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Wednesday, March 18 Lunch & Learn: Bridging the Gap Between Strategy and Operational Capabilities
Associations and nonprofits are facing a crossroads . . . a time of change and challenge. More and more leaders are nearing the retirement age. The internet age has eroded association benefits, while at the same time members are expecting "the Amazon experience". Add to that the challenge of data stored in many disparate systems, while board members continue to ask why they can't have a report tracking all member engagements. These are the challenges that keep many association exec's awake nights. Attend this session to learn the importance of a strategic technology assessment and building a roadmap for success.
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m – Registration and Networking
12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. – Luncheon and Presentation
Location: Buca di Beppo, 2701 Hwy 114, Southlake, TX 76092
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DFWAE 2015 Association Day: Monday, April 13, 2015 – Channel Your Inner Rock Star
Early Registration Rate Ends This Friday (Individuals and Groups)
TUNE UP: Reenergize. Discover your strengths and learn how to lead a staff that’s ready to rock. HARMONIZE: Network with your peers from DFW area associations and participate in a series of jam sessions designed to take your organization to the top of the charts. Don’t miss out – there’s something for everyone at this year’s Association Day. Register today for big discounts and special rates for additional attendees! ROCK IT: Join the effort to promote rockstar excellence in the association world…inspire great leadership and drum up collaboration in the DFW community. This event is projected to draw more than 300 association professionals, including association executive directors and many of their staff, along with more than 50 exhibitors.
Location: Hurst Conference Center, 1601 Campus Drive, Hurst, TX 76054
Early Registration Rate Ends This Friday (Individuals and Groups) 

DFWAE Dine Around: Friday, May 1, 2015
Event and Registration details soon.
Location: Grapevine, TX

DFWAE Choosing Leadership program
Will you choose to be a leader? Julie Hall of Custom Websites to Go; Rosanne Duke of International Association of Venue Managers; April Krause of Cornerstone Credit Union League; Michael Fitch of Texas Association of Sports Professionals; and Stacy Palmer of The Beryl Institute have become DFWAE’s first Choosing Leadership participants. This new program for DFWAE members is designed for those wanting to brush up on their leadership skills, and it is so named because we know leaders are made, not born. We hope Julie’s, Rosanne’s, April's, Michael’s and Stacy's demonstration of initiative will “lead” other members into signing up. To learn more about the program, look for Choosing Leadership under the Events tab at or contact Judy Pulice, program coordinator.

DFWAE Toastmasters
Meets 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at National Athletic Trainers’ Association, 1620 Valwood Parkway, Suite 115, Carrollton 75006. Learn More

DFWAE Readers Group (Online)
You're invited! See reviews and recommendations from member participants, while sharing your favorite reads! Click here to engage with the DFWAE Readers Group. Connect using your existing Goodreads account, or join for free!
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The rise of the invisible, yet engaged, member
Engage your members. They’ll renew. That’s what associations hear from membership gurus, social media experts and the like. And they’re right, but what used to be considered prime engagement – that outright display of love through social media shares and praise, is no longer the (only) gold standard of engagement.
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Engage members by energizing them
The Demand Networks
The combination of inviting customers to solve challenges and get to results that matter, and providing them the resources for meaningful participation, is a powerful basis for sustainable engagement and innovation.
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How data could define the future of advocacy
Associations Now
Could advocacy become more personalized than ever? A new app, based on public nonprofit data, suggests that publicly accessible databases could become a new form of messaging for associations.
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Why should they volunteer?
By William D. Pawlucy
According the most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics report, "Volunteering in the United States — 2013," the volunteer rate from September 2012 to September 2013 was the lowest since the annual report began in 2002. The U.S. volunteer rate declined by 1.1 percentage points from the previous year to 25.4 percent, with 62.6 million people volunteering at least once for an organization. A nonprofit organization's volunteers are its most important asset, and this asset is in severe decline. Do we need to rethink the volunteer job description to attract high-quality individuals?
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6 types of content every organization should create
Ragan Communications
It's more efficient and effective in the long term (and often required for large organizations) to create various types of content for different platforms to address multiple audiences. Stop shying away from videos, white papers and infographics. These content types are essential for attracting new interest in your organization.
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3 types of software nonprofits should be using
Technology can help your organization achieve its mission by better enabling your staff to perform their job functions and complete important projects. But selecting and implementing the right software for your nonprofit is a difficult process, especially now that there are hundreds of vendors in the market. Because nonprofit companies have a unique set of needs, software that targets these types of organizations— such as accounting, grant management, or volunteer management — is becoming more popular. However, many nonprofit organizations can also benefit from technology that falls outside this niche.
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Succession planning at most companies is sorely lacking, executives say
Bloomberg BNA
Executives who should know best admit their own organizations are doing a terrible job of succession planning, according to a survey by Korn Ferry. A minority (36 percent) said they were satisfied or very satisfied with their organization's succession planning, and just 23 percent reported having “a solid pipeline of ‘ready now' candidates.” Moreover, over three-quarters (78 percent) of respondents said their companies only bother planning for the need to replace executives at the rank of vice president or higher, and almost half said they “are more dependent on outside hires than internal promotions” to fill executive positions.
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Leadership: Taking a stand
By Thomas Parker
Over the years, I have experienced working with wonderful and fantastic leaders. I have also worked for some horrible, self-centered supervisors and managers. Notice, I did not refer to the latter group as leaders. These few certainly are not, nor will ever be, leaders. In fact, these self-centered individuals are toxic. Why do I make such bold statement? Each of us will leave a legacy to some degree. The decisions we make today will have an impact on us in each day that follows.
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Practical tips to recruit women leaders
A study conducted by Pepperdine University followed 215 Fortune 500 companies over a 19-year-period to determine what effect women in leadership had on the company's performance, if any. They looked at three performance measures: revenues, profits as a percentage of assets, and profits as a percentage of stockholder's equity. They found that "Fortune 500 firms with a high number of women executives outperformed their industry median firms on all three measures." And it wasn't just a slim majority of companies. Nearly two-thirds of firms with more women outperformed the average firm on all three measurements. So research shows having women executives improves your bottom line, but if your leadership team is predominantly male, how do you attract qualified women leaders?
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