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5 Takeaways from the 2018 ISAE Convention

Posted by Ashley Roy on Jul 25, 2018 11:15:00 AM

We had a wonderful time last week in Noblesville for the 2018 ISAE Convention. The location was great, Top Golf was a fun outing and we had wonderful speakers spanning the industry. I now know that I cross my arms too much and that coloring outside the lines means you’re a free spirit and creative thinker - not messy.

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Topics: education, Annual Convention

Deep Dives and Breakouts and Peer Learning…Oh my!

Posted by Ashley Roy on Jul 12, 2018 10:48:59 AM

Regardless of where you are in your career as an association professional, the ISAE Annual Convention offers relevant education in a variety of formats. Building stronger leaders who lead stronger associations is the goal, and the topics offered at this year’s convention are sure to do that.

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Topics: Annual Convention

Top Five Reasons to Attend the ISAE Convention

Posted by Melissa Heeke, CAE on Jun 26, 2018 11:15:00 AM

The annual convention provides the relevant education and networking opportunities to help association professionals at all levels (not just the top staff position) emerge as more confident leaders and demonstrates that ISAE builds stronger leaders who lead stronger associations. If you have never attended an ISAE convention, I hope to give you ample reasons and encouragement to make this year your first year to participate.
  1. Colleagues, Peers, and Friends - The ISAE convention is big enough that I can always meet someone new and small enough to be able to enjoy learning and hanging out with longtime friends. Peers from micro-staffed associations to some of the largest national and international associations will be in attendance to learn and share.

  2. Convenient Hamilton Co. Location - This year’s convention will be held at the beautiful new Embassy Suites by Hilton in Noblesville. The all-suites hotel just opened its doors for business in early June, which will make our group one of the very first to enjoy the space.

    Side note for Central Indiana association professionals: Even though Embassy Suites in Noblesville is close enough for you to “commute,” to make the most of the convention experience commit to staying for the duration. Making the mental shift into learning mode can be challenging. Another excellent benefit to being so close to home is that ISAE now offers a “closing reception only” ticket so you can invite association friends and significant others to attend. I have invited my husband as a guest that evening and look forward to introducing him to my association colleagues as we wrap up the convention with the CAE Reception, Young Professionals Pre-Game, and the Closing Bash!
  1. Finally Getting to Top Golf - ISAE will be taking full advantage of the hotel’s proximity to Top Golf Fishers with the convention kick-off party on Monday night. (No worries, there will be shuttle service to/from the event.) This means that many of us will finally get to experience Top Golf!

  2. Learning from Experts and Peers - I’m especially looking forward to learning from experts in Monday’s in-depth Deep Dive sessions and Tuesday’s keynote presentations while learning from my association peers in those breakout sessions in between. The convention schedule has been cleverly designed to complete the educational line up with a peer-to-peer learning lab, so we have the opportunity to share our experiences and “ah-ha moments” with one another before wrapping up for the day. As a bonus: Attendees earn up to 10 CAE credits!

  3. Competitive and Collaborative Networking Opportunities – All attendees will have an option to join the annual cornhole tournament or participate in the community service project. No matter your style, Monday afternoon is an excellent opportunity to socialize with your peers. Though I’ve never played in the tournament, I’ve heard that the cornhole tournament can get a little competitive. Fear not; you have plenty of time to brush up on the America Cornhole Association’s official rules! While significantly less competitive, the community service project affords attendees the opportunity to feel good knowing that we have done good in our host community. This year that means that we’ll be working with the Good Samaritan Network to assemble hygiene kits for the Hamilton County Co-Op. So, while the rest of the convention is business casual, be sure to bring along some comfortable (and cool) clothing for Monday afternoon’s activities!

If you’re in the association space, regardless of your career stage or experience level, the ISAE convention will provide you with the opportunities to learn from and engage with peers who share the same acronym-laden language.

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Topics: Annual Convention

Avoid Bright Shiny Object/Rusty Piece of Junk Syndromes

Posted by Katherine Mandusic Finley, Ph.D., CAE, CFRE, CMP on Jun 21, 2018 11:11:00 AM

Board and committees often propose projects that they claim will bring in lots of money, won’t require any money or staff time, are horribly complicated and misguided, and divert staff and money from other important projects. In short, the board or committee (or even staff) focuses on the “bright shiny object” to the detriment of other programs and services. The reverse of this scenario is when projects don’t produce money nor do they keep or retain members (and may not even be in line with the organization’s mission), but the board refuses to terminate them. Then those once shiny objects become rusty pieces of junk costing the association resources and staff time but not helping increase revenue or visibility of the association.

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How to Respond to a Cyber Breach

Posted by Dawn Sparks on Jun 20, 2018 12:02:05 PM

You just opened your seventh Updates to our Terms of Services email this week and a few paragraphs in, you realize that something is off—that’s the second misspelled word in as many paragraphs.


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Preparing for GDPR at Your Association

Posted by Callie Walker, MemberClicks on Jun 6, 2018 1:25:00 PM

If you’re in the association space, it’s hard to go a week without hearing the term “GDPR” thrown around. That’s because the enforcement date is quickly approaching: May 25.

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Topics: Associations, membership, Association Management, GDPR, data

Young Professionals and Associations – Opportunities to Learn and Grow

Posted by Alyssa DelPrete on May 23, 2018 2:08:00 PM

If you told me at my college graduation that I would have a job at an association a little over a year later, I would have responded with a very confused look and many questions. As an English major, I had tested out a few different career paths through internships in my quest to determine my ultimate passion, but associations weren’t on my radar. It was pure luck that brought me to my current position at the American Alliance of Orthopaedic Executives (AAOE).

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Topics: Networking, Associations, Young Professionals, careers

Why Should You Bother with Online Learning?

Posted by Melanie Foursha on May 9, 2018 2:22:00 PM

I think the real question is why wouldn’t you insist on having online learning available for your association? Online learning offers several important perks for your members plus undeniable benefits for your staff and association. Here are 3 significant benefits to providing online learning at your association.

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Topics: Learning, online education, Webinar

Are Your Association’s Educational Webinars Getting as Much Engagement as They Should?

Posted by Alyssa DelPrete on Apr 25, 2018 12:00:00 PM

Education is a major member benefit. Offering educational webinars throughout the year helps members stay on top of industry trends and gain key knowledge and skills they need to succeed in their careers. They provide members with year-round education and can keep members engaged with your association. Are your association’s webinars keeping members engaged?

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Topics: membership, Engagement, Webinar

Engage to Maintain: How to Keep Your Members Active

Posted by Melanie Foursha on Apr 11, 2018 1:00:00 PM

New members understand the benefits of your association; otherwise they would not have recently joined. Now you, as an association, need to invest the time to make sure that the new member feels engaged and encouraged to participate early in their membership. New members are at a higher risk of not renewing than those members that have been with you for several years.

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Topics: membership, Millennials, Member Recruitment and Retention

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