1-On-1 With Nicole Walters: Relevance Rules In Engaging Members and Sponsors

Wild Apricot

This is the first of two posts offering highlights of our interview with Nicole Walters of the San Diego Venture Group. Advisory-Series

Member Recruitment & Retention: It’s About Being Flexible & Personal

Wild Apricot

This is the second post offering clips from our interview with Nicole Walters of the San Diego Venture Group. It offers insight into the importance of being both flexible and personal in recruiting and retaining members


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Sunday's ASAE Session on Global Growth ? GrowGlobally.org


Thanks to all for attending our session and for our panel Tom Reiser, Helen van Oers, and Matteo Pederzoli for coming to the ASAE and Center AGM in San Diego this year. GrowGlobally.org. global association strategy, regional planning and local infrastructure to grow your business. About. Channels. MarCom. Market & Biz Plan. Meetings. Membership. Products. Public Affairs. Services. « Forming New Associations – Start up Capital and Value Proposition Design.

The Ideal Conference - BlogClump


Lots of folks have talked about San Diego and the ASAE Annual Meeting. Labels: annual meeting , asae , conferences , san diego. The Fun Stuff in San Diego. Thoughts from ASAE Annual in San Diego. skip to main | skip to sidebar. BlogClump - Blogging About Associations From a Gen Xer. A Gen Xer giving his thoughts and opinions on the Association world. Monday, August 25, 2008. The Ideal Conference.

Conference Circuit: Make a Claim

Associations Now

The International Claim Association’s 108th Annual Education Conference begins in San Diego in the coming days. More than 400 insurance claim professionals from around the globe will make their way to San Diego next week to connect with their peers, participate in education workshops, and learn the latest industry news. Venue: Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina. City: San Diego. Rundown Attendees: 400 plus. Education sessions: 60 plus.

Conference Circuit: Soil Science

Associations Now

The Soil Science Society of America’s 2019 International Soils Meeting begins this weekend in San Diego. Thousands of scientists, researchers, practitioners, educators, and students are headed to San Diego in the next few days to learn about the latest research, product development, and industry advances relating to the agricultural sciences. Venue: Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina. City: San Diego. Rundown Attendees: 4,000 plus.

Conference Circuit: Jewish Scholars

Associations Now

The Association for Jewish Studies’ 48th Annual Conference begins in San Diego this weekend. More than 1,000 Jewish studies scholars will head to San Diego in the upcoming days to share ideas and explore how the academic community has deepened its engagement with the arts, the humanities, and the social sciences. Venue: Hilton San Diego Bayfront. Location: San Diego. Rundown Attendees: 1,100. Sessions: 190 plus.

2016: An Association Blogging and Podcasting Odyssey

Spark Consulting

I remember participating in my first bloggercon at ASAE in a sunny plaza in San Diego in 2008, shortly after I’d launched Thanks For Playing, the precursor to the Spark blog, with about 30 other association professionals, sharing our thoughts about how to use this new platform to strengthen our industry and our community. I’ve been blogging about association management since 2008 – and I was far from the first one into the pool.

Conference Circuit: Go With the Flow

Associations Now

More than 1,000 water-treatment professionals will make their way to sunny San Diego after the Labor Day weekend to increase their business connections and resources, gain knowledge, and find cost-effective solutions to their challenges. Venue: San Diego Convention Center and Omni San Diego Hotel. They’ll observe the state-of-the-art process of turning salt water from the Pacific Ocean into high-quality drinking water for nearly 500,000 San Diegans.

13 Hidden Conference Gems

Associations Now

Linked to downtown San Diego by the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge, Coronado offers a mix of work and play, with professional events taking place downtown and leisurely networking occurring on the beaches. Tired of the cities where you’ve hosted conferences so often? Consider these 13 relatively unsung meeting destinations as you plan your next event.

