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About Donita Bourns Douglas

Donita Bourns Douglas is Executive Vice President of Client Success. She has held the position as director of educational programs for the Oklahoma Bar Association, where she developed one of the most successful CLE programs in the United States. Donita has also served as an instructor at the Oklahoma City University School of Law, is an emeritus member of the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Inn of Court, and is past president of the Association of Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA). She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Southern Methodist University and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Oklahoma College Of Law.
29 01, 2014

Thoughts on the ACLEA 2014 Mid-year Meeting

By | 2017-09-14T07:53:06+00:00 January 29th, 2014|Blog, Legal, Online Continuing Education, Professional Association CE|0 Comments

Congratulations to the Association of Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA) on its 50th anniversary and 99thconference—a commendable achievement and remarkable milestone! Having been a member since 2000 and President since August of 2013, I’ve attended 17 conferences, but have to say that I found the 2014 Mid-year meeting especially notable. Perhaps it was the conference’s significance [...]

28 11, 2013

A Free & Easy Member Benefit

By | 2016-04-20T21:22:13+00:00 November 28th, 2013|Blog, Professional Association CE|0 Comments

In addition to providing formal continuing education to your members, quick and easy recommendations on other professional resources can increase your value in their eyes. This can be as simple as linking to relevant news article in your newsletter and re-publishing it in your member publication (with permission of course). Go a step further by [...]

20 10, 2013

An Incomplete Education

By | 2015-03-31T13:53:06+00:00 October 20th, 2013|Blog, Online Continuing Education|0 Comments

“The education of a man is never completed until he dies.”  - Robert E. Lee   The term mandatory continuing professional education bothers me. Given what I do for a living, saying that may constitute heresy. So let me explain. For many, including members of the public that professionals serve, the word mandatory implies that [...]

22 09, 2013

What is a School?

By | 2015-03-31T13:51:10+00:00 September 22nd, 2013|Blog, Online Continuing Education|0 Comments

It is back-to-school season, and the kids are not the only ones gearing up to dive back into educational pursuits. Adult professionals in just about every industry are thinking about school as well. Some are seeking out courses because they are mandated by their state and/or industry, and some because they want the next promotion, [...]

27 08, 2013

Customer Service Always Learning

By | 2017-09-14T07:53:07+00:00 August 27th, 2013|Blog, Online Continuing Education|0 Comments

Working in the service industry for 20+ years, I’ve become quite fascinated with how companies, in any industry, approach the customer experience.  For the most part, when contacting a customer service department, I enjoy those moments of seeing how a company is going to handle solving my issue.  I am either going to take away [...]

29 07, 2013

Professional Education: The Right Stuff

By | 2017-09-14T07:53:07+00:00 July 29th, 2013|Blog, Online Continuing Education, Professional Association CE|0 Comments

I just returned from the annual AICPA Interchange conference, a three day event held for executives and directors of state CPA Societies.  I attended a few sessions on the theme, “what the future of CPE has in store.” Jeff Cobb from Tagoras Consulting led a great session where he shared examples of organizations (not necessarily [...]

18 06, 2013

The Need to Teach

By | 2017-09-14T07:53:07+00:00 June 18th, 2013|Blog, Online Continuing Education|0 Comments

Recently, nerdy Donita and her nerdy sons settled in to watch yet another nerdy television show.  (What can I say; the nerd line is long and proud.)  This time we were watching an episode of NOVA, “Ape Genius,” where experts analyzed why apes haven’t broken through to create a human-like culture. The one-word answer to [...]

29 04, 2013

Before Things Go SOUTHwest

By | 2017-09-14T07:53:07+00:00 April 29th, 2013|Blog, Online Continuing Education|0 Comments

This week I was on the road, and the wonderful airline that I use almost all of the time had some problems--an entire flight was cancelled and 100 passengers needed alternative travel plans. Comfortably settled in and waiting for my on-time flight, I was able to observe the displaced passengers, and how the airline handled [...]

28 03, 2013

Too Cool for School

By | 2017-09-14T07:53:07+00:00 March 28th, 2013|Blog, Online Continuing Education|0 Comments

I read a blog post recently called, “3 Scientific Breakthroughs Plagued by Uncoolness,” written by Janice Boughton, MD. She posited that we are more likely to ignore information that is un-cool, and used some (at least what I thought were) fascinating examples of important, but uncool, medical breakthroughs that no one has heard of.   [...]

24 02, 2013

The Genius Behind the Tools

By | 2015-03-31T13:23:53+00:00 February 24th, 2013|Blog, Online Continuing Education|0 Comments

A hammer is just a hammer, until you put it into the hands of a skilled carpenter, and house paint was, well, house paint, until Pablo Picasso applied it to canvas. The later revelation came from a physicist at the Argonne National Laboratory by the name of Volker Rose, who led a study on the [...]