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December 2012

Two Associations Become One

Millennia frequently consults with professional and trade associations. Some of our trade association clients include the American Academy of Pain Medicine, the Association of College and University Housing Officers, the Council of Development Finance Agencies, and the National Systems Contractors Association. Much of this work is organizational development, planning and change management focused.

In a recent engagement, we facilitated dialogue and planning at the inaugural conference of the Exhibit & Event Marketers Association (E2MA), a new association resulting from the merger of Exhibitor Appointed Contractor Association and the Trade Show Exhibitors Association. We guided association members as they identified and affirmed the shared assets of the legacy associations, generated a vision for the new association and charted  next steps for work groups.

Our consultants got the audience excited and energized using innovative ideation techniques such as Appreciative Inquiry, World Café, and Open Space technology. All three of these innovative facilitation methods were woven together into a unified planning event. Jim Wurm, Executive Director of E2MA said, "Millennia's ability to use a variety of techniques to gain the input of our membership was invaluable to ensuring that we had everyone on the same page and engaged in the process. We look forward to working with them again."

Millennia consultant Jim Troxel led a team of three consultants that also included Millennia colleagues Margaret Sullivan and Sara Levinson. For more information about Millennia's services to associations and coalitions, contact Jim Troxel.

Community Leaders Consider the Best Options for Establishing  a Rural Health Center

Working with consultants Chris Shrum and Kenneth Dym, Millennia's David Steven Rappoport is helping Penquis Community Action Program and the communities it serves in Knox County, Maine to improve the delivery of health care. Like many rural counties, Knox is challenged to deliver high quality, timely medical, dental and behavioral health services to all of its residents. The consulting team is working with community leaders to consider the best options for establishing a health center, and is developing a plan for successfully moving forward.

Development Directors Reflect on their Practice

Nine highly experienced development directors meet monthly in a peer learning circle facilitated by Millennia's, Wendy Siegel and sponsored by The Brinson Foundation.  What do development directors from museums, educational organizations, libraries, and employment programs have in common? They must all raise money in a highly competitive environment where the tools for fundraising are changing rapidly.Together they explore ways to integrate donor and accounting data bases, the challenges of involving program staff in fundraising activities, and share best practices in donor development and e-solicitation. Their three hours together is sacred time that allows them to step back and reflect on their work in a safe, confidential setting. For more information about sponsoring or joining a learning circle contact Wendy Siegel.