Category: Association Newcomer

Association Leadership Interview Series: A Conversation with Michelle Duke

Interested in leadership, diversity, and the power of personal growth in a professional setting? Well, we’ve got something exciting to share with you! Welcome to the first article of our new series where host, Scott Breen, interviews association leaders to highlight where they’ve been and where they’re going. Read as Scott digs into their secrets […]

7 Skills & Qualities You Need for a Successful Career in Associations Work

Lately, there’s been a rash of layoffs, particularly layoffs in the tech industry. Companies like Meta, Twitter, and Amazon have seen substantial layoffs. While job loss can be scary and frustrating for those who experience it, the cutting of these jobs from prominent tech companies may have a positive impact on other sectors, including the […]

How Do You Create an Association?

Associations offer benefits to their members and the groups that they support. Centered around a common cause, this type of organization helps groups of people grow and adapt within their field with the support of similarly-focused individuals. But what if there isn’t an association that’s focused on your specific interests or cause?  For those looking […]

You Failed Your CAE. Now What?

To many in the association industry, earning your Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential is the end-all-be-all marker of a successful and committed businessman or woman.  In fact, The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) says so themselves. “The Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential is the marker of a committed association professional who has demonstrated the […]

What Is a Standards Association?

From manufacturing and technology to the medical industry, there are standards that organizations and members are required to follow. But who establishes them? The answer is standards associations. These organizations develop, publish and enforce voluntary technical standards that impact our daily lives.  But what does that role look like in practice, and what are the […]

How to Make the Most of Attending an Association Conference

Whether you’re entirely new to the association industry, attending a conference for the first time or are simply rusty after a few years of virtual events, conference season is here and it’s time to get ready.  As a first-timer myself (visit us at booth 1004 at ASAE’s Annual Meeting!), I was curious about how to […]

Association Newcomer: Do Associations Affect Policy?

As purpose-driven organizations, the goal of an association is to improve the lives of its members and the industries they serve. While this often happens through education and resources, it can also be done on a much larger scale. For association newcomers, there’s a lot to learn about how your new organization works and what […]

What You Need to Know About Association Committees

When it comes to associations and nonprofits, there is no shortage of volunteer opportunities. However, few roles have as significant an impact as serving on an association committee. These groups work as an extension of the board of directors and are tasked with anything from day-to-day operations to major initiatives that can change the course […]

Everything You Need to Know About Boards of Directors

In an association, you likely have staff and an executive director or CEO who handle day-to-day operations. So what does the board of directors do? Put simply, they control the overarching strategy and direction of the association. But who are they, how were they chosen and what does their role actually entail?  Here is everything […]

Association Newcomer: Exploring Roles & Career Opportunities

Whether you’re looking to make a difference in an industry or simply want to be a part of a mission-driven organization, career opportunities in the association space can satisfy that need. But if you’ve never heard of the industry – and trust us, there are plenty who haven’t – how do you get started and what jobs […]

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