Welcoming Environment Resource Center

Welcoming Environment® Resource Center
This resource center is designed for association executives who are interested in learning, practicing and implementing a WE at their association.  These concepts can be immediately implemented in every facet of the association including workforce, membership, and leadership.

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What is a Welcoming Environment?

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When an association values differences and creates a welcoming environment – one that is comfortable, inclusive, and empowering – it opens the door for innovation, increased participation and an elevated sense of community and belonging for all.

 

Welcoming Environment® is defined as the creation of a sense of belonging and connectedness that engages individuals in an authentic manner in which uniqueness is valued, respected and supported through opportunities and interaction.

A Welcoming Environment® drives deeper engagement and increased participation with the Association and will ultimately increase revenue and build sustainable relationships.

One of Association Forum's Core Values is to be a Welcoming Environment®We are a welcoming environment that actively seeks to enhance the larger community by recognizing the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. We will make everyone who interacts with us feel welcomed, represented, engaged, inspired and empowered.

The environment we create communicates our beliefs about the people we serve.  Association Forum has made a commitment to building a Welcoming Environment® (WE) in our community and to equipping members with the tools that they need to build a WE at their association.  Association Forum’s value and wisdom draws upon and reflects the population we serve, and that which our members serve.

Conversations

June 4, 2020
Conversation Circle on Racial Inequality

Featuring:
Simon T. Bailey, Speaker 
Roderick T. Sawyer, Chicago Alderman



June 8, 2020
Conversation Circle on Racial Inequality- Part 2

Featuring:
Simon T. Bailey, Speaker
Roderick T. Sawyer, Chicago Alderman
Patricia Blake of the Heart Rhythm Society
Paul Pomerantz of the American Society of Anesthesiologists
Melvin Tennant of Meet Minneapolis CVB



June 25, 2020
The Impact of Race on Women’s Leadership Journeys

Featuring:
Wylecia Wiggs Harris, PhD, CAE, Chief Executive Officer, AHIMA
Vicki Loise, CMP, CAE, Chief Executive Officer, Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening
Kimberly Mosley, CAE, CPE, President, American Specialty Toy Retailing Association



August 10, 2020
Conversation Circle
Words Matter: Race and Rhetoric

Featuring:
Dr. Cedric Burrows, Assistant Professor, Marquette University
Marquis Miller, Chief Diversity Officer, City of Chicago



Further Reading:
Boston Globe
There is no shortage of common words and phrases with racist connotations
Deanna Pan - August 6, 2020

CNN
Everyday words and phrases that have racist connotations
By Scottie Andrew and Harmeet Kaur - Tue July 7, 2020

Book Recommendations

October 13, 2020
Welcoming Environment® Conversation Circle: The LatinX Perspectives

Featuring:
Carlos Cardenas, Director of Information Technology, National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA)
Jay Cariño, MBA, CAE, VP of Member Services, ANFP
Norma G Castrejon, MA, CAE, Associate Director of Information Technology, Higher Learning Commission
Josie Hernandez, IOM, Dietetic Practice Group Manager, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Jose F Segarra, MNA, CAE , Executive Director of DONA International and the Telecommunications Risk Management Association

WE Reasearch Study

This past summer, Association Forum released the findings from our groundbreaking, Welcoming Environment® (WE) Research Study built in partnership with McKinley Advisors.

This research shines a spotlight on the disconnect between what is identified as necessary Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) strategies and where these strategies are actually being implemented in associations.

The resources below, stemming from the study, are meant to serve as a guide to help our members implement DEI in their own organizations.

Welcoming Environment Organizational Award

The Welcoming Environment Organizational Award is awarded to an association that has demonstrated exemplary outcomes in providing an inclusive and welcoming environment and culture.

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Past Recipients

WE Issues of FORUM

2020

2019

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2018

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2017

Partners

Welcoming Environment Partner

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Resource Partners
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Welcoming Environment® is a registered trademark of Association Forum.  Permission to use is required.