Member: This Is Your Need to Know News for April 21, 2023
 Reboot Your Networking: How to Connect in the New Normal
Wednesday, May 10, 2023 | 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m ------------------------------ Special Hybrid Program: Zoom and In-person at the Washington Farm Bureau in Olympia, WA ------------------------------ Guest Commentator: Monette Anderson, CAE with the Washington Society of CPAs
Do you find that your networking skills are a bit rusty? This special Shop Talk will cover everything to make networking easier and more effective. You will learn how to approach new contacts, build relationships, and follow up in a way that creates lasting connections. Monette will also reveal top strategies for navigating awkward situations with grace, including how to gracefully exit a conversation. Come prepared to learn, connect, and leave with the tools to make networking a breeze.
 Next Level Leadership Summit Is a Home Run Hit with Attendees
If we missed you at WSAE's inaugural Next Level Leadership Summit, "Building a Fit-for-Purpose Association Board", presented by renowned association expert Jeff De Cagna, you are invited to listen to a few insights and inspiration from one of the attendees - Reco Stone-Bembry.Be sure to watch WSAE's event calendar for the next Summit!
 AI and Associations: Five Key Legal Issues to Consider
By Jeffrey Tenebaum, Esq. | Tenenbaum Law Group
As artificial intelligence (AI) continues to evolve and become more commonplace, many trade and professional associations are turning to AI technology to enhance their operations and decision-making processes and benefit their members. Read more about how this ermeging technology and its use by associations raises a number of important legal issues that must be carefully considered and worked through. Also, take a look at ASAE's 5/11/23 program on ChatGPT and Generative AI.
 The Power of a Board Chair
By Mark Athitakis | Associations Now
New research says a board chair might be better equipped to make decisions in a crisis than a CEO. The tricky part: Avoiding a power struggle.Read moreabout what an effective board chair can do for an organization. Also take a look at theblog post by Glenn Tecker, Tecker International, that refers to Athitakis' article and shares observations about the change that is occuring in the line between staff and member leadership.
 Can You Really Measure Soft Fluffy Engagement?
Amanda Kaiser | Kaiser Insights, LLC
Metrics sometimes worry me. There is the adage that we start optimizing for whatever we measure. If weight loss is the measure for being more healthy, we can calorie restrict our way to a slim waistline and inadvertently lose a ton of muscle mass. There is a similar dynamic in organizations. Chasing profits often means cost-cutting, which eventually, over the years, degrades the quality. Read more from Amanda on how we should measure engagement.
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At the end of this month, after nearly 20 years of dedicated service, Jackie Barry, CAE is retiring from her position as the Executive Director of the APTA Washington. Throughout her tenure at APTA Washington she made countless contributions to WSAE, including serving as President for the 2013-2014 progam year. We will miss her presence, but are grateful for the lasting impact she made not only to WSAE, but the association management community.
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