Last week the annual ASAE Technology Conference took place in Washington, DC, as well as the Higher Logic User Group (HUG) and DelCor’s first ever user group, DUG. As an outgoing three year member of the ASAE Technology Council that helps choose the sessions for #Tech12, it was feeling of accomplishment, as well as reunion of sorts for the bustling association tech community. My overview on the Conference will be posted to the DelCor blog tomorrow, so look there for more details from the event! 

However, one moment worth mentioning twice was meeting the opening keynote of #Tech12, Brian Solis. A big fan of his books and blogs, it was an honor shaking his hand and grabbing a quick photo with the business analyst.

For more on the Conference, as well as my interview with Craig Sorrell, the Project Coordinator at AIHA, please read my post on the DelCor blog tomorrow.



Big thanks to everyone who came out to the Unofficial #ASAEtech Council’s MARCH RADNESS Happy Hour last week, and even bigger thanks to DelCor for sponsoring the event. Contributions from those who attended equalled 180 meals, a wonderful way to kick-off DelCor’s 10th Annual Food Drive!! If you’re interested in learning how your association can get involved, please contact Bill Walker, Marketing Manager, Delcor at BWalker[at]Delcor[dot}com.

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I wouldn’t be a true DCer if I didn’t love a solid happy hour that also supplies me with an excuse to write silly limericks and support a good cause.

As part of my work on the ASAE Technology Council, this year I’ve been put in charge of organizing the Council’s monthly happy hours which occur on the third Thursday of every month, after our Council meeting at ASAE headquarters.

That’s why I’m super excited that DelCor is sponsoring and co-organizing MARCH RADNESS, happening this Thursday, March 15 from 4-8pm at P.J. Clarke’s in DC

Be RAD & celebrate March Madness! Come to the Unofficial #ASAEtech Council & DelCor Technology Solutions MARCH RADNESS Happy Hour on Thursday, March 15 between 4-8pm at P.J. Clarke’s (Washington, DC).

The happy hour will act as a kickoff to DelCor’s Community Food Drive. Help us fill the POT O’GOLD with a $10 contribution to celebrate 10 years and learn how your org can support this year’s food drive.

RSVP TODAY and BRING YOUR PARTY GREEN for hoops and hops.

LISTEN: to the MARCH RADNESS SPOTIFY PLAYLIST to get your groove on.

The first drink’s on Delcor for the first 30 of you to arrive!!!

Have an awesome limerick? Add it to the Facebook Event Page for a chance to win some exciting gifts at the Happy Hour!

Follow the discussion on Twitter at #ASAEtech 

Big thanks to everyone who came out to Bar-Cöde last night for the ASAE Technology Section Council’s second unofficial happy hour, which will be a recurring monthly event for the association tech community in 2012. Here’s a few captured snaps from the event:

Battle of Daves: Dave DeLorenzo and Dave Coriale



























































Big plans are underway for next month’s event.  More details coming soon….

Have a great idea for a future event? Hit me up @kyleecoffman or at kyleecoffman[at]

Calling all community managers, digital strategists, marketing nerds, and organizational leaders – join me this Friday, Dec 2 at 3pm ET  for a Q&A tweetchat with Jamie Notter, Vice President at Management Solutions Plus, and Maddie Grant, chief social media strategist for SocialFish, to discuss their recent book Humanize: How People Centric Organizations Succeed in a Social World.

And if or if you can’t join the chat, BUY THIS BOOK.

Like most marketing/pr folks out there my bookshelf is loaded with reads from other social media bibles from thought leaders like Brian Solis, Charlene Li, Clay Shirkey, Seth Godin, Guy Kawasaki, etc. The tools might be quickly antiquated from one publishing date to the next (oh geez, that’s so 2009! *sarcasm*), but the deeper message in these books and in the new release Humanize resonates home (deeply). It’s a call for humanizing business and if you’re as eager to tear through this as I was, then you know exactly the exciting triumphs and sometimes excruciating pain it takes to modernize the “this is the way we’ve always done it” attitude of your organization. Many of us already “get” the tools, but what we need is awakened leadership.

“Creating human organizations requires more than social media. It requires new leadership.”

Did I mention it comes with online worksheets too?!

The authors understand the power and limitations of non-profits and associations in a way few other books out there do.  Through my own strange luck, I happened to meet Maddie and Jamie in the association community two or three years ago (too long here to explain, but let’s just thank my sister KiKi L’Italien and friend Elizabeth Engel for introductions, eggs, and lots of Sunday cocktails amidst flash mob dance practices) and I can only say Maddie and Jamie know their stuff.

Maddie has been a true resource and friend when I started my new position leading digital marketing strategy for a trade association over a year ago. I remember this every time I get tapped to help a friend newly tasked with taking on social media. Believe me, we’re all learning all the time and this book will take you there.

“Follow the white rabbit.”

Join the chat this Friday, Dec 2 at 3pm ET via #ASAEtech. Have a question you’d like to ask Maddie and Jamie? Post it in the comment section below. 

With the approaching new year, Thanksgiving, and another birthday, Fall is that time of the year where I like to sketch out my goals and aspirations. Likewise, it’s also that season where I want to spend more time indoors and feel inspired both in work and in life. Happily, I purchased these books to do just the trick:

The Accidental Creative
by: Todd Henry

Reading this one currently. I am shocked at how accurately Henry defines the challenges for a creative within an organization and the mental exhaustion that can result. This book’s goal is to help you supercharge your creative process while preventing burnout.

by: Jamie Notter and Maddie Grant

Digital leaders in the association/non-prof community, this is sure to be a must-read for community managers and digital media managers out there. A video interview with the authors is provided from TMA Resources on Jamie Notter’s blog.

The End of Business As Usual
by: Brian Solis

Digital leader defined, is there anything Brian Solis touches that isn’t brilliant? I’m staring at my copy of Engage! on my book shelf that is underlined, highlighted, and post-it noted up and can hardly wait to tear into this. I likewise love Chris Brogan’s video review of the book here.

What are you reading this season?