Reach Members on the Air with Podcasts Tim Ebner writes that podcasts are growing in popularity right now, and it could be a medium ripe for associations to recruit, retain, and engage members. Read more here. Source: Associations Now Daily 3/20/19 Reinventing Association Governance Nick Marzano shares his thoughts following the second annual Association Charrette to explore key challenges facing the association management profession’s present and future.  One of the three issues identified was governance, which Marzano says “often gets short shrift relative to the impact it could have on strategy and member engagement.” ...

You may recall a recent VMAE survey that asked you about podcasting. We wondered, for example, if you were interested in creating podcasts and if you were already doing so. In a nutshell, what you indicated was a VERY high interest in getting into podcasting – and you also indicated that very few VMAE members are actually delivering podcasts. These findings precipitated a few actions: The VMAE Podcast Task Force was empaneled by your Board of Directors. Tim Atkinson (executive director at the New York State Veterinary Medical Society) graciously...

A core component of VMAE’s mission is to provide compelling learning opportunities that stimulate VMA executives, provide thought leadership, and foster peer-to-peer sharing of exptertise. Thanks to the Professional Development Committee and its ThinkWORKS Program Committee, VMAE’s educational offerings for 2019 are game changers in professional development. Save the dates and read more about our upcoming conferences. VMAE | ThinkWORKS 2019 – San Francisco, April 11-13. The single-topic, deep-dive, think-tank format distinguishes ThinkWORKS.  The 2019 program is focused on the future of learning – with an emphasis on how technology...

At the membership luncheon on January 12 in Chicago during the AVMA Veterinary Leadership Conference, VMAE President Dan Tjornehoj, Treasurer Phil Hinkle, and CEO Ralph Johnson presented information on recent accomplishments and forthcoming initiatives: Strategy – Dan thanked members for providing valuable input about what “you and your members need” and for “affirming how valuable VMAE is to your professional satisfaction and success.” He was referring to the member survey that informed the Board of Directors strategy session held in November, which was “very capably facilitated by our own Doug...

Pride Veterinary Medical Community (Pride VMC) is partnering with VMAE and all interested veterinary associations, veterinary organizations, and industry partners to gather up to 400 parade participants this coming June 30th for World Pride 2019 in NYC which corresponds with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. Having the veterinary profession represented on the world stage is a unique and rare opportunity. Part of Pride VMC’s mission is to foster acceptance and inclusivity, and in that spirit it is providing the opportunity for individuals to march together and unite in...

How CEOs Can Help Make Boards Strategic Disrupting the pathway to board service has complicated boards’ understanding of strategy. That’s created a leadership gap that CEOs are well-equipped to fill. Read More Source: Associations Now Daily 2/11/19 What Makes Young Members Tick? A new benchmarking study focuses on young professionals’ views on membership. While many from the Gen Z and millennial generations decide to join associations, they’re skeptical about the value and benefits that membership brings. That’s a challenge associations will need to overcome. Read More Source: Associations Now Daily 2/13/19 What Women and Men Value...

Perhaps you’ve successfully staged a virtual career fair where job seekers and employers come together virtually via a computer, eliminating the hassle and expense of traveling to an in-person career fair event. Or perhaps you’ve wondered how your VMA might offer such a benefit to your members – and if that’s the case, then Dr. Pat Wohlferth-Bethke of AVMA’s Veterinary Career Center has an offer you’ll want to consider!  Read more from Dr. Pat here....

VMAE, in partnership with Mary Byers, CAE, has made available the Momentum online learning course throughout 2019 as a complimentary benefit of membership. Momentum features three one-hour modules that serve as strategy starters for VMA executives, plus a one-hour capstone webcast that was recorded live with VMAE members on November 16, 2018. The webcast recording is now available; to access the recording click here and log in (you can also find this product in your Dashboard if you’ve already created your free Momentum account). Join Mary in exploring the question...

VMAE’s signature program, the Power of Ten (P10), has expanded with four VMAs enrolling or graduating their first class. Congratulations to the Arkansas VMA, Kansas VMA, New York State VMS, and South Dakota VMA for joining 32 other VMAs that are deeply engaging and impacting recent veterinary graduates. Stephanie Quirini, communications director at the New York State VMS, commented about the successful launch of their P10 program, saying “I just wanted to share with you that NYSVMS graduated our first Power of 10 class last week (5 are pictured, 2 are...

The Veterinary Hospital Managers Association (VHMA) convened a critical issues summit in 2018 to address the question “How can veterinary practices adopt and implement more effective pricing approaches?” As an outcome of the summit, VHMA has released a white paper that can be downloaded for free. VALUE-BASED Strategic Pricing for Veterinary Practices introduces the core concepts, frameworks, and tools for pricing strategically in the veterinary services industry and is critical reading for any practice considering a new approach to pricing. The white paper addresses: Why strategic pricing is important for...