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.
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.
To change your culture, change the way people work. Also: how leaders can build collaborative relationships within their organizations.
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.
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.
The Agricultural and Applied Economics Association’s 2019 Annual Meeting begins this weekend in Atlanta. Attendance is expected to top 1,400.
GameStop faces tough headwinds because video games are increasingly being sold in digital form, but it’s fighting against disruption by adapting its business to focus on gaming culture, not just boxes.
Building an innovative culture? Start by not calling it “innovative.” Also: how one nonprofit is combating food insecurity.
[Sponsored] Take learning out of the classroom and into the workplace, advises JP Guilbault, reaping the multitude of benefits which will naturally follow.
Culture change starts with revamping the manager experience. Also: People now spend more time using their smartphones than watching TV.
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.
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.
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.
To improve workplace environments, leaders should promote a culture of speaking up. Also: ideas for more inclusive events.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Transforming your association to be more digitally strategic takes a radical change in mindset. Also: Don’t make these membership engagement errors.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Leaders steer the culture of their organizations, actively or not. But leading well demands an awareness of when managing becomes controlling.
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.
The Tampa Bay Area Chiefs of Police Association decided it was time to confront the pervasive problem of sexual assault, focusing on both police training and public awareness.
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.
Time Inc. puts a unique spin on solving the common problem of unifying an organization by handing out "culture cards."
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.
Knowing how to shake hands and give gifts is nice when you go abroad. But good etiquette isn’t the whole of understanding culture.
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.
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.
The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, for the first time, considered the impact of the American diet on the environment. Several meat and farming groups say the group overstepped its bounds.
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.
A big question on cultural change—how long is too long? Also: careful when calling yourself a "catalyst."
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.
Tips from Adam Grant on how to ensure that you're creating a culture of giving in your own organization.
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
What’s love got to do with work? A lot, according to a recent study on employee productivity.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
An international soccer match-fixing scandal shows what can happen when an organization fails to promote an ethical culture.
Hoping to stabilize the agrarian workforce in the U.S., a coalition of agricultural associations is calling for new legislation.
Nonprofit consultant Nancy Axelrod’s 6 steps to a better board.
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.
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.
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.
[Sponsored] In the age of virtual interaction, human-to-human connection is critical to spark creativity, make connections and bring organizations together.
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.
A commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is admirable, but success requires action. A few association leaders shared how to move beyond good intentions.
[Sponsored]A people-first strategy is more important now than ever.
In a letter to the White House this week, ASAE urged the administration to rescind its recent directives to end DEI training sessions for government workers.
[Sponsored] A culture of teamwork and empowered decision making helps organizations thrive in times of rapid change.
As the coronavirus upends economies and industries, organizations that want to survive must have an agile and resilient workforce. A new Aon survey looks at these crucial skills and how organizations are cultivating them.
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.
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.
A new study shows an empathy disconnect between workers and executives. A stronger focus on skills development might close the gap.
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.
In the age of online gatherings, a physical gift or box of swag can help your association’s virtual event stand out above the rest.
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.
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 […]
Leaders can eliminate barriers to tech adoption with a culture that supports employees. Also: transitioning to a virtual sponsorship program.
[Sponsored] To prepare for the future, associations must absorb the lessons of the pandemic.
Responding to criticism amid a nationwide movement for racial justice, the Brewers Association updated its governance documents to be more proactive against any form of racism among its members.
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.
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.
A new sense of urgency defined the conversations at ASAE's 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting, with implications for years to come.
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.
IFT’s Global Food Traceability Center shares knowledge, research, and resources to help reduce the frequency and severity of foodborne illness outbreaks.
OSA is supporting diversification of the optics workforce with exceptional thinkers who will fuel the next phase of technology breakthroughs.
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 […]
You don’t need to increase your ad budget to get more engagement on social media. Also: ASAE’s Virtual Annual Meeting continues.
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.
Employee development doesn’t need to cost a bundle—and it could save money, done right. Also: The art of innovation.
The simple way to make sure your virtual breakout sessions deliver. Also: Supporting racial equity through community management.
