Associations Today featuring Ed Wojcicki | Embracing Difficult Conversations | April 2017

http://www.marybyers.comThis month’s interview features Ed Wojcicki, Executive Director, Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police. Ed and I talked about the counter-intuitive strategy of running toward difficult conversations rather than away from them, a concept his association has embraced in the face of the “Black Lives Matter” movement. Instead of refusing to talk, the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police has reached out to organizations such as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives. Ed shares what’s resulted—including the valuable concept of developing shared principles.

Associations Today with Mary Byers, CAE | February 2017

http://www.marybyers.com Join me for a conversation with Caroline Dowd-Higgins, Executive Director, Career and Professional Development for the Indiana University Alumni Association to learn how the organization is serving alumni at all stages—from new graduates to retirees. You’ll learn about the innovative services the association has added to its member benefits and the unique way the organization is collaborating to enhance both expertise and effectiveness.

Associations Today with Mary Byers, CAE | October 2016

http://www.marybyers.com Moira Edwards, CAE, president, Ellipsis Partners, does a great job explaining the three ways technology supports association work. She also covers how to create an environment that promotes innovation through technology; why technology isn't just for the IT department; and what you need to know before you join the growing number of association that have a learning management system.

Associations Today with Mary Byers, CAE | September 2016

http://www.marybyers.comThis month I talked to Joy Duling, the genius behind MemberMagnetism.com, about growing your membership without marketing. Joy addresses the role of magnetism and how it simplifies recruitment and retention efforts.

Mary Byers, CAE | The Secondary Benefit of Strategic Planning

http://www.marybyers.com What’s more important: the consensus that emerges as a result of strategic planning or the connections participants make with one another? Planning participants tell me it’s both.Something special happens when you bring people together to chart a course for an organization. Thoughtful planning ahead of time enhances the experience for everyone. More importantly, you’ll emerge not only with a strong plan but new relationships and connections.This video covers how to maximize both of these benefits.

Associations Today with Mary Byers, CAE | June 2016

http://www.marybyers.com62% of associations are experiencing flat or declining membership according to Sarah Sladek, CEO of XYZ University and author of Knowing Y: Engage the Next Generation Now. That’s a scary statistic! Are you going to let this happen to your organization or are you rolling up your sleeves and working to prevent it?In this month’s interview, Sarah shares how the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas not only reversed a declining membership but increased by 200%! The irony is that focusing on young professionals reenergized the entire organization.

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Associations Today with Mary Byers, CAE | March 2016

http://www.marybyers.com Navigating change is what Jeff Hurt, EVP of Education and Engagement, Velvet Chainsaw Consulting helps clients do. Jeff advocates for transformation in association meetings, noting, “people are tired of pageantry, performance and production.” Instead they are looking for community and participation in meetings. Many associations have governance that’s holding back meetings and tollbooths that keep progress from happening.

Associations Today with Mary Byers, CAE | February 2016

http://www.marybyers.comHow do you engage younger members—even though your governance favors (and rewards) longevity in volunteer leadership? That’s the dilemma Adrienne White-Faines faced as Executive Director and CEO of the American Osteopathic Association. Though the association is over 100 years old, more than 65% of osteopathic physicians are under 45! In this month’s interview, Adrienne discusses the three areas the association is focusing on to more fully integrate and welcome all osteopaths into the organization.

Associations Today with Mary Byers | January 2016

http://www.marybyers.comThis month I interview Tracy Tompkins, Director of Business Development at Naylor Association Solutions to talk about a video series they’ve created and are syndicating for societies of association executives. Tracy has excellent tips on how to get started and how to produce top-notch quality without breaking the bank.