Category Archives: Podcast

Ep 44: Focusing on Culture to Recruit and Retain the Right People for Your Association



Having the right people is critical for any organization’s success. In today’s business landscape, the competition for recruiting and retaining talent has been extremely fierce. Bridget Walsh, Chief Operating Officer of the Emergency Nurses Association, shares the challenges and opportunities in attracting and retaining the right talent for her association – with flexibility and adaptability at its core.


Ep 43: Creativity and Innovation Set the Stage in Turbulent Times



Fear of the unknown is quite common, and doing things differently from how it used to be triggered a lot of hesitation in the association management industry. This week’s guest, Vivian Abalama, IOM, CAE, shares how her organization harnessed innovative solutions amid the pandemic as it shifted its focus to having more opportunities for mentoring, while creating more benefits to engage its members.

 


Ep 42: Transformational Leadership: Bridging the Gap Between Vision and Reality



We invite you to join in on the conversation as Sharon Kneebone, FASAE, CAE, Executive Director of the National Society for Histotechnology, talks to us about navigating forward as a leader in the association industry during this age of transformation. From shedding “sacred programs and services” that are no longer serving their purpose to developing foresight skills into an enterprise-wide competency, her insights are not to be missed!


Ep 40: Providing True Value to Members and Beyond



In an industry that thrives on in-person meetings, find out how Stefanie Reeves, Executive Director of the Maryland Psychological Association (MPA), anchored her association and provided true value when help is most needed. In the midst of the pandemic, MPA established itself as the go to for information, and the transition to telehealth was among the biggest issues they tackled.

Stefanie is an experienced association professional with a passion for advocacy. She is a Fellow of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), an honor bestowed upon less than 1% of the ASAE membership.

 

 


Ep 39: Discovering the Quality of Life You Want



Needing a place to sort our your goals, daily habits and rate your progress? Our guest for this week Tom Morrison, CEO of Metal Treating Institute Management, and Professional Speaker and Life Coach, talks about his personal development system – PersonalGDP.com – a 25-week challenge, which allows you to input your annual goals, note your hurdles and rate how you feel you are doing in 16 key areas that drive your quality of life. Don’t miss this episode!


Ep 38: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – The Shift from Compliance to Systemic Change



Today’s host, Sharon Rice, Managing Director of Business Strategy at .orgSource, talks to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) Consultant Christine Saxman, CEO of Saxman Consulting, about the importance of DE&I in the workplace to advance as an organization and as a community. At one point or another, your organization might have asked – do we need DE&I goals?  Christine walks us how our organization can get started and start the shift to showing that our organization values representation at a deeper level.


Ep 36: Building Strategic Partnerships to Address Current and Emerging Needs



This week’s guest, Dr. Thomas Dammrich, is a seasoned association executive with 42 years of experience in working with members to build consensus around an action agenda to improve their industry. Currently a Business Strategist at the National Association of Healthcare Quality, Thom talks to us about his leadership style throughout the years being at the helm of the different industries he has worked with. He also shares his thoughts on what association leaders need to do to connect the dots and address today’s needs as well as the emerging issues of tomorrow.


Ep 35: Promoting Effective Partnering Through a Culture of Collaboration and Communication



Open lines of communication go a long way in terms of building a great partnership. Our guests for this week, John Forbes, Executive Director of the American Venous Forum, and Sue O’Sullivan, President at Veritas Meeting Solutions, talk to us about how their organizations partnered to create a unique hybrid management model for associations, and how this relationship thrived through mutual trust and respect within the teams.

 

 


Ep 33: Accelerating Initiatives in an Era of Disruption



Join us this week as our guest, Dean West, President of Association Laboratory, talks to us about how the pandemic accelerated initiatives in the association industry—what could have taken five years is now only taking a couple of months to execute. With lots of pros and cons, Sherry and Dean discuss that while face to face meetings are still very much important, associations are currently still finding their feet in balancing and incorporating traditional and virtual strategies to extend substantial reach in audience. We know a lot of association executives have a lot to say about this topic so leave us a comment below!