Upcoming Events

April 17, 2014
Webinar: Improving Volunteer Engagement and Outcomes,

May 1, 2014
Learn With Leaders Luncheon and Deep Dive: CTRL + ALT + Believe, Holly Duckworth

May 1 and May 2, 2014
Primer and Institute on Advising Nonprofits

May 6, 2014
Webinar: Become a Peak Performer

May 15, 2014
Seminar: Organizational Excellence, Bob Harris, CAE

 May 28, 2014
Webinar: How to Build Membership Through Content Marketing

June 6, 2014
Learn With Leaders Luncheon, Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel

June 11-13, 2014
CSAE Annual Conference, Snowmass, CO


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More About the Conference

Continuing Education Bill Becomes Law
Governor Hickenlooper has signed HB 14-1136 into law. What this means for you is that your association can continue to provide continuing education programs and credits to your members and to nonmembers in support of your mission without direct oversight by the Division of Occupational Education in the Colorado Commission of Higher Education. Read more about the legislation.

Sold to the Highest Bidder --
Your donation to CSAE’s Silent Auction at the 2014 Annual Conference June 11-13. The auction is a great way to showcase your property, city, product, or service. Say “YES” to supporting the 2014 CSAE Silent Auction. Download and complete the donation form and make your donation.

Association Professional and Associate Member Award Nominations
Nominations are now being accepted for CSAE’s Association Professional of the Year and Associate Member of the Year awards to be presented at this year’s Annual Conference. Download the nomination form and submit your candidates.

CTRL + ALT + Believe
Do you ever wish rebooting your organization was as simple as hitting CTRL + ALT + Delete? If you are overwhelmed as a CEO, Executive Director, or manager, spend time with Holly Duckworth, CMP, CAE, at our May 1 Learn With Leaders Luncheon and Deep Dive to learn how to slow down and gain simple strategies that will reboot and redirect your organization.

Organizational Excellence is a Commitment to be the Best.
How do you know your organization is the best? Benchmarks, dashboards, certification, awards of excellence? Bob Harris CAE, presents an in-depth Seminar on May 15 on how associations can position themselves for greatness and the tools and resources you need to make it happen . . . to commit to be the best. More information. Registration.

Non-Profit Legal Programs Scheduled for May.
The 2014 Primer and Institute on Advising Nonprofit Organizations will be held on May 1 and May 2. The May 1 Primer is designed to introduce practitioners to general aspects of the laws governing nonprofit organizations and tax-exempt. The May 2 Institute will present a in-depth analysis of legal issues of concern to nonprofit organizations. The programs are sponsored by the Colorado Bar Association, Colorado Nonprofit Association and the Colorado Society of Association Executives. Download the registration brochure.


CSAE Logo for Member Use
CSAE has developed a special logo for members wishing to visually identify themselves as belonging to CSAE. For electronic copies of the logo and specific information on where and how it can be used, click here.

The Institute for Organization Management Summer Institutes
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation has announced its schedule of summer Institutes for Organization Management: June 1-5, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI; June 22-26, University of Georgia, Athens, GA; July 13-17, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA, and July 27- July 31, Villanova University, Villanova, PA. Individuals interested in a Play It Forward scholarship should contact Marianne Virgili, CCE, Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association (970-945-6589 ext 108). For more information about the Institute visit the Institute web site.

Food for Thought

Cleared for Takeoff! Flight Plan for the Strategic Plan—The planning retreat has ended. Everyone was enthusiastic about the new direction and ideas. But as the planning team returns to their offices --- most forget their commitment to the new strategic plan. But, now you’re cleared for takeoff. Bob Harris, CAE presents a flight plan for integrating the strategic plan. Read the complete article. (For more on the strategic plan, be sure to attend Bob’s seminar on May 16.)

For Every Action there is a Reaction—Welcome to the board. You’ll be attending meetings where nearly every call for action will begin with the phrase, “I make a motion…..” However, directors don’t always know the impact of their motions. In this article Bob Harris CAE, discusses the impact of motions in advancing the organization’s mission. Read the complete article.

Challenges in the Boardroom—Thirteen Fixes by Bob Harris, CAE. In boardrooms across America volunteers are eager to do a good job in their governance roles. But too often the myths and misguided practices are major challenges to a high performing board. Read the complete article.

How the Classic Maya Lost Their Relevance by Gregory E. Williams and Harrison Coerver. The fall of the Mayans can help us understand why adaptation is imperative for today's associations to stay relevant. Read the complete article.

Leading Out of the Box Change. A case study shows how two organizations were able to make out-of-the-box governance changes.

Other Resources

CSAE 2013 Association Executive Compensation and Benefits Study Available
Conducted in the spring of 2013, the survey measured compensation levels, fringe benefits, personnel practices and benefits practices in 21 states, including Colorado. The 74-page report is presented in two sections, one covering the entire 21 states participating and the other covering only the state of Colorado. More information.

Association Meeting Space
If your association is looking for meeting space for those special off-site meetings, check with other CSAE member associations. We’ve started a list of member associations who have such space to get you started on your search. Click here for the list.

Association Management Companies
Information and a listing of CSAE-member Association Management Companies who provide association management services.

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About CSAE!

Colorado Society Association Executives (CSAE) was founded in 1952 and is the "association of associations" for more than 250 association professionals. CSAE brings together association leaders to foster professional and personal excellence through unique learning opportunities that inspire members to achieve more and guide associations into the future.

CSAE's total membership is composed of educators, CEOs, and staff executives of international, national, regional, state and local organizations, as well as companies who provide products and services to these associations.

CSAE provides association management education, information exchange, member services, and issues advocacy to its members and advances the public service value of association to the public.

View the brief  Orientation to CSAE video.

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