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VSAE HOLDS MEETING PLANNER SUMMIT
July 30-31 at the newly renovated Norfolk Waterside Marriott

July 17, 2020

The Virginia Society of Association Executives (VSAE) will hold its annual Meeting Planner Summit on Thursday and Friday, July 30-31, 2020 at the newly renovated Norfolk Waterside Marriott. This is the Virginia association industry’s only event specifically for professional meeting planners and will feature 6 hours of CAE approved educational sessions, and ample opportunities for networking. Learn from experts and each other about how to be the best meeting planner you can in these changing times.

At this year’s summit you will experience for yourself how to conduct a safe in-person meeting, soak up advice from experts on how to best offer hybrid and virtual events, explore the art of facilitating structured networking activities, and learn how to determine pricing for your virtual meetings.

REGISTRATION
VSAE non-members can register for $185. Visit vsae.org/2020MPSummit for more information and to register, or call VSAE at (804) 747-4971.

Formed in 1949, VSAE is a 400-plus member association consisting of association executives, association management companies, and others who serve the association industry with products or services. VSAE’s vision is to be the best at making associations the best by providing opportunities for association professionals to connect, learn, and lead.


VSAE ANNOUNCES 2020 ANNUAL CONFERENCE
In-Person Event in Colonial Williamsburg Rescheduled from May to August 

June 24, 2020

VSAE’s Annual Conference is Virginia’s premier educational conference for association professionals. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Conference, traditionally held in early May, has been re-scheduled for Sunday, August 16 through Tuesday, August 18. It will be hosted by Colonial Williamsburg Resorts at the Williamsburg Lodge. In addition to association executives from all around the Commonwealth, the Conference draws meeting planners, hoteliers, and other suppliers to the association management industry.

The Conference will kick off with keynote speaker Juanita McDowell, courtesy of Powell Kohne Associates, LLC. Her presentation, “Maximizing Communication for Association Leaders,” will provide ten tips to strengthen your association by mastering the nuances of communicating as a leader.

Six hours of CAE-approved educational content includes the following 9 breakout sessions covering all aspects of association management. 

  • Don’t Overlook the Obvious: Safety and Site Selection – Alan Kleinfeld
  • Grow and Sustain Your Organization with Data and Intel – Juanita McDowell
  • Market Disruptions – Scott Wayne
  • Five Factors to Make Your Organization More Sustainable and Scalable – Lori Ruffin
  • Less Doing, More Living: Productivity Tools for CEOs – Scot McRoberts, MPA, IOM
  • Reversing the Trend: Re-imagining Membership Recruitment and Retention – Andrew Smith
  • Association Ethics: Navigating Murky Waters – Blake Hegeman, Esq., CAE
  • Building a Competency-Based Board – Karen Silberman and Dr. Ray Tuck, Jr.
  • Listen, Lead – Building Stronger Member Relationships Through Communication & Listening – Kiki L’Italien 

Sunday afternoon pre-conference activities include a guided nature walk, historic tour, or golf, followed by an opening reception that evening. Additional receptions, dinner, and entertainment take place Monday evening. For more information and to register visit vsae.org/annual.

Formed in 1949, VSAE is a 400-plus member association consisting of association executives, association management companies, representatives from the hospitality industry, and others who serve the association industry. VSAE’s vision is to be the best at making associations the best by providing opportunities for association professionals to connect, learn, and lead.


VSAE Installs New Board for 2020-2021

May 1, 2020

The Virginia Society of Association Executives (VSAE) is proud to announce its newly-elected 2020-2021 Board of Directors, whose term begins May 1, 2020. The installation ceremony will take place at VSAE’s Annual Conference, rescheduled for August.

Officers:

  • President  Phyllis Errico, JD, CAE, General Counsel for Virginia Association of Counties
  • Immediate Past President  Duront A. “D” Walton, Jr.,CAE, Executive Director of Virginia Telecommunications Industry Association
  • President Elect Maureen Dingus, CAE, Chief Operating Officer of Virginia Society of CPAs
  • Treasurer Steven Williams, Partner at Hardiman-Williams, LLC
  • Secretary  Stewart Hinckley, President & CEO of Ruggles Service Corporation 

Directors beginning their first term:

  • Corey Clayborne, AIA, MBA, Executive Vice President of American Institute of Architects, Virginia
  • Carter Lyons, CAE, Director of Education and Professional Development at Independent Insurance Agents of Virginia, Inc.

