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DFWAE Choosing Leadership program
Will you choose to be a leader? Julie Hall of Custom Websites to Go has become DFWAE’s first Choosing Leadership participant. 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 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 (coming soon!) or contact Judy Pulice, program coordinator.

Wednesday, November 19: November Lunch & Learn Meeting
"Budgets Can Be Your Best Friend"

Presenter: Christi H. Stinson, C H Stinson CPA
Budget isn't a dirty word - consider it Your Spending Plan! Buddy up with your Association's budget and reap the rewards of this BFF resource for association managers.
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m – Registration and Networking
12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. – Luncheon and Presentation
Location: Hurst Conference Center, 1601 Campus Drive, Hurst, TX 76054
Early Registration

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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DFWAE New Member Spotlight

Getting to know: Diane Cunningham, National Association of Christian Women Entrepreneurs

# Years in DFWAE: Just joined spring of 2014

Association / Position: Founder and President of the National Association of Christian Women Entrepreneurs

What I Love About DFWAE:
I love DFWAE for the connections. The quality of the training is phenomenal and cutting edge. I can’t wait to get more involved! The Association Day was my first event and I am so glad I attended.

Lifetime Highlights:
Some of the highlights of my life are what I would call defining moments. The first would be surviving a plane crash in 2011 and how that changed my perspective. The second would be hitting rock bottom and then getting sober in June of 2013 and then writing a book about it. And the final would be the joy of living my mission each day through my work with and my coaching, writing and speaking.

What was your first job?
My first job was at a donut shop on Saturday mornings in Yucaipa, California.

Who inspires you in the business community and why?
I am inspired by the women in my association. They are from all over the United States and beyond (Canada, Germany and Israel). Many of them are also raising children, working another job, caring for elderly parents, and still moving forward with their entrepreneurial dreams. I love them for their willingness to do what it takes.

How did you go about deciding to start a national association?
In 2009, I was trying to find my tribe. I was hoping to connect virtually so we could learn and grow. I was feeling isolated in my home office in Wichita Falls, Texas. I looked around and realized that there was nothing that fit what I was looking for….thus I decided to create it. At first glance this seemed ridiculous. But I have learned to trust some of my crazy ideas and I moved forward. In the first year, we had 165 women join us. I realized that the need was not just me. We have been providing coaching, training, conferences and ongoing support ever since.

What is your biggest roadblock/issue to growing your association?
The biggest roadblocks have been my own self-imposed limitations and the willingness to step out into new territory. In many ways, I am a risk taker and I am learning to take more and more risks in my business in order to grow NACWE. I have to surrender control, as a leader and visionary, hire support, and allow things to keep moving forward. Basically, I have to get out of my own way in order to allow the association to grow.

What are your greatest strengths?
My biggest strengths are that I am a “pied piper of people” and that I can gather up the troops for a common cause. I am a Teacher and a Connector. My top 5 strengths on the Strengths Finder 2.0 Assessment are Activator, Woo, Positivity, Futuristic and Individualization. I love to take action and get things moving. I find that many of my clients hire me because of this quality because they want help getting out of the trap of “perfectionism”.

When did you become interested in the association industry?
I discovered the “association industry” in 2009 as I was considering how to gather my fellow Christian women entrepreneurs into a group. I believe in groups, teams, gatherings, and associations. We are better able to do our job by combining resources, sharing tips and supporting one another.

What do you consider the greatest challenges in your work?
The greatest challenge in my work is being the visionary and also getting the daily tasks done. But I love every minute of leading the National Association of Christian Women Entrepreneurs. I am proud of where we are and where we are going. In May 2015, we are celebrating our 5 year birthday and hosting a conference and celebration.
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DFWAE would like to extend a special welcome to its newest members:
Kim Hopkins, CREW Dallas
Carol Moland, Texas Society of CPA's
Kyle Martty, ECHO Transportation
Ray Green, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Melissa Martinez, GEMS Dallas
Kathryn Sontag, BOMA Dallas
Cindy Peebles, enSYNC
Danika Mendrygal, Haynes and Boone LLP
Nicole Sorensen, American Mensa, Ltd.
Steven Hacker, Bravo Management Group
Rachel Robichaud, PPAI
Lawanna Lambert, Odessa Convention and Visitors Bureau
Robert Lopez, McAllen Convention & Visitors Bureau
Donovan Shanahan, Hanley Wood
Karin Grebe-Hobbs, Movie Tavern
Scott Seril, Marketing General Incorporated
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The tech your association needs
XYZ University
The world is changing, your membership is changing and your association needs to make some changes too. Technology is not something limited to a single department anymore, it’s playing an important role in every member’s life. Tapping into the technology that members use will help you better connect, recruit and retain members. You’ve probably heard this before, but social media and mobile marketing are must-have association tools. These are low-hanging fruit that many associations still need to catch up on.
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Do members join for your mission?
Associations Now
How does your association live its mission? Does a strong mission focus lead to better membership performance? The success of mission-driven companies like Chipotle show how associations can transform their missions from mere marketing slogans into membership drivers.
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5 things you need before launching an online-only membership option
Companies have been employing online-only memberships for years now. Is it time for your association to embrace an online-only membership option? If you’re considering it, you’ll need these five things first.
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Technology truths for meetings and events
Event Garde
American Express Global Business and Travel surveyed 336 meeting planners and 161 meeting and event attendees to learn more about the evolving landscape of technology in meetings. Overall, the survey found smartphones and wireless data/streaming video have had the most influence on the meetings industry. In fact, according to the study, 77 percent of smartphone holders use their phones “always” or “often” for business during a meeting or conference. And almost all attendees have computers, which makes virtual attendance a breeze. While virtual meetings are becoming more popular, they’re still far less common than on-the-ground events, the study found.
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Vital legal considerations for nonprofits developing a mobile app
Mobile applications or "apps" are everywhere. Mobile devices are outselling personal computers, and an increasing percentage of internet access is made through mobile devices. These developments have driven the rapidly growing usage of apps. It has, therefore, become increasingly important for nonprofit organizations to invest in and develop mobile apps. Because mobile apps are essentially just a specific type of software, app development presents many of the same challenges involved in a traditional software development project. However, there are some pronounced and unique intellectual property, ownership, privacy, data security, and advertising considerations that every nonprofit should keep in mind when developing a mobile app.
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Open the lines of connection with members
The Demand Networks
Our worlds have become complicated and cluttered with “intermediaries” — elaborate bureaucracies, regulations, policies, endless meetings, and a frenzied schedule of trips and activities. This aimless “business” and process and information overload that have become our sense of normalcy occur at the expense of relationships. There is no space or motivation for the authentic moments of connection. Eliminating everything that obscures your direct line of vision of and relationship with the customer increases satisfaction and engagement of both employees and customers.
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All about the results? What nonprofits should measure and why
By William D. Pawlucy
Performance excellence in a nonprofit cannot occur without performance measures. After the strategic plan is formed, a set of goals and strategies are outlined along with tactics, and hopefully a tie to the organization's budget. But are performance measures also identified? Without performance measures, organizations operate in a vacuum, not knowing their competitive position. There are five key areas of measurement that should be monitored by nonprofit organizations.
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Boards aren't as global as their businesses
Harvard Business Review Blog Network
There’s a growing consensus that companies need strong, independent boards full of qualified directors if they are to sidestep risks and seize opportunities in our complex and dynamic international economy. Being generally “impressive” is no longer enough—investors and corporate watchdogs expect a well-defined rationale for each appointment, an articulation of how the board member will provide meaningful oversight and counsel on critical issues.
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