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Gardian of the Month: Alissa Parady

Our Gardian of the Month is Alissa Parady, Executive Director for the International Hearing Society (IHS) and National Board for Certification in Hearing Instrument Sciences (NBC-HIS).

Learn: How do you learn best? In a coffee shop with lots of noise or in a quiet, library-like setting?  

I am most productive in a quiet environment, but in terms of learning, I am highly visual.  I am a printer!  I prefer working with hard copies of documents so I can take notes, read and re-read, and absorb.

Network: Some people are wallflowers while others are natural networkers.  Which are you (or are you in the middle)?  

I’d consider myself to fall somewhere in the middle.  Sometimes I may prefer to sit back and absorb, but when around my members and people in hearing care, I want to connect, talk, and learn from them!

Transfer: Let's say that you just attended a certification course.  What would be your first step in applying what you learned?  

I would likely try testing new theories and ideas by discussing them with my staff leadership team and asking them how they might apply or react to the new idea.  If there is no organizational buy-in, a new idea may simply fall flat, even if it’s a good one.

Please share with us a resource and why you can’t live without it.  

When I stepped into the executive director role after leading IHS’ government affairs efforts, I felt one area of significant importance to gain insight on is leadership and staff development, so I’ve been listening to podcasts and reading books about how to be an effective leader and support staff.  Presently I’m reading “Think Again” by Adam Grant, and have gleaned some inspiration and affirmation from Brene Brown’s Dare to Lead podcast in these early months.

Just for Fun: What's your favorite thing about Summer?  

Having my daughter home for the summer and reconnecting with her, as well as forcing myself to take some time off for summer vacation and disconnecting for a bit.

Benefits of Professional Accountability Groups

Accountability Groups are becoming common practice - they can serve lots of different functions and mean lots of different things to different people. They are any group of like professionals who want to provide support for, provide personal and professional growth opportunities for, and build relationships with others in their field. Read on for the benefits of these groups.

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My Favorite Things - Event Planning Edition

As we come to the end of 2022 events, I feel tired, exhausted, and ready for a break. But looking into 2023's schedule, I am reminded of a few of my favorite things…so come sing along!

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By: Kara Nacarato | Nov, 18 2022
Best Practices

Considerations for Year-End Well Wishes and Gift Giving for Your Members, Customers, and Staff

As the holiday season and year end approaches, many organizations look for ways to acknowledge the season with their members, customers and staff. But this isn’t always an easy task and depending on your audience(s), coming up with the right messaging and/or gift-giving idea is crucial to ensure your well-intended gesture reaches your audience as imagined. Whether you are looking to say happy holidays, happy new year, or a simple “thank you” for your support, it is important that you take time to formalize the appropriate messaging and gift-giving options for your audience.

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DEIA Data Collection: Overcoming the Hurdles to Advance Our Missions

One of the questions organizations struggle with regarding diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) is, “How do we measure our efforts to ensure we are making the impact we are striving for?” Data-driven decisions are a good way to eliminate bias in any situation. There are research studies out there demonstrating the fact that successful DEIA efforts do lead to more innovative, productive, and higher earning organizations over their competitors. To share those types of results and narratives, we must have the data to support them.

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By: Aaron Wolowiec | Nov, 4 2022

Redesigning Association Meetings for Attendees Fundamentally Changed by the Pandemic

Due to the pandemic, it should be no surprise that our business-as-usual, pre-pandemic meetings are going to miss the mark. Following is an overview of just some of the ways our attendees are different, why it matters, and the tangible design edits you might consider for your upcoming meetings and events to better meet these new and evolving needs and expectations.

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By: Kara Nacarato | Oct, 28 2022

7 Event-Planning Lessons Learned in 2022

Many of us are back to planning in-person events and while we continue to use our experience to help deliver first-class events, not everything is as it once was when it comes to event planning and execution. Here are some of the key lessons Kara will take with her into 2023.

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