Good intranet design matters to workers more than you might realize. Also: a way to mimic the spontaneity of in-person events.
[Sponsored] A snapshot of the National Association of Secondary School Principals pandemic response.
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 […]
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. […]
How to facilitate meaningful relationships within your organization. Also: How effective SEO can help your association.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
The use of employee monitoring software on remote employees might seem like a smart way to handle a difficult situation, but it could raise significant ethical issues—especially if a user’s work computer is also their personal one.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
COVID-19 has provided a common cause for associations looking to strengthen global connections. But some old rules still apply.
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.
COVID-19 may inspire (or force) association leaders to go on the job hunt. Candidates and search committees alike will need to adjust.
How technology can keep you from burning out. Also: Leaders who think they know it all might cause problems at their organization.
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.
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.
While you might be focused on your external messaging at the moment, email is an important channel for your employees as well—especially when all-hands meetings are harder to organize.
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.
A changing workforce requires a new approach to employee retention if organizations want to keep their top talent in a business climate facing new uncertainties.
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.
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.
A prescription for digital wellness for those who can’t let go of the smart device.
Discipline and process win, according to Stefan Thomke’s Experimentation Works.
What to keep in mind when evaluating your bedtime habits. Also: connecting with members without in-person interaction.
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.
It's great to love what you do, but you still shouldn't do it all the time. Also: cultivating connections with members even when in-person events are unavailable.
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.
Why rapid growth isn’t necessary for success.
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.
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.
A recent survey shows the persistence of nonprofitdom's negative reputation. An unsettled economic time might be a good time to debunk them.
Slack is hugely popular in workplaces around the country for facilitating team collaboration, but a bad implementation can create management problems. Read on for some tips on how to use it right.
Focusing on personal goals and aspirations can make you a better worker. Also: Prepare employees for remote work.
CEO of Inspired Minds Sarah Porter explains the ingredients that make their World Summit memorable in Montréal, Canada.
[Sponsored] From Instagramable moments to strolling entertainers, MGM Resorts Event Productions uses design, décor and entertainment to drive home the point of your meeting.
How business leaders disrupt productivity—and how they can stop. Also: Finding useful metrics in a sea of data.
Finding new ways to reach potential members. Also: Establish an association culture that promotes community and collaboration.
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 […]
Much like the White House, the menswear retailer has a legacy of working with many presidents—something highlighted by a new joint line of neckwear featuring the presidential seal.
The factors that lead to a successful event presentation. Also: a look at the most recent changes in the social media landscape.
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.
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?
How leaders can create a positive work environment. Also: Strategies you can employ to improve your decision making.
With its new Game Generation campaign, the Entertainment Software Association is hoping to make the case that treating gaming as a societal problem is an outdated way of thinking.
Work with employees to identify organizational problems and find solutions. Also: Airports around the country get a Nintendo infusion.
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.
What it takes to connect with diverse audiences through inclusive marketing. Also: How your association can help industry professionals deal with mental health issues.
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.
[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.
What to do when you encounter a chapter in turmoil. Also: Print should still have a place in your communications plan.
The game show’s tournament of champions was a ratings juggernaut, thanks to its memorable contestants and creative format. It also offered a few ideas when it comes to planning unforgettable events.
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.
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.
Taking a proactive approach to cybersecurity by building a threat model. Also: the hidden benefits of uncertainty.
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.
Stephanie Peters, CAE, president and CEO of the Virginia Society of CPAs, answers questions from VSCPA member Iris Wigodsky Laws.
How Sales and Marketing Executives International makes team meetings work across multiple continents.
In the The Disruption Mindset, Charlene Li makes a case for less structure and more disruption.
[Sponsored] Planning a meeting takes a village. Here’s how to keep your people happy and productive while staying on budget.
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.
Use event crowdsourcing to create your meeting agenda. Also: How to recruit top talent to your organization.
New research shows that users are moving away from public social platforms. Also: revamping meetings in 2020.
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.
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.
Big idea: Successful innovation can be small, too. Also: Nudge members to get more value from your association.
Discussions of challenging topics like diversity and inclusion often shut down before they start. Resolve not to be intimidated.
