The Future of Membership
Young professionals are not sticking around
Young professionals join professional associations less often and engage less deeply. These trends are well-established and consistent across all professions.
Association leaders can be tempted to believe, "When they grow up, they'll realize how important the association is, and do the right thing and join." But all of our research and years of evidence say this isn't going to happen.
We need to reimagine membership to meet the needs, context, and expectations of young professionals.
Purpose and goals
- Clarify macro trends and unique circumstances
- Sharpen your point of view
- Explore proven methods from innovation for breaking down and solving complex challenges
- Learn from leading Millennial & GenZ researchers
- Engage with leaders of membership orgs succeeding with young professionals
- Dialogue with other forward-thinking, specialized leaders of membership in professional associations
- Tap into the learnings, ideas, and successes of others
Participants and their teams will meet other leaders and engage in highly interactive reflection, sharing, and discussions to frame the challenge, explore its complexity, share past attempts and current efforts across organizations, and set the foundation for the weeks to come.
We'll dive into the key principles of uncovering the unmet and under-met needs of young professionals in your industry using the Jobs To Be Done (JTBD) framework, created by Clayton Christensen at Harvard Business School. We'll also explore reliable methods for rapidly co-creating and evaluating value propositions and new products and services with young professionals using techniques from the world of innovation.
All cohort members share a relaxed dinner at Roanoke in Chicago on Wednesday evening.
Understanding What Young Professionals Need
Creating New Value Propositions and Products with Young Professionals
Planning for the Future: Next Steps for Your Team & Organization
Blending practical planning with collaboration and creativity, we'll reflect and share on learning and insights from The Future of Membership cohort
You and your team will be able to create concrete plans to advance the capability and commitment of your organization to reimagine membership for young professionals, while receiving advice and feedback from other leaders and Highland's principals.
Cost & details
$9,500 per organization for a team of up to four participants. Teams typically include leaders of membership and marketing functions. We provide:
- All sessions
- All cohort materials
- Remote session recordings
- Highland's guides for Jobs-To-Be-Done research and co-creation with young professionals
Applications are evaluated and accepted based on the association's industry, participating leaders, and membership goals.