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Leading Through Crisis: IUAA Volunteer Leadership Development Practices and Takeaways

As everyone has pivoted to virtual conferences and meetings over the past few months, IUAA took its annual Cream and Crimson conference virtual too, offering alumni volunteers training opportunities throughout the month of June (links coming soon). In week 3, my fellow coach Erin Erwin and I presented a leadership topic of “Leading through Crisis,” …

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The Path to Your Dream Job Is Not Always Direct: A Personal Reflection

Today was a beautiful, warm, breezy summer day in Bloomington. My husband needed to make an essential trip to campus to pick up his recently updated laptop to continue to work from home. We all decided to join him to make a family trip out of it to include a walk with our three young …

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Managing Stress During COVID Quarantine

How are you managing your stress and anxiety? Mental wellness can affect every part of our lives and our cortisol levels are peaking as we experience unknowns and constant change. This fight-or-flight response is programmed into us as humans, but there are ways we can help manage it more effectively. From conversations with colleagues and …

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Adjusting Our Work and Offering Great Content, Too

My team has been working hard recently to develop new and exciting ways to bring programming to our alumni, whether in person or virtually. I am proud to share that what we’ve developed is not only a great program, but is also coming at an incredible time in our world. Wellness Wednesdays, featuring IU alumna …

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“Best of Me” is Best for Us: Employee and Volunteer Engagement

While this blog post was originally written prior to the COVID-19 events currently affecting our everyday lives, there is great wisdom in taking time to reflect on these prompts as leaders and as those who are now faced with many changes. Whether you’re now working from home or strategizing new ways to continue connections with …

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Recruiting Reminders for our Best Alumni Fans

In my role with the I Association, I interact with current and former student athletes regularly. It is important that we all understand the guidelines of the NCAA and our interactions with talented prospective students (“prospects”), so I’m providing some helpful reminders: As an Indiana University (IU) season ticket holder, alumnus, Varsity Club member, or …

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IUAA Member Recognition Program

Over the past year, my office has worked collaboratively with the Alumni Business Office, Advancement Data, Communities, and many others on the IUAA team to envision a member program that speaks to the core purpose of our existence: connection to the 712,000+ alumni around the world. Our language is changing to one that is caused-based …

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Moving Forward Together in 2020

“A movement only exists when people are inspired to move, to do something, to make the cause their own.” – Simon Sinek Welcome to 2020! With the change of the calendar, many of us are inspired to make changes in our lives. Perhaps we set personal or professional goals; maybe we create an intention about …

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Networking Smarter

As an alumni career coach, I am often asked for best practices or tips and tricks of networking. Actively building a network, especially before you need it, is a task most clients are less than enthusiastic to implement. Connecting with strangers on LinkedIn, attending a networking mixer alone to work the room, or reaching out to …

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Annual Planning: Embracing the Fun and Function

It’s a new fiscal year here at IUAA, which means we’re spending a lot of time reviewing what went well last year and what we want to improve for the future. And we know that for many of our alumni communities, the summer serves a similar purpose: it’s a time to reflect and plan for …

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