The American Nutrition Association formed recently to bring together key players to advance a common mission: promoting the critical role that personalized nutrition plays in public health.
For real innovation, associations need to foresee members’ biggest goals and problems. Also: how “low-impact” meeting menus contribute to a greener world.
[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.
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.
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.
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.
Association staffers and volunteers are often overwhelmed, especially this time of year. That makes it a good time to think about your organizational culture.
If implementing change takes forever, it might be a sign to revamp your decision-making structure. Also: an example of successful marketing storytelling.
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.
Associations can often struggle to launch a foundation or sister organization. One persevered by sticking to its vision.
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.
They come with the territory, but correcting them can be quite the challenge. Learn how other association pros bounced back from past errors.
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.
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.
Don’t let fear hold you back from having important conversations about D+I. Also: ways to show member appreciation without the swag.
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.
If you’re not careful, coworking could swallow up your organizational culture. Also: an interesting privacy strategy from Apple.
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.
[Sponsored] Collaboration is key to a successful meeting, allowing the greater purpose of these events to be achieved.
[Sponsored] Selecting a host destination that shares your mission and values can lead to exclusive local access and enthusiastic volunteers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
[Sponsored] Collaboration at one life sciences meeting in Vancouver allowed attendees to find like-minded researchers and increased peer-to-peer connections.
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.
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?
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.
How do you maintain a human connection with the people you work with?
Acknowledging and addressing rampant workplace harassment in The Shield of Silence.
Use online tools and your existing network to build your audience. Also: Fun ideas to boost member engagement.
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.
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.
Want to boost member engagement and your association's credibility? Try livestreaming. Also: Create a work culture built on purpose.
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.
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.
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.
Don’t mess with well-established community guidelines without member input, or face their wrath. Also: A lesson from yogurt on workplace culture.
[Sponsored] The role of a leader to keep an organization on track and prepare for the future of work is more vital than ever.
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.
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.
Two recent surveys find a growing demand among workers for new ways to get paid—including off the traditional two-week or monthly cycle.
[Sponsored] Meeting attendees seek opportunities to incorporate health and wellness into all aspects of their lives, including at work and in professional meetings.
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.
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.
[Sponsored] Planners share why host destinations don’t need to be large in size to deliver on expertise, collaboration and innovative resources for attendees.
[Sponsored] Incorporate global elements into F&B by putting a new spin on a traditional dish or selecting unfamiliar recipes to delight attendees.
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.
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.
[Sponsored] For SIOP and ISHA, convening in Canada’s capital city provides opportunities for local collaboration and advancements in the field of life sciences.
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.
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.
[Sponsored] Add to attendees positive meeting experience by ditching the boxed meal and turning to healthy dishes that boost attendees’ energy.
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.
Many meetings incorrectly focus on logistics when they should be centered on strategy. Also: one last snapshot of ASAE’s 2019 Annual Meeting & Exposition.
Attacks on your systems may be inevitable, but preparing for cyber risk ahead of time has its own rewards in the form of fewer headaches, according to a session at the 2019 ASAE Annual Meeting.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How Things Really Work: To clear a path for change, focus on culture
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.
How the American Counseling Association is boosting its ranks by investing in employees’ cultural development.
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.
What is something you do to create a positive workplace culture?
Be ready to investigate a report of sexual harassment.
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.
A recent Gartner report reveals that the biggest perceived risks in tech these days are related to the quickening pace of change. But is the real issue your organization’s inability to find its footing?
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
[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.
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.
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.
Inviting industry partners to join your community pushes its mission forward. Also: Online communities meet organizational and member needs.
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.
[Sponsored] Hyperlocal events inspired by undertourism provide a break from the norm, creating authentic experiences within the host city.
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.
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.
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?
Would you swap flying to your business destination with riding in a driverless car? Also: three key ingredients for your onboarding program.
Want the director of the NIH to speak at your conference? Women better be included, too. Also: Can associations cure loneliness?
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.
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.
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.
Jennifer Manos, executive director of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, answers questions from member Dr. Beth Mancini.
A roundup of new hires and other personnel moves in the association industry.
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.
