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Wednesday, December 10: Holiday Luncheon & Charitable Donation Opportunity
Brief remarks by LIFT Representative, followed by holiday fun!
In the spirit of peace, joy and giving this holiday season, please join DFWAE at our annual Holiday Luncheon benefiting LIFT (Literacy Instruction for Texas). LIFT's mission is to enhance lives and strengthen communities by teaching adults to read. Founded in 1961, LIFT serves over 5,000 adult students every year through the dedication of 350 volunteer teachers. Ways you may voluntarily support LIFT at the luncheon include your monetary and in-kind donations.
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m – Registration and Networking
12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. – Luncheon and Presentation
Location: The Fairmont Dallas Hotel, 1717 N Akard St, Dallas, TX 75201
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 DFWAE.org (coming soon!) or contact Judy Pulice, program coordinator.
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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As we discussed in Part 1, there are more ways than ever for associations to communicate with members, so it’s only natural to assume there are more ways than ever for associations to make the cash register ring. But, it’s not that simple. The key is finding the right balance between the shiny new objects that Next Gen seems to crave and legacy communications vehicles such as conferences, print magazines, newsletters and directories — the legacy channels that continue to rack up big points with longstanding members and suppliers even in this digital age.
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“What are we going to be in 10 years?” It is one of the most challenging questions that any organization can ask itself. It’s also one of the hardest. You’ve heard plenty of simple, yet meaningless, platitudes in response. “We are forward-thinking” or “We’re going to be the biggest player in our sector”, but if organizations or companies really want to be successful in the years to come, their executives and boards need to put some real work into answering the question. Of course, that’s easier said than done.
Finding the roots of true engagement
The Demand Networks
Outside our visible transactions with a favorite service provider — frequent purchases, the formal classes we attend at a university or our association’s annual conferences and journals — there is a secret web of personal motivations and values that drive our loyalty to them. Sure we may love our association’s mission or the prestige of our university but what converts us into committed members, customers or donors lies in the informal, personal, unique experiences and relationships that resonate with our motivations and give us outcomes that make a difference in some aspect of our lives.
New association virtual events report released
Clearly we are still in the early days of virtual events as a trend, but the use of this format across a diverse range of organizations — and its continued use by most who have tried it — suggests that virtual events will become a mainstay of association education and events going forward.
The mantle of leadership is passing to millennials — get ready
There are now more millennials than baby boomers in the workforce. Further, 50 percent of those millennials are already in leadership positions. Unfortunately they’re not ready. They have not received the training and development they need; and especially have not received the experience-based learning they need to develop the leadership skills that are most important in the world they are creating. It’s time for the baby boomers to stop fretting about managing millennials and to focus on developing those millennials’ leadership skills.
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