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Using live video streaming for advocacy

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However, here are some possibilities when it comes to using this service in your advocacy efforts. According to Politico , it was possibly the first use of live video streaming for testimony by an advocacy group. Give your members a live update on your advocacy efforts or breaking news on the status of legislation you’re working on. What do you think of live video streaming for advocacy?

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Achieving Success in Diversity and Inclusion

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Association Advocacy Chick: What are some of the responsibilities for ASAE’s Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Committee? When opportunities arise to be better and serve ASAE members better through suggestions or complaints, we have to gather the facts, examine the experiences and pay attention so we can explore opportunities for advocacy which then yields change.

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Now What?

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June will be the 1st anniversary of Generation Advocacy. August marks the 5th birthday of Association Advocacy Chick. 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 will be my 5th anniversary with my current employer.

Generation Advocacy

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Introducing Generation Advocacy. Generation Advocacy is the name of my new business. GA, which is what I affectionately call it, is my advocacy training/PAC management/general government relations consulting service. Along with advocacy training, GA also works with political action committees as well provides direction for an association’s government relations efforts. I have a confession to make. This past June, I gave birth to my baby.

Do association members make the best lobbyists?

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During my organization’s annual meeting earlier this year, I did an advocacy training for some early career psychologists of color. As I was talking about the important role our members play in our advocacy efforts, I was asked the following question: If our members are so important to the process, why do we need someone like you on Capitol Hill? Uncategorized advocacy training association professional lobbyists

In appreciation of the intern

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The internship exists because there’s very little programming that addresses public policy and advocacy in psychology doctoral programs. I’ve worked for my current employer for over four years now and there’s been one constant throughout that time: our interns. Our public policy internship program is a paid internship for two psychology graduate students to work in our Public Interest Government Relations office in DC.

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Congressional testimony tips from Seth Rogen

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If anything, this presents a great opportunity for Seth and the advocacy organization to continue their congressional outreach. Last month, actor Seth Rogen testified before the Senate Appropriations Committee to ask for more research funding for Alzheimer’s disease. Organizations are well aware that star power sells and having a celebrity spokesperson can help bring attention to your cause. In fact, Ben Affleck was also on Capitol Hill that same day giving testimony.

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Social Lobbying? Sounds Familiar

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While grassroots advocacy has been around for a while, I do agree that the use of social media in this area is fairly new and sorely needed. Uncategorized grassroots advocacy mental health professionals minority fellowship program minority mental healthThe always wonderful Maddie Grant directed my attention to a recent blog post by TechCrunch’s Semil Shah entitled The Dawn of Social Lobbying.

ASAE15: We do we GO from here?

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I started Association Advocacy Chick five years ago after ASAE in Los Angeles. Without you, there will be no Association Advocacy Chick. ASAE 15 was a different experience for me than in years past. It was my first annual as an Executive Director. I missed the annual DELP reunion so it was my only opportunity to see most of my DELP family. It was our first annual meeting in Detroit.

The 4 myths about DELP

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When I was accepted into DELP in 2008, I was Director of Political Advocacy for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, had worked in the association community for 13 years and earned my MA in Government from Johns Hopkins University in 2002. One of my passions in life is ASAE’s Diversity Executive Leadership Program otherwise known as DELP. I’ve talked about DELP a number of times and have featured many of my fellow scholars in my blog posts.

Open Community….from an advocacy prospective

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From an advocacy perspective, this is an excellent resource for government relations professionals. Association Advocacy Chick : Congrats on the book! AAC : There’s no better example of open community for government relations than with grassroots advocacy.

Looking back, looking forward

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I also look forward to sharing my thoughts about advocacy, DELP and other topics with you. 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. I traveled to Hawaii for the first time. I had my first learning lab at ASAE annual. I dove head first into the wonderful word of Android (surprise!).

Sharing my blogging experience with others

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As I talked about starting and maintaining Association Advocacy Chick , many in the audience wanted to know the pros and cons of blogging. Late last year, I had the opportunity to present before the local chapter of Zeta Phi Beta sorority on social media. I talked about SEO and Facebook and Twitter. I gave stats on who’s using social networks. However, the part that generated the most interest and discussion centered around blogging.

