Associations at Odds Over Proposed Massachusetts Ban on Noncompete Clauses

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The noncompete agreement—a key tool employers use to keep talented employees from jumping ship to join competitors—is under scrutiny in Massachusetts, where the governor wants to ban them. Massachusetts Gov.

Massachusetts Convention Center Authority to Produce Its Own Events

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The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority is breaking into the events business in a new way. The post Massachusetts Convention Center Authority to Produce Its Own Events appeared first on Associations Now

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Massachusetts Tech Group: Women, Minorities Left Behind as Industry Grows

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New research from the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council argues that the state’s tech industry is doing better than many others on the diversity front but that it still has a ways to go. In Massachusetts, the technology economy is surging.

Best Benefit Ever: New Database for Massachusetts Lawyers

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Thanks to a new alliance between online legal-research service Fastcase and the Massachusetts Bar Association , member lawyers now have free, unlimited access to one of the largest law libraries in the world. A new partnership brings fast, free information to state bar members.

Massachusetts Marine Group Gears Up For Future Boaters

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The Massachusetts Marine Trades Association, inspired by an association leader who has seen success with a similar initiative at the local level, recently announced its plan to attract youths to boating. A boating group in Massachusetts won’t let the sport fade away.

Energizing Member Engagement

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This article reflects key insights shared by the participants (referenced in the article) and moderator (the author) at the “Building Trade Associations that Drive Sustained Industry Growth” Panel at the Council of Manufacturing Associations Summer Conference in Boston, Massachusetts, August 4, 2017.

Are Noncompete Clauses Going Out of Style?

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At least one labor group has started up specifically to challenge a Massachusetts tech company’s use of the clauses. Recent actions in the northeastern U.S.

Governors Association Launches Opioid Treatment Pilot Targeted at Prisons

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The National Governors Association is bringing opioid treatment strategies that have seen good results in Massachusetts correctional facilities to a number of other states. Massachusetts’ anti-opioid policies have drawn attention nationally.

Making a Day of It

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Last week I saw the coolest Facebook post from my sister-in-law, who works at EMC in Hopkinton, Massachusetts. It was pretty neat—Patriot tight end (and part time Superhero) Rob Gronkowski had come to EMC as part of a company celebration. She was pumped to see Gronk live and in person.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 8.4.17

Reid All About it

Instead, in case you’re dying to know, I’m heading to Massachusetts for a family gathering. Your weekly list of free webinars and events for the association community… For the first time in several years, I’m not attending ASAE Annual.

Pilot Project Grooms Latino Leaders to Serve On Nonprofit Boards

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The Cultural Inclusion Project in Lawrence, Massachusetts, aims to train Latino professionals and pair them with nonprofits that are trying to build boards that better represent the community. A little help may be on the way from the Cultural Inclusion Project, a pilot program being tested by two nonprofits—Jericho Road Lawrence and the YWCA of Greater Lawrence—in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

Building your Business Continuity Plan

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Here in the Northeast part of Massachusetts, it’s only a matter of time before that dreaded snow arrives!

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6 Web Tools to Help Small Organizations Thrive

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Ja-Naé is also CEO of Wild Woman Entrepreneurs, Ja-Naé Ventures, Co-founder of the Massachusetts Artist Leaders Coalition, Founder of The Leaders and author of "How to Start Your Business with $100.".( This is a guest post by Ja-Naé Duane, artist, creative economist, social media strategist and a faculty member at Northeastern University.

5 Colleges Using Social Media to Boost Student-Alumni Relations


Even college presidents are constantly connected, according to The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Marketing Research, which found 58 percent of presidents are posting to Facebook , 55 percent to Twitter, and 35 percent to their own blog.

Nurses’ Group Launches Campaign for Better Patient Care

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” Founded in 2009 with the merger of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee, United American Nurses, and Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA), NNU represents roughly 185,000 members in every state.

Gotta Right to Sing the Blues

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The current impetus for this thinking is Blue Cross/ Blue Shield of Massachusetts. Seems that in Massachusetts, the practice of paying nonprofit board members isn’t common. Maybe it is time to have a new nonprofit classification.

Amazon Prime’s Next-Level Membership Gimmick

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Amazon wouldn’t have any Oscars if not for Amazon Prime, which is why residents of Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts, are getting free memberships. The movie helped put the real-life Massachusetts city , population 5,136, on the map.

Safety Top-of-Mind for Bus, Gaming Associations

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One example of the partnership in action: The city of Springfield, Massachusetts , the home base of the Peter Pan Bus Company, will soon have a new MGM Resorts International location.

