Services & Benefits

Education & Events

See a full list of upcoming events listed to the right.

Annual Conference

The annual conference annually is in May and consists of educational, recreational, and networking opportunities.  Attendees can earn up to 7 CAE-approved credits and VSAE members receive discounted registration. 

Fall Conference & Expo

This event includes educational sessions, networking opportunities and an expo hall featuring hospitality providers, suppliers, and services companies. Attendees can earn up to 6 CAE-approved credits and VSAE members receive discounted registration. 

Seminars and Specialty Education

VSAE offers in-person and virtual educational seminars on topics relating to all aspects of association management. In addition, we host several focused education programs throughout the year, including Association Leadership Virginia, AMC Summit, CEO & Senior Staff Retreat, Meeting Planner Summit, and Workplace Inclusion Network. Members receive discounted registration to these events. Attendees earn CAE-approved credits for each seminar. 

Shared Interest Groups 

Shared Interest Groups (SIGs) provide a forum for peers to share information and best practices, create ongoing dialogue and networking opportunities. Many SIG meetings also provide continuing education credits towards CAE certification. SIGs include: Associate Members, Association Management Companies (AMCs), CEO, Government Affairs, Membership, Marketing & Communications, Meeting Planner, and Senior Staff. 

Networking Opportunities

Five times each year, VSAE hosts a reception/luncheon in Richmond. These are complimentary as a benefit for all members who register by the deadline and provide a terrific opportunity to network with colleagues and customers. In addition, four times a year, VSAE hosts an in-person seminar/networking event in Northern Virginia. 

Awards Luncheon and Silent Auction

The Awards Luncheon and Silent Auction is one of VSAE's most popular events, which includes our annual awards presentation. Proceeds from the silent auction support educational programs and services for VSAE members. A portion of the proceeds is also donated to a non-profit organization.

Member Services

CAE Study Group

Association executives working to earn the CAE designation can learn together at VSAE's study sessions. Current CAEs facilitate all sessions, and participants can earn up to 12 CAE credits. Free to VSAE members ($195 for non-members). Offered in the Spring and Fall. 

Career Center

Post your resume and search for association positions in Virginia and nationwide. Access online presentations designed to instruct and entertain, from creating powerful resumes to developing an effective personal network for career success. Take advantage of VSAE member savings on career coaching and resume writing services. 

Knowledge Hub

Our library of downloadable content includes white papers, guides, infographics, case studies, industry analysis, and much more, provided by experts and vendors within the association industry. 


Association Press

The official monthly publication of VSAE, Association Press keeps members up-to-date on regulatory issues, trends, new ideas, meetings and conferences, member achievements, and association activities. It also provides an advertising opportunity for suppliers of products and services that benefit the association market. All members receive 11 issues annually (print) and the digital newsletter twice monthly.  

Membership Directory

The VSAE Membership Directory is updated and distributed each August. It provides access to the member executives of the state's professional and trade associations. Executives use the Resource Guide as a reference for association suppliers who provide services and products. The directory provides an additional advertising opportunity for suppliers of products and services (Associate membership includes a standard listing).

VSAE ConneXions

An original podcast series focused on the interconnectivity of Virginia’s association community, engaging in conversations with VSAE members about life, work, and the communities they serve.

Should you have questions regarding any of these member services/events or wish to purchase advertising within the publications, please call VSAE at (804) 747- 4971 or write us at
[email protected].