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Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jul 12, 2020

Preserving Your Organizational Culture From a Distance

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jul 12, 2020

Even if workers aren't in a physical space, they still want a sense of how an organization behaves. Leaders need to find ways to communicate it.

Leadership by Ernie Smith May 1, 2020

How a Strong Culture Can Keep Your Organization Resilient

Leadership 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.

Money & Business by Michael Hickey Apr 8, 2020

Daily Buzz: How to Adopt a Digital-First Culture

Money & Business by Michael Hickey Apr 8, 2020

To change your culture, change the way people work. Also: how leaders can build collaborative relationships within their organizations.

Money & Business by Rasheeda Childress Mar 12, 2020

For One Group, Celebrating Irish Culture Extends Beyond St. Patrick’s Day

Money & Business by Rasheeda Childress Mar 12, 2020

While some people only get excited about Ireland on March 17, the Irish American Cultural Institute loves all things Irish every day of the year and wants to share the country’s history and culture with today’s generation and those to come.

Leadership by Sophia Conforti Dec 5, 2019

Daily Buzz: Four Signs of a Toxic Workplace Culture

Leadership by Sophia Conforti Dec 5, 2019

If your association’s work environment is dealing with these four things, it’s time for a culture wake-up call. Also: why getting social is key to purposeful meetings.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jul 18, 2019

Conference Circuit: Agriculture and Economics

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jul 18, 2019

The Agricultural and Applied Economics Association’s 2019 Annual Meeting begins this weekend in Atlanta. Attendance is expected to top 1,400.

Leadership by Sophia Conforti Jul 2, 2019

Daily Buzz: Is Your Culture Really “Innovative”?

Leadership by Sophia Conforti Jul 2, 2019

Building an innovative culture? Start by not calling it “innovative.” Also: how one nonprofit is combating food insecurity.

Brand Connection by Community Brands Jun 28, 2019

The Future of Education: Building a Culture of Learning

Brand Connection 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.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jun 5, 2019

Data Culture: Why Your Organization Should Think Beyond Big Data

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jun 5, 2019

Is now the time to remove the term “big data” from your vocabulary and rethink how you can best become a data-driven organization? A recent NewVantage Partners survey lays out a cultural case.

Membership by Tim Ebner Apr 30, 2019

Understand Membership Culture to Improve Engagement

Membership by Tim Ebner Apr 30, 2019

Your members create a culture that leaders and staff should understand and act on. One association executive, speaking from experience, explains how the nuances of membership culture drive member engagement and volunteer involvement.

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 1, 2019

Could Your Association Thrive in a Remote-First Culture?

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 1, 2019

In an age when centralization is running into a cost-of-living wall for many industries, embracing a remote-first culture could expand both your pool of talent and your base of operations.

Leadership by Sophia Conforti Feb 6, 2019

Daily Buzz: Create a Voice-Rich Culture

Leadership by Sophia Conforti Feb 6, 2019

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

Technology by Ernie Smith Jan 28, 2019

How a Technical Standard Changed Pop Culture Forever

Technology by Ernie Smith Jan 28, 2019

Nearly 40 years ago, digital electronics manufacturers pinpointed the need for a technical standard—and with the help of a wide variety of associations, created something that has quietly had a massive impact on popular culture. If your association is looking to make a big impact with a technical standard, the story of MIDI could prove quite informative.

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Jan 16, 2019

Daily Buzz: Wellness at Work Starts With Culture

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Jan 16, 2019

Wellness perks don’t mean anything if they are happening in a toxic work environment. Organizations should promote trust to improve culture and reduce stress on employees. Also: Twitter is testing new features to promote positive interactions.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Jan 2, 2019

Create a Culture That Keeps Employees Motivated and Happy  

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Jan 2, 2019

When organizations don’t focus on wellbeing, they’ll often see that their employees are exhibiting signs of burnout. Here are few tips for preventing it.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Sep 18, 2018

New Trade Group Goes Fishing for Aquaculture

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Sep 18, 2018

The industry collective Stronger America Through Seafood hopes to encourage legislation that pushes forward aquaculture, or the farming of fish or other sea creatures, in the U.S. The American fishing industry has fallen somewhat behind its peers in recent years.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Aug 1, 2018

Create a Culture That Keeps Employees Motivated and Happy  

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Aug 1, 2018

When organizations don’t focus on wellbeing, they’ll often see that their employees are exhibiting signs of burnout. Here are few tips for preventing it.

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Jul 26, 2018

Daily Buzz: The Evolution of Internship Culture

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Jul 26, 2018

It’s National Intern Day. Time breaks down how a position that started as trade training became the new entry-level job. Also: Why online course maintenance matters. Back in 1992, only 17 percent of college students had an internship. Fast forward to today, and more than 62 percent of the Class of 2017 did at least […]

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Jul 16, 2018

Daily Buzz: Creating a Learning Culture

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Jul 16, 2018

Association Success shares advice for making learning practices as natural to your organization as breathing. Also: Do you know when you should stop emailing people?

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Jun 18, 2018

Monday Buzz: How to Handle Subcultures

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Jun 18, 2018

Subcultures naturally pop up within organizations, and it’s important to manage them effectively to keep them from turning toxic. Also: As apps and platforms integrate, social media will likely become a major event sales channel.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Mar 23, 2018

Edible Insect Group Shifts Focus From Food to Agriculture

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Mar 23, 2018

The North American Coalition for Insect Agriculture was once a group focused on getting humans to consider eating bugs. While it’s not dropping that mission entirely, the coalition is expanding into educational efforts that could give bugs a role throughout the food chain.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Nov 20, 2017

Japan’s “Giving December” Hopes to Build a Culture of Giving

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Nov 20, 2017

With charitable donations less common in the country than other established nations, Japan’s Giving December, launched by private sector groups in 2015, is focused less on driving donations to specific organizations and more on the idea of giving in general. The initiative also reflects the larger goals of the Japan Fundraising Association.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Nov 13, 2017

Why the C-Suite Needs a Culture Change

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Nov 13, 2017

The latest “Women in the Workplace” report has little good news about the gender gap in leadership. But it points to some ideas that bosses (and boards) can make use of.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Oct 16, 2017

Business, Agriculture Associations Warn Against Leaving NAFTA

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Oct 16, 2017

Agricultural concerns have become a key part of the debate on the North American Free Trade Agreement, which the president has threatened to leave. A broad array of business groups made the case for protecting NAFTA as part of a recent trip to Capitol Hill.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Sep 21, 2017

Agriculture Groups Take Action After Irma Hits Florida Citrus Crops

Leadership by Ernie Smith Sep 21, 2017

With more than half of all citrus crops damaged by Hurricane Irma earlier this month—particularly orange crops—agriculture groups are trying to assess damage, help their industries recover, and help employees hurt by the storm.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Mar 30, 2017

How to Create a Culture That Embraces Sales

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Mar 30, 2017

All associations are in the business of sales, whether they want to believe it or not. Here are a few tips for changing the culture around the office, as well as an example that shows these tips in practice.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Mar 10, 2017

What Seating Arrangements Reveal About a Meeting’s Culture

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Mar 10, 2017

An article showed that the seating and structure of a country’s legislature reveals a lot about culture and how decisions are made. What does it means in terms of seating and room setup at conferences and events?

Meetings by Ernie Smith Mar 6, 2017

#Ideas17: Take Cues From Pop Culture to Power Up Your Panel Discussions

Meetings by Ernie Smith Mar 6, 2017

The second day of the Great Ideas Conference featured a session that pushed against the standard styles of panel discussions and suggested taking them into directions that borrow more from pop culture than association events.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Mar 1, 2017

New Videogame Nonprofit Gives Gaming Culture a Few Extra Lives

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Mar 1, 2017

The nonprofit Video Game History Foundation, launched this week, is getting up and running by releasing vintage marketing materials from the Nintendo Entertainment System’s 1985 launch. It’s just a starting point for the preservation-minded group.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Feb 6, 2017

What the Future of NAFTA Holds for Agriculture

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Feb 6, 2017

Within the U.S. agricultural industry, at least, NAFTA has been seen as a net positive, and groups have expressed concern with President Donald Trump’s intent to renegotiate the free-trade deal. On the other side of the border, however, some Mexican officials see the potential to lift the country’s depressed agricultural market.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Aug 22, 2016

Want to Improve Your Culture? Don't Micromanage It

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Aug 22, 2016

Leaders steer the culture of their organizations, actively or not. But leading well demands an awareness of when managing becomes controlling.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jul 25, 2016

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

Leadership 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.

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Feb 24, 2016

Proactive Steps to Build a Culture That Values Membership

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Feb 24, 2016

The author of a chapter in the new edition of Membership Essentials shares advice on getting colleagues in other departments invested in the value of membership.

Leadership by Jamie Notter Dec 1, 2015

Organizational Culture: The Moment for Change

Leadership by Jamie Notter Dec 1, 2015

New CEOs have a golden opportunity to embark on the difficult work of changing organizational culture. But it doesn’t last forever. These four lessons from CEOs who have been there can help others seize the day.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Sep 14, 2015

Why Culture Matters When You Go Global

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Sep 14, 2015

Knowing how to shake hands and give gifts is nice when you go abroad. But good etiquette isn’t the whole of understanding culture.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Aug 24, 2015

What Amazon's Culture Says About Managing Employees

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Aug 24, 2015

A harsh New York Times assessment of the online retailer’s workplace isn’t about just one company. There are important lessons for how every organization can handle collaboration and feedback.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Apr 16, 2015

Thirsty Almonds? Agriculture Groups Defend the Nut During Drought

Leadership by Ernie Smith Apr 16, 2015

With backlash against California almonds—and their high water consumption during a period of drought—reaching a crescendo, two almond industry trade groups have been boosting their messaging in recent months. The groups say they're doing what they can to reduce water consumption, and they note that almonds are far from the thirstiest crop on the farm.

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Jan 7, 2015

Where Membership and Culture Meet

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Jan 7, 2015

Changing organizational culture is a difficult job, but associations are in a special position to influence culture—the 2014 Merriam-Webster Word of the Year—among both staff and members.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Sep 15, 2014

Social Media Roundup: Pick Up the Culture Pace

Leadership by Ernie Smith Sep 15, 2014

A big question on cultural change—how long is too long? Also: careful when calling yourself a "catalyst."

Leadership by Katie Bascuas Jun 17, 2014

Align Your Association’s Culture With The 21st Century, Social Strategist Says

Leadership by Katie Bascuas Jun 17, 2014

Anthony Shop, co-founder and chief strategy officer at Social Driver, outlined three techniques associations can use to help ensure successful social strategies and greater connections with members at ASAE’s 2014 Marketing, Membership, and Communications Conference.

Leadership by Kristin Clarke Jun 1, 2014

How Leaders Create a Giving Culture

Leadership by Kristin Clarke Jun 1, 2014

Tips from Adam Grant on how to ensure that you're creating a culture of giving in your own organization.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith May 20, 2014

The Agriculture Industry's Challenge: Marketing Meat to Millennials

Money & Business by Ernie Smith May 20, 2014

With young adults being so interested in how their food is made, the meat industry is having a tough time keeping generation Y interested in its product. As highlighted by a recent trade group event, this is a hurdle that has the industry welcoming new

Leadership by Lori Porter, MBA, IOM, CAE Jan 16, 2014

Take It From the Top: How Leaders Foster an Ethical Culture (or Not)

Leadership by Lori Porter, MBA, IOM, CAE Jan 16, 2014

Usually, an organization’s ethics are only as good as its leaders’. To create an organizational culture that promotes ethical conduct and personal responsibility, leaders need to serve as role models for others.

Leadership by Alexis Williams & Alexis Davis Dec 18, 2013

Social Media Roundup: To Innovate, Change the Culture

Leadership by Alexis Williams & Alexis Davis Dec 18, 2013

Leadership teams in big organizations must adjust their approach to tackling issues that inhibit innovation. Plus: Some helpful tips for using Twitter to gain new clients—not just to broadcast.

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Nov 27, 2013

A Culture That Starts With Member Service

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Nov 27, 2013

At Fitness Australia, "Team Cool" is a nickname for internal staff culture, but its impact is felt by members every day. That's by design, because the member-service department is where Team Cool began.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jun 17, 2013

Why Strong Leaders Need Strong Cultures

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jun 17, 2013

Intentionally or unwittingly, leaders model the culture of their organizations. Sending the wrong message can make that culture one of distrust---and have a real impact on your success.

Leadership by Anita Ferrer May 29, 2013

Lunchtime Links: Defining 'Organizational Culture'

Leadership by Anita Ferrer May 29, 2013

Does your association need more agility? A change in thinking and culture can help your staff and organization flourish. Also: A blogger's definition of “organizational culture.”

Leadership by Anita Ferrer May 7, 2013

Lunchtime Links: The Complexity of Corporate Cultures

Leadership by Anita Ferrer May 7, 2013

Assembling your corporate culture requires is more complex than putting together a couple of puzzle pieces. Also: The widely-used hashtag chat platform TweetChat is in danger, thanks to some forthcoming Twitter API changes.

Membership by Ernie Smith Apr 10, 2013

Lunchtime Links: Build Your Own Great Culture

Membership by Ernie Smith Apr 10, 2013

How you can take a few cues from the culture behind the 3D printing movement. Also: Don't flunk the relevancy test with your next executive hire.

Leadership by Anita Ferrer Mar 19, 2013

Could Exercise Help Your Corporate Culture?

Leadership by Anita Ferrer Mar 19, 2013

A media agency has hourly companywide fitness routines, which have improved the staff's productivity and set the corporate culture. Why more workplaces are promoting physical activity among their staffs.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Mar 11, 2013

Deaf Culture: One Group's Embrace of a Hit TV Show

Leadership by Ernie Smith Mar 11, 2013

The National Association for the Deaf has found a public vehicle for its interests in the form of the hit TV show "Switched at Birth." And recently, the show took things a step further.

Leadership by Kristin Clarke Sep 25, 2012

Learning: Culture Shift

Leadership by Kristin Clarke Sep 25, 2012

Nonprofit consultant Nancy Axelrod’s 6 steps to a better board.

Technology by Ernie Smith Oct 19, 2020

Weekly Now: Protecting Digital History at the Source

Technology by Ernie Smith Oct 19, 2020

The Video Game History Foundation expands its archival efforts to video game source materials. Also: the association that set a Guinness World Record for its recent virtual event.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Oct 18, 2020

How to Keep Narcissism From Turning Your Organization Toxic

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Oct 18, 2020

An egotistical boss isn’t just about the boss—he or she can infect the whole organization. Smart hiring and evaluation processes, plus a strong board, can help.

Leadership by Autumn Whitefield-Madrano Oct 16, 2020

How to Nurture Diversity Efforts Over the Long Haul

Leadership 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.

Brand Connection by Destination Canada Oct 15, 2020

Why The Power of Connection Is Critical For Business Events

Brand Connection by Destination Canada Oct 15, 2020

[Sponsored] In the age of virtual interaction, human-to-human connection is critical to spark creativity, make connections and bring organizations together.

Money & Business by Rasheeda Childress Oct 15, 2020

Greeting Card Association Moves to Hybrid Management Model

Money & Business by Rasheeda Childress Oct 15, 2020

With the challenges of COVID-19 forcing associations to adapt, the Greeting Card Association moved to a new management model to help the organization modernize and navigate pandemic-related changes.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Oct 12, 2020

How to Move DEI Conversations Beyond Just Talk

Leadership 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.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Sep 20, 2020

How Leaders Can Handle Remote Work's Diversity Challenge

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Sep 20, 2020

Employees from underrepresented groups may not be handling the Zoom environment as well as you think. One association executive shares his thoughts on how to address remote-work disconnects.

Membership by Ernie Smith Sep 14, 2020

Weekly Now: An Oscars Nod to D&I

Membership by Ernie Smith Sep 14, 2020

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences reveals new diversity requirements for the Oscars’ Best Picture category—and welcomes the discussion the changes have created. Also: The Boston Marathon makes remote running work.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Sep 13, 2020

What Helps Retain Staff in a New-Normal Workplace

Leadership 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.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Sep 3, 2020

We Asked, You Answered: 7 Books You’ll Turn to Again and Again

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Sep 3, 2020

Association pros take inspiration from literary sources—both expected and unexpected—to do their jobs. Here are just a few books that inspire Associations Now readers.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Aug 30, 2020

How to Make the Most of Growing Employee Engagement

Leadership 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.

Leadership by Michael Hickey Aug 28, 2020

The First Steps in Creating a Hybrid Office That Works

Leadership by Michael Hickey Aug 28, 2020

In the first of a three-part series on establishing a hybrid office, we look at four questions leaders need to ask to develop a successful working environment. For some associations, the transition to fully remote operations amid the COVID-19 pandemic has been relatively smooth. But now that employees are beginning to tiptoe back into offices […]

Technology by Michael Hickey Aug 26, 2020

Daily Buzz: Help Employees Embrace New Technology

Technology by Michael Hickey Aug 26, 2020

Leaders can eliminate barriers to tech adoption with a culture that supports employees. Also: transitioning to a virtual sponsorship program.

Technology by Ernie Smith Aug 20, 2020

Six Essential Tools for Your Remote Toolkit

Technology by Ernie Smith Aug 20, 2020

Even having been at it for a while, you may not know all the tools and hacks that can make virtual work a little simpler. Here are a few ideas to bolster your remote toolkit.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Aug 17, 2020

Time for a Career Pivot? Four Suggestions for Association Pros

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Aug 17, 2020

Right now, even with all the disruption caused by the pandemic, you might find yourself looking for a change. How can you manage it? Read on for a few questions you should ask yourself.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Aug 16, 2020

Four Leadership Takeaways From #ASAE20

Leadership 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.

Money & Business by Rasheeda Childress Aug 12, 2020

The Keys to a Successful Virtual Onboarding Strategy

Money & Business by Rasheeda Childress Aug 12, 2020

As the pandemic continues to keep many associations working remotely, they are also having to hire and onboard in this environment. One organization that’s done virtual onboarding well shares what made their process a success.

100 Associations by Allison Torres Burtka Aug 12, 2020

Safety: Safe Food From Farm to Fork

100 Associations by Allison Torres Burtka Aug 12, 2020

IFT’s Global Food Traceability Center shares knowledge, research, and resources to help reduce the frequency and severity of foodborne illness outbreaks.

100 Associations by Rasheeda Childress Aug 12, 2020

Workforce: Optical Society Ensures No Great Mind Left Behind

100 Associations by Rasheeda Childress Aug 12, 2020

OSA is supporting diversification of the optics workforce with exceptional thinkers who will fuel the next phase of technology breakthroughs.

100 Associations by Associations Now Staff Aug 12, 2020

The Associations Supporting the Broader Workforce

100 Associations by Associations Now Staff Aug 12, 2020

Paying early childhood educators what they’re worth; reduced hazing, harassment, and bullying at construction sites; more women in production music; increased diversity on news staffs. Higher Pay for Early Childhood Educators Workforce • National Head Start Association The National Head Start Association aligned with more than a dozen stakeholders this year to increase compensation for […]

Money & Business by Michael Hickey Aug 11, 2020

Daily Buzz: Strategies to Boost Your Organic Reach

Money & Business by Michael Hickey Aug 11, 2020

You don’t need to increase your ad budget to get more engagement on social media. Also: ASAE’s Virtual Annual Meeting continues.

Money & Business by Rasheeda Childress Aug 5, 2020

How HR Professionals Can Help Staff Talk Race Relations at Work

Money & Business 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.

Meetings by Autumn Whitefield-Madrano Aug 4, 2020

Daily Buzz: Creating Better Breakout Sessions

Meetings by Autumn Whitefield-Madrano Aug 4, 2020

The simple way to make sure your virtual breakout sessions deliver. Also: Supporting racial equity through community management.

Membership by Lisa Boylan Jul 28, 2020

Membership Status Change Bolsters Strength and Purpose

Membership 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 […]

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jul 26, 2020

Why Your (Remote) Office Needs a Few Friends

Leadership 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. […]

Money & Business by Michael Hickey Jul 20, 2020

Daily Buzz: How to Take the Next Step in Your Career

Money & Business by Michael Hickey Jul 20, 2020

Identify why you work and what you do best to find success in the next phase of your professional life. Also: what it takes to integrate AI into your association.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jul 19, 2020

The New Normal for Hiring and Onboarding

Leadership 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.”

Meetings by Michael Hickey Jul 16, 2020

Daily Buzz: Black Tourism Leaders Take On Questions About Race

Meetings 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.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jul 14, 2020

Study: What Employees Want in a Better Work Experience

Money & Business 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.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jul 9, 2020

A Look At Some New Meeting Roles

Meetings 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.

Membership by Lisa Boylan Jul 7, 2020

Free HR Hotline Helps Members in a Crisis

Membership 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.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jul 5, 2020

What Success Looks Like for Association Diversity

Leadership 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.

Meetings by Michael Hickey Jun 12, 2020

Daily Buzz: Attendee Engagement Can Go Beyond the Event

Meetings by Michael Hickey Jun 12, 2020

How you can connect with your audience before, during, and after your organization’s event. Also: Motivate employees to stay on the path to digital transformation.

Money & Business by Rasheeda Childress Jun 10, 2020

How to Help Your Remote Team Stay Connected

Money & Business by Rasheeda Childress Jun 10, 2020

As people settle into long-term remote work, an expert says it’s important to cultivate a healthy virtual environment to ensure coworkers click and stay productive.

