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Making Your ASA Membership More Meaningful

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The American Society on Aging depends upon members for their leadership, participation and mentoring of one another. We hope that every member will contribute to ASA in a meaningful way and help to stretch all members professionally.

ASA’s strategic plan has set as a priority to modernize and reframe ASA’s membership engagement model. This expansion of our membership engagement model allows ASA to work with our members to impact specific priority areas and use technology to maintain and increase the flow of information between members. In addition, it allows ASA to:

  • Attract new members and retain long-standing, devoted members;
  • Strengthen our efforts in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Work within our new budgetary realities and limited staffing resources; and
  • Expand ASA’s impact by harnessing deep, member expertise.

 

Opportunities to Lead

Board of Directors

Responsible for financial oversight, governance and furthering our mission, the Board of Directors governs ASA and helps ensure our long-term success.

 

Board Committees

Committee options include Membership, Finance, Business Development and Policy committees. Acceptances are made on a rolling basis, and the time commitment is approximately 3 hours per month. All members of ASA are invited to join a board committee.

Board Committee Chairs:

Business Development: Lisa Gables and Ginna Baik

Finance: Brian Duke

Membership: Aiyshen Padilla

Public Policy: Paul Downey and Amy Herr

DEI Commission

Responsible for ensuring that ASA includes diverse voices, creates equity and fosters inclusion in all of our work and programming, the DEI Commission is a standing oversight committee of the board.

Co-chairs:

Kevin Prindiville and Velma Carter-Dryer

Advisory Council

ASA's strategic plan lays out five priority areas. An advisory council, which is co-chaired by a member of the Board of Directors and another ASA member, exists for each priority area. These councils will act as advisors for our programming staff and meet quarterly.

Advisory Council Chairs

Ageism & Culture: Rebecca Morgan and Helen Dennis

Economic Security: Maria Henke and Lynn Feinberg

Equity & Justice: Najja Orr and Darrick Lam

Health & Well-being: Rani Snyder and Karen Lincoln

Innovation & Social Impact: Melissa Tischler and Tom Kamber

Generations Journal Editorial Advisory Board

Generations Journal is the quarterly online journal of the American Society on Aging. Each issue is devoted to bringing together the most useful and current knowledge about a specific topic in the field of aging, with emphasis on practice, research and policy. Members of the Generations Editorial Advisory Board are chosen via a nominations process and serve at least a two-year term with a chance to re-up for more terms. In twice a year meetings, the Generations Editorial Advisory Board chooses topic themes for future issues and suggests guest editors.

Editorial Advisory Board

  • Wendy Lustbader, Chair
  • Susan C. Reinhard, Immediate Past Chair
  • Tobi Abramson
  • Patrick Arbore
  • David Bass
  • Orion Bell
  • Letia Boseman
  • Walter Dawson
  • Sam Fazio
  • Sarah Galvan
  • Robyn Golden
  • Kathy Greenlee
  • Sarah Jen
  • Ruth Katz
  • Andrew MacPherson
  • Vyan Nguyen
  • Najja Orr

 

Generations Today Editorial Advisory

Generations Today is ASA’s bimonthly magazine-style online publication, covering advances in research, practice and policy nationwide. Members of the Generations Today Editorial Advisory Committee are chosen via a nominations process and serve at least a two-year term with a chance to re-up for more terms The Generations Today Editorial Advisory Committee meets once a year (generally at ASA’s conference) to plan the slate of topics for the following year.

Editorial Advisory Committee:

  • Robert Espinoza, Chair
  • Robyn L. Golden, Immediate Past Chair
  • Donna Benton
  • Diane Brown
  • Kristi Mellion
  • Paul Greenwood
  • Anne Montgomery
  • Kathy Sykes
  • Laura Trejo
  • Sandra von Doetinchem

Opportunities to Learn, Contribute and Grow

On Aging Collaboratives and Constituent Groups

These groups are the perfect place to network, share ideas and learn from one another 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Members can develop programs and share them online or more broadly through our webinars or On Aging Conference.

Communities Ombudsman:

Phil Stafford

 

On Aging Regionals

Local connections are just as important as national connections. On Aging Regionals are designed to keep conversations growing among colleagues and peers who are geographically nearby.

 

Webinars and ASA Studios Productions

Members not only access content through their membership, but also have an opportunity, with webinars, to earn CEs.

 

Generations Smartbrief

The most relevant news in aging is delivered to your inbox three times a week. Sign up today to stay in the know.

 

Generations Publications

Access articles written by thought leaders in our field and contribute to Generations Publications:

Generations Journal

Our academic journal that provides long-form written content on a themed concept each quarter.

Generations Today

Our magazine-style publication that is published six times a year and offers insight into trends, applicable research and policy in aging.

Generations Now

The Generations blog that carries opinion and posts from members and experts on current events and issues in aging.

