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by Melinda Farris, CAE, KCSAE Past President

Over the past couple of years, the KCSAE leadership has been conducting research through study groups and surveys to learn more about our members’ needs. Based on the information gathered through these efforts, there have been changes made to KCSAE’s regular networking and educational programming. Programming scheduled for the month of March reflect these changes.
Instead of a single monthly meeting, March will feature meetings of Special Interest Groups (SIGs). In addition to the successful Emerging Professionals and CEO Roundtable SIGs, KCSAE has added events designed to focus on issues related to membership, and those important to advanced professionals.

• March 2 – Use your Online Community to Increase Membership (membership)
• March 9 – Cracking the Millennial Hype (advanced professionals)
• March 28 – Legal Update (CEO roundtable)
• March 30 – Career Bootcamp and Networking for Knowledge (emerging professionals)

The educational opportunities aren’t limited to SIGs; March will also have two webinars as well as Association Management 101 (March 28).

• March 9 – The Fine Art of Cultivating Member Relationships: One Conversation at a Time
• March 23 – Social Media Analytics

If you miss the SIG meetings this month, you can still engage with your colleagues through KCSAE’s online communities. To join an online community, visit the KCSAE website and identify in your profile the communities that are of interest to you.

Now that the new SIGs have been introduced and are beginning to meet, KCSAE will ask for your feedback as to what aspects of the SIG meetings are working and where improvements might be necessary. Due to feedback already received, KCSAE’s board has already started looking at adding a SIG that focuses on information technology.

As KCSAE continues to add program and networking opportunities, and introduces new formats, I would like to ask that you engage with your colleagues, and be sure to let the board know through evaluations and direct feedback what aspects you think are working well; and what aspects could use improvement.

We tell our own members all of the time how much we value their opinions and feedback…the same rings true for KCSAE. This organization, our programs and networking opportunities are for you, so help us to make sure they are meeting your needs.

All committee and SIG leaders will be meeting later this month to develop programming for the next year. So, if you have specific requests or suggestions, now is the perfect time to share them with a SIG or committee chair, board member, or our executive director.

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