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Gardian of the Month: Michelle Porter

Our Gardian of the Month is Michelle Porter from CGi, LLC & American Case Management Association.

Learn: Let's say you're studying for a big exam.  Are you a crammer, or do you like to plan ahead?

I’d love to say I have a well thought-out plan and stay on track, as I advise my certification candidates to do, but I tend to procrastinate. Not necessarily cramming the night before, but I definitely don’t start as early as I should.

Network: Social media or face-to-face? Which form of networking do you feel is better and why?

As an introvert, I prefer social media for day-to-day networking, but I do like the random conversations that you strike up in-person. I’ve learned a ton (and made some lifelong friends!) through those small encounters.

Transfer: Think about a topic in which you feel you're quite knowledgeable.  How would you use this knowledge to better your industry? 

My specialty within association work for the last 16 years has been personnel certification, and I love to share what has worked well for me, and what I’ve learned big-time from. We need a new generation in the certification (and association!) world, so I’m always happy to share any small tips I can to get people interested in the field.

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

Google! I normally have 20-30 tabs of Firefox open at any given time, and most are Google searches. I’m always looking for guidance from those who have done what I do – and are much better at it than I am.

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

Hot cider – either spiked or not!

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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