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Mission The mission of the Wisconsin Society of Association Executives (WSAE) is to serve as a forum where the association community thrives and grows. Vision WSAE is the organization of choice for association innovation and leadership. Values WSAE advances the following organizational values: Inclusion. Diversity includes multiple stakeholders and perspectives in activities and decision processes Optimal performance. Transparent, innovative and adaptive practices, using data-driven strategies to identify and provide member-centric initiatives Alliance building. Collaboration and engagement with individuals and organizations that share common values Passion. Excitement for the future and the potential for members and the profession

WSAE Blog

 •  February 7

When asked about writing for digital platforms, three “Fs” always come to mind: fast, front-loaded and friendly content. “Fast” means making information quick to find and digestible; “front-loaded” refers to revealing up front what the topic is about and why it’s valuable to the reader; and “friendly” indicates writing in a conversational tone. But...

WSAE Blog

 •  January 8

As we start the new year, we all are inundated by predictions for the future. At .orgSource, we all have been thinking a lot about the future. Later this year we will be publishing a book on "Association 4.0." Many of you may have heard Kevin and I speak about disruptors looming on the horizon and how associations will need to undertake some...

WSAE Blog

 •  December 27, 2017

​Is the New Year an opportunity for a new association brand? Is your association in a funk? Have you lost your marketing mojo? Are you sensing that something in your approach or your offerings are “not quite right”? Has your mission and your passion gone astray? Have you lost the driving force for the association that once provided so much...

WSAE Blog

 •  November 7, 2017

About a year ago, the Wisconsin Society of Association Executives (WSAE) recognized they had a problem that many other associations experience as well. Their attendance to in-person events was consistent in terms of numbers, but very few of those attendees were young professionals. The Board had the foresight to recognize that this was a major...

WSAE Blog

 •  November 6, 2017

You get why data is important, and you’re serious about transforming your organization into a culture that embraces data-informed decision-making. Carpe datum! When evaluating data analytics technology, it’s tempting to focus exclusively on the front-end design and usability, but how you store the data has major implications too. Begin forming your...

WSAE Blog

 •  November 1, 2017

As mobile and on-demand trends transform work environments and customer experiences, CEOs must borrow the CIOs' mindset to keep up and stay ahead. They must identify, invest and implement smart ways to use technology to their advantage. And they must think about infusing technology and digital strategy throughout the organizational structure. CEOs...

WSAE Blog

 •  September 11, 2017

You recruit the top talent. You invest in the latest technologies. You update procedures. Yet, you struggle to maintain your current market position. That may be a sign your culture needs modifying. Organizational culture reflects an entity’s deepest and most tightly held beliefs and values. Often, they have been shaped over years, even decades....

WSAE Blog

 •  September 5, 2017

If your organization often struggles to meet objectives, it may be time to examine your internal digital operations. The culprit can be a singular issue. Perhaps your organization over-relies on group emails or one-to-one in-person conversations. Maybe meetings are overused or non-productive. Or cross-functional collaboration tends to be limited to...

WSAE Blog

 •  March 17, 2017

It is a truism that teamwork is important to achieve organizational goals. But what makes for effective teams? Association executive John Forbes has been conducting educational programs for .orgCommunity and I am excited that he will be with WSAE during its Spring Outing presenting to its CEOs in May!...

WSAE Blog

 •  March 1, 2017

Customers today are too busy and have too many choices to invest in content that isn’t relevant or targeted for them—no matter how great the content may be. To be the valued and preferred source of information for your customers, you must develop a content strategy—and make this a priority for your organization. Oftentimes, what stands in the way...