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Innovation in Event & Program Design

Posted by Kim Harwood on Oct 25, 2017 9:15:00 AM

At last week’s Trend Camp, Keynote Michael Miserendino, President of GravityDrive, and the “TED talk” presentation team focused on innovation in member and user experience when designing events and educational programs. For those of you who missed the Trend Camp last week in Carmel, we have captured a few key takeaways from the camp in this post.

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Topics: Association Management, Association Executives, events, Innovation, Trends, Association trends, UX, Design, Event Planning, Meetings

From the Winner’s Circle: 5 Tips for Submitting a STAR Award

Posted by Ashley Roy on Oct 18, 2017 7:45:00 AM

The ISAE Annual STAR Awards program is always a great event to celebrate the accomplishments of our industry and connect with fellow professionals from around the state.

We spoke to past STAR Awardees Sarah Eller, Sigma Kappa Sorority, and Kim Dodson, The Arc of Indiana, for some insight into why participating is important.

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Topics: Association Management, Association Executives, STAR Awards, events

Trying to Figure Out the Latest Trends? Use ASAE ForesightWorks

Posted by Katherine Mandusic Finley, Ph.D., CAE, CFRE, CMP on Oct 11, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Developed by the ASAE Foundation, ForesightWorks is an ongoing project which focuses on environmental scanning and trends. However, this is far more than just a list of the newest trends. For each trend, ASAE produces an "action brief"  summarizing the trend and forecasting the trend’s future effects.

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Topics: Association Management, Leadership, Association Executives, Learning, Trends, Association trends, tools

Young Leaders Take a Chance to Learn & Grow

Posted by Alyssa DelPrete on Oct 4, 2017 10:40:00 AM

As young professionals stand at the starting line of their careers, many searching for the experiences and opportunities that will lead them to success. Young people who belong to professional associations have a unique opportunity to become leaders by getting involved in volunteer groups. While seasoned association members may appear better suited to serve as volunteer leaders, young members who take the leap and step into these roles have the chance to grow their experience and skills while making important industry connections.

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Topics: Association Management, Leadership, Association Executives, Career, Learning, Young Professionals, Early Career

If Horton Can Hear a Who, a CEO Can Spot a Good Writermacallit.

Posted by Michael E. Fitzgerald, CAE on Sep 27, 2017 9:00:00 AM

A great deal of the image your professional or trade association projects is dependent on the quality of your publications, blast emails, marketing flyers, convention programs, dues notices and other communications vehicles. To a significant degree, association members and the public judge how professional your association is based on how well-written these vehicles are.

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Topics: Association Management, Leadership, Association Executives, Career, Learning, Writing, Writers, Communication, Hiring Strategies

10 Things I Wish I Knew Before Becoming an Association Executive

Posted by Kathy Finley, CAE on Sep 20, 2017 1:30:00 PM

A career as an association executive is often something people fall into, without much thought to pre-planning and developing the unqiue skill sets needed for such a niche industry. If instead you're planning ahead, good for you! Here are the 10 things that I wish I had known when I started this journey. 

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Topics: Association Management, Leadership, Association Executives, Career, Learning

Houdini’s Help with My Association Cyber Security Audit

Posted by Jay Dziwlik, MBA, CAE on Oct 19, 2016 12:00:00 PM

How secure is secure? One of my childhood heroes is Harry Houdini. You know, the handcuff king, Chinese water torture escape artist and famous magician. I spent hours trying to pick locks and break out of my closet with just a hair pin and my wits.

Houdini helped me recently as an association manager when the topic of cyber security audit came up. The police departments around the country and world thought their jails were secure and then Houdini showed up. “How secure is secure?” is a different question than “How secure is the jail Houdini is in?”

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Topics: Association Executives, digital technology, Cyber security

Top 10 LinkedIn Dos and Don’ts

Posted by Kayla Jenkins on Jul 20, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Want to expand your network and cultivate new connections? LinkedIn is the perfect site for you! But be warned: LinkedIn can be a tricky road to navigate if you’re new to the platform or don’t know how to use it. Fact is, many people don’t have proper LinkedIn etiquette and it’s hindering their networking potential. Here are the Top 10 dos and don’ts of LinkedIn so you can have an All-Star account and grow your brand.

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Topics: Career, Association Executives, Social Media

Ask the Exec: How to Become an Association Executive

Posted by Patti Overton on Jul 6, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Are you aspiring to be a future association executive? Or are you just starting out on your career path and wondering how other leaders ended up where they are today? Here are some tips from a couple of ISAE’s very own executive directors.

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Topics: Career, Association Executives, Young Professionals

Thoughts on What it Takes to Lead as a Nonprofit CEO

Posted by Kim Paugh, CAE on Jun 15, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Being a nonprofit CEO/executive director is no easy task. The CEO is responsible for moving the organization through obstacles towards an ever-changing preferred future for the organization and its members. For those currently in this role or those who aspire to get there, here are few thoughts on successful leadership for you to ponder.

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Topics: Leadership, Association Executives, Leadership Strategies, Nonprofit

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