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Now What?

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My blog? Uncategorized advocacy ASAE associations blog Career delp Diversity milestones This year marks some very important milestones for me. ASAE’s Diversity Executive Leadership Program otherwise known as DELP  celebrates its 15th anniversary. March March will be my 5th anniversary with my current employer. June will be the 1st anniversary of Generation Advocacy. August marks the 5th birthday of Association Advocacy Chick. I’m very excited about all of this. Yet, I’ve had this one nagging question on my mind: Now what? My professional development?

Would you pull a Claire Underwood?

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Warning: this blog post contain spoilers from season 3 of House of Cards. If you haven’t seen the entire season run, consider yourself warned. In season 3 of House of Cards, we find First Lady Claire Underwood seeking the UN ambassadorship to the United States. Upon announcing her nomination, she experiences extreme pushback based on lack of experience and appearance of nepotism among other issues. The The Senate does not confirm her nomination, but she’s appointed by the President during a Senate recess (yes,  this has happened ). Uncategorized Claire Underwood

Humanizing Government Relations

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The social media aspect alone is worth three blog posts. My fellow lobbyists, I have distressing news. Our members don’t know who we are and why we exist within our associations. They don’t see our value. We have to deal with a Congress that can’t get s**t done (yup, I just cursed). Congressional staffers don’t want to meet with us. We’re being told that a 10% cut to our program areas should be considered a legislative victory. We’re in the age of the SuperPAC where our association PAC check isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on.

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ASAE15: We do we GO from here?

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started Association Advocacy Chick five years ago after ASAE in Los Angeles. I was in a place in my life where I wanted my voice heard and saw blogging as an opportunity to do that. want to thank every person who has subscribed to the blog, read it, or received it from someone else. With my association career going in a new and exciting direction, I’ve decided to put the blog on an indefinite hiatus. still love to blog and hope to do more in other areas of association management. ASAE 15 was a different experience for me than in years past. Actually do it.

Sharing my blogging experience with others

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However, the part that generated the most interest and discussion centered around blogging. As I talked about starting and maintaining Association Advocacy Chick , many in the audience wanted to know the pros and cons of blogging. On Sometimes you wonder if anyone’s reading your blogBlogging has made me a better writer, a better thinker and overall, a better person. I’ve made great friends and contacts. ended the presentation with a story about one of my blog posts. Uncategorized pros and cons of blogging using social networks

So you wanna be a DELP Scholar?

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Maybe you’ve read this blog and have finally convinced yourself that now is the time: You want to apply to the Diversity Executive Leadership Program (DELP).  But, You’ve received the email from ASAE.  Maybe someone handed you the brochure.  But, how do you begin?  Background information including the application can be found here.  In addition, some of my DELP colleagues wanted to offer their advice to those taking the plunge. Apply from your heart. If you do not get accepted the first time. try and try again. It took me twice to get accepted into the program. My advice? 

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Looking back, looking forward

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didn’t blog as often as I would’ve liked to. will make you this promise: this year, I will return to regular blogging. Thank you for reading my blog in 2013 and I hope you will continue in 2014. As we begin a new year, we often reflect back and determine what we’d like to see in the new year. I’m no different. It’s kinda hard to describe 2013 in simple terms. It wasn’t a bad year for me. I turned 40. traveled to Hawaii for the first time. I had my first learning lab at ASAE annual. witnessed friends and family succeed beyond expectations. However,

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ASAE12: Are you ready?

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Be social: If you’ve been waiting for the right time to dive into Twitter or to start blogging, this is it. started this blog the day after I returned from ASAE10 in Los Angeles. 7. As I type this, I’m 2 days away from getting together with 13,000+ psychologists and students in the land of Mickey. My presentations are ready. I’m pretty much packed and my schedule will actually allow me to eat at some point. However, However, that’s not what I want to talk about. want to talk about my other conference. So how do you manage? 1. Always have an alternative. 2.

Confessions of an interim manager

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For weeks, I’ve been debating how I was going to blog about my experience as an interim manager. Was I going to sugar coat it and say that everything was wonderful or do I focus on the gory details? Neither. I’m going to be honest. As I alluded to in a previous post, my boss unexpectedly resigned in early March giving two weeks notice. She had been offered a great opportunity that she would’ve been foolish to pass up.  With only two weeks to decide how the office would run in the interim, the decision was made four days before her departure. No title change. HATED.

