also: A pandemic celebrity wedding announcement that puts a focus on a nonprofit’s mission.

by Allison Torres Burtka Nov 1, 2020

Planning Your Face-to-Face Comeback

by Allison Torres Burtka Nov 1, 2020

Associations were quick to convert their conferences to virtual events when COVID-19 halted in-person meetings. Looking ahead, associations and their attendees are eager to get back together face to face. But how?

by Lisa Boylan Nov 1, 2020

Membership Reshaped by Crisis

by Lisa Boylan Nov 1, 2020

It’s telling that when a pandemic hit, many associations moved immediately to get their members what they needed as fast as possible. This shift to quickly delivering value will be key to maintaining membership through the crisis and in the long run.

by Rasheeda Childress Nov 1, 2020

New Money: Partnership Refresh

by Rasheeda Childress Nov 1, 2020

The Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses’ revamped sponsorship program paid dividends when the pandemic hit.

by Rasheeda Childress Oct 29, 2020

Land Title Group’s New Foundation Will Fund Local Charities

by Rasheeda Childress Oct 29, 2020

Throughout the pandemic, American Land Title Association members have been supporting community charities. Inspired by their giving, ALTA created its Good Deeds Foundation to help communities in need.

by Mark Athitakis Oct 25, 2020

How Three Rules Support One Association's Culture

by Mark Athitakis Oct 25, 2020

Three years ago, the education association MISBO established guidelines for how staff would treat each other. They've served the organization well through the pandemic.

by Rasheeda Childress Oct 22, 2020

Group Crafts Strategic Plan to Help Members Navigate Pandemic-Related Impacts

by Rasheeda Childress Oct 22, 2020

Knowing its members were significantly affected by the pandemic, TRSA, the association for linen, uniform, and facility services, realized it needed to shift priorities. With expert and member input, the group launched a new strategic plan to keep focused on goals that would help its members survive.

by Rasheeda Childress Oct 21, 2020

What to Consider When Budgeting Nondues Revenue for 2021

by Rasheeda Childress Oct 21, 2020

As associations move forward, they must plan budgets even though meetings, sponsorships, and professional development products are on uncertain footing. Experts recommend using lessons from today to help with budget expectations for tomorrow.

by Lisa Boylan Oct 16, 2020

Virtual Mentorship Fosters Diverse and Inclusive Networks

by Lisa Boylan Oct 16, 2020

The current environment amplifies the need for mentorship. Thanks to a new partnership, underrepresented HR professionals will be able to access a virtual mentoring platform at a time when opportunities for traditional professional networking are limited.

by Autumn Whitefield-Madrano Oct 16, 2020

How to Nurture Diversity Efforts Over the Long Haul

by Autumn Whitefield-Madrano Oct 16, 2020

As protests for racial justice swept across the nation over the summer, organizations put renewed energy into their diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. Here’s how to make sure this work continues once injustice against marginalized groups fades from the headlines.

by Mark Athitakis Oct 12, 2020

How to Move DEI Conversations Beyond Just Talk

by Mark Athitakis Oct 12, 2020

A commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is admirable, but success requires action. A few association leaders shared how to move beyond good intentions.

by Autumn Whitefield-Madrano Oct 12, 2020

Weekly Now: Small Businesses Band Together to “Save the American Dream”

by Autumn Whitefield-Madrano Oct 12, 2020

A new resource hub has pandemic survival essentials for business owners. Also: Nonprofits led by people of color are wrestling with COVID-19 alongside systemic racism, and the Building Movement Project’s new report reveals the challenges ahead.

by Rasheeda Childress Oct 7, 2020

How to Recognize Your Staff in the Virtual Environment

by Rasheeda Childress Oct 7, 2020

As many associations continue to work remotely, recognizing and rewarding staff in a virtual world has become a hot topic. Making employees feel valued can be as simple as kind words or as elaborate as treats delivered to their doorsteps.

by Mark Athitakis Oct 4, 2020

Four Keys to Leading With Data

by Mark Athitakis Oct 4, 2020

Associations have more information at their fingertips but often struggle to put it to good use. A new study suggests a few ways to connect data and strategy.

by Mark Athitakis Sep 27, 2020

How Will AI Change the C-Suite?

by Mark Athitakis Sep 27, 2020

A new survey suggests that leadership roles will at least be shared with artificial intelligence in the coming years. Now’s the time to think about the executive roles that can’t be automated.

by Ernie Smith Sep 23, 2020

Is Microsoft Teams More Popular Than Slack? Yes, but …

by Ernie Smith Sep 23, 2020

Microsoft’s chat and collaboration service Teams has been outpacing Slack’s growth since COVID-19 began, but their use cases differ in important ways—particularly in terms of how they integrate with other tools.

by Ernie Smith Sep 21, 2020

Weekly Now: Associations Remember RBG

by Ernie Smith Sep 21, 2020

Ruth Bader Ginsburg wasn’t just an iconic Supreme Court justice; she was also a leader in the world of nonprofit advocacy. Also: Music venues learn the value of working together on policy issues.

by Samantha Whitehorne Sep 17, 2020

Venues Add New Amenities to Adapt to Future Meeting Needs

by Samantha Whitehorne Sep 17, 2020

Convention centers, hotels, and other venues already know that when meetings return, many will feature a hybrid format. To prepare for this future, many venues have added new amenities, like broadcast studios, to help meeting planners deliver those experiences.

by Ernie Smith Sep 17, 2020

Three Sneaky Cybercrime Tactics to Watch Out For

by Ernie Smith Sep 17, 2020

Cybercriminals are getting more clever about targeting organizations and individuals. Here are three new threats you need to be on the lookout for.

by Lisa Boylan Sep 15, 2020

Campaign Promotes Flu Shots to Avert Dual Public Health Crisis

by Lisa Boylan Sep 15, 2020

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores is amplifying a widespread message on multiple platforms to encourage Americans to get the flu shot to prevent additional stress on a healthcare system still strained by the pandemic.

by Mark Athitakis Sep 13, 2020

What Helps Retain Staff in a New-Normal Workplace

by Mark Athitakis Sep 13, 2020

A new study shows an empathy disconnect between workers and executives. A stronger focus on skills development might close the gap.

by Rasheeda Childress Sep 9, 2020

Can an Open-Access Revenue Model Work for Your Journal?

by Rasheeda Childress Sep 9, 2020

While there has been a push for open-access journals, concern about lost revenue has left many associations reluctant to try it. The American Society for Cell Biology is testing the “subscribe to open” model to maintain revenue while still providing the benefits of open access.

by Michael Hickey Sep 8, 2020

Where to Assign Your Workforce When Creating a Hybrid Office

by Michael Hickey Sep 8, 2020

Who stays remote and who goes back to a shared workplace? In the second installment of our three-part series on establishing a hybrid office, we ask leaders to start by assessing the needs and capabilities of each department.

by Mark Athitakis Sep 7, 2020

Two Essential Tasks for Board Chairs

by Mark Athitakis Sep 7, 2020

Board chairs help set an association's strategic vision, but they also manage the board itself. When chairs think like managers, not just stewards, they can have a profound impact on the board's health.

by Mark Athitakis Aug 30, 2020

How to Make the Most of Growing Employee Engagement

by Mark Athitakis Aug 30, 2020

Despite the challenges of remote work, employees are more committed to their jobs. The leader's job is to make sure technology supports their commitment, instead of standing in their way.

by Lisa Boylan Aug 28, 2020

Nurses Make a Personal Pledge to End Racism

by Lisa Boylan Aug 28, 2020

The Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses and the Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board are giving their community a platform to publicly share their commitment—and actions—to dismantle structural racism in healthcare.

by Rasheeda Childress Aug 26, 2020

Two In-Demand Skills for Job Seekers to Showcase During COVID-19

by Rasheeda Childress Aug 26, 2020

The employment landscape has been rewritten by the COVID-19 pandemic. To stand out and succeed, experts say job seekers need to show they can adapt to challenges and have digital acumen. From the moment the pandemic struck, the skills needed at associations changed. Associations looking for new talent want to make sure they hire staff […]

by Destination Cleveland Aug 26, 2020

Why Ramped-Up Health Protocols Are Here to Stay

by Destination Cleveland Aug 26, 2020

Businesses that commit to beefing up health and wellness practices are best positioned for the pandemic and beyond.

by Ernie Smith Aug 24, 2020

The Potential Headache Apple Could Create for Virtual Events

by Ernie Smith Aug 24, 2020

Apple’s recent conflicts over the size of the cut it takes from iOS App Store developers potentially reflects problems the App Store could create for digital-only offerings such as virtual events. It’s a situation associations should keep an eye on.

by Mark Athitakis Aug 23, 2020

Don't Let Your Game-Changing Ideas Disappear

by Mark Athitakis Aug 23, 2020

Your association's next great project won't necessarily come out of a brainstorming session. Keep an eye on your staff and members' individual experiences too.

by Ernie Smith Aug 17, 2020

Lessons from #ASAE20: Technology Is a Leadership Problem, Too

by Ernie Smith Aug 17, 2020

With small teams and big aspirations, association executives need to have a grasp on the way that strategy helps to shape their team’s use of technology. That’s a key takeaway from a virtual annual meeting that took place in homliving rooms, rather than a huge convention hall.

by Mark Athitakis Aug 16, 2020

Four Leadership Takeaways From #ASAE20

by Mark Athitakis Aug 16, 2020

A new sense of urgency defined the conversations at ASAE's 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting, with implications for years to come.

by Samantha Whitehorne Aug 13, 2020

Five Ways to Create Better Engagement During Virtual Events

by Samantha Whitehorne Aug 13, 2020

Taking your conference virtual doesn’t mean you have to lose the networking and interaction that occurs at your in-person events. Five ideas for building better online engagement. 

by Rasheeda Childress Aug 13, 2020

How to Move Forward After a COVID-19 Job Loss

by Rasheeda Childress Aug 13, 2020

The economic fallout of the pandemic has forced many associations to lay off employees. Career experts recommend grieving the loss, being honest, and building your brand while seeking a new professional home.

by Mark Athitakis Aug 12, 2020

Healthcare: How Research Saved Hospice Care

by Mark Athitakis Aug 12, 2020

With Medicaid funding for Missouri hospice facilities at risk, MHPCA headed off budget cuts by unearthing the data to prove that hospice care saves the state money.

by Mark Athitakis Aug 12, 2020

Healthcare: Universal Newborn Hearing Screening

by Mark Athitakis Aug 12, 2020

After more than 30 years of research on childhood hearing impairment, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association secured federal funding to support widespread newborn hearing screening.

by Allison Torres Burtka Aug 12, 2020

Coronavirus Response: Critical Workforce Connectors

by Allison Torres Burtka Aug 12, 2020

ASA and RILA joined forces to help retail businesses that provide essential services—like pharmacies and grocery stores—fill immediate job openings when COVID-19 hit.

by Lisa Boylan Aug 12, 2020

Coronavirus Response: Teaming Up to Boost Supplies

by Lisa Boylan Aug 12, 2020

NAM and Business Roundtable partnered to help states and the federal government obtain personal protective equipment and other supplies needed to care for COVID-19 patients.

by Associations Now Staff Aug 12, 2020

How Associations Responded to Coronavirus

by Associations Now Staff Aug 12, 2020

Content to help members prepare for recovery; an image repository for research and education; the role of physical therapy on the front lines; member volunteers relieve overwhelmed funeral homes.

by Associations Now Staff Aug 12, 2020

Associations Step Up During Coronavirus Outbreak

by Associations Now Staff Aug 12, 2020

Coordinated effort produces essential supplies; telehealth in the spotlight; housing for front-line workers; virus illustrations as training tools; distillers become hand sanitizer producers.

by Associations Now Staff Aug 12, 2020

Associations Raise the Bar for Sustainability

by Associations Now Staff Aug 12, 2020

Boost renewable energy; every bottle recycled; zero-emission government cars; supporting global goals; 1 million bison; modern energy; sustainable showers; more solar by 2030; carbon-neutral flights.

by Allison Torres Burtka Aug 12, 2020

Healthcare: More Vets in Clinical Trials

by Allison Torres Burtka Aug 12, 2020

The Access to Clinical Trials for Veterans Initiative aims to increase veteran participation in clinical trials and help the Department of Veterans Affairs streamline trial startups.

by Allison Torres Burtka Aug 12, 2020

Healthcare: Mental Health Through Play

by Allison Torres Burtka Aug 12, 2020

The Association for Play Therapy strengthened its credentialing program to ensure that children who exhibit developmental issues or suffer from other social-emotional stressors have access to a licensed play therapist.

by Associations Now Staff Aug 12, 2020

How Healthcare Associations Make Their Mark

by Associations Now Staff Aug 12, 2020

Reducing preterm births; boosting the U.S. flu vaccination rate to 100 percent; more med students pursue family medicine; lower-cost insulin; a longer life expectancy.

by Associations Now Staff Aug 12, 2020

Associations in Specialized Healthcare Step Up

by Associations Now Staff Aug 12, 2020

Holistic patient care; more long-term cancer survivors; big data improves neuromuscular disease treatment; free genetic testing for Parkinson’s; precise diagnosis; no more transplant waiting list.

by Rasheeda Childress Aug 12, 2020

Safety: A Long View of Workplace Safety

by Rasheeda Childress Aug 12, 2020

AIHA is taking a three-pronged approach in its efforts to reduce occupational injuries and illnesses.

by Allison Torres Burtka Aug 12, 2020

Workforce: Big Rigs Geared to Women

by Allison Torres Burtka Aug 12, 2020

To attract more women to the trucking industry, Women in Trucking has pushed manufacturers to build safer, more comfortable cabs for women drivers.

by Rasheeda Childress Aug 12, 2020

Education: Free Lunch for Every Schoolkid

by Rasheeda Childress Aug 12, 2020

The School Nutrition Association’s research and advocacy work aims to bring universal free breakfast and lunch to schoolchildren, removing social stigma from free meals and boosting student nutrition.

by Lisa Boylan Aug 12, 2020

Education: Analytics for Student Success

by Lisa Boylan Aug 12, 2020

NACUBO, AIR, and EDUCAUSE are helping colleges and universities increase their data savvy to drive better educational outcomes.

by Associations Now Staff Aug 12, 2020

The Associations Making a Strong Equity Push

by Associations Now Staff Aug 12, 2020

Pushing for equal pay by 2030; ending racial discrimination in real estate; removing barriers to women’s full participation in sports.

