Last week I had the pleasure of attending ASAE’s NextGen Association Summit in Reno, NV. Before I go any further I have to say how great Reno Tahoe USA was as a host. They went all out to make this event not only successful, but also an overall great time. They gave us an unbelievable view of what their city has to offer, which is a lot!
So, what is the NextGen Association Summit? The short answer is a great group of forward thinking, young/emerging professionals who care a great deal about how associations are engaging and providing for the next generation. When I was first approached by ASAE to participate I could not have been more excited. I am not only a young professional but I am an association professional who is dealing with the same issues in how we can do better in serving our younger or next generation of professionals.
Going forward I want to dive into what we spoke about and see if we can continue the conversation here and hopefully start new conversations about what the future of associations are and how they can provide for the next generation of not only association professionals, but young professionals in general. In Reno we hit a number of areas and came up with a ton of great stories and thoughts I hope to share. I look forward to getting into it and hopefully having some of my new friends from the Summit jump in and contribute to this conversation.
I am having a hard time understanding that it is almost labor day. Well, the summer has flown by, yes, I am seriously behind on posting here. I guess it is time for an update on what I have been up to this summer. Earlier this year I stepped in to Chair the Mid-Atlantic Society of Association Executive’s Education Committee. This left me tasked with developing the content and program for our Mid-Year Meeting, which was held way back in April at Philadelphia. The event had great numbers and the program was well received. Also in April was my client’s Annual Forum, which serves as our major conference of the year. We went to Scottsdale, AZ, which was a change of pace for the organization. All in all it was a very successful event both in terms of attendance numbers but also in the feedback from the attendees. The weather was just an added bonus!
The rest of the summer has been busy in other ways. We have been hard at work finishing our ANSI Accreditation Application for our certification program. Part of that was implementing a new policy/document management system. This in it of itself was a huge undertaking. We have been developing new policies and procedures while also revising current ones so that we can meet our ANSI needs. Formalizing our processes through a policy management software has been good for us, but it has been work both in implementation and practice. In the end though I am confident it will have been the right decision to go with it. In addition to that we just finished implemented a new AMS system in Timberlake.
Earlier this month I headed out to Atlanta for the ASAE Annual Meeting. Atlanta was a great host and the conference was top-notch. This year I was able to find exactly what I needed content wise.
That brings us to now. In September I am looking forward to attending the ASAE NextGen Summit in Reno, NV. The ASAE is bringing together a select group of association professionals under 35 to discuss the state of young professionals in associations. I am excited to share my thoughts and participate with the group.
Lastly, I am starting to ramp up study efforts for the CAE exam. I am hoping to sit for the exam in December. I have spent some time studying here and there, but I am starting a more scheduled routine to make sure I am ready for the exam come December.
Should be an exciting and busy end to 2013! I will be sure to be a bit more active for the rest of the year.
Recently, Talley’s Association Management Services Division made the trip to the Mid-Atlantic Society of Association Executives’ March Membership Madness half day education session. Led by Todd Von Deak, CAE and Ethan Gray, CAE, the session provided a unique overview of multiple membership issues. Instead of a traditional session focused on issues that Todd and Ethan picked out, this session was totally crowd sourced. The direction of the session was dependent on the attendees and what they wanted to cover. This unique session format provided the attendees the opportunity to engage not only with the presenters, but also fellow attendees; which included a group of attendees who attended via virtual video conference.
So, what did we cover? First, we dove into member retention; something every association faces. Some key points were how to identify your year one touch points for members. How are you contacting your members in their first year of membership? Are you making a good first impression, one that will make a member’s renewal decision a no-brainer? Another point was how often you are seeking feedback from your members. Are you surveying your first year members in some format, to get a feel for their perceived value in their membership? This does not have to come from a standard survey, but it can come from informal communications and direct calls to check in with new members. Read More…
Last week was a first for me. I attended my first Board of Directors Meeting as a Director and not as a staff person. This past November I was elected to the Mid-Atlantic Society of Association Executives Board. Having the opportunity to take a step into the role of a Director was something I have looked forward to. The fact that it is with a group like MASAE, one that I have found tremendous value in was even better. Read More…