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“I find something of value in each month's Board Forward. The articles are well-written and highly relevant to my role as a non-profit board member.”
—Claudia Zacharias,
MBA, CAE
President & CEO, BOC
Board Member, Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE)

 
Questioning Orthodox Beliefs of Association Governing
It’s not just technology that’s rapidly transforming our society today. There are cultural, demographic, economic, environmental, political, social, and scientific shifts taking place that will reshape entire industries and professions. Association board members must understand the implications of these shifts for both their organizations and stakeholders...
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The Strategic Benefits of Wellness at Meetings
In our hyper-connected world where business professionals are always logged on, meeting attendees want more opportunities to unplug, recharge, and be active while attending conferences. Information overload from attending sessions all day can be overwhelming without a break to rejuvenate...
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Associations Fight Sexual Harassment at Events
The leading associations in the meetings and events industry are banding together to address sexual harassment in the industry. “It's imperative that our organizations present a united front against sexual harassment in the industry," said Kiki Fox, president of the Association for Women in Events (AWE), who helped create the Events Industry Sexual Harassment Task Force (EISHTF)...
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In Change Management, Emphasize What Will Stay the Same
To build support for a project that will result in change in a given organization, a strong, defined vision helps outline why change is needed. The general consensus is that by explaining how the envisioned change will result in a better future, leaders can overcome any and all resistance to change. But new research is adding a very important caveat to this...
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How to Be Happy
Yale University Psychology Professor Laurie Santos teaches one of the most popular courses at her Ivy League campus — Psych 157: Psychology and the Good Life. Over the course of four months, Santos instructs her students on both the science of happiness and the practice of happiness...
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EDITOR’S PICKS

Reflections on National Volunteer Week

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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A Guide to Board Behavior and Decision-Making

Many associations adopt a set of principles - often called a code of conduct, a statement of expectations, or something similar - designed to guide the board's decision-making and behavior. Boards develop such guides to instill trust in the integrity of the board and reinforce board members' commitment to the values of the association.
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Engagement: The Other Element of Growth

In one sense, membership growth is about finding new members to join an association. In another, it's about retaining members that are already in the association.
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