Lessons From 20 Years of Association Leadership

By |2021-10-01T09:56:41-05:00September 30th, 2021|

Milestone anniversaries are a time to reflect on the past and to think about the future. I’ve recently reached the milestone of 20 years serving as the Chief Executive Officer (originally Executive Director) of my first association management client, the Pedorthic Association of Canada. I am proud to say [...]

Rewarding Your Association Members with Awards

By |2021-09-16T11:34:39-05:00September 16th, 2021|

There are many exciting ways to engage the members of your association, whether it’s by involving them as volunteers or engaging them at events. Creating an award program for the members of your association - regardless of their professional field or industry - can be very beneficial. Everyone wants [...]

Migration Complete – Moving Your Membership Database to a New Platform

By |2021-08-26T12:12:09-05:00August 26th, 2021|

Have you ever taken a step back to consider whether your association membership database is performing at its peak for members? Have you thought about how migration to a new database could help increase workflow and productivity? Most importantly, is it user-friendly for your members? Migration can be simple [...]

Ensuring a Smooth Transition of Association Staff

By |2021-07-29T13:31:24-05:00July 29th, 2021|

In the association world, executive directors/Chief Staff Officers come and go. Sometimes it does not make sense to continue a relationship with an Executive Director for a variety of reasons and other times an association realizes the potential for excellence by making a change. In this article I’ll be [...]

The Best of Both Worlds: Utilizing the Strengths of Virtual and In-Person Meetings

By |2021-07-15T14:30:44-05:00July 15th, 2021|

Over the past year we have all adjusted to working in the virtual space. We made refinements to how we collaborated with colleagues, association boards, committees, or task forces. The transition from in person meetings to the virtual space was not easy. Now that the pandemic is winding down, [...]

Preparing to Change Membership Database Systems for an Association

By |2021-07-08T11:46:53-05:00July 8th, 2021|

Membership databases play a crucial role for the success of any association. Keeping track of membership information is important for organization and billing purposes. Most associations utilize some sort of membership system; whether it’s an online website, or the old school file cabinet, the information is kept somewhere. If [...]

Social Media for Associations – Maximize Engagement and Visibility

By |2021-06-30T10:54:54-05:00June 30th, 2021|

One of the easiest ways for associations to keep their members updated on all the goings-on in their field or industry is through social media. Facebook and LinkedIn are great tools for connecting with members and sharing information, while Twitter and Instagram work well for generating buzz around events [...]

Investing for Associations: How to Handle Your Cash

By |2021-06-18T08:52:28-05:00June 17th, 2021|

As an association management company, we are interested in presenting our clients with smart financial options. One thing we consistently monitor is when associations have enough cash to take advantage of some investment options. Circumstances can change quickly, certainly during the current economic state of the market, so these [...]

Boards and Ethical Decision Making

By |2021-06-03T10:41:57-05:00June 3rd, 2021|

In an everchanging world, it’s important that an association’s board of directors prioritizes adapting to change. Creating an ethically sound process for board rulings, whether minor or major, is vital. I will be breaking down a strategy of using an ethical decision-making framework highlighted in the Directorprep.com article, “Ethics [...]

Board Chair, Doing it Right!

By |2021-05-27T11:22:14-05:00May 27th, 2021|

What does it take to be a good board chair? What skill set do you need and who do you partner with to fulfill the Vision & Mission of your association? The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and the Canadian Society of Association Executives (CSAE) provide training sessions [...]

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