by Rasheeda Childress Aug 5, 2020

How HR Professionals Can Help Staff Talk Race Relations at Work

by Rasheeda Childress Aug 5, 2020

The way white and Black workers view discrimination and opportunity at the office diverges greatly, finds a new study from the Society for Human Resource Management. Having employees discuss race in the right way can help, the group says.

by Lisa Boylan Aug 4, 2020

Timeless Member Engagement Strategies

by Lisa Boylan Aug 4, 2020

Keeping members engaged is often considered the hard part. One association CEO outlines key membership engagement points that work no matter what, even in troubled times. The key to it all: value.

by Samantha Whitehorne Jul 30, 2020

The Role Attendees Play in Creating Safe Meeting Environments

by Samantha Whitehorne Jul 30, 2020

A new guide from the Events Industry Council includes a code of conduct that outlines how attendees contribute to the health and safety of a meeting. A look at some examples included in the guide and beyond.

by Rasheeda Childress Jul 30, 2020

Popular “Fill the Boot” Fundraiser Transitions to Virtual

by Rasheeda Childress Jul 30, 2020

For 66 years, the International Association of Fire Fighters has raised money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association by collecting donations in a fire boot. With COVID-19 still prevalent, the group has moved the campaign online with some creative twists to entice donors.

by Lisa Boylan Jul 28, 2020

Membership Status Change Bolsters Strength and Purpose

by Lisa Boylan Jul 28, 2020

In an unpredictable and shifting landscape, the Fragrance Creators Association changed its associate members to active members to create a stronger, more unified community to better respond to extraordinary global challenges. The Fragrance Creators Association recently announced that it is elevating its finished-product manufacturers from associate to active members in a move aimed at giving […]

by Autumn Whitefield-Madrano Jul 28, 2020

Daily Buzz: CES Goes All-Digital in 2021

by Autumn Whitefield-Madrano Jul 28, 2020

The Consumer Technology Association announced a fully virtual format for its marquee event after previously preparing for a hybrid meeting. Also: how HR can stave off employee burnout.

by Mark Athitakis Jul 26, 2020

Why Your (Remote) Office Needs a Few Friends

by Mark Athitakis Jul 26, 2020

Office friendships are an underappreciated part of your culture. Leaders don’t have to make everybody pals, but in a remote environment, it pays to encourage them. Every so often, I miss office hallways. It’s not that hallways are so charming in themselves. They’re just blank, anonymous, in-between spaces. But that’s what makes them so powerful. […]

by Mark Athitakis Jul 19, 2020

The New Normal for Hiring and Onboarding

by Mark Athitakis Jul 19, 2020

For associations that are still looking to fill job roles, especially in the C-suite, different rules apply. It's a time for distanced interviewing and “culture buddies.”

by Michael Hickey Jul 16, 2020

Daily Buzz: Black Tourism Leaders Take On Questions About Race

by Michael Hickey Jul 16, 2020

In a new video, seven executives share their personal experiences with racism in the tourism industry to encourage open dialogue on hard questions. Also: how a well-run association prepares for uncertainty.

by Lisa Boylan Jul 14, 2020

Hitting a Membership Milestone Despite Adversity

by Lisa Boylan Jul 14, 2020

One association’s unwavering commitment to achieve a membership goal sustained it through a crisis, allowed it to reach its goal, and gave it a blueprint for future success.

by Ernie Smith Jul 14, 2020

Study: What Employees Want in a Better Work Experience

by Ernie Smith Jul 14, 2020

A new survey from the HR tech firm Topia finds that workers want less busywork and fewer random perks—and instead want an employee experience that lets them show off their true personality.

by Samantha Whitehorne Jul 9, 2020

A Look At Some New Meeting Roles

by Samantha Whitehorne Jul 9, 2020

A lot has changed in the events industry, particularly in the past few months due to the impact of COVID-19. As the industry evolves, so will the skills and job roles required. A look at some possibilities.

by Lisa Boylan Jul 7, 2020

Free HR Hotline Helps Members in a Crisis

by Lisa Boylan Jul 7, 2020

An already stressful time got even worse when the pandemic landed during the busiest part of year for certified public accountants—tax season. One association sped up a valuable member benefit in response, with great results.

by Ernie Smith Jul 7, 2020

Report: The Factors That Drive Trust (or Distrust) in Nonprofits

by Ernie Smith Jul 7, 2020

An Independent Sector study finds that the level of trust people place in nonprofits correlates with their economic status, location, and other factors. The report offers four steps to strengthen this valuable asset.

by Ernie Smith Jul 6, 2020

Why a Good VPN Might Not Be Enough to Protect Remote Workers

by Ernie Smith Jul 6, 2020

Virtual private networks have long been a fundamental element of digital security away from the office, but there’s a huge target on their backs thanks to COVID-19. That’s why the NSA is offering configuration tips.

by Mark Athitakis Jul 5, 2020

What Success Looks Like for Association Diversity

by Mark Athitakis Jul 5, 2020

A recent conversation on diversity, equity, and inclusion put a spotlight on the hard work associations are doing. The next step should address how leadership mirrors those ambitions.

by Chris Vest, CAE Jul 2, 2020

ASAE Delivers COVID-19 Sign-On Letter to Congress

by Chris Vest, CAE Jul 2, 2020

ASAE and 2,200 other organizations delivered a sign-on letter to Congress, asking that nonprofit associations affected by the COVID-19 pandemic get access to federal relief programs.

by Lisa Boylan Jun 30, 2020

Membership Success Stories Amid COVID-19

by Lisa Boylan Jun 30, 2020

The storm of COVID-19 is not over—far from it—but now is a good time to see what associations have achieved in demonstrating relevant value for members as the crisis continues. Here are a few success stories.

by Samantha Whitehorne Jun 25, 2020

Five Benefits of Virtual Conferences

by Samantha Whitehorne Jun 25, 2020

As associations quickly transition their conferences online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important that they also recognize some of the benefits that come with making the pivot to virtual.

by Lisa Boylan Jun 23, 2020

Why Understanding Member Fiscal Health Is Key to Success

by Lisa Boylan Jun 23, 2020

Running an association like a business, not a nonprofit, requires a good understanding of the financial viability of all your partners. That means asking some smart questions about how your members are faring in the current climate.

by Rasheeda Childress Jun 23, 2020

Media Groups Join Forces with Google to Bolster Local News Advertising

by Rasheeda Childress Jun 23, 2020

The Local Media Consortium and the Local Media Association have teamed up for an awareness campaign urging advertisers to support local news. Funded with $15 million from Google, they hope to boost ad revenue for member news organizations.

by Mark Athitakis Jun 21, 2020

Leading During a Pandemic: Advocacy From a Distance

by Mark Athitakis Jun 21, 2020

Government relations is typically done with a handshake, but the Direct Selling Association has found ways to connect virtually with legislators and regulators.

by Samantha Whitehorne Jun 18, 2020

Will Hyperlocal Conferences Become More Popular Post-Pandemic?

by Samantha Whitehorne Jun 18, 2020

If you’re finding that attendees aren’t willing to travel to your large annual event, it could be time to consider a hyperlocal conference strategy. Some thoughts from an association that’s already implemented one.

by Lisa Boylan Jun 16, 2020

A New Member Onboarding Success Story

by Lisa Boylan Jun 16, 2020

One association switched from a cumbersome, one-size-fits-all new member onboarding process to a more personalized digital one and got excellent results with better member engagement and retention.

by Samantha Whitehorne Jun 11, 2020

What Will an In-Person Conference Look Like After COVID-19?

by Samantha Whitehorne Jun 11, 2020

When in-person events resume, they will look very different. A new whitepaper by the International Association of Exhibitions and Events dives into what organizers will have to change to prioritize health and safety.

by Ernie Smith Jun 10, 2020

ICCA Report: COVID-19 Could Shift Priorities for Associations

by Ernie Smith Jun 10, 2020

A new study from the International Congress and Convention Association finds that many associations around the world are considering changes to their model to adapt to COVID-19, but still want the support of industry partners even if they go virtual.

by Ernie Smith Jun 10, 2020

Daily Buzz: A Lesson on Board Diversity From Reddit

by Ernie Smith Jun 10, 2020

Reddit has fulfilled its cofounder’s request for a more diverse board of directors by replacing him with a black board member. Also: how associations can help their communities through times of struggle.

by Rasheeda Childress Jun 3, 2020

Four Ways to Boost Nondues Revenue Right Now

by Rasheeda Childress Jun 3, 2020

As associations look for ways to increase revenue during the pandemic downturn, one expert says they should consider monetizing their role as matchmaker for industry partners and members.

by Ernie Smith Jun 1, 2020

Daily Buzz: #GivingTuesdayNow Pulls Impressive Totals

by Ernie Smith Jun 1, 2020

Organizers of the special COVID-19 edition of #GivingTuesday say that donations totaled more than half a billion. Also: Why you should turn off your self-view when you use Zoom.

by Chris Vest, CAE May 29, 2020

Pandemic Risk Insurance Act Introduced in House

by Chris Vest, CAE May 29, 2020

The new Pandemic Risk Insurance Act, endorsed by ASAE, would create a federal backstop to prevent economic losses from future pandemics.

by Rasheeda Childress May 27, 2020

Look to Your Resilient Programs to Help Maintain Revenue

by Rasheeda Childress May 27, 2020

While the current financial downturn caused by COVID-19 is new, lessons learned from previous recessions can help organizations survive. Finding resilient programs—including certification and microlearning—can help maintain revenue.

by Ernie Smith May 25, 2020

The Upcoming Twitter Feature You Probably Shouldn’t Use

by Ernie Smith May 25, 2020

A new Twitter feature that allows users to limit replies to posts may have some appeal for associations or their CEOs. But ultimately, authentic engagement matters more.

by Samantha Whitehorne May 21, 2020

How to Safely Host Face-to-Face Events Post-COVID

by Samantha Whitehorne May 21, 2020

Once face-to-face meetings start taking place again, health and hygiene are going to be a top priority. A new report offers ideas, processes, and protocols and how they could play out in various elements of in-person events.

by Ernie Smith May 14, 2020

Studies Highlight Mental Health Effects of COVID-19 Crisis

by Ernie Smith May 14, 2020

More people are facing depression, stress, or other mental health challenges as a result of the pandemic, two recent studies found. Many factors are in play, including a person's age, home situation, and job role.

by Chris Vest, CAE May 14, 2020

House COVID-19 Bill Includes Aid for All 501(c) Groups

by Chris Vest, CAE May 14, 2020

The new measure, introduced by House Democrats this week, would make associations eligible for the Paycheck Protection Program and other aid during the pandemic. A vote is expected Friday, but the bill faces opposition from Senate Republicans.

by ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership May 12, 2020

ASAE Announces All-Virtual 2020 Annual Meeting & Exposition

by ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership May 12, 2020

With so many factors related to the COVID-19 pandemic still unknown, the health and safety of attendees, ASAE staff, and MGM staff drove the decision to convert the in-person conference planned for Las Vegas to a virtual event this August.

by Ernie Smith May 11, 2020

What Your IT Department Needs to Be Considering Now: Asset Management

by Ernie Smith May 11, 2020

Laptops, monitors, and other devices went home with employees months ago, and your organization may have had to support other remote tech needs along the way. An IT association says asset management is necessary now, before workers return to the office.

by Rasheeda Childress May 7, 2020

Five Ways to Market Differently in Today’s Work-From-Home Environment

by Rasheeda Childress May 7, 2020

With many people now working remotely and worried about the coronavirus’ impact, it’s time to change up your email marketing formula. Focus on subject lines, word choices, and infusing the present into your campaigns, one expert advises.

by Rasheeda Childress May 6, 2020

HR Experts Offer Advice on When and How to Furlough

by Rasheeda Childress May 6, 2020

As the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic stretches on, some associations may need to furlough employees. HR experts explain what this step means and offer some guidance on how to furlough properly.

by Julie Shoop May 1, 2020

ICANN Rejects Sale of .Org Domain to Private Equity Firm

by Julie Shoop May 1, 2020

The board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers heeded objections from associations, nonprofits, and a state attorney general who warned that a for-profit firm would put its stakeholders above the public interest if it were to acquire control of the .org domain registry.

by Ernie Smith May 1, 2020

How a Strong Culture Can Keep Your Organization Resilient

by Ernie Smith May 1, 2020

As COVID-19 causes big shifts in workplaces everywhere, attention to your culture might get lost in the shuffle. But don’t let it. A healthy organizational culture could be the key to your survival.

by Lisa Boylan Apr 28, 2020

Should You Waive Fees for New Members?

by Lisa Boylan Apr 28, 2020

Many associations are wondering what to do about membership dues during the COVID-19 pandemic. As you consider that question, remember that what works for one association won’t necessarily work for all.

by Mark Athitakis Apr 26, 2020

Leading During a Pandemic: Management From a Distance

by Mark Athitakis Apr 26, 2020

Workers' increasing comfort with remote work and videoconferencing will outlast COVID-19, says PMI CEO Sunil Prashara. That's good news---and a warning sign.

by Rasheeda Childress Apr 22, 2020

New HR Considerations as Employees Work From Home During COVID-19

by Rasheeda Childress Apr 22, 2020

Since many associations were quickly thrust into remote work based on mandatory shutdown orders, not all the kinks were worked out. An HR expert discusses issues popping up in the new normal—from employee assistance programs to new expense requests.

by Lisa Boylan Apr 21, 2020

Helping Members Shine With a Virtual Office Contest

by Lisa Boylan Apr 21, 2020

At what seemed like the flip of a switch, Americans went from commuting road warriors to a pajama-clad nation of predominantly stay-at-home workers because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s how one association is giving its members a chance to shine while highlighting the solidarity of the experience.

by Ernie Smith Apr 20, 2020

How COVID-19 Makes HR A More Important Resource Than Ever

by Ernie Smith Apr 20, 2020

At a time of great uncertainty, many human resources departments are putting more emphasis on happiness and employee morale than ever—and that may be raising the role’s long-term value.

by Tim Ebner Apr 20, 2020

Policy Issues for Associations: Time to Take a Stand?

by Tim Ebner Apr 20, 2020

As public policy takes center stage in an election year, it’s a good time to reexamine how your organization decides when to take a stand on policy issues.

by Mark Athitakis Apr 20, 2020

Get Recession Ready: Strategies to Weather the Coronavirus Storm

by Mark Athitakis Apr 20, 2020

Even before the coronavirus pandemic, economists were speculating on the timing of the next recession. Now, the economic picture has darkened substantially. It’s time to take a look at your core mission, dues structure, partnerships, and more to better weather any coming storm.

