As associations and other groups are debating whether meeting in person is safe enough to move forward with, the Georgia Society of Association Executives decided that their role, for their members, was to put on a safe in-person meeting and provide lessons learned. So here they are. Communication is Key Safety was a priority. GSAE originally moved its Annual Meeting from May to August at the beginning of the pandemic. When it decided to move forward with an in-person meeting, it was after getting a pulse check from those who had already registered to attend when registration had opened, as well as weeks of discussion with the Board of Directors. “As a Board, it caused us to look at our core values,” said Ashley Goodin, CAE, executive director of the Railway Tie Association and treasurer of GSAE.” If it was possible to hold a safe meeting, we should.” According
The COVID-19 Pandemic highlighted how ill prepared association leaders were for a black swan event- an event beyond our imagining. In January, we all had assumptions about the world within which we would need to be successful. These assumptions drove our strategy and informed our leadership. Assumptions, that by April 1, just three months later, were no longer useful, accurate or relevant. Our meetings were cancelled, our staff was virtual, and our future was uncertain. What now? What are the implications on members, associations and our strategy moving forward? What will be the future of the association business model? To address these questions, Association Laboratory, in cooperation with the members of the Association Laboratory Research Alliance (Alliance) are implementing the most substantial association environmental scan ever conducted. Looking Forward 2021 What is the Association Laboratory Research Alliance doing? The Association Laboratory Research Alliance is a global cooperative of state,
May 11, 2020 – Association Laboratory’s research alliance partnerships continue to expand as they have formed a mutually beneficial alliance with the India Association Congress (IAC) and the Philippine Council of Associations and Association Executives (PCAAE) to increase access to high quality research for their members and stakeholders. “We are excited about our growing relationship with IAC and PCAAE and to be working together,” said Dean West, FASAE, Founder and President of Association Laboratory, Inc. “By offering access to our in-depth, high-quality research and education, we help their members increase knowledge of industry best practices and help build a strong community of successful associations and professionals.” IAC recently coordinated an informative webinar titled “Embracing the New Normal: How to Navigate this Disruption, and Making it Work in our Favour” which provides a global perspective on the pandemic. Dean West was one of several presenters. This webinar resource, among other COVID-19 resources for associations, can
Nikki Golden is an award-winning association executive and former Executive Director of the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery. She will join Association Laboratory as a Strategist on May 4. Nikki is an Association Forum/USAE 40 under 40 award winner with more than a decade of experience in association leadership. With special expertise in membership, marketing and communication, she has worked with both professional and trade associations during the course of her career. “Nikki is going to be a great addition to our team. We’re looking forward to adding her marketing and communication abilities, and frankly, just excited to get to work with someone so talented.” Said Dean West, President of Association Laboratory. Nikki will be responsible for leading client engagements and contributing to corporate content and marketing efforts. Prior to her association work, Nikki Golden worked in publishing and journalism. Association Laboratory provide research and strategy
“In times of crisis, making great, not good decisions becomes paramount. Every mistake is magnified. Lost opportunities never return. Association Laboratory stands ready to help you take leadership during this time of crisis.” – Dean West, FASAE, President of Association Laboratory Association Laboratory is proud to offer a specific set of services designed to help association leaders take control during this time of crisis. Contact me today at dwest@associationlaboratory.com if you think we can help. Planning Not Reacting Today’s headlines focus on the crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic. The economic disruption. The social disruption. They create anxiety in our staff, volunteer leadership and members. It is critical for leaders to take the initiative during these times to demonstrate that there is light at the end of the tunnel and that the association has a plan to move forward, not simply react to circumstances. Association Laboratory has developed a unique
On Tuesday, March 17 Association Laboratory initiated a global study assessing the current and future impact of the coronavirus on trade and professional association finances and strategy. This study is being conducted with the cooperation of key partners active in the Association Laboratory Research Alliance. The alliance is a global group of leading state and specialty societies of association executives and other participating organizations serving the association community. The study assesses the economic impact on associations. It evaluates specific impact on key strategies. Finally, it identifies how associations are moving forward to adapt. Data collection begins March 17 and ends March 25, 2020. Association Laboratory will publish the results of the study and lead digital and other distribution as quickly as possible. Take the survey now.  Currently participating in the Association Laboratory Research Alliance American Association of Medical Society Executives Association Forum AMC Institute Council of Engineering and Scientific
February 21, 2020 – Association Laboratory’s annual association environmental scan, “Looking Forward™,” a collaborative research effort conducted with leaders of the association management profession, saw its largest response to date thanks to its collaborative partnerships with state and national societies representing association executives through its Content Alliance. The efforts of the Association Laboratory Content Alliance led to a 40% increase in responses in 2020. Content Alliance members, known as SAEs (Societies of Association Executives), are the voice of association management professionals at the national, regional and state level. This year marks Association Laboratory’s 9th annual environmental scan of the association strategy environment. Nearly 500 association leaders responded representing members in: More than 20 sectors Local, State, and National organizations Trade and Professional organizations The Content Alliance positively impacted response rates in 2020,” said Nikki Haton Shanks, Strategist at Association Laboratory. “Building a network of committed professionals seeking strong data
Dean West, FASAE and President of Association Laboratory will headline the January Power Luncheon of the Florida Society of Association Executives. The senior level event, sponsored by Hyatt Hotels in Florida will be held January 22, 2020 from 11:30 am until 1 pm at the FSU Champions Club, Tallahassee, Florida. Click HERE to register. Mr. West, a globally recognized thought leader and association futurist, will be presenting the first look at data from Looking Forward™ 2020. Looking Forward is the association sector’s leading study of the association strategy environment collecting information and insight from more than 500 association leaders. Copies of the recently completed study will be available on the Association Laboratory Knowledge Center on March 1, 2020. A provocative and conversational speaker, Mr. West provides an interpretive spin on the new data. He highlights the nature of the problems facing leaders and outlines how successful associations are adapting.