How to Revitalize a Broken Component Relations Program

By: Cynthia Simpson, CAE

If you need to bolster your component relations, patience is a virtue. It takes time—along with cooperation and concrete action—to establish relationships and build trust among members and chapters.

When I was hired three years ago as the director of programs and external relations at the Association for Women in Science, my primary responsibility was to reconnect the national office with membership and, specifically, with the more than 50 chapters representing the organization. AWIS chapters had mostly been ignored for quite some time, which created a huge level of distrust and disconnect between the national office and its components....