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VSAE ANNOUNCES 2019 ANNUAL CONFERENCE
People, Process & Performance

March 11, 2019

VSAE’s Annual Conference is Virginia’s premier educational conference for association professionals. The theme for this year’s conference is, “People, Process & Performance.” It is scheduled for Sunday, May 5 through Tuesday, May 7, and will be hosted by The Omni Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, VA . The conference attracts nearly 200 attendees from all over the Commonwealth. In addition to association executives, the conference draws meeting planners, hoteliers, and other suppliers to the association management industry. More information can be found at vsae.org/annual.

This year’s opening keynote speaker is Michelle Tillis Lederman. Her presentation, “The Relationship Driven Leader: Because People Do Business with People They Like,“ focuses on how our ability to create meaningful and lasting relationships directly impacts our success, from hiring to being a trustworthy leader, to shaping organizational culture. At lunch, keynote speaker Mark Grossman will present, “YOU Can Be the Best Negotiator in the Room: Every Great Association Executive is a Great Negotiator.” This high-energy, entertaining, and yet substantive session will give you the benefit of what Grossman has learned in his 30-plus years as a negotiator.

The three-day conference also includes the following twelve breakout sessions in four distinct tracks. 

Data Management:

  • Learning to Be Data-Driven – Strategy Before Software – Michael Butera
  • Governance – Questions Seldom Asked – Answers Needed – Michael Butera
  • Technology Trends and the Effects on Associations – Reggie Henry 

Marketing:

  • Find Your Fan Factor: Streamline, Organize & Leverage Your Social Media Marketing – Meredith Oliver
  • Reframe: The Power of Vulnerability to Unlock Peak Performance – Meredith Oliver
  • Using LinkedIn as an Organizational Marketing Tool – Teddy Burriss 

Leadership:

  • You – The Brand: Determine and Drive How Others See You – Michelle Tillis Lederman
  • The Changing Workforce – Brad Dawson
  • Which Hats Are You Wearing? Switching Hats to Facilitate Stronger Teams – 2018-2019 ALV Cohort Class 

Networking:

  • Increasing Your Networking Effectiveness – Jim Roman
  • Take Your Negotiating Skills to the Next Level – Mark Grossman
  • Mastering Your Memory – Tyler Enslin 

Pre-conference activities and an opening reception occur on Sunday, and a dinner, reception and entertainment take place Monday evening. Register on-line now.

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 and 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 DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
Charm Bullard to Present “Unconscious Bias - Making the Unconscious Conscious”

March 8, 2019

The Virginia Society of Association Executives (VSAE) will hold its April Seminar Series with Breakfast on Friday, April 5, 2019 at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Richmond Downtown. The meeting will feature a breakfast from 8:30-9:45 a.m., followed by a networking reception and 2.5-hour seminar at 10:00 a.m. The content leader will be Charm Bullard, Director of Programs, Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities (VCIC).

Bullard’s seminar, “Unconscious Bias – Making the Unconscious Conscious,” will offer an opportunity to self-reflect on your own foundation of diversity and inclusion, explore ways that all employees benefit from an inclusive workplace, and learn approaches organizations can implement to help employees make better, bias-free decisions. During the breakfast, Bullard will present “Foundation of Diversity & Inclusion.”   

ABOUT THE SPEAKER
In her role as Director of Programs at VCIC, Charm Bullard designs and facilitates educational programs on diversity and inclusion for middle schools, high schools, colleges, workplaces, and community groups. Prior to joining VCIC, she worked in student affairs on collegiate campuses throughout the Southeast. It was during that time that she found her passion for encouraging and supporting diversity and inclusion. Charm is the founder of the Connecting Women of Color Conference at the University of Richmond, which has been featured in Women in Higher Education and Essence magazines.

REGISTRATION
VSAE non-members can register for the seminar for $90 if done by Tuesday, April 2, 2019. On-site registration is available and subject to higher fees. Call VSAE at (804) 747-4971 for more information or register online now.

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 and 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 INNOVATION
Carol Hamilton to Present "Shifting from Informal to Intentional:
Pathways to Innovation" 

February 19, 2019

The Virginia Society of Association Executives (VSAE) will hold its March Seminar Series with lunch on Friday, March 1, 2019 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. 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 Carol Hamilton, Grace Social Sector Consulting, LLC. 

Hamilton’s seminar, “Shifting from Informal to Intentional: Pathways to Innovation,” will detail how recent research shows that most associations have yet to establish intentional practices to cultivate innovation within their organization. Using a human centered design approach builds focus and intention into innovation processes. Design Thinking is a human-centered and systematic approach to problem solving and innovation. By focusing on empathy and iteration, the design thinking process helps you create solutions that are grounded in the experience of your stakeholders and informed by their feedback through a co-creation process. This helps protect your organization from costly program development that you ultimately discover has no audience. During the luncheon, Hamilton will present “What Organizations with Healthy Cultures Do Differently.” 

ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Carol Hamilton helps associations become more strategic and innovative. She provides organization development consulting, meeting design and facilitation, and training, to organizations. She has expertise as an innovator leading groups applying human centered design to program and organizational challenges. Carol speaks frequently on association learning and innovation topics including leading sessions at Great Ideas, ASAE’s Annual Conference and Idea Swaps. She graduated from Swarthmore College and has her Masters in Organization Development from American University. 

REGISTRATION
VSAE non-members can register for the seminar for $90 if done by Tuesday, February 26, 2019. On-site registration is available and subject to higher fees. Call VSAE at (804) 747-4971 for more information or register online 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 and 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 CONSTRUCTIVE CONFLICT
Melissa and Tom Laughon to Present “Courage & Conflict - Critical Conversations!”

January 9, 2019

The Virginia Society of Association Executives (VSAE) will hold its February Seminar Series with lunch on Friday, February 1, 2019 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 leaders will be Melissa and Tom Laughon.

The seminar, “Courage & Conflict - Critical Conversations! will focus on constructive conflict, which is essential to building relationships, high-performing teams, and strategies for success. In this interactive session, explore strategies to foster improved interpersonal relationships, idea generation, and increased productivity. Become a catalyst for courageous communication with your staff, board, legislators, and other stakeholders and encourage others to follow your lead.

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Melissa and Tom Laughon own Catch Your Limit Consulting, which guides organizations, including Fortune 500 companies and national associations, in leadership development, creativity, innovation, teaming and positive change. Melissa’s expertise in organizational challenges centers on change initiatives, creating engaged cultures, recruiting and growing the best leaders, building strong teams/leaders, as well as succession planning. In addition to her leadership and organizational management practice, Melissa is an experienced and sought-after strategic planning facilitator. Tom, a leading expert on creativity and strategic thinking, has proven that a consultant doesn’t need wingtips and a tie to be a trusted and effective advisor to corporations large and small. After working in the advertising industry for over 25 years, he has evolved into a leadership and management consultant, strategist, keynote speaker, facilitator, professor, and writer.

REGISTRATION
VSAE non-members can register for the seminar for $90 if done by Tuesday, January 29, 2019. On-site registration is available and subject to higher fees. Call VSAE at (804) 747-4971 for more information or register 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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