174 episodes

In a world where there's an association for everything, find out what association professionals like you really need to know! Association Chat is a weekly interview series and news channel with host KiKi L'Italien.

Join the Association Chat online community throughout the week on Twitter using the hashtag #assnchat, on the Association Chat website, or through the Association Chat Facebook Group.

Find out more about Association Chat at https://associationchat.com/.

KiKi L'Italien serves as host for the chat with regular guests and quarterly live events along with creative collaborations with industry thought leaders. KiKi L’Italien is CEO of Amplified Growth and senior consultant for Tecker International.

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Association Chat Podcast KiKi L'Italien: Podcast Host, Speaker, and Engagement Strategist

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    • 4.5 • 15 Ratings

In a world where there's an association for everything, find out what association professionals like you really need to know! Association Chat is a weekly interview series and news channel with host KiKi L'Italien.

Join the Association Chat online community throughout the week on Twitter using the hashtag #assnchat, on the Association Chat website, or through the Association Chat Facebook Group.

Find out more about Association Chat at https://associationchat.com/.

KiKi L'Italien serves as host for the chat with regular guests and quarterly live events along with creative collaborations with industry thought leaders. KiKi L’Italien is CEO of Amplified Growth and senior consultant for Tecker International.

https://associationchat.com/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/AssociationChat/

    Take a Break Before You Break – Self-Care for the Caregiver with Breeda Miller

    Take a Break Before You Break – Self-Care for the Caregiver with Breeda Miller

    Whether caring for aging parents, young children, or family with special needs; one thing is for sure...caregivers must learn how to practice good self-care to avoid burnout. For this special edition of the Association Chat Podcast, KiKi interviews Breeda Miller who shares how to Take a Break Before You Break and provide insight, resources, and skills to manage your unique situation and affirm you are not alone. Breeda is a life-long Michigander who enjoys time on her screened porch, her two silly dogs, two massive cats and walking the Camino de Santiago with her husband. Her passion is helping Caregivers Carry On as well as others who need encouragement and a bit of inspiration.

    • 55 min
    The Association CEOs Guide to Leadership with Paul Belford

    The Association CEOs Guide to Leadership with Paul Belford

    "As a mostly learn-by-doing career, the experience and training of the association CEO is routinely idiosyncratic—moving up through the ranks in associations of varying sizes, types and cultures. And for the mid-career executive, thrust fresh and new into the world of associations at the CEO level, a holistic look at the association CEO position can be even more crucial." [https://www.associationceohandbook.com/]
    Join KiKi L'Italien as she interviews the author of The Association CEO Handbook Paul Belford about the role of the association CEO in today's environment.
    Outside of his client work in executive search, Paul is the author of Planning Your Career in Association Management, published in 2002 by the American Society of Association Executives, and has spoken about career-development at ASAE meetings and those of its Allied Societies.
    He has also served on the CEO Advisory Council of the Greater Washington Society of Association Executives, as well as on three of their compensation survey councils.
    He also authored The Association CEO Handbook, the second edition of which was released in 2019. Much of the content and direction of the second edition was sourced from 10 sessions of the Association CEO Masters Seminar launched in 2016 and for which he serves as Director.
    Prior to his career in executive search, Paul spent 11 years with PhRMA, a major Washington, D.C-based trade association, where he was responsible for international issues management.
    He has also worked for the U.S. government, including six years as an International Economist in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for International Affairs at the Treasury Department. An Accounting graduate of Boston College, Paul has an M.A. in Economics from Fordham University.

    • 49 min
    Can You Create a Social Offset for Your Next Conference? An Alternative to Destination Boycotts

    Can You Create a Social Offset for Your Next Conference? An Alternative to Destination Boycotts

    Do boycotts work? Sometimes. But it's complicated. 
    Often, when it comes to hosting conferences, it turns out it's the workers at the destinations who get hurt the worst and the boycott doesn't always have the intended impact desired.
    Could there be a middle ground for organizations hosting meetings in states that support legislature that *doesn't* align with an individual's – or an organization's – values?
    SocialOffset is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation created to provide event organizers and their attendees with a tool to offset the economic impact of their event or stay in a city where local legislation and laws are not in alignment with their individual values. The “offset” is realized when an attendee elects to make a donation to a recommended list of local charities and/or organizations that support those impacted by particular laws that may be in conflict with the attendee’s personal values. (This is similar to a carbon offset.)
    Additionally, partners with supporting destination marketing organizations to showcase options to event organizers whose attendees have expressed concern about meeting in a particular location. It is the founders’ belief that through this opportunity, event organizers, attendees, and destination marketing organizations can support those most impacted by these legislative activities rather than choosing to boycott locations.
    Featuring guests Elena Gerstmann and Rhonda Payne!

