One of the top attractions of ISAE’s Annual Convention is the variety of educational sessions that will be available. As you make your plans to travel to Muncie July 17–18, we know you are asking yourself, “What’s in it for me?” This year’s lineup of speakers has an answer to this, and lots of other questions you may be asking yourself. Check out these convention highlights.
Q: It feels like I am working with my grandpa and my kids, in addition to people my own age. How can I get everyone on the same page, and get productive?
A: Attend Fusion: Leading Multi-Generational Teams presented by Mitch Isaacs and Tisha Gierhart of Shafer Leadership Academy. No, we are not offering a family reunion, but this deep dive session will help you work better with all of the generations—especially the ones you are not part of.
Q: What would it take to have a more meaningful and satisfying professional or personal life?
A: This is a question for the ages. Find out the answer at Listen Up! Ignite Your Communication Skills presented by Pam Burks of Pam Speaks!. Using stories, illustrations and humor Pam will teach you the art of listening and how to apply it to solve whatever issues you may be facing.
Q: I am getting slammed with new regulations, but I just don’t have the resources for lobbying, advocacy or any other form of outreach that would help me serve my members better in this environment. Is there anything I can do?
A: You are not alone! Many association executives are in this boat. The session Small Staffs Can Do Advocacy Too, presented by Bradley Coffey of the American Alliance of Orthopaedic Executives (AAOE), offers a case study that will let you see how AAOE developed a governmental affairs department, and offer tools and resources to help you do the same.
Q: My board turns over often. How can I do my best work with them, but keep the pipeline strong so I am not constantly starting over with the new directors?
A: Be sure to attend the session that’s all about “roles and goals.” In Building a Rock-Solid Board/CEO/Staff/Partnership, author David Westman will identify best practices for building working relationships between association leadership and key member/leaders before and after they join the board of directors.
Bonus Answer: To do your best work with the current board, you can learn about board orientation, continuing education and board member mentoring in the session Maximizing Member Leader Competency, which is also presented by David Westman.