Next Level Leadership Summits

Next Level Leadership Summits

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.

WSAE Next Level Leadership Summits inspire and advance busy association executives like yourself. You will renew your focus and readiness to lead through focused cutting-edge association topics, peer networking and sharing, and relaxation designed to refresh and renew your thinking. Summits are designed to be high caliber, efficient learning.

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. 

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


March 6-7, 2024

Building Boards of Excellence

Wednesday/Thursday March 6-7, 2024
Muckleshoot Casino Resort 
2402 Auburn Way S, Auburn, WA 98002
Total professional development hours will be 5 hours

BOGO Special Offer: 

Buy a Full or Thursday-Only Registration and Receive a 2nd Registration of the Same or Greater Value for a 50% Discount ($100 - $200 Value).

New registration options enable participation in either day:
  • Weds only: Complimentary with pre-registration
  • Thursday only: Members $200 / Non-Members $299
  • Weds and Thursday Members $250 / Non-Members $399

Presented by Lowell Aplebaum, FASAE, CAE, CPF

Held at the brand new Muckleshoot Casino Resort in Auburn with views of Mount Rainier and beyond.This summit combines expert-led discussions on governance challenges and opportunities with valuable networking, in a friendly, safe and supportive space. Discussions will specifically include 1) Creating meaningful leadership relationships. Quick approaches to building a board into a team; 2) Governance excellence. Indicators of board and governance excellence heading into the mid 2020's - a self assessment, and; Strategic capacity of boards through inquiry. You will engage with your peers facing similar challenges, cultivate your executive presence, and realize the benefits of investing in your professional network for years to come. 

Learning Objectives

  1. Build meaningful connections.
  2. Gain valuable insights into the dynamic world of association management and executive leadership.
  3. Cultivate resilience and essential qualities for effectrive leadership.

Wednesday, March 6
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Complimentary beer tasting (non-alcohol options too) hosted by Lowell Appplebaum - located in the resort suite
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Everyone welcome to join us for dinner at Market 253 with Lowell Applebaum. Participate in facilitated discussions on board excellence as a primer for the Thursday program (dinner included if registered for both days/otherwise dinner on your own)

Thursday March 7 
8:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Part I
9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Break 
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m. Part II 

Lowell Aplebaum - A Visionary in Association Management

Lowell Aplebaum, Ed.D., FASAE, CAE, CPF, is a leading voice in the realm of association management, renowned for his strategic visioning, stakeholder engagement, and innovative facilitation approaches. With a wealth of experience and a passion for empowering volunteer leaders, members, and staff, Lowell’s dedication to mission based organizations has driven his career and his company since day 1.

Key Highlights:

  • CEO of Vista Cova, a strategic consulting firm specializing in partnering with organizations to articulate vision & strategy and build stronger Boards.
  • IAF Certified™ Professional Facilitator known for delivering dynamic sessions that drive participation and learning.
  • Holds the Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential and is a past-Chair of the overseeing commission for the CAE
  • Lowell is a Fellow of ASAE, reflective of his commitment and contribution to the association profession
  • Lowell has earned his Doctorate in Education with a focus on Organization Leadership, incorporating best practices into his work with leadership and governance 
  • Creator of innovative learning series like "Through the CEO Lens" and the co-creation retreat experience "Association Charrette."
  •  Contributing author to industry handbooks including Professional Practices in Association Management and a four-time mentor in ASAE's Diversity Executive Leadership Program.

Community Engagement:

Beyond his professional endeavors, Lowell is dedicated to giving back to the community. He volunteers with organizations like the American Red Cross, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Alzheimer’s Association and actively supports educational initiatives.

Lowell Aplebaum's profound expertise, collaborative leadership style, and commitment to excellence make him a sought-after figure in the association management landscape. His contributions to the industry, coupled with a passion for continuous learning and development, establish Lowell as a true visionary and thought leader in the field.

November 2024

Women CAEs and Aspiring CAEs Summit

November - dates to be determined.
Location pending
Total professional development hours will be 5 hours

Registration opens soon

Early bird pricing before October 1, 2024
Members $250
Members additional person same agency $225
Non-Members $399
Sponsor $1,575

Program pending


5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p..m. Social, dinner and facilitated discussion

8:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Part I
9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Break 
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m. Part II