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An emergency prep checklist

Be Prepared for Events Emergencies

January 22, 2020

January has brought a vivid reminder that special events planners are often the first line of defense in emergencies.  Last week started with a woman having chest pains and ended with another having a seizure. This week, a guest’s parking…

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A group of women in different outfits

A Very Special Event Well Shared

November 6, 2019

Every special events planner dreams about someday creating a signature annual event, one that has long-lasting and meaningful impact. Often, it’s a fund-raising event for an important cause. Women in our town have created signature events in support of the…

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An active volcano

Do You Work With A Volcano?

August 29, 2019

Do you work with a volcano? I’m talking about an irascible person whose irrational adult temper tantrums explode on all bystanders at the most inopportune moments causing fear, confusion, hurt feelings, and embarrassment just when the team most needs to…

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A set of recycling bins

Plan To Reduce Special Event Waste

June 12, 2019

New years in academia comes in August and one of my resolutions is to make this year’s events as eco-friendly as possible. As the planning cycle starts, now is the time to work on this. Fall begins with a series…

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A happy graduating student

Commencement is the Happiest of Days!

May 13, 2019

I love the peace of campus the Monday after commencement. Everything is quiet, no traffic, no parking challenges, no stressed-out students rushing from place-to-place. Faculty are gone and those of us involved in commencement can enjoy a long, quiet cup…

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A set of books about events

Books for Campus Events Planners

March 20, 2019

  I’m proud to announce that updated editions of two of my most popular books, Special Events Planning for Success, 3rdedition, and Etiquette and Protocol A Guide for Campus Events, 2ndedition, are now available from the Council for Advancement and Support of…

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A woman writing on a board

Build A Better Board

March 5, 2019

Board development is the most important duty of a non-profit executive director, even though those words may never be mentioned in his or her job description.  Having the right board members, and a continual supply of more of the same,…

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NAACO 2019 Conference logo

Freshen Up, Attend A Conference

February 15, 2019

The annual meeting of the North American Association of Commencement Officers (NAACO) just wrapped up. It was three days of shared ideas, access to resources, and making connections with other people who do the same work. We heard from subject…

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A busy public space

We Could All Use A Peach Corps

January 31, 2019

Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is one of my favorite places. It is a clean, friendly model of efficiency, organization, well-curated shops, eating establishments, and services. On top of that, it’s pretty swell as a first-rate international airport. This week, it…

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Build Better Bylaws

January 21, 2019

Bylaws define the rules of non-profit entities and understanding them is essential to success for advancement professionals who serve as alumni association or foundation executive directors or as members of other non-profit boards. Simply put, bylaws are a set of…

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