    • 43 min
    Event Design Can Save Your Conference with Ruud Janssen

    Event Design Can Save Your Conference with Ruud Janssen

    Today’s Nonprofit Business Model often relies heavily on meetings and events. Whether it is for commitment to cause, content, or community; all we know is that the value proposition for an association often finds an important channel in its events.
    But what happens when attendance begins to slide? What happens when the value of that value proposition doesn’t seem to be what it used to be? Can Event Design Save Your Conference?
    Ruud Janssen is an events industry powerhouse. You may have already seen his work if you’ve looked through tools like Miro or Mural and discovered a design tool called the Event Model Canvas. 
    Ruud is an international speaker, facilitator, and designer of high-stakes conferences & events. He is the Author of the Event Design Handbook (2016) and Design to Change (2021) and he serves as co-founder of Event Design Collective (http://edco.global). 
    He helps organizations innovate by thinking differently based on functional, social, and technological advancements using business and event model innovation.
    Can you share the story with us about the Event Model Canvas, which is such a popular and helpful tool for people to know about? Why did you co-create it and how the Event Model Canvas, MURAL, and the Internet Society all collaborate on this effort? Where do you typically see most associations getting their event design wrong? So talk to me about #HorizonsOfChange and how that’s built upon the Event Canvas… Has anything changed events or event design forever, in your mind, since COVID came along?  How does the format – in-person/virtual/hybrid - asynchronous or synchronous impact event design? What are your favorite practical ways to change the emotional state of participants? What are some stand out examples of events that have the Ruud Janssen Stamp of Approval for being well-designed? What is the best next step any association executive can take after hearing our discussion today?

    • 50 min
    On Deciding to Become a Certified Association Executive (CAE) with Guest Cecilia Sepp

    On Deciding to Become a Certified Association Executive (CAE) with Guest Cecilia Sepp

    If you work in the association industry, sooner or later you think about getting your CAE. The Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential is the marker of a committed association professional who has demonstrated the wide range of knowledge essential to manage an association.
    Rogue Tulips Consulting’s education program, The 501c League, supports aspiring and current CAEs with study groups, programs, and resources.
    Join host KiKi L'Italien as she interviews Cecilia Sepp of Rogue Tulips and the 501c League about the study techniques that work best, the typical challenges people face when taking the CAE, and how to figure out if the time is right to get your CAE.

    • 40 min
    Money Matters for Nonprofits

    Money Matters for Nonprofits

    Nonprofit board members know their organization must be financially healthy to do the most good, but some people find financial statements hard to decipher.
    Join host KiKi L'Italien as she interviews author of the book, Money Matters for Nonprofits, Melisa Galasso.
    Melisa is the founder and CEO of Galasso Learning Solutions LLC. A CPA with nearly 20 years of experience in the accounting profession, Melisa designs and facilitates courses in advanced technical accounting and auditing topics, including not-for-profit and governmental accounting.

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

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15 Ratings

15 Ratings

Mike McAllen ,

Kiki Rocks

I have learned so much from Kiki over the years I just wanted to make sure I reviewed and said thank you to her! Fantastic podcast(pluse videos and chats) Thank you Kiki!

J. Barshop ,

Awesome show, highly recommend!

KiKi and her guests provide some incredibly actionable and compelling content, spotlighting the absolute best tactics and coming trends to help you effectively grow your association.

Highly recommend listening and subscribing to the Association Chat Podcast if you want the knowledge AND mindsets to stay ahead of the curve (and reach your overall business goals as a result)!

Deirdre Reid, CAE ,

One of my favorite podcasts...

...and I listen to dozens of podcasts. Whenever a new episode is released, it goes to my "play next" list. KiKi brings in fascinating and relevant guests. I love her questions and commentary--deep and real. A must-listen for the association community.

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