Member Associations American Society of Landscape Architects – Founded in 1899, ASLA is the national professional association for landscape architects, representing 17,000 members in 48 professional chapters and 68 student chapters. The Society’s mission is to lead, to educate, and to participate in the careful stewardship, wise planning, and artful design of our cultural and natural environments. ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership are two organizations linked together by a common belief and a common passion. We believe associations have the power to transform society for the better. Our passion is to help association professionals achieve previously unimaginable levels of performance. We do this by nurturing a community of really smart, creative, and interesting people – our members. In short, we connect great ideas and great people. Specifically, ASAE & The Center produce more than 75 learning experiences each year, publish Associations Now Magazine and the Journal of Association Leadership, provide thousands of web-based tools and resources, help members connect in 14 professional interest sections, conduct future-focused and market research, host ASAE & The Center’s Annual Meeting & Exposition and the Springtime Exposition, and act as the voice for and advocate of the association profession. The American Nurses Association represents the nation’s 2.9 million registered nurses (RNs) through its constituent member associations (CMAs) and its specialty nursing and workforce advocacy affiliate organizations that currently connect to ANA as affiliates. The National Speakers Association (NSA) is the leading organization for professional speakers. Since 1973, NSA has provided resources and education designed to advance the skills, integrity and value of its members and speaking profession. NSA’s thousands of members include experts in a variety of industries and disciplines, who reach audiences as trainers, educators, humorists, motivators, consultants, authors and more. NSA is a member of the International Federation for Professional Speaking (IFFPS), a global network dedicated to advancing the speaking profession worldwide. Association of American Publishers (AAP) is the principal trade association of the American book and journal publishing industry and has approximately 310 members. AAP members publish hardcover and paperback books in every field, including general fiction and non-fiction, textbooks, reference works, religious books, scientific, medical, technical, professional and scholarly books and journals, poetry and children’s literature. AAP members also produce audio and videotapes, computer software, loose leaf materials, electronic products and services (including on-line databases), CD-ROMs, and a range of educational materials, including classroom instructional and testing materials. AAP’s primary functions are to promote the status of publishing around the world, to assist in protecting its members’ copyrights at home and abroad, and to defend intellectual freedom at home and the freedom of written expression worldwide. The Business Software Alliance is the foremost organization dedicated to promoting a safe and legal digital world. BSA is the voice of the world’s commercial software industry and its hardware partners before governments and in the international marketplace. Its members represent one of the fastest growing industries in the world. BSA programs foster technology innovation through education and policy initiatives that promote copyright protection, cyber security, trade and e-commerce. BSA members include Adobe, Apple, Autodesk, Avid, Bentley Systems, Borland, CA, Cadence Design Systems, Cisco Systems, CNC Software/Mastercam, Dell, EMC Corp., Entrust, HP, IBM, Intel, McAfee, Microsoft, Monotype Imaging Inc., PTC, RSA Security, SAP, SolidWorks, Sybase, Symantec, Synopsys, The MathWorks, and UGS. The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) is the U.S. association dedicated to serving the business and public affairs needs of the companies publishing interactive games for video game consoles, handheld devices, personal computers, and the Internet. ESA members collectively account for more than 90 percent of the $7.4 billion in entertainment software sales in the U.S. in 2006, and billions more in export sales of American-made entertainment software. The ESA offers services to interactive entertainment software publishers including a global anti-piracy program, owning the Electronic Entertainment Expo trade show, business and consumer research, government relations and First Amendment and intellectual property protection efforts. The Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA – formerly AFMA) is the global trade association of the independent motion picture and television programming industry. Headquartered in Los Angeles, the organization represents and provides significant entertainment industry services to more than 160 member companies from 22 countries, consisting of independent production and distribution companies, sales agents, television companies, studio-affiliated companies, and financial institutions engaged in film finance. Forty percent of the Independent Film & Television Alliance’s membership and thirty percent of the association’s board of directors are from outside the U.S. Collectively, the Independent Film & Television Alliance’s members produce more than 400 independent films and countless hours of television programming each year and generate more than $4 billion in distribution revenues annually. The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA),along with its international counterpart the Motion Picture Association (MPA), serves as the voice and advocate of seven of the largest producers and distributors of filmed entertainment. Founded in 1922 as the trade association for the American film industry, the MPAA/MPA has broadened its mandate over the years to represent a diverse and expanding motion picture industry. Today, the association represents not only the world of theatrical film, but also major producers and distributors of entertainment programming for television, cable, satellite, home video, Internet and looking into the future, for delivery systems not yet imagined. Among its principal missions, the MPAA/MPA directs an anti-piracy program to protect U.S. films from infringement throughout the world. The MPAA/MPA also works to eliminate unfair trade barriers and increase competition in the international marketplace. National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) founded in 1917, the NMPA is a trade association representing almost 600 American music publishers, who in turn administrate the catalogs of over 27,000 publishers. The NMPA’s mandate is to protect and advance the interests of music publishers and their songwriter partners in matters relating to the domestic and global protection of music copyrights. Music publishers control the copyrights for the underlying compositions of songs on behalf of the songwriters they represent. The NMPA is the leading trade association in the United States for music publishers, and advocates for their interests, as well as for their songwriter partners, by protecting, upholding, and advancing their valuable copyrights. The Harry Fox Agency, Inc., a subsidiary of the NMPA, is the premier U.S. mechanical rights organization, licensing mechanical and digital uses of music in the United States on CDs, digital services, records, tapes and imported phonorecords. Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is a trade association, founded in 1952, which represents several hundred companies that create, manufacture and/or distribute approximately 90 percent of all legitimate sound recordings in the U.S. The U.S. recording industry employs hundreds of thousands of workers at a variety of levels and produces a foreign trade surplus. RIAA maintains a legal and investigative staff to fight against all forms of music piracy and is associated with local recording industry groups around the world to extend this fight. One of its principal missions is to ensure that copyright legislation remains adequate in light of a rapidly changing technological environment, and that appropriate conditions exist to foster creativity in music through increased investment, production, and distribution. US Chamber of Commerce representing your ideas — and interests—in Washington for nearly a century. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations. More than 96% of U.S. Chamber members are small businesses with 100 employees or fewer. As the voice of business, the Chamber’s core purpose is to fight for free enterprise before Congress, the White House, regulatory agencies, the courts, the court of public opinion, and governments around the world. Since 1920, The National Federation of State High School Associations has led the development of education -based interscholastic sports and activities that help students succeed in their lives. We set directions for the future by building awareness and support, improving the participation experience, establishing consistent standards and rules for competition, and helping those who oversee high school sports and activities. The NFHS, from its offices in Indianapolis, Indiana, serves its 50 member state high school athletic/activity associations, plus the District of Columbia. The NFHS publishes playing rules in 16 sports for boys and girls competition and administers fine arts programs in speech, theater, debate and music. It provides a variety of program initiatives that reach the 18,500 high schools and over 11 million students involved in athletic and activity programs. – Association of Imaging Executives (AIE – formerly APCI) is a strong fellowship of imaging professionals, the AIE encourages entrepreneurial photo imaging executives to lead with visionary ideas and the renewed energy necessary to sustain and grow the industry. With a focus on peer-to-peer learning, leadership training, and networking, AIE helps its members meet business issues head-on with practical and immediately actionable learning. Digital Imaging Marketing Association (DIMA) – Exploring technologies that transform capture, manipulation, sharing, and preservation of images, the DIMA empowers photo retailers, professional and commercial imagers, and photographers worldwide to push the boundaries of possibility. Through education, industry research, and networking forums, DIMA members envision and experience successful methods of technology integration yielding improved business practices. National Association of Photo Equipment Technicians (NAPET) – Through detailed skillfulness, the members of the NAPET restore treasured photographic equipment for consumers and businesses alike. NAPET, a PMA member association, bridges together independent camera repair businesses and photo manufacturers, and guides repair technicians in operating their businesses more effectively, efficiently, and profitably. Professional School Photographers Association (PSPA) – Steeped in the richness of tradition, the PSPA advances the business of school photography. Through education, research, and events, PSPA honors generations of professional photographers and labs who established the time-honored value of capturing memories, elevating professional standards, and discovering new business