Associations Now - 2020

Winter 2020

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Features

  • The CEO's Role in Board Selection
    By: Mark Athitakis
    What role should an association CEO play in board nominations and selection? Real-life practices vary, according to new ASAE Research Foundation data, but the best outcomes emerge when executives step gracefully through the process, providing input and guidance in just the right measure.
  • The CEO as Personality-in-Chief
    By: Tim Ebner
    As the face of an organization, how a CEO presents to members, staff, and the public matters. Many association chief staff executives say they are most effective when they bring their full selves to the role, using open communication and connections to establish personal, authentic, and transparent relationships with the people they serve.
  • Is Bias Affecting How You Lead?
    By: Rasheeda Childress
    Everyone has biases, whether they’re aware of them or not. For leaders, unconscious bias can have a crippling effect on everything from staff diversity to member retention to innovation. For associations to thrive, leaders must tackle their own biases head on.

Spring 2020

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Features

  • Cover Story: Is It Time to Take a Stand?
    By: Tim Ebner
    Whether you’re choosing when to speak on a core policy issue or a new one, careful planning, collaboration with leaders, and input from members are critical to good advocacy messaging. As public policy takes center stage in an election year, it’s a good time to reexamine how your organization decides when to take a stand.  
  • Get Recession Ready
    By: Mark Athitakis
    Even before the coronavirus pandemic, economists were speculating on the timing of the next recession. Now, the economic picture has darkened substantially. It’s time to take a look at your core mission, dues structure, partnerships, and more to better weather any coming storm. 
  • How to Retain Top Talent in Uncertain Times
    By: Allison Torres Burtka
    A changing workforce requires a new approach to employee retention if organizations want to keep their top talent in a business climate facing new uncertainties.

Summer 2020: ASAE Centennial Issue

ASAE’s centennial commemorates past challenges met: transatlantic flight, civil rights progress, eradication of disease, technology advancement, disaster response. It also looks ahead, and in that spirit this special issue of Associations Now features stories of 100 associations that will help make a better future, including several from the ASAE Research Foundation’s Centennial Research Initiative.

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Fall 2020: What's Next for Meetings 

The annual fall meetings issue examines how associations are managing the pivot to virtual meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic and looking ahead to a return of in-person events and new hybrid formats. 

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