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Association Chat (est. 2009) is an online community and weekly chat that takes place LIVE on Tuesdays at 2pm ET on You can connect with the association community throughout the week on Twitter using the hashtag #assnchat, on the Association Chat website, or through the private Facebook Group.

Find out more about Association Chat at (*"Cheekily" hashtagged from the beginning! #assnchat – yes, we know what it looks like and no, we aren't changing it.*)

KiKi L'Italien serves as host for the chat with regular guests and quarterly live events along with creative collaborations with industry thought leaders. KiKi L’Italien is the CEO and founder of Amplified Growth, a digital marketing consultancy specializing in SEO/SEM, social media, and content strategy. She also hosts the hugely popular Association Chat live-streamed vodcast, a weekly association-centric news and education outlet which has run since 2009.


Association Chat News Flash Briefing: September 17, 2018 (Sep 17th, 2018)

Summary: The American Society of Association Executives responds to criticism over their Great Ideas call for papers, what are you giving away when you sign that next speaker agreement, and what do associations still need to learn about D&I – on this week’s Association Chat News Flash Briefing.

A simple Facebook post sharing ASAE’s new process for applying to speak at next year’s Great Ideas Conference became the focus for attention last week when members of the group found the language u...


Association Chat Flash Briefing for September 10, 2018 (Sep 10th, 2018)

Welcome to Association Chat News! I’m your host, KiKi L’Italien, and it’s Monday, so let’s talk about this Association News flash briefing for September 10, 2018.

Things got pretty fired up in Association Chat-land last Friday. In case you missed it, let’s get you caught up-to-speed.

First, we dealt with long-seeded issues over member value.  When a consultant member of ASAE posted a blog to Collaborate, the members’-only community platform, some people thought it was more self-promotional th...


Labor Day Association Chat Flash Briefing (Sep 3rd, 2018)

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Flipping the Script: Lowell Interviews KiKi about Association Chat (Part 1) (Aug 13th, 2018)

What does KiKi think about the association industry after hosting weekly conversations about it for over nine years? What are her plans for Association Chat's future? How does her own consulting business with Amplified Growth play into what she is doing with the Chat?

On this Association Chat, Vista Cova consultant Lowell Aplebaum "flips the script" and interviews KiKi L'Italien, the usual host of Association Chat. 

Please join us for this one-of-a-kind interview on Association Chat.

About A...


Association Chat Flash Briefing: August 3, 2018 (Aug 3rd, 2018)

Here's what you need to know about some good stuff coming up that you might be interested in for the association industry.

Challenge the Excuses: Why Associations Must Do Better with Inclusion (Interviewing Gina Glantz of GenderAvenger)

Tue, Aug 14th at 10:30 AM EDT

Association Chat at ASAE Annual: Interview with Gary LaBranche at Fonteva Lounge and Smoothie Station

Sunday, Aug 19th at 12:45 pm CDT

Join me at the Fonteva lounge and smoo...


Association Chat Flash Briefing for July 31, 2018 (Jul 31st, 2018)

What role have mentors played in your life? Chances are, whether they were called "mentors" or not, there are individuals you have learned from and whom you credit with teaching you some of your best lessons in life.

When Cecilia Sepp, CAE, saw yet another online post featuring someone looking for a mentor in the association space, she took notice and did something. 

This Thursday I'll talk with Cecilia Sepp about the new program she created, the Association Mentoring Network, asking her abou...


It's a weird time of year in Association Land! (Jul 30th, 2018)

This is a longer Flash Briefing to kick off the week. I'm preparing for my family vacation down to Universal Studios next week and hearing from a lot of folks who are navigating vacation times and back-to-school prep. 

What are you up to this week?



Association Chat Flash Briefing: What is your Voice Strategy? (Jul 26th, 2018)

Post your audio comments in response to my flash briefings on the app!


Experiential Design for Associations (Jul 24th, 2018)

In 2015 Nancy Belmont launched a project called the Courage Wallthat captured the attention of national and international media. The Courage Wall is a huge public chalkboard that reads, “I WISH I HAD THE COURAGE TO . . . ®” Nancy was interviewed on the TODAY Show, was featured internationally on Al Jazeera Network, and was highlighted in print media including The Washington Postand Forbes Magazine. The project was even tweeted by First Lady Michelle Obama.

In 2016, Nancy launched the UNITY Pr...


Association Chat Flash Briefing: July 9, 2018 (Jul 9th, 2018)

This Tuesday at 12:30 pm EDT, I’m talking with someone who is using technology to make finding the perfect sponsors and exhibitors not just more strategic, but interesting, as well. My guests will share their experiences on finding the best match for sponsorships.

