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By Sarah Lampson
The value of professional development offerings to members is usually very clear to association staff (and we hope to our members!), and we also need to be aware of the value of helping students succeed. Members’ success increases members’ engagement, improves their careers, and advances professions as a whole. Barriers to student success include lack of student time, unclear expectations, inadequate support (technical and otherwise) and/or instruction - all of which the association can address.
Cultivating and supporting student success is critical to the student experience and the member’s perception of your association. Sustainability of the program (and possibly your association) is tied to student retention and experience. Helping the students accomplish their goals will directly benefit your association.
The CAE® Program provides a valuable professional designation in not-for-profit leadership that is recognized across Canada. The program addresses the competencies required of leaders in an increasingly competitive market. The CAE designation sends a message that your leadership career is on the right trajectory.
Sarah Lampson is the Executive Director of CARA and works with the Executive Board to provide organizational leadership and develop and implement its strategic plan. Sarah’s key achievements include significantly increasing services to members, a proven track record of strong financial management and stewarding international partnerships that have resulted in the development of Canada’s first professional qualifications in research management and administration. Since Sarah was recruited to CARA in 2013 membership has increased 15% and the number of members volunteering with the association has increased 400%. Sarah has co-authored two books and is a nominee for the Hamilton YWCA Women of Distinction awards in March 2016. You can follow her on Twitter at @lampson_sarah.
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