A Happy New Year for meetings?

Aaron Wolowiec

Great architecture goes a long way, if you highlight it with lighting,” said Pam Madewell, of the MPI Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter , who runs an event management firm. Unless it’s worth it, companies aren’t going to send their employees to events, and once again, professional development may hit the chopping block. The champagne is chilling and we’re pumped to watch the ball drop as we find ourselves humming “Auld Lang Syne.”. 2015 is nearly here.

3 Reasons Why the Big Red “M” is Sponsoring an IndyCar - Moery Company

Moery Company

Big example: We’ll be traveling to Detroit, Michigan; Fort Worth, Texas; Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, and Lexington, Ohio for a scheduled IndyCar race. Since announcing our IndyCar sponsorship two weeks ago, we’ve been getting unprecedented activity on social, and record hits on our website over the news. If you haven’t heard, we’re sponsoring Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan as an official partner of the No.


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Raising spirits: How a Texas community is engaging residents during COVID-19


Residents have donated money, food, snacks, and water to staff at hospitals and clinics in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, says Page Austin, Harvest’s lifestyle manager. It is the Dallas-Fort Worth area’s first “agrihood”—a growing trend of communities in the U.S.

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Conference Circuit: Water Pros

Associations Now

The National Rural Water Association’s 2018 WaterPro Conference begins next week in Fort Worth, Texas. Venue: Fort Worth Convention Center. City: Fort Worth, Texas. Rundown Attendees: 1,500 plus. Vendors: 150. Continuing-education hours: 30. Attendance is expected to exceed 1,500.

Making spirits bright: Communities planning big holiday events and activities this season


The 1,200-acre large-scale community under development in the Dallas-Fort Worth area planned a similar calendar last year. Some community associations are known for robust holiday events and activities that engage residents and raise spirits during the season.

Time for less sitting, more mobile engagement


What do Fort Worth, Birmingham, Dubai, Denver and Atlanta have in common? All advertise in the first few pages of the July/August edition of Associations Now magazine as locations for your next association meeting. I’ll confess, Associations Now isn’t typically my top priority. I get to it, but usually not until I throw it in my bag for a flight. And when I pulled it out this month, what I enjoyed most about the July/August edition was the unintentional irony.

ASAE Joins Tourism, Business Groups to Oppose Texas “Religious Refusal” Bill

Associations Now

ASAE President and CEO John Graham, FASAE, CAE, joined leaders from Texas Welcomes All, Texas Competes, Visit Dallas, Visit Fort Worth, PCMA and others at a press conference in Austin to oppose SB 17 and SB 15, another bill pending in the Texas Legislature.

Groups Concerned Pending Texas Bill Could Weaken LGBTQ Protections

Associations Now

But six major Texas cities—Austin, Dallas, El Paso, Fort Worth, Plano and San Antonio—have their own nondiscrimination protections in place. A coalition of business groups and convention and tourism leaders, which includes ASAE, is expressing concern that a pending bill in the Texas Legislature could weaken protections for the state’s LGBTQ workers.

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If You’re Looking for a Job, Look Inland, Lists Say

Associations Now

The largest cities that made Glassdoor’s top 25 were generally on the bottom half of that list—DC ranked at number 16, while San Jose, Chicago, Charlotte, and Dallas–Fort Worth, each with populations above 800,000, filled the final four positions of the top 25. Two new reports suggest that Midwestern and Southern cities have a better balance of job openings and cost of living than their coastal counterparts.

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Add Chapters to Make an Old Association Feel New

Associations Now

So far, six local affiliates have been announced in Austin, Texas; Birmingham, Alabama; Detroit; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Dallas-Fort Worth; and the Piedmont region of North Carolina. Launching a chapter network has helped PEN America, a literary organization with almost 100 years of history, recruit new members and reinvent opportunities for member engagement at the local level.

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Diversity Front of Mind for PGA Ahead of Big Move

Associations Now

Being in a market like Dallas-Fort Worth, I think that can be unbelievable for us,” she told the News. “I With diversity issues long facing its membership and golf in general, the association sees opportunity for improvement as it moves to the Dallas area in the coming years.

Meeting Zen: Boosting Attendees’ Mental Well-Being

Associations Now

Knowing that waiting in airports and flying are not always the most pleasant experiences, airports such as San Francisco, Dallas-Fort Worth, and Chicago O’Hare offer complimentary yoga rooms in their terminals so flyers can relax, meditate, and recharge before or in-between flights. It’s important that your conferences not only offer networking and professional development opportunities for attendees but also keep their mental well-being in mind.

John Graham on ASAE’s 2017 Advocacy Efforts

Association Adviser

We opposed several version of this bill that would pre-empt existing anti-discrimination ordinances in cities like Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth and San Antonio that protect the community. When ASAE President and CEO John Graham IV, FASAE, CAE, took to the stage Saturday to greet Annual Meeting attendees, he dived right in with a strong message that the association is fighting for diversity, equality and openness. Those remarks earned him applause from the audience.

