The coalition Business for Nature, announced earlier this month, plans to play a big role in global negotiations around biodiversity, using the Paris climate agreement as a template.
Diversity training designed to change attitudes and behavior toward women in the workplace helped reinforce the right conduct among supportive groups, but it was less effective in people whose behavior most needed improvement, according to a new study.
A United Nations report on the decline of biodiversity is shining a light on environmental issues many associations hold dear, from the importance of plant life to the preservation of animal species.
The craft beer trade group is distributing $20,000 in grants to local festivals and employment programs that aim to bring more diversity and inclusion to the growing sector.
All Raise, a nonprofit that aims to increase the influence of women in both the startup and venture capital spaces, is in full-growth mode with a newly hired CEO at the helm.
Against the backdrop of Black History Month, the chairman of the Credit Union National Association wants diversity and inclusion added to the seven principles that have guided co-ops for 175 years.
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.
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.
Gender diversity within boards is improving gradually, but not at a level that can make an impact. To incite change, boards might have to rethink their processes.
With diversity issues long facing its membership and golf in general, the association sees opportunity for improvement as it moves to the Dallas area in the coming years.
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.
California’s just-passed law requiring women to have a place on the boards of public companies reflects wide interest in seeing added diversity in boardrooms, including in nonprofits. However, the law itself could face a tough road ahead due to questions about its constitutionality.
Creating inclusive teams starts with addressing intersectionality. Then, make it part of your organization’s operations. Also: how to cancel a conference.
A new study from McKinley Advisors points to a gap between associations’ desires to promote diversity within their organizations and their effectiveness in actually doing so.
The Entertainment Software Association Foundation, along with Red Bull Media House, launched “We Are,” an initiative aimed at energizing women in the video game industry.
As meeting organizers embrace diversity and inclusion, their event playbook evolves.
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.
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.
At ASAE’s 2018 Great Ideas Conference, Sunday’s Main Stage Speakers, Fredi Lajvardi and Kelly McDonald, challenged attendees to embrace diversity of thought to better serve their organizations, members, and missions—and to ultimately fuel innovation.
The coalition of journalist groups, which dates to the early 1990s, struggled after the departure of two of its founding groups. The members that remained with UNITY to the end have pledged to invest in diversity programs in the coalition’s place.
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 […]
A new report from Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy makes the case that certain demographic groups, in particular young adults and women, can help improve nonprofit boards. However, diversity issues continue to be a challenge for boards as a whole.
The technology trade group recently revealed it would hire a director of diversity and inclusion policy, a move directly influenced by feedback from two Democratic members of Congress.
Facebook’s diversity head says that data has value in helping solve diversity issues, but it only goes so far. Also: where one challenged retail chain is still going strong.
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 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.
A new report from the Council on Foundations finds that while the sector tends to have a strong level of diversity overall—both with female and minority employees—it tends to be a bit weaker in the C-suite.
Australia's new Screen Diversity and Inclusion Network, which has supporters from associations, studios, networks, and even the federal government, hopes to encourage an industry that reflects the country it serves.
The National Association of Diverse Consultants will work to connect minority political consultants to campaigns. The group's creation comes at a time when many racial groups aren't well-represented in political campaigns.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences introduced its largest voting class ever this year, and—like in the past few years—the new membership reflects a more diverse Hollywood.
A new stock photo service aims to showcase more racial and ethnic diversity. Also: Avoid these common media interview mistakes.
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.
Diversity and inclusion require more than just lip service. To put D+I into practice, membership teams need to be constantly thinking about opportunities that foster action.
A new report by the American Alliance of Museums suggests that diversity issues are a significant challenge for museums, particularly regarding their boards.
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.
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.”
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 new report from the diversity-focused nonprofit Open MIC finds that many racial groups remain underrepresented in the technology industry compared with their overall share of the workforce.
A new study suggests the diversity of the board at a CEO’s prior gig can impact present performance.
A new report from the Women’s Media Center found that just 1 in 5 behind-the-scenes Oscar nominees is a woman—putting a wrinkle on a year when on-screen diversity is well-reflected in the Academy Awards’ nominee list.
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.
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.
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is relying on a new set of rules to encourage more diversity both in the membership of its organization and in two of its most prominent award categories.
This year's edition of a key governance document for many boards recommends, for the first time, that boards make room for diversity in relation to perspectives and backgrounds.
As associations grow their diversity and inclusion efforts, they realize a fundamental need to understand the demographics of their members. But personal information isn’t always easy to get. Here’s how a few associations are collecting the data they need to serve diverse audiences and measure progress toward their D+I goals.
As associations grow and change, so do their boards. Keeping these three things in mind may help with the growing pains.
The trade group 4A's knows gender discrimination is a problem in its industry, and a new survey released by the group highlights the depths of the issue. The association released the report more than a month earlier than planned, in direct response to an ad exec's controversial comments on gender discrimination.
With the support of CUNY's Graduate School of Journalism, the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting hopes to help improve diversity in the reporting sphere. The new group's namesake is a legendary reporter known as a prominent critic of lynching.
After making diversity and inclusion a priority in 2014, the National Venture Capital Association formed a task force to take on what is a male-dominated profession. In just months, the group has increased diversity internally, as well as in the field, and encouraged members to invest in minority-run businesses.
A meetings industry professional offers some thought-provoking insight on the challenges the event sector faces with diversity. Also: What tough questions should you be asking internally?
Still smarting from criticism by the public and within the industry over a lack of diversity in the most recent batch of Oscar nominees, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is addressing the issue by inviting a significant number of minorities and women to become members.
New research by Heidrick & Struggles shows that Fortune 500 boards are more likely to favor experienced leaders over demographics when bringing on new directors. One demographic that's been left out in the cold by this trend? Hispanics, who are sharply underrepresented on boards.
In the face of race, LGBT, and religious issues that have arisen in the last several years, a new Diversity Style Guide was released to help journalists cover these subjects more precisely and sensitively.
The Latino Coalition’s new partnership with the Direct Selling Association pushes for increased diversity in the small business world.
Don’t boycott the Academy Awards for overlooking minority talent in Hollywood, says the leader of the African-American Film Critics Association. He is encouraging Oscar attendees to use the widely watched event as a platform to press for more diversity.
To give minorities a better shot at head coach or other athletic leadership roles at colleges and universities, the National Association for Coaching Equity and Development is pushing NCAA schools to adopt the “Eddie Robinson Rule,” pledging to interview at least one minority candidate when hiring to fill those positions.
Student-led protests at the University of Missouri regarding mismanagement of racial issues on campus led to the resignation of President Tim Wolfe and changes in university policy. Among them: the hiring of its first ever chief diversity, inclusion, and equity officer.
A discussion of conference diversity involves close understanding the sensitivities of the members in the room—and of the ones who decided not to show up.
The 2015 edition of the Online News Association's annual meeting sports a diverse speaker lineup. That's no accident, being the result of criticism the association faced from members.
The venture capital industry has been a largely white, male world, and a new study shows that change is slow in coming. Still, the National Venture Capital Association’s diversity task force, not even a year old, continues to push forward with new initiatives aimed at increasing opportunities in the field for women and underrepresented groups.
Labor and employment attorney Paulette Brown became the American Bar Association's first black female president last week and has pledged to make diversity a rallying cry for the association.
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association creates a culture of D&I, one student at a time.
A recent Computing Research Association survey showed that, while more diverse than top tech companies, computer-science degree programs still struggle to court underrepresented students. CRA has a few programs aimed at combating that trend.
Convention and visitor bureaus are making diversity and inclusion efforts an integral part of their strategy. Here’s how and why.
The newly announced partnership will help increase the exposure of students at historically black colleges and universities to the tech industry as well as help develop more pathways for these students to start careers in the industry.
German lawmakers recently approved legislation requiring that the country’s largest companies have at least 30 percent female representation on their boards of directors. But there could be better ways to achieve more diverse and inclusive boards, according to one association leadership expert.
How one industry group's work is ensuring that emoji represent a broader range of human diversity. Also: Get people talking in your private community.