At 2 pm EDT, I’m talking about Marketing, Membership and a View of the Digital Future for Associations with the VP of growth at Personify and CMO for Wild Apricot.

Thursday at 2 pm EDT we’re talking about the ethics around online re...


Association Chat Flash Briefing for July 6, 2018 (Jul 6th, 2018)

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Association Chat Flash Briefing for Tuesday, June 26, 2018 (Jun 26th, 2018)

Welcome to Association Chat News Flash Briefing -  I’m KiKi L’Italien and here’s what you need to know for Tuesday, June 26th, 2018!

Today, Tuesday, you can listen to 2 live Association Chat interviews back-to-back starting at 12:30 pm EDT!

The first interview is all about GDPR: It's been a month since The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) took effect and what has happened since then? I’ll ask members of the UK data privacy company The Trust Bridge about what’s happened since GDPR wen...


Association Chat Flash Briefing for June 25, 2018 (Jun 25th, 2018)

GDPR and Associations ...a Month Later

It's been a month since The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) took effect and what has happened since then?

  • Have the questions around GDPR changed?
  • Are organizations more GDPR compliant today than they were on May 25th, when the EU's new rules on privacy and user data became enforceable?
  • What do association executives need to know?

We'll discuss that on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at 12:30 pm EDT for a special edition of Association Chat. 

From a Th...


Association Chat Flash Briefing for June 22, 2018 (Jun 22nd, 2018)

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From Hype to Help: The Future of Learning and Work (Jun 11th, 2018)

There should be no doubt that the future of learning and work will look vastly different than its present; the profound implications of accelerating technology adoption, an aging workforce, economic inequality and other factors will see to that. If associations are going to be influential contributors to shaping that future, however, their decision-makers will need to shift current thinking in fundamental ways, steer clear of counterproductive hype and focus on how their organizations can mea...


Association Chat News Daily Flash Briefing - June 8, 2018 (Jun 8th, 2018)

Association Chat News Daily Flash Briefing

Some sad news this morning as we learned of Anthony Bourdain’s death by an apparent suicide – Bourdain was a chef, author, and TV personality who also appeared years ago at an ASAE conference to talk about lessons about management from running a kitchen. 

Bourdain's suicide may not be association news specifically, but it does impact us all.

There is an epidemic of suicide in the United States and Bourdain’s death and fashion designer Kate Spade’s un...


Association Chat Flash Briefing for June 6, 2018 (Jun 6th, 2018)

Here is the latest news in the association realm for Wednesday, June 6th, 2018!

Yesterday I interviewed Jeff de Cagna on Association Chat. The title for that show?

“From Hype to Help: Associations and the Future of Learning and Work.”

Jeff talked about why leaders need to shift their thinking and avoid orthodoxy.

The reason we need to make this change?  

Jeff De Cagna says association leaders need to lead their members and association staff in nurturing learning because new tech, like machine...


This Week’s Association Chat Flash Briefing for the week of May 21, 2018 (May 21st, 2018)

This Week’s Association Chat Flash Briefing for the week of May 21, 2018 – with all the links and extras mentioned in the micro-podcast!

Meetings Today Live! Midwest

I’m recording this from St. Louis, Missouri, where Meetings Today Live! Midwest is taking place and where I’ll be presenting on Design Thinking for Better Engagement tomorrow. 

This meeting is for meeting planners who are interested in finding out more about the ways to jazz up their meetings with suppliers meeting with them for...


Associations and the Race for Relevance with Author Mary Byers (May 9th, 2018)

For this episode of Association Chat, we explore the Race for Relevance with author and association consultant Mary Byers. 

It's been a few years since Race for Relevance and the follow-up to that book (co-authored with Harrison Coerver), Road to Relevance, were published. 

Are Race's "Five Radical Changes" still the right initiatives association execs need to employ to "energize" in governance, management, and strategy? What has Byers witnessed in her experiences with associations since then...


Association Chat Flash Briefing 2018-05-08 (May 8th, 2018)

How to listen to Association Chat Flash Briefings on Amazon Echo devices

There's now a new way get Association Chat News updates throughout the week!

Association Chat is now delivering the latest association industry news updates weekly through Amazon Echo devices.

You'll need to add Association Chat as a skill to your Amazon Alexa app:

  1. Go to the menu in your Alexa app and click on "skills"
  2. Search for "Association Chat"
  3. Click on the Association Chat Flash Briefing logo and then click "enable...