by Associations Now Staff Apr 20, 2020

Comings and Goings: Spring 2020

by Associations Now Staff Apr 20, 2020

A roundup of new hires and other personnel moves in the association industry.

by Mark Athitakis Apr 20, 2020

Global Spotlight: Slow and Steady Success

by Mark Athitakis Apr 20, 2020

How patience in building long-term partnerships led to global standard-setting by the International Parking and Mobility Institute.

by Associations Now Staff Apr 20, 2020

Talking Tech: Accelerate Content Management With AI

by Associations Now Staff Apr 20, 2020

Artificial intelligence can help automate routine content management tasks, such as tagging in a taxonomy structure. Sean Breen, CEO at agencyQ, Inc., explains how the technology can go to work for your content team.

by Kristin Clarke, CAE Apr 20, 2020

Books: Effective Experimentation

by Kristin Clarke, CAE Apr 20, 2020

Discipline and process win, according to Stefan Thomke’s Experimentation Works.

by Chris Vest, CAE Apr 17, 2020

Treasury Extends Excise Tax Payment Deadline

by Chris Vest, CAE Apr 17, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the IRS said tax returns and payments for tax-exempt organizations and fiscal-year businesses due between April and June are now delayed until July 15.

by Samantha Whitehorne Apr 16, 2020

How the Events Industry Is Coming Together Amid COVID-19

by Samantha Whitehorne Apr 16, 2020

Despite the large economic hit the meetings sector is dealing with due to coronavirus, industry professionals, venues, and organizations have still found ways to support one another and their communities.

by Michael Hickey Apr 15, 2020

Daily Buzz: YouTube’s New DIY Tool for Making Video Ads

by Michael Hickey Apr 15, 2020

All that businesses need to use the new tool, designed for making quick clips on the fly, is a Google account. Also: The hiring process requires more than gut feeling.

by Mark Athitakis Apr 12, 2020

Leading During a Pandemic: A "Right Now" Mindset

by Mark Athitakis Apr 12, 2020

It can be tempting to dive into big strategic discussions in the midst of the coronavirus crisis. But don’t lose sight of what your stakeholders need in the moment.

by Rasheeda Childress Apr 9, 2020

How to Look Your Best When Videoconferencing

by Rasheeda Childress Apr 9, 2020

As we move into the new normal of remote work during the COVID-19 crisis, we are spending more time on video calls than we have in the past. Two experts offer tips for ensuring your visuals look top notch.

by Ernie Smith Apr 7, 2020

Lessons on Content Consumption From Quibi

by Ernie Smith Apr 7, 2020

The new streaming video service, which launched this week, is aiming to deliver high-quality content for a mobile-first audience. Whether or not it works, it suggests a sea change in how digital content is made.

by Chris Vest, CAE Apr 2, 2020

ASAE Calls for More Association-Specific COVID-19 Relief

by Chris Vest, CAE Apr 2, 2020

ASAE and nearly 3,000 associations have asked Congress to provide additional aid to trade and professional associations experiencing financial losses due to COVID-19 and to allow 501(c)(6) groups to be eligible for small business interruption loans.

by Samantha Whitehorne Mar 26, 2020

Tips for Hosting a Successful Virtual Event From a Group That Did It

by Samantha Whitehorne Mar 26, 2020

After CoreNet Global postponed its Global Summit in Singapore due to coronavirus, the association created a free virtual summit. With a successful meeting behind them, CoreNet's CEO shares some advice for those wanting to host a virtual event of their own.

by Chris Vest, CAE Mar 26, 2020

Associations Need More COVID-19 Aid, ASAE Says

by Chris Vest, CAE Mar 26, 2020

Relief for membership associations reeling from event cancellations and other business disruptions amid the coronavirus pandemic was not included in the Senate bill passed Wednesday night.

by Rasheeda Childress Mar 25, 2020

How to Nurture Sponsor Relationships Amid Virus Cancellations

by Rasheeda Childress Mar 25, 2020

COVID-19 has spurred organizations to work remotely, schools to close, and conferences to cancel. Amid the uncertainty, it’s time to talk to your sponsors about what you’re doing and offer them ways to still bring value to your members.

by Chris Vest, CAE Mar 19, 2020

ASAE Requests Aid for Associations Hit Hard by COVID-19

by Chris Vest, CAE Mar 19, 2020

Citing major revenue losses related to the coronavirus pandemic, ASAE is asking lawmakers for $25 billion in emergency aid for associations in a proposed economic stimulus package, along with a federal pandemic risk insurance program.

by Ernie Smith Mar 9, 2020

More Innovative or More Secure? Ask Your Board

by Ernie Smith Mar 9, 2020

A recent report from the National Association of Corporate Directors and the Internet Security Alliance makes the case that boards are taking a lead role on cybersecurity issues. Good thing, too, because cybersecurity and innovation are often at odds.

by Mark Athitakis Mar 8, 2020

The Big Restructuring Behind a Small Name Change

by Mark Athitakis Mar 8, 2020

The International Coach Federation is now the International Coaching Federation. Behind that modest tweak was a substantial conversation about how ICF can best lead its industry.

by Ernie Smith Mar 6, 2020

Marketing Groups Bring Joint Certification to Members

by Ernie Smith Mar 6, 2020

The American Marketing Association and the Digital Marketing Institute will collaborate on delivering education around digital marketing—and offer those who complete the program certifications from both groups.

by Rasheeda Childress Mar 6, 2020

Group Helps Students Continue Their Travels Despite Coronavirus

by Rasheeda Childress Mar 6, 2020

Now through May is peak travel time for students—many taking spring break and class trips. With virus fears prevalent, Student and Youth Travel Association members are making adjustments to give students a safe travel experience.

by Rasheeda Childress Mar 4, 2020

How to Keep Your Association Running if Coronavirus Worsens

by Rasheeda Childress Mar 4, 2020

As fears about the spread of the virus rise, associations are determining how they will cope if a severe outbreak hits the U.S. Business continuity plans cover many emergencies—including infectious disease—so make sure yours is up to date. If you ever wondered why you should develop a business continuity plan, coronavirus has supplied an answer. […]

by Ernie Smith Mar 2, 2020

What Associations Can Borrow From the No-Code Trend

by Ernie Smith Mar 2, 2020

Startups and large companies alike are finding a lot to like about a recent trend of building tools developed using graphical websites, rather than in a code editor. For associations, it could be a way to fill gaps in your technical staff.

by Samantha Whitehorne Mar 2, 2020

#ASAEIdeas20: Think Different, Be Different

by Samantha Whitehorne Mar 2, 2020

Monday’s Main Stage speakers encouraged attendees to think differently about failure, confidence, and data as a way to position themselves and their organizations as better leaders.

by Ernie Smith Feb 28, 2020

Today’s Coronavirus Tracker

by Ernie Smith Feb 28, 2020

Current updates on association response to the global COVID-19 crisis, along with a roundup of conference, travel, and business news and information. Bridging the Broadband Gap With teachers and students, doctors and patients, and employers and workers nationwide dependent on reliable internet connections amid the pandemic, Business Roundtable is pressing Congress to provide more funding […]

by Chris Vest, CAE Feb 28, 2020

Ethos Capital Offers Concessions In Effort to Ease Concerns About Proposed .Org Sale

by Chris Vest, CAE Feb 28, 2020

Rising concerns about the sale of .org registry to Ethos Capital have led the private equity firm to offer a set of concessions. Among them: capping price increases for renewing web domains and establishing a stewardship council. Even with this commitments, ASAE says it still has concerns about Ethos’ motives.

by Rasheeda Childress Feb 27, 2020

Pilot Program to Address Inequity in Afterschool Leadership

by Rasheeda Childress Feb 27, 2020

After a report revealed that inequities exist when it comes to the recruitment, hiring, and retention of people of color for leadership positions in afterschool programs, the National AfterSchool Association is piloting a program to address the racial leadership gap.

by Tim Ebner Feb 25, 2020

Reflections on Three Years of Blogging About Membership

by Tim Ebner Feb 25, 2020

While it’s time for me to say goodbye to ASAE and Associations Now, before I go, let’s reflect on the power of human connections and how associations can use these relationships as a force for good.

by Ernie Smith Feb 21, 2020

The Unsettled Status of Remote Work in 2020

by Ernie Smith Feb 21, 2020

Every major trend line shows that remote work allows employees to be more productive and employers to save money. So why is the federal government having everyone come back into the office? And should you consider the same?

by Chris Vest, CAE Feb 21, 2020

Pennsylvania Government to Levy Tax on Membership Fees

by Chris Vest, CAE Feb 21, 2020

The state’s Department of Revenue recently issued a ruling saying that membership fees to join a professional association are taxable if members receive tangible personal property in exchange for their dues payment. ASAE and other associations are concerned about the precedent this tax would set.

by Ernie Smith Feb 20, 2020

Why a Tech Association Merged With a Tech Incubator

by Ernie Smith Feb 20, 2020

The Illinois Technology Association will join forces with 1871, a Chicago-area tech incubator that focuses on small companies. Together, the groups say, they create a full package to support the state's tech sector.

by Tim Ebner Feb 18, 2020

Put Your “About Us” Page to Work for Members

by Tim Ebner Feb 18, 2020

Your website’s “about us” page can say a lot or very little about your organization. Go beyond bland descriptions and a staff list to make this page more engaging, a place where members can build connections with your team and your community.

by Ernie Smith Feb 12, 2020

Don’t Wing It: Lessons on Sudden Succession From the British Royals

by Ernie Smith Feb 12, 2020

When the Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped away from their royal duties, they set in motion an unexpected leadership transition. A leader's sudden departure could catch you by surprise too—which is why you should have a plan in place, even if you don't think you'll need it.

by Ernie Smith Feb 12, 2020

Mobile World Congress Cancelled Over Coronavirus Concerns

by Ernie Smith Feb 12, 2020

The widely attended technology industry event, which takes place each year in Barcelona, had faced the departure of more than two dozen vendors in recent days over concerns about the spread of the coronavirus.

by Tim Ebner Feb 11, 2020

Turn Member Influencers Into Industry Ambassadors

by Tim Ebner Feb 11, 2020

If you have members who are influential in your industry or profession, consider putting them to work as ambassadors. A look at some roles to consider them for.

by Ernie Smith Feb 11, 2020

Four Strategies to Help Boost Your Self-Confidence as a Leader

by Ernie Smith Feb 11, 2020

Don’t let the hard knocks define your leadership strategy. From good health to tracking your wins, try these strategies to help build your self-confidence over time—so you’re well-positioned for even bigger wins.

by Mark Athitakis Feb 9, 2020

How to Make Succession Strategic

by Mark Athitakis Feb 9, 2020

Executive transitions can be uncomfortable for boards and CEOs alike. But they're also opportunities to think about an organization's future.

by Ernie Smith Feb 5, 2020

We Asked, You Answered: Public Transit Commuter Strategies

by Ernie Smith Feb 5, 2020

Not everyone has a 30-minute car ride ahead of them. We asked readers who commute to work by train, bus, or other form of non-driving transportation what they do to pass the time. Here’s what they said.

by Ernie Smith Feb 4, 2020

4 Tech Rollout Lessons From the Iowa Caucuses Disaster

by Ernie Smith Feb 4, 2020

Whether it was a busted app or a lack of training, the Iowa caucuses ran into severe problems Monday night when the Democratic party used a mobile app for the first time to report results. The saga offers lots of lessons on training, planning, and vendor management.

by Michael Hickey Feb 3, 2020

Daily Buzz: Make Your Event More Family-Friendly

by Michael Hickey Feb 3, 2020

Make it easier for members with children to participate in your meetings. Also: how to leave work behind when you’re not on the job.

by Ernie Smith Jan 30, 2020

We Asked, You Answered: Making the Most of Drive Time

by Ernie Smith Jan 30, 2020

If you're not one of those lucky folks who commute in their bunny slippers down the hall to their home office, you're likely spending some time behind the wheel each day. Here's how a few association pros make those most of their daily drive time.

by Ernie Smith Jan 29, 2020

Brand Safety: Coalition Works to Label, Isolate Dangerous Online Content

by Ernie Smith Jan 29, 2020

A number of major advertising groups, working with large advertisers, agencies, and dominant social media platforms, are collaborating on an effort to identify and target offensive online content in an effort to maintain brand safety.

by Tim Ebner Jan 28, 2020

Want to Put Members in the Spotlight? Take Better Photos.

by Tim Ebner Jan 28, 2020

A professional photographer shares tips on how to put members front and center in the photos you take at your events. Done well, these images can capture the “human side of an association.”

by Michael Hickey Jan 27, 2020

Daily Buzz: Finding Success Without Facebook

by Michael Hickey Jan 27, 2020

For some, the social media platform is no longer a part of their marketing plans. Also: What associations can do to attract new members.

by Ernie Smith Jan 27, 2020

Having Trouble Planning a Vacation? Use This Tool

by Ernie Smith Jan 27, 2020

The U.S. Travel Association has created an interactive PTO-planning tool in honor of Tuesday’s National Plan for Vacation Day. The group says hundreds of millions of vacation days are left on the table yearly.

by Ernie Smith Jan 23, 2020

Consumer Brands Association Gathers Experts to Guide CBD Advocacy

by Ernie Smith Jan 23, 2020

Cannabidiol, a chemical derived from the cannabis plant, is proliferating as an ingredient in consumer products but is largely unregulated. Amid consumer confusion about the substance, the Consumer Brands Association has formed an expert board to help guide its advocacy work on CBD safety and regulation.

by Ernie Smith Jan 21, 2020

Entertainment Group Rebrands for the Streaming Age

by Ernie Smith Jan 21, 2020

The one-time Entertainment Merchants Association, now called OTT.X, moved to its new niche after seeing major success with a series of recent events. The group dates to the days of home video rentals.

by Julie Shoop Jan 16, 2020

Association Community Floods Social Media With Tributes to ASAE's Graham

by Julie Shoop Jan 16, 2020

The death of ASAE President and CEO John H. Graham IV, FASAE, CAE, earlier this week prompted an outpouring of condolences, memories, and tributes to the longtime association chief executive, offering a glimpse into the scope and depth of his impact.

by Mark Athitakis Jan 12, 2020

Talk Less About Innovation and More About the Future

by Mark Athitakis Jan 12, 2020

Even a boom economy can be a source of anxiety, when talented employees have lots of options and disruptive change is everywhere. Resist the temptation to demand instant innovation, and instead motivate your team with conversation about the future.

by Mark Athitakis Jan 12, 2020

Executives & Board Nominations: A Delicate Dance

by Mark Athitakis Jan 12, 2020

What role should an association CEO play in board nominations and selection? Real-life practices vary, according to new ASAE Research Foundation data, but the best outcomes emerge when executives step gracefully through the process, providing input and guidance in just the right measure.