What makes for high-performing teams, according to Contently founder Shane Snow.
Contractors might be temporary, but treating them like part of the larger team can boost talent and productivity. Also: Improve your facilitation skills.
Three conference practices that associations need to put into action now to ensure your attendees feel welcome, happy, and included.
NAFSA’s 2019 Annual Conference & Expo begins next week in Washington, DC. Around 10,000 are expected to attend.
Think your association has nothing to learn from Game of Thrones? Think again. Also: the key to protecting your accounts, according to Google.
Is your online community inactive or failing to meet goals? It might be time for an update. Also: leaders’ role in career development.
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.
Name badges are a staple of association conferences. Three elements to keep in mind when designing your next attendee badge.
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.
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.
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.
Meeting technology is always changing, and with it so does how planners use the tech. Also: improving company culture starts with you.
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.
Drowning in data? Add these housekeeping tips to your data management plan. Also: improving the certification exam experience.
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?
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.
If current meeting technology trends are any indication, big changes are headed for annual conferences. Also: how mindfulness can make you a better leader.
Two major healthcare groups have launched Leadership Evolve, a multimedia content initiative that aims to improve collaboration among leaders in medical facilities.
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.
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.
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.
While a president-driven event without its guest of honor three years in a row has certainly encouraged a rethink of the dinner, its organizer says it was already looking to move past the celebrities.
How to build event programming that satisfies all brains and all learning styles. Also: The creator of WordPress launches a productivity suite.
Google reinvents the retired social network Google+ as a workplace communication tool for Google Apps. Also: the value of events as a brand builder.
A construction industry campaign out of British Columbia aims to educate workers about bullying, harassment, and hazing. Its method: edgy animation.
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.
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.
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.
The Society of American Florists is embracing its product’s ties to ‘60s hippie culture in a new chill-out marketing campaign.
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.
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.
If your industry lands in the spotlight, will your association be ready to shine?
Certain factors correlate with more gender equality in leadership.
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.
Plan an unforgettable meeting in North Carolina’s Queen City.
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.
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.
The association’s new Organic Fraud Prevention Solutions program, finally out in the wild after a multiyear warm-up period, aims to pinpoint potential cases of fraud in the organic supply chain.
With the right strategy, an online community should be growing and maturing. Also: Build high-performing teams by focusing on employees individually.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Artificial intelligence technologies come with a lot of perks, but it takes people to reap the benefits. Also: Improve communication with your team.
(ISC)² is planning a major expansion of its online education efforts, including the addition of new staff, as a way to help cybersecurity pros keep up with the latest trends.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
American Counseling Association officials are teaching counselors how to better support LGBTQ youth.
To become reality, ideas need a vetting process and a committed CEO.
In The Fearless Organization, Harvard professor Amy Edmondson makes the case for creating psychologically safe workplaces.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
The Soil Science Society of America’ s 2019 International Annual Meeting begins this weekend in San Diego. Attendance is expected to top 4,000.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In the likability versus skills debate, competency wins out, according to a new study. Also: what an office dog can do for company culture.
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.
Ben Martin, CAE, the executive director of The Review Society of Nashville, Tennessee, lives in the moment while looking ahead.
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.
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.
The late president, who died last week at 94, had affiliations with a wide variety of associations, especially in the world of skydiving. (Really.)
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.
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.
The first-ever Women-Led Wednesday, taking place this week, aims to promote women-owned small businesses while tying into a bigger goal.
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.
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.
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.
Set a narrative to your conference that is both challenging and meaningful to attendees to boost participation. Also: build up culture to increase profitability.
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.
Many Americans place more value on meaningful work than money. But is your organization providing it? Also: hosting experiential meetings.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
With the help of a partner and cosponsors, the American Medical Student Association wants to get members registered to vote and help others get to the polls as well.
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.
Patrick Dorsey, the EVP of Marketing at Impexium, breaks down the defining characteristics of people who make a lasting impact at their associations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Welcome new members with a steady, manageable stream of information.
Treasures await in Florida’s third-largest city.
Break free from the status quo, with the help of Jonah Sachs’ Unsafe Thinking.
