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Join a Shared Interest Group (SIG)

Shared Interest Groups (SIGs) are included with your membership and provide a no-pressure environment to learn from and network with like-minded peers in your community. There are more than a dozen different SIGs, each meeting three times per year. Join one or all of them to maximize your learning and networking potential.

Your Career. Your Community. Your Forum.

Meeting dates and times are subject to change. The website will show the most accurate information available. 


Certification of Professionals

This SIG provides an opportunity to meet, learn and share ideas with people who are actively involved in certification. Topics may include; implications of a program on your association, scoring methodologies, evaluation process, trends, recertification, technologies for the certification process, staffing, budgeting and many more.

Meeting Dates:

May 12, 2016

March 2, 2017 SIG Symposium

Chair 
John Schehl, CAE
jschehl@nrca.net

Vice Chair
Gail Irvin
girvin@osteopathic.org

Staff Contact
Education Staff
educationsupport@associationforum.org



Communications

This SIG focuses on the idea-sharing and networking of those involved in communication activities at their associations to keep them informed of current developments and issues. This includes publications, public relations, media relations, advertising, marketing, and other related areas.

Meeting Dates:

May 19, 2016

November 15, 2016

March 2, 2017 SIG Symposium

Chair        
Jennifer Gibson 
jgibson@aae.org

Vice Chair
Max Moses 
maxgmoses@aol.com

Staff Contact
Education Staff
educationsupport@associationforum.org



Component Relations

This SIG deals with information and idea sharing around the management of any affiliated or independent unit of a bigger organization. The names for these units vary from association to association. Some common ones are chapters, branches, special-interest groups, divisions, practice specialties or even the division of international, national, regional, state and local subsidiaries of the same association.

Meeting Dates:

July 21, 2016

November 8, 2016

March 2, 2017 SIG Symposium

Chair
Carla DeFlorio, CAE 
cdeflorio@hfma.org

Vice Chair
Nicole Blankenship, MBA, CAE
nblankenship@aap.org

Staff Contact
Education Staff
educationsupport@associationforum.org



Educational Program Development

This SIG provides members with information on the development and management of curriculum in continuing education, training, professional development and/or staff training for their organization.

Meeting Dates:

May 24, 2016

January 31, 2017

March 2, 2017 SIG Symposium

Chair
Genevieve Hones
ghones@aha.org 

Vice Chair
Carrie Waller
carrie.waller@ama-assn.org

Staff Contact
Education Staff
educationsupport@associationforum.org



Finance

This SIG focuses on a variety of issues related to association finance. CFOs, directors, managers of finance and others with accountability for financial issues are welcome.

Meeting Dates:

May 17, 2016

September 22, 2016

March 2, 2017 SIG Symposium

Chair


Vice Chair


Staff Contact
Education Staff
educationsupport@associationforum.org



Fundraising and Development

This SIG’s discussions will concentrate on independent foundations, subsidiary foundations and relations with parent associations and the place of development within them. Topics may include: engaging the non-profit board; foundation and fundraising resources; research and proposal preparation; and corporate and foundation relations to name just a few. Learn the varied methods and techniques necessary for successful fundraising.

Meeting Dates:

August 16, 2016

September 21, 2016

March 2, 2017 SIG Symposium

Chair
Melissa McMillian
mmcmillian@saem.org

Vice Chair
Stephen Peeler
speeler@asaecenter.org

Staff Contact
Education Staff
educationsupport@associationforum.org



Governance

This SIG is for individuals involved in governance activities who want to share ideas and network with others in this field. Meeting topics focus on a variety of issues related to association governance like elections, committee appointment process, by laws, and referendums. Board policies and procedures, board relations and affairs, and board minutes are also covered by this group.

Meeting Dates:

September 1, 2016

November 1, 2016

March 2, 2017 SIG Symposium

Chair 
Nikki Haton
nikki@perio.org

Vice Chair
Michael Welch
mwelch@planning.org

Staff Contact
Education Staff
educationsupport@associationforum.org



Government Relations

This SIG provides an opportunity to meet, learn and share ideas with people who are actively involved in government relations, public policy and advocacy. Topics may include; trends, lobbying rules and regulations, technologies for grassroots mobilization, communication efforts, policy development and management and more.

Meeting Dates:

July 12, 2016

October 18, 2016

March 2, 2017 SIG Symposium

Chair
Kristen Hellquist
khellquist@asds.net

Vice Chair
Jeanne O. Tuerk
jtuerk@aaoms.org

Staff Contact
Education Staff
educationsupport@associationforum.org



Information Technology

The purpose of this SIG is that of support, communication, expanding the knowledge base, sharing, and using online communication to add value to the services of our associations and ultimately to benefit members.

Meeting Dates:

July 19, 2016

November 3, 2016

March 2, 2017 SIG Symposium

Chair
Kevin Ordonez
kevin@orgsrc.com

Vice Chair
Jason Wampler, CAE  
jwampler@vascularsociety.org

Staff Contact
Education Staff
educationsupport@associationforum.org



Marketing

The Marketing SIG provides an exchange of ideas and effective practices for marketing professionals in all types of membership organizations. Expert speakers, as well as Marketing SIG members, share effective practices in marketing and research methods for all association activities and programs, including member retention and recruitment, event and education program marketing, publication sales, dues renewals, and advertising, sponsorship and exhibit space sales, and other related areas.

Meeting Dates:

August 4, 2016

January 12, 2017

March 2, 2017 SIG Symposium

Chair
Jennifer Michalek, MS, CAE
jmichalek@asge.org

Vice Chair
Mark Stern
Mark@printmsg.com

Staff Contact
Education Staff
educationsupport@associationforum.org



Meeting Professionals

This SIG explores the many areas of association meeting management from logistics to site selection, international meetings, technology, the law, and much more.

Meeting Dates:

August 2, 2016

March 2, 2017 SIG Symposium

Chair



Staff Contact
Education Staff
educationsupport@associationforum.org



Membership Development & Services

This SIG provides Forum members who have a membership/marketing interest with a professional support network for professional growth. It also serves as an idea laboratory for all participants.

Meeting Dates:

September 13, 2016

January 19, 2017

March 2, 2017 SIG Symposium

Chair
Jacqualine Price-Osafo, CAE
josafo@wqa.org

Staff Contact
Education Staff
educationsupport@associationforum.org



No. 2 Executives/COOs

The No. 2 Executives/COOs SIG deals with the myriad issues facing chief operating officers and No. 2 executives in associations. Some topics are related to functional areas of associations and others to the unique nature of being second in command. Membership is only open to association No. 2 executives, COOs, CFOs, and vice presidents. Pre-approval is required.

Meeting Dates:

July 26, 2016

October 27, 2016

March 2, 2017 SIG Symposium

Chair 
Elizabeth Cotton-Murphy, CAE
ecotton@uniformlaws.org

Vice Chair
Mark Barenie, CPA, CAE
mbarenie@ift.org

Staff Contact
Education Staff
educationsupport@associationforum.org



Young Professionals

The Young Professionals SIG is designed for association professionals under the age of 35 looking to meet with peers to share experiences, learn more about the association industry, and network in a fun, social environment. The purpose of the SIG is to help young association professionals establish contacts and develop leadership skills to succeed in the association industry.
 
The SIG meets to discuss topics relevant to members' career and personal development needs, interspersed with social events.

Meeting Dates:

August 24, 2016

January 17, 2017

March 2, 2017 SIG Symposium

Chair
Ashley Doyle, MBA
ashley@acofp.org

Vice Chair
Ashley Salonis
asalonis@aap.org

Staff Contact
Education Staff
educationsupport@associationforum.org




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