by Rasheeda Childress Jan 12, 2020

Overcome Your Unconscious Bias

by Rasheeda Childress Jan 12, 2020

Everyone has biases, whether they’re aware of them or not. For leaders, unconscious bias can have a crippling effect on everything from staff diversity to member retention to innovation. For associations to thrive, leaders must tackle their own biases head on.

by Associations Now Staff Jan 12, 2020

Comings and Goings: Winter 2020

by Associations Now Staff Jan 12, 2020

A roundup of new hires and other personnel moves in the association industry.

by Mark Athitakis Jan 12, 2020

Crowdsource: A Gem of a Summit

by Mark Athitakis Jan 12, 2020

How the jewelry industry came together to address its biggest challenges.

by Tim Ebner Jan 12, 2020

Tech Memo: Got Tech Debt?

by Tim Ebner Jan 12, 2020

Legacy IT systems can cost you more than you think. Get a better understanding of the impacts of tech debt.

by Tim Ebner Jan 12, 2020

Membership Memo: Element of Surprise

by Tim Ebner Jan 12, 2020

Make magic for members with a big reveal. Here’s how the Association for Advancing Physician and Provider Recruitment did it.

by Ernie Smith Jan 9, 2020

New Co-Op Aims to Take Over .Org Registry Operations

by Ernie Smith Jan 9, 2020

With founding ICANN leadership on board along with the CEO of the Wikimedia Foundation, a new nonprofit cooperative aims to convince ICANN to let it manage the .org domain instead of a private equity firm.

by Ernie Smith Jan 8, 2020

Top Auto Groups Combine in Major Industry Merger

by Ernie Smith Jan 8, 2020

The members of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and Global Automakers will join forces as the Alliance for Automotive Innovation. The new group will represent nearly every major automaker in the world.

by Ernie Smith Jan 7, 2020

Australian Forestry Group Warns of "Slow Motion" Economic Disaster After Fires

by Ernie Smith Jan 7, 2020

The Australian Forest Products Association says the wildfires burning large swaths of the country's forests will cause significant job losses and long-term economic damage. It's calling for a national consensus to replant and better protect Australia's forest "infrastructure."

by Rasheeda Childress Dec 23, 2019

Three Trends to Boost Nondues Revenue in the New Year

by Rasheeda Childress Dec 23, 2019

As 2020 dawns, many associations are looking to make sure they have a steady influx of revenue streaming in. From focusing on customers to adding value, an expert shares three trends you should embrace this year.

by Mark Athitakis Dec 22, 2019

A Last Look at Leadership in 2019

by Mark Athitakis Dec 22, 2019

Strategic thinking, bold moves, the end of narcissism, and a few other takeaways from a busy year.

by Ernie Smith Dec 20, 2019

Study: Not Enough Progress on Gender Diversity at Events

by Ernie Smith Dec 20, 2019

A study analyzing speakers at thousands of events since 2013 found a small improvement in the representation of women compared to last year's study. But not enough: Almost two-thirds of conference presenters are still men.

by Ernie Smith Dec 19, 2019

Why We Love Associations: 10 Top Stories From the Associations Now Archives

by Ernie Smith Dec 19, 2019

From news to opinion to quirky features about creative association pros, these are some of the stories that have made a splash with Associations Now readers over the years. Read them again for an end-of-decade reminder of why you love associations.

by Chris Vest, CAE Dec 19, 2019

Congress Passes Repeal of Nonprofit Employee Benefits Tax

by Chris Vest, CAE Dec 19, 2019

After a two-year advocacy and grassroots campaign by ASAE and the UBIT Coalition, Congress repealed a section of the 2017 tax law that required associations and other tax-exempt organizations to pay UBIT on employee benefits such as parking and transportation.

by Ernie Smith Dec 17, 2019

Paid Family Leave Gains Support from Business Groups

by Ernie Smith Dec 17, 2019

A new bill awaiting the president's signature would provide paid parental leave for federal employees. Some business groups are advocating for a consistent family leave policy in the private sector.

by Ernie Smith Dec 16, 2019

The Wrong Way to Use Slack

by Ernie Smith Dec 16, 2019

A viral news story involving a popular startup’s toxic culture underlines how, if we’re not careful, internal communication tools like Slack can play into our worst leadership tendencies.

by Tim Ebner Dec 10, 2019

Give Members the Gift of In-Person Conversation

by Tim Ebner Dec 10, 2019

Individual face time feels like a precious commodity these days, which makes it an especially meaningful way to interact with members. This year, one association executive’s “conversation tour” generated new ideas for serving her members better.

by Ernie Smith Dec 9, 2019

Stop Kicking the Can Down the Road: The Dangers of Technical Debt

by Ernie Smith Dec 9, 2019

It can feel like you’re saving money by delaying a technical fix or update, but in reality, you may be setting yourself up for bigger costs later on, according to speakers at the ASAE Technology Exploration Conference last week.

by Ernie Smith Dec 9, 2019

Report: Magazines Keeping Momentum in Digital Climate

by Ernie Smith Dec 9, 2019

A new report from magazine industry group MPA shows that even as declines in audience happen with older mediums, mobile, social media, and digital video are paying off in a big way for magazine publishers.

by Ernie Smith Dec 9, 2019

Pro Rodeo Association Launches Youth League

by Ernie Smith Dec 9, 2019

The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association is targeting youth ages 8 to 19 with a new league that will hold its first finals event at a major football stadium in March.

by Tim Ebner Dec 3, 2019

#TEC19: How Diversity and Inclusion Power Tech Innovation

by Tim Ebner Dec 3, 2019

ASAE’s 2019 Technology Exploration Conference kicked off on Tuesday with a conversation focused on the value of diversity, inclusion, and human interactions in fueling future tech innovations.

by Ernie Smith Dec 2, 2019

Don’t Ignore the Debate on This Landmark Internet Law

by Ernie Smith Dec 2, 2019

In an age of misinformation and conflict, Section 230, a key rule of the internet era, is up for debate in the political sphere. But any changes could create liability headaches for site operators.

by Mark Athitakis Dec 1, 2019

How Leaders Can Help With Holiday Stress

by Mark Athitakis Dec 1, 2019

Association staffers and volunteers are often overwhelmed, especially this time of year. That makes it a good time to think about your organizational culture.

by Ernie Smith Nov 25, 2019

The Risks of Innovation Leaving Older Workers Behind

by Ernie Smith Nov 25, 2019

The challenges that older workers face in finding new jobs could reflect darkening economic clouds—as well as weaknesses in the efforts to keep older employees up to speed with growing trends, particularly in fields such as technology.

by Ernie Smith Nov 21, 2019

Study: The Outside Factors That Drive Giving

by Ernie Smith Nov 21, 2019

Whether it’s politics, tech, or the time of year, external factors are playing a bigger role than ever in how people donate, a new Classy study timed to #GivingTuesday finds.

by Ernie Smith Nov 19, 2019

We Asked, You Answered: Learning From Mistakes

by Ernie Smith Nov 19, 2019

They come with the territory, but correcting them can be quite the challenge. Learn how other association pros bounced back from past errors.

by Mark Athitakis Nov 17, 2019

An Active Approach to Board Diversity

by Mark Athitakis Nov 17, 2019

Board diversity is still a challenge at nonprofits and for-profits alike. Solutions will require actively thinking about strategic needs—and noticing the people raising their hands to help.

by Destination Cleveland Nov 17, 2019

How to Delight Meeting Attendees in 2020

by Destination Cleveland Nov 17, 2019

[Sponsored] Meeting planners seeking to engage attendees must harness the uniqueness of the destination to succeed.

by Tim Ebner Nov 15, 2019

Membership Hack: Referral Dollars

by Tim Ebner Nov 15, 2019

The International Association of Registered Financial Consultants doles out a $25 referral credit to any member who refers recruits during an end-of-year membership drive. The dollars can be used to pay down next year’s dues.

by Visit Indy Nov 13, 2019

Curate Destination Experiences for Your Attendees

by Visit Indy Nov 13, 2019

[Sponsored] Incorporating unique cultural experiences has quickly become the hallmark of a successful meeting—here’s why, and how to get started.

by Samantha Whitehorne Nov 7, 2019

A Look at the Event Industry’s Tech Skills Gap

by Samantha Whitehorne Nov 7, 2019

New research reveals that many meeting planners don’t think they have the skills or knowledge to make informed decisions about event tech investments. Is there a way to close the gap?

by Rasheeda Childress Nov 7, 2019

Science Group Expands Reach With New E-Newsletter for Non-Scientist Members

by Rasheeda Childress Nov 7, 2019

Looking to bring more value to its non-scientist members and the general public, the American Association for the Advancement of Science recently launched Science on Tap, a newsletter that curates the week’s scientific news in an easy-to-digest format.

by Ernie Smith Nov 6, 2019

Daily Buzz: Coworking’s Cultural Problems

by Ernie Smith Nov 6, 2019

If you’re not careful, coworking could swallow up your organizational culture. Also: an interesting privacy strategy from Apple.

by Ernie Smith Nov 6, 2019

Four Strategies for Improving UX Focus at Your Association

by Ernie Smith Nov 6, 2019

User experience is everything for an association looking to succeed online—but if it’s not integrated throughout an organization, it can be much more of a pain than it’s worth.

by Ernie Smith Nov 4, 2019

Three Strategies To Counter Negative Employee Reviews

by Ernie Smith Nov 4, 2019

Your association's good name is a critical asset for recruiting new talent, so you can't ignore negative online reviews by former employees. Here are some strategies for protecting your organization's reputation as an employer.

by Ernie Smith Oct 31, 2019

Study: Gender Parity in Boardrooms Is Still a Ways Off

by Ernie Smith Oct 31, 2019

A new global study from Deloitte shows that corporate boards still struggle with gender parity—despite improvements in recent years. The U.S. only slightly outperforms the global average.

by Rasheeda Childress Oct 30, 2019

Empower Your Team to Stay Safe from Workplace Violence

by Rasheeda Childress Oct 30, 2019

No association wants to imagine a scenario where its staff are threatened by violence, but it’s important to be prepared. A good plan gives employees options for protecting themselves and trains them to act decisively in a crisis.

by Ernie Smith Oct 30, 2019

Tips for Improving Your Digital Accessibility

by Ernie Smith Oct 30, 2019

A recent federal court case makes it clear that the Americans With Disabilities Act applies in the digital realm. Experts share some tips to ensure your association's websites and apps are compliant.

by Mark Athitakis Oct 30, 2019

How Strategy Can Lift an Association's Spirits

by Mark Athitakis Oct 30, 2019

A recent study connects a strategic plan with optimism among association leaders and staffers. That's great—just make sure the board is engaged too.

by Tim Ebner Oct 29, 2019

The Changing Role of Association Chapters

by Tim Ebner Oct 29, 2019

A new benchmarking study indicates that associations view chapters as an increasingly important element of their member engagement strategy. Meanwhile, chapter membership structures and programs are starting to shift in new ways to support members.

by Jeff Hsin Oct 29, 2019

Daily Buzz: Advice for a Successful Email Strategy

by Jeff Hsin Oct 29, 2019

Trying to reach members through their inboxes? Leverage these email strategy tips to keep them informed and engaged. Also: The case for full transparency with your team.

by Ernie Smith Oct 25, 2019

Vending Machine Group’s New Plan: More Healthy Offerings

by Ernie Smith Oct 25, 2019

The National Automatic Merchandising Association is bringing together its members in an industry-wide effort to increase the share of healthy snacks in vending machines by 40 percent.

by Ernie Smith Oct 22, 2019

What Leaders Can Do to Support Employees' Mental Health

by Ernie Smith Oct 22, 2019

Many employees want their organizations to put more focus on mental health issues at work. It's not an easy conversation to have, but it’s one that matters, recent research finds.

by Ernie Smith Oct 21, 2019

Now’s Not the Time to Make a Big Bet on a Startup

by Ernie Smith Oct 21, 2019

Startups can bring innovation and fresh ideas into your association, but recent financial trends suggest that things are getting risky. You can still use tech tools from startups—just know what you’re getting into.

by Samantha Whitehorne Oct 17, 2019

Conference Circuit: Local Government Managers

by Samantha Whitehorne Oct 17, 2019

The International City/County Management Association’s 2019 Annual Conference begins next week in Nashville. Attendance is expected to top 3,000.

by Allison Torres Burtka Oct 15, 2019

The Meetings Issue: Exceptional Expos

by Allison Torres Burtka Oct 15, 2019

Conference expos are major revenue generators, but the standard booth-maze model is past its prime. Today, both exhibitors and attendees expect associations to offer something better.

by Mark Athitakis Oct 15, 2019

Built to Last: How Associations Have Made it Past the Century Mark

by Mark Athitakis Oct 15, 2019

Associations don’t last 100 years by accident. Here’s what some associations have learned about what it takes to make it to a centennial—and set themselves up to thrive in their second century.

by Associations Now Staff Oct 15, 2019

At Century Mark, ASAE Looks Forward

by Associations Now Staff Oct 15, 2019

ASAE will turn 100 in 2020, and while the occasion naturally calls to mind where we’ve been, this celebration will look to the future too.

by Associations Now Staff Oct 15, 2019

Comings and Goings: Fall 2019

by Associations Now Staff Oct 15, 2019

A roundup of new hires and other personnel moves in the association industry.

by Rasheeda Childress Oct 15, 2019

Idea Bank: Study Groove

by Rasheeda Childress Oct 15, 2019

An association playlist from the Ohio State Bar Association supplies background music for learning.

by Associations Now Staff Oct 15, 2019

Talking Tech: Digital Badge Basics

by Associations Now Staff Oct 15, 2019

Professionals want to showcase their achievements, and employers want to find workers with the knowledge and skills they need. Digital badges serve both goals, says Ashish Rangnekar, CEO of the online learning platform BenchPrep. He has some tips for how to get a digital badge program started.

by Kristin Clarke, CAE Oct 15, 2019

Books: Raising the Alarm

by Kristin Clarke, CAE Oct 15, 2019

Acknowledging and addressing rampant workplace harassment in The Shield of Silence.

by Associations Now Staff Oct 15, 2019

How I Got Here

by Associations Now Staff Oct 15, 2019

Brad C. Shanklin, the executive director of DallasHR, has two decades of experience under his belt.

by Samantha Whitehorne Oct 10, 2019

Three Ways to Boost Conference Security

by Samantha Whitehorne Oct 10, 2019

Conference security remains a priority for planners and attendees, and new technologies are being introduced to meet their needs. Here's a look at three tools worth checking out.