Think marathon, not sprint, they say. But don’t wait to start building a culture that champions diversity.
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.
How one organization utilized non-traditional venues for a creative, memorable conference experience.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
The relationship between associations and their components can be a fraught one. Creating a culture of trust and communication can make a difference.
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.
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.
How meeting planners are utilizing new solutions to meet an age old trend.
The National Eating Disorders Association is working with intimate apparel brand Aerie to teach store associates about how to create a judgement-free and inspirational shopping experience for customers.
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.
Employees are feeling as disengaged as ever. Those workers may be an opportunity for associations to help.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
The National Black MBA Association explores future business in West Africa.
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.
“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.
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.
Most visit for the creative charm & breathtaking views. But meeting planners? They choose Montréal for its expertise in the life sciences industry.
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.
The International Association for Food Protection’s 2018 Annual Meeting begins next week in Salt Lake City. Attendance is expected to top 3,600.
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.
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.
How organizations are prioritizing sustainability at their meetings and events.
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.
When in need of organizational change, David King recommends planning, patience, and sometimes, the need to jump.
What you do after a meeting is the key to improving next year’s event. Also: How to spark curiosity in conference attendees.
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.
Failures are inevitable. But, as former Kickstarter CEO Yancey Strickler explains, taking a few chances is essential for an organization's survival.
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.
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 […]
The trade group has 11 companies taking part in a pilot program that aims to try new approaches to securing the supply chain so that the food is as organic as it claims to be.
The American Society for Nutrition’s inaugural flagship meeting, Nutrition 2018, begins this weekend in Boston. Attendance is expected to exceed 3,000.
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.
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.
Make the most of your member communications by using them to generate nondues revenue. Also: Should tech giants be subject to antitrust regulations?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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.
Google's postmortem process helps their teams turn mistakes into valuable learning experiences. Also: Podcasts could help to boost event attendance.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
TechCrunch’s editorial manager makes the case that technology literacy is a must for effective leadership today. Also: Six rules for better communication.
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.
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.
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.
Women of Email expands its program to include men as mentors. Also: Association professionals “escape” to the Xperience Design Project in Maryland.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
What self-care measures do you take to stay mentally sharp?
Firefighters face a higher prevalence of multiple health issues, and a new group addresses the “cowboy culture” that discourages talking about them.
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.
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.
A finance visionary leads J.P. Morgan Singapore into the age of blockchain and robotics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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.
Speech First, a new group focused on ensuring colleges remain a place for open discourse, is hoping to build support around the issue by building up a strong membership.
A pharma visionary reflects on risk management and measured growth.
If you’re looking to improve your organizational processes, lead debriefing meetings after all big projects. Also: Google launches its Slack competitor.
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.
The National Venture Capital Association’s resources, built with the assistance of experts, come in response to months of accusations against high-profile investors.
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.
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.
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.
How one of Singapore’s leading startups emerged from a weekend event.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Boosting recruitment by connecting employers and candidates.
What makes a high performer tick? Morten Hansen's Great At Work breaks things down.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Research from the Association for Talent Development says that organizations with formal mentoring programs claim stronger employee engagement and retention.
The National Association of Conservation Districts’ 72nd Annual Meeting begins next week in Nashville. Attendance is expected to be about 1,000.
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.
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.
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.
How accepting change and adversity have served as secret allies in business for Veera Sekaran, founder of Greenology.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Alzheimer's Association chapter fosters social connections for patients and caregivers.
How Generation Z will disrupt the office, according to a member of Gen Z (oh, and his dad, too).
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.
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.
The Women in Trucking Association wants to help get 150 women truckers on the road in the next 12 months with connections and loan assistance.
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.
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.
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.
Why your membership research needs to go beyond the survey. Also: CarMax’s clever response to a viral video.
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There's more nuance to membership engagement than you may think. Also: how to create an ambassador program for your next conference.
Adam “Smiley” Poswolsky, a workplace expert and author, challenged #AtWork17 attendees to create a culture of purpose-driven work in their organizations.
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.
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.
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.
A committed board is the key to a successful capital campaign for the Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association.
