Essential Elements of Association Management

In 2020, TSAE is moving our “Essential Elements of Association Management” course online to an eight-part webinar series.

This series is designed to provide a baseline for professionals with three or less years in the association industry.

Programs will be presented live throughout the year and archived for individual on-demand viewing. A full “Essential Elements of Association Management” on-demand package will also be available following the conclusion of the program later this year.

Fee (per program): TSAE Member: $45 / Non-member $75
CAE hour (per program): 1

Upcoming Live Programs

Key Elements and Processes of Government Relations
August 25, 2020
12:30 - 1:30 PM CST

In this presentation, you will learn what is important in creating and/or improving the organizational elements of an effective governmental affairs program. You will also learn where the focus should be on developing advocacy tactics and strategies.

Presented by: Joe Gagen, a former TSAE board member, has been involved professionally in political and legislative matters for most of his professional career. Among other things, he chaired the Texas agency responsible for workers’ compensation, served as general counsel to the Texas Senate State Affairs Committee and was a legislative aide in the Texas House of Representatives. He was executive director of a statewide political organization and served from 2006 to 2011 as CEO for Texas CASA, a statewide nonprofit organization advocating for children in foster care. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate having received both his B.A. with Honors and his J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin

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Programs Not Yet Scheduled

  • Strategic Planning
  • Association Finance
  • Government Relations

On-Demand Programs

Savoring Association Alphabet Soup

In this fast-paced and interactive experience, you will explore the important and varied functions of associations, understand key terms and language; expand your peer network; virtually connect with seasoned industry professionals; and explore the unique nature of volunteer-based organizations. Learn more and register 

Membership Recruitment & Retention

Membership is at the core of every association. How are you on-boarding? How are you retaining those who are joining? This session will explore ways to improve new member experiences and help you discover strategies that increase member engagement and influence renewals. As part of The Essential Elements of Association Management, this session along with the others in the series will provide a baseline for new professionals in the association industry. Learn more and register 

Legal Considerations in Association Management

Discover key rules and laws concerning board and association governance and risk management. Learn what to do to keep your organization on the good side of the IRS and how not to go to jail! Learn more and register 

Education and Events

In many cases in association management, your education offerings, events and conferences are how your membership connects to your association and each other. This session will define association events, explore ways to encourage networking and discover strategies to structure your events to increase engagement. Learn more and register  

Volunteer Engagement

From boards to committees, volunteers play important roles in forward an association's mission. This session explores methods associations use to engage working effectively with volunteers. As part of The Essential Elements of Association Management, this session along with the others in the series will provide a baseline for new professionals in the association industry. Learn more and register

Additional Resources from TSAE

Unpacking PACs for Associations

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TSAE is a CAE Approved Provider. Every program that we offer which qualifies for CAE credit will clearly identify the number of CAE credits granted for full participation, and we will maintain records of your participation in accord with CAE policies.

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