Lobbying is not a four-letter word

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During the discussion, someone commented on the use of the words lobbying and advocacy in the news. When the story is more upbeat, advocacy and advocates are used. Government Relations, Advocacy, Lobbying. We’re at the point where we encourage our association members to go to Capitol Hill as advocates not lobbyists because advocacy is good and lobbying is bad. Earlier today, I attended a breakfast at ASAE with some of my government relations colleagues.

Advocacy and social media: A case study from ASHA

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I’m always talking about the need for associations to use social media in their advocacy efforts. Association Advocacy Chick: Describe your position with ASHA? Caroline Goncalves: I am the associate director of Federal Advocacy at ASHA.

When it comes to DELP, don’t just take my word for it

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Association Advocacy Chick: What led each of you to apply for the Diversity Executive Leadership Program? I often talk about my DELP experience from the perspective of an alumna. But what is it like for someone new to the program? I’d like to introduce to you a couple of the members of the Class of 2011-2013, Martha Ramirez, SPHR from the Society for Human Resources Management and Donte Shannon from the Association of American Medical Colleges.

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Yes you can: government relations on the CAE exam

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Your plan should include issues of importance to the association, position statements, advocacy training and of course, participation from your members among other components.

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

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Go to virtually any association’s website and you will find advocacy listed as a membership benefit. Which of your members would rank advocacy among their top five reasons for joining your association? And yet others are interested in advocacy. Before we assume that democracy is dead, associations need to figure out a way to engage all members across generations in their advocacy efforts in order to be successful.

Get to know me, really

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However, I think it’s time to open up about the other aspects of this association advocacy chick. 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. So here are some fun facts about yours truly. I’m a middle child. I have an older sister and younger brother. I learned how to drive at 21 and got my license the day after I graduated from GW.

The Case for Innovation in Advocacy

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If you were to play word association with advocacy , I’m sure innovation is not the word you’d come up with. Yes, traditional lobbying, grassroots advocacy, and political involvement are effective ways of moving or defeating legislation. I am not an innovator. Correction: I have been convinced that I cannot be an innovator. But why is that? Many associations insist that it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

The seven lessons I learned in 2011

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To those who came across Association Advocacy Chick in 2011 either by choice or circumstance, thank you for your support. 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. The meeting I hosted was delayed 15 minutes as we scrambled to connect a participant via conference call.

What blogging and the Foo Fighters taught me about acceptance

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Topics included developing content, using blogs for advocacy (LOVE!), Last Thursday, I had the pleasure of attending Progress U’s Blogger Summit (PUBS) sponsored by DelCor Technology Solutions. 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?

Want my respect? Be willing to sort the mail

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What I didn’t do was anything related to advocacy. No lobbying visits, no advocacy training, no coalition meetings. I started my career as an assistant to the Government Relations Director of a small association. My job was doing his grunt work: filing, faxing, sorting mail, and answering phones. I even made coffee. That job taught me to appreciate administrative tasks no matter how big or small.

No, I’m not a (fill in the blank).

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One can look at ASAE’s recent advocacy efforts with the 1099 repeal as an example of members getting involved with association advocacy. My career in association government relations spans 16 years with 11 of those representing individual members. If there’s one question I get asked more often than not, it’s this… Are you a member of the association? . When I reply “no”, it’s usually followed up with “Why?”

Out of Office Message

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Association Advocacy Chick continues to grow slowly, but surely. My iPad toolkit for lobbyists post was republished and circulated widely within the advocacy community. I love having Association Advocacy Chick as an outlet when I can’t express myself in 140 characters or less. 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.

How I stopped leaning on notes and started learning to trust myself

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Looking back over 2012, I’ve done a number of presentations spanning from advocacy to middle children. Uncategorized advocacy notes presentationsWhenever I prepare for a presentation, I start by drafting notes. Notes are a great way to organize your thoughts and ensure that you stay on topic. Recently, I was asked to give remarks to student members in town for a visit. As usual, I sat down and sketched out what I wanted to say.

Wrapping it up with a big red bow

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However, none of those things compare to the aftermath of starting Association Advocacy Chick. I find it hard to believe that we’re only a few days away from the end of 2010. So much has happened to me this year. I left a great association after 10 years for a new opportunity.

