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join the #whatisengagement conversation

Posted By Aaron Wolowiec, Founder & President, Event Garde, Friday, March 11, 2016
Updated: Thursday, March 3, 2016
8f5a2112-3c39-4265-83ff-f083c8c2aae0Engagement. We know we want it. In most cases, we know we need it. But with the ambiguity surrounding what engagement really is, it’s challenging to develop and deploy strategies we’re confident will grow the participation, reach and value of our education programs. In an attempt to create a unified definition, to illuminate best practices/strategies that truly engage learners and to identify real-world examples of engagement done right, both Tracy King, chief learning strategist of InspirEd, and I have prepared a few questions for which we would love your opinion. Specifically, we’re interested in your thoughts on what engagement is and strategies that work for both you and your learners. We’ll compile responses into a resource we will then share with you. We hope you’ll consider joining the #whatisengagement conversation sometime between now and the end of the month. It’s easy and fun (we promise)! Moreover, your ideas are important not only to us, but to the greater professional development community. With only seven questions to answer, there’s absolutely no barrier to participation and the aggregate responses are sure to be informative. Just be sure to share with us your responses (no matter your experience level) before the survey closes on March 31. Should you have questions or feedback about the survey, please don’t hesitate to email me your thoughts or insights. In the meantime, thanks in advance for your participation. And stay tuned for more details about this project in the coming months. It’s kind of a big deal.
The #whatisengagment survey is now open and may be accessed here. Please share it with your friends and colleagues. The more, the merrier!

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Why CAE?

Posted By Eric Klinner, Friday, September 12, 2014

There are several different reasons that individuals purse the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation. Professional development, career planning, professional pride, dedication to their career, self-fulfillment, and commitment to a career in association management are just some of the reasons one might choose to take this additional step in their career.

 As my association management career moved forward, I realized that I was already gaining the valuable (and required) education to take the exam. The resources used and the knowledge and experiences gained through the exam process have not only benefitted me personally, but have also benefitted my association. There have been instances regarding anti-trust, best practices and legal issues that I have felt very comfortable answering (for myself and the association) because of the knowledge I gained in conjunction with the CAE experience.

 I feel that being a CAE has created connections and opened several doors for me that would not have been possible without it. From CAE only networking events and study groups, to invite only speaking engagements with nationally recognized speakers at the ASAE convention. With only 4,100 CAE’s nationwide, you will be part of an elite group of association professionals.

 Testing for the CAE occurs in May and December. For more information regarding the CAE, the ISAE CAE study group or requirements to test, please contact Destiny at ISAE at or myself at  You can also visit the ISAE website at


Eric Klinner, CAE

ISAE Board Member

AIA of Illinois 

Managing Director

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