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 •  December 8

Major hotel brands are opening innovation labs that allow guests, partners, and employees to test out products and features before they’re officially launched. Should your association use one of its conferences to do the same? Last month, Hilton announced the opening of its Innovation Gallery, a 4,300-square-foot space “where conversations between...

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 •  December 7

The American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association hopes to open up new content areas and draw new audiences with the purchase of an industry magazine. Sometimes you plan, and sometimes a great deal just falls into your lap—and you have to pounce on it. The American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association experienced the latter earlier this fall when it...

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 •  December 6

You don’t need to be a UX pro to understand the basic tenets of digital usability. By adopting a “don’t make me think” attitude, associations can add an element of ease to the member experience. Next week, I will be reporting live from ASAE’s Technology Conference and Expo. While I’m excited to participate in two days of programming, there’s a...

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 •  December 6

Volunteer leaders sometime stick around longer than bylaws dictate. That’s a problem not just for the people in charge but those hoping to be. Some people just don’t know when to let go. On a recent thread on one of ASAE’s Collaborate groups, an executive mentioned a problem with a volunteer committee that had allowed its members to stay in place...

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 •  December 1

Getting boards to remedy diversity and inclusion blind spots isn’t easy. Here’s how one organization is doing it. Board diversity is a topic that receives a lot of lip service, but when it comes to putting words into action, nonprofits still have a long way to go. That’s according to some key data from BoardSource’s Leading with Intent report. The...

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 •  December 1

The midsized city packs modern amenities and Southern charm. Tennessee’s fourth-largest city has the convenience, accessibility, and variety attendees are looking for. Central convention center. Nestled in the heart of downtown, the 312,000-square-foot Chattanooga Convention Center is known for its airy feel. The center filters natural sunlight...

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 •  December 1

By doing all that prework, you’re actually ready to go when something does happen. Learn how you can help your IT staff spot ethical dilemmas. When Rhea Steele, CAE, chief operating officer for the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, is faced with a big IT decision, she makes it a habit to think about the ethical dilemmas. And,...

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 •  December 1

Do your education offerings deliver what you want them to? If you’re looking to reinvigorate your professional development program in 2018, current trends suggest that opportunities lie in assessing what you’re trying to accomplish, harnessing data, rethinking content and delivery, and trying some unconventional approaches. The world of association...

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 •  December 1

Why does the average attendee show up? Data points from the second Decision to Attend study shed some light. While every organization’s meeting is different, their attendees all have something in common: They are discerning travelers with high expectations. That’s one of the takeaways of the second part of the Decision to Attend study (DTA2), which...

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 •  December 1

You can’t rely on your most loyal attendees forever. Now’s the time to think about how to get new attendees registered and onsite. Late last month I came across a column by Dave Lutz, managing director of Velvet Chainsaw Consulting, discussing why meeting planners need to develop an attendee succession-plan strategy—and how to do it. His...