One Year Later…

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On August 26, 2010, I started Association Advocacy Chick with one post and no clue what the heck I was doing. Sure, blogging seemed easy enough. But what exactly would I write about? Who was my audience? How often would I post? So many questions and hardly any answers. 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. .

The great and not-so-great from ASAE11

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Outside of Ignite, my two favs were the Build and Coordinate Government Relations Advocacy and the Tips and Tricks from Association Mobile Warriors sessions. 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.

Power to the people!

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Recently, the Congressional Management Foundation released a survey of congressional staffers and their thoughts on advocacy. The results were quite interesting. Among the findings, the survey identified the most important factor that influences an undecided Member of Congress. No, not the lobbyist or the media. It’s the legislator’s constituent. Whether it’s a Capitol Hill visit or an email, the average citizen has more influence than one would think.

Allow me to reintroduce myself

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I’ll even talk about advocacy from time to time. Advocacy will always be a part of me. Hello! 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. As I mentioned in my last post, I’m now blogging under the title It’s On The List. Why It’s On the List ? Because at least once a day, regardless of the topic, I’ve uttered this statement.

Welcome to Association Advocacy Chick!

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Due to a number of circumstances and situations that occurred over the last four days, I finally got the mojo to start Association Advocacy Chick. 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. Los Angeles changed that.

Why this advocacy chick has her CAE

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What other industry would allow a 22 year-old administrative assistant to become a director of political advocacy in four years? A few years ago, I was talking to a colleague about ASAE when the topic of the CAE came up. When asked if I was going to sit for the exam, I said no. At the time, I didn’t feel I needed to. I didn’t think it would enhance my career. I saw myself as a lobbyist, not an association executive.

When life gets in the way

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My goal when I started Association Advocacy Chick was to produce fresh content at least twice a month. I have no plans to stop Association Advocacy Chick (or blogging for that matter) any time soon. You may have noticed that my blog posts have slowed down to a crawl. 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.

Vote

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As an association advocacy chick, I wouldn’t be doing my due diligence if I didn’t encourage you to vote on Tuesday November 2. I don’t care who you support. Just make sure you show up at the polls. Encourage your family and friends to do the same. A lot is at stake and as we’ve seen in recent years, your one vote can make the difference. So please don’t sit this election out. Paid for by no one

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Personal Reflections on 15 Years in Association Management – Guest Post by Shawn Boynes, CAE

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I’m so thrilled and honored to present my first guest blogger of Association Advocacy Chick, Shawn Boynes, CAE. Several months ago, my dear friend and colleague, Stefanie Reeves (or better known here as Association Advocacy Chick), asked me to be a guest blogger. In this post, he explores the lessons he’s learned during his career as an association executive. .

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Just what do you do all day?

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Advocacy is a great way to bring positive change. However, this maddening, super-hyper, type A career is what I chose to do and this association advocacy chick wouldn’t have it any other way A few weeks ago, my mom told me about a conversation she had with one of her friends. The friend asked, ”Just what does Stefanie do for a living?” ” Her response? “I’m not exactly sure.” ” . Thanks, Mom.

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Every time a bell rings, a volunteer gets his wings – Guest Post by Aaron Wolowiec, CAE, CMP

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Once again, I’m honored to present another guest blogger to Association Advocacy Chick. He’s Aaron Wolowiec, MSA, CAE, CMP, director of education and associate partnerships for the Health Care Association of Michigan, DELP scholar, and chair of ASAE’s Young Association Executives Committee. In today’s post, he examines the sometimes complicated relationship between volunteers and staff. You can reach Aaron by email: aaron.wolowiec@gmail.com or Twitter: @aaronwolowiec.

Association lobbyists: Congress is kicking our butts when it comes to social media

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However, as association lobbyists, are we using those same tools to promote our advocacy efforts to our members? . A great example of using social media for advocacy is the Stop the Medicare Therapy Cap Facebook page: [link] The page was the brainchild of the American Physical Therapy Association in coordination with other groups (full disclosure – including my former employer) to call on Congress to repeal a financial cap on rehab services.

What ASAE10 meant to me

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There’s a need for more programming on advocacy. Another shocker, non-GR professionals may want advocacy sessions to help them prepare for, oh I don’t know, the CAE exam! How about 2 advocacy sessions per day? I can volunteer my time to plan advocacy sessions at ASAE11. 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.