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 […]
Plan on- and off-site activities to help your more introverted members swap business cards like a long-term lobbyist.
The Professionals for Nonprofits Staffing Group recently issued an executive action plan, detailing the steps nonprofits should take to improve diversity within their workforce.
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.
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.
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 […]
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.
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.
Break out of the traditional conference mold and provide human connection opportunities at your next meeting. Also: Tweets are getting longer.
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.
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.
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.
Millennials might be most susceptible to the mixing of business and pleasure travel. Here's what to tout to get them to your next conference.
The Edison Electric Institute’s network of members and industry partners are helping restore power to the millions affected by Hurricane Irma.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
With a digital-native generation reaching adulthood, events might have to get more interactive to adapt. Also: a culture problem you might be facing.
Conference attendees are increasingly interested in leaving your event with an amazing experience. Find out if your host destination can help.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our tech expectations have grown considerably over the years—here's hot smart destinations are staying ahead.
Meeting planners are turning to cities that are attracting new business sectors and investing in innovation.
LinkedIn taps into the career mentoring space with a new service. Also: How to encourage your team to take a vacation.
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.
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.
Here are a few ways that associations can ensure an easy and efficient audit. Hint: Keep your documentation organized.
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.
Ken Zielske, CAE, the director of learning at the American Association of Diabetes Educators never says no to an opportunity.
Gen Xers and millennials are get held back for fear of disruption, a new survey suggests. But what's wrong with some disruption?
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.
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.
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.
Planners are using their host city's unique attributes to provide attendees with that signature, unforgettable experience they now crave.
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.
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.
The three firms are working together to start an incubator for travel and hospitality technology, with a planned September launch date.
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.
Destinations like Montreal have both the local specialties and the international breadth to scratch the culinary itch for meeting attendees.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Meeting planners are dealing with these five conference trends—and finding that cities across Canada are poised to meet their needs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A recent survey spells out challenges that leaders need to overcome to bring about change within their organizations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What tech skill has been the most difficult for you to learn and adopt?
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.
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.
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.
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”?
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.
Discover ways to galvanize your team to be happier and more productive. Also: Webinar marketing tips to help grow your membership.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fast Company interviews the planner of the glamorous charity benefit, who reveals a few lessons learned. Also: Simple ways to prevent nonprofit burnout.
Before you migrate your membership data to new software, make sure you're fully prepared. Also: Don't let a cybersecurity hack force you out of a job.
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.
United Airlines clearly struggled to correctly respond to its recent PR crisis, but the report it released this week shows that it's starting to figure things out. Here are some takeaways you can borrow from the report.
The Association of Fundraising Professionals’ 2017 International Fundraising Conference kicks off in San Fran this weekend. Close to 3,000 attendees are expected.
What better time to think about your volunteers than during National Volunteer Week? One consultant offers tips for engaging volunteers and keeping them involved.
Need some quick tips on effectively engaging new members? Here are a few strategies shared by speakers at this week’s YourMembership conference.
Dozens of associations that took part in last weekend's March for Science events say that they plan to "build on this momentum created by the marches" in their advocacy approaches going forward.
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.
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.
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.
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. […]
One organization gives voice to African-American women of the Civil War era. Also: How to create a culture of active employee engagement.
One association uses six guiding principles to make sure that leaders from multiple countries can speak in one voice.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Millennials may be getting all the chatter these days, but this issue of Associations Now focuses on those later in their career.
When interviewing a candidate for a senior-level role, what’s the most important question you ask?
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.”
The City by the Bay is a perennial conference favorite.
In Matter, authors Peter Sheahan and Julie Williamson discuss how to ensure future success.
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.
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.
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.
As industries change, so do their associations. Here’s the story of how a biological products group is keeping up by expanding its membership and changing its name.
In an effort to help its members adapt to the quickly changing technology landscape, the Retail Industry Leaders Association introduced the (R)Tech Center for Innovation.
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.
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, […]
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.
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
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.
The Association of Children’s Museums’ 90 Days of Action campaign celebrates its members’ work with immigrant and refugee children and families.
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.
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.