Humane Association: Why Aren’t Military Dogs Reunited With Their Owners?

Associations Now

A recent investigative report by the CBS affiliate in Dallas-Fort Worth found that veterans were often unable to get their dogs back from the military. Despite the American Humane Association’s successful advocacy for a requirement that former tactical dogs be brought home after their service ends, the animals often do not end up with their former military handlers. AHA is backing an effort in Congress to investigate the issue.

Groups Denounce Texas Bill as Discriminatory Ahead of Special Session

Associations Now

According to Texas Welcomes All, the state has already lost $66 million in revenue due to cancellation of events that were to have been held in Austin, Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, and Arlington. A group of local visitor bureaus, businesses, lawmakers, and associations spoke out against the proposed Texas “bathroom bill” on Monday as the legislature prepared to kick off a 30-day special session.

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TSAE Rallies to Hold First Meeting in Houston After Hurricane Harvey

Association Adviser

There was a great energy throughout the event,” said Bob Jameson, president and CEO of the Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau. For TSAE, holding its annual conference in Houston after Harvey was a way to show support and solidarity with their members and friends in the area. Photo courtesy of Kayla Prasek Photography.

Beer Institute’s Campaign Shows the Faces of the Industry

Associations Now

The companies they work for range from M&M Farms in Berthoud, Colorado, to MillerCoors in Fort Worth, Texas. The Beer Institute’s “Faces of Beer” website draws attention to the people behind the beer industry. As part of a broader campaign called Pride Starts Here, the Beer Institute (BI) has launched a webpage called “ Faces of Beer ” that spotlights individual beer industry workers.

Houston, Dallas Convention Centers Become Storm Shelters

Associations Now

In comments to NBC’s Dallas-Fort Worth affiliate , Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins noted that the demand for shelter far outpaces the supply. Hurricane Harvey has forced major Texas event facilities to take on a new role, as the massive storm continues to dump tons of rain on the state’s Gulf coast.

And the survey says…we’re scared

Aaron Wolowiec

It’s not just having people at the registration desk but having a bit of heightened security on site,” said Bob Walker of the MPI Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter. “It’s It was a Friday night and it had been a long week. I was just starting to unwind when my iPhone’s email notifications starting coming full blast. And then the mindless show on TV was interrupted by horrific images of blown up Paris buildings; streets littered with debris; people scrambling for safety.

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 3.21.16

Reid All About it

Central (networking at 8:30 a.m.) – Dallas Fort Worth Association Executives Association Day. Spring is the perfect time to nurture your professional growth. You can start doing that by setting aside one hour a week for you. Maybe one of these virtual or in-person events will be a good place to start. Mon 3/12 at 9 a.m. DFWAE has put together a good-looking slate of sessions—good luck making your choices! Susan Robertson, CAE from ASAE is the keynote.

Lunchtime Links: Engage Your Members in Different Ways

Associations Now

In March 2012, a bag stuffed with six Molotov cocktails was left outside Davis’ office in [Fort ] Worth. Why you shouldn’t treat all your members the same. Turn the knobs and tune the message for just the right audience. Also: leadership lessons from Texas Sen. Wendy Davis’ 11-hour filibuster. Members engage with your organization in different ways. That’s why it’s important to consider their engagement type.

Leading People Through Change: An Essential for Success

Association Adviser

It is a part of the Texas Society of Association Executives’ CEO Strategies series sponsored by the Fort Worth CVB. Jennifer Blenkle, Frameworks. Whether you need to adapt to a changing market, innovate your programs, engage new volunteers or develop new activities to advance your mission, your success requires changing the mindsets and behaviors of your team. Sounds simple enough, right? Is all you need to do change the mindsets and habits of already successful people?

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 6.14.19

Reid All About it

Host: Dallas-Fort Worth Association Executives (DFWAE). Whether you are considering if the CMP program is worth it or looking for last minute exam preparation tips, this webinar will cover the process of obtaining your CMP from beginning to end.

Liberian Community Groups Step Up Amid Ebola Crisis

Associations Now

“My spirit has been broken,” Stanley Gaye, president of the Liberian Community Association of Dallas-Fort Worth (LCA-DFW), told The Guardian. As the Liberian community in Dallas struggles with the wide-reaching impact of the deadly disease that took the life of Thomas Eric Duncan on Wednesday, local groups are helping to keep the community calm while discouraging discrimination. Between 5,000 and 10,000 Liberian nationals live in North Texas.

Big Hair, Big Bling, Big Money, Big Boots: Things To Know Before You Go To ASAE 12 In Dallas

Velvet Chainsaw

Twice daily you can see a cattle drive in our neighboring city of Fort Worth. Everything is bigger in Texas. Yes, in Texas size matters. At least, that’s what most Texans want you to believe!