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Oct. 27
2014 October Membership Lunch and Learn


ISAE Highlights

October Round Table: Unique Tips for Marketing Your Event
Join the ISAE Communications Committee for the October Round Table on, Unique Tips for Marketing Your Event on Oct. 6 from 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. at the ISAE Office, 3rd Floor Board Room (206 S. 6th Street, Springfield, IL).

Our facilitators, Diane Mathis, VP of Marketing, FIRM Inc., Destiny Nance-Evans, Associate Director, ISAE and Kyle Noland, Software Engineer, FIRM Inc., will lead the conversation on how to market your events to your audience and how your data (analytics) can be used to better reach your audience.

Food for thought:
  • How do you capture your audience's attention?
  • What unique subject lines or save the date postcards do you use?
  • Are testimonials effective?
  • How do you get on the calendar and not in the deleted items folder?
  • Early bird gets the worm … what creative techniques are available to entice people to learn more about your meeting and promptly register?
Bring any examples you have to share with the group.

Please feel to bring your lunch and a co-worker, colleague or friend!

This event is free, we just ask that you RSVP to

Haunted ISAExtra after-hours
Oct. 22, 5-7 p.m.
The Curve Inn, 3219 S 6th Street Rd Springfield, IL 62703
View the ISAExtra eVite.

2014 October Membership Lunch and Learn & Fall Seminar
Oct. 27, 11:30 a.m.
Hilton Springfield, 700 E Adams Street, Springfield, IL 62701
Click here for registration and details.

Scholarships available for Winter Institute 2015
The Illinois Society of Association Executives is proud to partner with Institute for Organization Management, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundations’ professional development program for non-profit executives, and offer two $500 partial tuition scholarships to attend Winter Institute in 2015. The two scholarships, available to any of our members, will be awarded to students attending Institute for the first time to assist with enrollment fees and cannot be combined with any other Institute scholarships. If you are interested in this scholarship opportunity, contact Destiny at by Nov. 10. Early registration deadline for Winter Institute is Nov. 21. For more information about Institute’s curriculum, sites, and dates, visit the Institute Website and Prospective Student Toolkit to help you gain insight into the program.

Be active in ISAE – join a committee!
Use this form to review committee positions and select your preferred opportunities.

ISAE welcomes its newest members
Tim Crawford, Illinois Education Association-NEA
Eric Foster, IADDA
Julie Irvin, Hyatt Place
Victoria Ringer, Downtown Springfield Inc.

Dolce named manager of Q Center, the largest conference hotel in the Midwest
Dolce Hotels and Resorts announced it has been named manager of the 1,042-room Q Center in St. Charles, Ill., the largest conference hotel in the Midwest, exemplifying the effort by conference hotel owners to find a more diversified and profitable business model. Q Center, a Dolce Conference Hotel, joins the Dolce system of 26 properties representing more than 5,000 rooms in 10 states, Canada and Europe. It also becomes Dolce’s first conference hotel in the Chicago area and its third property in the Midwest, following the opening of The Alexander, A Dolce Hotel, in Indianapolis last year.

ASAE Inroads
The latest issue of ASAE Inroads is out. The topics included in this edition are:
  • Koskinen updates Congress on 501(c)(4) enforcement
  • Lawmakers questioning NFL’s tax exemption
  • Timing on tax extenders still uncertain
  • Study says camp plan would hinder giving
  • Read the entire issue of ASAE Inroads here.

    Industry News

    Weeding out members from pretenders
    Association Adviser
    Slowly but surely, the job market, housing market and manufacturing sectors are recovering, but are associations? According to many thought leaders we asked, the answer is yes and no. Yes, things are looking better than they were a few years ago; but no, the absolute number of members is not what it used to be. Yes, the engagement level of members has improved; but no, they’re not always happy with their associations, and they’re certainly more demanding than they used to be.
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    Association leadership: Industry experts vs. association pros
    There are many pathways to association leadership. When looking for a leader for a professional organization, you may be considering or seeking to consider both types. Here are the benefits and drawbacks to either.
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    Lisle, Chicago's Premier Western Suburb

    Lisle CVB is a DMAI-accredited convention and visitors bureau promoting the Hilton, Hyatt and Sheraton Lisle. Catch your breath and relax, our dedicated team offers personalized assistance in planning your meeting and event. We provide visitor guides, dining discount cards, group itineraries and many FREE conference services! Just ask!

    Why technology alone will not move the needle for conferences
    Midcourse Corrections
    Occasionally, a new event technology — like the conference app – will truly move the needle. Usually though, technology is not enough. Technology is not your conference savior. It isn’t going to make your conference successful. Or even increase your attendance. Or increase your revenue. Or improve your participant satisfaction.
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    Experiential learning: Another meetings must
    Associations Now
    Your attendees don’t just want to sit back and watch speakers present. They want to be part of the action and have an immersive experience. Making that happen will mean deeper engagement and more satisfied conference attendees.
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    Why is your content strategy failing?
    It is important to understand that it's not enough to just have a content marketing strategy in place. It should have the ability to make a difference in your organization, and should also help in attracting new members. Planning out an effective strategy that does both the jobs well can be difficult, and may not necessarily hit all the right chords amongst your consumers. There is a spectrum of factors that contribute towards making your content marketing strategy a success instead of a complete flop. From content generation to content publishing – each step is crucial and has to be handled cleverly to create the best possible content marketing strategy for your organization. Don’t make these blunders.
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    Preparing the next generation of women for board leadership
    Talent Management
    Businesses are operating in a volatile global marketplace amid increasing regulation, disruptive technologies, and economic and political uncertainty. In the face of such challenges, boards are under immense pressure to ensure the appropriate governance and management of the organization — and top companies realize that having diverse board members is a critical component. As a result of increased dialogue and media attention, board diversity is also top of mind more now than ever before. This is creating opportunities for women contemplating board membership.
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    Coalition Building 101: How to look intelligently at a merger or partnership
    By William D. Pawlucy
    In a two-year period, the Foundation Center logged in a total of 679 coalitions/collaborations, with 499 of these in the area of developing, offering and delivering projects, programs and services between two or more organizations. That is nearly 500 of these types of collaborations in only two years. Building the right coalition model is understanding the outcomes being sought as well as what your organization can do with another organization that it can't do by itself. It must be mutually beneficial and fill a gap for one or more organizations.
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