Membership Pro Tip: A Joint Student Membership

A collaborative partnership between two associations checks a lot of mutually beneficial boxes. It engages more student members, advances workforce development, benefits the industry each group represents, and more. Two noncompeting associations that have similar missions aimed at slightly different demographics came together to create a reciprocal student membership program. SME, an...

 

 

A Successful, Drama-Free Way to Raise Member Dues

The end of the year is approaching, and many association professionals are thinking about whether to raise dues—and by how much. Many organizations paused increases during the pandemic, but now it’s time to weigh the options. Here’s one association’s success story. Truth be told, many people would rather think about anything else besides when to raise membership dues or how to do it. But with...

 

 

Four Strategies to Make Your DEI Messaging Clear to Members

Your association may be doing a lot of work on diversity, equity, and inclusion—but your members may not be aware of it. Here are some ideas to ensure that your DEI messaging matches your efforts. Diversity, equity, and inclusion needs to go beyond talk. But if you don’t talk about what your association is doing to improve, you might be undermining your own work. Signs show that many...

 

 

Reopening of U.S. Borders Is a Key Step for Association Events

For nearly 20 months, COVID-19-related restrictions have kept international travelers from attending events in the United States. With those bans lifted on November 8, organizations are looking forward to again welcoming international attendees.   After nearly 20 months of pandemic-related travel bans, the U.S. government lifted international border restrictions on November 8, allowing...

 

 

How to Create a Culture Around Many Cultures

  Remote work brings out a range of work styles. Rather than trying to make everybody stick to the same processes, leaders will have to find coherence in diversity. If we’re lucky, one change the pandemic will bring to the workplace is the end of the idea of a monoculture. An association should have a shared set of values, of course. And it needs to agree on what its strategic goals...

 

 

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