by Rasheeda Childress Oct 10, 2019

Why Your Association Needs a Whistleblower Policy

by Rasheeda Childress Oct 10, 2019

Maintaining a strong whistleblower policy is a good business decision. It also helps associations address issues before they snowball and ensures organizations act in a way that is consistent with their values.

by Rasheeda Childress Oct 9, 2019

Association Rebrand Puts Focus on Consumers

by Rasheeda Childress Oct 9, 2019

Following high-profile members leaving the Grocery Manufacturers Association over concerns about its advocacy positions, the group is changing its name to the Consumer Brands Association and focusing on consumer needs.

by Jeff Hsin Oct 8, 2019

Daily Buzz: Why You Should Be Livestreaming

by Jeff Hsin Oct 8, 2019

Want to boost member engagement and your association's credibility? Try livestreaming. Also: Create a work culture built on purpose.

by Mark Athitakis Oct 6, 2019

How Boards Can Equip Themselves for Rapid Change

by Mark Athitakis Oct 6, 2019

Accelerating change is putting more pressure on boards to be alert to disruption and respond quickly to it. A new study suggests how they can do that work.

by Ernie Smith Oct 1, 2019

Lung Association Boosts Anti-Vaping Education for Teens

by Ernie Smith Oct 1, 2019

The American Lung Association’s new INDEPTH training program is designed to help schools fight the surging popularity of vaping among teens, emphasizing education over penalties like school suspension.

by Jeff Hsin Sep 25, 2019

Daily Buzz: Why You Need a Data Advocate

by Jeff Hsin Sep 25, 2019

Data doesn’t have meaning unless someone can interpret it and tell its story, like a data advocate. Also: Why digital transformations are good for members.

by Tim Ebner Sep 24, 2019

Put a Cork in the Competition With an Online Marketplace

by Tim Ebner Sep 24, 2019

Many associations say they want to be like Amazon, but do they act like it? The Craft Wine Association recently stepped up to the e-commerce behemoth by creating an online marketplace where consumers can buy from CWA members.

by Ernie Smith Sep 24, 2019

Report: Board Leaders Must Step Up to Keep Pace With Change

by Ernie Smith Sep 24, 2019

A new report from the National Association of Corporate Directors underlines the importance of boards being transparent, accountable, involved, and able to keep up with a rapidly changing operating environment.

by Ernie Smith Sep 23, 2019

Auto Data Campaign Builds Momentum Around Right-to-Repair Issue

by Ernie Smith Sep 23, 2019

Groups focused on aftermarket repairs are campaigning to help draw attention to the growing collection of data in vehicles—and the fact that consumers and repair shops often don’t have access to that data.

by Jeff Hsin Sep 23, 2019

Daily Buzz: Ask for Member Input to Avoid Backlash

by Jeff Hsin Sep 23, 2019

Don’t mess with well-established community guidelines without member input, or face their wrath. Also: A lesson from yogurt on workplace culture.

by Ernie Smith Sep 20, 2019

MPAA’s Big Branding Shift: It’s No Longer MPAA

by Ernie Smith Sep 20, 2019

In an effort to better reflect its scale, the Motion Picture Association of America will now be known as the Motion Picture Association, bringing the association’s name in line with its global reach.

by Community Brands Sep 20, 2019

Great Success Starts with Great Leadership

by Community Brands Sep 20, 2019

[Sponsored] The role of a leader to keep an organization on track and prepare for the future of work is more vital than ever.

by Ernie Smith Sep 17, 2019

California Contractor Bill Will Have Far-Reaching Impact, Associations Say

by Ernie Smith Sep 17, 2019

Several associations are raising concerns about a recently passed California measure that was touted as targeting gig economy businesses, saying it could bring new costs and workforce challenges in many other industries that rely on contractors.

by Mark Athitakis Sep 15, 2019

Will AI Change Leadership?

by Mark Athitakis Sep 15, 2019

New machine-learning research on leadership is scrutinizing CEOs' every word and facial expression. But don't rush to change yourself to please an algorithm.

by Ernie Smith Sep 9, 2019

We Asked, You Answered: Looking Forward 100 Years

by Ernie Smith Sep 9, 2019

The past century has seen a lot of progress, but what does the next one hold for associations? Readers offer their perspectives on where they see their organizations going in 100 years.

by Mark Athitakis Sep 8, 2019

Where Humility Fits in a Leader's Toolkit

by Mark Athitakis Sep 8, 2019

A new study suggests that humility can be a detriment to executives. But it's still a useful tool for leaders.

by Ernie Smith Sep 4, 2019

Hurricane Dorian: Associations Get Into Response Mode

by Ernie Smith Sep 4, 2019

With both immediate and long-term response in mind, association-backed groups are picking up their efforts to assist as Hurricane Dorian makes its way up the East Coast.

by Rasheeda Childress Sep 4, 2019

Is a Casual Dress Code the Benefit Your Staff Wants Most?

by Rasheeda Childress Sep 4, 2019

A new survey from Randstad US finds that employees value a casual dress code at work, with more than 30 percent preferring the benefit to an extra $5,000 in salary. How to create a dress code that benefits both your staff and association.

by Community Brands Aug 30, 2019

Boosting Member Loyalty in an Age of Distrust

by Community Brands Aug 30, 2019

[Sponsored] Community Brands CEO JP Guilbault discusses five key tactics to overcome mistrust and establish life-long loyalty among members.

by Rasheeda Childress Aug 29, 2019

Higher-Ed Groups Join Forces to Promote Analytics

by Rasheeda Childress Aug 29, 2019

Three higher-education associations are encouraging college and university leaders to embrace analytics as a way to improve strategic decision-making.

by Ernie Smith Aug 29, 2019

Associations Offer Resources Ahead of Hurricane Dorian

by Ernie Smith Aug 29, 2019

The major hurricane, expected to make landfall in Florida on Labor Day, has associations of all stripes offering advice to ensure maximum safety and minimal damage.

by Ernie Smith Aug 29, 2019

Daily Buzz: Raising the Vacation Stakes

by Ernie Smith Aug 29, 2019

An association industry pro puts more work into his out-of-office messages than most people do into their vacations. Also: The MacBook Pro is getting even harder to travel with on some airlines.

by Rasheeda Childress Aug 28, 2019

Should Volunteers Groups Have Separate Social Media Accounts?

by Rasheeda Childress Aug 28, 2019

Many associations have member volunteers who help with important work, but what happens if those groups ask to start their own Twitter account or Facebook page? Experts weigh in with advice.

by Ernie Smith Aug 27, 2019

Daily Buzz: An “Impossible” Path to Leadership

by Ernie Smith Aug 27, 2019

The story of Impossible Foods starts with a scientist who decided to embrace leadership for a greater cause. Also: a layperson’s guide to TikTok.

by Ernie Smith Aug 20, 2019

Associations Launch Coalition to Support Professional Licensing

by Ernie Smith Aug 20, 2019

With a variety of fields represented, the new Alliance for Responsible Professional Licensing aims to speak up in state legislative battles over credentialing, which have picked up in recent years.

by Mark Athitakis Aug 18, 2019

A One-on-One Growth Strategy

by Mark Athitakis Aug 18, 2019

The National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions has enjoyed a membership and revenue spike in recent years. The secret? A lot of face time.

by Samantha Whitehorne Aug 15, 2019

Make Your Meeting a Solutions Center

by Samantha Whitehorne Aug 15, 2019

People often attend your conference because they're looking for solutions to their problems. Consider how you can reinvent your expo hall or other meeting elements to deliver on that need.

by Ernie Smith Aug 15, 2019

Realtors Association Launches Effort to Fight Event Food Waste

by Ernie Smith Aug 15, 2019

The National Association of Realtors is working with a food-salvage nonprofit to help redistribute unused food from events—and is encouraging its 1,200 state and local affiliates to do the same.

by Ernie Smith Aug 14, 2019

DevOps Group Puts Volunteers First With Ambassador Program

by Ernie Smith Aug 14, 2019

With its new ambassador program, the DevOps Institute aims to promote a human-first approach to software development. Volunteers from around the world have already signed up to take part.

by Ernie Smith Aug 13, 2019

New Badges Highlight Girl Scouts’ Increased Focus on STEM

by Ernie Smith Aug 13, 2019

By request of members, most of the nearly four dozen new badges recently announced by Girl Scouts of the USA focus on different aspects of STEM, including coding, cybersecurity, and space exploration.

by Ernie Smith Aug 12, 2019

Groupon, Aiming to Rekindle Success, Embraces Membership Model

by Ernie Smith Aug 12, 2019

The company, which remains publicly traded and active on the stock market despite losing its initial momentum, is taking a careful approach to building engagement by using a monthly membership model.

by Mark Athitakis Aug 11, 2019

Making Big Changes? Talk About It. A Lot.

by Mark Athitakis Aug 11, 2019

Leaders who are changing their organizations can fall short when it comes to selling the change to employees. CEOs who've done it say there's no such thing as overcommunication.

by Community Brands Aug 9, 2019

Interoperability: When Systems Talk, Everybody Wins

by Community Brands Aug 9, 2019

[Sponsored] Associations that embrace this new wave of technology won’t just survive, but stand to experience explosive growth, says JP Guilbault.

by Rasheeda Childress Aug 7, 2019

Managing a Global Workforce Requires New Skills

by Rasheeda Childress Aug 7, 2019

As associations more often have employees operating in locations around the world, the skills required to manage that workforce are changing. Modern expectations, technology, and time zones must be tackled in new era.

by Ernie Smith Aug 7, 2019

Why the CISO Is Getting a C-Suite Promotion

by Ernie Smith Aug 7, 2019

A recent study finds that the increased scrutiny of security incidents is leading many chief information security officers, or CISOs, to report right to the top, rather than to the CIO.

by Mark Athitakis Aug 4, 2019

Why New Leaders Are at Risk of Failure

by Mark Athitakis Aug 4, 2019

A recent study shows that CEO transitions are happening more often, and under tougher circumstances. Their replacements will need more support than they're usually given.

by Community Brands Aug 2, 2019

Connecting to Your Audience in Micro-Moments

by Community Brands Aug 2, 2019

For associations looking to better connect with their members,“relevance is king,” explains CEO of Community Brands JP Guilbault.

by Mark Athitakis Aug 1, 2019

Change Management, Inside Out

by Mark Athitakis Aug 1, 2019

Shifts in an organization’s mission, strategy, and leadership can feel like an earthquake for staff, which makes focusing on organizational culture a critical element of change management . Seasoned leaders describe what it takes to navigate the cultural aspects of change well.

by Tim Ebner Aug 1, 2019

Rethinking Membership

by Tim Ebner Aug 1, 2019

Stagnant membership growth, underutilized benefits, potential new members hiding in plain sight—these may be signs that it’s time for a membership model redo. But how should you restructure? Three associations made adjustments—big and small—that add access, equity, and ease to the member experience.

by Associations Now Staff Aug 1, 2019

Comings and Goings: July/August 2019

by Associations Now Staff Aug 1, 2019

A roundup of new hires and other personnel moves in the association industry.

by Tim Ebner Aug 1, 2019

Board Smarts: Governance 101

by Tim Ebner Aug 1, 2019

Looking to teach new volunteers the governance ropes? Take advantage of your LMS for orientation.

by Associations Now Staff Aug 1, 2019

The Fix: Rock the Vote

by Associations Now Staff Aug 1, 2019

Voting is a standard method for choosing a board, but it can be used for a lot more. Pete Martin, CEO of Votem, Inc., a mobile voting platform, explains how associations can leverage voter technology not just for tallying elections, but also to tap into their members’ voices.

by Kristin Clarke, CAE Aug 1, 2019

Books: World Changers

by Kristin Clarke, CAE Aug 1, 2019

An inclusive view of global problem-solving from Melinda Gates.

by Rasheeda Childress Aug 1, 2019

Brought to You by … Roller Coasters

by Rasheeda Childress Aug 1, 2019

In sometimes surprising ways, associations play direct and indirect roles in bringing the products, services, and activities of daily life to people around the world. Including roller coasters.

by Rasheeda Childress Jul 31, 2019

Three Ways for Marketing Teams to Improve Content Strategy

by Rasheeda Childress Jul 31, 2019

Marketing departments need a content strategy that aligns with the association’s mission, engages members, and allows for repurposing across multiple channels.

by Jeff Hsin Jul 31, 2019

Daily Buzz: A New Way to Bring AR to Meetings

by Jeff Hsin Jul 31, 2019

Apple’s new augmented reality walking tour offers one way to leverage your meeting destination. Also: Does your event have a disaster preparedness plan?

by Jeff Hsin Jul 29, 2019

Daily Buzz: Be Brave in Your Marketing Campaigns

by Jeff Hsin Jul 29, 2019

Research shows that taking a big risk in your marketing efforts has big payoff opportunities. Also: a data scientist’s take on how to fix data errors.

by Ernie Smith Jul 26, 2019

LGBTQ Group Helps Tinder Develop New Travel Safety Feature

by Ernie Smith Jul 26, 2019

The popular dating app Tinder will now provide warnings to users in countries where same-sex relationships remain illegal or where their safety may be threatened, using data tracked by a global LGBTQ organization.

by Jeff Hsin Jul 25, 2019

Daily Buzz: Inspire a Bored Board

by Jeff Hsin Jul 25, 2019

Periodic dips in enthusiasm are normal, but if disinterest persists, find ways to reinspire board members. Also: how one nonprofit’s alternative healthcare policy is saving the environment.

by Samantha Whitehorne Jul 25, 2019

Conference Circuit: Agencies on Aging

by Samantha Whitehorne Jul 25, 2019

The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging’s 44th Annual Conference & Tradeshow begins this weekend in New Orleans. Attendance is expected to top 1,200.

by Rasheeda Childress Jul 25, 2019

As Population Pivots to Cremation, Funeral Directors Adapt

by Rasheeda Childress Jul 25, 2019

A new study by the National Funeral Directors Association reveals that more consumers prefer cremation and green burial options. This means that both NFDA and its members must make changes to stay relevant.

by Rasheeda Childress Jul 24, 2019

Why One Group Took the Plunge Into Podcasting

by Rasheeda Childress Jul 24, 2019

The International Trademark Association launched a podcast last fall to talk industry trends. The twice-monthly cast not only helps promote INTA’s goals but also helps the organization reach a broader audience.

by Community Brands Jul 19, 2019

The Internet of Things: Creating Value For Associations

by Community Brands Jul 19, 2019

[Sponsored] JP Guilbault, a thought leader on the future of work and technology, breaks down the implications and advantages of a fully connected world.