Membership by Lisa Boylan Jun 9, 2020

Helping Members Manage Stress in a Crisis

Membership by Lisa Boylan Jun 9, 2020

One association recognized well before the global pandemic that its members needed resources to help them manage stress, depression, and other mental health issues. Then COVID-19 hit, and the online resource became timelier than they ever anticipated.

Leadership by Lisa Boylan Jun 5, 2020

The Crises of 2020 Renew Spotlight on D+I

Leadership by Lisa Boylan Jun 5, 2020

As the country confronts two overwhelming crises, the need for organizational cultures that prioritize diversity and inclusion has never been greater, says one association D+I leader.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Jun 1, 2020

Wikimedia Takes Steps to Fight Harassment, Build Inclusivity

Leadership by Ernie Smith Jun 1, 2020

The Wikimedia Foundation has been tasked by its board to strengthen standards for inclusivity and against harassment—a lingering problem for the foundation’s most popular service, Wikipedia.

Money & Business by Michael Hickey May 22, 2020

Daily Buzz: Tips to Make Your Blog Posts More Exciting

Money & Business by Michael Hickey May 22, 2020

Adding visual elements and a personal touch can go a long way. Also: How IT can play a big role in an organization’s success during the pandemic.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis May 17, 2020

Leading During a Pandemic: The New CEO Job Search

Leadership 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.

Money & Business by Michael Hickey Apr 27, 2020

Daily Buzz: Pick Your Audience’s Brains With Neuromarketing

Money & Business by Michael Hickey Apr 27, 2020

This marketing strategy is meant to help organizations find out what best motivates others to take action. Also: how to implement video on your website.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Apr 26, 2020

Leading During a Pandemic: Management From a Distance

Leadership 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.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Apr 20, 2020

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

Money & Business 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.

Money & Business by Rasheeda Childress Apr 20, 2020

Language for All: Inclusive Language Strategies for Your Association

Money & Business by Rasheeda Childress Apr 20, 2020

As associations welcome an increasingly diverse membership into the fold, the way they communicate is crucial. This is why many organizations are adopting more inclusive language that better reflects the whole community.

Money & Business by Mark Athitakis Apr 20, 2020

Get Recession Ready: Strategies to Weather the Coronavirus Storm

Money & Business 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.

Leadership by Tim Ebner Apr 20, 2020

Strategy Session: Kick the Device Habit

Leadership by Tim Ebner Apr 20, 2020

A prescription for digital wellness for those who can’t let go of the smart device.

Money & Business by Kristin Clarke Apr 20, 2020

Books: Effective Experimentation

Money & Business by Kristin Clarke Apr 20, 2020

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

Money & Business by Michael Hickey Apr 17, 2020

Daily Buzz: Is Your Sleep Routine Really Working?

Money & Business by Michael Hickey Apr 17, 2020

What to keep in mind when evaluating your bedtime habits. Also: connecting with members without in-person interaction.

Technology by Michael Hickey Apr 15, 2020

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

Technology 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.

Money & Business by Michael Hickey Apr 3, 2020

How to Keep Employees Productive and Motivated Through COVID-19

Money & Business by Michael Hickey Apr 3, 2020

The global health crisis has professionals in all industries dealing with uncertainty. To weather the storm, organizations must demonstrate understanding and a willingness to adapt.

Technology by Ernie Smith Mar 18, 2020

Five Essential Tools for Your Remote Toolkit

Technology by Ernie Smith Mar 18, 2020

If you’re new to working remotely, or even if you're a regular teleworker, you may not know all the tools and hacks that can make virtual work a little simpler. Here are a few you may want to try.

Technology by Ernie Smith Mar 16, 2020

Let’s Learn to Love Remote Work the Hard Way

Technology by Ernie Smith Mar 16, 2020

If your organization was a straggler on the whole remote work concept, you might feel like, after the last couple of weeks, you’ve essentially been thrown into a style of work you weren’t particularly looking to embrace. But perhaps there is a bright side here—a potential for future flexibility.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Mar 15, 2020

How Association Leaders Can Bust Myths About Nonprofits

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Mar 15, 2020

A recent survey shows the persistence of nonprofitdom's negative reputation. An unsettled economic time might be a good time to debunk them.

Brand Connection by MGM Resorts Mar 10, 2020

Transform Your Next Meeting with the Unexpected

Brand Connection by MGM Resorts Mar 10, 2020

[Sponsored] From Instagramable moments to strolling entertainers, MGM Resorts Event Productions uses design, décor and entertainment to drive home the point of your meeting.

Membership by Michael Hickey Mar 4, 2020

Daily Buzz: Keys to Better Member Recruitment

Membership by Michael Hickey Mar 4, 2020

Finding new ways to reach potential members. Also: Establish an association culture that promotes community and collaboration.

Membership by Ernie Smith Feb 28, 2020

Today’s Coronavirus Tracker

Membership 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. Association Coalition Focuses on COVID-19 Vaccination Effort Nineteen healthcare and public health groups have come together to form the National Associations’ COVID Vaccine Leadership Council, which will support implementation of the nation’s COVID-19 […]

Meetings by Michael Hickey Feb 24, 2020

Daily Buzz: What Meeting Planners Want From Speakers

Meetings by Michael Hickey Feb 24, 2020

The factors that lead to a successful event presentation. Also: a look at the most recent changes in the social media landscape.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Feb 23, 2020

To Stoke Innovation, Fight Your Biases

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Feb 23, 2020

Innovation isn't just about the ideas people create, but the environment leaders provide to inspire them. A look at unconscious biases can stoke the creativity you need.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Feb 21, 2020

The Unsettled Status of Remote Work in 2020

Money & Business 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?

Money & Business by Michael Hickey Feb 14, 2020

Daily Buzz: Turn Office Complaints Into Positive Change

Money & Business by Michael Hickey Feb 14, 2020

Work with employees to identify organizational problems and find solutions. Also: Airports around the country get a Nintendo infusion.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Feb 10, 2020

Survey: Nonprofit Employers Face Turnover Issues as Misperceptions Linger

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Feb 10, 2020

Nonprofit HR reports that nearly half of nonprofit employees are looking to switch jobs in the next five years—and a quarter want to get out of the field entirely. Advancement and compensation issues may explain why.

Money & Business by Michael Hickey Feb 6, 2020

Daily Buzz: Doing Inclusive Marketing Right

Money & Business by Michael Hickey Feb 6, 2020

What it takes to connect with diverse audiences through inclusive marketing. Also: How your association can help industry professionals deal with mental health issues.

Money & Business by Michael Hickey Jan 30, 2020

Daily Buzz: Preparing Your Association for PR Challenges

Money & Business by Michael Hickey Jan 30, 2020

A crisis communications plan will help you expect the unexpected. Also: Want to be a better leader? Find out what matters most to your employees.

Brand Connection by Visit Orlando Jan 28, 2020

At One Meeting, Innovative Registration Makes for Happier Attendees

Brand Connection by Visit Orlando Jan 28, 2020

[Sponsored] Kevin Brooks of Church of God discusses how embracing wireless technology in Orlando streamlined registration and was a welcome addition to the attendee experience.

Membership by Rasheeda Childress Jan 16, 2020

Realtors Roll Out Program to Fight Housing Discrimination

Membership by Rasheeda Childress Jan 16, 2020

On the heels of a news story saying real estate agents treated clients differently based on race, the National Association of Realtors has launched a new program to improve its members’ knowledge and practices surrounding fair housing.

Money & Business by Rasheeda Childress Jan 15, 2020

Flu Season Is Here: Tips to Minimize Its Impact on Your Office

Money & Business by Rasheeda Childress Jan 15, 2020

Flu season is peaking early this year, with many already sick. Ensuring employees understand office sick leave policies and thinking creatively can keep ill staffers at home, healthy workers safe, and your association running smoothly.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jan 12, 2020

Talk Less About Innovation and More About the Future

Leadership 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.

Leadership by Associations Now Staff Jan 12, 2020

Ask the CEO: Stephanie Peters, CAE

Leadership 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.

Money & Business by Mark Athitakis Jan 12, 2020

Global Spotlight: Meetings Without Borders

Money & Business by Mark Athitakis Jan 12, 2020

How Sales and Marketing Executives International makes team meetings work across multiple continents.

Money & Business by Kristin Clarke Jan 12, 2020

Books: Transformation Tactics

Money & Business by Kristin Clarke Jan 12, 2020

In the The Disruption Mindset, Charlene Li makes a case for less structure and more disruption.

Brand Connection by 360 Live Media Jan 9, 2020

5 Tips for Celebrating Your Behind-the-Scenes Team

Brand Connection by 360 Live Media Jan 9, 2020

[Sponsored] Planning a meeting takes a village. Here’s how to keep your people happy and productive while staying on budget.

Money & Business by Rasheeda Childress Jan 8, 2020

What Star Wars Can Teach You About Talent Management

Money & Business by Rasheeda Childress Jan 8, 2020

A series doesn’t become the juggernaut Star Wars has without having universal themes that resonate on many levels. One expert highlights the key lessons association execs can learn about effective work environments from the film series.

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Dec 20, 2019

Daily Buzz: Is Social Media Getting Less Social?

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Dec 20, 2019

New research shows that users are moving away from public social platforms. Also: revamping meetings in 2020.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Dec 19, 2019

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

Money & Business 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.

Technology by Ernie Smith Dec 16, 2019

The Wrong Way to Use Slack

Technology 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.

Brand Connection by 360 Live Media Dec 5, 2019

8 Tips to Create a More Inclusive Event

Brand Connection by 360 Live Media Dec 5, 2019

[Sponsored] Creating a diverse representation on your stage or on your committees is a tough issue to tackle, but change only happens when we push for change.

Money & Business by Rasheeda Childress Dec 4, 2019

Trends That Are Changing the Office Holiday Party

Money & Business by Rasheeda Childress Dec 4, 2019

The office holiday party is a staple for many associations. But in the era of #MeToo and with some employees preferring to forgo a traditional celebration, more employers are switching things up to provide a better experience for everyone.

Technology by Tim Ebner Dec 3, 2019

#TEC19: How Diversity and Inclusion Power Tech Innovation

Technology 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.

Technology by Ernie Smith Dec 2, 2019

Don’t Ignore the Debate on This Landmark Internet Law

Technology 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.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Dec 1, 2019

How Leaders Can Help With Holiday Stress

Leadership 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.

Leadership by Sophia Conforti Nov 25, 2019

Daily Buzz: How to Speed Up Decision Making

Leadership by Sophia Conforti Nov 25, 2019

If implementing change takes forever, it might be a sign to revamp your decision-making structure. Also: an example of successful marketing storytelling.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Nov 25, 2019

How a Local Restaurant Association Is Making Taco Tuesday for Everyone

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Nov 25, 2019

The California-based OC Restaurant Association will now run and manage the TacoTuesday.com domain, in an effort to promote the county’s culinary strengths—while freeing use of the term for everyone else.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Nov 24, 2019

How to Lead a Successful Spinoff

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Nov 24, 2019

Associations can often struggle to launch a foundation or sister organization. One persevered by sticking to its vision.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Nov 20, 2019

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

Leadership 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.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Nov 19, 2019

We Asked, You Answered: Learning From Mistakes

Money & Business 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.

Membership by Ernie Smith Nov 15, 2019

Hispanic Journalists Group Gives Freelancers a New Home

Membership by Ernie Smith Nov 15, 2019

With a goal of raising the visibility of long-form journalism by Latino writers, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists has launched a new digital storytelling outlet.

Leadership by Sophia Conforti Nov 14, 2019

Daily Buzz: Are You Suffering From Founder’s Syndrome?

Leadership by Sophia Conforti Nov 14, 2019

Micromanaging, lack of transparency, sticking to the status quo—when leaders embody these principles, nonprofits can’t grow. Also: When it comes to microcredentialing, put learners first.

Leadership by Sophia Conforti Nov 12, 2019

Daily Buzz: Don’t Be Afraid to Talk About Diversity

Leadership by Sophia Conforti Nov 12, 2019

Don’t let fear hold you back from having important conversations about D+I. Also: ways to show member appreciation without the swag.

Money & Business by Rasheeda Childress Nov 6, 2019

Canadian Builders Group Targets Hazing to Improve Workforce Retention

Money & Business by Rasheeda Childress Nov 6, 2019

After the British Columbia Construction Association discovered that hazing and bullying was driving employees out, it launched the Builders Code program earlier this year to change worksite culture.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Nov 6, 2019

Daily Buzz: Coworking’s Cultural Problems

Money & Business 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.

Money & Business by Rasheeda Childress Nov 4, 2019

Winegrowers Group Helping Farmers Battle Wildfires

Money & Business by Rasheeda Childress Nov 4, 2019

The Sonoma County Winegrowers is doing its part to fight the wildfires that rage in the region. The group has championed sustainable practices to reduce wildfire spread and advocated for its farmers during the Kincade Fire.

Brand Connection by Visit Indy Oct 31, 2019

Match a City’s Perks with Your Attendees’ Interests

Brand Connection by Visit Indy Oct 31, 2019

[Sponsored] Selecting a host destination that shares your mission and values can lead to exclusive local access and enthusiastic volunteers.

Technology by Sophia Conforti Oct 29, 2019

Daily Buzz: Advice for a Successful Email Strategy

Technology by Sophia Conforti 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.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Oct 25, 2019

Vending Machine Group’s New Plan: More Healthy Offerings

Money & Business 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.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Oct 24, 2019

How an Association Helped Put Craft Beer in the Smithsonian

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Oct 24, 2019

The Brewers Association funded a wide-reaching initiative to bring the story of craft beer to the National Museum of American History. A new exhibit opens this week.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Oct 22, 2019

What Leaders Can Do to Support Employees' Mental Health

Leadership 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.

Brand Connection by Business Events Canada Oct 21, 2019

Meet With Purpose: Finding Community Through Discovery

Brand Connection by Business Events Canada Oct 21, 2019

[Sponsored] Collaboration at one life sciences meeting in Vancouver allowed attendees to find like-minded researchers and increased peer-to-peer connections.

Money & Business by Rasheeda Childress Oct 21, 2019

Why Cultural Fluency Leads To Stronger Teams

Money & Business by Rasheeda Childress Oct 21, 2019

By embracing the diversity of the modern workforce as an asset and improving cultural fluency, associations can build stronger, more innovative teams, says global leadership strategist Jane Hyun, opening ASAE’s Associations @ Work Conference on Monday.

Technology by Sophia Conforti Oct 17, 2019

Daily Buzz: Peace Out, Yahoo Groups

Technology by Sophia Conforti Oct 17, 2019

The legacy community platform, active for nearly two decades and an inspiration to many platforms that came since, is going offline soon. Also: Should you call or text members?

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Oct 16, 2019

Four Tactics That Helped the Plant Based Foods Association Deliver Wins

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Oct 16, 2019

With a focus both on being a helping hand for retailers and giving members a collective advocacy voice, the Plant Based Foods Association is in the midst of an industry upswing. Here’s how they did it.

Leadership by Associations Now Staff Oct 15, 2019

CEO to CEO: Human Connection

Leadership by Associations Now Staff Oct 15, 2019

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

Money & Business by Kristin Clarke Oct 15, 2019

Books: Raising the Alarm

Money & Business by Kristin Clarke Oct 15, 2019

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

Money & Business by Michael Hickey Oct 11, 2019

Daily Buzz: Tactics to Grow Your Email List

Money & Business by Michael Hickey Oct 11, 2019

Use online tools and your existing network to build your audience. Also: Fun ideas to boost member engagement.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Oct 10, 2019

Lagging Employee Engagement? Four Ways to Fix It

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Oct 10, 2019

Employee engagement is often a challenging thing to get right, especially long term. But a focus on cultural needs and offering the right resources could help rekindle a flagging employee’s mojo.

Money & Business by Rasheeda Childress Oct 10, 2019

Why Your Association Needs a Whistleblower Policy

Money & Business 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.

Membership by Sophia Conforti Oct 8, 2019

Daily Buzz: Why You Should Be Livestreaming

Membership by Sophia Conforti Oct 8, 2019

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

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Oct 2, 2019

Daily Buzz: Avoid These Two Common Social Media Mistakes

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Oct 2, 2019

Your brand’s social media network won’t grow if you aren’t engaging with other users. Also: Make sure first-year members know how to find value in your association.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Oct 2, 2019

Why Coworking Will Survive the WeWork Saga

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Oct 2, 2019

Given WeWork’s recent troubles, association pros might be wondering if coworking is on the way out. But despite bad press for the company, the the coworking model appears to have staying power.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Sep 29, 2019

Why Giving Feedback May Not Be Enough

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Sep 29, 2019

Leaders are encouraged to deliver feedback when they should dispense advice, researchers say. The hard part: being the kind of leader people trust to come to for advice.

Membership by Sophia Conforti Sep 23, 2019

Daily Buzz: Ask for Member Input to Avoid Backlash

Membership by Sophia Conforti 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.

Brand Connection by Community Brands Sep 20, 2019

Great Success Starts with Great Leadership

Brand Connection 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.

Technology by Sophia Conforti Sep 18, 2019

Daily Buzz: Change Your Mindset to Embrace Digitalization

Technology by Sophia Conforti Sep 18, 2019

A digital transformation is about more than new technology. A successful shift includes a mindset change, too. Also: New members feel new longer than you might think.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Sep 17, 2019

A Quiet Art Conservation Association Gets a Little Less Quiet

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Sep 17, 2019

For nearly 70 years, the Cleveland-based Intermuseum Conservation Association has quietly helped to preserve and maintain art throughout the Midwest. Its next restoration project? Its own building.

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 16, 2019

Why Payday Could Become a Thing of the Past

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 16, 2019

Two recent surveys find a growing demand among workers for new ways to get paid—including off the traditional two-week or monthly cycle.

Brand Connection by Destination Cleveland Sep 15, 2019

Create Mindful Meetings For An Improved Attendee Experience

Brand Connection by Destination Cleveland Sep 15, 2019

[Sponsored] Meeting attendees seek opportunities to incorporate health and wellness into all aspects of their lives, including at work and in professional meetings.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Sep 11, 2019

AI Partnership: Make It Easier for Experts to Attend Conferences

Meetings by Ernie Smith Sep 11, 2019

The Partnership on AI has released a policy paper recommending legal measures—including new visa laws—that would allow experts in the artificial intelligence field to more easily travel to in-person meetings.

Membership by Tim Ebner Sep 10, 2019

Make Ethics Support a Member Benefit

Membership by Tim Ebner Sep 10, 2019

If a member faces an ethical dilemma, does your association offer a helping hand? At the Institute of Management Accountants, ethical guidance is a critical member benefit and engagement opportunity.

Brand Connection by Business Events Canada Sep 9, 2019

Meet With Purpose: Mid-Tier Cities Spur Life-Changing Innovations

Brand Connection by Business Events Canada Sep 9, 2019

[Sponsored] Planners share why host destinations don’t need to be large in size to deliver on expertise, collaboration and innovative resources for attendees.

Brand Connection by Visit Indy Sep 5, 2019

Six Ways to Wow Attendees with International Cuisine

Brand Connection by Visit Indy Sep 5, 2019

[Sponsored] Incorporate global elements into F&B by putting a new spin on a traditional dish or selecting unfamiliar recipes to delight attendees.

Money & Business by Rasheeda Childress Sep 4, 2019

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

Money & Business 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.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Sep 3, 2019

Economics Association Bars Hotel Room Interviews

Meetings by Ernie Smith Sep 3, 2019

As part of an effort to make economics a more welcoming field for women, the American Economic Association has adopted a new rule barring employers from interviewing job candidates in hotel rooms at AEA events—previously a common practice.

Brand Connection by Business Events Canada Sep 2, 2019

Meet With Purpose: Working Together for the Greater Good in Ottawa

Brand Connection by Business Events Canada Sep 2, 2019

[Sponsored] For SIOP and ISHA, convening in Canada’s capital city provides opportunities for local collaboration and advancements in the field of life sciences.

Membership by Tim Ebner Aug 27, 2019

What’s the Value of an Online Review?

Membership by Tim Ebner Aug 27, 2019

Your members might post feedback on sites like Yelp, Google, and Facebook. A new study suggests that these online reviews carry value, and one expert suggests associations monitor and engage with them carefully.

Money & Business by Rasheeda Childress Aug 22, 2019

How to Keep Your Employees From Leaving Vacation Days on the Table

Money & Business by Rasheeda Childress Aug 22, 2019

New research found that U.S. workers didn’t use 768 million vacation days in 2018. An HR expert offers advice for employees and employers on making sure those days get used.

Brand Connection by Visit Indy Aug 18, 2019

Fuel Your Meeting Attendees with Modern, Local Cuisine

Brand Connection by Visit Indy Aug 18, 2019

[Sponsored] Add to attendees positive meeting experience by ditching the boxed meal and turning to healthy dishes that boost attendees’ energy.

Membership by Sophia Conforti Aug 15, 2019

Daily Buzz: How Rituals Add Value to Your Community

Membership by Sophia Conforti Aug 15, 2019

Trust is essential for healthy communities—and members who participate in rituals are more likely to develop it. Also: how to inspire a demotivated team.