The organization, which represents legal professionals in a judicial system that has been dogged by a lack of diversity, says it's been making progress on the issue. But there's lingering evidence that there's still a long way to go.
In an effort to improve diversity in the startup world, the National Venture Capital Association announced a task force this week meant to tackle the issue at its source. But the task force faces a diversity problem of its own.
A group representing college and university diversity and inclusion leaders recently published a set of standards to help their members better perform their roles in increasing and promoting equality on campus.
To educate members of Atlanta’s commercial real estate community about the struggles and successes of some the industry’s women and minorities, the Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors recently launched a speaker series focused on diversity.
To help instill better communication and leadership skills in female colleagues, a group of executive-level women at the American Society of Radiologic Technologists started their own “Lean In Circle.” A year and a half later, the women are more willing to take risks, more willing to speak up, and more willing to fail.
Boards still struggle with diversity. One association's effort to shake up its task forces offers one possible path to a solution.
The nonprofit data firm is working to make diversity a key part of its database—with a little help from (you guessed it) nonprofits that hope to improve diversity within their ranks.
How conference content pros are working to boost conference diversity during the events they curate.
The social network Twitter becomes the latest tech company to reveal that its employees are overwhelmingly white and male. Also: Advice on how to keep so called "lobby rats" in check at your event.
For women and minorities who advocate for other women and minorities in the workplace, the price of promoting diversity might come as a less favorable performance review, according to a new University of Colorado study.
Amid a series of recent disclosures (and the subsequent backlash) that indicate tech companies have significant racial and gender gaps in their workforces, the CEO of the Information Technology Industry Council says that the industry is taking the problem seriously.
In a short blog post last week, the world’s leading search engine company opened up about a serious problem it’s facing—a lack of staff diversity. One expert has some advice for Google and any other organization that struggles with D&I.
With four generations in the American workforce, intergenerational diversity poses challenges for many organizations. At ASAE’s Finance, HR, and Business Operations Conference this week, a top AARP executive offered strategies to help businesses successfully adjust to an aging workforce.
One of the publishing industry's leading events, BookExpo America, is facing serious questions about the lack of diverse voices at the event—even leading to a successful viral social media campaign. The problem, organizers say, is systemic and reflects a lack of diversity in the industry at large.
A division of the American Library Association is helping promote the importance of multicultural resources for kids in U.S. libraries to help mark Children’s Day/Book Day today.
A D&I expert sifts through the results of a recent corporate inclusion survey to make sense of the findings and offer some best practice tips for associations.
ASAE and NHSA collaborate on sectorwide framework for Diversity and Inclusion.
Last night's wins in major categories for films made by black and Latino directors show the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' progress as it focuses on diversity. But as recent statistics show, its voting body remains strongly male and white.
An annual report by the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports showed that the National Football League is making great strides with diverse hiring at top-level positions. But what can associations draw from it?
Months after the National Association of Hispanic Journalists first mentioned possibly leaving UNITY, the group pulled the trigger this week, citing the diversity coalition’s ongoing governance and financial problems.
Two new DELP scholars on diversity, community, career, and making a contribution.
With an evolving mission, UNITY isn't the same as it was two decades ago. But with another association re-evaluating its position in the group, the group's leader says its long-term future is sound.
According to a national survey, Fortune 500 companies have made minimal gains in boardroom diversity in recent years. Nonprofit boards, while similar in their minority makeup, are including more women.
After years of improvement, a new report from the American Society of News Editors shows that newsroom diversity has flattened out and declined in recent years. News associations say that media companies struggle to see the business benefit.
Campus Pride and the National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals are teaming up to advocate against the discrimination and harassment of LGBT students in the STEM fields on campuses across the United States.
ASAE’s new tool will help associations benchmark Diversity & Inclusion efforts.
The strength of an association isn't determined by size, but by the loyalty of it's diverse members. Also: Why the less is more strategy works.
The first step in addressing diversity is talking openly about it. That’s where leaders—and ASAE’s Association Inclusion Index—come in. Here are a few things we know about diversity and associations: Female association executives get paid less than their male counterparts at all levels, and female board members are dispiritingly rare. An overwhelming majority of organizations […]
In a move that could prove influential on Judaism in general, the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association picked an openly gay leader—a first, according to the group.
The numbers don't look good when it come to inclusion in association governance. But numbers alone aren't the issue.
What associations can learn about diversity from President Obama’s second-term Cabinet.
What role does the board play in your association’s diversity and inclusion strategy?
ASAE’s new interactive tool helps associations measure progress on D&I.
The Consumer Technology Association will enforce a new booth dress code and work with an equality partner as part of its efforts to improve inclusivity at CES, one of the year’s biggest tradeshows.
Sometimes, the most innovative ideas come not from established companies but from people moonlighting with off-hours experiments. Associations are in a position to capture this energy.
The number of freelancers is growing. Tapping independent workers as a member segment increases your association’s value. Also: Does diversity training work?
A new report from the consultancy Cause Effective notes that the fundraising field poses persistent challenges for people of color.
A new report from Heinz Marketing and PAN Communications notes that even as content marketing programs mature, many organizations find issues like ROI and strategic integration hard to solidify.
After years of struggling to make critical connections among devices, the internet of things might be about to turn a corner—thanks to organizations building standards that speak multiple computing languages.
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?
[Sponsored] Connecting with peers in natural and interactive settings is where the rubber meets the road for meeting attendees.
The Global Semiconductor Alliance will aim to bring more women into the field with its Women’s Leadership Initiative, backed by leaders at companies such as AMD, ARM, Nvidia, Qualcomm, and Intel.
To keep members satisfied, associations need to deliver value and help members grow. Also: Rely on facts, not beliefs, when there’s a difference of opinion.
In both offerings and messaging strategies, the workplace wellness program is evolving. An executive with the Corporate Health and Wellness Association highlights a few trends to follow.
Culture change starts with revamping the manager experience. Also: People now spend more time using their smartphones than watching TV.
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.
The League of American Orchestras’ 74th National Conference begins next week in Nashville. Attendance is expected to top 1,000.
Members of the newly formed Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association say that they’ll take the next season off, if necessary, to help put together a league that’s more financially sustainable.
Leverage your association’s community by connecting online groups to your organization’s larger mission. Also: Unless board practices change, gender equality won’t happen until 2055.
From free food to a commitment to student loans, organizations looking to hire younger workers are learning to boost their millennial-friendly benefits, and when the time is right, let loose.
RespectAbility, a bipartisan group focused on inclusion for individuals with disabilities, says that bias is a key factor that puts disability-inclusive diversity on the sidelines at many nonprofits.
After putting on an event honoring film and television for a decade, the African American Film Critics Association is splitting up the events—with a goal of giving TV work more time in the spotlight.
A recent move by Congress to fund its internships came about after nonprofit group launched by a former intern highlighted the inequities that unpaid internships perpetuate. Now, the group is setting its sights on the private sector.
Certain factors correlate with more gender equality in leadership.
Kara Freeman Lee, CAE, the Vice President of Administration and Chief Information Officer of the American Council on Education, pushes others, and herself, to excel.
3 steps to creating a more inclusive event.
Bring your authentic self to work, Porter Braswell argues in Let Them See You.
In sometimes surprising ways, associations play direct and indirect roles in bringing the products, services, and activities of daily life to people around the world. Including gardens.
A new study says nonprofit boards are slow to pursue diversity and inclusion efforts. Fixing the problem will require a lot of will and a little patience.
Saying that a pending bill in the Texas Legislature would discriminate against the LGBTQ community and hurt business, ASAE, along with others in the tourism, business, and association community, held a press conference to oppose it.
A researcher studying ways to stem the high rate of employees leaving nonprofits has been searching for low-cost solutions and homed in on inclusion and leadership.
Innovation sounds scary, but everyone has the power to think differently, according to three keynote speakers who opened the 2019 ASAE Great Ideas Conference Sunday. They offered three ways to reawaken your creative side.
A recent report makes the case that progress on gender parity in top leadership roles often happens in fits and starts. The report makes the case that HR can help keep things consistent.
The global meetings industry is predominantly female. In honor of today’s celebration of the impact women make worldwide, a look at how the meetings industry is doing its part.
