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March 11
Prepare Your Association for the Future with Succession Planning

March 18-19
American Associations Day
Washington, D.C.

March 23
ISAE March Luncheon

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Thoughts on the 2015 ISAE Convention and Trade Show
from Special Events Co-Chair Kathy Ridley

I not only had the pleasure of co-chairing the Special Events Committee with Merl Lawless and bringing back the trade show for 2015, but I was also a very active participant in the trade show. For all of you that don’t know the history of the ISAE Convention and Trade Show, it is THE event for all those involved in Illinois association management. It was always a tradition to hold a trade show with our annual convention until we started hearing some talk from our industry partners that trade shows were dying and we needed to try something new. And we did. The last two conventions did not have a trade show. ISAE tried to find other ways for the industry partners to network with the members. While these conventions have been fun and educational, our members missed the trade show floor.

The trade show allows industry partners and other companies who work with associations to show off their products/property to association staff members. As an association staff member, I enjoyed visiting each booth, saying “hello” to old friends and making new friends. I look for different meeting locations, new member service products, and new ways to do business. By having the industry partners at their designated location, it’s easy to find and talk to them. ISAE has such creative members who made the afternoon so much fun. The trade show theme was perfect this year, Throwback Thursday. We definitely threw the convention back to the good old days with a trade show!

Kathy Ridley
ISAE 2014 Special Events Co-Chair

Be sure to check out the ISAE 2014 Award Recipients and our Facebook Convention Album.
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ISAE Highlights

ASAE Webinar: Prepare Your Association for the Future with Succession Planning
Join ASAE and our panelists Carol Barber and John Barnes for a complimentary webinar on March 11 at noon E.T. Participation in this program is worth 1 CAE credit hour. This webinar will cover the key reasons for succession planning as part of your business strategy and provide practical steps to help you develop a plan for your association.

A message from the 2015 American Associations Day Host Committee
As leaders of state associations from across the country, ASAE volunteers, and members of the American Associations Day Host Committee, we have come together with the common goal of advocating for our community. We are asking you to join us in DC March 18-19 to share with Congress the Power of A message: associations impact our future, fuel the economy, enrich lives and keep us competitive. You don’t have to be a government relations specialist to make a difference. Join us at American Associations Day to ensure that our members of Congress know what associations do to improve our districts and communities.

ISAE would like to extend a welcome to our newest members:
Holly Cain, Quincy Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
Aaron McEvoy, American Osteopathic College of Anesthesiologists
Karen Hansen, SB Financial
Jim Berger, Pere Marquette Lodge & Conference Center
Susan Smolarek, Lake Geneva Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

ASAE Inroads
The latest issue of ASAE Inroads is out. The topics included in this edition are:
  • Ryan pushing for tax reform this summer
  • Gowdy calls for select committee on the IRS
  • Short-term funding for DHS seems likely bet
  • FCC to vote on net neutrality proposal next week

  • Read the entire issue of ASAE Inroads here.

    Always keep up with ISAE through the ISAE Blog.

    Industry News

    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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