Association bodies to collaborate despite cultural differences

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Association leaders on both sides of the Atlantic have agreed to collaborate.

The European Society of Association Executives and the American Society of Association Executives are endeavouring to ‘connect the international association community via joint initiatives.’

In a statement the organisations said the collaboration would make use of ‘each organization's strengths to provide opportunities knowledge exchange among association leaders.’

This will give us the chance to connect the international association community via joint initiatives,

ASAE's President and CEO, Michelle Mason said: “The role of associations is rapidly changing and many of the meta trends influencing ASAE’s strategic direction are shared by our global colleagues.

"This reality necessitates more collaborative thinking and idea-sharing between leaders of organizations worldwide. ASAE’s collaboration with ESAE is an acknowledgment that no one organization has all the answers. Together, we will work to enhance the collective knowledge of the association ecosystem and better unify our vast global association community.”

Mike Morrissey, President of ESAE, said: “The ESAE Board is delighted to be working closely with ASAE now under Michelle Mason’s leadership. ASAE has an excellent reputation for supporting association leaders and executives throughout their career, so we are looking forward to collaborating on content that is relevant for our members on both sides of the Atlantic.

"Although there are cultural differences, there are many similar challenges and opportunities for associations based in Europe and the U.S. By sharing our experience, we believe we can all benefit during these times of change.”

James Lancaster
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