The Joy of Membership

Helpful through Relevance: Mary Byers

June 24, 2021 Joy Duling Season 1 Episode 46
The Joy of Membership
Helpful through Relevance: Mary Byers
Show Notes

I’m so pleased this week to be able to share some time with my colleague and friend, Mary Byers, talking about a topic that I know is of special significance to all of you as membership leaders.  Mary specializes in working with volunteer association leaders and chief staff executives to help define their roles and clarify their vision through leadership conference programming, facilitating retreats and coaching.  Mary is a certified association executive and a member of the National Speakers Association. She is also the author of seven books, including two that may very well be on your bookshelf already, and if they aren’t, you should definitely look them up. Those are Race for Relevance: Five Radical Changes for Associations and Road to Relevance: 5 Strategies for Competitive Associations.  Mary is such a terrific resource for her clients and I just know you’re going to enjoy listening in on this conversation today.

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Yes, there is a “real” Joy in The Joy of Membership.

Founder & CEO Joy Duling has been working with leaders of associations, trade groups and nonprofits since 2005.

She has also walked the same journey, serving for nearly 10 years as the Executive Director of a membership-based nonprofit which she helped launch from scratch and led to annual revenues of more than $1M exclusively from membership contributions.

Joy has been widely recognized as a speaker, an online educator and a trusted advisor, twice winning the “Unsung Hero Award” from the National Association of Women Business Owners' Central Illinois Chapter. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a Master's Degree in Social Work with Specialization in Policy, Planning and Administration. She has extensive experience in strategic planning, team facilitation, change management, and association operations.

But beyond industry experience and education…

Joy Duling is the calm voice you want to have in the room when you, your team, or your board is overwhelmed by ideas and options.

She's a trusted resource at the other end of an email or phone call who knows the answer, or can find the answer, when it's not clear what to do next in your approach.
She's a planner of systems and driver of progress that helps your organization achieve stretch goals.

She's a gifted facilitator of conversation, collaboration, and constructive growth. 

And she's approachable and results-oriented,  which makes it easy to shake loose of the old and start fresh on the new.