by Jeff Hsin Jul 18, 2019

Daily Buzz: What Constitutes a PR Fail?

by Jeff Hsin Jul 18, 2019

Not hearing back from your media contacts? You may be annoying them. Also: how to leverage criticism for creativity.

by Tim Ebner Jul 16, 2019

Innovation and Optimism Drive Membership Growth

by Tim Ebner Jul 16, 2019

Two new reports indicate that membership growth and retention are holding steady despite global economic uncertainty. And many associations currently seeing membership growth are tapping into the power of innovation and optimism about the future.

by Mark Athitakis Jul 14, 2019

How to Rock It as a Change Agent

by Mark Athitakis Jul 14, 2019

#ASAE19 Game Changer speaker Brant Menswar brings a rock ‘n’ roll sensibility to leadership. That means knowing how to strike a chord while forgiving your bum notes.

by Community Brands Jul 12, 2019

The One Skill To Master Today to Succeed Tomorrow

by Community Brands Jul 12, 2019

[Sponsored] We’re facing a transformation of working at a pace like never before—these are the skills we need for the workplace of the future.

by Jeff Hsin Jul 10, 2019

Daily Buzz: Embrace Negative Feedback

by Jeff Hsin Jul 10, 2019

Giving attendees the chance to offer feedback opens the door to negative responses—but those comments can help you grow. Also: Successful planners understand the “why” behind meetings.

by Tim Ebner Jul 9, 2019

Four Ways to Put Members First When Navigating Change

by Tim Ebner Jul 9, 2019

Change is inevitable, and it usually affects members. At the Yoga Alliance, member engagement and the creation of a feedback loop has helped the group undertake the process of updating its yoga teaching standards while maintaining members' trust.

by Ernie Smith Jul 8, 2019

Wind Group Looks for Ways to Recycle Old Turbines

by Ernie Smith Jul 8, 2019

With a goal of reusing more materials from decommissioned wind turbines, the trade group WindEurope is collaborating with chemical groups to find uses for composite materials used in turbine blades.

by Ernie Smith Jul 3, 2019

How Apps Became Essential Business Travel Tools

by Ernie Smith Jul 3, 2019

Apps, once a novelty for phone owners, are becoming increasingly integrated in the travel experience—whether the goal of the trip is business or pleasure.

by Visit Indy Jun 30, 2019

Embrace ‘Undertourism’ for Your Next Meeting

by Visit Indy Jun 30, 2019

[Sponsored] Hyperlocal events inspired by undertourism provide a break from the norm, creating authentic experiences within the host city.

by Community Brands Jun 28, 2019

The Future of Education: Building a Culture of Learning

by Community Brands Jun 28, 2019

[Sponsored] Take learning out of the classroom and into the workplace, advises JP Guilbault, reaping the multitude of benefits which will naturally follow.

by Samantha Whitehorne Jun 27, 2019

The Many Roles of Meeting Planners

by Samantha Whitehorne Jun 27, 2019

Since today’s attendees expect a more immersive and memorable event experience, the role of a meeting planner has evolved. A look at three new roles that planners must master.

by Rasheeda Childress Jun 26, 2019

Summer Benefits: Association Trades PTO for Networking

by Rasheeda Childress Jun 26, 2019

The Air Conditioning Contractors of America implemented a new program this summer that allows employees to take off every other Friday if they go to a networking meeting and write up a short report.

by Raegan Johnson Jun 25, 2019

We Asked, You Answered: Leaders Who Get It Right

by Raegan Johnson Jun 25, 2019

Association professionals take inspiration from all types of leadership. We wanted to know: What leader do you admire, and why? Here's how a few readers answered.

by Ernie Smith Jun 24, 2019

Medical Groups Speak Up for Climate Change

by Ernie Smith Jun 24, 2019

Climate Health Action, a coalition with the backing of a number of medical associations and other organizations, released a policy agenda this week, just ahead of the first presidential debates.

by Samantha Whitehorne Jun 20, 2019

What’s the Best Way to Improve Event Apps?

by Samantha Whitehorne Jun 20, 2019

New research from Eventsforce shows that more organizations are using event apps, but that there are still challenges when it comes to adoption rates and measuring ROI. A look at how to improve both.

by Chris Vest, CAE Jun 20, 2019

House Extenders Package Includes UBIT Repeal

by Chris Vest, CAE Jun 20, 2019

This week, the House Ways and Means Committee passed a tax extenders package that included a provision to repeal the 21 percent tax on certain employee benefits provided by associations. It now needs a full House vote.

by Ernie Smith Jun 20, 2019

Embracing a Hashtag: Education Group Adopts #YouAreWelcomeHere

by Ernie Smith Jun 20, 2019

With the homegrown hashtag proving greatly successful as a marketing tool among its members, NAFSA has officially taken ownership of #YouAreWelcomeHere and will support the campaign’s growth.

by Raegan Johnson Jun 19, 2019

We Asked, You Answered: Mentors You Admire

by Raegan Johnson Jun 19, 2019

We all have bosses, but over the course of a career only a few stand out as taking a special investment in teaching, growing, and advancing the professional lives of others. Hear from association pros who were lucky enough to have mentors that did just that.

by Ernie Smith Jun 18, 2019

B Lab Pushes Growth of Mission-Focused B Corporations

by Ernie Smith Jun 18, 2019

The B Corp designation is awarded to socially minded businesses that meet high standards of transparency and accountability. B Lab, the nonprofit that awards the certification, is working to build on the model's success so that more companies adopt a mission-focused mindset. 

by Ernie Smith Jun 17, 2019

How Much Should Associations Care About Blockchain?

by Ernie Smith Jun 17, 2019

Long the subject of breathless hype, blockchain technology has started to find its way into real-world use cases. A recent whitepaper highlights where associations and their members might come into play.

by Mark Athitakis Jun 16, 2019

Why Silos Don't Break Down So Easily

by Mark Athitakis Jun 16, 2019

Workers like their routines, and don't have much faith in their coworkers, according to a recent survey. If leaders want cross-functional activity, they'll have to make the case for it—and nix the useless meetings.

by Tim Ebner Jun 14, 2019

Membership Hack: Museum Exhibit

by Tim Ebner Jun 14, 2019

Members of the International Trademark Association created an exhibit for the National Inventors Hall of Fame Museum. The exhibit uses content inspired by a public awareness campaign that educates young people on counterfeit goods.

by Ernie Smith Jun 10, 2019

Consumer Reports Tackles Privacy Issues With New Digital Lab

by Ernie Smith Jun 10, 2019

The nonprofit consumer group, best known for its popular magazine, is expanding its efforts in the data privacy realm with a just-announced Digital Lab—an initiative backed by the founder of Craigslist.

by Mark Athitakis Jun 9, 2019

Why Your Concept of Power Can Use a Rethink

by Mark Athitakis Jun 9, 2019

"New Power" authors and 2019 ASAE Annual Meeting keynoters Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms see a world where people are less inclined to engage with associations. That can change, if associations are willing to loosen the reins a bit.

by Rasheeda Childress Jun 6, 2019

The Recipe for Successful Brand Marketing

by Rasheeda Childress Jun 6, 2019

Johnny Earle grew his brand using a mix of clever packaging, personal connection, and collaboration. The opening keynoter at ASAE’s 2019 Marketing, Membership & Communications Conference says associations can apply these same techniques to their marketing efforts.

by Ernie Smith Jun 5, 2019

Lessons in Membership Pricing From Electric Vehicles

by Ernie Smith Jun 5, 2019

In the midst of a somewhat confusing membership-driven market for electric vehicle charging, a Volkswagen-owned firm starting up a new network is making paid membership optional for its consumers.

by Ernie Smith Jun 4, 2019

State Department Social Media Visa Policy Draws Pushback

by Ernie Smith Jun 4, 2019

A policy that would compel visa applicants to the United States to share five years of details about their social media use could chill inbound U.S. travel, said a number of groups, including ASAE.

by Tim Ebner Jun 2, 2019

Chatty Channels

by Tim Ebner Jun 2, 2019

Social media platforms and text-based applications allow for chatbot integration. Here are four places where members might turn for self-service using a bot.

by Allison Torres Burtka Jun 2, 2019

Fast-Data Education

by Allison Torres Burtka Jun 2, 2019

What your staff should know about fast data—and how to train them.

by Allison Torres Burtka Jun 2, 2019

On the Fast Track to Fast Data

by Allison Torres Burtka Jun 2, 2019

Fast data may be the next big thing, but what exactly is it, and how can it help your association?

by Mark Athitakis Jun 2, 2019

The Next-Generation Power Play for Associations

by Mark Athitakis Jun 2, 2019

Associations can’t function like they used to, laying out a few rigid ways in which members may participate in the community. Now, members want to define the terms of engagement—or they won’t join at all. Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms have a vision for what next-generation nonprofits look like in a “new power” world.

by Associations Now Staff Jun 2, 2019

Comings and Goings: May/June 2018

by Associations Now Staff Jun 2, 2019

A roundup of new hires and other personnel moves in the association industry.

by Rasheeda Childress May 29, 2019

Avoid These Four Crisis Communications Mistakes

by Rasheeda Childress May 29, 2019

When bad stuff happens—whether it be a financial scandal or a cyberattack—associations need a communication plan. An expert offers tips to help your organization get it right when it matters most.

by Ernie Smith May 27, 2019

Five Tips to Keep Your Association’s Website on Target

by Ernie Smith May 27, 2019

If the wrong visitors dominate traffic on your association’s website or if pages targeted at members aren’t carrying their weight, look at ways to change that conversation. Here are a few ideas.

by Kevin Joy May 24, 2019

Daily Buzz: Secrets of the Pinterest Elite

by Kevin Joy May 24, 2019

New reporting shows what the platform’s top users have in common—and how brands can leverage that data. Also: experiential marketing statistics to know.

by Rasheeda Childress May 23, 2019

Associations Provide Tools to Keep Ramadan Healthy

by Rasheeda Childress May 23, 2019

The International Glaucoma Association and the American Association of Diabetes Educators have each created free information sheets aimed at keeping Muslim patients healthy as they participate in the holy month of fasting.

by Ernie Smith May 23, 2019

Restaurant Association Celebrates Milestone With New Credential Program

by Ernie Smith May 23, 2019

The National Restaurant Association’s ServSuccess program—its launch timed to coincide with the group's 100th anniversary celebration—aims to improve paths for restaurant worker advancement and improve employee retention.

by Samantha Whitehorne May 23, 2019

Conference Circuit: Global Educators

by Samantha Whitehorne May 23, 2019

NAFSA’s 2019 Annual Conference & Expo begins next week in Washington, DC. Around 10,000 are expected to attend.

by Mary Kate Cunningham May 17, 2019

Pennsylvania Legislation Threatens Private Certification, ASAE Says

by Mary Kate Cunningham May 17, 2019

A bill introduced in the Pennsylvania legislature is the latest in a series of state-level measures that threaten certifications offered by associations and other private organizations, according to ASAE and the Professional Certification Coalition.

by Ernie Smith May 17, 2019

ICCA Survey: U.S. Tops With Meetings Globally; Paris Top City

by Ernie Smith May 17, 2019

The latest annual roundup from the International Congress and Convention Association finds that the U.S. hosts more meetings than any other country, though Europe dominates the city charts.

by Ernie Smith May 16, 2019

Tech Groups Warn of Ripple Effects From App Store Ruling

by Ernie Smith May 16, 2019

The Supreme Court’s decision to allow users to sue Apple for running its iOS App Store as an alleged monopoly could discourage others from building such platforms in the future, tech associations warn.

by Jeff Hsin May 15, 2019

Daily Buzz: Upcoming Challenges for Meeting Planners

by Jeff Hsin May 15, 2019

This year has been productive for planners. But if current trends are accurate, 2020 will be challenging for the event industry. Also: Set up your board for governing success.

by Ernie Smith May 13, 2019

Scientific Associations: The Supply of Helium Is Getting Lighter

by Ernie Smith May 13, 2019

As a major specialty retail chain runs into problems with its helium supplies, so too is the scientific community, which is drawing attention to a shortage that's causing more than birthday party woes.

by Jeff Hsin May 13, 2019

Daily Buzz: Relaunch Your Online Community

by Jeff Hsin May 13, 2019

Is your online community inactive or failing to meet goals? It might be time for an update. Also: leaders’ role in career development.

by Mark Athitakis May 12, 2019

Go Ahead, Speak Up for Yourself

by Mark Athitakis May 12, 2019

Many leaders avoid tooting their own horn for fear of looking arrogant. But two longtime execs say putting yourself in for awards and praise needn’t be egotistical—and can benefit an entire association.

by Mark Athitakis May 5, 2019

Lessons From 25 Years at One Association

by Mark Athitakis May 5, 2019

Catherine Prather has worked at the National Tour Association for 25 years. Soon she will take on the CEO role. As she prepares, she shares some of the steps that got her there.

by Ernie Smith May 2, 2019

Creative Commons Gives Its Search Engine a Big Refresh

by Ernie Smith May 2, 2019

The organization behind the popular licensing standard has launched a new search engine that aims to make it easier for creators to find works that can easily be reused and remixed online.

by Mark Athitakis Apr 28, 2019

Why Servant Leadership Is Making a Comeback

by Mark Athitakis Apr 28, 2019

Today, everybody wants to feel like a stakeholder in an organization, and a new study suggests command-and-control leadership is obsolete. But strong execs still have a role to play.

by Ernie Smith Apr 22, 2019

A Failed Consumer App Might Be Your New Favorite Tool

by Ernie Smith Apr 22, 2019

Recently, consumer apps such as Google+ and BlackBerry Messenger have pivoted to pure business software plays—where they might have better odds of success. The reason? A natural focus on ease of use.

by Ernie Smith Apr 19, 2019

Energy Storage Group Gets Proactive on Corporate Responsibility

by Ernie Smith Apr 19, 2019

The Energy Storage Association, overseeing a growing industry, has created a corporate responsibility initiative that aims to put safety out front. At least 30 companies have signed on to take part.

by Tim Ebner Apr 16, 2019

For Member Onboarding, Think Outside the Inbox

by Tim Ebner Apr 16, 2019

Email remains the most popular way to engage new members, but some associations are testing creative alternatives in an age of email fatigue.

by Mark Athitakis Apr 14, 2019

Setting Strategy for Certification’s New World

by Mark Athitakis Apr 14, 2019

It’s tempting to jump right into the new ways to engage members in certification. But before you launch your digital badges and microcredentials, think about where your members are—and how long they’ll stick around.

