Author Archives: Sarah Sain

Drowning in Data? Create a Dashboard

Are your board members or staff bogged down by lengthy financial statements and programmatic reports, causing them to miss overarching trends and key success metrics? Need a way to more quickly and easily interpret your organization’s data? Much like the dashboard in your car, an organizational dashboard can take a series of data points that measure your association’s health and ...

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We Sound Smarter on the Weekends

In 2003, I coached a company that makes liquid cleaners schools, hospitals and bus depots use to wash their floors and countertops. A team of about 150 executives and salespeople spent a lot of time talking about the company’s “sustainable earth” products and sustainability emphasis in research and development. I couldn’t have cared less. Frankly, it didn’t mean anything to ...

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Embrace a Culture of Innovation

Most associations tell me that innovation is important to them, and I, of course, agree. But the overall track record on innovation in the association community is not that great. Twelve years ago, some fellow consultants and I wrote a short book titled, We Have Always Done It That Way: 101 Things About Associations We Must Change. Two years ago ...

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Quick Tips: Going Back to the Wellness

There’s no question that when people take time out of their busy schedules – and money out of the budget – to attend a conference or event, they want to see a return on their investment. But that shouldn’t come at the expense of their experience. Cramming in too many education sessions, speakers or even casual mixers for networking can ...

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Destination: What’s New in South Texas

San Antonio San Antonio is voted one of America’s favorite and friendliest cities. The city is recognized for unparalleled service, personalized attention, and extraordinary hospitality. The St. Anthony Hotel, known as one of the “finest expressions of Southern hospitality,” is no different. The hotel, located in the heart of downtown, serves as the “epicenter of the San Antonio’s social scene,” ...

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Celebrate the Holidays with TSAE this December

Mark your calendars now to join us on December 13 at the AT&T Hotel and Conference Center in Austin at the annual TSAE Celebration Luncheon. Catch up with your peers and enjoy a wonderful meal while listening to some of Austin’s finest musicians. We have an opportunity to give back to the community through a supply drive for Sammy’s House. ...

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TSAE Honors 2018 Award Winners

TSAE’s latest award winners were recognized for their achievement on September 17, 2018 at a luncheon during the New Ideas Annual Conference. Distinguished Executive Recognizes outstanding leadership and achievement in association management and the industry. Jeff Hall, CAE Executive Vice President, Houston Apartment Association Professional Excellence Recognizes individuals who have made exceptional contributions to one’s association. Kim Schoppert, CAE Chief ...

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Let Our Tech Give Your Signal a Boost in Austin

The Austin Convention Center is the first convention center in Texas to achieve LEED® Gold Certification – a hallmark of sustainability. One of the country’s most technologically advanced convention centers, the four-level facility spans six city blocks and features 374,278 square feet of exhibit and meeting space. There are five contiguous, column-free exhibit halls with 247,052 square feet, seven ballrooms ...

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Speakers Spark ‘New Ideas’ at TSAE’s Annual Conference

Creativity is a muscle that you need to work out and strengthen into a tool that can build something unexpected. For artist and founder of the Frontier Project Noah Scalin, that meant taking a familiar object – a skull – and presenting it a new, creative way every day for a full year. Scalin spoke at the TSAE’s New Ideas ...

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