Post-meeting surveys are an easy way to get attendee feedback, but asking leading questions will skew the results. Also: Take the first steps toward a diverse board.
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.”
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.
Share with members what you learn from data collection.
As part of an initiative to examine future forces shaping the corporate real estate profession, CoreNet Global spent time interviewing its members worldwide. The effort resulted in a new study forecasting industry trends that will affect members and the association by 2025 and beyond.
Over its two-decade history, the organizers of the popular music festival Coachella have dealt with numerous crisis situations, whether related to last-minute changes, safety issues, or even financial problems. Here’s how the organization has tackled them over the years.
A new report from the B2B firm Clutch found that nearly 15 percent of recent hires in a survey got their jobs via a social platform. But don't shutter your job board just yet.
It’s almost a new year, which means it’s a good time to say goodbye to things that just aren’t working anymore. For meeting planners, here are three conference elements to consider leaving behind in 2018.
The civil rights organization launched a weeklong boycott of Facebook Tuesday, saying it had failed to respond strongly enough to misinformation posted on the platform in 2016 that reportedly aimed to keep African-American voters from the polls.
A recent flurry of studies on the topic of artificial intelligence keeps an eye on the bigger picture of what the phenomenon means for research, the human race, and the global economy—along with places where the field shows room for improvement.
The Association for Jewish Studies’ 50th Annual Conference begins next week in Boston. Attendance is expected to top 1,100.
How a small-staff association amplifies its campaigns for volunteers.
Meeting technology can go a long way in creating an exclusive event experience, but it can be expensive to implement. So, start simple. Also: how to market webinars for millennials.
A clever digital promotion by Walmart highlights the way digital experiences can have a real-world feel. Also: lessons from an AMS/LMS integration.
The first-ever Women-Led Wednesday, taking place this week, aims to promote women-owned small businesses while tying into a bigger goal.
A new report from Bizzabo found that less than a third of event presenters globally were women, with the gender gap most pronounced at technology events.
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.
The Diversity Project, modeled after a similar UK effort, is meant to close some very wide gender and ethnicity gaps.
Associations are most effective when the C-suite works together, but a recent study suggests divisiveness abounds. Shaking up meetings and prioritizing communication can help.
The Tech Town Index, a new report from the association, finds a surprising geographic diversity among tech hot spots, helped along by both booming college towns and maturing local tech economies.
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.
From privacy scandals to algorithm changes, handling social media for associations is harder than ever. Here’s how the experts are keeping up.
Women in Trucking empowers girls with a truck driver doll.
Small changes, like the American Alliance of Museums' addition of a gender-neutral prefix, make inclusion real for members.
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.
The Association of Medical Doctors of Asia sent a team to Palu, Indonesia, to provide medical care after an earthquake and tsunami devastated the area. Also: creating a board of directors that reflects your team.
The Society for Personality and Social Psychology offers grants that fund members’ big ideas for small meetings. Members get to see their programs come to life, and SPSP has a new way to engage members.
APICS 2018, the leading supply chain conference, begins this weekend in Chicago. Attendance is expected to exceed 2000.
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 IGDA Foundation has created a database of diverse speakers, along with a grant program to help them get to conferences.
Turner Classic Movies, with the help of the African-American Film Critics Association, will highlight 32 films throughout September that contextualize a long history. Members of the association will take part in the spotlight event.
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 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.
Are your members overwhelmed by messages from your association? The MemberClicks blog tackles how to block out communication fatigue. Also: It’s #CityHallSelfie Day—what’s that all about?
The one-year program is designed to give underrepresented groups opportunities to experience museum work firsthand.
If your nonprofit’s website doesn’t promote trust, it isn’t doing its job. The Bloomerang blog explains how to increase online credibility. Also: How Netflix is innovating board involvement.
The Defense Department is drawing a lot of buzz in the IT space at the moment for seemingly committing much of its massive infrastructure to a single cloud provider, arguing it’d be too complex to share the burden. But does that strategy make sense for smaller shops?
With a new biosecurity initiative, the association’s incoming chair, Hawaii Gov. David Ige, is putting a premium on protecting the environment from damage caused by invasive species.
A year-old agreement between the home-sharing unicorn and iconic civil rights organization aims to help support communities of color, and it comes with a revenue-sharing agreement to boot. Airbnb and the NAACP are treading slowly in rolling the idea out, however.
When recruiting in a hot job market, “you have to get a little more creative,” says Tracy Hollamon, PRC, senior recruitment specialist at the American Society of Anesthesiologists. Here are three ways she’s powering up hiring at ASA.
Rich Karlgaard, a Game Changer at the ASAE Annual Meeting & Expo in August, says facing rapid technological change demands technological smarts. But experience and empathy count too.
The InfoSec Institute finds that, at a time when many cybersecurity positions are likely to remain open, interest in the sector is low among women. The report suggests that issues of perception and discrimination are at play.
With interest in blockchain technology peaking, CompTIA is targeting its latest report on the technology directly at the public sector—both to explain how it could aid different government entities and how smart policy could strengthen its benefits.
Sandbox, a globally focused organization with an ambitious agenda “to co-create the world we inherit,” has rapidly grown its network of young members. For associations looking to recruit and engage the next generation, its ground-up collaboration model offers some lessons worth considering.
Starbucks recently announced a plan to pay for a number of medical procedures for transgender employees that would not otherwise be covered by traditional health insurance. The move by the coffee chain, which was assisted by an association, reflects increased corporate interest in such benefits.
The good news is that there are so many email marketing providers out there that you could probably find one to cover absolutely anything you can think of. The bad news? You have to choose one, and without doing your research, that choice can be crippling.
Even small associations are complicated entities, which is part of why they resist change. But diverse groups that remember the organization's core mission can keep it from getting stale.
There are major donors hidden within your database, you just have to know how to sniff them out. Also: What’s standing in the way of gender-diversity goals.
The National Restaurant Association's summer webinars are a pilot for further programs addressing bias and other workplace fairness issues.
The effort, a partnership with the Biden Foundation, is designed to address discrimination and promote YMCAs as welcoming places.
The Society of Women Engineers built an integrated marketing and advocacy campaign from century-old letters found in its archives. Those materials are now the foundation of a marketing campaign that’s growing membership and driving advocacy.
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.
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.
Maunda Land, MBA, CMP, CAE, director of membership engagement, diversity, and student programs for the Institute of Internal Auditors, makes it her mission to connect with others.
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 makes its annual meeting more welcoming and inclusive, the American Alliance of Museums created a Code of Conduct. Here’s a few tips they learned along the way.
The new group is the product of a reboot of SLA’s diversity and inclusion efforts—and unlike its other caucuses, it’s free to join.
According to a study published in the Journal of Corporate Finance, a CEO with a diverse social network can have a direct impact on the success of an organization—both in terms of business opportunities and innovation.
Civility, mutual respect, and inclusion are often core values that bind members together. But do you practice what you preach? Here’s how to foster a deeper sense of connection within diverse communities in divisive times.
A new version of an app allows meeting attendees to name and shame groups that don’t show diversity in their panels. Also: a comprehensive look at the health of the internet.
The American Association of Geographers’ 2018 Annual Meeting begins next week in New Orleans. More than 9,000 are expected to attend.
Spur creativity and innovation by making your meeting spaces more attractive. Also: Traits that make teams effective problem solvers.
Take a do-it-yourself approach to board self-assessments.
How SHRM brought its affinity program back to life.
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.
For the first time, all four major congressional staff diversity associations are being run by women. Also: The United States Travel Association releases a new tool that shows the economic impact of travel on each state.
Women of Email, a professional community, has gained about 1,500 members since starting nearly two years ago. The group says it’s aiming for equality in email marketing—including on stage at conferences and by closing the pay gap.
What you do after an event is over can help you to create a bigger and better meeting in the future. Also: Why the public should be better informed about how nonprofits operate.
There are skills required to reach the top, and there are skills needed to move an organization into greater success. Unfortunately, those two skill sets aren’t always the same thing. Also: ASAE’s Great Ideas Conference is off to a big start in Colorado.