Welcome to 2012: Challenge accepted

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Well, the amazing Maddie Grant issued a challenge to blog about the topic How are you going to change the world in 2012 ?  A large task indeed.  I mean I’m a small spoke in a very large wheel. In the 17+ months this blog has been in existence, I’ve learned just how rare it is to see someone who looked like me or do what I do as a regular blogger in the association community.  I want to change that.  If I can influence one new voice in this area, I’ve accomplished my goal. 2. For the most part, I’ve shown some real growth in both areas.

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Prince

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For the past 8 months, I’ve been on hiatus from blogging as I transition into a new position in association management. knew it would take a powerful event to get me back here. Unfortunately, it was the death of Prince. Three days later and it’s still hard for me to write that sentence. thought I wouldn’t have to write this for another twenty years or so. Hooked.

Open Community….from an advocacy prospective

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, social media divas Lindy Dreyer and Maddie Grant, CAE of SocialFish have published their first book, Open Community.  The book offers advice to associations looking to either create or expand their online communities with the help of social media.  Maddie Grant :  Thanks Stefanie! What lessons can GR staff take away from the book? and its messiness.

What blogging and the Foo Fighters taught me about acceptance

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Topics included developing content, using blogs for advocacy (LOVE!), getting motivated to blog and so much more. Not Last Thursday, I had the pleasure of attending  Progress U’s Blogger Summit (PUBS) sponsored by DelCor Technology Solutions. Led Led by the lovely and talented KiKi L’Italien, I spent an entire day learning from some of the best association bloggers in the world (yes, they’re that good). How can you miss with a line up that included Maddie Grant, Jamie Notter, Maggie McGary, Jeff De Cagna, and Deirdre Reid? The music is just so good. When

Get to know me, really

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If you’ve read this blog for any length of time, you know that I do government relations for an association, have my CAE, and a DELP scholar. However, I think it’s time to open up about the other aspects of this association advocacy chick. So here are some fun facts about yours truly. 1. I’m a middle child. have an older sister and younger brother. 2. learned how to drive at 21 and got my license the day after I graduated from GW. 3. To say I love to dance is a major understatement. literally dance everyday. 4. Yes, we do exist. 6. never had a grandmother growing up.

The seven lessons I learned in 2011

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Whenever possible, I’ve pushed back meetings so I can participate in Tuesday’s Association Chat on Twitter.  If I want something bad enough, I will move heaven and earth to do it and still get a good night’s rest. I do have enough content for a blog. When I first started my blog, my biggest fear was not having enough to say.  Without you, this blog would not exist.  Things will go wrong and that’s okay. Last week was not exactly a stellar week for me.  I moderated a webinar where the first 10 minutes were marred by a glitch in the software. 

If at first you don’t succeed…

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One of my first AAC blog posts discussed the ASAE’s 2010 annual meeting and what I learned from it.  One of my points highlighted a lack of government relations programming.  Then in mid-January, I got the news: our session was not accepted. I was hurt.  Rejection is never easy, but when it comes at the hand of professional colleagues, it tends to sting even more.  You tend to question yourself.  “Did I write too much?”  ”  “Was the title not sexy enough?”  ”  “Do I even qualify to submit a presentation?” I

A Scandalous lesson in social media

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There are fan sites with everything from in-depth analysis to blog posts on what Washington wore on the show. I’m a huge fan of the hit ABC drama Scandal starring Kerry Washington. Washington plays Olivia Pope, a person who makes a living “fixing” things whether it’s covering up a liaison in a congressman’s office or throwing a presidential election.

Out of Office Message

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So during this holiday season where we have witnessed both evil and good, I want to thank you for continuing to support this blog. Whether you’re a regular reader or lurked from time to time, thank you for taking the time to read my blog, share my posts and offer a comment. Uncategorized advocacy blog holidays ipadTo: You. From: Me. Re: Out of Office. As of Friday December 21, I will be out of the office for the rest of the year. 2012 has been busy, thrilling, tiring, upsetting and fulfilling all at the same time. made new contacts and reconnected with old friends.

Wrapping it up with a big red bow

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Through this blog, I found a voice that had always existed, but was too afraid to come out.  I wished I listened to my former ASHA colleagues Maggie McGary and Janet McNichol when I first expressed interest in writing a blog two years ago.  still can’t get over the people who have read and commented on the blog.  Jeff Hurt?  Really?  ASAE staff?  Really? 

