Next Level Leadership Summits

Next Level Leadership Summit

Join CEO and leadership team association professionals as we learn and collaborate on ways to hone our leadership practice and advance organizational resilience.

Next Level Leadership Summits strengthen association leaders through relevant education, peer networking and sharing, and off-site relaxation and reflection

The Next Level Leadership Summits are designed for those responsible for organizational leadership. This includes CEOS, other C-suite positions, and members of an association’s leadership team.

“We must never become too busy sawing to take time to sharpen the saw.” 
Dr. Stephen Covey

WSAE Next Level Leadership Summits inspire and advance busy association executives like yourself. You will renew your focus and readiness to lead through workshops focused on cutting-edge association topics, peer networking and sharing, and relaxation designed to refresh and renew your thinking. Summits begin with an evening orientation and facilitated discussion addressing your current organizational challenges. Get to know each other during a casual sponsored reception with appetizers, dinner and beverages. Wake up and deep into learning with two select industry thought leaders who will engage and leverage the power of peer networks with mind-changing strategy and future-focused learning. Summits are designed to be high caliber, efficient learning. You will be back on the road to the real world before noon.

When was the last time you could step away from your desk and think deeply about what is most on your mind? When was the last time you could relax with colleagues and swap ideas and experiences about the biggest issues in front of you? WSAE’s Next Level Leadership Summit is designed to be that time for you so you are ready to lead. 



$250 member early bird
$399 non-member

Limit 16



6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Dinner program


7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Breakfast
8:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Part 1
9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Break
10:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Part II
11:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Closing remarks

Seattle Marriott Waterfront
2100 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98121
Parking is valet only. Special rate: $29 + tax when you mention you are with WSAE

Reserve online, or call (800) 228-9290
Group Name: Washington Society for Association Excellence Leadership Meeting Mar2023
Last day to book: March 8, 2023

$238 + $41.52 taxes and fees = $280.52

Event AV sponsored by Inspire Solutions

Earn 4 CAE Credits


Cancellation policy: Requests for cancellations must be received 72 hours (3 business days) before event. If the request is received within the 72 hours, 100% of the registration fee will be refunded. Registration fees for cancellations received after 72 hours before the event or no-shows will be forfeited with no exceptions.

March 29-30, 2023

Building a Fit-for-Purpose Association Board in The Turbulent Twenties Masterclass

Jeff De Cagna FRSA FASAE [he/him/his]
Executive Advisor, Foresight First LLC


The radical uncertainty, volatility, and risk that associations have experienced in this decade’s first three years make clear that boards must elevate their performance. Simply optimizing the ability of boards to handle their traditional activities is insufficient, however. To give themselves, their stakeholders, and successors a real chance to thrive in The Turbulent Twenties and beyond, associations must build fit-for-purpose boards capable of setting a higher standard of stewardship, governing, and foresight [SGF]. 

This interactive masterclass will take a hard look at the association community’s powerful orthodox beliefs about boards, the work they do, and how they perform. Participants will gain both fresh insights into what is required of boards and next practices to implement to help their boards navigate an irrevocably-altered world with greater capability and confidence.

Key Learning Questions 

1. What are the most significant orthodox beliefs that prevent association boards from realizing their full potential?

2. What is stewardship, governing, and foresight [SGF] and how can association boards adopt this approach to become fit-for-purpose?

3. How can SGF next practices help association boards reimagine their work and elevate their performance?

Jeff De Cagna FRSA FASAE, executive advisor for Foresight First LLC in Reston, Virginia, is an association contrarian, foresight practitioner, governing designer, stakeholder/successor advocate, and stewardship catalyst. In his work, Jeff advises association and non-profit boards on how they can set a higher standard of stewardship, governing, and foresight [SGF].

A graduate of the Johns Hopkins and Harvard universities, Jeff has continued his learning with the future at the MIT Sloan School of Management, Oxford University, Harvard Business School, the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business, BoardSource, the Copenhagen Institute for Future Studies, and the Institute for the Future.

Jeff is the 32nd recipient of ASAE’s Academy of Leaders Award, the association’s highest individual honor given to consultants or industry partners in recognition of their support of ASAE and the association community.