The two words Frances McDormand used to close out her Oscar speech—inclusion rider—could mean something to more than just the film industry. It could also change how speakers approach meetings.
The Association of Fundraising Professionals is launching a multiyear campaign that aims to tackle issues of gender inequality in leadership and pay. First up for the Women’s Impact Initiative: A survey, out next month, that analyzes the impact of sexual harassment on the industry.
Events like the Oscars are often criticized for feeling stale and old-fashioned, but is there a way to balance tradition with new elements? Some ideas on how to get started.
The American Library Association’s search for a new executive director offers a new way of thinking about a familiar debate about who ought to lead at associations. Any association that’s thinking about what leadership means for its organization should take a look at what the American Library Association is doing right now. This may not […]
The National Venture Capital Association’s resources, built with the assistance of experts, come in response to months of accusations against high-profile investors.
The highly fractured nature of the cultural and political climate is creating a lot of headaches in the world at large. How does that impact associations?
What's one big trend that you're watching for 2018, and how do you think it will affect your organization?
The Streaming Video Alliance, including some of the largest companies in the online video space, recently gave a number of startups and individuals a free year of membership. The goal of the strategy? To open up the alliance to new ideas.
The 2003 rule meant to encourage a focus on hiring for diversity in the National Football League is helping to set a path forward for the English Football Association, which has faced diversity issues of its own in recent years.
At a time when women’s issues are at the top of the news cycle, the parent company of the National Association of Professional Women is expanding its reach and mindset with a new international offshoot.
The American Meteorological Society’s 98th Annual Meeting begins this weekend in Austin, Texas. More than 4,000 attendees are expected.
The Journalism Mentorship Collaborative hopes to attract 100 participants to learn about diversity and inclusion in media, with a fund for innovative mentoring ideas.
While government officials downplayed the impact of a list of banned words received by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other agencies, groups in the science and medical industries used the incident to underline the value of “science-based” and “evidence-based” decision making—as those two phrases were part of the ban.
From advocacy to orientation, there were plenty of challenges for leaders, but also some new opportunities.
2017 has been a stressful year, but the world of associations has plenty to appreciate as the year comes to a close.
Getting boards to remedy diversity and inclusion blind spots isn't easy. Here's how one organization is doing it.
This year’s charitable giving event comes a year after donations surged by more than 40 percent. Groups big and small are working to take advantage of the widespread public interest.
Saying “no” to staffers is part of the executive’s job, but rejections work better if they serve less as dismissals and more as check-in opportunities.
Instead of opening up a meeting to all of your members, would it ever make sense to invite only a select group? Some pros and cons for going that route.
As you think about how to serve members better, consider this series of prompts to help improve your program. Also: Netflix's Stranger Things delivers big bucks to one cultural organization.
Why your membership research needs to go beyond the survey. Also: CarMax’s clever response to a viral video.
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.
A recent survey of U.S. tech workers found that many older employees worried about losing their jobs because of their age. And while diversity is important for such workers, age is given less consideration as a diversity issue.
The Information Technology Industry Council, which represents some of the tech industry's biggest players, has released a set of policy principles on still young artificial intelligence technology. The recommendations, which lean in favor of a light regulatory touch, received mixed reviews.
Opposing views on progress may account for the lack of gender equality in leadership roles. Also: Lessons for event professionals from this year's New York Fashion Week.
The National Society of Professional Engineers is in the process of restructuring membership with state and local chapters. This strategic move requires a diplomatic change in order to more closely align membership.
Your choice of a meeting location shouldn't be all about you. Just as important is how a destination will improve the attendee experience. From affordability to convenience to at-the-ready technology, your attendees' expectations are rising. Here's how to deliver on them.
A new study from the staffing firm ManpowerGroup points out that employees have a lot of reasons for wanting more flexible schedules—including work-life balance, the potential for side income, learning opportunities, and the potential for gaining control over their schedules. The reasons differ based on demographics.
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.
The Northwest Credit Union Association’s Northwest Young Professionals Network gives these individuals opportunities to lead the credit union industry into the future.
The latest edition of Guidestar's "Nonprofit Compensation Report" found that salaries on a whole were improving, but that female executive compensation still remained below that of male leaders, with a wider gap showing at the largest nonprofits.
Conference organizers are well-aware that cost can be a factor in attendees deciding whether to attend. That’s why many are offering scholarships to keep expenses down.
Evolving your meetings is going to take a new way of thinking. Also: TONL, a new ethnically diverse stock photo service, goes live.
The Toy Association recently underwent a complete overhaul, which included creating a new strategic plan. CEO Steve Pasierb shares four tips on how to get it done.
Opponents of a bill that would have restricted restrooms available to transgender people celebrated its demise in the Texas legislature, at least for the moment. ASAE thanked a broad coalition of opponents and said it would continue to monitor legislative activity around the country for discriminatory measures.
Meeting planners who choose vacation-ready locations for their conferences will likely boost attendance, thanks to the growth of "bleisure" travel.
Make the most out of your member testimonials by asking these key questions. Also: Check out some of the interesting slides we’ve seen at ASAE’s Annual Meeting & Exposition so far.
Autodesk and Facebook are offering financial and program support to the Inneract Project, which works to expose kids in underserved communities to graphic design concepts.
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.
Lessons from association leaders who reach the C-Suite at a young age.
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.
Gen Xers and millennials are get held back for fear of disruption, a new survey suggests. But what's wrong with some disruption?
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.
Here’s how you can tell if your diversity and inclusion program is really making a difference. Also: Google’s new news feed follows in Facebook’s steps.
Destinations like Montreal have both the local specialties and the international breadth to scratch the culinary itch for meeting attendees.
A group of local visitor bureaus, businesses, lawmakers, and associations spoke out against the proposed Texas “bathroom bill” on Monday as the legislature prepared to kick off a 30-day special session.
The American Alliance of Orthopaedic Executives uses a volunteer matrix, which is a spreadsheet that helps to track and recruit members.
Beyond being a nice thing to have and an important nod to diversity and inclusion, ensuring your website is accessible might soon be mandated by legal rulings. One recent U.S. federal court decision strongly suggests that the Americans With Disabilities Act might have a home on the World Wide Web.
A recent survey from Ogilvy suggests that a sizable percentage of Americans are keeping an eye out for issues of LGBT inclusion when it comes to brands. But another survey from 4A's suggests that dipping into political issues should be handled with care.
Meeting planners are dealing with these five conference trends—and finding that cities across Canada are poised to meet their needs.
The American Medical Student Association’s new program connects students with mentors who can help guide them through the rigors of medical school.
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.
In response to high levels of opioid use and abuse in the state, the Colorado Hospital Association launched an opioid safety pilot in a handful of the state’s hospitals and emergency departments.
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.
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.
To fight declining diversity in the fire and emergency services industry, the International Association of Fire Chiefs is working to develop new leaders from underrepresented populations.
The latest edition of GLAAD’s Studio Responsibility Index found modest improvement in the number of characters portrayed in films produced by major studios, but ongoing challenges with how and where such characters are used. The study’s release comes months after Moonlight’s Best Picture Oscar win—the first time a film with an LGBTQ lead character has won that award.
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.
To provide resources and support to women holding county office, the New York State Association of Counties is launching a Women’s Leadership Council. One key goal is to foster mentoring relationships among women members.
The American Psychological Association reports that political wedges have grown in the workplace since the 2016 election, especially in workplaces where there's a diversity of views among employees.
The Association of Fundraising Professionals’ 2017 International Fundraising Conference kicks off in San Fran this weekend. Close to 3,000 attendees are expected.
Industries from tech to the trades are struggling with workforce shortages in their industries. Here are how some associations are taking on the issue.
One association uses six guiding principles to make sure that leaders from multiple countries can speak in one voice.
After years of drought, California saw a deluge of rain and snow. As the governor lifts the drought emergency status, the Association of California Water Agencies is helping inform the next conservation policy moves.
The American Association of Anatomists is pooling together the virtual microscopic samples of research facilities around the country with its new Virtual Microscopy Database. The database idea was formulated by an interest group within the association.
A look at four elements of successful book clubs that could also make for successful meetings.
Building diversity and inclusion into governance structure.
