- Cover Story: Association Governance on a Global Scale
By: Joe Rominiecki As an association expands, its governance system stretches to the breaking point. At the Entrepreneurs' Organization, where more than half of members live beyond U.S. borders, Brian Costanzo, CAE, led the creation of a new global governance system that flexes to meet the needs of members all over the planet. [Titled "Governance Goes Global" in the print edition.]
- A Social Media Advocacy Strategy
By: Mark Athitakis Associations aren't the authoritative source they used to be, but they're still masters of mobilizing people and opinions and action. The Colorado Oil and Gas Association's "My Energy Truth" campaign is a model of advocacy in the social media age. [Titled "Let's Talk" in the print edition.]
- Embracing Free Membership
By: Melanie D.G. Kaplan Some might call it free membership—and they'd be right. But Erin Fuller calls her stroke of brilliance "radical inclusiveness," and it's helping The Alliance for Women in Media thrive. [Titled "The Big Embrace" in the print edition.]
- Three More Innovation Stars
Easy-access data in real time, a for-profit R&D subsidiary, and nationwide member "town hall" meetings. Get to know three more of the nominees for our Innovation Stars issue.
The A List
- Ask the CEO: Educational Theatre Association
Julie Woffington, executive director, Educational Theatre Association, answers questions from EdTA member Kendra Dando about arts and education.
- A Board Built From Scratch
By: Mark Athitakis Teaching the essentials of governance has been the first order of business for an association executive in Azerbaijan. [Titled "Governance Made Simple" in the print edition.]
- Comings and Goings*
A roundup of new hires and other personnel moves in the association industry.
- Steer a Board Without Taking the Wheel
By: Therese Brown How one association executive encourages her board to take its own initiative. [Titled "Smooth Operator" in the print edition.]
- 3 Lessons: Formula for Success
Lawrence D. Sloan, CAE, knows the value of good chemistry.
- CEO to CEO: Innovation Facilitation
Association CEOs share how they help members with innovation.
Money & Business
- The Association as Angel Investor
By: Andrew S. Lang, FASAE How the Association of Corporate Travel Executives sparks innovation through partnerships. [Titled "Taking Flight" in the print edition.]
- Show Your Staff the Way to Save
How can associations help get their employees on the right track to financial well-being? [Titled "Financial Fitness in the print edition.]
- Advice With Consent
By: Bryan K. Prosek Be clear with employees seeking legal help: In-house counsel represents the association.
- Data Nugget: Mobile Commerce Gains Momentum
Payments via smartphones are skyrocketing.
- Mobile Medicine: How Associations Help Tech-Savvy Doctors
By: Katie Bascuas Tablet adoption among healthcare professionals is changing how associations representing the industry are designing their websites.
- Why IT Should Report Directly to the CEO
By: Katie Bascuas American Wind Energy Association CIO Thad Lurie says IT is not what it used to be.
- Can't Live Without My ... Google Drive
Google's online storage platform can help you get organized and syncs documents across all of your devices.
- Rewards Program Drives Member Engagement
By: Joe Rominiecki The National Association of Realtors is encouraging its members to participate in small engagement opportunities in exchange for useful resources and prizes.
- How Associations Teach the American Way
By: Joe Rominiecki Associations make better citizens by broadening members' horizons.
- Best Benefit Ever: Dispute Resolution
The Drycleaning & Laundry Institute provides members with a garment analysis service that helps cleaners defend against claims of damage.
- Data Nugget: Due for an Increase
Most associations have waited six years to increase dues, but 2013 will the year they stop waiting.
- Road Warrior Workspace
By: Samantha Whitehorne Hotels are making working remotely easier.
- Destination: Albuquerque
By: Samantha Whitehorne New Mexico's largest city is filled with culture, top hotels and resorts, and about-to-be remodeled spaces.
- Data Nugget: Electric Vehicle Charging
Charging stations for electric vehicles are on the rise, thanks in part to hotels and convention centers.
- Books: Mindful Capitalism
By: Kristin Clarke Four ideas that lead to improved lives and better bottom lines.
- Seven Steps to Brilliance
By: Kristin Clarke How to boost your creativity.
- Why Communication Matters to Your Career
Career advice from Carol Vernon, certified executive coach, principal of Communication Matters. [Titled "Communication Counts" in the print edition.]
- Forceful Fly-Ins
By: Chris Vest A recent survey details best practices when working with Capitol Hill.
- A Collaborative Diversity & Inclusion Strategy
By: Samantha Whitehorne The National Engineers Week Foundation's Diversity Council illustrates how the power of many is greater than the power of one. [Titled "Sketching Out a D&I Strategy" in the print edition.]