“Getting volunteer leaders future-focused and away from operations" and "Creating or sustaining a strategic board of directors" are top challenges identified by association executives. More than ever, associations need strategic member leadership. Yet this continues to be a top challenge for leaders, wasting precious resources, creating missed opportunities, and leading to ineffective meetings.
The first hour of this session will unravel board dynamics and the challenges associated with running effective meetings.
The second hour of this session will strategize opportunities for insuring you have the right people and the right processes in place to shepherd strategic decision-making.
Attendees will receive:
Association Laboratory is a CAE Registered Provider. The program(s) linked below meet the requirements for fulfilling the professional development requirements to earn or maintain the Certified Association Executive credential. Every program that we offer that has been approved for CAE credit will clearly identify the number of CAE credits granted for full participation. We will maintain records of your participation in accordance with CAE policies. For more information about the CAE credential or Registered Provider program, please visit www.asaecenter.org/cae.
As a CAE Registered Provider educational program related to the CAE exam content outline, this program may be applied for 2 credits toward your CAE application or renewal professional development requirements. You must attend 90% of this session to receive credit.
Nucleus is the official Data Analytics Solution to the Association Laboratory Research Alliance.
Built on modern data lake technology, Nucleus brings together the vast amounts of member data currently stored in different systems used by associations (AMS/CRM, email marketing, events, learning/certification, online community and more) and makes insights into this data available to everyone: staff, leadership, components, the board – and even members.
When you browse a Looking Forward Dashboard you are using Nucleus, a version specially configured to deliver the results of this industry research in an easily-explorable format. We are thrilled to have been chosen as the official data analytics solution of the Association Laboratory Research Alliance and hope you enjoy this new way to delve into findings from this and other Looking Forward studies.
We invite you to browse the Analytics for Associations Success Kit to learn more about Nucleus
The Association Laboratory’s Research Alliance was formed in 2019 to investigate the future of the association business model.
Research Alliance members are SAEs (Societies of Association Executives), which comprise the voice of association management professionals at the global, national, regional and state/provincial level.
Members of the Research Alliance participate in the production of various research activities—such as Association Laboratory’s Looking ForwardTM a global environmental scan of the association strategy environment and, most recently, the COVID-19 Impact Study—by involving their association executive members and stakeholders in these critical industry studies.
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|September 2023 CAE-athon Power of a Prepared Board Worksheet (9.5 KB)||Available after Purchase|
Meg Whedbee is responsible for leading client engagements and conducting qualitative and quantitative research specific to client goals.
Prior to Association Laboratory, Ms. Whedbee worked with a variety of industries including global public health and labor market research. Her expertise includes content creation and quality assurance of technical, academic, and educational materials, focusing on public policy and the social sciences.
Recent experience includes collaboration on program sustainability analyses, international health systems assessments, and other research documents for submission to stakeholders including USAID, foreign health ministries, and HUD.
Ms. Whedbee holds a Master of Public Policy degree from American University and a BA in Economics from New College of Florida.
Dean West is the founder and President of Association Laboratory Inc. He leads client engagements and is a frequent speaker and facilitator for national and global association leadership meetings.
Mr. West is a former association executive with experience as executive director, chief operating officer, and chief financial officer for both national and international membership organizations. He has been a consultant to the association community since 1992, and has provided services to hundreds of state, national, and international organizations.
Dean West is a nationally recognized expert in association management. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Association Executives. Mr. West authored the chapter on Membership Research for the ASAE book, Membership Essentials and the chapter on Marketing Professional Development Programs in the ASAE book, Core Competencies in Professional Development.
Mr. West is an experienced volunteer leader familiar with the demands of volunteer leadership. He is Past Chairman of ASAE’s Professional Development Council and has served on the ASAE Membership Council and the Editorial Board for the ASAE & the Center for Association Leadership Journal of Association Leadership. He is a former member of the Board of Directors for the Association Forum of Chicagoland.