When it comes to setting the agenda for the year ahead, Associations have few better opportunities than the annual planning meeting. Whether looking to rally members and volunteers, introduce organizational change, reset culture or implement new technology, an annual meeting must serve as a safe place to discuss and plan.
During the last 2 years I have been at Integra International, where we have over 120 members firms with 4,000 staff members from more than 60 countries, I am constantly learning about all the great talent and resources we have available to us. Our members are doing wonderful things and we want to keep up and support them. I really encourage input from everyone who wants to be actively involved in our Association. We want to facilitate a broad and open approach to annual meetings, where everyone can be heard, and real change can happen.
This year we have made a big effort to expand our Global Board and include the next generation of leaders. It is important not to alienate the very people who you need to get onboard. When Directors are asked to give input about their Industry and how we can better serve Members, I am all for it, and the annual meeting gets better results.
Many Associations are finding this to be true – and they are giving the traditional approach to an annual meeting a refresh, from adopting more flexible content, using technology to connect, or by choosing more inspiring venues. In the process, they are creating annual meetings with results that can be felt throughout the rest of the year.
Integra International Global Administrator