9 Pieces of Association History You Didn’t Know

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While based in Massachusetts, veterans in Virginia, who were looking for compensation for their military service, reached out looking for help.

Putting the Team in Teamwork: How Groups Can Perform Better

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While women aren’t the only variable leading to smarter groups, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology pointed out in a New York Times op-ed that it is women’s ability, on average, to “mindread” better than men that makes them advantageous in group work.

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Computing Association Elects First All-Women Slate of Officers

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The tech industry’s lack of diversity has been widely reported, with data emerging from corporate giants like Google and Twitter as well as a focused study of the tech economy in Massachusetts.

Would You Throw a Bucket of Ice Water Over Your Head For a Good Cause?

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It’s part of a grassroots social media campaign started by former Massachusetts college baseball player Pete Frates who has lived with ALS since 2012, according to the ALS Association.

Head of Police Chiefs Group Apologizes for Historic Mistreatment of Minorities

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The history of the law enforcement profession is replete with examples of bravery, self-sacrifice, and service to the community,” Cunningham, who is also the police chief in Wellesley, Massachusetts, said on Monday. “At

Is Now the Right Time to Add a Student Membership Category?

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The Massachusetts Society of CPAs recently asked this question before it launched a free student membership category tailored to rising high school juniors and seniors considering careers in the accounting profession.

How Associations Are Changing Up School Sunscreen Rules

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Similar measures were already on the books in California, New York, Oregon, and Texas, and legislators in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island are currently working on their own bills. You may not think of sunscreen as medication, but the FDA does, and so do many schools.

Leading a Staff That Works Everywhere

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Others are located at other remote points elsewhere in Alaska, as well as in California, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. An office with plenty of remote workers can work together well thanks to technology.

Association, University Alliance Aims to Boost Women’s Leadership Skills

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And late last year, the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council announced a partnership with online speakers bureau Innovation Women to help create speaking opportunities for MTLC members.

Alumni Associations Use Social Media to Reinvent Donation Drives

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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has had much success building up a presence on social media —particularly via the university’s private LinkedIn group, which boasts more than 26,000 members.

Retail Group Offers New Opportunity for Women

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In 2015, the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council partnered with Innovation Women to ensure female speakers had opportunities to share their experiences.

Help Support the Next Generation of Women in Tech


University of Massachusetts Amherst. University of Massachusetts Boston. University of Massachusetts Lowell. NextGen Tech Women is an effort organized by our friends Danny Brown , Geoff Livingston , Kami Watson Huyse , Allyson Kapin , and Julie Pippert.

Missed Connections

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First, never forget to talk with—or better yet, meet with—your members. Nearly twenty years ago, at the Massachusetts Hospital Association, I oversaw the “CEO Visit” program. I’m still pretty young (by my own standards).

Staffing Association Sees Hiring Strength for Temps, but Issues Linger

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The Massachusetts-based Bob’s Tire Company learned this the hard way after a group of workers from Guatemala, hired through a temporary agency, decided to organize due to both working conditions and low wages.

Asian-American Group to Members: Embrace Your Community

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Ahead of the 2016 election, the Massachusetts-based Chinese American Association of Lexington is asking its members to get involved in local politics and give back to their community, CAAL President Peter Lee told Associations Now.

The State of the MOOC: What Associations Should Know

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Fortunately, a new report from Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), each of which offers classes on a popular MOOC platform called edX , could help clear the air.

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Full-Scale Navigation System Coming to Boston Convention Center

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The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority has a plan to help attendees find their way through the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center with ease.

Wednesday Buzz: Softball, Biotech-Style

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Want a sign that the Massachusetts biotechnology industry is booming? Formed in the late 1980s by the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council, the league slowly grew from a handful of teams to a grand total of 64 this year.

International Bottled Water Association Backs Curbside Recycling Partnership

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Areas of Growth This year the Recycling Partnership plans to develop recycling programs with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection as well as with the city of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Less Tweeting, More Talking Will Bring Back Empathy, Says ASAE Keynoter

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More on Reclaiming Conversation For a deeper dive into Sherry Turkle’s research and advice for reinvigorating face-to-face conversation, read our interview with her in the May/June issue of Associations Now.

Is Your Technology Seamless?

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The Markens Group , a Springfield, Massachusetts-based AMC, recently sponsored a talk by Steve Wozniak, the cofounder of Apple. (It Too often, it seems like we’re fighting things that should be making our lives easier.

What Can Associations Learn From Corporate Content Marketers?

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Looking for new, engaging ways to distribute all that content you’re producing? Take some lessons from the for-profit world. Presenters at this year’s Great Ideas Conference shared several corporate campaigns and strategies that could provide lessons for associations.