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a compendium of specialist insights authored by the sector’s most experienced leaders



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Beginning in December 2021, each year we will publish a compendium of specialist insights authored by some our sector’s most senior and experienced leaders.

Our first edition was published on 1st December 2021, during our Almanac Launch Event and inaugural Annual Lecture, and contains chapters on a variety of salient issues and emerging trends in association leadership, including:

  • Lobbying;
  • Strategic Planning;
  • Supporting Net-zero;
  • Financial Strategy;
  • Generative Governance;
  • DEI; 
  • Professionalisation; and more

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The strength of the IAL network is the network, and in the spirit of community and collaboration, we consulted with and benefited from the expert insights of a broad range of membership specialists and association leaders from around the world.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion: creating a culture of belonging

Sharon Newport CAE, Principal, Sharon Newport LLC

Evidence-led decision making

Jim Boyd, CEO, Equity Release Council

Less is more: strategic planning success through subtraction

Elisa Brewer Pratt, CAE, CEO, Brewer Pratt Solutions

How to avoid wasting your time on futile campaigning

Richard Lambert, CEO, National Hair & Beauty Federation

Forgetting not to breath and avoiding nettles

David D’Souza, Director of Membership, CIPD

The loneliness of the long-distance association leader

Simon Forrester, CEO, Guild of Architectural Ironmongers

Association leaders’ duty of care to support net zero

Emma Adams, Programme Lead, Climate Action for Associations 

Reserves Policy

Rennie Schafer, Chief Executive of the Self Storage Association UK & FEDESSA

Let's talk professionalisation

Nosheena Mansoor, Head of Professional Development, Institute of Internal Auditors South Africa

The professional privilege of generative governance

Andrew Chamberlain, Executive Director, IAL and Managing Director, Consort Strategy

CFOh-No! Why we must embed strong financial leadership in business decision-making

Kevin Madden, CFO, American Psychiatric Association

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