How To Keep Virtual Board Meetings Engaging

By |2021-06-24T11:37:43-05:00June 24th, 2021|

It has been over a year since association board members from around the country have been able to hold in-person board meetings due to the pandemic. Boards are growing fatigued from the lack of interaction among members and are missing out on important aspects of association leadership. For example, [...]

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 [...]

Ready to Be a Successful Board Leader?

By |2021-04-29T11:03:30-05:00April 29th, 2021|

You have been nominated and are now a newly appointed board member. You were either recruited for your skillset or you volunteered for this position because you have a passionate desire to make an impact in your field. Now it’s time to learn how to effectively contribute and see [...]

Adapting Board Leadership to Challenges of the Pandemic

By |2021-04-23T14:16:42-05:00April 22nd, 2021|

The last 14-months have felt more like a daily one-hundred-meter dash rather than a marathon. While I am no runner, I prefer the steady pace of a marathon. But, like most association leaders, I can handle the occasional sprint. During the pandemic, we have missed the personal connections and [...]

Recognizing the Value of Association Volunteers

By |2021-04-21T14:32:04-05:00April 15th, 2021|

Associations depends on volunteer members; their work is critical to its success. Imagine setting up a lemonade stand for your entire neighbourhood during the annual block party. You can probably do it on your own, but just think about how much easier it would be if you had some [...]

Insurance 101 for Associations

By |2021-04-21T14:40:02-05:00April 8th, 2021|

I recently had the opportunity to connect with Olivia Reed, licensed insurance broker, and Director at BMS Canada Risk Services Ltd. (BMS). BMS is a specialist insurance brokerage that has a national team dedicated to working with associations and association members across Canada. Olivia shared information that is particularly [...]

Work Balance—How to Work Hard and Avoid Burning Out as an Association Volunteer Leader

By |2021-03-04T11:45:34-06:00February 25th, 2021|

Many volunteer board leaders have noticed that no matter how much hard work they contribute, the outcome does not reflect the long hours they are putting in. Association work never stops. Especially during this pandemic. Correspondence keeps piling up and the emails are flying in. No matter how much [...]

Board Recruitment: Pandemic Style

By |2021-02-25T12:11:46-06:00February 18th, 2021|

Without seeing one another in-person, building connections is a difficult thing to do. How do you find the future leaders for your association while using Zoom, Microsoft Teams, or GoToMeetings? The Past Art of Connecting The way we connect with each other has changed in 2020 and the opportunities [...]

Connecting your Association: Part 1—Millennial Communication

By |2021-02-25T10:59:01-06:00January 28th, 2021|

As the Communications Specialist on staff at an association management company (AMC), my role is to create relevant and eye-catching content for association members. Depending on a client’s scope of work, this could mean creating: newsletters social media content website content event marketing and more! When establishing your association’s [...]

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