strategies. Professional Scrapbook Retailers Organization (PSRO) – Dedicated to those helping consumers preserve treasured memories, the PSRO bridges together retailers and suppliers for insight into the memories market. Through educational programs, business services, industry research, networking, and events, PSRO leads its members to discover, understand, and act on new business opportunities. Sports Photographers Association of America (SPAA) – Dedicated to professionals focused on capturing the timeless moments of sports participation, the Sports Photographers Association of America (SPAA) partners with photographers to enhance their business and creative skills. SPAA is committed to educating and providing professional standards for photographers, further driving their success and credibility through education, research, business services, networking, and events. The National Restaurant Association represents more than 380,000 businesses — from restaurants and suppliers to educators and non-profits — and provides each one with the valuable resources needed to stay ahead in a fast-paced industry. The Direct Marketing Association is the leading global trade association of businesses and nonprofit organizations using and supporting multichannel direct marketing tools and techniques. DMA advocates standards for responsible marketing, promotes relevance as the key to reaching consumers with desirable offers, and provides cutting-edge research, education, and networking opportunities to improve results throughout the end-to-end direct marketing process. Founded in 1917, DMA today represents companies from dozens of vertical industries in the US and 48 other nations, including nearly half of the Fortune 100 companies, as well as nonprofit organizations. – The World Young Women’s Christian Association is a global network of women leading social and economic change in 125 countries worldwide. It advocates for peace, justice, health, human dignity, freedom and care of the environment, and has been at the forefront of raising the status of women since it was founded in 1855. The World YWCA develops women’s leadership to find local solutions to the global inequalities women face. Each year, it reaches more than 25 million women and girls through work in 22,000 communities. This grassroots development experience shapes the organisation’s global advocacy agenda. YWCA work is inspired by Christian principles and a commitment to women’s full and equal participation in society. It is a volunteer membership movement, inclusive of women from many faiths, backgrounds and cultures. – Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) A love for cars, trucks and SUVs is the motivating force behind the SEMA. This trade association consists of a diverse group of manufacturers, distributors, retailers, publishing companies, auto restorers, street-rod builders, restylers, car clubs, race teams and more. SEMA members make, buy, sell and use all kinds of specialty parts and accessories to make vehicles more attractive, more unique, more convenient, faster, safer, more fun and even like-new again. – IPC is a global trade association dedicated to the competitive excellence and financial success of its more than 2,700 member companies, IPC represents all facets of the industry, including design, printed circuit board manufacturing and electronics assembly. As a member-driven organization and leading source for industry standards, training, market research and public policy advocacy, IPC supports programs to meet the needs of an estimated $1.7 trillion global electronics industry. IPC maintains offices in Bannockburn, Ill. (headquarters); Taos, N.M.; Arlington, Va.; Garden Grove, Calif.; Stockholm, Sweden; Moscow, Russia; and Shanghai and Shenzhen, China. – World Association of News Founded in 1948, the World Association of Newspapers groups 78 national newspaper associations, individual newspaper executives in 122 nations, 10 news agencies, and 10 regional press organizations. It is a non-profit, non-government organization. In all, the Association represents more than 18,000 publications on the five continents. The Irrigation Association® is the leading membership organization for irrigation equipment and system manufacturers, dealers, distributors, designers, consultants, contractors and end users. Originally founded in 1949, IA includes over 2,000 corporate and individual members and is dedicated to promoting efficient irrigation. Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium seeks to help higher education exert strong leadership in making education, research, and practice for a sustainable society a reality. HEASC supports its members’ work in advancing sustainability by:

  • Promoting and enhancing each others’ sustainability efforts;
  • Providing a forum for sharing and exchanging information, knowledge, and experiences;
  • Building the capacity of HEA’s to make sustainability a goal of their programming and practices;
  • Enhancing professional development, including training in sustainability for HEA staff and their constituents; Reorienting professional development programs to address sustainability;
  • Connecting HEAs to the best expertise, resources and information in sustainability for higher education; Producing a bi-monthly newsletter on trends in sustainability in higher education, including HEA efforts; and
  • Engaging in joint projects, and in projects with other associations and organizations that advance sustainability. The Petroleum Marketers Association of America (PMAA) is a federation of 47 state and regional trade associations representing approximately 8,000 independent petroleum marketers nationwide.