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Associations Council Seeking Advisory Board Candidates

Are you looking to make an impact within the association media community? Would you like to broaden your network while being recognized as a leader who helps to guide and grow the AM&P Network?

AM&P Network is seeking candidates to join the Associations Council Advisory Board (what you’ve known as AM&P is now the Associations Council), and this strategic group helps set the tone for the programming and initiatives that focus on association publishing. As part of the AM&P Network, a division of SIIA, the Associations Council offers programming, support and community to media professionals who work in associations. In addition, the broader AM&P Network serves media professionals across several sectors.

The ideal candidate to join the Associations Council Advisory Board:

  • Is strategically minded yet also ready to roll up their sleeves and get to work
  • Has a unique point of view toward the work of associations media professionals, across any discipline
  • Fosters inclusivity and community through information sharing and peer support
  • Is a champion for the media professional within the unique context of association publishing
  • Has a track record of volunteering to help shape our community by working on the annual conference, EXCEL awards, Lunch & Learns, or other Associations Council/legacy AM&P programs or publications.

The ACAB Nominating Committee is seeking candidates for five open seats—four seats for nonprofit association members, and one for an Industry Service Partner (ISP) member. Each seat serves a two-year term that will begin in June 2021 and end in June 2023.

We’re looking for leaders who are passionate about AM&P Network and making a difference in the media and publishing industry for associations. If that’s you, we hope you’ll apply for this exciting opportunity by April 12, 2021.

Questions? Don’t hesitate to contact Christina Folz, AM&P Immediate Past President and Nominating Committee Chair, at or 703.785.0254.

We hope you will apply!


Former MPA CEO Linda Thomas Brooks Joins Connectiv As Interim Managing Director

Linda Thomas Brooks, former CEO of the Magazine Publishers Association, has joined Connectiv as interim Managing Director. Brooks will oversee day-to-day activities, help develop the strategic plan, and assist the association in identifying potential acquisition targets for growth.

Brooks brings extensive experience pioneering developments at the intersection of media, technology and consumer behavior. Her career includes serving as Executive Vice President and Managing Director of GM MediaWorks—a stand-alone agency of GM—where she built and maintained the GM Media Lab and as President of Ingenuity Media for the Martin Agency.

Most recently, Brooks acted as co-founder and president of the data-driven integrated agency, GearDigital, a subsidiary of Wilson RMS. More, she developed media and marketing strategies for many well-known brands and companies, including General Motors, GEICO, The American Cancer Society, Johnson & Johnson, Kaiser Permanente and Experian. Brooks also has received numerous industry honors, including Advertising Age Women to Watch Award, and Advertising Women of New York Impact Award for mentoring.

Brooks is taking a leading role in ensuring the success of two of Connectiv’s largest programs, the 66th annual Jesse H. Neal Awards, which will honor the best in B2B journalism in New York City on March 27 and the Connectiv Executive Summit, which takes place May 13-May 15 in New Orleans.

“I’m excited to join Connectiv and work with so many leading brands that are helping redefine the information industry,” says Brooks. “B2B has been at the forefront of media companies diversifying revenue streams toward events and recurring revenue models. I look forward to working with members to help them continue to move their businesses forward.”

Brooks can be reached at


Delegating and Hitting ‘Pause’ Can Both Provide More Valuable Time

A year ago, Fast Company posted an article titled How to Redesign Your Days to Give You Back a Few Extra Hours Every Week. The author listed five categories where we can make changes:

Quit Something
Limit Something
Pause Something
Delegate Something
Add Something

Contemplating these five areas is a good way to start the new year. Let’s take a closer look.

For Quit Something, they wrote “Quit a recurring meeting. Quit a committee. Quit Facebook. Quit Candy Crush.” Facebook and Asana (which was founded by a Facebook co-founder) both have a company-wide policy of no meetings on Wednesdays. You can also quit a poor habit or policy. Diversifying your speakers might be a good place to start. Take some extra time to do research to find new speakers for your next webinar, podcast or event. With those new speakers might just come a new audience. I visited an art exhibit yesterday titled The Outwin 2019: American Portraiture Today. And you can just see how the diverse content attracts—and engages—a diverse audience.

For Limit Something, how about email? Almost 85% percent of the people surveyed by Adobe Insights check their email before they get to work, and nearly a quarter take a look before they even get out of bed in the morning. People text or check personal email while watching TV (60%), talking on the phone (35%), working out (16%), and yes—I see it more every day—driving (14%). “Why is email so ingrained in our lives?” Kristin Naragon of Adobe Campaign asks. “One reason may be that it’s so manageable—we can sort, file, filter, and generally get things done.”

For the Pause Something, they wrote: “[Go] on a walk in the middle of the day. [Give] yourself permission to run an errand during your lunch break. Stopping for a moment to assert your ability to do the non-urgent reduces the sense that everything has to happen at a frenetic pace, and that there’s no time to slow down.” Writes prominent author and speaker Daniel Pink from his book, When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing: “Research shows us that social breaks are better than solo breaks—taking a break with somebody else is more restorative than doing it on your own.” A trip to the office kitchen—where there is always someone—stimulates my thought processes. Or, if you’re home, finding a community at the coffee shop.

Delegate Something might have the most potential of any category. I’m guilty of this myself. I run a couple local Meetup groups for the arts and volunteering here in the Washington, D.C. area. One is quite large and the other much smaller, so naturally I spend much of my free time on the larger one. A woman messaged me and said she noticed there isn’t much activity on the smaller one. Could she help?

My first reaction was, “Oh I have this plan for that group and I will implement it soon. So I will tell her that and say thanks.” And then I recalled that I was saying this six months ago and nothing has happened. I have continued to just pay attention to the bigger group and only think about what I want to do with the smaller one.

Someone was offering to help me, nothing was getting done, and I had to think about it? “As you plan your day, ask yourself: Is this something that I really need to do myself, or could someone else do this instead?” Fast Company wrote.

For Add Something, are you doing push alerts? “Push alerts show up in spaces where the interruption is hard to ignore: your phone’s locked screen while you’re trying to fall asleep, your smartwatch while you’re in a meeting, a popup while you’re answering an email,” writes Rachel Schallom, deputy editor for digital at Fortune Media, in NiemanLab’s excellent Our Predictions for Journalism 2020 series. “Long story short: If someone doesn’t want to receive a push alert, they’ll change their settings. An underrated metric in measuring an alert strategy’s success is simply the number of subscribers a push notification list has. Editors can also look at the lifecycle of an alert subscriber: How long do they stay subscribed? How often do they change their settings?”