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DFWAE 2015 Association Day: Monday, April 13, 2015 #DFWAEAday
Channel Your Inner Rock Star

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! 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. More Information / Registration
Location: Hurst Conference Center, 1601 Campus Drive, Hurst, TX 76054

DFWAE Dine Around: Friday, May 1, 2015
Come spend a fun evening touring Main Street in Grapevine! Your registration fee of $70 per person includes a wine tasting with light appetizers at Messina Hof; followed by dinner in a private setting at Farina’s Italian restaurant; and concluding with dessert at Sloan & Williams, where you will sample a flight of wine ice creams (yes, you read that correctly). If you’d like to stay out late and explore the area, why not make your own reservations to stay overnight Friday at the new Courtyard Marriott in Grapevine and enjoy the special DFWAE group rate of $89? Join us for the 2015 DFWAE Dine Around event!
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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 DFWAE.org or contact Judy Pulice, program coordinator.

DFWAE Toastmasters
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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ATTENTION Members: Are you, or is someone you know, ready to step into a DFWAE leadership role?
The Nominating Committee for DFWAE officers and board is nearing completion of its work. If you are an association member and interested in serving your profession in the capacity of a Regular Board Member, please contact Judy Pulice, Chair, Nominating Committee, ASAP!
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Help me help my board
By Robert C. Harris
"Help me help my board" is a lament among association executives. The cry arises because few board members have extensive knowledge of governance. Instead they are guided by myths, stay in their comfort zone ("I won't say anything my first year") or they pattern themselves after board behaviors (right or wrong). Here are some of the pleas I often hear as I plan board orientations.
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The case for training staff on governance
Associations Now
Board work is time-consuming, intellectually demanding, and often rife with interpersonal conflict. So why aren’t you encouraging your best employees to get involved in it? Your next board members likely aren’t on your staff, but you might still benefit from training them in board work.
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Turning your association into something your members can't live without
MemberClicks
Ever leave the house without your cellphone? It induces a slight panic, doesn’t it? You wonder who will try and call you and what you’ll do in an unforeseen circumstance. Even the weight of your bag or pocket doesn’t feel right. Most likely you go back to retrieve it. Our phones are our lifelines, our connection to others, our communication devices, our ways to capture our days, fill in our knowledge gaps, and so much more. Wouldn’t it be great if we could be as indispensable to our members as their smart phones? You can. Well, almost, following these steps.
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Time for a MOOC-like makeover
Event Garde
There are MOOC-like things associations can do to entice learners. Since associations are nimble and can respond quickly to industry trends (much more quickly than higher education institutions can), associations are prime MOOC providers, according to a white paper from Web Courseworks.
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5 things that stress meeting planners out
MeetingsNet
It’s no wonder that meeting planning made fifth place on CareerCast’s most stressful jobs of 2015 list. It’s key to really understand what is stressing you out, particularly when you’re on the road. So, what exactly are the top stressors for meeting managers?
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Putting design empathy into conference practice
Midcourse Corrections
Empathy is powerful. It plays a fundamental role in our connections, our networking, our learning, our problem solving, our innovation and our collaboration with others. According to research, when we are empathetic, we actually enhance our cognitive abilities. Applying design empathy to conference planning results in staying power.
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Strategic planning makes hybrid meetings work
Travel Market Report
While hybrid meetings — those that use virtual and streaming technologies to extend the reach of face-to-face events — can be highly effective, experts caution that there’s a whole lot more to know than just setting up a camera at the back of a room.
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Nonprofits and associations are hiring ... even in a candidate's market
Event Garde
We’re nearing college commencement season. In about six to eight weeks, excited college graduates around the country will don their caps and gowns, ready to hit the workforce with enthusiasm and a bit of trepidation. And so, once again, we’re reading a lot about hiring – and in some cases, lack thereof. But there’s good news for graduates and jobseekers in general: Associations and nonprofits are hiring. According to a recent report by Professionals for Nonprofits, nearly 60 percent of nonprofits increased their staff size in 2014 and 55 percent plan to add staff this year. And, with demand exceeding supply, salaries are on the rise.
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