What happens when your keynoter has a completely different position than your attendees do? Take some lessons from the Magnet Schools of America’s decision to invite Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.
Following in the footsteps of a nearby Michigan group, the Wisconsin Venture Capital Association is coming back to life, and next week will hold its first meeting since 2008.
A new report found women in cybersecurity continually fight obstacles to their career advancement. But organizations can help eliminate them, says the leader of a women’s IT group.
As a Texas Senate committee considered a proposed “bathroom bill” in a Tuesday hearing, ASAE submitted written testimony opposing SB 6, saying the measure discriminates against members of the LGBT community and is bad for business.
A professor and author encouraged women executives at the ASAE Great Ideas Conference to challenge social norms and systems in order to build a more inclusive society.
Association CEO compensation is up these days. That's good news for execs, but it can have a broader ripple effect too.
A morning workshop on the first day of the 2017 Great Ideas Conference highlighted that there are many ways to make videos that work for your audience—but also many factors, including cost, approach, and overall strategy.
The 2017 NASPA Annual Conference is set to start this weekend. More than 5,000 attendees are expected in San Antonio, Texas.
The group, which has in recent years emphasized a nonpartisan stance on most issues, says the shifting environment around LGBT rights makes the diversity of ideology an important consideration for expanding the group’s membership.
Last week’s executive order on immigration raises a lot of questions for conference planners. And for groups with a U.S.-based meeting coming up, they need answers sooner than later. A look at the International Communication Association's response.
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 Partnership on AI, a group from which Apple was a notable omission when it was announced in September, has now made room for the phone maker. It reflects a shift in priorities for Apple, which has found it hard to keep up with artificial intelligence innovations while maintaining its secretive nature.
A first-of-its-kind report from the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce suggests a growing economic reach for LGBT-owned businesses, as diversity-focused companies increasingly rely on such firms as vendors.
With its Discover California Wines Road Trip series, the Wine Institute of California hopes to draw visitors’ attention to the virtues of the state’s lesser-known wine regions and provide unexpected tips about its most popular Northern California wine region. Napa Valley and Sonoma County tend to steal the spotlight when it comes to fine wines […]
The Specialty Coffee Association of America and its European counterpart officially joined together as a single organization this week, with the goal of supporting a diversity of members and ideas.
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 […]
Association executives from across the spectrum discuss their New Year's resolutions heading into 2017.
Spark innovation by incorporating older buildings and other significant venues.
Associations far and wide are getting in on the #GivingTuesday fun—check out a few examples. Also: How one major brand teamed with a band of expert viral-video creators to promote its #GivingTuesday efforts.
As state legislatures get ready to reconvene after the election, lawmakers in several states are poised to introduce new measures allowing discrimination on religious grounds. ASAE is preparing to fight a bill in Texas, where the first is likely to emerge.
In divisive times, ASAE remains committed to advancing America through the power of collaboration, drawing on the strengths of our diverse national community.
With the presidential election quickly approaching, political tension in the workplace has risen since earlier this year, a new survey from the Society for Human Resource Management has found.
Over the last year, the Washington Restaurant and Lodging Associations have been operating together, though independently. This month, they finalized their merger with a new name.
The Association of National Advertisers has formed the Alliance for Inclusive and Multicultural Marketing to help marketers create campaigns that will resonate with a more diverse population of consumers.
Associations contract with host cities and conference venues years in advance, but the political winds blow on their own timeline. In a year marked by adoption of controversial legislation in a handful of states, associations have been challenged to consider whether these laws align with their values. And that has forced hard choices about where and how members gather. Here’s how two groups responded.
When an association knows a member’s age, it has a choice about how to fit that person into a group: by generation or by life stage.
The International Cat Association makes learning colorful with a series of educational coloring books. Learn about why the association tried the idea.
How much do your members know about your association’s data and engagement tracking? And how do they feel about being scored for their activity?
We're a long way from gender equality in the office. But a new study suggests more women are pressing the question to the people who can change things.
A trade group for online publishers plans to launch an ad network under the B-Corporation structure. The goal? Certified transparency.
To help mitigate damage done by natural disasters, communities can build up surrounding nature with the help of a new American Society of Landscape Architects resilient design guide.
The Writers Guild of America, East, and two New York City agencies opened a new writers’ room fellowship to better include women and minority groups in the television industry.
The Electronic Retailing Association’s new Industry Women’s Council will give women members increased networking opportunities while bolstering recruitment and retention efforts for the greater organization.
Working in association membership means you'll always be failing a little bit. Defining your target levels of success, though, will help you make peace with the portion of members who don't renew, who never read email, or who are just never quite satisfied.
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.
Meetings-related sessions at the 2016 Annual Meeting & Exposition discussed how to make your meetings more inclusive and welcoming for every attendee.
DonorsChoose.org CEO Charles Best discusses strategies for getting givers to graduate to repeat donations.
Too far or not far enough? The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's plans to limit how often debt collectors can reach out to consumers received mixed responses from consumer and trade groups this week.
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.
A new recognition program from the American Institute of CPAs and NAF aims to get more high schools students interested in an accounting career.
GenderAvenger is asking speakers to take a pledge to not be on a panel where women aren’t included. Could your association take that pledge?
This election cycle seems to be sparking more office conflicts than previous campaigns, but talking politics at work is a risky proposition for employees and employers alike.
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.
Despite the recent terror attack in Orlando, the head of the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association notes that LGBT consumers are unlikely to avoid travel—it just isn't their style.
A new study shows—yet again—that boards are sluggish at succession planning. Can a stronger focus on its financial benefits move the needle?
Although the tech industry struggles with diversity, a group of women now leads the Association for Computing Machinery.
How to help international members engage across borders.
“The more the merrier” means working with people who have a range of capabilities. Plus: Messaging platform Slack is on fire.
Want to get your attendees more engaged in sessions at your meetings? Try adding role-playing exercises where they help solve problems affecting them and your association’s industry.
New research from the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council argues that the state is doing better than many others on the diversity front but still has a ways to go—but focusing on improving diversity could prove a major differentiator for the economic center of New England's economy.
In the past month a transit-industry association lost a key member and its CEO. That experience offers a few warnings for associations in terms of PR, governance, and membership.
In an effort to give students a future leg up in an industry that's increasingly important, the Computer Science Teachers Association is boosting its certification offerings. The initiative came about after the group's members expressed interest in such a program.
A new organization dedicated to New York City's technology scene—founded by the CEO of AOL and one of the city's most prominent venture capitalists—hopes to expand the startup world's influence locally.
With the recent passage of a bill in the Senate, native populations in the continental U.S., Alaska, and Hawaii could get extra marketing help for their tourism efforts—an area where at least one industry group has been focusing much of its attention.
The governor put his signature to a controversial measure that opponents say will permit counseling professionals to discriminate against LGBT individuals and others.
The iconic pop star and musician was an active philanthropist, but the scope of the time and energy he gave to various causes wasn't known until his death last week—largely because he preferred to keep his work quiet.
In the days leading up to a large-scale North Carolina furniture tradeshow, the American Society of Interior Designers is pressuring the state to repeal a new law that prevents local municipalities from expanding discrimination protections for LGBT people.
The National Association of Black Journalists and the Poynter Institute have pooled their resources and expertise to launch a tuition-free leadership program to help improve diversity in the digital journalism space.
Africa has a growing economy and burgeoning professional class. What’s missing are professionals leading their industries and opportunities for them to meet. With a new society, Africa is getting serious about association management.
A quickly passed state law in North Carolina that effectively ends local anti-discrimination ordinances affecting the LGBT community has proved hugely controversial with advocacy groups, sports organizations, corporations, and trade groups.
Nineteen percent of franchise owners in the United Kingdom are younger than 30, and a new campaign launched by the British Franchising Association aims to attract more to the industry.
The National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce will begin working to help its members—mostly small businesses—work with MLB teams. The initiative came about thanks in part to a former player who has become the league's primary ambassador for LGBT diversity in recent years.
Check out the fierce competitors in this year's food packing contest. Plus: Explore some of the biggest challenges "diversity chiefs" are facing.