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Aug 14, 2019

Daily Buzz: Create a Purposeful Meeting

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Aug 14, 2019

Many meetings incorrectly focus on logistics when they should be centered on strategy. Also: one last snapshot of ASAE’s 2019 Annual Meeting & Exposition.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Aug 11, 2019

Making Big Changes? Talk About It. A Lot.

Leadership 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.

Money & Business by Rasheeda Childress Aug 7, 2019

Managing a Global Workforce Requires New Skills

Money & Business 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.

Technology by Ernie Smith Aug 5, 2019

Does the Algorithm Tell the Whole Story About Your Content?

Technology by Ernie Smith Aug 5, 2019

When it comes to content strategy, it’s easy to lean on algorithms to make decisions on content presentation—but algorithms aren’t perfect, and they can create blind spots if you’re not careful.

Leadership by Rasheeda Childress Aug 1, 2019

#ASAE19 Game Changer: Lessons to Take Your Association to Its Peak

Leadership by Rasheeda Childress Aug 1, 2019

In order to get to the top of your game or the top of a mountain, you need a few key skills. Everest conqueror Alison Levine advises associations to take risks, adapt, value their team, and lead.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Aug 1, 2019

July/Aug 2019

Leadership by Ernie Smith Aug 1, 2019

How Things Really Work: To clear a path for change, focus on culture

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Aug 1, 2019

Change Management, Inside Out

Leadership 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.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Aug 1, 2019

A Mutual Investment

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Aug 1, 2019

How the American Counseling Association is boosting its ranks by investing in employees’ cultural development.

Money & Business by Alex Beall Aug 1, 2019

Content Connections

Money & Business by Alex Beall Aug 1, 2019

Associations create a lot of content, but it can’t serve its purpose if it’s not distributed effectively. A new study from the ASAE Foundation looks at the importance of a content strategy in delivering value to members and serving an organization’s mission and goals.

Leadership by Associations Now Staff Aug 1, 2019

CEO to CEO: Workplace Positivity

Leadership by Associations Now Staff Aug 1, 2019

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

Money & Business by Thomas Cluderay Aug 1, 2019

Good Counsel: Prevent and Respond

Money & Business by Thomas Cluderay Aug 1, 2019

Be ready to investigate a report of sexual harassment.

Technology by Associations Now Staff Aug 1, 2019

Talking Tech: Accelerate With Agile

Technology by Associations Now Staff Aug 1, 2019

Agile methodology is an iterative workflow that can help teams prioritize, manage, and complete work on time and on budget. Mason Chaudhry, chief operating officer at the technology consulting firm xScion, says more associations today are adopting agile to stay ahead of competition and spark innovation.

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Jul 29, 2019

Daily Buzz: Be Brave in Your Marketing Campaigns

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti 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.

Brand Connection by Destination Cleveland Jul 28, 2019

Accessibility is Cornerstone of a Successful Meeting

Brand Connection by Destination Cleveland Jul 28, 2019

[Sponsored] Accessibility and convenience cuts down on transportation costs and enables attendees to experience a destination’s unique venues and hidden gems.

Leadership by Sophia Conforti Jul 25, 2019

Daily Buzz: Inspire a Bored Board

Leadership by Sophia Conforti 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.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jul 23, 2019

How a Just-Formed Truffle Group Scored an Early Win

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jul 23, 2019

The Idaho Truffle Growers Association, trying to cultivate an industry from a challenging fungus, saw near-immediate support for its mission in the form of a large research grant from the state.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jul 18, 2019

Science Group: Without Action, Extreme Heat Could Go "Off the Charts"

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jul 18, 2019

In a new report, the Union of Concerned Scientists says that deadly levels of heat could emerge nationwide throughout the 21st century if nothing is done to counteract climate change.

Membership by Tim Ebner Jul 16, 2019

Innovation and Optimism Drive Membership Growth

Membership 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.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jul 16, 2019

How to End Your Employees’ Vacation Guilt

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jul 16, 2019

One reason employees don't take time off is that they don’t think their employers encourage it. Clear guidelines, smart planning, and example-setting by the boss can go a long way toward changing that.

Brand Connection by Community Brands Jul 12, 2019

The One Skill To Master Today to Succeed Tomorrow

Brand Connection 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.

Technology by Ernie Smith Jul 8, 2019

After the Gold Rush: Lessons on Platform Maturation from HQ Trivia

Technology by Ernie Smith Jul 8, 2019

Associations could learn a lot from the popular live trivia game, which is facing challenges as its model matures. The problem? Eventually, the growth sputters out—which means user engagement matters.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jul 3, 2019

Why Illinois Corn Growers Are Working With NASA

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jul 3, 2019

NASA will be supplying the data for an effort launched by the Illinois Corn Growers Association that aims to improve farm management throughout the Midwest.

Membership by Sophia Conforti Jul 1, 2019

Daily Buzz: Education Offerings for Industry Partners

Membership by Sophia Conforti Jul 1, 2019

Inviting industry partners to join your community pushes its mission forward. Also: Online communities meet organizational and member needs.

Money & Business by Rasheeda Childress Jul 1, 2019

Lessons From the Women’s Soccer Team’s Off-the-Field Battle for Equal Pay

Money & Business by Rasheeda Childress Jul 1, 2019

A gender discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. women’s soccer team is shining light on the issue of pay equity. One expert says associations can play a role in improving women’s pay in their industries.

Brand Connection by Visit Indy Jun 30, 2019

Embrace ‘Undertourism’ for Your Next Meeting

Brand Connection 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.

Technology by Ernie Smith Jun 24, 2019

Six Tips for Closing Your Association’s Tech Skills Gap

Technology by Ernie Smith Jun 24, 2019

Finding it hard to get the right technical employees—whether developers or IT administrators? It might be time to play up your organization’s hidden advantages—including, potentially, your location.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Jun 24, 2019

Medical Groups Speak Up for Climate Change

Leadership 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.

Technology by Sophia Conforti Jun 24, 2019

Daily Buzz: Tips for Switching to a Cloud File Storage System

Technology by Sophia Conforti Jun 24, 2019

A cloud-based storage solution has its perks, but to reap the benefits, you need to understand the team’s file needs. Also: What does an inclusive culture look like?

Leadership by Ernie Smith Jun 12, 2019

N.Y. Bar Association Launches Task Force Aimed at Saving Local News

Leadership by Ernie Smith Jun 12, 2019

The New York State Bar Association will work to build a legal perspective on the ongoing decline of local news outlets over the last few years—with help from The New York Times’ deputy general counsel.

Membership by Tim Ebner Jun 11, 2019

Make a Splash With Micro-Influencers

Membership by Tim Ebner Jun 11, 2019

Influencers on social media don’t always have millions of followers. To reach new audiences, the American Chemical Society targeted “micro-influencers” at the South by Southwest conference, creating a ripple effect that fueled a membership marketing campaign.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jun 2, 2019

How a New CEO Can Communicate Openness

Leadership 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.

Leadership by Associations Now Staff Jun 2, 2019

Ask the CEO: Jennifer Manos

Leadership 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.

Money & Business by Associations Now Staff Jun 2, 2019

Comings and Goings: May/June 2018

Money & Business by Associations Now Staff Jun 2, 2019

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

Technology by Associations Now Staff Jun 2, 2019

Talking Tech: See What Your Member Sees

Technology by Associations Now Staff Jun 2, 2019

Customer experience, or CX, has emerged as a vital business strategy for all types of organizations, including associations. Adrienne Bryant, CAE, account executive at IntrinXec Management, Inc., explains what associations can do to keep the member point of view in mind.

Money & Business by Kristin Clarke Jun 2, 2019

Books: Teamwork Tales

Money & Business by Kristin Clarke Jun 2, 2019

What makes for high-performing teams, according to Contently founder Shane Snow.

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti May 28, 2019

Daily Buzz: What Freelancers Mean for Your Association

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti May 28, 2019

Contractors might be temporary, but treating them like part of the larger team can boost talent and productivity. Also: Improve your facilitation skills.

Money & Business by Samantha Whitehorne May 23, 2019

What Your Conference Needs to Embrace Now

Money & Business by Samantha Whitehorne May 23, 2019

Three conference practices that associations need to put into action now to ensure your attendees feel welcome, happy, and included.

Money & Business by Samantha Whitehorne May 23, 2019

Conference Circuit: Global Educators

Money & Business 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.

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti May 20, 2019

Daily Buzz: “Game of Thrones” and Your Association

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti May 20, 2019

Think your association has nothing to learn from Game of Thrones? Think again. Also: the key to protecting your accounts, according to Google.

Membership by Sophia Conforti May 13, 2019

Daily Buzz: Relaunch Your Online Community

Membership by Sophia Conforti 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.

Membership by Sophia Conforti May 10, 2019

Daily Buzz: Find the Dollar Value of Engagement

Membership by Sophia Conforti May 10, 2019

Member engagement can be broad, and calculating its success can be—well, complicated. Here’s a formula that can pinpoint return on engagement. Also: An interesting way to make your main speaker feel extra special.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne May 9, 2019

Up Your Name Badge Game

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne May 9, 2019

Name badges are a staple of association conferences. Three elements to keep in mind when designing your next attendee badge.

Technology by Ernie Smith May 9, 2019

What Associations Need to Know About the EU Copyright Directive

Technology by Ernie Smith May 9, 2019

A controversial copyright directive passed by the European Union is more likely to complicate global copyright law than force associations to police copyright themselves, a legal expert on intellectual property issues suggests.

Money & Business by Rasheeda Childress May 8, 2019

Why Employee Mentoring Is Not an HR Tool

Money & Business by Rasheeda Childress May 8, 2019

Due to mentoring’s broad benefits, many see it as a solution to a wide array of organizational issues, but the tool should not be used to handle problem employees, an expert warns.

Leadership by Sophia Conforti May 7, 2019

Daily Buzz: Express Gratitude for Your Team

Leadership by Sophia Conforti May 7, 2019

Recognizing employees not only expresses appreciation but also helps build a productive and positive culture. Also: how social proof shows the value of your organization to potential members.

Meetings by Sophia Conforti May 6, 2019

Daily Buzz: The State of Event Tech

Meetings by Sophia Conforti May 6, 2019

Meeting technology is always changing, and with it so does how planners use the tech. Also: improving company culture starts with you.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis May 5, 2019

Lessons From 25 Years at One Association

Leadership 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.

Membership by Sophia Conforti May 3, 2019

Daily Buzz: Hone Your Data Management Process

Membership by Sophia Conforti May 3, 2019

Drowning in data? Add these housekeeping tips to your data management plan. Also: improving the certification exam experience.

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 29, 2019

Why Some CEOs Still Struggle With Social Media

Technology 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?

Leadership by Sophia Conforti Apr 29, 2019

Daily Buzz: The Perils of Breaking Out of Your Comfort Zone

Leadership by Sophia Conforti Apr 29, 2019

Working outside your comfort zone is said to breed success, but if you push yourself too far, it can have adverse effects. Also: a lesson from Microsoft on reshaping legacy organizations.

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Apr 25, 2019

Daily Buzz: Event Tech and the Future of Annual Meetings

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Apr 25, 2019

If current meeting technology trends are any indication, big changes are headed for annual conferences. Also: how mindfulness can make you a better leader.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Apr 24, 2019

AARP Gives McDonald’s a Job-Recruiting Lift

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Apr 24, 2019

With older individuals looking to stay in the workforce longer, whether by financial need or choice, McDonald’s is teaming with AARP to help fill open roles. It’s part of a broader job-culture shift.

Technology by Sophia Conforti Apr 19, 2019

Daily Buzz: Create an Accessible Association Website

Technology by Sophia Conforti Apr 19, 2019

Accessibility standards are always changing. To keep your organization inclusive, your website needs to be usable by everyone. Also: Design a positive future for your association.

Membership by Ernie Smith Apr 15, 2019

Mensa’s Newest Honorary Member: A Robot That Can Draw

Membership by Ernie Smith Apr 15, 2019

American Mensa is offering only its third-ever honorary membership for a fictional character to a device that aims to tie STEM and artistry together for kids.

Meetings by Kevin Joy Apr 12, 2019

Daily Buzz: Know Your Guests’ Learning Styles

Meetings by Kevin Joy Apr 12, 2019

How to build event programming that satisfies all brains and all learning styles. Also: The creator of WordPress launches a productivity suite.

Technology by Kevin Joy Apr 11, 2019

Daily Buzz: Goodbye Google+, Hello Currents

Technology 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.

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 8, 2019

Don’t Let Your Tech Resiliency Fall by the Wayside

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 8, 2019

A recent report found that many IT departments have struggled to prioritize upkeep, with innovation often winning out. Letting tech resiliency efforts lose steam, though, is a recipe for disaster.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Apr 8, 2019

Grain Industry Highlights Safety Concerns, With OSHA’s Help

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Apr 8, 2019

In the annual Stand-Up for Grain Safety Week, the workplace safety agency partners with the National Grain and Feed Association to help industry employers educate workers on grain bin hazards.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Apr 4, 2019

Should You Consider a Conference Exchange Program?

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Apr 4, 2019

If you’re looking to expand your attendees’ cultural horizons, it could be time to think about a conference exchange program. Consider the benefits of taking your attendees abroad.

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Apr 2, 2019

Daily Buzz: Engage Members Through Online Meetings

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Apr 2, 2019

Not every member will be able to attend your conference in person. Online meeting technology can help bridge that gap. Also: the disparities behind Equal Pay Day.

Money & Business by Allison Torres Burtka Apr 1, 2019

Boost Your Staff’s Financial Savvy

Money & Business 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.

Leadership by Tim Ebner Apr 1, 2019

Turning Points for Associations

Leadership by Tim Ebner Apr 1, 2019

If your industry lands in the spotlight, will your association be ready to shine?

Leadership by Tim Ebner Apr 1, 2019

Board Smarts: Gender Studies

Leadership by Tim Ebner Apr 1, 2019

Certain factors correlate with more gender equality in leadership.

Money & Business by Associations Now Staff Apr 1, 2019

The Fix: Location Matters

Money & Business by Associations Now Staff Apr 1, 2019

Aaron Pomerantz, executive managing director at Cushman & Wakefield, says a little planning and attention to workplace culture can help associations make more-informed real estate decisions.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Apr 1, 2019

Destination: Charlotte

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Apr 1, 2019

Plan an unforgettable meeting in North Carolina’s Queen City.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Mar 20, 2019

As Mentoring Evolves, Mix the Tech With the Traditional

Leadership 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.

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Mar 14, 2019

Daily Buzz: Use Tech to Boost Meeting Engagement

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Mar 14, 2019

Attendee participation can make or break a meeting. That’s where event tech comes in. Also: The downside of narrative content, plus how to fix it.

Membership by Sophia Conforti Mar 11, 2019

Daily Buzz: Measure Your Online Community’s Maturity

Membership by Sophia Conforti Mar 11, 2019

With the right strategy, an online community should be growing and maturing. Also: Build high-performing teams by focusing on employees individually.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Mar 10, 2019

A Better Process for Better Decisions

Leadership 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.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Mar 7, 2019

The Rise of “Vacation Shaming”: How Can You Prevent It?

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Mar 7, 2019

Due to pressure coming from managers or coworkers, a recent survey says more employees are running into problems taking their PTO. Is your organization vacation shaming? Here’s what to watch out for.

Technology by Ernie Smith Mar 6, 2019

New STEM Initiative Brings in Diverse Array of Supporters

Technology by Ernie Smith Mar 6, 2019

To draw more women into technical fields, the new IF/THEN campaign aims to highlight the reach of STEM fields beyond the usual areas. Its related coalition includes nontraditional organizations.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Mar 6, 2019

Check Your Archives: You Might Rediscover Your Most Influential Moment

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Mar 6, 2019

The Arms Control Association resurfaces an artifact from an influential moment in its long history: a 1979 newspaper story that laid out a doomsday scenario— and may have fueled a historic TV event.

Technology by Ernie Smith Mar 4, 2019

Aiming to Innovate? Look Beyond the Usual Suspects

Technology by Ernie Smith Mar 4, 2019

When you look for inspiration from the same sources all the time, the ideas you generate can feel stale. Perhaps the solution involves uncovering fresh ideas in new places.

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Feb 27, 2019

Daily Buzz: Attract Millennials and Gen Z to Meetings

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Feb 27, 2019

Old-school event strategies will turn off younger attendees, but digital-focused, personalized meetings will capture their attention. Also: Get members more engaged in your education resources.

Leadership by Rasheeda Childress Feb 26, 2019

Science, Engineering, and Medical Groups Unite to Fight Sexual Harassment

Leadership by Rasheeda Childress Feb 26, 2019

More than 50 professional societies have launched the Societies Consortium on Sexual Harassment in STEMM to develop and share best practices, policies, and tools to stop sexual harassment in their industries.

Technology by Sophia Conforti Feb 22, 2019

Daily Buzz: It Takes People to Make AI Work Right

Technology by Sophia Conforti Feb 22, 2019

Artificial intelligence technologies come with a lot of perks, but it takes people to reap the benefits. Also: Improve communication with your team.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Feb 19, 2019

Airline Industry Makes Room for Nonbinary IDs

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Feb 19, 2019

With a number of states allowing individuals to register their gender under a nonbinary status, the airline industry is likewise adjusting its flight-booking terminology beyond “male” and “female.”

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Feb 19, 2019

Daily Buzz: Make Your Nonprofit a Social Media Standout

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Feb 19, 2019

Social media is saturated with brands—which can make it hard to break through the noise. For nonprofits, that means making your social strategy a perfect fit for your audience. Also: Laugh more at work.

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Feb 14, 2019

Daily Buzz: Pixar Nails Why Employers Still Struggle With Diversity

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Feb 14, 2019

Workplace diversity is an ongoing process. Pixar’s new short, Purl, demonstrates where organizations should put more effort. Also: ideas to help parents at meetings.

Money & Business by Allison Torres Burtka Feb 14, 2019

Working Across Generations to Encourage Innovation

Money & Business by Allison Torres Burtka Feb 14, 2019

As the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association set out to tailor its offerings to a growing population of younger members, it realized it also needed to look inward at how its staff functioned across generations and how they could work better together to spur innovation.

Membership by Sophia Conforti Feb 13, 2019

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

Membership by Sophia Conforti 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.

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Feb 11, 2019

Daily Buzz: Integrate Planning Into Your Schedule

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Feb 11, 2019

Planning and adapting for the future is an ongoing process—that's why you need to incorporate it into your daily schedule. Also: three phrases that sell membership.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Feb 10, 2019

How CEOs Can Help Make Boards Strategic

Leadership 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.

Money & Business by Allison Torres Burtka Feb 6, 2019

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

Money & Business 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.

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Feb 5, 2019

Daily Buzz: Leverage Common Apps to Boost Meeting Attendance

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Feb 5, 2019

When it comes to turning potential attendees into ticket holders, keep your marketing strategy as simple and streamlined as possible. Also: the workplace culture of the future.

Technology by Ernie Smith Feb 4, 2019

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

Technology 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.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Feb 3, 2019

First Steps to Better Employee Engagement

Leadership 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.

Leadership by Allison Torres Burtka Feb 1, 2019

Sharper Skills: The Tools CEOs Need to Manage a Board

Leadership 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.

Money & Business by Maria Mihalik Feb 1, 2019

Power of A: Lessons in Understanding

Money & Business by Maria Mihalik Feb 1, 2019

American Counseling Association officials are teaching counselors how to better support LGBTQ youth.

Leadership by Kristin Clarke Feb 1, 2019

Books: No Fear

Leadership by Kristin Clarke Feb 1, 2019

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

Membership by Ernie Smith Jan 28, 2019

Daily Buzz: A Better Strategy for Member Research

Membership by Ernie Smith Jan 28, 2019

Analyzing the state of your membership? Don’t just lean on one type of research over the other. Also: Suggestions for a stronger email list.

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Jan 22, 2019

Daily Buzz: Don’t Let Status Limit Attendees' Event Experience

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Jan 22, 2019

Your conference might assign certain status roles to attendees. To create a better experience for all, adopt a more fluid, individual approach. Also: the benefits of culture change that comes from the grassroots.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Jan 17, 2019

Board Diversity at Center of New Initiative for Museums

Leadership 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.

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Jan 15, 2019

Daily Buzz: Market Your Meeting on the Cheap

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Jan 15, 2019

A robust event marketing campaign can be expensive—but you don’t have to have a big budget to succeed. Try these free strategies, from the Event Manager Blog. Also: embracing remote workforce culture.

Membership by Sophia Conforti Jan 14, 2019

Daily Buzz: Engage Members During the Offseason

Membership by Sophia Conforti 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.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jan 14, 2019

Federal Employee Groups Go to Court as Shutdown Hits Fourth Week

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jan 14, 2019

Associations and unions representing federal employees last week turned to the courts, claiming in multiple lawsuits that the requirement that they work without pay during the ongoing government shutdown violates their constitutional rights.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jan 13, 2019

Could Your Staff Agenda Use a Reset?

Leadership 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.

Technology by Sophia Conforti Jan 10, 2019

Daily Buzz: Navigate a Digital Transformation

Technology by Sophia Conforti Jan 10, 2019

Research shows leaders don’t feel that digital transformations are successful. Here’s how to set changes up for success. Also: habits that help meeting planners save time (and their sanity).

