Education Calendar — March/April 2020

Association Forum’s upcoming events and opportunities

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

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Women’s Executive Forum
March 11, 2020
8:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
W Chicago–City Center, 172 W. Adams St., Chicago, IL

Women leaders in the association and nonprofit community will come together for critical conversations regarding issues unique to women in the industry. Participants will find their unique voice by exploring topics including personal brand, career strategy plans, negotiations and unique value. They will walk away with personal and professional growth ideas and inspiration for their teams and themselves.

Fundraising and Development SIG
March 11, 2020
4:30 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
Forum Headquarters, 10 S. Riverside Plaza,
Suite 800, Chicago, IL

The Fundraising and Development SIG focuses on independent foundations, subsidiary foundations and relations with parent associations and the role of development within them.

Webinar: Tips for Conducting Audience Research and Applying Findings to Increase Member Satisfaction
March 18, 2020
12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.

Comprehensive audience research is required to truly assess your members’ wants, needs and reasons to become and stay a member. Drawing from real-life case studies, Lead User Experience Designer Ruizhi Liu of Adage Tech will cover research scope definition, types of research, implementation techniques and best practices. The webinar will guide attendees from concept to practical application and provide case studies drawn from the association industry.

CEO Exchange
March 25, 2020
9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
Forum Headquarters, 10 S. Riverside Plaza,
Suite 800, Chicago, IL

This two-hour facilitated roundtable discussion is for association CEOs and Executive Directors to discuss the myriad of unique business challenges and opportunities facing today’s executive leaders.

SmartTech Conference®
March 31, 2020
9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
OLC Education & Conference Center,
9400 W. Higgins Rd, Suite 100, Rosemont, IL

The SmartTech Conference® gives participants innovative strategies for using technology and data to increase revenue, drive membership and adapt to today’s changing business environment.


National Summit on Welcoming Environment®: From Conversation to Action
April 13–14, 2020
April 13 Evening of Celebration begins at 5:00 p.m.,
April 14 Day of Education 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m
Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL

A positive office culture is one of the most important elements of a successful organization. It’s also one of the most difficult to attain. The culture of a modern office is a Welcoming Environment®.

A Welcoming Environment® uses inclusiveness to empower people to do their best and most innovative work. It attracts the best professionals to your organization and creates a team of diverse viewpoints, talents and ideas.

This summit isn’t just talk. It’s a day packed with real-world examples and data on the impact a Welcoming Environment® has on the growth and sustainability of your organization.


Events listed here are Association Forum programs. Further details and registration information can be found at Programs are subject to change.


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