Conversations by Association is a podcast for individuals who work in or would like to explore a career in association or nonprofit management. On the podcast, we discuss career pathways, mentoring experiences, resources, and opportunities that have helped successful professional learn and grow. Guests divulge their secrets for success and share how to navigate opportunities, transitions and unexpected bumps along the way. It’s like getting to eavesdrop on a conversation or having a cup of coffee with people you admire and who inspire you.
When Leaders Contract COVID with Steve Smith
COVID has created challenges for leaders across the country as they deal with the impact of the pandemic on their colleagues, members, and finances. Communication amid crisis can require different tools and techniques. Empathy, clarity, and candor are what people want and need. So what happens when key staff members are affected by COVID? Steve … Read More Read More
Driving Agility and Innovation with Kathleen O'Loughlin
Kathleen O'Loughlin, DMD MPH CAE, began honing her leadership skills early in the professional life. Dr. O’Loughlin was the first female dental school class president and a valedictorian at Tufts University. Today she is a nationally recognized executive in the health care, nonprofit, and association management. Along the way, she has discovered the importance of creative and critical thinking. In this Conversation by Association, discover the importance of taking the road less traveled and the power of innovation. From equal pay to re-imagined membership models, Dr. O’Loughlin finds ways to leverage her talents, resources and influence to improve outcomes for organizations like the American Dental Association. You’ll feel energized and empowered by the end of the episode!
Identifying Personal and Professional Allies with Nancy Ukpe Gargula
Nancy Ukpe Gargula joins us to share her experiences from her first year in the association industry as well as insights from her work related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Nancy’s insights address a range of topics include ways to connect with others when you are new to your organization to how to slow down and consider what your members need to create and nurture equity. Her insights open doors to new approaches and actions. Nancy reminds us it is important to learn from our mistakes keep moving forward. Listen and enjoy in Nancy's pointers and perspective!
Take Action: Invest in Your Career
Throughout the season we've heard leaders in the field share ways that they connect with their peers and network to constantly develop skills that benefit their career. On this Take Action Mini Episode we share ideas for connecting more comfortably and consistently to advance your career!
Building a Career and Community with Amy Sherwood and Melissa Walling
Amy Sherwood and Melissa Walling share their experiences and advice on how they have built their careers and communities. This dynamic duo is both passionate about connecting with their members, association colleagues, and looking for new opportunities to develop their skills. Their intelligence, warmth, and drive shine through in their creative approaches to be constantly growing in the career you love. Listen in to hear them say it best!
Innovating Organizational Culture with Debra BenAvram
Debra BenAvram juggles many complex situations and takes on challenging issues—it’s the nature of her work and what she does exceptionally well. In order to stay focused on what matters most, she has learned to focus first on innovation and organizational leadership. Her approach is simple. Be intentional and remove obstacles that get in the way or that slow down high priority work within the association. From removing yearly reviews and replacing them with real time feedback, to helping others see their potential, Debra is always on the lookout for ways to strengthen individuals and the culture in which they work. This conversation will inspire you to rethink how you approach your work and your role as a manager and leader.
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Valuable and Insightful
What valuable and insightful information each presenter brings! I love the varied backgrounds and experiences of the association professionals interviewed and look forward to continuing to learn more.
Useful for Association Professionals
I’ve loved listening to each episode of this podcast, each of which provides nuggets and kernels of wisdom association professionals can utilize in their day-to-day work. Can’t wait to hear more!