Technology by Ernie Smith Jan 10, 2019

Games Done Quick Gives Gaming—And Charity—Another Swift Kick

Technology by Ernie Smith Jan 10, 2019

The popular Games Done Quick series of events have become reliable charity fundraisers in recent years—all while helping to respect the culture of video games. A look at how the Awesome Games Done Quick event is doing these days.

Money & Business by Allison Torres Burtka Jan 9, 2019

Association Looks to Boost Member Relevance With New Innovation Center

Money & Business by Allison Torres Burtka Jan 9, 2019

Recognizing that its members are dealing with ever-changing technologies and other shifts that will require them to think differently to remain relevant, the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants introduced its Center for Innovation late last year.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jan 3, 2019

Conference Circuit: Soil Science

Meetings 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.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jan 3, 2019

3 Reasons for Brain Drain—and 3 Possible Solutions

Money & Business 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.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Jan 3, 2019

Gaming Association Gives “Speedruns” a Live-Event Twist

Meetings by Ernie Smith Jan 3, 2019

The Global Speedrun Association, which manages online events for those who try to beat video games at breakneck speeds, is preparing its first live event—a gaming tournament complete with prizes and fan panels.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Dec 19, 2018

A Year of New Association Voices: 12 Groups That Launched in 2018

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Dec 19, 2018

Whether brand-new trade groups, fresh-faced associations, revamps of existing organizations, or issue-driven coalitions, a lot of associations and related organizations got their start in 2018. Here’s a nice long list to give you an idea of the association field’s breadth.

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Dec 19, 2018

Daily Buzz: Tips for More Productive Meetings

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Dec 19, 2018

A study shows that 56 percent of meeting time is unproductive. Here are some strategies to make them more efficient. Also: Associations should emphasize purpose in workplace culture.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Dec 19, 2018

How Funny Ads Help a Pesticide Group’s Campaign Break Through

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Dec 19, 2018

CropLife America, an industry group focused on the use of pesticides in agriculture, has helped raise its message to a broader audience with the help of a goofy online video campaign starring a guy dressed as an annoying bug.

Technology by Ernie Smith Dec 17, 2018

What a Big Web Browser Change Means for Developers

Technology 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.

Leadership by Sophia Conforti Dec 11, 2018

Daily Buzz: The Case for Competent Jerks

Leadership by Sophia Conforti Dec 11, 2018

In the likability versus skills debate, competency wins out, according to a new study. Also: what an office dog can do for company culture.

Membership by Tim Ebner Dec 9, 2018

Gain a Global Perspective With International Chapters

Membership by Tim Ebner Dec 9, 2018

When looking to grow globally, many associations tap the power of international chapters to pursue the mission worldwide by bringing staff and volunteers together at the local level. Here’s how three associations are deploying international chapters, at different stages of maturity, to build on business and membership opportunities abroad.

Leadership by Associations Now Staff Dec 9, 2018

3 Lessons: Seize the Day

Leadership by Associations Now Staff Dec 9, 2018

Ben Martin, CAE, the executive director of The Review Society of Nashville, Tennessee, lives in the moment while looking ahead.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Dec 9, 2018

Destination: Hartford, Connecticut

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Dec 9, 2018

This smaller capital city may be just right for your next meeting. Hartford features an expansive convention center, memorable venues, and handy transit options for attendees.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Dec 5, 2018

Daily Buzz: Know Your Shape

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Dec 5, 2018

A personality test shown off at ASAE's Technology Conference & Expo only requires a little bit of drawing. Also: reading materials that highlight tech conference takeaways.

Membership by Ernie Smith Dec 4, 2018

The Many Associations of George H.W. Bush

Membership by Ernie Smith Dec 4, 2018

The late president, who died last week at 94, had affiliations with a wide variety of associations, especially in the world of skydiving. (Really.)

Membership by Ernie Smith Nov 29, 2018

Grammys Organizer Boosts Member Diversity Efforts

Membership by Ernie Smith Nov 29, 2018

The Recording Academy will revamp its membership process, putting new emphasis on diversity. The change comes after a controversy involving this year's Grammy Awards ceremony, but the organization says it's part of a long-term effort to make larger changes.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Nov 20, 2018

Why Did We Start Pardoning Thanksgiving Turkeys, Anyway?

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Nov 20, 2018

One of the most offbeat pop culture phenomena involving the office of the president is the annual pardon of Thanksgiving turkeys. Here’s how the phenomenon took off—and how associations have helped the whole process along, including this year.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Nov 19, 2018

Women-Led Wednesday: A New Retail Holiday With a Message

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Nov 19, 2018

The first-ever Women-Led Wednesday, taking place this week, aims to promote women-owned small businesses while tying into a bigger goal.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Nov 15, 2018

Corn Growers, Environmental Group Forge Formal Partnership

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Nov 15, 2018

The Environmental Defense Fund’s new collaboration with the National Corn Growers Association will aim to make the case to farmers and the public at large that sustainable practices can be both environmentally friendly and good for the bottom line.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Nov 14, 2018

The Makings of a Successful Merger

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Nov 14, 2018

Last month, the National Eating Disorders Association and the Binge Eating Disorder Association merged. Leaders from both groups share three things they focused on to help smooth the transition.

Membership by Ernie Smith Nov 9, 2018

4 Lessons Association Chapters Can Learn From Craft Breweries

Membership by Ernie Smith Nov 9, 2018

Craft breweries—of which there are more than 7,000 nationally—are becoming a major economic force in many communities, as well as a cultural one. Associations looking to build up a strong chapter system would be smart to take notes.

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Nov 9, 2018

Daily Buzz: Define Your Meeting’s Story Arc

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Nov 9, 2018

Set a narrative to your conference that is both challenging and meaningful to attendees to boost participation. Also: build up culture to increase profitability.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Nov 8, 2018

Conference Circuit: Construction Owners

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Nov 8, 2018

The 2018 Fall Owners Leadership Conference, held by the Construction Owners Association of America, begins next week in La Jolla, California. Attendance is expected to top 250.

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Nov 7, 2018

Daily Buzz: The Value of Meaningful Work

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Nov 7, 2018

Many Americans place more value on meaningful work than money. But is your organization providing it? Also: hosting experiential meetings.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Nov 5, 2018

Foundation Study: Many LGBTQ Employees Face Discrimination Challenges

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Nov 5, 2018

One-tenth of LGBTQ employees at philanthropic foundations say they’ve left “not very accepting” workplaces, and nearly 60 percent of those surveyed aren’t “out” to their coworkers, according to a new Funders for LGBTQ Issues report. The study is the first comprehensive report on the issue in the foundation space.

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Nov 5, 2018

Daily Buzz: Conference Swag Beyond the Bag

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Nov 5, 2018

Tote bags, notepads, and USBs: You’ve gotten them as meeting giveaways too many times, and they end up in the trash. Ditch these tired ideas for more earth-friendly options. Also: the benefits of a young professionals committee.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Nov 4, 2018

Why It’s Time to Move Millennials Into Leadership

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Nov 4, 2018

The generation isn’t as thick with job-hoppers as the stereotype suggests, but a new study signals increasing impatience. Current leaders will need to do more to keep them around.

Membership by Sophia Conforti Nov 2, 2018

Daily Buzz: Keep Members’ Data Safe

Membership by Sophia Conforti Nov 2, 2018

Data can be invaluable when you want to enhance the member experience, but you need a data governance plan to keep members’ information safe. Also: the impact of artificial intelligence on analytics.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Nov 1, 2018

Conference Circuit: Crop Science

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Nov 1, 2018

The 2018 International Annual Meeting of the American Society of Agronomy, the Crop Science Society of America, and the Canadian Society of Agronomy begins this weekend in Baltimore. About 2,500 are expected to attend.

Technology by Ernie Smith Oct 29, 2018

The Most Annoying Content Marketing Tactic

Technology by Ernie Smith Oct 29, 2018

It’s not uncommon these days for your content and web teams to frequently field emails asking for some kind of link back. Link building is often a bad tactic to fall into Google’s good graces, but content marketers could learn from its faults to boost their own strategies.

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Oct 29, 2018

Daily Buzz: New Food Rules for Meetings

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Oct 29, 2018

Dietary restrictions and foodie culture have changed how meeting planners create event menus. Here are the new food rules to follow, from BizBash. Also: how to reinstate lapsed members.

Money & Business by Tim Ebner Oct 29, 2018

Join the “Human Revolution” at Work

Money & Business by Tim Ebner Oct 29, 2018

In the digital age, association teams will increase their success and well-being when they focus on human interaction and engagement at work, says workplace strategist Erica Keswin, opening ASAE’s Associations @ Work Business Conference on Monday.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Oct 25, 2018

Conference Circuit: Musical Meeting

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Oct 25, 2018

The 2018 joint meeting of the American Musicological Society and Society for Music Theory begins next week in San Antonio. Attendance is expected to top 2,100.

Membership by Tim Ebner Oct 23, 2018

Emoji for Everyone, Especially Your Members

Membership by Tim Ebner Oct 23, 2018

Emoji just for sonographers? Yes, they’re a thing, courtesy of the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Its “sonomojis” connect members, boost engagement, and drive nondues revenue. What would your members’ emoji look like?

Brand Connection by Business Events Canada Oct 22, 2018

6 Creative Ways Cities Are Appealing to Life Sciences

Brand Connection by Business Events Canada Oct 22, 2018

Your host destination isn’t just a random city, it’s a strategic partner ready to help ensure your meeting content is aligned to resources & expertise.

Brand Connection by Impexium Oct 21, 2018

7 Signs You’re an Association Technology Disruptor

Brand Connection by Impexium Oct 21, 2018

Patrick Dorsey, the EVP of Marketing at Impexium, breaks down the defining characteristics of people who make a lasting impact at their associations.

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Oct 18, 2018

Daily Buzz: Rethink Your Recruiting Process

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Oct 18, 2018

Any new hire has to meet your organization’s expectations both professionally and culturally. To find the right person, you have to tweak the recruiting process. Also: nonprofit financial lessons from for-profit companies.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Oct 17, 2018

Keep Your Priorities Straight When Launching a New Product

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Oct 17, 2018

The Society for Human Resource Management recently opened a speakers bureau, with very specific goals in mind. For them, the new service is much more about expanding SHRM’s reach than generating immediate revenue.

Leadership by Natasha Bethea Oct 15, 2018

Say Yes To Developing Next-Gen Professionals

Leadership by Natasha Bethea Oct 15, 2018

As millennials and Generation Z become a larger part of the workforce, associations must adapt a culture that encourages and empowers them. Why saying yes to their development will benefit both them and your association.

Leadership by Associations Now Staff Oct 15, 2018

Advice for CEOs From Young Professionals

Leadership 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.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Oct 15, 2018

Destination: Tampa

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Oct 15, 2018

Treasures await in Florida’s third-largest city.

Money & Business by Kristin Clarke Oct 15, 2018

Books: Be Bold

Money & Business by Kristin Clarke Oct 15, 2018

Break free from the status quo, with the help of Jonah Sachs’ Unsafe Thinking.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Oct 14, 2018

How Two Associations Built Diverse Boards

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Oct 14, 2018

Think marathon, not sprint, they say. But don’t wait to start building a culture that champions diversity.

Technology by Sophia Conforti Oct 12, 2018

Daily Buzz: Grow Your Instagram Following

Technology by Sophia Conforti Oct 12, 2018

For a robust social media strategy, your organization needs to leverage its Instagram followers. The Wild Apricot blog explains how to get started. Also: what food can do for your meeting.

Brand Connection by Visit Indy Oct 4, 2018

Thinking Beyond the Traditional Meeting Space

Brand Connection by Visit Indy Oct 4, 2018

How one organization utilized non-traditional venues for a creative, memorable conference experience.

Technology by Ernie Smith Oct 1, 2018

When Nuance Is Lost: The Perils of Digital Leadership

Technology by Ernie Smith Oct 1, 2018

Leading an organization is already a deeply challenging thing, but it becomes even tougher when you’re mostly doing it through digital interfaces. The recent decision by Linux creator Linus Torvalds to take a break to work on his personal conduct speaks to the fundamental nature of this challenge.

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Sep 28, 2018

Group Asks Universities to Review Athletics the Same as Finances, Curriculum

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Sep 28, 2018

Recently, the highest-profile issues in higher education leadership are related to college sports. The Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges wants to keep athletics accountable, starting with the foundation of their governing bodies.

Leadership by Sophia Conforti Sep 27, 2018

Five Ways to Lead Better and Keep Your Best Employees

Leadership by Sophia Conforti Sep 27, 2018

Nearly two-thirds of people think they can find a better job. Here’s how you can tweak your leadership style—and overall culture—to make them want to stay.

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Sep 27, 2018

Daily Buzz: Retaining Chapter Leaders

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Sep 27, 2018

Chapter leadership comes with a lot of responsibility. Here’s how you can empower your leaders to prevent turnover. Also: One company implements mandatory vacation days.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Sep 27, 2018

The Organization Behind the Emoji’s Growth

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Sep 27, 2018

With emoji more popular than ever, it’s worth noting that the process of creating an emoji is held by the Unicode Consortium, a nonprofit that suddenly wields unusual pop culture power. Here’s how it found itself atop that lofty perch.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Sep 23, 2018

How Leaders Can Implement a D&I Strategy

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Sep 23, 2018

There isn't a one-size-fits-all method for creating a diverse and inclusive culture. Association leaders will need to learn from their staff—as well as the industry the association serves.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Sep 11, 2018

Organic Group Turns Checkoff Failure Into Opportunity

Leadership by Ernie Smith Sep 11, 2018

The Organic Trade Association, which had tried and failed to get the federal government to back a checkoff program for organic foods, will instead launch a voluntary checkoff program of its own under the OTA banner—with member assistance, of course.

Membership by Mark Athitakis Sep 6, 2018

AGU Launches Program to Support Early-Career Scientists

Membership by Mark Athitakis Sep 6, 2018

The program is designed to serve both mentees and the American Geophysical Union’s most successful members, who were looking for ways to give back.

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Sep 5, 2018

Daily Buzz: Airbnb’s Meetings Expansion

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Sep 5, 2018

Planning a meeting? Airbnb is expanding to the professional world to “help teams achieve their shared goals more effectively.” Also: Three things to catch attendee focus.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Sep 4, 2018

New Office Space Allows For Growth and Collaboration

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Sep 4, 2018

The new Emergency Nurses Association headquarters will not only enable the group to grow and cast a vision for the future but also provide its staff with opportunities for better collaboration.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Aug 28, 2018

Associations Say Renegotiated NAFTA Needs All of North America

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Aug 28, 2018

As word of a tentative new trade pact between the U.S. and Mexico surfaced Monday, several associations urged the White House to keep Canada in the agreement too.

Technology by Ernie Smith Aug 27, 2018

Embracing Virtual Work: The Time Is Right

Technology by Ernie Smith Aug 27, 2018

Multiple sessions of the ASAE Annual Meeting made the case that virtual work—whether full-time or on a freelance basis—is increasingly becoming a compelling option for many associations. The tech is ready, but is your culture?

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Aug 20, 2018

#ASAE18: Addressing Sexual Harassment Demands More Than a Training Seminar

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Aug 20, 2018

At her Monday Game Changer session, former White House aide Tina Tchen encouraged attendees to consider sexual harassment as just one part of a range of inequalities that contribute to toxic workplace cultures.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Aug 19, 2018

How to Lead on Improving Chapters

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Aug 19, 2018

The relationship between associations and their components can be a fraught one. Creating a culture of trust and communication can make a difference.

Technology by Sophia Conforti Aug 19, 2018

Daily Buzz: Pinterest’s Positive Stability

Technology by Sophia Conforti Aug 19, 2018

After years of growth, Pinterest has stable impression and satisfaction numbers, according to YouGov research. That’s a big differentiator compared with other social networks. Also: TK.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Aug 16, 2018

Attendee Burnout: What Can You Do to Prevent It?

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Aug 16, 2018

You want your conference attendees to be focused and productive, but the traditional design of a meeting can often wear them out. Three ways your association can reduce the risk of attendee burnout.

Brand Connection by Visit Indy Aug 16, 2018

5 Tactics To Create An Experiential Event

Brand Connection by Visit Indy Aug 16, 2018

How meeting planners are utilizing new solutions to meet an age old trend.

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Aug 13, 2018

Daily Buzz: Associations for Left-Handers (Really)

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Aug 13, 2018

It’s International Left-Handers Day. We break down how the holiday started, and some of the groups working to bring support to lefties around the world. Also: How to launch an association rebrand.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Aug 12, 2018

Can Associations Lead Workers Out of a Rut?

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Aug 12, 2018

Employees are feeling as disengaged as ever. Those workers may be an opportunity for associations to help.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Aug 9, 2018

Three Takeaways From the Oscars’ Big Rethink

Meetings by Ernie Smith Aug 9, 2018

The awards ceremony is getting shorter and giving some new love to mainstream movies. The shift is controversial, but it offers plenty of lessons for associations doing a rethink of an event or other tradition.

Membership by Sophia Conforti Aug 9, 2018

Daily Buzz: Boost Engagement With “Third Place” Theory

Membership by Sophia Conforti Aug 9, 2018

As member interaction moves online, leverage digital communities to create year-round buzz for in-person meetups, says Personify. Also: Keep your corporate partners happy.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Aug 8, 2018

Telepresence Robots Keep Teleworkers Better Connected

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Aug 8, 2018

A few years ago, the Optical Society began using telepresence robots to keep remote workers better engaged in day-to-day office life. A look at how OSA has benefited from the technology and other considerations to keep in mind.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Aug 6, 2018

How Toxic Employees Affect Organizations

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Aug 6, 2018

Workers who are seen as negative to company culture represent an interesting conundrum—they end up costing organizations money and poisoning other workers, but they’re often good at getting themselves promoted.

Technology by Sophia Conforti Aug 2, 2018

Daily Buzz: Two-Factor’s Big Weakness

Technology by Sophia Conforti Aug 2, 2018

A recent security breach involving Reddit highlights the failings of using your phone in two-factor authentication, notes Ars Technica. Also: Salesforce highlights leaders making a positive social impact in a new event series.

Membership by Sophia Conforti Aug 1, 2018

Daily Buzz: Nailing Membership Onboarding

Membership by Sophia Conforti Aug 1, 2018

Membership can’t grow if your onboarding process is ineffective. The MemberClicks blog breaks down what you should be doing to make members stay. Also: Learning trends to incorporate today.

Money & Business by Tim Ebner Aug 1, 2018

Back From the Brink: Surviving an Association Near-Death Experience

Money & Business by Tim Ebner Aug 1, 2018

What does it take for an association to come back from a near-death experience? Following substantial declines in revenue and membership, three associations changed course and restructured their business, leading to a more prosperous future. Their turnaround stories have a lot in common.

Money & Business by Allison Torres Burtka Aug 1, 2018

Survival Guide For A Hot Job Market

Money & Business by Allison Torres Burtka Aug 1, 2018

It seems as though everyone is hiring these days, and talented professionals have abundant job opportunities. Amid heightened competition for talent, smart associations are adjusting their recruitment strategies, increasing their focus on retaining the staff they have, and looking at new ways to harness an effective team—even if everyone isn’t on the payroll.

Leadership by Maria Mihalik Aug 1, 2018

Global Spotlight: Ghana on the Horizon

Leadership by Maria Mihalik Aug 1, 2018

The National Black MBA Association explores future business in West Africa.

Technology by Ernie Smith Jul 23, 2018

Innovation at Scale: When It’s Easier Being Big

Technology by Ernie Smith Jul 23, 2018

Often, we think of innovation as something that can only be done well by small, nimble organizations. But sometimes, being the trusted institutional voice can make it easier to turn that little innovation into a big success.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jul 23, 2018

Why Simple Budgeting Needs Big-Picture Leadership

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jul 23, 2018

“No money, no mission,” goes the nonprofit mantra. But a recent study shows that many nonprofits struggle to plan ahead. Before you do your ambitious planning, look at your everyday finances.

Technology by Ernie Smith Jul 20, 2018

Connected Devices Driving Wireless Growth, CTIA Says

Technology by Ernie Smith Jul 20, 2018

With smartphones well saturated at this point, CTIA reports in its latest wireless survey that the real growth in the space is being pushed along by an array of smart devices, whether on your wrist or in your car.

Brand Connection by Business Events Canada Jul 16, 2018

Montréal: The Cultural Capital of Life Sciences

Brand Connection by Business Events Canada Jul 16, 2018

Most visit for the creative charm & breathtaking views. But meeting planners? They choose Montréal for its expertise in the life sciences industry.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jul 15, 2018

Four Keys to Motivation From a World-Champion Triathlete

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jul 15, 2018

Triathlon champion and #ASAE18 closing keynote speaker Siri Lindley doesn’t look for talent alone when building teams. She wants to see a willingness to own the hard work that a big task requires.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jul 5, 2018

Conference Circuit: Food Protection

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jul 5, 2018

The International Association for Food Protection’s 2018 Annual Meeting begins next week in Salt Lake City. Attendance is expected to top 3,600.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Jul 5, 2018

Soybean Association Puts a Face On Tariffs’ Impact

Leadership by Ernie Smith Jul 5, 2018

As new tariffs set by the Trump administration take effect, the American Soybean Association is hoping to highlight the impact of the decision on farmers with a new social media campaign.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jun 29, 2018

Survey: The Benefits of a Good Vacation Can Fade Fast

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jun 29, 2018

Time away from the office has diminishing returns if employees come back to an aggressive workload and a demanding culture, a report from the American Psychological Association finds.