Conference Circuit: One Big Experiment

Associations Now

Experimental Biology 2016 will kick off this weekend in sunny San Diego. More than 14,000 scientists and exhibitors representing six sponsoring societies and multiple guest societies are headed to San Diego for five days of plenary and award lectures, preconference workshops, oral and poster sessions, onsite career services, and exhibits. Venue: San Diego Convention Center. Rundown Attendees: 14,000. Countries Represented: 65. Sponsoring Societies: 6.

Comic-Con Attendees Spend Huge Amounts Collectively. Individually? Not So Much.

Associations Now

This year’s edition of San Diego Comic-Con International drew a huge number of attendees—as the event always does. The 2014 edition of San Diego Comic-Con International, which ended Sunday, drew 130,000 people to the city to embrace all things comics and pop culture—a definite upgrade from the 145 who attended the convention in its first year , way back in 1970.

Conference Circuit: College Try

Associations Now

A record-setting 7,000 college admission counselors and enrollment professionals are in San Diego to collaborate with colleagues and learn how to best help students navigate the college application process. Venue: San Diego Convention Center. Location: San Diego. Rundown Attendees: 7,000. Exhibitors: 100 plus. Education Sessions: 100. The National Association for College Admission Counseling’s 71st National Conference set sail this week.

A Year in Photos

Thanks For Playing

Louis, San Diego, Kansas City, Portland, Fort Lauderdale I tried not to take pictures of myself (two, neither of my face) or people in general (very few), my meals (although there are food photos), or my cat (less successful there). My resolution in 2012 was to do Photo365 , which I documented on a Tumblr. I started a little before January 1, 2012 and took at least one photo nearly every day for the entire year.

How a Local Restaurant Association Is Making Taco Tuesday for Everyone

Associations Now

That’s part of our agenda here, is to really illuminate the Orange County restaurant industry, which can be challenging when you’re sandwiched between Los Angeles and San Diego,” Waitt said. The California-based OC Restaurant Association will now run and manage the TacoTuesday.com domain, in an effort to promote the county’s culinary strengths—while freeing use of the term for everyone else.

When COVID-19 cancels your event days before it’s supposed to begin

Association Success

Let’s let him tell the story: We called ahead that morning before our flight from Chicago to San Diego and got the green light about the conference being held, so some of us left in advance. Steve de Haan did not have a pleasant stay in Margaritaville. As president and CEO of The International Warehouse Logistics Association in Des Plaines, Ill., de Haan’s week of infamy began the night of Wednesday, March 11.

Using The Power Of Stories To Transform Conference General Sessions

Velvet Chainsaw

Here is the slide deck from my joint closing session with Sarah Michel at Corporate Event Marketing Association (CEMA) Summit 2015 in San Diego, CA. We are a story driven world. We are each a story wrapped in a skin says Dr. Leonard Sweet. When we begin to share our journeys, our stories intersect. Our conferences need to create more story people. We need to transition from speakers talking at audiences and experts telling their stories.

Constructive measures: Handling construction projects during the COVID-19 outbreak


Alissa Thompson, vice president of operations at Cornerstone Managing Partners in San Diego, says the construction services company is requiring workers to wear additional protective gear and frequently disinfect surfaces, limiting the number of workers doing interior renovations in individual condo units, and asking the association to designate an elevator just for work crews, if possible. Many local and state governments across the U.S.

Big picture thinkers vs. detail doers

Aaron Wolowiec

A single mom at the time, she left her daughter with her father to start graduate school at the University of San Diego. Allison McClintick, founder of FlightLead Consulting. I can’t imagine how scary it was for Allison McClintick, founder of FlightLead Consulting , to move across the country without a plan. No job. A few thousand dollars. And hope. That’s all she had. But it was more than enough because McClintick saw the big picture. And that’s what defines a leader, she said.

Report: Meetings Bring More Than Money to Host Cities

Associations Now

When the San Diego Tourism Authority did this, it found that in 2015, 23 percent of visitor traffic in the city was from 553,000 conference attendees who spent $620 million. For instance, Jacksonville, Florida, is an expert in aerospace, while Portland, Oregon, is mission-control for cleantech, and San Diego is a center for life sciences.