Can't get certain audiences to pay to join your association? Why not get someone else to pay for them? The sponsored-membership model is alive in many forms. Here's how associations are using it.
Moving past the scandal that found the entire leadership structure of FIFA was being scrutinized for wrongdoing, the organization passed a series of reforms last week to fight the corruption issues that had dogged the organization, and voted in a new president to replace the disgraced Sepp Blatter.
This week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg reprimanded his own workers over the response to the Black Lives Matter movement within his company. Also: Instead of making enemies when fighting Shadow IT, make allies.
A proposal the FCC approved last week would allow outside companies to sell cable set-top boxes to consumers, but cable and telecom groups are critical because of their concerns over competition and privacy.
The Brewers Association attempts to introduce Peyton Manning to beers not named Budweiser. Plus: All those new trends may not be new at all.
With the launch of its new Markets Institute, the World Wildlife Fund hopes to improve the sustainability of the world's food supply. And it starts by getting major stakeholders talking.
This week, in an effort to improve diversity in the National Football League, commissioner Roger Goodell announced plans to institute a "Rooney Rule" for women. The rule, which was implemented to require that minority candidates be interviewed for coaching positions, will now be used to require the same for female candidates in executive roles.
A new study sheds light on how much employees value training and development programs. Here's a look at how associations might be able to capitalize on that finding.
Like any important asset, governance needs to be actively managed.
Most people cringe at the word debate, envisioning the personal, divisive attacks of presidential candidates posturing on a public stage. But formal debate can be highly effective for busy leaders faced with complex decisions and ideas, so perhaps it's time to consider a good argument.
As a board leader, what keeps you up at night?
A new role for boards in an age of innovation, according to Boston College's Dean Andy Boynton.
Two minority nursing associations have partnered with CVS Health to better serve their members and their communities.
In the past year, the blogging platform Medium has become increasingly more important as a way to distribute ideas without filtration. That growth—which is most clear in the political sector—highlights the need to think beyond your own websites when it comes to content marketing and advocacy efforts.
The massive user-edited encyclopedia celebrates its 15th birthday in style. Also: A reminder that trade publications are on firmer ground than their general-interest siblings.
Adobe releases its new guide to making the most of your campaigns with online engagement.
The International Solar Alliance, a new organization announced this week at a major climate summit in Paris, drew plaudits from nongovernmental groups, but critics say the plan is merely symbolic considering the scale of the energy crisis.
With emojis more popular than ever—as highlighted by the fact that the Oxford Dictionary's word of the year is a joyfully laughing smiley face—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.
The Chinese American Association of Lexington asks members to get involved and give back to their community.
A new partnership between the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council and the meetings-industry startup Innovation Women hopes to create visibility opportunities for women in the state's technology field—specifically at events.
Tips for picking wine that cater to the popular palate—and your budget.
What does your conference say about who is welcome in your community? Maybe not what you want, if your speakers and attendees all look and sound the same.
Respondents of a new survey from the Internet Marketing Association reported strong benefits of mentorship. Find out some tips for ensuring a successful mentoring relationship.
When people think of libraries, they think of books. But for homeless individuals, they're often a place of refuge. Here's how the American Library Association has helped enable that mission around the country.
Heading to the 2015 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition in Detroit? Get your learning started early with articles and interviews from Sherry Turkle, Josh Linkner, and a variety of Learning Lab speakers.
The Academy of Management’s 75th Annual Meeting kicks off in Canada this week.
A national organization for soccer coaches not only advocates for members as a whole, but aids individual demographic groups as well.
There has never been so much pressure on boards to live up to stakeholder expectations. Most association executives have a book or two on good governance on their shelf. Yet many still ask, “We know what we are supposed to look like, but how do we get there?” A new ASAE Foundation study provides some answers.
Heading to the 2015 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition in Detroit? Get your learning started early with articles and interviews from Sherry Turkle, Josh Linkner, and a variety of Learning Lab speakers.
Colin Cowherd, a popular sports commentator, was fired from his role at ESPN after making comments critical of players hailing from the Dominican Republic. The commentator, who will soon join Fox Sports, faced a strong rebuke from the MLB Players Association's executive director.
This year's ESPY Awards showed off how the power of diversity and inclusion can be leveraged at an event. #Eventprofs should take note. Plus: How to not have another rambling or pointless meeting again.
On healthcare and same-sex marriage alike, trade group and advocacy voices throughout the association world were working overtime to respond to two of the most prominent Supreme Court decisions in recent memory.
Research shows that mothers are still judged more harshly than fathers as they try to juggle work and family responsibilities. Star Jones, president of the National Association of Professional Women, shares her thoughts on the double standard and advice for overcoming it.
Apple took a big step toward boosting diversity at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) yesterday, but the event industry as a whole has a long way to go. Also: Why the mobile-payment takeover could be closer than we all think.
A new app that's drawing comparisons to Tinder reminds associations they need to be deliberate about building connections. Is your organization a matchmaker?
A new report about the makeup of nonprofit boards suggests that the financial industry is gaining a bigger role in nonprofits—and that's causing changes in the way such groups are run. Why's that? Well, those board members want to see results.
Struggling no more? The American Booksellers Association reports a member surge that's driven by indie booksellers—and highlighted by an annual event that finally went national this year.
The American College Health Association opens its 2015 Annual Meeting early next week.
A new study shows that managing work-life balance is getting harder for workers around the world. Not a terribly surprising finding, yet one that shows how workplace dynamics continue to change with greater connectivity and increased demands.
A new Stanford survey delivers some serious criticism of nonprofit governance. But not all is as dire as it seems.
In comments at the group's annual CinemaCon meeting in Las Vegas, the president and CEO of the National Association of Theatre Owners noted that the industry was finding strength by creating roles highlighting gender diversity.
With well-publicized diversity and gender-relations problems, many in the tech community are working to become more inclusive. One example: Some tech conferences are implementing exhibitor dress codes aimed at banning the “booth babe.”
The association startup space is budding just as much as the for-profit space is in Silicon Valley. Check out three examples of new groups that are starting to make an impact on fresh industries.
Consumer Electronics Association CEO Gary Shapiro doesn't get hung up on process when it comes to finding board leaders and getting them ready to lead.
Couldn't make it to this year's ASAE Great Ideas Conference in Orlando? You missed out on a ton of good stuff. But fortunately for you, we have some highlights here, including a sneak peek at a new book focused on millennials.
As part of a recently renewed agreement, the National Society of Black Engineers and the American Society of Civil Engineers are working to retain and support black engineers, through educational and professional development programs, mentoring opportunities, as well as discounts on membership.
The Texas Yoga Conference supports yogis in their quest for self-empowerment. Plus: Black physicists redirect the conversation about scientific leadership.
With the company's proposed $45 billion merger with Time Warner Cable under regulatory scrutiny, associations and advocacy groups in the technology and cable sectors are ramping up their lobbying efforts.
A organization's effort to improve gender parity on boards uses a surprising and effective strategy---and one practically tailored for associations.
Why market research is important to do before you dive too deep into building that private hub for your members. Also: The value of gamification at events.
A new survey reveals which airlines can provide you with WiFi that actually works. Plus: A new Twitter chat on culture emerges.
A Boston accelerator brings community members together to discuss ways to improve and expand use of technology to improve education. Plus: A water conservation group chooses a venue that underscores its values.
New research from the Society for Human Resource Management indicates that only about a third of organizations are preparing for a workforce that skews older. Find out why recruiting, retaining, and capitalizing on the know-how of older workers makes good business sense.
A new survey of associations on their membership performance shows some still lack a clear view of vital membership statistics like retention, engagement, and market share.
The American Petroleum Institute's latest State of American Energy report isn't just focused on the fundamentals this time around. The report gives significant air to wind, solar, and other kinds of energy beyond fossil fuels—complete with the help of organizations in these sectors.
The American Mathematical Society and the Mathematical Association of America demonstrate math’s wide-ranging influence at its Joint Meetings.
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.
From diversity to globalization to governance, a few big themes from the past year---and challenges for the next one.
In a change reflecting a larger push towards diversity in the cruise industry, Cruise Line Industry Association head Christine Duffy is leaving the association space to become the president of Carnival Cruise Line—becoming that company's first female president ever.