Technology by Raegan Johnson Jun 28, 2018

Thursday Buzz: Future-Focused IT Team

Technology by Raegan Johnson Jun 28, 2018

To keep up with a rapidly changing world, your IT leaders need to think more like CIOs. Also: Reconsidering the CEO’s role in membership.

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Jun 27, 2018

Wednesday Buzz: Always Be Improving

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Jun 27, 2018

What you do after a meeting is the key to improving next year’s event. Also: How to spark curiosity in conference attendees.

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Jun 26, 2018

Tuesday Buzz: Don’t Put Too Many Stars on the Same Team

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Jun 26, 2018

Many leaders load up their top performers on one team, but research suggests that could be holding back creativity. Also: Meet Facebook’s print publication aimed at business leaders.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jun 18, 2018

The Smart Way to Take a Risk

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jun 18, 2018

Failures are inevitable. But, as former Kickstarter CEO Yancey Strickler explains, taking a few chances is essential for an organization's survival.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Jun 13, 2018

What’s the Secret to E3’s Attention-Grabbing Success?

Meetings by Ernie Smith Jun 13, 2018

The Electronic Entertainment Expo, the videogame industry’s premier event, has become a dominant force in the cultural conversation, appealing to the public in a way few tradeshows can. And that success comes down to the fact that game publishers don’t hold back during their livestreamed press conferences.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jun 11, 2018

What’s a Job Interview Good For?

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jun 11, 2018

Not as much as you might think, according to recent research. Finding talent should have less to do with get-to-know-you rituals and more with identifying the needs an organization is hiring for. Not long after I graduated from college, I went on a job interview. I did the appropriate research on the publication. I wore […]

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jun 7, 2018

Conference Circuit: Nutrition-palooza

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jun 7, 2018

The American Society for Nutrition’s inaugural flagship meeting, Nutrition 2018, begins this weekend in Boston. Attendance is expected to exceed 3,000.

Technology by Raegan Johnson Jun 5, 2018

Tuesday Buzz: The Rise of “Digital Wellness”

Technology by Raegan Johnson Jun 5, 2018

Tech giants are launching tools to help users break their smartphone addictions with digital wellness tools. Also: Adrian Segar considers the diminishing power of leaders.

Technology by Ernie Smith Jun 5, 2018

The Big Trends Driving Tech Forward

Technology by Ernie Smith Jun 5, 2018

From a growing diversity of content consumption to a push toward subscription models in the for-profit space, Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends report has a little bit of everything—and a few of those trends are particularly important for your association to consider.

Membership by Raegan Johnson Jun 1, 2018

Friday Buzz: Drive Revenue With Member Communications

Membership by Raegan Johnson Jun 1, 2018

Make the most of your member communications by using them to generate nondues revenue. Also: Should tech giants be subject to antitrust regulations?

Technology by Mark Athitakis Jun 1, 2018

In This Together: Lessons From a Kickstarter Icon

Technology by Mark Athitakis Jun 1, 2018

Kickstarter cofounder Yancey Strickler helped invent a formula for getting the masses behind a great idea. Step one: Get comfortable with taking a few chances.

Leadership by Kristin Clarke Jun 1, 2018

Books: AI Strategy

Leadership by Kristin Clarke Jun 1, 2018

In their book Prediction Machines: The Simple Economics of Artificial Intelligence, authors Ajay Agrawal, Joshua Gans, and Avi Goldfarb bring up the business case for artificial intelligence.

Membership by Tim Ebner May 30, 2018

Master the Art of the Follow-Up Question

Membership by Tim Ebner May 30, 2018

To align what you do with your members’ needs, you need to stop talking and start listening. Two sessions at ASAE’s 2018 Marketing, Membership & Communications Conference highlighted this theme, including the closing keynote from business leader Charlie Norris and NBA star Byron Scott.

Technology by Raegan Johnson May 22, 2018

Tuesday Buzz: Not Ready for GDPR? Same as Everyone Else

Technology by Raegan Johnson May 22, 2018

Most organizations are still unprepared for GDPR, even with the deadline drawing close. Find out what is standing in their way. Also: A Chicago municipal agency auctions off a contemporary painting for $21 million.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis May 21, 2018

Can a Test Make You a Better Leader?

Leadership by Mark Athitakis May 21, 2018

Aptitude exams are making a comeback in the workplace. That’s bad news for anybody who dreaded the SAT. But for organizations that struggle to find internal talent, it’s an opportunity. Professional attainment has many virtues, but prominent among them is that you no longer have to endure the drudgery of standardized tests. You were done […]

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne May 18, 2018

Takeaways From WeWork’s Expansion Into Education

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne May 18, 2018

Co-working juggernaut WeWork is moving out of just being in the office space business and moving into the world of education. A look at some ideas associations can take from its approach.

Leadership by Raegan Johnson May 17, 2018

Thursday Buzz: How Google Learns From Failure

Leadership by Raegan Johnson May 17, 2018

Google's postmortem process helps their teams turn mistakes into valuable learning experiences. Also: Podcasts could help to boost event attendance.

Meetings by Raegan Johnson May 9, 2018

Wednesday Buzz: Is This the End of Mini Shampoos?

Meetings by Raegan Johnson May 9, 2018

Major hotel brands are phasing out mini toiletry bottles for larger pump bottles. Also: Beth’s Blog shares helpful tips for creating a happier and healthier workplace culture.

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti May 9, 2018

Study: Why Nonprofit Workers Are More Engaged

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti May 9, 2018

A new study from Work for Good, a nonprofit job platform, finds that nonprofit workers are highly engaged with their work and likely to stay within nonprofit roles despite lower compensation.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith May 8, 2018

Paper Checkoff Board Takes Podcasts Analog With New Magazine

Money & Business by Ernie Smith May 8, 2018

The Paper and Packaging Board teamed with a number of popular podcasts and a major bookstore chain to highlight the value of paper in heavily-stylized form.

Technology by Ernie Smith May 8, 2018

Can You Acquire Like a Tech Company?

Technology by Ernie Smith May 8, 2018

The surprise acquisition of a podcast app by a number of major public radio companies shows that even traditional organizations are taking a tech-world approach to acquiring promising startups. Could associations pull a similar trick?

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher May 7, 2018

How a Literacy Group Increased Diversity in its Best Books Lists

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher May 7, 2018

Wanting to make sure readers see themselves on the pages of books, as well as get a window into other perspectives, the International Literacy Association worked to increase the diversity in its annual Choices Reading Lists.

Technology by Raegan Johnson May 7, 2018

Monday Buzz: Why Leaders Should Be Tech Literate

Technology by Raegan Johnson May 7, 2018

TechCrunch’s editorial manager makes the case that technology literacy is a must for effective leadership today. Also: Six rules for better communication.

Leadership by Ernie Smith May 1, 2018

“Infinity War” Strategy: Why You Should Borrow From Marvel’s Planning Prowess

Leadership by Ernie Smith May 1, 2018

Whether or not you’re a fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there’s still a lot to respect from the studio behind the films, which has forged a well-strategized mega-franchise over the past decade. The hits keep coming, and that’s not an accident.

Technology by Ernie Smith May 1, 2018

The Importance of Digital Preservation

Technology by Ernie Smith May 1, 2018

As a recent saga involving a well-known journalist and the Internet Archive showed, we probably don’t talk about digital preservation as much as we should. Perhaps now’s a good time to reintroduce the conversation—and the associations and nonprofits that make it happen.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Apr 30, 2018

Bar Association Edges Closer to Dropping LSAT Requirement

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Apr 30, 2018

The American Bar Association is considering a move that would allow law school applicants to apply using another form of testing, such as the GRE, in place of the LSAT. The move has proven controversial in some quarters, but many law schools have already made the move ahead of the ABA’s guidance.

Membership by Raegan Johnson Apr 20, 2018

Friday Buzz: Women’s Nonprofit Welcomes Men

Membership by Raegan Johnson Apr 20, 2018

Women of Email expands its program to include men as mentors. Also: Association professionals “escape” to the Xperience Design Project in Maryland.

Money & Business by Mark Athitakis Apr 10, 2018

National Association of Realtors Unveils First Brand Revamp in 45 Years

Money & Business by Mark Athitakis Apr 10, 2018

The National Association of Realtors’ new logo, updated for the first time since 1973, aims to respond to a changing real estate industry and to remind people that Realtors are more than just what “mom and dad used.”

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 3, 2018

The Future of HR? Real-Time Feedback Tools Take off at Amazon, Elsewhere

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 3, 2018

Amazon in particular has widely embraced the use of real-time feedback platforms as a method for better understanding a company’s needs. While the tools have gotten mixed reviews from employees, the company has seen its workplace reputation improve since implementing the tools.

Leadership by Allison Torres Burtka Apr 1, 2018

#MeToo and Your Members

Leadership by Allison Torres Burtka Apr 1, 2018

As industry leaders, how associations respond to sexual harassment matters—to the individual and to their community. Associations are facing challenging questions about how to set the bar for acceptable conduct in their field, enforce fair policies, and promote a positive professional culture that attracts the best talent.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Apr 1, 2018

Ways to Wellness: Leadership and Self-Care

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Apr 1, 2018

When it comes to self-care, leaders need to manage both themselves and their staffs. From sabbaticals to kitchen cabinets to dedicated reading days, association executives have multiple options.

Leadership by Associations Now Staff Apr 1, 2018

CEO to CEO: Self-Care Measures

Leadership by Associations Now Staff Apr 1, 2018

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

Technology by Emily Bratcher Mar 23, 2018

Interview Series Showcases Women in Iowa Tech Industry

Technology by Emily Bratcher Mar 23, 2018

With an aim of building a more inclusive pipeline to tech careers in the state, the Technology Association of Iowa launched a digital interview series spotlighting 10 women.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Mar 19, 2018

Actors Guild Focuses on Diversity With New Stunt Coordinator Standards

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Mar 19, 2018

SAG-AFTRA’s new standards and practices for stunt crews are, among other things, meant to discourage the controversial practice of “wigging,” or dressing a male stunt actor as a woman, as well as the similar practice of “painting down.” The new guidelines come in the wake of recent news coverage of stunts, including a formal discrimination complaint.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Mar 13, 2018

The Association Roots of “March Madness”

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Mar 13, 2018

The NCAA didn’t originate the term March Madness—the world of high school athletics did. But while the term is commonly credited to an Illinois association executive, evidence exists that fans in nearby Indiana used it first.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Mar 13, 2018

Rest Stop Commercialization Push Runs Into Association Opposition

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Mar 13, 2018

Trade groups representing convenience stores and truck stops, as well as the National League of Cities, have spoken out against attempts to commercialize rest stops at state and federal levels. Despite this, the idea is drawing interest from President Trump and some state governors.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Mar 13, 2018

Food Industry Groups Partner to Build Shopper Trust

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Mar 13, 2018

With a newly released whitepaper and forthcoming transparency index, the Food Marketing Institute and the Center for Food Integrity are making the case for transparency as a chief means of building consumer trust and promoting a deeper connection to food.

Leadership by Samantha Whitehorne Mar 12, 2018

#Ideas18: Three Things Association Execs Need to Be Doing Now

Leadership by Samantha Whitehorne Mar 12, 2018

 At ASAE’s 2018 Great Ideas Conference on Monday, the three Main Stage Speakers pushed association execs to build strong brands, effective teams, and workplaces that offer community.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Mar 12, 2018

Should an Exiting CEO Stick Around?

Leadership 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.

Membership by Raegan Johnson Mar 8, 2018

Thursday Buzz: Collecting Donor Data

Membership by Raegan Johnson Mar 8, 2018

Gathering information from your donors doesn’t have to be aggravating. Here are a few unobtrusive tactics to try. Also: social media marketing hacks worth experimenting with in 2018.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Mar 5, 2018

The Conversation Before the Diversity Conversation

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Mar 5, 2018

A new study shows that diverse boards reap benefits for nonprofits. It also shows that success is built on first paying close attention to making the entire board passionate and engaged. What can diversity do for a board? In recent years both the corporate and nonprofit sectors have seen the virtues in having leadership that […]

Meetings by Cherise Bathersfield Mar 2, 2018

Historic Vehicle Association Event Showcases Automotive History 

Meetings by Cherise Bathersfield Mar 2, 2018

The Historic Vehicle Association will hold its monthlong Cars at the Capital event to illustrate the role of the automobile in American life. The Ferris Bueller Ferrari will be among the five famous cars on display on the National Mall in Washington, DC. 

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Feb 28, 2018

Wednesday Buzz: Why Project Debriefs Are a Must

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Feb 28, 2018

If you’re looking to improve your organizational processes, lead debriefing meetings after all big projects. Also: Google launches its Slack competitor.

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Feb 23, 2018

Friday Buzz: Get Employees to Follow Your Lead

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Feb 23, 2018

Great leadership requires more than just the respect of your staff. Learn how great leaders get everyone to follow along. Also: How to handle employees who fail cybersecurity tests.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Feb 21, 2018

Report: Associations Look to Staff Up, But Struggle to Find Talent

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Feb 21, 2018

A new report from PNP Staffing Group finds that just about half of associations plan to increase their staffing levels in the new year, largely reflecting association expansion. The problem? Talent is becoming harder to come by.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Feb 21, 2018

Vendor-Relations Lessons from the KFC Chicken Crisis

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Feb 21, 2018

The shortages that have created some major issues for the fast food chain in the United Kingdom are being blamed on a vendor’s mess-ups. It’s a good reminder that good vendor management can be downright fundamental to your business needs.

Technology by Raegan Johnson Feb 20, 2018

Tuesday Buzz: Why Your Website Needs an Update

Technology by Raegan Johnson Feb 20, 2018

An outdated website can put your visitors’ data at risk and cause them to mistrust you. Also: How to implement a culture of learning at your organization.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Feb 12, 2018

Cattlemen’s Association Calls for Tougher Meat Labeling Standards

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Feb 12, 2018

The U.S. Cattlemen’s Association, responding to member concerns, has called on the USDA to issue stricter standards so that meat-like plant analogues or lab-grown alternatives can’t be labeled “meat” in stores.

Technology by Ernie Smith Feb 9, 2018

Farm Equipment Groups Pledge to Make Equipment Repairs More Accessible

Technology by Ernie Smith Feb 9, 2018

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers and the Equipment Dealers Association have pledged to boost access to information related to the repair of heavy machinery like tractors. The move comes as legislation requiring that devices be repairable gains momentum at the state level.

Membership by Tim Ebner Feb 7, 2018

Is Going Global the Key to Growing Membership?

Membership by Tim Ebner Feb 7, 2018

The Institute of Management Accountants has a membership that looks a lot different than it did 100 years ago. Thanks to global expansion, IMA grew to reach a historic milestone—100,000 members. Here’s how they did it.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Feb 2, 2018

How to Rebuild a Board Following a Scandal

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Feb 2, 2018

After a high-profile scandal, USA Gymnastics now has to rebuild its board as well as trust in its organization. Doubling down on transparency, one governance professional says, can help get a scandal-damaged organization back on its feet.

Money & Business by Alex Beall Feb 1, 2018

Idea Bank: Tracking Down Talent

Money & Business by Alex Beall Feb 1, 2018

Boosting recruitment by connecting employers and candidates.

Money & Business by Kristin Clarke Feb 1, 2018

Books: Work Smarter

Money & Business by Kristin Clarke Feb 1, 2018

What makes a high performer tick? Morten Hansen's Great At Work breaks things down.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jan 29, 2018

Marketing Lessons From Budweiser: Give Your Workhorse a Breather

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jan 29, 2018

AB InBev is giving its famed Clydesdale horses a break during this year’s Super Bowl, in favor of a message focused on the good that the company does. Read on for some takeaways about what that decision means for the company.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jan 29, 2018

The Challenge of Engaging the New Workforce

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jan 29, 2018

Problem one: how to define "workforce"? As a study from the Conference Board shows, employees want to be engaged, but workers are also increasingly untraditional.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jan 25, 2018

People-Focused HR Boosts Recruitment and Retention, Study Says

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jan 25, 2018

A new report from the Society for Human Resource Management and Globoforce finds that using techniques that put people first, particularly on the recognition front, will be likelier to win out in the war for talent.

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Jan 24, 2018

Wednesday Buzz: An Association for Couch Potatoes

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Jan 24, 2018

Forget the gym. Germany’s Sofa Sports Association says you can get in shape at a local pub. Also: Keep an eye on these creative visual trends in 2018.

Membership by Ernie Smith Jan 22, 2018

Monday Buzz: The Tensions Between Volunteers and Staff

Membership by Ernie Smith Jan 22, 2018

If you want to avoid strain between association volunteers and staff, it’s key that all stakeholders are on the same page. Also: Shutter an ailing online community? One association blogger says not so fast.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jan 22, 2018

How to Encourage Dissenters to Speak Up

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jan 22, 2018

Organizations often pay lip service to the value of dissent. But cultivating real and valuable disagreement means understanding power—which doesn’t always rest with the exec.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jan 19, 2018

Mentoring Offers a Boost, Study Says, but Few Take Advantage

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jan 19, 2018

Research from the Association for Talent Development says that organizations with formal mentoring programs claim stronger employee engagement and retention.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jan 18, 2018

Conference Circuit: Conservation Efforts

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jan 18, 2018

The National Association of Conservation Districts’ 72nd Annual Meeting begins next week in Nashville. Attendance is expected to be about 1,000.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Jan 10, 2018

Report: Anxiety, Bad Habits Common for Frequent Business Travelers

Meetings by Ernie Smith Jan 10, 2018

A new analysis from Columbia University on the impact of frequent business travel suggests that issues of insomnia, anxiety, and a tendency toward alcohol dependence were common among business travelers who hit the road every month. The study is one of the few to focus on the mental health impacts of travel.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jan 8, 2018

How Associations Can Make a Match With Millennials

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jan 8, 2018

Gen Y is grown up now, and looking for legitimate leadership roles to match. That means casting off some assumptions about what they need, and perhaps how you manage your volunteer structure.

Technology by Ernie Smith Jan 4, 2018

Nonprofits Join Microsoft in New Rural Broadband Coalition

Technology by Ernie Smith Jan 4, 2018

Microsoft and an array of nonprofits are launching a new advocacy group focused on improving access to broadband internet in rural parts of the United States. However, the recommended solution, which would rely on unused television signals, has proven controversial in the past.

Brand Connection by Singapore Tourism Board Jan 4, 2018

How Passion Drives Change, and Change Drives Progress

Brand Connection by Singapore Tourism Board Jan 4, 2018

How accepting change and adversity have served as secret allies in business for Veera Sekaran, founder of Greenology.

Leadership by Emily Bratcher Jan 2, 2018

Association CEO Recounts Her 2017 Resolutions

Leadership 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.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Jan 2, 2018

Miss America Organization, Reeling From Email Scandal, Revamps Board

Leadership by Ernie Smith Jan 2, 2018

A board shakeup at the Miss America Organization was announced this week after reports that its CEO and others at MAO had repeatedly made sexist comments about former winners in email communications. Four one-time Miss Americas will join the board, including former Fox News personality Gretchen Carlson, who will become the organization’s chairwoman.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Dec 22, 2017

What 2017 Reading Trends Could Mean for 2018 Meetings

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Dec 22, 2017

What data from a year’s worth of blog posts reveals about what meeting planners are interested in today—and what that may mean for the future.

Technology by Tim Ebner Dec 12, 2017

#Tech17: Embrace Curiosity-Based Decision Making

Technology by Tim Ebner Dec 12, 2017

ASAE’s Technology Conference Expo kicked off on Tuesday with NASA’s Adam Steltzner, who says you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to dream big and unlock what seems impossible.

Technology by Ernie Smith Dec 7, 2017

Report: The Importance of the Chief Data Officer

Technology by Ernie Smith Dec 7, 2017

According to the research giant Gartner, the chief data officer is increasingly growing in popularity and has the potential to be a game-changer for many organizations. Here’s why.

Membership by Raegan Johnson Dec 7, 2017

Thursday Buzz: Cultivate a Sense of Belonging

Membership by Raegan Johnson Dec 7, 2017

Are your members members in name only? Here's how to develop an authentic sense of belonging. Also: How to manage your association's rainy day fund.

Technology by Ernie Smith Dec 5, 2017

Put Your Association’s History on Display Online

Technology by Ernie Smith Dec 5, 2017

Your association may have a lot of history at its fingertips—but is that historic value being maximized for public consumption? Here’s a case for digitizing your organization’s archives online.

Leadership by Thorne McFarlane Dec 1, 2017

Crowdsource: Breaking Through Isolation

Leadership by Thorne McFarlane Dec 1, 2017

Alzheimer's Association chapter fosters social connections for patients and caregivers.

Leadership by Kristin Clarke Dec 1, 2017

Books: Next-Gen Workplace

Leadership by Kristin Clarke Dec 1, 2017

How Generation Z will disrupt the office, according to a member of Gen Z (oh, and his dad, too).

