Association News

Keeping up with the industry’s latest

By the <i>FORUM</i> Magazine editors

FRM JulAug News

Association Forum and ISAE Announce Partnership

Left to right: Sara Decatoire, CAE, IOM, ISAE executive director and Kristen Butcher, CMP, ISAE president.

In April, Association Forum and the Illinois Society of Association Executives (ISAE) announced a strategic partnership. Through a new agreement, ISAE’s more than 400 members will now receive Forum Plus membership, where they will receive a suite of benefits, including: digital access to FORUM magazine; complimentary registration to all webinars; member rates on recorded webinars and signature programs, such as Holiday Showcase; member rates on CAE Study Group courses, with the option to join via livestream; member rates on in-person educational offerings, with the option to join via livestream; access to MyForum online community; participation in Shared Interest Groups (SIGs); This Week — a weekly email highlighting industry trends and Association Forum events; and member-only resources such as Professional Practice Statements and the CEOnly® newsletter.

Current Association Forum members will also receive member rates on all ISAE education — both live and online, including the Annual Convention and other special events.

Both organizations look forward to exploring more ways to work together. For more information on ISAE, visit

Become a Digital Event Strategist

Digital events are part of the fabric of association management now more than ever. That’s why, as part of a new partnership with the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), Association Forum is offering a perk to members who enroll in digital events training.

Knowing how to create a digital strategy has become a way to future-proof your work. Accelerate your ability to plan and produce a seamless experience with the PCMA Digital Event Fast Track. This curated collection of core lessons lays the groundwork for the full Digital Event Strategist certification, a designation that will help you stand out as an authority in an increasingly crowded field.

Discover the full PCMA portfolio of customizable digital solutions — including coaching and consulting — at the PCMA Digital Experience Institute. Use code FORUM to receive the PCMA member rate when you register.

For more information on the courses, visit

Association Forum Teams Up with Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation to Provide Meals to Healthcare Workers

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed so much in our daily lives. Living rooms have turned into offices, kitchen tables are homeschooling centers, and even buying groceries has become an online hunt for delivery windows. Yet while many of us stay home to ride out the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare workers are still leaving their homes every day to battle the pandemic and provide care where it’s needed most.

This is why Association Forum launched a fundraising campaign to provide meals to healthcare workers. The campaign used GoFundMe to raise more than $8,600 and partnered with the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation to deliver the meals.

Learn more about the campaign and how it came together in the FORUM web exclusive

TMG Adds Virtual Meeting Expert to Team

Derrick Johnson, CMP, DES

Association management company Talley Management Group, INC. (TMG) has added Derrick Johnson, CMP, DES, to its team as the director of event strategy and development. Johnson’s role was created specifically to aid clients seeking to transition their in-person meetings to virtual platforms in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“TMG works at the speed of our clients’ needs,” said TMG COO Joe Sapp, CAE, MBA. “As in-person meetings and events are being canceled or postponed daily, TMG saw an immediate need for an expert in the area of virtual meetings and events. Derrick brings an array of skills and abilities that will enhance our already robust meetings and events offerings. COVID-19 has increased the need for virtual meetings, and adding Derrick to our team will help deliver the exact services needed by nonprofit associations.”

Johnson joins TMG after serving as the executive director for the National Behavioral Intervention Team. TMG currently manages more than 20 full-service clients in addition to offering services such as meeting management and consulting.

About the Author

Written by<i>FORUM</i> Magazine editors

Related Articles

Member Spotlight: Ryan Frydenlund, CIMA, CIPM

Ryan has been working with association clients for more than 7 years and has wholeheartedly...


Association Forum Honors Former CEO Chris Mahaffey with Naming of Inspiring Leader Award  

The prestigious award will now be named the Chris Mahaffey Inspiring Leader Award.


Member Spotlight: Nicole Araujo, CAE

You'll never guess the names of Nicole Araujo's cats. Read her member spotlight to find...