by Ernie Smith Apr 12, 2019

As Transgender Military Ban Goes Into Effect, Groups Speak Out

by Ernie Smith Apr 12, 2019

The Pentagon's decision to rescind rules that allowed transgender people to serve in the military went into effect Friday, drawing condemnation from several organizations, including the American Medical Association.

by Kevin Joy Apr 11, 2019

Daily Buzz: Goodbye Google+, Hello Currents

by Kevin Joy Apr 11, 2019

Google reinvents the retired social network Google+ as a workplace communication tool for Google Apps. Also: the value of events as a brand builder.

by Mark Athitakis Apr 7, 2019

When the Staff Leader Is the Only Staffer

by Mark Athitakis Apr 7, 2019

CEOs who are the are the sole staff member have a lot of authority, but a lot of communicating to do with the board. One expert offers some advice about how to manage the challenge.

by Ernie Smith Apr 2, 2019

New EdTech Program Aims to Boost Tech Literacy for Adults

by Ernie Smith Apr 2, 2019

The International Society for Technology in Education’s new SkillRise initiative aims to provide resources that could help raise the digital literacy level within the working world.

by Allison Torres Burtka Apr 1, 2019

Boost Your Staff’s Financial Savvy

by Allison Torres Burtka Apr 1, 2019

As associations become more cost-focused and revenue-driven, staff outside the finance department need to have knowledge that will enable them to make better business decisions.

by Mark Athitakis Apr 1, 2019

Certification, Disrupted

by Mark Athitakis Apr 1, 2019

Digital badges? Gamification? Tiered or standalone certificates? Credentialing and certification are as complex as today’s workforce. But a focus on needs—yours and learners’—can point your program in the right direction.

by Associations Now Staff Apr 1, 2019

Comings and Goings: Mar/Apr 2019

by Associations Now Staff Apr 1, 2019

A roundup of new hires and other personnel moves in the association industry.

by Mark Athitakis Mar 31, 2019

First Steps to More Diverse Boards

by Mark Athitakis Mar 31, 2019

A new study says nonprofit boards are slow to pursue diversity and inclusion efforts. Fixing the problem will require a lot of will and a little patience.

by Samantha Whitehorne Mar 28, 2019

An Event-Focused Solution to Closing the Skills Gap

by Samantha Whitehorne Mar 28, 2019

Recognizing an imminent labor shortage in its industry, the National Kitchen and Bath Association launched a conference program for local high school students to build awareness about careers in residential construction and design. It’s a model for others to consider.

by Ernie Smith Mar 27, 2019

Expense Reports Are Evolving, But Are Organizations?

by Ernie Smith Mar 27, 2019

While technologies like artificial intelligence could make it easier to pinpoint instances of expense-report fraud, many organizations haven’t embraced digital reporting.

by Mark Athitakis Mar 24, 2019

The Case for Slow Leadership

by Mark Athitakis Mar 24, 2019

CEOs are urged to be fast-paced change agents, but it’s an approach that can court failure and risk losing valuable input.

by Ernie Smith Mar 22, 2019

Report: More People Gave or Volunteered in 2018

by Ernie Smith Mar 22, 2019

A new report from CAF America credited a strong economy for helping to improve numbers for charitable donations and volunteering last year.

by Tim Ebner Mar 22, 2019

Membership Hack: Association StoryCorps

by Tim Ebner Mar 22, 2019

Association members have stories to tell. The American Geophysical Union has enlisted StoryCorps, a nonprofit that collects and archives audio conversations with everyday Americans, to document its members’ accounts of their journeys through science.

by Samantha Whitehorne Mar 21, 2019

Conference Circuit: Continuing Education Pros

by Samantha Whitehorne Mar 21, 2019

The University Professional & Continuing Education Association’s 104th Annual Conference begins next week in Seattle. Attendance is expected to top 700.

by Ernie Smith Mar 21, 2019

The Association That Helps Manage Your E-Commerce Returns

by Ernie Smith Mar 21, 2019

The Reverse Logistics Association is a group that represents the logistics for products after their initial sale—a business that, in the e-commerce age, is growing, quickly.

by Rasheeda Childress Mar 20, 2019

In Wake of Admissions Scandal, College Consultants Group Steps Up

by Rasheeda Childress Mar 20, 2019

After the FBI exposed college admissions cheats, the Independent Educational Consultants Association helped members stay ahead of any potential fallout. It also came with good news for IECA: a spike in membership applications.

by Ernie Smith Mar 20, 2019

As Mentoring Evolves, Mix the Tech With the Traditional

by Ernie Smith Mar 20, 2019

Young professionals can gain a lot of perspective from workplace mentors—even if they communicate via new tools like apps. But experts say face-to-face interactions still have a major role.

by Julie Shoop Mar 18, 2019

#ASAEIdeas19: Go Big by Going Small

by Julie Shoop Mar 18, 2019

Move over, BHAG. According to several speakers on day two of the ASAE Great Ideas Conference, sometimes the best path to innovation is to set aside the big, hairy, audacious goal and go small instead.

by Chris Vest, CAE Mar 18, 2019

Groups Concerned Pending Texas Bill Could Weaken LGBTQ Protections

by Chris Vest, CAE Mar 18, 2019

A coalition of business groups and convention and tourism leaders, which includes ASAE, is expressing concern that a pending bill in the Texas Legislature could weaken protections for the state’s LGBTQ workers.

by Mark Athitakis Mar 17, 2019

Leadership, Now With Less Narcissism

by Mark Athitakis Mar 17, 2019

The age of the “great man” leader may be over, but one study suggests CEOs still stumble over their egos. A little humility and openness to learning can help.

by Chris Vest, CAE Mar 15, 2019

Labor Department Issues New Overtime Rule

by Chris Vest, CAE Mar 15, 2019

Earlier this month, the Department of Labor proposed new rules to raise the salary threshold under which employees could earn overtime pay. The proposal is now in a 60-day public comment period.

by Ernie Smith Mar 15, 2019

New University Collaboration Aims to Support Civic-Minded Tech

by Ernie Smith Mar 15, 2019

The 21-member-strong Public Interest Technology University Network, backed by a trio of large nonprofits and a number of major schools, aims to bring together the worlds of public policy and tech.

by Samantha Whitehorne Mar 14, 2019

Conference Circuit: Nanny Knowledge

by Samantha Whitehorne Mar 14, 2019

The International Nanny Association’s 34th Annual Conference begins next week in New Orleans. Attendance is expected to top 250.

by Mark Athitakis Mar 10, 2019

A Better Process for Better Decisions

by Mark Athitakis Mar 10, 2019

Leaders who act “from the gut” are often swayed by a host of biases. One Nobel-winning psychologist has come up with what he thinks is a better way.

by Chris Vest, CAE Mar 7, 2019

Bills Introduced to Repeal UBIT Fringe Benefits Tax

by Chris Vest, CAE Mar 7, 2019

A controversial provision in the 2017 tax reform law that taxes certain fringe benefits offered by nonprofit employers is now a target for repeal in both houses of Congress. 

by Samantha Whitehorne Mar 7, 2019

Conference Circuit: Electric Co-Ops

by Samantha Whitehorne Mar 7, 2019

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s 2019 Annual Meeting begins next week in Orlando. Attendance is expected to top 6,000.

by Ernie Smith Mar 6, 2019

We Asked, You Answered: Frustrating Tech Headaches

by Ernie Smith Mar 6, 2019

From annoying gadgets to frustrating apps, it’s not unheard of for a tech frustration to surface around every corner. Here were just a few of the ones that are racking the brains of association executives.

by Tim Ebner Mar 5, 2019

Get Creative With Your Spring Membership Drive

by Tim Ebner Mar 5, 2019

Spring offers a chance to rethink membership campaigns, adding seasonal tie-ins and creative themes that make it more fun to recruit and engage.

by Mark Athitakis Mar 3, 2019

What Recent Changes to the CAE Say About Leadership

by Mark Athitakis Mar 3, 2019

An ethics track and a lowered experience requirement recognize the standard-bearing role associations play—and leaders' urge to grasp the association industry faster.

by Rasheeda Childress Feb 27, 2019

Why Associations Shouldn’t Be Sidelined By Bad Press

by Rasheeda Childress Feb 27, 2019

In the wake of the Nike shoe blowout during an NCAA game, a public relations expert says associations shouldn’t run from negative publicity, but instead use it as an opportunity to show members their value.

by Ernie Smith Feb 25, 2019

The Case of the Missing File

by Ernie Smith Feb 25, 2019

As we use more and more files on a given day, it’s becoming harder and harder to track them. That means a stronger strategy around file management is necessary—both technically and practically.

by Ernie Smith Feb 22, 2019

4 Insights on How Chatbots Make Us Rethink Customer Experiences

by Ernie Smith Feb 22, 2019

Chatbots aren't just a customer support tool, nor do they represent a replacement for another person. If you’re looking into including one on your website or app, read on for some strategic considerations before jumping into the land of bots with both feet.

by Samantha Whitehorne Feb 21, 2019

What Women and Men Value as Attendees

by Samantha Whitehorne Feb 21, 2019

New research shows that women and men value different things when they attend exhibitions and conferences. Associations can benefit from those differences if they're thoughtful about it. 

by Ernie Smith Feb 21, 2019

Alliance’s Cybersecurity Toolkit Aims to Help Small Businesses

by Ernie Smith Feb 21, 2019

The Global Cyber Alliance, which has the backing of major municipal law enforcement agencies, is launching a toolkit that aims to make strong security something that even a small business can attain.

by Ernie Smith Feb 21, 2019

Proposed Mugshot Rule Pits Privacy Against the Public's Right to Know

by Ernie Smith Feb 21, 2019

A proposed New York state law that would bar the public release of mugshots to prevent their exploitation online has set up a conflict between privacy and the public's right to know. Organizations on both sides are speaking out.

by Ernie Smith Feb 15, 2019

The Industry Standards That Could Kill Robocalls for Good

by Ernie Smith Feb 15, 2019

Telecom industry groups have stepped up their efforts to stop robocalls by developing call verification and blocking standards. But the head of a new technical group warns that many details remain to be worked out before you can kiss robocalls goodbye.

by Jeff Hsin Feb 15, 2019

Daily Buzz: Bridge Your Industry’s Soft Skills Gap

by Jeff Hsin Feb 15, 2019

Your members’ employers no longer just prefer someone with soft skills—they’re a requirement. Develop a training curriculum to help members drive the industry forward. Also: the one trait missing from your content strategy.

by Ernie Smith Feb 14, 2019

3 Tips to Avoid Phishing Scams

by Ernie Smith Feb 14, 2019

Phishing schemes are getting more personalized and more targeted—and it’s up to both you and your employees to know how to deal with them when they occur. Read on for a few tactics for improving your odds of staying safe from data or identity theft.

by Ernie Smith Feb 13, 2019

The Society That Keeps Mount Rushmore Looking Solid as a Rock

by Ernie Smith Feb 13, 2019

The Mount Rushmore Society, a supporting organization for the popular South Dakota national monument, keeps things presidential throughout the year for visitors ready to make the trip in their general direction. The organization recently had to step up to offer support during the federal shutdown.

by Ernie Smith Feb 13, 2019

#VoiceYourLove: ALS Association Draws Tech-Industry Backing to Latest Campaign

by Ernie Smith Feb 13, 2019

The ALS Association’s new fundraising campaign asks supporters to "voice your love" for ALS patients who can't speak for themselves. Collaboration with the TRON Foundation is boosting the campaign's transparency and extending its reach through a large tech community.

by Jeff Hsin Feb 13, 2019

Daily Buzz: When It's OK to Break the Rules

by Jeff Hsin Feb 13, 2019

You want your members to be happy—but unintentional negative interactions with your staff could prove a major turnoff. Also: The National Confectioners Association is offering more health information and options for its sweet treats.

by Ernie Smith Feb 12, 2019

IAB Expands Membership Offerings From Advertisers to Brands

by Ernie Smith Feb 12, 2019

The Interactive Advertising Bureau, noting a recent trend of direct-to-consumer brands online, is making an effort to bring those brands into the organization—both as members and within the high-profile ad organization's board.

by Ernie Smith Feb 7, 2019

With Interest in Lab-Grown Diamonds Rising, Groups Eye Expansion

by Ernie Smith Feb 7, 2019

The International Grown Diamond Association has helped raise the profile of synthetic gems, despite working on a shoestring budget. Now there’s word of a new group that would focus on marketing in the space.

by Samantha Whitehorne Feb 7, 2019

Conference Circuit: Commencement Officers

by Samantha Whitehorne Feb 7, 2019

The North American Association of Commencement Officers’ 2019 Annual Conference begins next week in Reno, Nevada.

by Rasheeda Childress Feb 7, 2019

Corn Growers Group Plots Quick Response to Super Bowl Ad

by Rasheeda Childress Feb 7, 2019

After a Bud Light ad put its members and the product they grow under attack, the National Corn Growers Association reacted quickly to protect its industry.

by Allison Torres Burtka Feb 6, 2019

How Change-Management Coaching Helped One Group Deal With Growing Pains

by Allison Torres Burtka Feb 6, 2019

CareSource has been growing rapidly. From 2006 to 2017, its employee base grew 300 percent, and recently, its longtime CEO retired. To deal with this upheaval, the nonprofit turned to change-management coaching, which it says saved the organization millions of dollars and helped senior leaders keep employees engaged.

by Jeff Hsin Feb 6, 2019

Daily Buzz: Create a Voice-Rich Culture

by Jeff Hsin Feb 6, 2019

To improve workplace environments, leaders should promote a culture of speaking up. Also: ideas for more inclusive events.

by Tim Ebner Feb 5, 2019

Saving Time: Your Best Member Benefit

by Tim Ebner Feb 5, 2019

Are your members too busy to engage with your association? Maybe it’s time to rethink how you talk about member benefits and services, reframing them as time-saving opportunities.

by Ernie Smith Feb 5, 2019

CompTIA Report: Convergence Is 2019’s Defining Tech Trend

by Ernie Smith Feb 5, 2019

Rather than a single “next big thing” to define the way that the tech sector builds itself, CompTIA’s latest industry outlook argues that 2019 will be the year that many of the big trends will come together.

by Ernie Smith Feb 4, 2019

Facebook at 15: It’s Fundamental. It’s Annoying. We’re Still There.

by Ernie Smith Feb 4, 2019

As it hits a key anniversary, it’s safe to say that Facebook, as a social network and company, is well into its terrible teen years. But it’s worth remembering the reasons why the network hooked us in the first place—because they’re the very things that associations want to do well.