When it comes to advocacy, don’t ignore Gen Y

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Consider having a blog to report on your legislative activities. The following post is a reprint of a guest post I did for XYZ University in September 2012. special thanks to Sarah Sladek for allowing me to participate! Go to virtually any association’s website and you will find advocacy listed as a membership benefit. Is it really a benefit? Which of your members would rank advocacy among their top five reasons for joining your association? For a young professional, their reasons for becoming a member may be different. Some want to develop a network. From the ground up. Don’t assume.

Thankful

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Despite the challenges we face, we are committed to helping one another learn, grow, and succeed.  If it wasn’t for you, this blog wouldn’t exist. Those who read this blog. Those who found this blog by accident. I’m thankful for my parents Jean and James and my siblings, Tasha and James Jr. even during those times when I swear I was adopted. I’m thankful for being single when I could be trapped in a loveless relationship.  I know that very soon, I will be with that one great guy. I’m thankful for my health and wellbeing. Those I grew up with.

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One Year Later…

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Sure, blogging seemed easy enough. Yet, I created an account on WordPress and started spouting.  If you told me last year everything that would come to pass as a result of this blog, you would’ve scared me right out of the blogging business. . Just someone with a voice that rarely exists in this space: a 37 year-old black female association lobbyist.  To that end, I want to thank my friends, colleagues, supporters, those who retweet my posts, lurkers, and stalkers for contributing to the success of this blog.  But what exactly would I write about? 

The great and not-so-great from ASAE11

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have so much more to say about ASAE11 that I’m saving for another blog post. Louis marked my fourth ASAE annual meeting and I must say, it was one of the best. Here’s what I liked and didn’t like about ASAE11. The Great – Closing General Session Speaker Peter Sheahan. Peter Sheahan was the best keynote speaker I’ve ever heard at ASAE. Because he did two things that speakers in this forum almost never do: He did his homework on his audience and didn’t push a product. understand that she was a last-minute replacement and I did like the content. Louis.

I am not a number

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This blog alone has led to opportunities beyond anything I would’ve imagined.  You There are people who I’m leery of.  Those who claim they never have to prepare for a presentation or a meeting.  People who hate chocolate.  People who watch reality tv and nothing else.  Above all, I’m very leery of number whores.  What’s a number whore?  A person who connects online for the sole purpose of making themselves look more important than they really are.  You see, this isn’t a numbers game to me.  This is my life

Allow me to reintroduce myself

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As I mentioned in my last post, I’m now blogging under the title It’s On The List. look forward to blogging again. Uncategorized association management blog blogging podcast workHello! When I last spoke to you, I was eulogizing one of my favorite musicians. Six months later, I thought it would be a good time to get back to our regularly scheduled program. Why It’s On the List ? It’s a reflection of just how much we try to fit into our daily lives. So what am I going to talk about? Prince? Advocacy will always be a part of me. missed it.

When life gets in the way

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You may have noticed that my blog posts have slowed down to a crawl. have no plans to stop Association Advocacy Chick (or blogging for that matter) any time soon. I Thanks to everyone who supports and reads this blog. My goal when I started Association Advocacy Chick was to produce fresh content at least twice a month. However, it seems like I’m lucky to get one post up per month. While the mind is willing, the time just isn’t there right now. Don’t worry. My plan is to get back on track later this month with my annual May is Mental Health Month post. Thanks

A little help from my friends

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Having a blog presents a number of opportunities.  It gives me a chance to express my views as an association lobbyist who’s also a DELP scholar.  Shawn is Senior Director of Education for APIC – Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology and received his CAE this past May.  He has blogged for ASAE’s Acronym and was one of the featured bloggers during ASAE10. . Soon, it will also be a vehicle to showcase the writings of some of my fellow scholars.  First off will be my fellow 2008-2009 DELP classmate Shawn Boynes, CAE. 

Black Like Me

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Earlier this week, Kristin Clarke wrote a dynamic piece for ASAE’s Acronym blog entitled White Like Me. Using the context of the midterm elections which resulted in no African-Americans in the Senate, she describes the continuing frustration of not having more African-Americans serving in association leadership positions.  If you haven’t read it, you can find it here.  As an African-American woman, I wanted to offer my perspective on this topic. Let’s talk about the pipeline. Sounds simple, right? The same pipeline challenges exist in the association community.

