Leading With Purpose: Foresight, Agility & Innovation

This exclusive two-day event for association CEOs, Executive Directors and senior staff leaders is focused on equipping you to lead your association now and into the future. Educational sessions and in-depth discussions will provide insights and tools so you will walk away with new energy and innovative ways to approach your association leadership style. 



This retreat is only open to Association CEOs, Executive Directors, Senior Staff, and event sponsors.



and paid...

 VSAE Member


Guest of


BY Friday,
August 19


$595 $125

AFTER Friday,

August 19

$495 $645 $125

*Guest registration includes Monday reception and dinner. 


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 9:00 a.m. - Opening Remarks


 9:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. - Scenario Planning for Innovation and Agility

COVID, the economy, global challenges, technology, politics…we’ll look ahead and assess the future landscape and the ways it may affect your organizations, clients and members, and employees, with group exercises where we model several of these priorities into a set of future states and discuss their potential impacts. We’ll also examine what it takes to be an agile organization and how to build that into our culture and standard operating procedures. Lastly, we’ll discuss how we get our boards to embrace, support and practice foresight and agility moving forward.  


12:15 - 1:15 p.m. - Networking Lunch


 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. - Taking Stock with a Human Needs Assessment

Reflecting on the current state of employees and volunteers– energy and engagement, attitude and mindset, needs and aspirations – can be important framing for the future. We’ll identify questions to ask internal stakeholders to clarify and validate our leadership perspectives.  We’ll also explore developing and communicating a shared vision, facilitating staff and volunteer participation and empowerment, decentralized decision-making, and more.


 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. - Reception


 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. - Dinner


 9:00 - 10:30 p.m. - Dessert & Cocktails



 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. - Breakfast


 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. - Your Personal Leadership SWOT

Taking stock at a personal leadership level to truly understand your own orientation at this intersection of disruption and future possibility is how we’ll close out the retreat. Each participant will conduct their own “personal SWOT” and map their best opportunities going into 2023 to leverage their best leadership from a place of high emotional and strategic engagement. 


11:30 - 11:45 a.m. - Closing Remarks


 9 CAE Credits

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John Sarvay
Founder | Floricane, LLC


John encourages both clients and his own team to make big ideas better and good ideas bigger. He displays a unique ability to weave together seemingly disparate ideas to help groups of people see their challenges in new ways. John has more than two decades of experience in leadership and team development, facilitation, strategic planning, and communications. He has worked in academia and for Fortune 500 corporations. He founded Floricane in 2008 after a decade of leadership development, facilitation and strategic communication work for Richmond-based Luck Companies.


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Since opening its doors in 1927, the Cavalier Resort has welcomed 10 presidents and luminaries from Frank Sinatra to Elizabeth Taylor. Today, the hotel has been meticulously restored to its original grandeur, blending the timeless luxury of a bygone era with the comfort, amenities and technology that today’s travelers demand. Following a 4-year, multi-million-dollar renovation, the hotel has been beautifully restored to its original grandeur, offering travelers all the comfort and elegance of yesterday, with today’s modern amenities and conveniences.  Now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the hotel gives a nod to both its past and present. Eighty-five completely reimagined guest rooms and suites each feature plush fabrics, gleaming bathrooms and tasteful room appointments. Guests also enjoy a long list of luxury amenities, from a classic indoor “splash” pool and private beach club to world-class dining and a full-service spa.


If you require overnight accommodations, The Cavalier is offering a special rate of $229 a night, plus taxes. A reservation link will be provided in your registration confirmation email.

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 COVID Safety

At this time, no proof of vaccination or negative COVID test is required to attend, and masking is optional. If, after registering, you test positive for COVID or are exposed to someone who does, notify [email protected] in writing for a full refund.  Read our full COVID policy.


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