Columbia Idea Swap: Empowering the Young Professional Voice

When:  Jan 24, 2017

Associations want to be relevant to young professionals – we want them to join, to participate, to contribute, and to lead.  We want to be their professional home.  Successful associations are discovering that the messages that they extend inviting participation are less important than the peers that are asking.  This session will focus on what it means to create space for the young professional voice, to build those voices as association advocates, and honor those voices when shaping when crafting the association’s strategic direction.  After all, if young professionals will inherit the organizations of tomorrow, they should be an equal player in the strategy conversations today.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Creating models of young professional career investment
  2. Capturing and empowering narratives of young professional success
  3. Establishing intentional voices of young professional leadership

Leading us in the conversation is Lowell Aplebaum, CAE, CEO of Next Connextion – a company working with associations on value-focused approaches to strategy development, membership and volunteer management.  He recently authored the chapter on emerging trends in ASAE’s Membership Essentials 2nd edition, served as the co-Executive Editor and Contributing Author for the Component Relations Handbook 2nd edition and authored the chapter on Component Relations for Professional Practices in Association Management 3rd Edition.  He currently serves on the overseeing commission for the Certified Association Execution certification, and Chaired ASAE’s Task Force on CEO Pathways.  He is the creator of a master-level learning series called Through the CEO Lens.  His work on global efforts for associations has included experience across five continents, hundreds of volunteer groups, and all 50 states in the U.S.  

As always, the Idea Swap is free and worth 1 CEU for CAE! Bring your lunch, sodas/coffee on us!


Maryland Association for Justice
6240 Old Dobbin Lane, Suite 100
Columbia, 21044
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Peggy Hoffman
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