I wasn’t expecting this

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When I started this blog last Thursday, I was not prepared for the outpouring of support that I’ve received. The feedback from the association blogging community has been tremendously helpful.  I value your advice and hope to continue receiving your feedback. Thanks to this blog, I’ve received two amazing opportunities that I can’t wait to participate in.  I hope to write about them soon.  In the meantime, if I don’t say this enough, thank you. -S

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Quick post – Pedigree’s Adoption Campaign

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From now until Sunday September 19, Pedigree will donate a 20-pound bag of dog food to a local shelter for every blog post about its adoption program. As a dog owner who got her pet from a rescue, I’m a firm believer in pet adoption. The Pedigree Foundation works with shelters to find loving homes for dogs. So far the campaign has generated more than 1 million meal for dogs in shelters throughout the United States. Do your part to help. For more information visit the Pedigree’s adopt a pet webpage: [link

Welcome to Association Advocacy Chick!

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I’ve been considering a blog for the last couple of years, but could never find the time or motivation to do it.  I had an idea of what I wanted to talk about, but just couldn’t take that next step. With so many of my talented colleagues in the association community blogging, I wanted to join the conversation.  I’m a new blogger so please be patient with me.  I hope to make this a fun, interesting, and thought-provoking experience for the both of us. Los Angeles changed that.

Fridays with Kiki and Maddie

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It was an amazing hour that went by too quickly.  I want to thank Kiki and Maddie for not only inviting me to hang out with them, but also welcoming me into the association blogging community with open arms. -S Earlier today, I had the esteemed honor of being a guest on Delcor Social Media’s Sweet Spot hosted by the fabulous Kiki L’Italien with the equally fabulous Maddie Grant.  If you haven’t seen an episode, shame on you. 

What ASAE10 meant to me

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The catalyst for this blog came from my experiences at ASAE’s annual meeting in LA. Here are some of my professional and personal takeaways from this meeting. Technology and social media continues to improve the annual meeting experience. Following the ASAE10 Twitter feed gave me a chance to learn what was going on in sessions I couldn’t attend.  I made new Facebook friends and gained new people to follow on Twitter. Smartphone apps helped manage our schedules. Virtual friends became real friends. Our interactions unfortunately were brief. Serve cookies and milk. So now what?

Blogs that work.and spread

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Blogging is writing with a dual purpose. Effective blog posts both educate the reader and benefit the writers -- or the writer’s organization. What you’ll read here comes not just from my study of blogging over the years, but from personal experience. little over a year ago, I started a blog about clear business writing. The two qualities of a successful blog.

Inspiration and Innovation From the Nonprofit Blog Carnival

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Here is the June Nonprofit Blog Carnival round-up on inspiration and innovation. Check out the 15 blog posts with a dizzying array of ideas, insight and inspiration. nonprofit blog carnival

Keeping your blog fresh

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Hi blog readers! A bit red face here at Mariner because we’ve been neglecting this blog a bit. Not because we don’t have anything to say – trust me, we have plenty to say – but because like most of you, we’ve been busy as bees. Of course that’s a pretty lousy excuse but there it is

Nonprofit Blog Carnival June 2015: Motivation for the Nonprofit Nation

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Check out our Nonprofit Blog Carnival round-up for June. membership Non-profit nonprofit blog carnivalWant to find out how to motivate your volunteers, donors, supporters and board members?

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Data for Good – from the Nonprofit Blog Carnival

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Here''s the June Nonprofit Blog Carnival round-up on "Data for Good". data nonprofit blog carnival Great advice and tips on measurement and data analysis for non-profits.

Guest blog: Beyond the RFP.

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The post Guest blog: Beyond the RFP. Widen your AMC’s business development process. by Erin Fuller, FASAE, CAE, President | MCI USA Association Management & Consulting & Member | AMCI’s Board of Directors. The email came out of the blue, from a really strong association executive that I interviewed a few months back who wasn’t the right fit for the professional society leadership role I tried to fill. Now, the association he still served in a senior position decided to explore the AMC option, and he was put in charge of identifying the right fit. How wide was the search?

Nonprofit Blog Carnival: Share Your Posts on Inspiration and Innovation

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We''re hosting the Nonprofit Blog Carnival for June and we want your submissions on nonprofit inspiration and innovation! nonprofit blog carnival