Groups make mistakes for a variety of reasons. Fixing the problem often starts with the person leading the group.
As it looks to strengthen the talent pipeline for the tech industry, one nonprofit partnered with Anna and Elsa, the stars of Disney’s Frozen, to develop a program aimed at getting more young girls coding.
Women are speaking up to address the gender gap in associations, which is good news. But effective solutions demand that the men in power pay attention as well. Running an organization is tough enough without the unsolicited fashion advice. Last week, the New York Times‘ Adam Bryant, who conducts regular Q&As with executives, put a […]
Although trade groups appear to be largely supportive of a solution to the immigration issue, some groups are concerned that President Obama's executive action may have poisoned the Congressional well.
Two high-profile journalism organizations are working together to offer a free academy designed to teach women the skills needed to be leaders in digital media.
A new survey of more than 1,000 nonprofit board directors and CEOs reveals that boards could stand to improve their fundraising performance and attention to diversity. But boards got high marks for advancing missions and for carrying out technical tasks such as financial and legal oversight.
The late Washington Post editor appeared to the world as a larger-than-life figure. But his life also contained plenty of practical lessons for any exec.
While the consortium that manages the networking standard behind the internet's backbone wants to keep modern standards fast, it's aiming for new standards that balance that speed with real-world applications.
A frequent volunteer moves to a new part of the country and underscores the importance of accommodation for nonprofits. Plus: Predictions on 2015's tech trends.
While few associations are totally bailing on the traditional RFP-and-review-committee model to develop conference content, pressure to innovate is building. Many organizations are unleashing content planners to venture into new methods of creating the learning experiences today’s attendees demand. The kicker? Sometimes less is more.
Highlights from the ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition in the Music City.
The American Planning Association's annual Great Places in America list highlights examples of beautiful, well-planned community hubs. Check out the list to see whether your city made the cut.
You can't rely on your volunteers all the time to get your members motivated—your staffers have to do the job too, even if they're not membership pros. Also: Microsoft introduces a new—and very snazzy—member to the Office family.
Conference venues step up to help create greener meetings.
One mentor/mentee pair share their perspective about the tactics to forge a rewarding mentor relationship.
In recent comments by its leader, the Aerospace Industries Association admits that it's struggling to encourage diversity in its field, on top of getting younger generations interested in the first place. It's not without ideas, however, as its annual contest proves.
Is the secret to Apple’s success its small board size? Perhaps. But it takes more than numbers to make sure your governance runs like clockwork. Everybody’s watching Apple again. Forgive the pun, but it seems appropriate. The company’s attention-getting announcement last week of its entry into the smartwatch business has relaunched a discussion about what it is […]
The American Bar Association House of Delegates declared last week that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people have a human right to be free of discrimination. The group called for the repeal of discriminatory laws around the world.
It seems obvious, but a lack of rapid progress underscores the need to underline a simple fact: Organizations need to put a greater focus on hiring women for leadership roles. Plus: Video app Vine becomes more receptive to adding older film clips.
Taking a new team approach, Baltimore, San Antonio, and Anaheim, California, will combine resources to offer meeting planners a one-stop-shop for all three destinations.
Microsoft changes its strategy on Internet Explorer support to encourage its customers to use the latest versions. Also: A sneak peek of what #ASAE15 attendees should expect from Detroit.
While the pace and complexity of today's business environment makes seeing and planning for the future more difficult than ever, association leaders can take a few cues from some of the world's best decision makers. Author Noreena Hertz, closing out the 2014 ASAE Annual Meeting, explained how.
The IRS backtracks on proposed political activity rules for nonprofits.
A diversity expert points out an acting legend's role in the civil rights movement. Also: Association management comes to Reddit (finally).
Last week, pop parodist "Weird Al" Yankovic took over the internet with a series of clever music videos. Behind those videos, however, was the kind of content marketing strategy we're all trying to create for ourselves.
Dallas Police Chief David Brown said in a recent interview that the city would be better served by having one united police association, instead of its current four groups. The race-based associations involved said they just aren’t ready for that yet.
The Federal Communications Commission, citing website downtime, extends the final deadline for public comments on its open-internet proposal. Also: Years later, Google+ gives in on nicknames.
A group of female craft brewers in Michigan hope to build the industry diversity by launching a new association starting next month—complete with a selection of new brews.
Not long after it opened up about its lack of staff diversity, Google has launched a program aimed at closing the gender gap in Silicon Valley. Several associations are helping the company spread the word to girls about why coding is cool.
The president's directive, which will apply to all federal contractors, will mark another milestone in protections for LGBT workers. A leading association in the space, however, worries that the move could send the wrong message about their equality record.
Aiming to boost opportunities for women in a field long dominated by men, the Hedge Fund Association is offering six months of free membership to women hedge fund professionals. The offer comes as the group adds three new women leaders in top executive positions.
One meetings pro says companies are increasingly interested in ROI, not brand saturation, at events. Also: what to consider when launching a scholarship at your association.
Adding to the conversation on generational diversity, an HR consultant shares tips on how to handle challenges around managing four generations in the workplace.a
Could your next great idea come from a hackathon? Taking a note from the tech world, organizations are realizing the value in this intense, collaborative type of group problem solving.
Coordinate group activities or chat with your friends, relatives, and coworkers with this social networking app.
The word “disruption” doesn’t always need to have a negative connotation. In fact, it can benefit your association’s industry and the tradeshows and meetings it holds, according to some leading event executives.
After receiving a record-setting number of public comments on a single rule, the Internal Revenue Service and Treasury Department announced they will rewrite a proposed rule that would govern political activities conducted by 501(c)(4) social welfare groups.
According to a new white paper analyzing this year's Super Bowl ads, the things that work well on TV don't necessarily translate to the way the viral web works.
Associations who think their event speaker rosters are all set might want to take another look. Is your cast of contributors and thought leaders as diverse as it could be?
When parents take time away from building their careers to raise families, it can be a challenge for them to get back into the workforce. But an approach that's gaining popularity in the financial world could help them reacclimate.
The Mozilla Foundation CEO's ill-fated tenure was the result of a cultural mismatch. But gay marriage was only part of it.
You can't lead your association without considering your wellness—and it's about more than health.
Six years after Brendan Eich made a $1,000 donation in support of passing Proposition 8, California's since-overturned same-sex marriage ban, flak over the contribution has the new Mozilla CEO facing questions about his ability to lead the nonprofit software project. It's led the organization to re-emphasize its commitment to equality.
New regulations implemented by the U.S. Department of Labor that encourage the hiring of employees with disabilities could be a catalyst for doing something similar within your own organization.
It’s a sign of the times: There are more history Ph.D.s than jobs for history professors. With a new grant, the American Historical Association is expanding its initiative to create more professional opportunities for history doctorates outside of academia.
While many nonprofits are planning to hire new staff in 2014, the sector is largely lacking when it comes to implementing formal recruitment strategies, according to a new study. Find out why greater investment in talent management could help nonprofits better achieve their missions.
Millennial habits could pose a unique challenge for association membership efforts, but don't let that prevent you from reaching out with methods perfectly tailored to their habits.
A science-focused association is looking to kickstart its inception with free memberships.
A nonprofit named for the first black coach in NFL history says efforts to ban a racial slur's use on the field are showing success. The potential rule change could provide an opportunity for organizations at large to consider their diversity policies.
Facebook worked with a number of LGBT advocacy groups to compile a list of more than 50 terms for people to use to describe their gender identity.
While the overwhelming majority of Fortune 500 companies are still lagging in female representation in leadership positions, associations can learn a thing or two from the few dozen that are making it easier for women to climb the executive ladder.
Some boards have what it takes to consistently perform at the highest level—and the best have qualities in common. Here’s what the highest-performing boards can tell us about good governance.
The Cultural Inclusion Project in Lawrence, Massachusetts, aims to train Latino professionals and pair them with nonprofits that are trying to build boards that better represent the community.
The FAA's recent decision on test sites for unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, gave six different states a big win for future industry growth—but even some of the losing bids sounded pretty upbeat about future prospects.