Directors continuing to serve for VSAE:

  • Sarah Gouger, Executive Director of The Builders’ Exchange Association of Virginia
  • Amy Hewett, CAE, VP of Strategy & Communications for Virginia Health Care Association
  • Richard Johnstone, Jr., President & CEO of VA, MD, DE Association of Electric Cooperatives
  • Shannon McCabe, CAE, Executive Director of Association of Consulting Foresters
  • Katie Newland, Executive Director of Association for Corporate Growth National Capital
  • Lisa Noon, CAE, RCE, Vice President of Organization Management Group
  • Tracey van Marcke, Chief Executive Officer of VHHA Foundation
  • Associate Member –Jordan Vallerga, CMP, Group Sales Manager at The Founders Inn & Spa

Formed in 1949, VSAE is a 400-plus member association consisting of association executives, association management companies, and others who serve the association industry with products or services.  VSAE’s vision is to be the best at making associations the best by providing opportunities for association professionals to connect, learn, and lead.


VSAE HOLDS SEMINAR ON AUTHENTIC LEADERSHIP
Christopher R. Jones to Present "The 7 Disciplines of Authentic Leaders for Association Leaders"

February 20, 2020

The Virginia Society of Association Executives (VSAE) will hold the next meeting of their Seminar Series with Lunch on Friday, March 6, 2020 at the Hilton Richmond Downtown. The meeting will feature a 2.5-hour seminar at 8:30 a.m., with a networking reception and luncheon to follow from 11:00 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. The content leader will be Christopher R. Jones.

Christopher will lead us in an exploration of the attributes of an authentic leader in his seminar, "The 7 Disciplines of Authentic Leaders for Association Leaders." He'll include rich examples from real-life stories of leaders with whom he has worked and a panel interview with executives who strive for authentic leadership within their associations. You'll leave ready to immediately implement simple actions from each of the seven disciplines. In his luncheon presentation, "Lessons Learned from The Authentic Leader Show Podcast," he'll share some of his weekly podcast guests' most powerful insights and breakthrough moments, as well as the rituals, mindsets, and daily actions they take to succeed. 

ABOUT THE SPEAKER
For the past 30 years, Christopher has held leadership development positions and consulted leadership teams at world headquarters of Fortune 500 companies in multiple industries including information technology and advanced education, as well as lead nonprofit executive boards through capital fundraising campaigns. Christopher hosts “The Authentic Leader Show” podcast where he interviews CEOs, executive directors, and the occasional celebrity. His guests go deep into their journeys of leadership and personal effectiveness. Christopher sits on the boards of the Richmond Christian Leadership Initiative (RCLI) and the Chesterfield County Chamber of Commerce. In 2017, Christopher was named the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce Member of the Year.

REGISTRATION
VSAE non-members can register for the seminar for $90 if done by Tuesday, March 3, 2020. On-site registration is available and subject to higher fees. Call VSAE at (804) 747-4971 for more information or register online now at vsae.org.

Formed in 1949, VSAE is a 400-plus member association consisting of association executives, association management companies, and others who serve the association industry with products or services.  VSAE’s vision is to be the best at making associations the best by providing opportunities for association professionals to connect, learn, and lead.


VSAE HOLDS SEMINAR ON TECHNOLOGY FOR PRODUCTIVITY
Beth Ziesenis to Present “Powered Productivity: Super Tech Tools to Get Stuff Done”

January 13, 2020

The Virginia Society of Association Executives (VSAE) will hold the first in its 2020 Seminar Series on Friday, February 7, 2020 at The Jefferson Hotel. The meeting will feature a 2.5-hour seminar at 8:30 a.m., with a networking reception and luncheon to follow from 11:00 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. The content leader will be Beth Ziesenis, provided courtesy of Powell Kohne Associates, LLC.

The seminar, “Powered Productivity: Super Tech Tools to Get Stuff Done” offers a research-based look at common productivity problems, and the technology tools needed to solve them. Discover how to use free and bargain technology tools you never knew existed to work more efficiently with your teams, get organized, and finally get stuff done. In her luncheon presentation, "Hello, My Name Is Alexa: How to Use Digital Voice Assistants to Engage Members and Attendees," Ziesenis will discuss the ways your association can use the popularity of digital voice assistants to engage members and attendees at events, on the tradeshow floor, from the keynote stage, and beyond.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Author and Professional Speaker Beth Ziesenis, aka Your Nerdy Best Friend, is a technology expert who speaks to 60-plus groups a year all over the country about the best free and bargain apps and online resources that will help you become more organized, efficient and awesome at work and at home. Her books, including the latest title, Release Your Inner Nerd, are available on Amazon.com. Beth was selected for the MeetingsNet Editors Picks: Favorite Speakers of 2013 and Meetings & Conventions Planners Favorite Speakers, 2014".

REGISTRATION
VSAE non-members can register for the seminar for $90 if done by Tuesday, February 4, 2020. On-site registration is available and subject to higher fees. Call VSAE at (804) 747-4971 for more information or register online now at vsae.org.

Formed in 1949, VSAE is a 400-plus member association consisting of association executives, association management companies, and others who serve the association industry with products or services. VSAE’s vision is to be the best at making associations the best by providing opportunities for association professionals to connect, learn, and lead.

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