Is your Board of Directors focused on its duty of foresight? Are they focused on the disruptive challenges the future may hold? Do you have the tools to deal with those challenges with limited resources? This year’s CEO & Senior Staff Retreat will begin with a high-impact presentation focused on the specific actions and approaches boards can adopt to develop a consistent and sustainable practice of foresight. 

During the retreat, attendees will also participate in facilitated roundtable discussions with colleagues about the challenges you are facing within your association. These confidential groups will be organized with colleagues from similar organizations. Finally, the retreat will provide you with the tools to continually develop your own leadership abilities, specifically focused on increasing team functionality; encouraging constructive conflict; eliminating confusion; clarifying purpose, values, priorities, roles, and responsibilities; and raising the bar on accountability and service.

This exclusive event is being hosted at the brand new Hilton Norfolk The Main, Virginia’s newest IACC-certified conference center. It boasts a modern design and cutting-edge technology nestled in the heart of downtown Norfolk right on the Elizabeth River.

Come join your colleagues for two days of high level content on the issues that are important to you as association leaders.

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Monday, September 18

9:30-10:00 a.m. - Welcome & Introductions

10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. - Building a "Foresight First" Board of Directors
Jeff De Cagna, FRSA, FASAE - Executive Advisor, Foresight First, LLC
Boards have a limited number of hours to perform their critical work, and directors have a finite amount of time, energy, and attention to devote to their governing roles. The disruptive challenges created by relentless societal transformation demand that associations invest these precious intangible resources with great care today and in the years ahead.

This high impact presentation will explore how association boards can design the future of governing by adopting a “foresight first” orientation to the work. Retreat participants will examine why foresight is so crucial to building thrivable associations, nurture their understanding of the intimate connection between stewardship and foresight, and learn specific actions and approaches boards can adopt to develop a consistent and sustainable practice of foresight.

12:00-1:00 p.m. - Lunch

1:15-1:30 p.m. - Introduction of Peer Roundtables

1:30-4:30 p.m. - Facilitated Peer Roundtables
Participants will learn and use the best practice model for executive peer roundtables. Groups of 8 peers ( with the help of a trained facilitator) meet confidentially to share the most significant challenges and opportunities in their work. Using Gestalt Communication Protocol, where you share experiences rather than advice, you will form deeper connections with others in your group.

4:30-5:00 p.m. - Roundtable Wrap-up

6:00-7:00 p.m. - Networking Reception

7:00-9:00 p.m. - Dinner

9:00-10:30 p.m. - Dessert, cocktails, & networking

Tuesday, September 19

7:30-8:30 a.m. - Breakfast

8:45-10:30 a.m. - Cohesiveness, Clarity, & Commitment: Essentials for Association Leadership
Tom and Melissa Laughon – Catch Your Limit Consulting
In this custom-designed session, Tom and Melissa Laughon, co-owners of Catch Your Limit, a leadership development firm in Richmond, will share insights, facilitate interactive sharing exercises, and provide assessment tools to guide association CEOs and senior staff in the following.

    • Increasing team functionality
    • Encouraging constructive conflict
    • Eliminating confusion
    • Clarifying purpose, values, priorities, roles, and responsibilities
    • Raising the bar on accountability and service

Attendees will explore how creating a culture of cohesiveness, clarity, and commitment are essential for association leadership, staff, and members.

10:30-11:00 a.m. - Wrap-up & Takeaways

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This retreat is limited to chief staff executives and senior staff leadership for associations and non-profits, including account executives from association management companies (AMCs). Registration is all-inclusive with a sleeping room on September 18; breaks, lunch, reception, and dinner on September 18; breakfast on September 19; and all educational sessions.



(Before Jul 14)


(After Jul 14)

VSAE Members

$530 $560


$680 $730


$99 $129
* Spouse/guest registration includes the dinner and reception only. All other functions are limited to attendees only.


Refund Policy

Cancel by Thursday, August 10, $480 refunded.
Cancel by Thursday, August 17, $430 refunded.
Cancel after Thursday, August 17, no refund.

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Hilton Norfolk The Main | 100 E. Main Street, Norfolk, VA 23510 | | (757) 763-6200

The Main is downtown Norfolk's newest upscale hotel, dining, and meeting destination. At Main and Granby Streets, this luxury hotel sits along the downtown Norfolk waterfront. Embrace the downtown lifestyle and walk to cultural attractions, trendy shopping and dining, and the Elizabeth River. With its IACC-certified conference center, The Main is Virginia's premier venue for association events.

Attendees can request to extend their stay at The Main (based on availability) upon registration for $179/night (plus taxes). They will be responsible for all additional room nights. A credit card is required.

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