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September 5, 2011 — Happy Labor Day to You, Our Hardworking Member

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Happy Labor Day
Our offices are closed today in honor of Labor Day, a day dedicated to recognizing social and economic achievements of American workers. Did you know that as of July 2011, there are more than 153 million people 16 and older in our nation's labor force?  Our staff looks forward to serving you tomorrow.


Featured Member: Sylvia Dresser
Sylvia Dresser, principal, Third Season Consulting recently joined Association Forum after visiting our membership booth at the 2011 ASAE Annual Meeting in St. Louis. Sylvia has vast experience in education and library media and is currently the Executive Director for the Experiential Training and Development Alliance. If you’d like to welcome Sylvia or connect, you may do so on our MyForum member community or, directly at Sylvia@thirdseasonconsulting.com

Getting to Know Sylvia:

  • My non-professional talent lies in knitting, which I try to find time for every day. I knit most often for others - gifts for friends, and lots of small things for my almost-grandchildren. My favorite magazine is Interweave Knits. I also have done quilting, which I hope to do again one day. I find textile work relaxing, renewing, and it often provides good time to think.
  • About me... I am native Californian, I have lived in Deerfield for 22 years. We have a grown son, and our household is ruled by a long haired feline. 
  • Most people would describe me as warm, open, a good listener, opinionated, giving, dedicated, tenacious, hardworking, and a good friend.

View Photos from "Pier to Peer" Networking Event
Last week, more than 240 Association Forum members joined us for a summer evening of cocktails and appetizers on the rooftop at Navy Pier to network with fellow Association Forum members. This event was complimentary, courtesy of Navy Pier. Click here to view photos from the event.


Congrats to Influential Members in Healthcare 
Congratulations to Thomas C. Dolan, Ph.D., CAE, FACHE, president/CEO of American College of Healthcare Executives and H. Stephen Lieber, CAE, president/CEO of HIMSS, for being named among the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare. This competition recognizes those considered among the most influential throughout the industry, as chosen by readers of Modern Healthcare.


11/17-11/18 - High Performance Leadership
Register now for the first program of The Business of Associations — our new executive education series created in conjunction with the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. On Nov. 17 and 18, participants will examine how the new rules of competition are evolving, the reasons why the association landscape is changing and what the leadership challenges and ramifications are. Don't miss this powerful learning opportunity.


Register for Fall CAE Study Groups Now
Increase your chances of passing the fall CAE exam by attending one of Association Forum's CAE Study Groups. Our CAE Study Groups provide in-depth preparation for professionals preparing for the CAE exam. Facilitated by current CAEs, these study groups are small, interactive groups that meet weekly for a structured case-study series based on the nine domain areas. Choose from either the downtown or suburban study group.


9/21 - Learm How to Effectively Use Compensation Survey Data
Calling all CEOs, CFOs, COOs and human resource professionals: Make plans to attend this session to learn how to work with compensation surveys, how to interpret data and receive insight about the latest salary trends and changes. This course is complimentary if you (or your organization) completed our 2011/2012 Association Compensation and Benefits Survey.


9/22 - Attend Association 101 to Better Your Organization
Are you a newly employed association professional striving to become a top performer and tomorrow's leader? If you're a seasoned professional, do you know any co-workers who are new to associations? If so, join your peers at or recommend your colleagues attend Association 101 on Thursday, Sept. 22. Groups receive discounts of up to 40 percent.


Apply for Scholarship to Attend PCMA’S Annual Meeting
Learn about the latest trends to help grow your meetings and help you stay relevant in the meetings industry: apply by Wed. Oct. 12 for the Michael Ferguson Scholarship Award. The Association Forum of Chicagoland's Foundation annually awards one tuition scholarship to attend the Professional Convention Management Association’s meeting, which is held every January.


Your Voice in Springfield and Beyond
Did you know Chicagoland is home to more associations than any area outside of metro-Washington, D.C.? With its focus on regulatory matters affecting Chicagoland associations, the Association Forum strives to be your eyes, ears and voice in Springfield and on Capitol Hill. Learn more about Association Fourm’s public policy agenda and how we advocate on your behalf at the local, county and state levels.


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