WBT Systems Sponsors PersoniFest 2017

WBT Systems

WBT Systems is proud to sponsor PersoniFest 2017, hosted by Personify, April 2-5, in San Diego, California. Mike will be flying over to San Diego to meet the Personify community and talk to you about all your Association eLearning questions. We are very excited to sponsor PersoniFest! WBT Systems has been has been helping Associations to build and improve their education and certification programs since 1995.

5 ways to communicate the value of your membership

Optimist Consulting

The Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego has a visually appealing grid to help members understand the different levels. Your membership organisation is likely to have a membership fee, however do you know and communicate what the value of membership is to your members and potentials? The value of what they receive from being a member, should outweigh the fee. I recently carried out a project for a client and as part of that I spoke to some of their members.

Acoustics Group Project Looks to Improve Sound-Related Wikipedia Pages

Associations Now

While the project just launched at ASA’s 178th Meeting in San Diego, Jones said members are already very excited. When laypeople have questions about noise and sound, one of the first places they turn for answers is Wikipedia. To ensure people find the correct answers there, the Acoustical Society of America is helping launch a wiki-editing project. Famed outlaw Willie Sutton supposedly robbed banks because that’s where the money was.

The Guardian Expands U.S. Reporting With New Nonprofit Arm

Associations Now

Earlier this year, Voice of San Diego spun off its News Revenue Hub , a program designed to help news outlets build membership-driven revenue programs, as a separate nonprofit. The British newspaper, which has grown its American presence in recent years, is relying on a series of grants garnered by a nonprofit offshoot to support investigative reporting on under-the-radar issues.

Time for a Conference Chatbot?

Associations Now

On the association front, the American Society of Hematology used the Amazon Echo Alexa chatbot as an information resource at its annual ASH conference in San Diego last December. If you’re looking to improve onsite customer service at your meeting, a chatbot may be a good choice. Not only will it help answer your attendees’ most frequently asked questions, but it will also provide your association with data and insights.

BIO International Convention 2020: Taking an International 17,000 Attendee Conference Virtual in Under 8 Weeks


This year’s convention was scheduled to take place in San Diego, June 8-11, 2020. That event was eventually cancelled, and on March 2 nd , a San Diego Visitors and Convention Bureau representative contacted BIO and told them that due to federal mandates issued in response to the COVID outbreak, they were cancelling all events until June 1 st.

Success Breeds Pressure for Event Planners, Study Finds

Associations Now

Meanwhile, the report recommends that planners keep an eye on San Diego, Toronto, and Nashville. A new report from CWT Meetings & Events reveals that a growing demand for meetings isn’t being matched with a fresh supply of new, larger hotels that are well-equipped for events. The meetings industry is doing pretty well at the moment, but as any meeting planner can tell you, doing well comes with its own set of problems.

Journalism Groups Sue California Over Independent Contractor Law

Associations Now

In response to the Vox Media news, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), who authored the bill, noted in a tweet that the company will add 20 new full-time and part-time employees to take over work formerly done by freelancers, saying this showed that the law was “not all bad.”

Associations Urge Awareness of Stroke Risk After Recent Celebrity Deaths

Associations Now

Speaking to CNN, San Diego State University research professor John Ayers, who coauthored both studies, noted that celebrity voices—or those of their families—can feel more authentic than messages from public health experts. The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association are amplifying their public health messaging after the recent deaths from stroke of John Singleton and Luke Perry.

Younger Millennials Strike Back with “OK Boomer”

Jamie Notter

The keynote I did in San Diego last week covered both Millennials and workplace culture, and as I was preparing for it, I realized that Millennials have now been in the workforce for more than 15 years. The oldest Millennials are nearly 40 now, and that means that the younger Millennials (often called Gen Z) are now entering both adulthood and the workforce in larger numbers, and like every generation, the second-half cohort is noticeably different than the first half.

