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“Board Forward is a must-read for volunteer board members in any industry or profession. Current issues explore matters of direct relevance to boards, and the Board Forward archives are a rich source of useful information on literally hundreds of different board-oriented topics.”
—Kristen L. Straka, DNP, RN, CPN, NEA-BC
2016-2018 President, Society of Pediatric Nurses

Reflections on National Volunteer Week
By Matt Sanderson, President & CEO, SmithBucklin

There were many moments of heroism in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey last fall in Houston, but one in particular stood out to me. You may remember the video. A group of about 15 people locked hands to create a human lifeline to rescue a man trapped in his SUV, which was submerged in the floodwaters...
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Changing Perceptions Through Strategic Communications
Battery Council International (BCI) was faced with a unique concern that required changing hearts and minds, but one that couldn’t be addressed through traditional forms of advocacy. BCI—a trade association formed to promote the interests of the international battery industry...
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What You Need to Know about General Data Protection Regulation
If your association has members from the European Union (EU), does business in the EU, has vendors from Europe, or has residents from EU nations attending events in the U.S., you need to know about the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)...
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5 Ways to Get Over Your Fear of Public Speaking
In overcoming a fear of public speaking, the article's authors offer five tips. First, "be prepared." This means knowing your material so well that you don’t have to even think about it. It also means making sure all the logistics are set well in advance. "You want to be relaxed and focused, not scrambling to get the audio working," write columnists Mark Bonchek and Mandy Gonzalez...
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A Four-Star General's Approach to Team Building
General Ann E. Dunwoody, the first woman in the U.S. military to have achieved the rank of four-star general, knows all about the importance of team building and holding people accountable. Her latest book is titled "A Higher Standard: Leadership Strategies from America's First Female Four-Star General...
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Is Your Board the Right Size?

Earlier this year, the Clinical Laboratory Management Association (CLMA) appointed a governance task force to examine how the association is functioning. One of its charges was to look at the size of the board. Was it the right size for maximum efficiency?

The Board Member Recruiting Challenge

Finding and recruiting new members to serve on the board is not only one of the most important responsibilities of an association's board of directors – it's also one of the most challenging.

The Language of Loyalty

The pricing of memberships, products and services is one of the most challenging issues associations face today, especially in a world in which anyone can comparison shop almost instantly using any one of several devices.


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