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: Going Vascular

Associations Now

The Society for Vascular Surgery’s 2017 Vascular Annual Meeting begins in San Diego next week. More than 2,700 attendees—including 1,700 vascular health professionals—will make their way to San Diego next week to take part in learning opportunities and hear about the latest in research and science in order to enhance patient care. Venue: San Diego Convention Center. City: San Diego. Rundown Attendees: 2,700. Exhibit Booths: 170.

ASAE Board of Directors Announces Selection of Michelle Mason as Next President and CEO


Julie Coker , President & CEO, San Diego Tourism Authority, San Diego, CA and ASAE member. Association Forum CEO will Start on September 1, 2021 .

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.

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.

Embracing change: Adapting community association management to a pandemic


Karen Martinez, chief executive officer at ASPM-San Diego, says a transition to cloud-based technologies in 2019 facilitated remote work for its administrative staff. Few could have predicted the COVID-19 pandemic’s impacts when lockdowns took place across the U.S. in 2020.

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.

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.

Earning respect: How one community association attorney prioritizes well-being and supports women


I thought about being a journalist at one time, so when I had the opportunity to join CAI San Diego Chapter’s magazine committee, I felt it would be a great way to write again. Part of a series about women in leadership roles during Women’s History Month.

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.

Financial impacts: What the costs of COVID-19 mean for community associations


Karen Martinez is CEO at ASPM-San Diego?. . >>Read By Karen Martinez. Close to a year since the COVID-19 pandemic upended our lives, we now have some insight into its financial impacts on community associations.

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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.

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.

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.

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


Many local and state governments across the U.S. are ordering that nonessential services cease until further notice to try to curb the spread of COVID-19.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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!”

Association Brain Food Weekly: 3.26.21

Reid All About it

Carl Winston, Director of the Payne School of Hospitality at San Diego State. The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community…. Association innovation.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 2.5.21

Reid All About it

Carl Winston, Director of the Payne School of Hospitality at San Diego State. The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community…. Non-Dues-A-Palooza Digital Backstage Pass.

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.

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.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 10.22.21

Reid All About it

Presenters: Carl Winston, Founding Director of the Payne School of Hospitality Management at San Diego State University. The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community…. So excited!

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.

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.

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?

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.