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Nov 28, 2017

Could Electric Bikes Make the World Go Round? These Groups Think So

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Nov 28, 2017

The electric bike, which uses battery power to help put a little power behind the pedal, has become a major hit in Asia and is growing in Europe. Associations see major potential in the U.S., as long as regulations don’t slow things down too much.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Nov 22, 2017

New Report Highlights Staffing Challenges for Associations in 2018

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Nov 22, 2017

PNP Staffing Group released the findings of its annual report on staffing trends and salaries in the nonprofit sector. While groups plan on hiring more staff in 2018, the report says competition for talent is greater than ever.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Nov 21, 2017

After Storm, New Project Puts Puerto Rico Businesses Front and Center

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Nov 21, 2017

The new Shop + Hire PR initiative, launched with nonprofit support, is intended to assist local businesses after Hurricane Maria by promoting their products to people who live outside of the island territory.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Nov 15, 2017

How Smart is Too Smart? New Leadership Study Analyzes

Leadership by Ernie Smith Nov 15, 2017

A new report suggests that a leader with an overly high level of intelligence can threaten to leave behind employees who may not be able to follow overly complex strategies or communication styles.

Membership by Mark Athitakis Nov 14, 2017

Archivists Association Closes Discussion Group That Became Toxic

Membership by Mark Athitakis Nov 14, 2017

The Society of American Archivists' listserver was meant to connect professionals and aspirants, but instead hosted a flame-war culture so notorious it had its own hashtag. A look at why SAA shut it down and what’s next.

Membership by Raegan Johnson Nov 13, 2017

Monday Buzz: Quantitative Needs Qualitative

Membership by Raegan Johnson Nov 13, 2017

Why your membership research needs to go beyond the survey. Also: CarMax’s clever response to a viral video.

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 7, 2017

How Much Access Do Your Vendors and Contractors Have?

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 7, 2017

The president’s Twitter account briefly getting deleted highlights the way that, at many organizations, even lower-level employees or vendors may have discomforting levels of access to information. But while the issues raised here have a technical angle, a bigger problem might be cultural. Last week, and on a wider scale than basically everyone else, Twitter […]

Leadership by Alex Beall Nov 6, 2017

How Organizations Can Create Safe, Harassment-Free Workplaces

Leadership by Alex Beall Nov 6, 2017

As sexual harassment continues to dominate news coverage and public debate, associations should consider their own office environments and how they work to prevent inappropriate behavior.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Nov 6, 2017

The Cultural Challenge of Board Orientation

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Nov 6, 2017

There may be no such thing as a dumb question, but new board members aren’t always trained to understand that. Orientation should cover the importance of openness along with the nuts and bolts.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Oct 26, 2017

How to Encourage Career Development Opportunities for Employees

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Oct 26, 2017

Job training and career development are key to a psychologically healthy workplace, according to a recently released survey. Career expert Barbara Mitchell offers some tips on how to prioritize them.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Oct 26, 2017

Tips for Planning Your Association’s Year-End Celebration

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Oct 26, 2017

The end of 2017 is drawing near, which means it’s time for organizations to start planning their year-end celebrations. The Society for Human Resource Management offers a few tips.

Technology by Ernie Smith Oct 24, 2017

Is Your Tech Strategy Keeping Up with the Times?

Technology by Ernie Smith Oct 24, 2017

Your audience has been deeply impacted by the growth of technology over the years. Is your association shifting its tech strategy to reflect this? If not, your relevance could be at risk.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Oct 18, 2017

Group Prioritizes Resources, Safety for Farmworkers Affected By Wildfires

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Oct 18, 2017

United Farm Workers of America is connecting farmworkers who have lost their homes and jobs with resources that can help them. The union is also working to protect its members, who are continuing to harvest in smoky conditions.

Membership by Raegan Johnson Oct 17, 2017

Tuesday Buzz: How Do You Boost Member Engagement?

Membership by Raegan Johnson Oct 17, 2017

There's more nuance to membership engagement than you may think. Also: how to create an ambassador program for your next conference.

Money & Business by Tim Ebner Oct 17, 2017

#AtWork17: From Disengaged to Purpose-Driven Employees

Money & Business by Tim Ebner Oct 17, 2017

Adam “Smiley” Poswolsky, a workplace expert and author, challenged #AtWork17 attendees to create a culture of purpose-driven work in their organizations.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Oct 16, 2017

How to Lead Staffers Who Aren't Exactly Staff

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Oct 16, 2017

As associations take on contractors, remote staff, and workers in the gig economy, the staff a CEO leads is more complex. One leader manages that complexity by focusing on culture.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Oct 12, 2017

The Benefits of Encouraging Difficult Conversations in the Workplace

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Oct 12, 2017

Avoiding conflict in the workplace can have costly consequences for organizations. Here’s a case for creating an organizational culture that has those uncomfortable conversations and some tips for how to do so.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Oct 11, 2017

Global Strategy: Wading Into International Waters on a Small Scale

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Oct 11, 2017

Developing a successful global strategy is difficult even for the largest associations. So imagine doing it with a staff of 25 or fewer. Here are stories of associations that haven't let staff size stop them from serving their members and meeting their strategic goals around the world.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Oct 11, 2017

New Money: Cash for Cranberries

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Oct 11, 2017

A committed board is the key to a successful capital campaign for the Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association.

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Oct 10, 2017

Tuesday Buzz: A Convention Center's Funny Ad

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Oct 10, 2017

Hartford’s Connecticut Convention Center uses a hilarious new video to promote the city as a great destination for conferences and events. Also: How to use employee email to increase conversion. When you think of dream destinations to host your next annual meeting, Hartford, Connecticut, is probably not at the top of your list. But a […]

Brand Connection by Choose Chicago Oct 10, 2017

5 Ways to Drive Attendee Networking at Your Event

Brand Connection by Choose Chicago Oct 10, 2017

Plan on- and off-site activities to help your more introverted members swap business cards like a long-term lobbyist.

Technology by Ernie Smith Oct 3, 2017

What You Want Out of Your Partners

Technology by Ernie Smith Oct 3, 2017

The recent purchase of the startup TaskRabbit by IKEA offers up a really great example of what happens when an idea finds its perfect corporate catalyst. Your organization is in a position to do something similar—as long as you do your homework.

Membership by Ernie Smith Oct 2, 2017

Monday Buzz: Get Your Members to Take Ownership

Membership by Ernie Smith Oct 2, 2017

Motivate your members to be more involved by elevating them to leadership roles. Also: Associations need to be ready to help their industries adapt to disrupting technologies.

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 29, 2017

Internet Society Tackles Big Questions in Forward-Thinking Report

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 29, 2017

From cybersecurity to governance, the Internet Society’s new report on the global network’s future takes a deep dive into some big issues that promise to get even bigger in the years to come. The 2017 Internet Society Global Internet Report comes as the group celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. The internet is more essential […]

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 28, 2017

Will 280 Characters Make Twitter Better?

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 28, 2017

Twitter's decision to test longer tweets led to much discussion online—with some in favor, others opposed. Associations that rely on the platform should be aware of what these changes could mean for a fundamental social network.

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 27, 2017

How Garfield Became the Feline Face of Cybersafety

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 27, 2017

The iconic orange cat, who celebrates his 40th birthday next year, has been assisting the Center for Cyber Safety and Education in recent months—along with the comic strip's creator, Jim Davis. The latest part of the collaboration takes on cyberbullying.

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Sep 27, 2017

Wednesday Buzz: Design Your Meetings to Delight

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Sep 27, 2017

Break out of the traditional conference mold and provide human connection opportunities at your next meeting. Also: Tweets are getting longer.

Membership by Ernie Smith Sep 26, 2017

U.K.'s National Trust Hits Major Membership Milestone

Membership by Ernie Smith Sep 26, 2017

The charity group, which conserves and maintains venues and other notable elements of British history, just topped 5 million members for the first time—just six years after the National Trust hit 4 million members.

Leadership by Alexis Redmond Sep 25, 2017

Authenticity: The Key to Confidence and Thought Leadership

Leadership by Alexis Redmond Sep 25, 2017

By allowing young professionals to be their authentic selves and welcoming their perspectives, associations will create a culture of trust that allows both organizations and staff to thrive.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Sep 21, 2017

How to Get a Better Yield From Your RFP Process

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Sep 21, 2017

If finding a good partner or vendor feels like finding a needle in a haystack, maybe your RFP process needs a reboot. Here are a few tips for finding the perfect fit for your association’s needs.

Money & Business by Thorne McFarlane Sep 11, 2017

Electric Companies Mobilize in Response to Hurricane Irma

Money & Business by Thorne McFarlane Sep 11, 2017

The Edison Electric Institute’s network of members and industry partners are helping restore power to the millions affected by Hurricane Irma.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Sep 8, 2017

BoardSource: Nonprofit Board Diversity Hasn't Improved in Decades

Leadership by Ernie Smith Sep 8, 2017

The nonprofit board watchdog says that more than 80 percent of nonprofit board members are white, a number that looks remarkably similar to the group's findings from a 1994 index survey. The group says this is despite most CEOs it surveyed being disappointed in this state of affairs.

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 8, 2017

Friday Buzz: Why Influencers Don't Have it Easy These Days

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 8, 2017

YouTube's conservative approach to advertising in recent months may open up opportunities for working directly with talented influencers. Also: The real lesson you should take away from "Best Places to Work" lists.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Aug 31, 2017

Three Characteristics of a Highly Effective Workplace

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Aug 31, 2017

A forthcoming study from the Society for Human Resource Management identifies seven qualities that are hallmarks of healthy, effective workplaces. Here's a sneak peek at three of them. (Hint: It’s not all about offering trendy new policies or benefits.)

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Aug 30, 2017

Survey: Nonprofits Unprepared for For-Profit Competition for Talent

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Aug 30, 2017

The latest edition of Nonprofit HR's Nonprofit Employment Practices Survey finds that many nonprofits don't have formal strategies for hiring or retaining employees—putting them at risk of for-profit poaching.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Aug 30, 2017

Mayors Take Strong Pledge Against Extremism, Bigotry

Leadership by Ernie Smith Aug 30, 2017

In tandem with the Anti-Defamation League, more than 270 mayors nationwide, including many members of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, have agreed to take a hard stance against hate in their communities. The effort reflects collective action after the deadly rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Aug 29, 2017

Associations Size Up Harvey’s Economic Impact

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Aug 29, 2017

With flooding from Hurricane Harvey still inundating southeastern Texas, it will likely be weeks or longer before its devastation is fully understood. But groups in fields as diverse as insurance, agriculture, construction, and oil production are keeping an eye on the economic issues the disaster has created for the region and beyond.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Aug 28, 2017

Why Building Teams Doesn’t Always Result in Teamwork

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Aug 28, 2017

Associations are notable for encouraging multitasking. But without close attention, all those tasks can drain workers. People talk about “wearing many hats” so often in the association world that you’d be forgiven if you sometimes think you’re in the haberdashery business. The many-hats conceit is often discussed with a smirk, or as a point of […]

Meetings by Ernie Smith Aug 25, 2017

Friday Buzz: Get Ready for Gen Z

Meetings by Ernie Smith Aug 25, 2017

With a digital-native generation reaching adulthood, events might have to get more interactive to adapt. Also: a culture problem you might be facing.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Aug 23, 2017

Are Americans Overworked? This Study Says Yes.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Aug 23, 2017

That’s the case made by a recent Rand Corporation report, which finds that many employees work long hours, face on-the-clock harassment and abuse, and often feel like they never have enough time to do their jobs well.

Membership by Raegan Johnson Aug 22, 2017

Tuesday Buzz: Your Volunteers Should Represent Your Audience

Membership by Raegan Johnson Aug 22, 2017

Your most powerful volunteers may be the ones who represent your target audience. Also: How augmented reality technology in the new iOS may be changing events sooner than you think.

Leadership by Julie Shoop Aug 15, 2017

From Luvvie With Love: A Challenge to Do Better

Leadership by Julie Shoop Aug 15, 2017

You may know Luvvie Ajayi for her sharp Scandal recaps, brand smarts, and social commentary. At #ASAE17 this week, she struck a tone of tough love from a warm but demanding big sister, calling for people everywhere to hold themselves to a higher standard by understanding their own power and speaking up when others can't.

Leadership by Tim Ebner Aug 13, 2017

ASAE Annual Meeting: Embracing Your 'Onlyness' Factor

Leadership by Tim Ebner Aug 13, 2017

Entrepreneur and author Nilofer Merchant kicked off ASAE Annual by encouraging attendees to embrace new ideas and innovation that can come from anyone and anywhere.

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Aug 7, 2017

Monday Buzz: LinkedIn Plays Mentor Matchmaker

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Aug 7, 2017

LinkedIn taps into the career mentoring space with a new service. Also: How to encourage your team to take a vacation.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Aug 7, 2017

Bad Blood at the Office? How to Change the Conversation

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Aug 7, 2017

A study suggests that the ways coworkers are perceived and talked about influences the way work gets done. An attentive leader can have a positive influence on the conversation.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Aug 3, 2017

Thursday Buzz: Design Your Own Emoji

Meetings by Ernie Smith Aug 3, 2017

How Mexico City created civic pride by designing emojis specific to the city. Also: How a marketing expert found herself quoted in major news outlets ... while on vacation.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Aug 3, 2017

How Auditors Want Associations to Prep for an Audit

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Aug 3, 2017

Here are a few ways that associations can ensure an easy and efficient audit. Hint: Keep your documentation organized.

Leadership by Tim Ebner Aug 1, 2017

Young Association CEOs: A Fast Track to the Top

Leadership 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.

Leadership by Associations Now Staff Aug 1, 2017

3 Lessons: Lead Through Change

Leadership by Associations Now Staff Aug 1, 2017

Ken Zielske, CAE, the director of learning at the American Association of Diabetes Educators never says no to an opportunity.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jul 31, 2017

How to Boost Newer Employees Into Leadership

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jul 31, 2017

Gen Xers and millennials are get held back for fear of disruption, a new survey suggests. But what's wrong with some disruption?

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jul 27, 2017

Conference Circuit: National Black Nurses Association

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jul 27, 2017

The National Black Nurses Association’s 45th Annual Institute and Conference begins in the upcoming days in Las Vegas. More than 1,000 are expected to attend.

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Jul 26, 2017

Wednesday Buzz: Focus on Your Brand

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Jul 26, 2017

In an increasingly competitive market, an association’s brand may be its most valuable asset. Also: A different way to think about loyalty and your organization.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jul 26, 2017

Former Senators to Lead New Agricultural Advocacy Group

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jul 26, 2017

Farmers for Free Trade, a new 501(c)(4) advocacy group, hopes to make the trade argument from an agricultural standpoint—and two former senators, one from each party, are giving the group their support.

Brand Connection by Ottawa Tourism Jul 26, 2017

Why Offbeat Experiences are On-Trend for Meeting Planners

Brand Connection by Ottawa Tourism Jul 26, 2017

Planners are using their host city's unique attributes to provide attendees with that signature, unforgettable experience they now crave.

Membership by Raegan Johnson Jul 25, 2017

Tuesday Buzz: Maximizing Associate Member Relationships

Membership by Raegan Johnson Jul 25, 2017

Supplier members offer more than just revenue. Here are a few ways to get the most of your associate member relationships. Also: Strategies to engage new board members.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jul 24, 2017

Why D&I Matters Beyond Hiring

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jul 24, 2017

Hiring for diversity is important, but what about after the hire? Some recent studies point to gaps on the HR front, and how to lead on closing them.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Jul 20, 2017

How Associations Are Changing Up School Sunscreen Rules

Leadership by Ernie Smith Jul 20, 2017

Sunscreen has long been banned by many schools because of its treatment as an over-the-counter drug, but state laws are helping to change that state of affairs—thanks in no small part to associations that have put the issue in the sunlight.

Brand Connection by Tourisme Montréal Jul 19, 2017

Why What's on the Menu Might Make or Break Your Next Event

Brand Connection by Tourisme Montréal Jul 19, 2017

Destinations like Montreal have both the local specialties and the international breadth to scratch the culinary itch for meeting attendees.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jul 13, 2017

Farm Bureau, FFA Join Forces to Push Agricultural Education Forward

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jul 13, 2017

The national bodies that represent two of the most prominent chapter-based agricultural organizations—Future Farmers of America and the Farm Bureau—have agreed to work together on agricultural education.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jul 12, 2017

Nonprofit Growing Pains: Study Breaks Down Internal Challenges

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jul 12, 2017

A new report finds that while most nonprofits plan to grow, risk factors and operational complexities raise challenges for growing organizations. The study points out a few things to consider as you develop your organization's own growth initiatives.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jul 7, 2017

Friday Buzz: The Most Popular Ice Cream Flavor

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jul 7, 2017

In honor of National Ice Cream Month, an association pinpoints the ice cream flavor that moves the most units. Also: defining rules for event planners.

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Jul 6, 2017

Thursday Buzz: The Path to Better Meetings? Social Media

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Jul 6, 2017

Social media is a vital part of any marketing mix, but its value to event marketing has never been greater. Also: The newest trend in executive coaching.

Brand Connection by Business Events Canada Jul 5, 2017

5 Meetings Industry Trends Defining 2017

Brand Connection by Business Events Canada Jul 5, 2017

Meeting planners are dealing with these five conference trends—and finding that cities across Canada are poised to meet their needs.

Technology by Raegan Johnson Jun 29, 2017

Thursday Buzz: Preparing for a Ransomware Attack

Technology by Raegan Johnson Jun 29, 2017

In the wake of the recent high-profile ransomware attack, here’s how to protect your organization. Also: How to quietly tear down organizational silos.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Jun 29, 2017

To Boost Productivity, Encourage On-The-Job Naps

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Jun 29, 2017

Economic incentives, meaningful feedback, and adequate training are all ways to boost productivity at the office, but what about naps? Here’s a case for why your association should consider offering workplace naps, as well as some ways to incorporate them into your office.

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Jun 27, 2017

Tuesday Buzz: Lessons From Star Wars’ Set Drama

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Jun 27, 2017

Turmoil on the set of the Disney and Lucasfilm Han Solo movie provides leadership lessons for association executives. Also: The common values shared amongst associations and vendors.

Technology by Ernie Smith Jun 27, 2017

If You Build the Tech Internally, You Own it

Technology by Ernie Smith Jun 27, 2017

In an era when a lot of technology gets outsourced or bought from outside vendors, there’s still plenty of market opportunity from having something built from scratch with internal resources. The challenge, of course, is figuring out what that might be—and resourcing for it.

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Jun 26, 2017

Monday Buzz: Employee Engagement Starts at the Top

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Jun 26, 2017

Don't look to employees to fix a flailing company culture. It's up to leaders to make changes. Also: How to send an email that your members will want to read.

Leadership by Emily Bratcher Jun 26, 2017

Three Ways to Prepare Your Staff to Respond to Workplace Emergencies

Leadership by Emily Bratcher Jun 26, 2017

Two recent American Heart Association surveys revealed that U.S. workers are not prepared for cardiac emergencies at the office. Here are some ways that associations can better equip their staffs for workplace emergencies of all types.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jun 26, 2017

Going Global in Trust-Challenged Times

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jun 26, 2017

Global trust in institutions is at a low ebb, which presents a challenge for associations reaching beyond the United States. Expansion is still worth it, but be careful about your strategy.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jun 23, 2017

Associations Speak Out After Trump Eyes Rollback of "Startup Visa" Rule

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jun 23, 2017

The International Entrepreneur Rule, a rule put into place by the Obama administration, was to take effect next month, but the Trump administration has delayed implementation, with an interest in rolling it back entirely. Venture capital groups say that stopping the rollout of the rule would be counterproductive, considering the president's interest in creating jobs.

Money & Business by Alex Beall Jun 23, 2017

Study: Associations Embrace D&I, Need Better Enactment

Money & Business by Alex Beall Jun 23, 2017

New research shows that while association leaders recognize the importance of diversity and inclusion, many still have work do to when it comes to incorporating D&I practices throughout their organization’s work.

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Jun 20, 2017

Tuesday Buzz: Are Your Events Digitally Secure?

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Jun 20, 2017

Hackers may try to ruin your next event. Here’s how to secure your meeting data. Also: Don’t let this excuse be the reason your employees are working remotely.

Technology by Ernie Smith Jun 20, 2017

Is Social Crowdsourcing Good for Philanthropy, Anyway?

Technology by Ernie Smith Jun 20, 2017

Jeff Bezos' unprecedented decision to ask the world how he should spend his $83 billion on philanthropic causes directly through a tweet drew a lot of attention and some criticism. But it did present an interesting way to think about how organizations can draw awareness to fundraising needs.

Leadership by Alex Beall Jun 19, 2017

How to Maintain Authority When Your Leadership Is Challenged

Leadership by Alex Beall Jun 19, 2017

It’s not uncommon for women, minorities, or young individuals in leadership roles to face challenges to their authority. Two executive coaches share tactics for handling those situations and mitigating resulting conflict.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jun 19, 2017

Josh Earnest's Four Tips for Advocacy in Divisive Times

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jun 19, 2017

The former White House press secretary under President Barack Obama sees a broken D.C. political culture. But he says he believes associations can get their message heard despite the fractures

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Jun 15, 2017

Is Unlimited PTO Right for Your Organization?

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Jun 15, 2017

If you want to both attract and retain top talent and cut down on the resources it takes to track PTO, then consider offering unlimited PTO at your association.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jun 12, 2017

What Hiring for Diversity Requires From Leaders

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jun 12, 2017

ASAE Annual Meeting & Expo speaker chef Jeff Henderson has strong feelings on how to create diverse teams. It starts by understanding the culture the team exists in to start with.

