WSAE offers timely, relevant, and insightful education to help association executives at every level. Being able to network and connect with other execs and keep in touch with business partners who support the work I do is always a valuable use of my time.

Brenda Orffer Washington Health Care Association

WSAE's Education offers Networking and Essential Learning

Our Education brings together members for structured presentations and networking. Locations and schedules vary. Meeting presenters often include some of Washington State’s and the nation’s most well-known association experts offering information members can use in their daily business practices. Topics are geared toward the nine Certified Association Executive (CAE) domains.

2018 WSAE Education & Networking Opportunities

Webinars offered year-round

Two live webinars a month, plus access to more than 100 on-demand. Learn More

February: Networking

Wednesday February 28, 2018
Vancouver Hilton
The Washington Society of Association Executives is creating new opportunities to connect and grow your network. This gathering is packed with resources you need to succeed. Join us at the Vancouver Hilton and learn what it means to become a member, and the power of connecting with your professional community. You belong here. Learn More

March: Executive Trainings

Olympia,Wednesday March 28, 2018
Seattle, Thursday March 29, 2018 

Do you avoid calling a group meeting for a decision, unless you have no choice? Do you dread managing internal politics during group work? Then this is the session for you. Learn More

April: Networking

Wednesday April 18, 2018
Smith Tower, Observatory 
A respected business leader, faithful husband and loving father suddenly finds himself in a federal prison for a crime he didn’t knowingly commit. As he struggles to understand the complexity of his bad decisions, an ever-widening web of conspiracy and corruption is revealed.  Learn more

May training rescheduled to Fall


June: Annual Convention: June 6-8, 2018

The WSAE Annual Convention is the premiere networking and educational event of the year for the Washington Association community.  Learn more

September: Executive Training

Creating a Continuity of Leadership for your Organization
The future of an organization rests on the abilities of its leaders to cultivate a continuity of leadership to drive its growth and assure there is a pipeline of talent available.  “A Culture of Succession” is a commitment to not only making sure that key staff and volunteer positions have a transition plan, but that the organization is attracting, retaining, promoting and recognizing top talent enthusiastic to mobilize the mission and lead others to contribute. 
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November: Executive Training

Thursday November 1, 2018
World Trade Center, Seattle, WA
Managing the Politics of Your Organization
The foundation of a successful association lies in its ability to support a community of diverse members to accomplish extraordinary results together.  The forces that can facilitate progress, as well as stand in its way, are rooted in how people react to power, hierarchies, cultural difference, and individual personalities.  The political climate of an organization can be the single largest factor that will determine its ultimate success or failure. Learn More

Future ASAE Annual Meeting & Expositions

2018 Chicago Illinois
August 18-21, 2018
McCormick Place - West Building

2019 Columbus Ohio
August 10-13, 2019
Greater Columbus Convention Center

2020 Las Vegas, Nevada
August 8-11, 2020
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino

2021 Dallas, Texas
August 14-17, 2021
Key Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center

2022 Atlanta, Georgia
August 6-9, 2022
Georgia World Congress Center

Education History

March 28, 2018: Collaborative Games for Group Decision Making, Vanessa Dennison, Dennison & Associates
Olympia Doubletree by Hilton 
CAE: 2 credits

March 29, 2018: Collaborative Games for Group Decision Making, Vanessa Dennison, Dennison & Associates
Location: World Trade Center
CAE: 2 credits

November 15, 2017: Membership Drivers Impacting Associations, Melody Jordan-Carr, ASAE
Location: Washington State Convention Center
CAE: 2 credits

October 19, 2017: Empower Your Inner CEO with Mindfulness, Scott Crabtree, Happy Brain Science
Location: Crowne Plaza SeaTac
CAE: 2.5 credits

April 19, 2017: Collaboration & Business Intelligence, Aaron Nettles, Vorsite
Location: Hotel Sorrento
CAE: 1 credit

March 23, 2017: Courting your Members via Social Media (and how to keep the romance alive), Kristin Baldwin, The Baldwin Network
Location: SeaTac Hilton Conference Center
CAE: 2 credits

January 26, 2017: Preventing and Addressing Employee Complaints, Amy Stephson, Employment Attorney & Coach
Location: Microsoft Lincoln Square
CAE: 2 credits