 

Events and Programs

Plus, don't miss our special events and programs throughout the year, including our annual On Aging Conference, Generations Forums, webinars and our bimonthly ASA Live programming available on our social media channels.

 

The first ASA Conference I attended was in 2010 where the iconic Ken Dychtwald gave an amazing address. I was hooked! Then in 2014, Bob Blancato invited me to his office, where he tutored me for an hour as a new aging services professional. I have used the remarks of both men as an adjunct professor every semester.

I have participated in several webinars sponsored by ASA and have always felt they have been time very well-spent. I often read ASA Today [now Generations Today] and Generations Journal cover-to-cover and can't throw my hard copies away! I have loved the interviews by Peter with aging professionals.

Most important to me is how application-based ASA continues to be with their content—it is so relevant to my career and enhances my ability to mentor the social work/case managers I oversee throughout our state.

I look forward to the online conference in April, although I still miss being with everyone in person. ASA has never skipped a beat and always keeps it upbeat, exciting, informative, entertaining, and real.

-Nancy Madsen, MS, SSW, CPM, Gerontologist
Program Manager/Utah Caregiver Support Program
Salt Lake City, UT

Frequently Asked Questions

ASA’s strategic plan has set as a priority to modernize and reframe ASA’s membership engagement model. This expansion of our membership engagement model allows ASA to work with our members to impact specific priority areas and use technology to maintain and increase the flow of information between our members. In addition, it allows ASA to:

  • Attract new members and retain long-standing, devoted members;
  • Strengthen our efforts in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion;
  • Work within our new budgetary realities and limited staffing resources; and
  • Expand ASA’s impact by harnessing deep, member expertise.

These membership engagement opportunities are portals for our members to engage with ASA at their comfort level, while still having an impact on ASA and upon one another. As they engage more deeply in ASA, each person contributes their skill sets to the development of ASA, our programs and one another. Finding the right entry point for each member is integral, as we work to help everyone benefit more deeply from their membership and build a stronger, more sustainable organization.

ASA staff worked with leadership of the Constituent Groups (CGs), as well as with the Board of Directors and other long-standing members to develop this plan.

Under the framework, the Board Committees, Advisory Councils and DEI Commission all report directly to the Board of Directors. To ensure greater collaboration with the membership and in demonstration of a shared commitment to ASA, Advisory Councils and the DEI Commission are co-chaired by one Board Member and one non-Board Member in good standing with ASA. Board Committees are chaired by Board Members only.

ASA will continue to share engagement opportunities in our bi-monthly newsletter, ASA News, and through our social media channels.

ASA is working with an external consultant to develop organization-wide principles on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). These were shared during our Diversity Summit at On Aging 2021. The DEI Commission will help ASA actualize these principles throughout all of its work and programming. The structure, composition and charges of this Commission are evolving; we anticipate opening up an application period this summer to recruit people with the knowledge and skills responsive to the work of the Commission. 

Advisory Councils (ACs) are a new way for members to drive ASA’s impact across five strategic priorities: ageism & culture, economic security, justice & equity, health & well-being and innovation & social impact. ACs will develop educational programs and content, advise and assist with special projects, and lead networking opportunities to engage and support ASA’s members.

The goal is to have a maximum of 25 members on each AC. Members will represent a diverse cross section of business, nonprofit, government and professional expertise.

Board of Directors

Open to current Board Members, LCC Members, Constituent Group Council Members, and the General Membership.
Applications open in Fall 2021.

Board Committee Chairs

Board appointed.
Open to current Board Members.

DEI Commission Co-Chairs (one Board Member & One Non-Member)

Open to current Board Members, LCC Members, Constituent Group Council Members, and the General Membership.

Advisory Council Co-Chairs (one Board Member & One Non-Member)

Open to current Board Members, LCC Members, Constituent Group Council Members, and the General Membership.

Advisory Council Member

Open to all ASA Members.
Applications open in Summer, 2021.
LCC and CG Council Members: Must express interest by June 30, 2021.

DEI Commission Member

Open to all ASA Members.
Applications open in Summer, 2021.

Board Committee Member

Open to all ASA Members.
Applications open in Summer, 2021.

They are a space for members to connect over the Internet from anywhere, at any time. They enable members to meet others with similar interests to start discussions, share ideas and solve problems. ASA Communities house On Aging Collaboratives, Constituent Groups, On Aging Regionals and Board Committees.

ASA’s Collaboratives are platforms for topic-based conversations in a virtual home in which like-minded members can connect with one another, share and store resources, generate ideas, plan and host chats or presentations and build new partnerships. 

By March 31, 2021 all existing Constituent Groups will have their own named grouping on the On Aging Collaboratives landing page.

Constituent Groups or Collaboratives may be as formal or as informal as their members wish. Unlike the Advisory Councils and the DEI Commission, there will be no CG playbook for Collaboratives or Constituent Groups. Although staff liaisons are not assigned to the online communities, ASA Staff will share best practices for successful engagement on-and offline.