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Jun 9, 2017

Friday Buzz: Tracking the Emotions of Meeting Attendees

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Jun 9, 2017

In the near future, technology may help you gauge your attendees’ emotions right in the moment. Also: Why you should stop micromanaging and learn to delegate.

Leadership by Alex Beall Jun 8, 2017

New Fitness Group Looks to Develop Women Leaders

Leadership by Alex Beall Jun 8, 2017

Associations are instrumental in developing their industries’ workforces. The newly launched Women in Fitness Association is working to increase the number of female leaders in its industry.

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Jun 7, 2017

Wednesday Buzz: Adjusting Your Travel Policy to Millennials

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Jun 7, 2017

Being a little more flexible with your business travel policy may keep your millennial employees happy. Also: Prepare your members for the future by teaching them these soft skills.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Jun 6, 2017

American and Canadian Interior Design Groups Merge Their Magazines

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Jun 6, 2017

Last week, the American Society of Interior Designers and the Interior Designers of Canada announced their decision to combine their magazines—a move that better reflects the industry’s North American market and extends the publication’s reach.

Money & Business by Alex Beall Jun 1, 2017

New Campaign Celebrates the People, Experiences of Texas

Money & Business by Alex Beall Jun 1, 2017

With its “What I Like About Texas” summer campaign, the Texas Travel Industry Association is sharing Texans’ favorite things about the state to catch the attention of visitors.

Technology by Tim Ebner Jun 1, 2017

Accelerate Your Analytics: Use Web Analytics to Build Insights

Technology by Tim Ebner Jun 1, 2017

Your website gives members and other key stakeholders a doorway to helpful information, resources, and engagement opportunities—all while collecting valuable data about how they behave online. When used correctly, web analytics can provide critical insights into what your site visitors truly want and need from your association.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jun 1, 2017

Celebrity Chef Jeff Henderson: “America Is a Gumbo”

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jun 1, 2017

Chef Jeff Henderson’s unusual life path has taken him from drug dealing to prison to haute cuisine. Along the way, he’s learned plenty about what makes good food and great teams. For both, the right mix of ingredients is essential—and the best ones come from here, there, and everywhere.

Leadership by Associations Now Staff Jun 1, 2017

CEO to CEO: Tech Skills

Leadership by Associations Now Staff Jun 1, 2017

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

Meetings by Raegan Johnson May 26, 2017

Friday Buzz: 5 Concerning Trends for the Event Industry

Meetings by Raegan Johnson May 26, 2017

This year has seen a lot of ground-shaking moments in the event industry space. Keep your eye on these five top trends in the second half of 2017. Also: Clever ways to use hashtags to attract new talent.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith May 22, 2017

Decision Striking Down Registration Rule Reopens Drone Debate

Money & Business by Ernie Smith May 22, 2017

An appeals court ruling takes away the Federal Aviation Administration's ability to force drone owners to register their devices—a ruling considered a win by a model aviation group, but a setback for the unmanned aerial vehicle industry.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith May 18, 2017

Film Preservation Group Gives "Sponsored Films" an Online Home

Money & Business by Ernie Smith May 18, 2017

The National Film Preservation Foundation, with the help of the Library of Congress, Internet Archive, and other film resources, has made more than 100 "sponsored films" freely available to the public through its website. Some of the vintage films were sponsored by associations and trade groups.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis May 15, 2017

When to Say Yes to a “No”

Leadership by Mark Athitakis May 15, 2017

Shutting down an idea you don’t like is part of a leader’s job, and it can be done easily if you think about what you’re saying “no” to. But are you doing the same with your “yes”?

Leadership by Alex Beall May 12, 2017

New Partnership Seeks to Diversify Boards

Leadership by Alex Beall May 12, 2017

Boards are essential to driving a company’s or an organization’s mission and strategic plan. By partnering with affinity groups, the National Association of Corporate Directors is making sure boards are better representing those they serve.

Leadership by Raegan Johnson May 11, 2017

Thursday Buzz: Motivational Leadership Methods

Leadership by Raegan Johnson May 11, 2017

Discover ways to galvanize your team to be happier and more productive. Also: Webinar marketing tips to help grow your membership.

Membership by Raegan Johnson May 10, 2017

Wednesday Buzz: Chapter Relationship Warning Signs

Membership by Raegan Johnson May 10, 2017

Is the relationship between your national office and your local chapters in trouble? Also: How to approach social media as a communication channel between you and your members.

Leadership by Ernie Smith May 10, 2017

Do Your Leaders Have an Accountability Gap?

Leadership by Ernie Smith May 10, 2017

A report from the leadership development firm Lee Hecht Harrison makes the case that many organizations realize that their leaders aren't properly being held accountable but don't have a good system for doing so.

Leadership by Ernie Smith May 8, 2017

Nepal Mountaineers Call for Age Limits on Everest Treks After Climber's Death

Leadership by Ernie Smith May 8, 2017

In the days after the death of 85-year-old Mount Everest climber Min Bahadur Sherchan, the Nepal Mountaineering Association is making the case that there should be an upper age limit for potential climbers—something that's supported by research.

Leadership by Ernie Smith May 8, 2017

Arcade Game Makers Required to Play Fair Under Group's New Standards

Leadership by Ernie Smith May 8, 2017

With claw games and other ticket-based games facing scrutiny for potentially cheating the customer, the American Amusement Machine Association is creating a new set of industry standards designed to discourage game rigging.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis May 8, 2017

The Case for Grooming Internal Talent

Leadership by Mark Athitakis May 8, 2017

Only a third of nonprofit executives were internal hires, according to a recent study. That suggests a lack of leadership development—and perhaps a neglect of larger strategic issues.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne May 4, 2017

Conference Circuit: On Display

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne May 4, 2017

The American Alliance of Museums’ 2017 Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo kicks off in St. Louis in the upcoming days. Attendance is expected to hit 5,000.

Leadership by Raegan Johnson May 4, 2017

Thursday Buzz: Are Millennial Leaders Struggling to Communicate?

Leadership by Raegan Johnson May 4, 2017

Millennials are rising through the ranks in their careers, and in doing so, they may be coming up against a surprising leadership challenge. Also: Why you should add more visuals to your next team meeting.

Meetings by Alex Beall May 2, 2017

Political and Social Factors Could Upend Travel Industry

Meetings by Alex Beall May 2, 2017

During a forum hosted by Meet Puerto Rico on the future of travel, a panel of industry experts discussed potential challenges from and solutions to the changing travel culture.

Meetings by Raegan Johnson May 2, 2017

Tuesday Buzz: A-List Lessons From the Met Gala

Meetings by Raegan Johnson May 2, 2017

Fast Company interviews the planner of the glamorous charity benefit, who reveals a few lessons learned. Also: Simple ways to prevent nonprofit burnout.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis May 1, 2017

How to Lead (and Build) a Change-Focused Staff

Leadership by Mark Athitakis May 1, 2017

The Future of Associations author Omer Soker sees a lot of discomfort with innovation. But clear benchmarks and personal support can help get staffs to where they need to be.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Apr 27, 2017

Conference Circuit: Fundraising Fundamentals

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Apr 27, 2017

The Association of Fundraising Professionals’ 2017 International Fundraising Conference kicks off in San Fran this weekend. Close to 3,000 attendees are expected.

Membership by Tim Ebner Apr 26, 2017

Membership Magic: Insights from Orlando

Membership by Tim Ebner Apr 26, 2017

Need some quick tips on effectively engaging new members? Here are a few strategies shared by speakers at this week’s YourMembership conference.

Membership by Raegan Johnson Apr 24, 2017

Monday Buzz: Membership Data You Need to Know

Membership by Raegan Johnson Apr 24, 2017

Here are five factors to focus on to get the most out of your membership data. Also: How one news organization tackled its digital bugs and upgrades with a hackathon.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Apr 24, 2017

Why the Corner Office Can Use a Few Introverts

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Apr 24, 2017

A new study suggests that extroverts have an easier road to the CEO suite, but all temperaments can lead well---and can benefit from a bit of downtime.

Membership by Raegan Johnson Apr 20, 2017

Thursday Buzz: VIP Experiences That Drive Revenue

Membership by Raegan Johnson Apr 20, 2017

People are happy to pay a little more for VIP experiences. Here’s how special advantages could benefit both your attendees and your association. Also: How to think about the changing nature of knowledge in the digital age.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Apr 19, 2017

Association of Women Surgeons Boosts #ILookLikeASurgeon Movement

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Apr 19, 2017

With the help of its dedicated communications committee, the Association of Women Surgeons capitalizes on a New Yorker cover that went viral. The April 3 issue of The New Yorker featured striking cover art by French artist Malika Favre. The illustration portrays four female surgeons wearing surgical masks as they peer down at a patient. […]

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Apr 17, 2017

Monday Buzz: Honoring a Hidden Past Through Storytelling

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Apr 17, 2017

One organization gives voice to African-American women of the Civil War era. Also: How to create a culture of active employee engagement.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Apr 13, 2017

Citing Diversity Concerns, Brewers Association Tightens Marketing Rules

Leadership by Ernie Smith Apr 13, 2017

The association this week announced that it would limit the upside of its awards for craft beer companies that market brands that could be seen as racy or offensive. One step it won’t take, however, is barring those companies from joining the association.

Leadership by Alex Beall Apr 11, 2017

Quiet Your Mind: Implementing Meditation in the Workplace

Leadership by Alex Beall Apr 11, 2017

In recent years, the concepts of mindfulness and meditation have gained traction in the workplace as a way to keep employees healthy and productive. Quietspace Coaching Founder Judith Krauthamer explains how associations can benefit from and implement these practices.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Apr 11, 2017

"Lunch Shaming" Ban a Big Win for New Mexico Nonprofit

Leadership by Ernie Smith Apr 11, 2017

New Mexico recently became the first state in the country to ban "lunch shaming"—the practice of putting negative attention on students whose parents haven’t paid their lunch bills. The legislation succeeded in part because of a nonprofit that drew attention to the problem.

Leadership by Alex Beall Apr 6, 2017

How to Lose Well at the End of a Winning Streak

Leadership by Alex Beall Apr 6, 2017

Every association is bound to face failure at some point, but how team leaders respond to that loss could be key to ensuring future success. Jamie Notter, consultant and founding partner of WorkXO, shares advice for organizations and managers.

Membership by Ernie Smith Apr 3, 2017

With Partnership, Western Growers Adds a New Crop: The New Mexico Chile

Membership by Ernie Smith Apr 3, 2017

In joining a new partnership with Western Growers, the New Mexico Chile Association will gain additional support on policy issues. Western Growers, meanwhile, benefits by adding another state to its member base.

Money & Business by Julie Shoop Apr 1, 2017

Editor's Note: Transition Stories

Money & Business by Julie Shoop Apr 1, 2017

Millennials may be getting all the chatter these days, but this issue of Associations Now focuses on those later in their career.

Leadership by Associations Now Staff Apr 1, 2017

CEO to CEO: The Best Interview Questions

Leadership by Associations Now Staff Apr 1, 2017

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

Leadership by Associations Now Staff Apr 1, 2017

3 Lessons: Diversity Diligence

Leadership by Associations Now Staff Apr 1, 2017

For Cynthia L. Simpson, CAE, the chief business development officer for the Association For Women In Science, D+I isn’t just “one and done.”

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Apr 1, 2017

Destination: San Francisco

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Apr 1, 2017

The City by the Bay is a perennial conference favorite.

Money & Business by Kristin Clarke Apr 1, 2017

Books: Survival Skills

Money & Business by Kristin Clarke Apr 1, 2017

In Matter, authors Peter Sheahan and Julie Williamson discuss how to ensure future success.

Money & Business by Allison Torres Burtka Mar 27, 2017

Nurses Groups Partner to Better Address Students’ Mental Health Issues

Money & Business by Allison Torres Burtka Mar 27, 2017

A new partnership between the American Psychiatric Nurses Association and the National Association of Schools Nurses hopes to enhance school nurses’ ability to address children’s mental health issues.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Mar 27, 2017

Pew Study: Americans Want Paid Leave, Want Employers to Offer It

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Mar 27, 2017

According to the Pew Research Center, paid family and medical leave has generally broad support, but the devil is in the details—in terms of employee impact, policy strategy, and outsider support.

Membership by Tim Ebner Mar 17, 2017

Membership Hack: Milestone Moments

Membership by Tim Ebner Mar 17, 2017

The Agriculture Future of America Alliance recently celebrated its 20th anniversary with a promotion designed to boost renewals and bring in new and lapsed members.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Mar 14, 2017

Atlanta Ad Agencies Play Up Diversity With New Coalition

Leadership by Ernie Smith Mar 14, 2017

Four Atlanta-based advertising agencies are joining forces in the Advertising for Change coalition, which aims to boost diversity in the advertising world’s ranks. The ad agencies are working closely with 4A’s on a program targeted at drawing a diverse set of interns to the city.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Mar 13, 2017

Lessons From the Uber Crisis

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Mar 13, 2017

A viral video has put the company’s CEO in hot water, but that’s not Uber’s only concern. Help is on the way, but help for troubled organizations is complicated. Some are born great leaders. Some achieve greatness. And some have leadership training thrust upon them after video of them berating an employee goes viral. OK, […]

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Mar 10, 2017

Friday Buzz: Creating Organizational Resilience

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Mar 10, 2017

Your organization can adapt to times of volatility from a place of strength by adopting a few key traits. Also: Google takes aim at Slack with a new workplace communication platform.

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Mar 7, 2017

Tuesday Buzz: Diversify Your Revenue Streams

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Mar 7, 2017

For any membership organization, raising nondues revenue is a must. Here are a few creative ways to do just that. Also: What the architectural design of legislative assemblies reveals about governments

Leadership by Ernie Smith Mar 7, 2017

How Should You Lead on Social Media? Great Ideas Session Reveals All

Leadership by Ernie Smith Mar 7, 2017

It’s easy to say the wrong thing on social media—but not if you’re honest and thoughtful, says the social media specialist at the helm for the American Nurses Association, who offered some strategy tips during a closing-day session at the Great Ideas Conference.

Technology by Raegan Johnson Mar 1, 2017

Wednesday Buzz: Twitter Continues to Combat Harassment

Technology by Raegan Johnson Mar 1, 2017

Twitter continues the fight against online abuse by launching new anti-harassment tools. Also: One news outlet improves the quality of its online discussions by using a quiz.

Membership by Allison Torres Burtka Feb 27, 2017

Aircraft and Pilots Group Brings Drone Pilots Under Its Wing

Membership by Allison Torres Burtka Feb 27, 2017

A new membership category welcomes drone pilots to the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. It hopes to promote safety and to unite manned and unmanned aircraft pilots.

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Feb 23, 2017

Thursday Buzz: The Benefits of Employee Social Engagement

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Feb 23, 2017

Employee engagement on social media can have wide-ranging benefits for your association. Also: Check your venue contracts for these important details.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Feb 23, 2017

Report: Online Charitable Giving Surges in 2016

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Feb 23, 2017

The latest edition of Blackbaud’s Charitable Giving Report finds a nearly 8 percent increase in online giving in 2016—well outpacing charitable giving as a whole, which grew at a slower pace.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Feb 21, 2017

Music, Movie Groups Score Win on Piracy Issue in U.K.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Feb 21, 2017

Groups representing content creators, with the help of the British government, will see pirated editions of copyrighted material disappear from Google and Bing search results.

Technology by Raegan Johnson Feb 16, 2017

Report: Industry Group Raises Alarm About Cybersecurity Skills Gap

Technology by Raegan Johnson Feb 16, 2017

A new report from Information Systems Audit and Control Association finds that the demand for cybersecurity positions outstrips the supply. Even if your association is focused on cybersecurity, trying to find qualified help is difficult.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Feb 13, 2017

Why "Bleisure" Matters for Leaders

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Feb 13, 2017

Letting your staffers explore a conference city can be more than just a good time for them. It’s an under-used opportunity to help them better serve your members and attendees.

Money & Business by Allison Torres Burtka Feb 10, 2017

Groups Join Forces To Improve Veteran Hiring and Retention

Money & Business by Allison Torres Burtka Feb 10, 2017

The SHRM Foundation and the National Association of Veteran-Serving Organizations are marshaling their expertise on HR and veterans issues to improve veteran employment.

Technology by Ernie Smith Feb 10, 2017

What Associations Can Learn From Startup Accelerators

Technology by Ernie Smith Feb 10, 2017

With a major advocacy group finding value in the well-known Y Combinator accelerator, now might be a good time to see if there are ideas you could borrow from accelerators in your own ideation process.

Membership by Alex Beall Feb 9, 2017

Asia Tourism Group Opens Student Membership Category

Membership by Alex Beall Feb 9, 2017

The Pacific Asia Travel Association is making sure the next generation of travel professionals is ready to take over with its newest membership category.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Feb 7, 2017

Three Ways to Woo Millennials to Your Workplace

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Feb 7, 2017

A new Deloitte survey shows millennials’ workplace wants have shifted in the last year. Here are the takeaways for associations looking to attract and retain a Gen Y workforce.

Membership by Raegan Johnson Feb 3, 2017

Friday Buzz: In an Online Community, Everyone’s Equal

Membership by Raegan Johnson Feb 3, 2017

Online communities offer communication channels between entry-level employees and leadership. Also: Be inspired by your past successes to promote change in your association.

Membership by Tim Ebner Feb 1, 2017

A Membership Checkup for Associations

Membership by Tim Ebner Feb 1, 2017

Leading healthcare associations are working together to craft strategies for better engaging members. Even as the healthcare industry continues to change, a new report offers six recommendations to boost engagement that associations in all sectors can learn from.

Money & Business by Alex Beall Feb 1, 2017

Moving in, Movıng Up: Associations' New Office Spaces

Money & Business by Alex Beall Feb 1, 2017

From unassigned work areas and flexible meeting rooms to wellness features and amenities, these four associations have found ways to boost productivity and staff morale by selecting and designing new office spaces.

Leadership by Associations Now Staff Feb 1, 2017

3 Lessons: Silvia Quevedo Stays On Call

Leadership by Associations Now Staff Feb 1, 2017

Silvia Quevedo, CAE, the director of practice guidance for the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, taps her clinical experience to solve problems and meet goals.

Money & Business by Kristin Clarke Feb 1, 2017

Books: Good Questions

Money & Business by Kristin Clarke Feb 1, 2017

Journalist Frank Sesno breaks down the art of strategic asking.

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Jan 27, 2017

Friday Buzz: Stop Burnout Before It Happens

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Jan 27, 2017

Don’t let your best employees suffer from burnout. Here are a few ways to prevent it. Also: Create a culture of innovation.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jan 26, 2017

Conference Circuit: Conservation Efforts

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jan 26, 2017

The National Association of Conservation District’s 2017 Annual Meeting begins over the weekend in Denver. About 1,000 are expected to be in attendance.

Membership by Ernie Smith Jan 24, 2017

After Controversy, 2017 Oscar Nominees Reflect Major Strides in Diversity

Membership by Ernie Smith Jan 24, 2017

This time last year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was struggling with a controversy with its own hashtag: #OscarsSoWhite. This year, however, diversity appears to be well-represented among the much-watched awards ceremony’s nominees, which were announced Tuesday.

Leadership by Emily Bratcher Jan 24, 2017

How to Create a No-Fraud Work Environment

Leadership by Emily Bratcher Jan 24, 2017

More than 80 percent of corporate executives said their companies experienced a fraud incident in the past year, according to a new study. One expert whose association lived through the nightmare shares how to avoid the same fate.

Membership by Raegan Johnson Jan 23, 2017

Monday Buzz: How to Recruit Small Businesses

Membership by Raegan Johnson Jan 23, 2017

Recruiting small businesses to join your organization is difficult, but these tips could help. Also: It’s Community Manager Appreciation Day; show your community builders some love.

Money & Business by Alex Beall Jan 19, 2017

Nonprofit Helps Win Bee Species Endangered Status

Money & Business by Alex Beall Jan 19, 2017

Prairie wildflowers, cranberries, apples, and other crops are feeling the sting of the rusty patched bumble bee’s declining population. To help the species recover, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has designated it endangered, thanks to the work of a conservation nonprofit.

Leadership by Emily Bratcher Jan 18, 2017

How to Manage Board-Related Conflicts of Interest

Leadership by Emily Bratcher Jan 18, 2017

President-elect Donald Trump and his cabinet nominees aren’t the only ones who face conflicts of interest; association boards experience them too. A governance expert talks about how to handle them the right way.

Membership by Raegan Johnson Jan 17, 2017

Tuesday Buzz: Keeping Your Online Community Engaged

Membership by Raegan Johnson Jan 17, 2017

Don’t let your online community go stale. Here’s how to keep people engaged. Also: The tactics Coachella uses to redefine the concert experience.

Leadership by Allison Torres Burtka Jan 13, 2017

Association Responds to Bomb Threats at Jewish Community Centers

Leadership by Allison Torres Burtka Jan 13, 2017

When 16 Jewish community centers received bomb threats on the same day, JCC Association of North America kept its members informed about the threats in real time.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jan 11, 2017

Insect Food Group Will Build Buzz in Southeast Asia

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jan 11, 2017

The ASEAN Food and Feed Insects Association, which will represent insect-food manufacturers in Southeast Asia, hopes to make an impact with both public awareness and formal regulations. One of the group’s cofounders says it may be an easier sell culturally in that part of the world.

