NOVA Seminar Series

VSAE's NOVA Seminar series is a two-and-a-half (2.5) hour educational seminar on topics that cover nearly all aspects of association management including communications, leadership, membership, strategic planning, and so much more. VSAE is an approved provider of CAE credit hours and each seminar is worth up to 2.5 CAE credits. See the CAE Information page for more, including a printable chart to track your CAE credits.

Each seminar is accompanied by a networking continental breakfast. 

For more information about VSAE's Seminar Series, see the FAQ below. For additional questions, contact Zach Eisenman at [email protected].

December 2019 Seminar

How Associations Change the World

Seth Kahan, Visionary Leadership

When: Wednesday, December 11, 2019

  • 8:00 - 8:30 a.m. (Registration & Continental Breakfast)
  • 8:30 - 11:00 a.m. (Seminar)

Where: ASIS International HQ - 1625 Prince Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
CAE Hours: 2.5
Cost: $55 VSAE Member / $70 Non-member

Check out the event flyer here!

Drawing on his experience working with 100+ association CEOs, Seth Kahan will share the traits of visionary leaders, and the how of leading transformational change that benefits members, mission, and the organization's business development.  All participants will receive a copy of Seth's latest book, Visionary Leadership: How Association Leaders Embrace Disruption in the 21st Century. Case studies from other association leaders will include Susan Neely, CEO of the American Council of Life Insurers; Jay Timmons, CEO of the National Association of Manufacturing; Chris McEntee, CEO of the American Geophysical Union, and others.

Key Takeaways
Topics will include:

  • Operating in a world of exponential change.
  • Dealing with and creating disruptions in your target market.
  • Increasing member engagement.
  • Building your capacity as a visionary leader.
  • Developing and using strategic foresight.

Content Leader

Widely recognized as being on the forefront of Visionary Leadership® and a trusted advisor to more than 100 association CEOs and world-class leaders like the president of the World Bank, director of the Peace Corps and senior managers at Royal Dutch Shell, Seth Kahan is a sought-after business strategy specialist, respected thought leader, and convener on Grand ChallengesIn the association world, he drives catalytic change, helping association leaders to innovate and retool for today’s disruptive and fast-moving environment. His work is highly esteemed. Seth has helped CEOs conceive and execute grand challenges, bold national goals that address massively overarching issues and bring high repute to the associations that lead them. His work includes initiatives with the American Nurses Association, the CFP Board’s Center for Financial Planning, and the Thriving Earth Exchange powered by the American Geophysical Union. Seth has served on several boards in public positions including the American Geophysical Union, Council of Better Business Bureaus and the Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind.

Frequently Asked Questions 

I am not a VSAE member, may I attend?

Yes, these events are open to members and non-members alike.

How much are registration fees?


All VSAE Members
Non-member Staff
of Executive Members

$70 $80

* Late registration begins Dec. 7th, 2019

I am an Executive member. How do I register a staff member who is not a member?

You will need a code to register them on the website. Call the office at (804) 747-4971 to verify your membership and receive the code.

Can I register multiple people from the same organization at the same time?

Yes, the main contact for an organization can register multiple members during registration using the "register linked profile" button. See the registration form for details.