Partnerships are great, but the needs of your organizations might not match up forever. A recent split between associations in the world of financial valuation underlines this point.
Supporting diversity, stoking innovation, and building partnerships were all essential parts of the CEO's toolkit in 2013.
How your brand engagement strategy translates to your employee satisfaction techniques. Plus: Broaching the topic of your workplace’s generational differences.
Looking for a unique way to showcase your state or region’s assets? Capitalize on new technology like Visit Florida and its partner Google Maps, which captured more than 7.5 million images of the state’s beaches to help promote tourism.
Leadership gurus have been preaching the gospel of "data-driven decision making" for years. But good decisions still involve much more than running the numbers.
How the Thurgood Marshall College Fund turns bright students into polished professionals.
Most associations generate content and select speakers through call for proposals. Is it the best way to find the most knowledgeable and diverse speakers, or should the process be eliminated—or at least rethought?
Jack Dorsey, who helped build Twitter and Square, on the share-happy culture around Square's meetings. Also: How one tech conference solved its diversity problem.
The sad reality of workplace bullying. Plus: Ideas for social media fundraising.
The National Funeral Directors Association's recent death care competition, featured at its recent annual meeting, hopes to rethink life after death with an array of unusual takes on burial.
It's a tough question: What's the job of the CEO? Here's a look at three parts of the answer.
A newly released German Convention Bureau study revealed big trends shaping the global meetings industry. What are the implications for associations in the years ahead?
A global language industry trade association has partnered with the EU to promote several new language acquisition programs. Supporters say the efforts will help boost European economic success.
Diversity sparks innovation, new research says. But what sparks diversity? It may be leaders who are willing to question their assumptions.
A survey of roughly 800 finance executives shows some of the ways the finance professional’s career path is changing in light of expanding global markets and shifting business priorities.
After a controversial letter denouncing homosexuality showed up in a prestigious engineering journal, the American Society for Engineering Education found its own leadership criticizing the letter's publication.
What are your organization's international challenges? Make a point to get all your leaders from around the world in the same room, as this association does.
The Entertainment Software Association notes that more schools than ever are offering dedicated video game classes and degree programs. The industry group is working on education initiatives of its own, too.
After wrestling was removed from the core sports program of the Summer Olympics seven months ago, the sport’s international body made drastic changes to keep it relevant. Its work paid off when wrestling was voted back into the Games over the weekend.
Busy schedule? Try to focus on three tasks each day. Also: An index for measuring innovation.
According to neuroscientific research, exercise and sun exposure can increase brain activity. Also: Why highly diverse teams are the most productive.
Author Susan Cain shows how business, meetings can better balance the contributions of introverts and extroverts alike.
When boards assess their own work, where do they tend to improve, and where do they struggle? A recent study by the ASAE Foundation sheds light on these questions.
Diversity at the top is rare, and so is strong support for those leaders once they become CEOs. A close look at your board makeup can help.
Zoo Atlanta, which received the International Conservation Award from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums last year for its efforts in preserving giant pandas, welcomed twin cubs this week.
Ralph Albert Thomas, CEO and executive director, New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants, answers questions from NJSCPA member Emily Vu.
Why associations need to cultivate conflict, according to Association Executive Management's David M. Patt.
We want millennials, but we don’t know how to get them. Read on for recommendations for appealing to millennials.
The international organization, which works to help people gain confidence in their public speaking skills, can also help new graduates master the art of the job interview.
Abercrombie & Fitch's decision not to sell or market clothing to plus-size consumers has provoked the National Eating Disorders Association to lead a boycott of the fashion retailer.
With next-generation gaming systems dominating the industry buzz, a study from the Entertainment Software Association finds that gaming isn't just a male pastime: More women are picking up the controllers. But sexism is still an issue for the industry.
The Association of Transgender Professionals will work to promote greater acceptance of gender expression at work. Research has shown that a majority of these employees often feel mistreated in the workplace.
A new report by the Asia Society found that companies looking to better engage their Asian-American employees should ensure that they feel accepted at work.
Tina Matsuoka, executive director, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, answers questions from NAPABA member Michael Yim.
If you're struggling to keep track of all the passwords you need to know, iPassword could help you keep everything in line.
Tips for navigating ASAE’s 2013 Annual Meeting & Exposition for rookies and veterans alike.
With previous standards often leaving signficicant gaps in admissions, the Association of American Medical Colleges' Holistic Review Project is helping to improve diversity by moving beyond standardized test scores.
It may have been a conference about content monetization, but last week's paidContent Live 2013 shined an important light on personalization, risk, innovation and diversity—things your association should know a thing or two about.
Rosa Aronson, Ph.D., CAE, executive director, TESOL International Association, answers questions from TESOL member LaWanna Shelton.
The true value of your association lies in the membership offerings, not just the mission. Also: How to prepare your conference for a culturally diverse group of attendees.
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg has launched a national conversation about women and corporate leadership. The numbers show that associations need to be talking as well.
One association's embezzlement case, and lessons from a leader who's been there. Also: An online tool which might help you make the case for diverse panels.
Even with the unexpected resignation of its spiritual leader, the Catholic Church has a system in place to swiftly install the next pontiff. What can associations learn from it?
During the American Bar Association's Midyear Meeting, the group held a ceremony honoring lawyers who champion gay-rights causes in their work.
Employment is expected to grow in the nonprofit sector, but groups have room for improvement in their human resources practices, according to a recent survey.
The Entrepreneurs’ Organization’s new governance system stretches to meet the needs of members all over the planet.
Immigration reform has taken center stage on the legislative agenda. Associations can use this opportunity to help shape the national conversation—and find new ways to build member engagement.
What does the average trade show attendee look like? A new report from CEIR details some findings.
Three of the most powerful lobbying groups in Washington could prove the driving force behind making immigration reform happen in 2013.
According to a new survey from Deloitte and the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals, communication is becoming more important among board members.
Through the work of Frank Fahrenkopf, the head of the American Gaming Association who's stepping down later this year, the association became a force in Washington and internationally. Here's how.
Some meeting planners are skipping Arizona when booking meetings—a trend that hospitality officials are linking to the state’s tough immigration statute.
The argument in favor of bigger volunteer leader association boards.
Gabriel Eckert, CAE of the Building Owners and Managers Association of Georgia recommends not letting the data over-influence your association board decisions.
Here’s our take on a year-end staple. What’s on your list?
While a diversity of innovative, often disruptive ideas defined 2012 in the tech world, all of them, in their own way, follow the decentralized ethos of cloud computing.
Visit any association and you'll see the same core sets of benefits — and similar member benefits. Is that good or bad?
The Council of Michigan Foundations’ diversity and inclusion initiative gets a boost from a popular leadership program. In just its second year, the Council of Michigan Foundations’ free workshop, “Passing the Leadership Baton: Effective Nonprofit and Philanthropic Leadership Transitions in Communities of Color,” drew over 150 participants last month and provided mid-level professionals from diverse […]
Why the Association of YMCA Professionals cut the size of its board members in half.
How Campaign Monitor's latest app makes building email subscriber lists at events a cinch. Also: Facebook's plan to appease marketers.
The perception of being leadership material goes a long way — though diversity issues may play a factor — a new study on executive presence says.
The controversy at Gallaudet University involving their chief diversity officer is something associations should tune-in to and learn from.
According to a study by the GSM Association, Americans pay as much as ten times more for 4G LTE data access than Europeans do.
Three leaders setting the path for associations as a whole: Highlights from our September/October 2012 cover story, "Exec of the Future."
In his new role as chief diversity and inclusion officer at the United States Tennis Association, D.A. Abrams, CAE, is working to change the face of the game—and make the business case for D&I in associations.
Leadership is constantly evolving, says the University of Maryland’s Maggie Elgin. Future leaders better get used to it.
DELP scholars celebrate their successes over a weekend in Detroit.
This week’s Emerging Minority Leaders Conference is part of the National Parent Teacher Association’s push to develop leaders that reflect its community.
AIGA, the professional association for design, and the American Alliance of Museums have unveiled tiered memberships aimed at casting a wider net in diversifying professions.