Employee engagement on social media can have wide-ranging benefits for your association. Also: Check your venue contracts for these important details.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The SHRM Foundation and the National Association of Veteran-Serving Organizations are marshaling their expertise on HR and veterans issues to improve veteran employment.
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.
The Pacific Asia Travel Association is making sure the next generation of travel professionals is ready to take over with its newest membership category.
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.
Through an initiative to help people eat healthier, Louisiana restaurants can be recognized as “WellSpots” with nutritious items on their menus.
Online communities offer communication channels between entry-level employees and leadership. Also: Be inspired by your past successes to promote change in your association.
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.
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.
Employee wellness often starts in the C-suite.
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.
Journalist Frank Sesno breaks down the art of strategic asking.
The Lancaster, Pa., Chamber of Commerce & Industry has shifted to a new investor model of membership that opens up its business services to nonmembers a la carte.
Don’t let your best employees suffer from burnout. Here are a few ways to prevent it. Also: Create a culture of innovation.
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.
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.
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.
Two groups representing executive-level state staff released an action plan, encouraging state governments to improve the process of acquiring technology.
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.
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.
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.
New York City is allocating $2 million in grants to nonprofit theaters throughout the city, with the goal of allowing theaters to target diverse staffs and audiences.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A popular East Coast restaurant chain is getting rid of cash at all of its stores. Also: An association that’s making collaboration fundamental.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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.
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.
With 2016 ending, we asked association execs to look forward and offer up some resolutions for 2017. Associations Now has some resolutions, too.
Association executives from across the spectrum discuss their New Year's resolutions heading into 2017.
How EDUCAUSE’s Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development department connects across the miles during the holidays.
Let attendees show their competitive side with a trivia contest.
Career advice from Carol Vernon, certified executive coach, principal of Communication Matters
Spark innovation by incorporating older buildings and other significant venues.
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 […]
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?
A recent study says nonprofit board chairs are often ill-prepared and frustrated. Training can help, says an expert. So can shared leadership.
The Wildlife Society and the Feed a Bee program have teamed up to make and keep life sweet for honey bees.
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.
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.
Vibrant urban areas can inspire innovation and increase productivity.
Struggling to get members engaged? Perhaps the problem’s not in your methods but in the engagement opportunities themselves.
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.
How opening satellite offices brought an association closer to its global members.
Karin Hurt and David Dye's Winning Well offers tips on how to build the best team possible.
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.
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.
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.
A look at why associations really are uniquely positioned to be employers of choice for today’s millennial employees.
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?
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.
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.
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?
A U.N. organization and Indian women’s group have united to help lift rural workers, especially women, from poverty and food insecurity.
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 […]
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.
The just-announced Organic Farmers Association hopes to give producers in the sector an offering that puts small and large suppliers on equal footing.
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.
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.
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.
The U.S. is a hotbed for innovative cuisine. That’s great news for hungry conferencegoers.
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 […]
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?
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.
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 […]
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.
President Obama joins the National Parks Conservation Association in marking a major milestone. Plus: What’s with annoying event rules?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
A new membership program from comic-book giant Marvel shows earning loyalty may be as simple as rewarding existing behavior.
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.
Debra BenAvram, FASAE, CAE, the CEO of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, answers questions from ASPEN member Gordon Sacks.
Inside the next digital revolution, according to iconic AOL leader Steve Case.
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, […]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Building a strategic board benefits any organization, but navigating the process is tricky. Here are a few things to accomplish and to avoid.
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.
The National Association of County and City Health Officials’ 2016 Annual Conference starts in Phoenix early next week.
A recent survey by Randstad US shows that there’s a gap between what U.S. jobseekers want and what employers are providing.
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.
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.
The Oregon Farm Bureau gives its members a big discount on high-output solar panels designed specifically for farming or ranching.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A new study shows—yet again—that boards are sluggish at succession planning. Can a stronger focus on its financial benefits move the needle?
Cybersecurity breaches are rampant—and the C-suite's disengagement from the problem can exacerbate them. Connecting execs to the tech team can help.
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.
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.
The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation's 2016 Conference & Expo kicks off this week in Tampa, Florida.
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.
A new website dedicated to nothing but breakfast