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First and foremost, learn the platform that you’re going to be using for your virtual event. This may require you to collaborate with your meeting planning friends that are learning a whole new way of doing business. Understand the platform, know what is in place, know if you’re going to have a virtual exhibit hall option, and comb through all of the components that a sponsor or an exhibitor may ...

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What have I learned during March and April amidst the global economic pause and stay at home orders? I’ve learned that despite legislated closures, jobs being lost, and events being cancelled, association members are engaging with their associations more than ever! They want to be engaged and connected; they want to participate in something. The questions I ask myself now are “How is this ...


In an unpredictable and shifting landscape, the Fragrance Creators Association changed its associate members to active members to create a stronger, more unified community to better respond to extraordinary global challenges.

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Five Moroccan NGOs have benefited from the support of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to alleviate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on vulnerable local communities.


Zoom meetings are a daily presence in your professional life.

The chances of that changing soon are slim, especially as people start to realize virtual events and meetings are more cost-effective and time-efficient, said Dr. Laura Sicola, founder of Vocal Impact Productions and host of the podcast “Speaking to Influence.”

Once you’ve accepted that, it’s time to make sure you’ve got the tools ...

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If you’ve hosted or are planning to host a virtual event in 2020 (or beyond), let me ask you...did you charge or are you planning on charging for attendance? Many organizations are reluctant because virtual events lack several of the components in-person events offer (face-to-face networking being a primary one).

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COVID-19 has pressed associations to build boards with people who are flexible and eager to lead, and who bring new perspectives to the table. Diversity initiatives offer a path to get there.
Among the many things that COVID-19 has revealed about associations is the need to rethink what they need in their boards. Of course, associations often struggle to build and support effective boards outside ...


(CNN)A Kenyan gaming company has launched a web-based video conferencing platform, Gumzo, which it describes as the first made in Africa video conferencing platform.

Gumzo, which means "chatting" in Swahili, costs users $1 per week to access.
Jay Shapiro, CEO of Usiku Games which created the platform, told CNN that his team started building the app in February as a response to the spread of ...


There’s no way to make an association crisis-proof, but good governance is key to resilience. One expert shares how to help boards maintain their focus.

Successful boards look for alignments with the needs of members and customers. But what are those needs during a time when economies and social norms have transformed? Successful boards consider environmental scans to establish broad strategic ...


COVID-19 has provided a common cause for associations looking to strengthen global connections. But some old rules still apply.

The disruptions created by the COVID-19 era present plenty of challenges, of course. But a few experts agree that there are also opportunities in the new moment for associations to better connect internationally, gaining new audiences for their offerings and bolstering ...