International Sign Association
Year founded: 1944
Size: 2,300 members
Mission: To be the leader in shaping and developing the sign, graphics and visual communications community worldwide.
Biggest challenge in 2018-2019: Making sure the next generation of volunteers is identified, captured and put in positions where they can contribute as best they can to the growth of our association and our industry.
Biggest opportunity in 2018-2019: Increasing our knowledge and effectiveness in representing the digital print ecosystem.
Architectural Woodwork Institute
Year founded: 1953
Mission: To be the global leader in architectural woodwork standards, related interior finishes, industry-specific education and networking opportunities.
Biggest challenges in 2018-2019: Authoring our industry’s new product standards.
Biggest opportunity in 2018-2019: Launching and disseminating our new product standards that is destined to change the industry we serve.
American Medical Writers Association
Year founded: 1940
Size: 4,300 Members
In a sentence, your mission is: AMWA promotes excellence in medical communication and provides educational resources to help our members create clear medical communications that lead to better health and well-being.
Biggest challenges in 2018-2019:
- Expanding online learning program
- Addressing volunteer leader fatigue
- Competing with for profit event and educational companies entering space
Biggest opportunity in 2018-2019:
- Using video and other digital communication methods to expand presence
- Focusing on value of AMWA community and membership
- Harnessing updated governance structure to better engage with and support chapters and members
Association for Career and Technical Education
Year founded: 1926
Size: 25,000 individual members nationwide
In a sentence, your mission is: To provide educational leadership in developing a competitive workforce. ACTE strives to empower educators to deliver high quality career and technical education (CTE) programs that ensure all students are positioned for career success.
Biggest challenges in 2018-2019: Career and technical education (CTE) continues to struggle with a stigma among some audiences. Many individuals believe CTE offers limited options, but research indicates CTE students are thriving.
Biggest opportunity in 2018-2019: Many leaders in business and Industry are beginning to see the correlation between high quality CTE and meeting their own company skills needs. There is huge potential in leveraging the employer voice to improve perception and understanding about CTE. We see an opportunity to advance this issue through our Workforce Development Summit planned in late 2018 and other related activities that are focused on better aligning education and industry. Ultimately, we believe this helps students to be better prepared for the workforce and their future lives.