Leadership by Alex Beall Jan 9, 2017

Executive Recruitment: Lessons From Megyn Kelly’s Move to NBC

Leadership by Alex Beall Jan 9, 2017

News outlets aren’t the only organizations that need to pull out the stops to draw top talent like Megyn Kelly. When hiring for your association’s executive positions, take these steps to make sure you’re getting the best people.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Dec 22, 2016

Conference Circuit: Fruits and Veggies

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Dec 22, 2016

The Southeast Regional Fruit & Vegetable Conference will take place in Savannah, Georgia, during the first week of January. Almost 4,000 will be in attendance.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Dec 22, 2016

Thursday Buzz: What Cashless Looks Like

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Dec 22, 2016

A popular East Coast restaurant chain is getting rid of cash at all of its stores. Also: An association that’s making collaboration fundamental.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Dec 21, 2016

Google Doubles Down on Holiday-Season Nonprofit Giving

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Dec 21, 2016

With a shift in its corporate culture taking shape, Google has increased its focus on charity this year, giving nonprofits $30 million in technology funding that previously would have gone to the company’s employees.

Technology by Ernie Smith Dec 20, 2016

In 2017, Take Control of Your Technology

Technology by Ernie Smith Dec 20, 2016

As we end 2016, associations and their employees are literally surrounded by cloud services that involve someone else pulling the strings. But why should they be the center of attention? Don’t be afraid to push your organizational weight around a little.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Dec 19, 2016

Monday Buzz: Dress for Success (Any Way You’d Like)

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Dec 19, 2016

A consultant focused on organizational culture makes the case that dress codes should serve a purpose for your association. Also: Why virtual meetings struggle to compare with the real thing.

Technology by Ernie Smith Dec 16, 2016

Friday Buzz: Avocados Earn Emoji Love

Technology by Ernie Smith Dec 16, 2016

The trade group Avocados From Mexico celebrates its namesake fruit’s new emoji fame. Also: Why your organization shouldn’t have too many arbitrary business rules.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Dec 15, 2016

How to Keep Your Employees in 2017

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Dec 15, 2016

Five association professionals offer tips on attracting and retaining top talent. Not to be a Scrooge, but here’s some potentially distressing news: Three-out-of-10 employees will likely leave your association within the next two years. That’s what global advisory Willis Towers Watson found in two major studies this year. “Given today’s shifting workplace and how technology […]

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Dec 5, 2016

Make Year-End Bonuses Meaningful

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Dec 5, 2016

In his new book, Dan Ariely points out the downsides of financial incentives. But a bonus that's connected to real recognition can have an impact.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Dec 2, 2016

A Helping Hand to Physicians: Groups Launch Anti-Suicide Effort

Leadership by Ernie Smith Dec 2, 2016

With suicide rates among physicians at a high level, and concern rising among medical doctors, a trio of groups has made resources available to physicians who might be dealing with stress or burnout.

Money & Business by Julie Shoop Dec 1, 2016

Editor's Note: Reflection Time

Money & Business by Julie Shoop Dec 1, 2016

With 2016 ending, we asked association execs to look forward and offer up some resolutions for 2017. Associations Now has some resolutions, too.

Leadership by Allison Torres Burtka Dec 1, 2016

2017 New Year's Resolutions From The C-Suite

Leadership by Allison Torres Burtka Dec 1, 2016

Association executives from across the spectrum discuss their New Year's resolutions heading into 2017.

Money & Business by Alex Beall Dec 1, 2016

Crowdsource: Holiday Cheers

Money & Business by Alex Beall Dec 1, 2016

How EDUCAUSE’s Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development department connects across the miles during the holidays.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Dec 1, 2016

Meetings Memo: Trivia Contest

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Dec 1, 2016

Let attendees show their competitive side with a trivia contest.

Money & Business by Associations Now Staff Dec 1, 2016

Career Coach: Executive Communication

Money & Business by Associations Now Staff Dec 1, 2016

Career advice from Carol Vernon, certified executive coach, principal of Communication Matters

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Nov 16, 2016

Farmers and Ranchers Alliance Announces “New Faces” Program

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Nov 16, 2016

In the third year of the “Faces of Farming & Ranching” program, the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance hopes to connect with consumers over sustainability and technology. Last week, the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance unveiled its newest class of “Faces of Farming & Ranching,” an initiative aimed at connecting consumers with real farmers. These […]

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 8, 2016

Let Your Internal Innovation Efforts Breathe

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 8, 2016

A federal government agency that has more in common with startup culture than bureaucracy is raising some eyebrows from watchdogs. But is the real problem with this skunkworks project cultural incompatibility?

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Nov 7, 2016

How to Help Board Chairs Lead

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Nov 7, 2016

A recent study says nonprofit board chairs are often ill-prepared and frustrated. Training can help, says an expert. So can shared leadership.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Oct 26, 2016

Milk Group Turns to Advocacy to Fight Dwindling Dairy Demand

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Oct 26, 2016

An excess of milk is creating an imbalance in the supply and demand for dairy, not to mention a drop in revenue for dairy farmers. The National Milk Producing Federation is hoping to start turning things around with some advocacy.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Oct 13, 2016

Leveraging the Link Between Workplace Positivity and Productivity

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Oct 13, 2016

The internet has made on-the-job distraction all the more easy, so how do association managers motivate their staff to stay on track? Hint: It’s not implementing website blockers.

Brand Connection by Tourisme Montréal Oct 12, 2016

How a Creative City Can Fuel Your Conference

Brand Connection by Tourisme Montréal Oct 12, 2016

Vibrant urban areas can inspire innovation and increase productivity.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Oct 11, 2016

Better-Rated Performance Reviews

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Oct 11, 2016

Old-fashioned performance reviews are too robotic, infrequent, and stressful, according to many association employees and managers alike. Some organizations are finding a better way.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Oct 11, 2016

Global Spotlight: Widening Their Orbit

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Oct 11, 2016

How opening satellite offices brought an association closer to its global members.

Leadership by Kristin Clarke Oct 11, 2016

Books: Well Managed

Leadership by Kristin Clarke Oct 11, 2016

Karin Hurt and David Dye's Winning Well offers tips on how to build the best team possible.

Leadership by Katrina Dunn Oct 7, 2016

Young Professionals Deserve a Seat at the Table

Leadership by Katrina Dunn Oct 7, 2016

Associations that create opportunities for emerging leaders to serve in staff or volunteer roles are more likely to remain relevant and have a solid leadership pipeline in place.

Money & Business by DeeJay R. Garringo, CAE Oct 5, 2016

Why a Credential Is a Good Choice for Young Professionals

Money & Business by DeeJay R. Garringo, CAE Oct 5, 2016

Professional development is key to career advancement for association execs of all levels. But earning a credential is something young professionals may want to consider. Beyond professional growth, it will also help them lead the industries they serve into the future.

Money & Business by Laura Ransone Oct 4, 2016

Think Check-Ins, Not Performance Reviews

Money & Business by Laura Ransone Oct 4, 2016

Say goodbye to formal annual performance evaluations and hello to more informal and regular check-ins. Why the move to more fluid feedback benefits not only managers and employees but also associations.

Money & Business by Tracy Vanneman Oct 3, 2016

Associations Are a Perfect Fit for Young Professionals

Money & Business by Tracy Vanneman Oct 3, 2016

A look at why associations really are uniquely positioned to be employers of choice for today’s millennial employees.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Sep 29, 2016

Should Associations Set the Precedent in Parent-Friendly Policies?

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Sep 29, 2016

The woes of working parents are a frequent topic in politics and the media these days, and the issues range from the steep costs of childcare to the absence of paid family leave. Some forward-thinking companies are addressing these hardships by enacting family-friendly policies. Should associations follow suit?

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Sep 28, 2016

Nonprofit Coalition Celebrates Banned Books Week

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Sep 28, 2016

September 25 through October 1 marks Banned Books Week, an annual event that celebrates the freedom to read. The American Library Association hopes the nationwide event will also draw attention to the harms of banning books.

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 28, 2016

Wednesday Buzz: BlackBerry Bows Out

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 28, 2016

The legacy smartphone maker moves away from making its own smartphones, focusing on software instead. Also: Why you probably shouldn't design your own website.

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 27, 2016

The Innovation Line That Divides Associations

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 27, 2016

A new study on innovation from Marketing General suggests that there's a distinct line separating associations that are innovative from those that aren't. Is there some room for middle ground here?

Leadership by Ernie Smith Sep 23, 2016

The Latest Smithsonian Museum Fulfills an Association's 100-Year Dream

Leadership by Ernie Smith Sep 23, 2016

The journey behind the creation of the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, in Washington, DC, is one that spans more than 100 years. That journey started with an association’s advocacy work. The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture is brand-new; the basic idea behind the museum, which […]

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Sep 22, 2016

Irish Whiskey Association Launches Campaign to Protect Key Product

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Sep 22, 2016

The primary trade group for the Irish whiskey industry is teaming with the home country’s government—as well as asking for help from its members—to help protect the integrity of the product across borders.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Sep 19, 2016

How to Motivate Around Mission

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Sep 19, 2016

Roles at associations are in constant flux, which makes it harder for leaders to assign roles. Freeing staff and volunteers to express their own passions around the job can help.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Sep 16, 2016

Community Bankers Group: Wells Fargo Scandal Hurts Our Members

Leadership by Ernie Smith Sep 16, 2016

The head of the Independent Community Bankers of America says that the recent fraud scandal involving the nation's second-largest bank could affect his group's members by giving the public a negative impression and making it harder for small banks to fight regulatory challenges.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Sep 12, 2016

Advocacy Groups to FTC: Regulate Influencer Marketing on Instagram

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Sep 12, 2016

A number of public-interest groups are calling on the Federal Trade Commission to keep an eye on marketers who are relying on celebrity endorsements without properly disclosing that the stars were paid for their Instagram posts.

Brand Connection by Visit Indy Sep 9, 2016

Food Trends That Captivate Meetings Attendees

Brand Connection by Visit Indy Sep 9, 2016

The U.S. is a hotbed for innovative cuisine. That’s great news for hungry conferencegoers.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Sep 8, 2016

How to Strengthen Your Staff’s Soft Skills

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Sep 8, 2016

Soft skills—though critical for the association workforce—are on a decline, according to some sources. But never fear: We’ve pulled together a few tips to boost soft skills around the office. Soft skills are those seemingly je ne sais quoi talents and traits that separate top job candidates from the rest of the pack. They can […]

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Sep 2, 2016

Now Hiring: Show Ambassador

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Sep 2, 2016

Hosting a successful conference requires employees in a variety of roles. But have you ever considered looking outside and having students, interns, or volunteers help market your conference or work onsite? In other words, does your conference need a show ambassador?

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Aug 31, 2016

Honey Association Comes Out Stinging in Trademark Battle

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Aug 31, 2016

With the support of its overarching association, manufacturers of Manuka honey in New Zealand are working to maintain the integrity of their product via a trademark battle. The saga is particularly frustrating for nearby Australia, which believes it also has a claim on the lucrative honey variant.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Aug 30, 2016

New Bay Area Nonprofit Turns Refugees Into Baristas

Leadership by Ernie Smith Aug 30, 2016

In one of the more novel approaches seen in response to the recent refugee crisis, the 1951 Coffee Company hopes to help refugees gain footing in their new lives while teaching them a skill that can help them find work anywhere. Refugees face a lot of challenges integrating into new societies: They have to learn […]

Money & Business by Alex Beall Aug 25, 2016

Association Adds Drone Insurance for Farmers

Money & Business by Alex Beall Aug 25, 2016

Many businesses and industries will be affected by the Federal Aviation Administration’s small drone regulations that go into effect next week. The American Association of Insurance Services is doing its part to ensure farms and agricultural businesses using the technology are covered.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Aug 25, 2016

Amazon Launches Fund to Support Kindle-Driven Literacy

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Aug 25, 2016

The online retailer is working with an array of nonprofits to donate Kindle e-readers and digital books to people in need. The approach is a formalized expansion of the company's prior charitable endeavors.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Aug 22, 2016

How Fast-Acting New Orleans Won Over the NBA

Meetings by Ernie Smith Aug 22, 2016

After the NBA announced it was moving its All-Star Game game from Charlotte, North Carolina, because of discrimination concerns, New Orleans worked quickly to put together a bid that focused on creating a welcoming environment. Despite the challenging logistics of taking on the event with just six months of lead time, the city believes it can pull it off.

Technology by Ernie Smith Aug 16, 2016

Why Does Innovation Challenge Associations So Much?

Technology by Ernie Smith Aug 16, 2016

During this week's ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition in Salt Lake City, a trend of discussion during different sessions was that innovation quite often requires quick work, something many associations are not known for. How can we make the big, hulking machine a little easier to turn?

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Aug 15, 2016

Retail's Self-Checkout Problem Highlights Challenges With Theft in Industry

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Aug 15, 2016

A new study released by the University of Leicester finds that popular self-checkout devices give retailers big headaches because the devices, which rely on the honor system, make it easier for consumers to shoplift.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Aug 15, 2016

PETA Gets The Smiths Back Together … for a Video Game

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Aug 15, 2016

The early alternative-rock band The Smiths hasn't performed together in quite a while, but the well-known animal rights supporters that make up the band were quick to jump at an opportunity to work with PETA on something the advocacy group has gotten good at in recent years: making video games.

Leadership by Patrick deHahn Aug 12, 2016

Friday Buzz: When a Namesake Leaves the Company

Leadership by Patrick deHahn Aug 12, 2016

Arianna Huffington, the founder of The Huffington Post, discusses her reasons for moving full time to a new startup. Plus: It’s time to really listen.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Aug 8, 2016

How to Identify Your Next Challenge

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Aug 8, 2016

Leaders get into ruts like everybody else, and boards don't always press them. If you're seeking to broaden your ambitions, your employees may provide some suggestions.

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Aug 3, 2016

Reward Members for What They're Already Doing

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Aug 3, 2016

A new membership program from comic-book giant Marvel shows earning loyalty may be as simple as rewarding existing behavior.

Leadership by Joe Rominiecki Aug 1, 2016

Bridge the Leadership Gap

Leadership by Joe Rominiecki Aug 1, 2016

The departure of an association CEO doesn’t need to feel like jumping off a cliff. With a solid succession plan and clear roles for the board, staff, and outgoing executive, an association can traverse the leadership transition with confidence and continuity.

Leadership by Associations Now Staff Aug 1, 2016

Ask the CEO: Debra BenAvram, FASAE, CAE

Leadership 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.

Money & Business by Kristin Clarke Aug 1, 2016

Books: New Wave

Money & Business by Kristin Clarke Aug 1, 2016

Inside the next digital revolution, according to iconic AOL leader Steve Case.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jul 28, 2016

Senate Bill Aims to Reform Federal Checkoff Programs

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jul 28, 2016

A bipartisan bill recently introduced into the Senate would require that industry-funded checkoff programs disclose their budgets and refrain from lobbying. The legislation is a response to controversies involving some checkoff boards in recent years. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) may have won an enthusiastic response to his speech at the Democratic National Convention this week, […]

Leadership by Patrick deHahn Jul 27, 2016

Michael Jordan Antiviolence Donation Strategy Strikes Careful Political Balance

Leadership by Patrick deHahn Jul 27, 2016

One of the greatest basketball legends of all time is troubled by the recent increase in violence against black people. But he made a significant point by splitting his donations between two organizations in the midst of a contentious debate.

Leadership by Alex Beall Jul 26, 2016

Hispanic Media Group Lauds First Latina Disney Princess

Leadership by Alex Beall Jul 26, 2016

Elena of Avalor sings and wears a crown like other Disney princesses, but she’s also a guitar-playing, sword-wielding heroine who the Latino community can claim as its own.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Jul 25, 2016

Faced With Prospect of Russian Olympics Ban, IOC Chooses Compromise

Leadership by Ernie Smith Jul 25, 2016

Roughly a week after the Olympics' primary antidoping watchdog argued that Russian athletes should be banned from competing in Rio altogether, the International Olympic Committee decided "individual justice" needed a place at the table. With just two weeks to go before the Summer Olympics begin, Russian athletes will have to prove their innocence to be allowed to compete.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Jul 19, 2016

New Research: Majority of Americans are Angry Drivers 

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Jul 19, 2016

Last week, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety released a new study, in which nearly 80 percent of drivers admitted to anger, aggression, and road rage at least once in the past year.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Jul 18, 2016

World Anti-Doping Agency: Keep Russia Out of Olympics

Leadership by Ernie Smith Jul 18, 2016

In an unprecedented move that could keep the world's largest country from competing in Brazil next month, the executive board of the World Anti-Doping Agency has called for a full competition ban for Russian athletes, due to an array of scandals. The International Olympic Committee has promised a tough response.

Brand Connection by Association Headquarters Jul 18, 2016

Pathways and Barriers to Your Board’s Strategic Thinking

Brand Connection by Association Headquarters Jul 18, 2016

Building a strategic board benefits any organization, but navigating the process is tricky. Here are a few things to accomplish and to avoid.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jul 18, 2016

Three Lessons From One Nonprofit's Dramatic Fall

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jul 18, 2016

Embezzlement, violence, and lawsuits are the last things an organization expects. But the Healing Arts Initiative story underscores how simply a culture can get messy.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jul 14, 2016

Conference Circuit: Locally Grown Healthcare

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jul 14, 2016

The National Association of County and City Health Officials’ 2016 Annual Conference starts in Phoenix early next week.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Jul 14, 2016

Are You Delivering What Jobseekers Want?

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Jul 14, 2016

A recent survey by Randstad US shows that there’s a gap between what U.S. jobseekers want and what employers are providing.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Jul 13, 2016

Beer Institute Launches Voluntary Calorie-Labeling Plan

Leadership by Ernie Smith Jul 13, 2016

The plan by the trade group, which represents the large-scale brewers that make up most of the U.S. beer market, could make things easier on large restaurant chains that will soon face federal calorie-labeling regulations. The Brewers Association is focused on this issue as well, but things are a little more complicated for its members.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Jul 12, 2016

20 Years Later: How TWA Flight 800 Redefined Support Groups

Leadership by Ernie Smith Jul 12, 2016

Much has been written and debated about TWA Flight 800, one of the deadliest plane crashes of the 1990s. Not to be lost in the shuffle: The role that a support group for families of the victims played in defining the regulatory response to the crash and the memorial built to honor those lost.

Membership by Ernie Smith Jul 5, 2016

Best Benefit Ever: Here Comes the Sun

Membership by Ernie Smith Jul 5, 2016

The Oregon Farm Bureau gives its members a big discount on high-output solar panels designed specifically for farming or ranching.

Money & Business by Alex Beall Jul 5, 2016

Retail Association Builds New Brand on a Unifying One-Word Name

Money & Business by Alex Beall Jul 5, 2016

A retail environment association introduced a new brand and focus that’s going to make you want to “Shop!”—and help a diverse member base feel connected to one mission.

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Jun 29, 2016

Focus on Members Who Love You the Most

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Jun 29, 2016

Why one association researcher discounts nonmember feedback in favor of the highly engaged, and how that choice relates to associations' strategic decisions about what segments to engage.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Jun 27, 2016

Groups: Supreme Court Immigration Deadlock Keeps Issue in Limbo

Leadership by Ernie Smith Jun 27, 2016

Last week's deadlock by the Supreme Court on the immigration issue is leading trade groups to call for Congress to take fresh action on immigration. The ruling comes at a time when the American Bar Association has weighed in on Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland.

Membership by Ernie Smith Jun 27, 2016

Monday Buzz: What You Need in An AMS

Membership by Ernie Smith Jun 27, 2016

The process of finding an AMS that can meet your needs isn't easy—because it ultimately doesn't fit any other association. Also: If you want to avoid phishing attacks, focus on good employee communication.

Membership by Derrick Perkins Jun 27, 2016

International Surfing Association Nets New Iranian Members

Membership by Derrick Perkins Jun 27, 2016

The introduction of the popular sport into the Middle East nation spurs the formation of a local surfing association, which is now partnering with likeminded groups across the globe.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jun 27, 2016

A Bottom-Line Argument for Better Board Talent

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jun 27, 2016

A new study shows—yet again—that boards are sluggish at succession planning. Can a stronger focus on its financial benefits move the needle?

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jun 13, 2016

Why CEOs Need to Lead on Cybersecurity

Leadership 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.

Technology by Alex Beall Jun 6, 2016

Groups Target Young Latinos With CPR Training Video

Technology by Alex Beall Jun 6, 2016

Latinos who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests are less likely to survive, and the American Heart Association and the Anthem Foundation are trying to reverse those stats with a new targeted message.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Jun 3, 2016

Friday Buzz: Leadership Lessons From a Defamation Battle

Leadership by Ernie Smith Jun 3, 2016

In response to a debate over a controversial legal battle involving a media giant, a wrestler, and a billionaire, another billionaire offers some impressive insight. Also: Watch out for random acts of candy.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jun 2, 2016

Conference Circuit: Instrumental Technology

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jun 2, 2016

The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation's 2016 Conference & Expo kicks off this week in Tampa, Florida.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jun 2, 2016

French Cheese Board Launches NYC Boutique Shop

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jun 2, 2016

To highlight its key product, the trade group for all things French cheese has launched a brand new store in New York City's SoHo neighborhood, going so far as to hire a design firm to give the shop a striking look.