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Racial Equity Statements: Eloquent Words, but Do You Mean It?

2020 was the year no one could have predicted. We endured two crises simultaneously in COVID-19 and the ongoing racial tensions within our country. Perhaps for the first time I noticed a significant increase in organizations providing statements and reflections on diversity, equity, and inclusion. And they were appreciated. But it also prompts a series of actions from me.

The questioning period. Do you mean it? The words that you have taken the time to eloquently share. How are you demonstrating that commitment?

Let me check the organization’s leadership. Perhaps the answer rests in the composition of the individuals required for making decisions. Nope.

Okay how about the Board of Directors? Not one person that looks like me. So how can I believe you? How do I know these words mean anything to you?

And again, I’m less interested in the statement and more curious about how it is being applied. As individuals and institutions, it is time to start thinking deeply about what it means to be white and how race has shaped your life - interactions with others, opportunities in work, and the list goes on. And how flat your messaging falls when you speak about diversity and none is reflected within your organization. I hesitate on talking about equity, inclusion and belonging because we should start with the basics.

Taking a stand is nice, yet insufficient. How will you walk? Where are you going? And who is coming with you?

Great Events Equals Better Member Engagement for Association Chapters

The mainstay of association chapters has been their chapter events, polls show that the preference for virtual options has risen to nearly 50%, a stat that has a compound effect on member engagement. Where does this all leave chapters? In a precarious position. The good news is that chapters who throw out yesterday’s playbook will find themselves on more solid footing. Here are three strategies worth helping chapters to embrace. 

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Gardian of the Month: Tracy King

Tracy King is our Gardian of the Month! Learn about a subject she'd like to learn more about, her preference for networking styles, and read about a recent experience that she considered profoundly impactful. 

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From Gadgets to Growth:The Influence of Technology Innovation on Social Transformation

The decision to mandate antiracism or diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) training should be made carefully. While antiracism training can be valuable and effective when implemented thoughtfully, it is most effective when participants are engaged, willing, and open to the learning process. Mandating it for individuals who are not receptive may lead to a superficial compliance without genuine understanding or behavior change. It can also derail the experience for those who are receptive and came to learn. Models of innovation primarily used in business, marketing, and technology, may provide some insight.

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By: Kate Pojeta | Sep, 1 2023
Meetings

The Real Estate of the Conference Namebadge (Part II: The Extras)

Kate covered the basics for the front of your name badge not too long ago, now it's time to consider the extras you may or may not want to include.

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By: Kara Nacarato | Aug, 25 2023
Meetings

Tackling your Event Management Staffing Struggles with an Outside Solution

Today, more than ever, organizations are challenged with staffing issues. Whether the challenge lies in finding the right staff member, or budget constraints keep you from hiring a full-time employee, securing an outside contractor may be the perfect solution. Here are just a few of the benefits that come along when you bring in an external partner to plan and manage your meetings and events.

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Gardian of the Month: John Bacon

John Bacon is our Gardian of the Month! Find out his strategy for helping someone learn a difficult topic, he share his favorite network and why it's special, how he thinks mentorship aids in knowledge transfer, the book he can't live without, and what the title of a book about his life would be called. 

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