by Chris Vest, CAE Feb 4, 2019

UBIT Repeal Gaining Traction in 116th Congress

by Chris Vest, CAE Feb 4, 2019

Bipartisan support to repeal a 21 percent tax on fringe benefits, include free parking and mass-transit assistance, is growing. Meanwhile, a new report commissioned by Independent Sector reveals the impact of the tax on nonprofits.

by Ernie Smith Feb 4, 2019

Report: Pointless Workplace Meetings Costly, Time-Consuming

by Ernie Smith Feb 4, 2019

A report from the software company Doodle suggests that hundreds of billions of dollars are wasted on ineffective or wasteful workplace meetings each year. But a few tweaks could help matters.

by Mark Athitakis Feb 3, 2019

First Steps to Better Employee Engagement

by Mark Athitakis Feb 3, 2019

Plenty of studies show that employees often feel disconnected at work. Improving that situation can depend on leaders better defining success, and building a culture around it.

by Ernie Smith Feb 1, 2019

Airbnb Aims at Event Space Rental With Acquisition

by Ernie Smith Feb 1, 2019

The home rental platform, which is already seeing consumers renting spaces through it specifically for the purpose of hosting events, is formalizing the strategy with the acquisition of the Danish company Gaest.com.

by Julie Shoop Feb 1, 2019

Editor’s Note: Two Sides of the Coin

by Julie Shoop Feb 1, 2019

Exploring the two different sides of leadership that make associations what they are. Association leadership is a two-sided coin: the CEO on one side, the volunteer board chair on the other. By extension, of course, the leadership team includes other senior staff and the full board of directors, who together ensure that the organization serves […]

by Tim Ebner Feb 1, 2019

Starting Strong: Board Relations for First-Time Executives

by Tim Ebner Feb 1, 2019

For a first-time association executive, getting to know the board can be a daunting prospect. How can a freshly minted CEO win the confidence of the organization’s volunteer leaders while establishing a foothold on the top job? Here’s how a few first-time CEOs navigated this experience, achieving long-lasting trust and collaborative relationships with their boards.

by Mark Athitakis Feb 1, 2019

First Steps to Strategy for Board Members

by Mark Athitakis Feb 1, 2019

Board members often come to their first meeting in need of help in building their strategic thinking skills. Firm guidance from the CEO can cultivate a focus on the long-term big picture and guide board members out of the operational weeds. But be prepared: This shift takes time and patience.

by Tim Ebner Feb 1, 2019

Listen While You Lead

by Tim Ebner Feb 1, 2019

When a new CEO sits in the executive chair for the first time, listening is a top priority. In her e-book CEOs’ First 90 Days, executive coach Cynthia Mills, FASAE, CAE, outlines three actions to take in the first month on the job.

by Maria Mihalik Feb 1, 2019

Crowdsource: Homes That Rock

by Maria Mihalik Feb 1, 2019

Stone features add beauty to houses built for wounded veterans.

by Associations Now Staff Feb 1, 2019

Comings and Goings: Jan/Feb 2018

by Associations Now Staff Feb 1, 2019

A roundup of new hires and other personnel moves in the association industry.

by Samantha Whitehorne Feb 1, 2019

Meetings Memo: Driven for Data

by Samantha Whitehorne Feb 1, 2019

A flood of event data is both an opportunity and a challenge.

by Kristin Clarke, CAE Feb 1, 2019

Books: No Fear

by Kristin Clarke, CAE Feb 1, 2019

In The Fearless Organization, Harvard professor Amy Edmondson makes the case for creating  psychologically safe workplaces.

by Ernie Smith Jan 30, 2019

Landscape Architecture Coalition: We Need More Walkable Streets

by Ernie Smith Jan 30, 2019

A new report from an American Society of Landscape Architects-affiliated coalition notes that streets have gotten deadlier in the past decade, in large part because they’re not as safe for pedestrians as they could be.

by Ernie Smith Jan 29, 2019

Business Groups Aim to Change Mindset on Hiring Ex-Convicts

by Ernie Smith Jan 29, 2019

Working with prominent political donor Charles Koch, a number of major trade groups threw their support behind an initiative that aims to encourage employers to consider workers with criminal records for open positions.

by Mark Athitakis Jan 27, 2019

The Power of a New Tagline

by Mark Athitakis Jan 27, 2019

The National Governors Association recently began billing itself as "nonpartisan," rather than "bipartisan"—a subtle shift that speaks to the importance of knowing how your organization is perceived by insiders and outsiders alike.

by Ernie Smith Jan 25, 2019

Daily Buzz: Tools for Getting Visual

by Ernie Smith Jan 25, 2019

Plenty of tools out there could help give your visuals a boost—but they won’t completely replace the need for an actual designer. Also: Are web analytics bunk? Here’s what a former Reddit CEO had to say.

by Chris Vest, CAE Jan 25, 2019

ASAE Joins Chamber, Other Groups Calling for End to Shutdown

by Chris Vest, CAE Jan 25, 2019

In a letter to lawmakers and President Trump, hundreds of organizations representing the business community urged an immediate end to the prolonged federal government shutdown, saying the impasse is causing significant damage to the economy, individual businesses, and families nationwide.

by Samantha Whitehorne Jan 24, 2019

Three Do’s of Attendee Onboarding

by Samantha Whitehorne Jan 24, 2019

Like new employees, first-time conference attendees will benefit from a smooth and successful onboarding experience. Some ideas for building an attendee onboarding strategy that will turn first-timers into long-timers.

by Samantha Whitehorne Jan 24, 2019

Conference Circuit: Ticketing Pros

by Samantha Whitehorne Jan 24, 2019

The International Ticketing Association’s 40th Annual Conference and Exposition begins next week in Grapevine, Texas. Attendance is expected to exceed 1,000.

by Ernie Smith Jan 23, 2019

Sign of the Times: MPAA Welcomes Netflix as a Member

by Ernie Smith Jan 23, 2019

The streaming service is the first member of the film industry trade group that isn’t a traditional studio. It comes during an awards season in which Netflix is scoring big.

by Tim Ebner Jan 22, 2019

Future Focus: When Looking Ahead, Talk to Members First

by Tim Ebner Jan 22, 2019

As part of an initiative to examine future forces shaping the corporate real estate profession, CoreNet Global spent time interviewing its members worldwide. The effort resulted in a new study forecasting industry trends that will affect members and the association by 2025 and beyond.

by Chris Vest, CAE Jan 22, 2019

Nonprofit Alliance Seeks Amendment to California Data Privacy Law

by Chris Vest, CAE Jan 22, 2019

Nonprofits are concerned about negative effects that could come from a new California law regulating how organizations collect and use personal data. The Nonprofit Alliance is looking to amend the law and pressing for "carefully crafted" federal privacy legislation.

by Ernie Smith Jan 21, 2019

Watch Out: Email Mergers Are Heating Up

by Ernie Smith Jan 21, 2019

In the past year, a number of major email service providers—particularly, and most prominently, Campaign Monitor—have expanded via acquisition. What should associations know, and what are the pitfalls to avoid?

by Raegan Johnson Jan 18, 2019

We Asked, You Answered: Valuable Volunteer Lessons

by Raegan Johnson Jan 18, 2019

Volunteer work not only aids your community, but it can also help you develop relationships and skills that are helpful in a professional environment. Find out how your fellow association pros have benefited from volunteering.

by Ernie Smith Jan 17, 2019

Board Diversity at Center of New Initiative for Museums

by Ernie Smith Jan 17, 2019

Grants totaling $4 million from three major foundations will support an American Alliance of Museums initiative to help museums build more diverse boards. The effort comes two years after an AAM study identified the problem.

by Ernie Smith Jan 17, 2019

New Space Research Initiative Aims Sights Directly at Earth

by Ernie Smith Jan 17, 2019

The Universities Space Research Association is launching the Earth from Space Institute, a new program that aims to identify problems happening on the ground from the sky. And they’re bringing in a former NASA official to lead the initiative.

by Ernie Smith Jan 16, 2019

Companies Put Big Support Behind Plastic Recycling Efforts

by Ernie Smith Jan 16, 2019

With large amounts of single-use plastics ending up in oceans and elsewhere, a new corporate-backed coalition, called the Alliance to End Plastic Waste, aims to boost recycling and conservation efforts. However, environmental groups are skeptical.

by Chris Vest, CAE Jan 16, 2019

IRS Issues Interim Guidance on Nonprofit Excise Tax

by Chris Vest, CAE Jan 16, 2019

Last month, the IRS issued interim guidance on the 21 percent excise tax on tax-exempt executive compensation exceeding $1 million. ASAE will continue to work to reduce the impact of the excise tax on associations.

by Jeff Hsin Jan 14, 2019

Daily Buzz: Engage Members During the Offseason

by Jeff Hsin Jan 14, 2019

Going through downtime before your annual conference? Use these strategies to keep members interested and engaged. Also: Event tech in 2019 will focus less on innovation, more on existing technology.

by Mark Athitakis Jan 13, 2019

Could Your Staff Agenda Use a Reset?

by Mark Athitakis Jan 13, 2019

With changes in industries happening ever more rapidly, associations will have to ask how staffs should best do their work. Bringing the question directly to staff is a good first step.

by Ernie Smith Jan 11, 2019

Ad Compliance Efforts, Showing Success, Go Global

by Ernie Smith Jan 11, 2019

The Coalition for Better Ads, which has come up with a lengthy list of ad types that it says publishers should retire, is taking the effort global—thanks in no small part to Google.

by Samantha Whitehorne Jan 10, 2019

Three Conference Ideas to Steal From Hotels

by Samantha Whitehorne Jan 10, 2019

Hotels are making it easier for guests to work, connect, and explore during their stays. Consider these three examples—and whether you might do something similar for your conference attendees.

by Ernie Smith Jan 8, 2019

Associations Make an Impression at CES

by Ernie Smith Jan 8, 2019

Whether in the form of 5G wireless, 10G wired, or via new industry initiatives, associations will be all over this year’s CES, the high-profile electronics show.

by Ernie Smith Jan 7, 2019

Government Shutdown Puts Damper on Association Meetings

by Ernie Smith Jan 7, 2019

A number of major conferences and tradeshows taking place in January, including this week’s CES and many scientific conferences, are dealing with the loss of numerous attendees and presenters from the federal government—leading events to quickly switch gears.

by Jeff Hsin Jan 7, 2019

Daily Buzz: Start Building Your Persuasion Skills

by Jeff Hsin Jan 7, 2019

Effective communication is no longer just a soft skill; the ability to persuade gives you a competitive edge. Also: how to deal with an executive transition.

by Mark Athitakis Jan 6, 2019

Is it Time to Recession-Proof Your Association?

by Mark Athitakis Jan 6, 2019

Economic signals suggest some belt-tightening may be on the agenda for 2019. Lessons from the last recession may offer some guidance for handling the next one.

by Ernie Smith Jan 4, 2019

Federal Contractor Groups Support Members Amid Shutdown

by Ernie Smith Jan 4, 2019

Associations representing federal contractors in the defense, aerospace, and professional services sectors are pressing for an end to the ongoing government shutdown and providing resources to assist affected members.

by Samantha Whitehorne Jan 3, 2019

Conference Circuit: Soil Science

by Samantha Whitehorne Jan 3, 2019

The Soil Science Society of America’ s 2019 International Annual Meeting begins this weekend in San Diego. Attendance is expected to top 4,000.

by Ernie Smith Jan 3, 2019

3 Reasons for Brain Drain—and 3 Possible Solutions

by Ernie Smith Jan 3, 2019

If your longtime employees are leaving your organization and you're struggling to find new talent with the right expertise in a tough job market, you're likely suffering from brain drain. Consider these strategies to ease the pain.

by Ernie Smith Jan 2, 2019

Amid Partial Shutdown, Groups Step In, Speak Up for National Parks

by Ernie Smith Jan 2, 2019

A number of national parks have suffered severe declines in service—and have faced closures—as a result of the ongoing partial shutdown of the federal government. Associations have offered both financial assistance and advocacy support amid the shutdown.

by Ernie Smith Dec 21, 2018

How WeWork Is Shaking Up the Modern Office Landscape

by Ernie Smith Dec 21, 2018

The coworking giant has encouraged new takes on traditional office space—and its aggressive growth is leading to a surge in competition. Next time you're looking for office space, you may find unexpected new options.

by Ernie Smith Dec 18, 2018

In "Digital Protest," NAACP Urges Users to Boycott Facebook

by Ernie Smith Dec 18, 2018

The civil rights organization launched a weeklong boycott of Facebook Tuesday, saying it had failed to respond strongly enough to misinformation posted on the platform in 2016 that reportedly aimed to keep African-American voters from the polls.

by Ernie Smith Dec 17, 2018

What a Big Web Browser Change Means for Developers

by Ernie Smith Dec 17, 2018

Microsoft’s decision to embrace the same browser engine that Google’s Chrome relies on may make developers’ lives easier in the short term, but to think you should develop only for Chrome-based browsers is a big mistake.

by Mark Athitakis Dec 16, 2018

How's Your Pricing Strategy?

by Mark Athitakis Dec 16, 2018

Success in some areas can lead to a false sense of satisfaction. A closer look can reveal where you might be leaving money on the table.

by Ernie Smith Dec 13, 2018

Why Brick-and-Mortar Retailers are Embracing Subscriptions

by Ernie Smith Dec 13, 2018

Borrowing cues from Amazon Prime with a need to build long-term engagement, major retailers are starting to embrace subscription or membership strategies—taking advantage of their physical presences to boost the potential value of the offerings.

by Ernie Smith Dec 11, 2018

Diversity Front of Mind for PGA Ahead of Big Move

by Ernie Smith Dec 11, 2018

With diversity issues long facing its membership and golf in general, the association sees opportunity for improvement as it moves to the Dallas area in the coming years.

by Ernie Smith Dec 10, 2018

How Australian Retailers Led the Way on a Successful Bag Ban

by Ernie Smith Dec 10, 2018

Australia's National Retail Association threw its early support behind efforts by both retailers and state governments to replace single-use plastic bags with multi-use alternatives. Despite controversy, the decision led to an 80 percent decline in their use in just a few months.

by Mark Athitakis Dec 9, 2018

Name Your Price: The Challenges of Pricing for Associations

by Mark Athitakis Dec 9, 2018

Putting a price on membership, products, and services can feel fraught with risk and uncertainty. How do you define the value of something? Will members revolt against a price increase? But pricing shouldn’t be guesswork: Patience, testing, research, and a little courage can lead you to the right number.