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Gardian of the Month: Donte Shannon

Q & A with Donte Shannon, executive director, Specialty Advertising Association of California. Follow him on Twitter.

Learn: Q: What’s one subject you’d like to learn more about? 
A: I am in interested in learning more about marketing and communication and its relationship to human behavior and media consumption trends.  

Network: Q: Tell us about one of your favorite personal or professional networks. What makes it special?
A: I’ve read many times that if you’re the smartest person in the room, you need to leave the room. This is why my favorite professional network is the ASAE Diversity Executive Leadership Program (DELP). I consider this network of top-notch association professionals to be my ever-accessible think tank. It is an honor to be surround by such brilliant and progressive people. DELP was my gateway to partnering with Event Garde.  

Transfer: Q: What resources/tools do you find most helpful in helping you retain knowledge?
A: I find that I am most able to retain knowledge when it helps me tell my story or helps me evolve my story both professionally and personally. 

Q. Please share with us a resource you just can’t live without.
A: I haven’t been able to go one day without reading the following quote: “I learned to always take on things that I’d never done before. Growth and comfort do not coexist.” - Ginni Rometty 

This quote tells the story of my professional life and is daily inspiration for me to keep growing and learning everyday, especially on the tough days. 

Q: What’s your favorite summer vacation spot?
A: At the moment, Miami is my favorite vacation spot, but after my recent move to Los Angeles, I believe this city will become my new vacation spot with the numerous local beaches that are close by.

5 steps to developing a lifelong habit of learning

The simple truth is: Most successful people are dedicated to constantly learning. They recognize they always need to be growing, always need to be deepening their knowledge, always need to have a more thorough understanding of themselves and the world. Here are five steps to get you started on the path to become a lifelong learner.

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Free Resource: 8 Steps to Successful Mobile Activation

Often, the launch of a mobile app can fall victim to the dreaded execution gap. It may be perceived as less important than other five-alarm fires the organization is currently battling. But not to fear! A free, user-friendly workbook is now available to help you successfully activate your mobile app – no matter the platform you’re currently using.

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Gardian of the Month: Rebecca Campbell

Rebecca Campbell, director, Colorado Society of CPAs, is the Gardian of the Month.

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What do new Apple guidelines mean for event apps?

Apple recently updated its review guidelines. Under the new guidelines, “apps created from a commercialized template or generation service will be rejected.”

Association professionals are concerned about the impact on conference apps – which are effective tools for learning and networking.

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Bright Idea: Building the tech workforce

Hoping to recruit workers and provide them with the skills to better the IT industry, CompTIA recently launched Association of Information Technology Professionals, a member support and advocacy association.

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Technology and Learning: Associations headed in right direction

Organizations of all sizes from multiple industries are using technology for learning. That’s according to Tagoras’ just-released Association Learning + Technology 2017 report.

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