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Rachel Daeger, CAE

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Discovering Your Leadership Strengths

Posted by Rachel Daeger, CAE on Sep 6, 2017 12:01:00 PM

"Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other."

- John F. Kennedy

ISAE’s Leadership Retreat on September 15 is a full day of learning that will put new tools in the hands of association CEOs, VPs, and Directors.

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Topics: Leadership, Career, professional development

How Cloud Solutions Drive Results for Association Membership

Posted by Rachel Daeger, CAE on Nov 25, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Thank you to Jason Firch of OSIbeyond for sharing this blog post on how cloud solutions drive results for association membership. The article starts with an ode to the typewriter and it put me in mind of the first time I assembled the annual printed directory of 3,000 members — one keystroke at a time. That prompted me to purchase an Amstrad home computer with two floppy drives and no hard drive to build my own database. My first step towards the cloud.

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Topics: Association, membership, digital technology

Six Minutes of Solitude from Digital Technology

Posted by Rachel Daeger, CAE on Nov 18, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Can you do it? Can you sit still and do nothing for six minutes or would you resort to giving yourself an electric shock to pass the time? Have digital technology and our personal electronic devices really made us so fearful of spending time with our own thoughts and dismissive of the feelings of others?

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Topics: Association, Success, Career, digital technology

10 Ideas for Your Next Staff Retreat

Posted by Rachel Daeger, CAE on Oct 21, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Raybourn Group International (RGI) hosts a staff retreat each year. Our staff looks forward to the day-long event especially since a quarter of the staff works remotely. Writing as a participant, not the planner, I wanted to share 10 activities from past RGI retreats that I have enjoyed.

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From 2,000 to 50,000: Increasing CompTIA’s Reach and Relevance with Open-Access Membership Model

Posted by Rachel Daeger, CAE on Oct 14, 2015 12:00:00 PM

I will admit this title captured my interest while scanning the sessions at ASAE’s Annual Meeting. As someone who would love having a two percent growth in membership the idea of a 2,400 percent increase is unimaginable! Nancy Hammervik from CompTIA graciously provided the following recap of her session but I’ll add a few thoughts first.

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10 Tips to Help You Prepare for the Certified Association Exeuctive (CAE) Exam

Posted by Rachel Daeger, CAE on Sep 16, 2015 12:00:00 PM

“Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.” – Mary Shelley, author

I am someone who needs to take small steps to make a change. I remember when I wanted to start an exercise program. My first step was to walk into the gym. Just walk in and walk back out. That was my small step to a big change. Deciding to obtain your Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation is another big change but fortunately it too can be broken into small steps. The other piece of good news is that you will not be tackling this change alone. There are legions of current CAEs ready and willing to help.  So let’s get started.

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Topics: Association, CAE, Certified Association Executive Exam

5 Questions with Marcy McKinley

Posted by Rachel Daeger, CAE on Jul 1, 2015 12:00:00 PM

I sat down with Marcy McKinley, director of sales and marketing at the Grand Wayne Convention Center and the 2014 STAR Award winner for Individual Supplier of the Year. Since ISAE's Annual Convention is just around the corner, I asked her questions about her career, hosting convention in 2014 and the art of suspension.

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Topics: Association, Associations, Annual Convention, STAR Awards

What I Learned from My Peers

Posted by Rachel Daeger, CAE on Oct 8, 2014 12:00:00 PM

For nearly my entire career, I’ve worked as a communication department of one. That made brainstorming a little tough. When trying to explain my challenges to my co-workers, whether it was media relations, advertising buys or writer’s block, my questions were met with blank stares. This is one reason I became involved in professional associations early in my career, just so I could spend a few hours a month surrounded by my peers.

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Topics: Social Media, Communication, Association, Marketing, Learning, Associations, Career

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