To Theme or Not to Theme?

Associations Now

For instance, the American Public Health Association’s 2018 Annual Meeting , taking place next week in San Diego, features the theme “Health Equity Now.” Associations often theme their conferences to provide direction to those submitting session proposals. But one group recently announced it will drop its theme in 2020 to create a more inclusive event. How do you determine the right approach?

Best Benefit Ever: Bank on It

Associations Now

MBA announced the union at its 102nd Annual Convention and Expo in San Diego. A new partnership between the Mortgage Bankers Association and one of the best-known names in lending could boost benefits for mortgage bankers. What’s the benefit? The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) and the mortgage lender Freddie Mac announced a partnership that will give members access to the lending firm’s educational opportunities and services.

FocusOn Learning 2017: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Make Presentations Educational

Web Courseworks

It’s a rainy, cool day in Madison, and I find myself wishing I were back in sunny San Diego. I was there last week for the eLearning Guild’s FocusOn Learning 2017 conference. This was my first time attending the conference, but I still got that familiar feeling of excitement from being around colleagues in my field. In conferences, there’s definitely a sense of comradery: you’re an instructional designer? Me too! Let’s talk shop. Talk shop we did. I presented my session twice.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 5.29.20

Reid All About it

Presenter: Mandy Brown, Lecturer, San Diego State University L. The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… Reboarding members. In a recent webinar, Reggie Henry introduced many in the association community, including WBT Systems, to the “ reboarding members ” concept—taking time each year to reacquaint yourself with a member’s goals, needs and interests, and reintroduce them to membership benefits and resources.

Anthropological Association Takes a Stand in Native American Mascot Debate

Associations Now

Except in instances where tribes or key stakeholders have been consulted (see Florida State University and San Diego State University ), sports organizations should “denounce and abandon the use of American Indian” imagery, the American Anthropological Association said in a statement [PDF] released last week.

New Association Will Accredit Healthy Destinations

Associations Now

The six founding IHDA members include the Breakers Palm Beach in Palm Beach, Florida; Mauna Kea Resort-Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel in Waimea, Hawaii; the Couer d’Alene Resort in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; the Hotel del Coronoado in San Diego; and the Airlie in Warrenton, Virginia.

LinkedIn finally launch searchable group directory


And yes, to everyone who has been asking, we will be hosting a super fabulous night out at ASAE's annual meeting in San Diego, probably on Sunday August 17, definitely late (10-ish until the last man (or woman) is down or until sunrise, whichever comes first), so everyone can come after all the official receptions and stuff going on. If anyone is San Diego-based and wants to help plan the party, let me or Lindy know. At last!

Dealing With a Data Breach? Follow This Advice.

Associations Now

At the association’s 2014 conference in San Diego this week, DMA released The Essential Guide to Data Breach Notification , produced by the the association and the law firm Venable LLP, offering advice on how to deal with potential worst-case scenarios. The Direct Marketing Association this week offered its members a useful guide that tells them what to do if a worst-case scenario happens.

Carole Baskin is killing it in marketing: How the non-profit in ‘Tiger King’ dominates digital strategy

Association Success

Well, how about this: The San Diego Zoo is literally the No. Editor’s note: This piece was originally published on Anthony Shop’s LinkedIn page and republished with permission. Like most people, I had never heard of Carole Baskin or Big Cat Rescue until two weeks ago, when Netflix’s “Tiger King” became the escape I needed from the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Tampa 83

NFL. Rams. Association Governance.

SCD Group

along with San Diego and Oakland (other franchises seeking to move.) When the Relocation Committee chose an outcome that the staff (Goodell) didn't like (the Carson proposal backed by San Diego and Oakland, which would have kept owner Stan Kroenke and the Rams in St. All association professionals need to remember this mantra: “It’s their organization not yours!”