December 8, 2016: It's a Wonderful Life as an Association CFO, Mitch Hansen and panel, Clark Nuber.
Location: Meydenbauer Center
CAE: 2.5 credits

November 15, 2016: Blue, Red or Purple: Understanding the Dynamics of Washington State Legislature in 2017, Panel moderated by Natalie Brand, Political Reporter King 5 News
Location: SeaTac Hilton
CAE: 2 credits

October 25, 2016: Successful Negotiation, Janine Driver, Body Language Institute
Location: Lynnwood Embassy Suites
CAE: 2 credits

September 21, 2016: Emotional Intelligence for Personal Leadership, Steve Gutzler, Leadership Quest
Location: Space Needle
CAE: 2 credits

April 26, 2016:Technology Trends and the Effects On Associations: What Every Association Professional Should Know, Reggie Henry, CAE, ASAE
Location: Meydenbauer Center
CAE: 2 credits

March 23, 2016: Saving Green by Going Green, Nancy Zavada, CMP, Meet Green
Location: Washington State Convention Center
CAE: 2 credits

February 25, 2016: Peer To Peer Roundtables
Location: Embassy Suites by Hilton, Bellevue
CAE: 2 credits

January 21, 2016: Association Survival: Moving Away From Membership Dollar Dependency By Diversifying Revenue, Panel
Location: Pacific Grill Event Center
CAE: 2 credits

November 19, 2015: Make Your Government Affairs Outreach Program Shine: Put Your Best Case On The Table, Scott Hildebrand, Starboard Strategies
Location: Red Lion Hotel Olympia
CAE: 2 credits

October 29, 2015: Lockdown: Preventing Your Digital Presence From Being Compromised, Jordean Schwartz, Pathable
Location: DoubleTree Hilton Hotel Seattle Airport
CAE: 2 credits

September 24, 2015: Setting The Stage For Innovation, Amy Frazier, Stages of Presence
Location: Washington State Convention Center
CAE: 2 credits

April 23, 2015: SOAR'ING To Success, Dr. Steven Swafford, Leadershipo Outfitters, LLC
Location: Bellevue
CAE: 2 credits

February 24, 2015: Peer To Peer Roundtables, Panel
Location: Unknown
CAE: 2 credits

January 20, 2015: Association Law From 'The Guy Who Wrote The Book', Jerry Jacobs, Pillsbury Wintrhop Show Pittman, LLP
Location: Unknown
CAE: 2 credits

December 9, 2014: It's A Wonderful Life...As An Association CFO, Mitch Hansen and panel, Clark Number
Location: Meydenbauer Center
CAE: 2.5 credits

November 18, 2014: Dodging The Asteroids: Avoid Meeting Disasters By Mastering Procedure, Ann Macfarlane, CAE, PRP, Jurassic Parliament
Location: Red Lion Hotel, Olympia
CAE: 2 credits

October 23, 2014: Melting The Iceberg: Using Segmentation To Uncover The Hidden Secrets Of Your Survey Data, Larry Seibert, PhD, Association Metrics
Location: Crown Plaza Seattle Airport
CAE: 2 credits

September 23, 2014: How To Stay Cool When You Are On The Hot Seat, Candace BelAir, BelAir Training
Location: Bellevue
CAE: 2 credits

April 23, 2014: Working With Independent Contractors & Outsourcing, Kris Alberti, Northwest Independent Contrators Association
CAE: 2 credits

March 18, 2014: Market Your Brand Culture To Grow Membership, Eben Greene, Eben Design
CAE: 2 credits

February 20, 2014: Attracting Younger Members, Anna Liotta, Resultance
CAE: 2 credits

January 23, 2014: Speaker Showcase and Luncheon Presentation
CAE: 2 credits

December 11, 2013: Did You Know...? Unique Accounting & Tax Rules For Associations, Steve Lerch, PhD, Washington State's Chief Economist
CAE: 2 credits

November 19, 2013: Government Relations Roundtable, Panel
CAE: 2 credits

October 24, 2013: No More Boring Meetings, Andrea Driessen
CAE: 2 credits

September 17, 2013: OzMosis Leadership, Gary Polain, OzMosis Leadership
CAE: 2 credits