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.


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

Webinars offered year-round

Two live webinars a month, plus access to more than 100 on-demand.  Attendance/credit certificates can be downloaded and printed directly from the player immediately after completion of a program.  Learn More


Thursday, September 13, 2018 | 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

This training has been cancelled. Please see the same training in November, located in Seattle, for more information.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 | 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
A workshop focused on YOU and your financial success. Get a beer 21+ or non-alcoholic beverage once you're done!

Three Magnets Brewing Co.
600 Franklin St SE #105, Olympia 
Registration: Complimentary. This is an association executives only program
Who should attend: Association executives, membership and meeting planners at every point in their careers.

In our ongoing quest to research and vet local speakers to provide value-added benefits to WSAE membership, we are excited to introduce you to The Society of Financial Awareness (SOFA) a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public benefit corporation whose mission is to increase financial literacy in the community. Since 1993, they’ve accomplished this by providing free, on-site financial workshops designed to help employees gain knowledge and confidence in their financial affairs. These workshops are provided at no-cost, satisfy ERISA 404(c) requirements, and they serve to set the foundation to start the financial conversation that motivates individuals to seek the resources they need to improve their situation. SOFA offers 30+ financial presentation topics and the content is tailored to meet the needs of the age demographics within your organization. This is an excellent opportunity to gauge your personal financial progress, and at the same time evaluate their program content for implementation with your employees. Learn more and register

Thursday, September 27, 2018 | 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Presented by Meeting Professionals International Washington State Chapter
Seattle Center 305 Harrison St., Seattle
Who should attend: Meeting and event planners 

This is a full day conference of industry innovations that will enhance your event career, inspire your personal growth and OPEN your mind to the infinite possibilities to create a buzz in our industry.   Learn more




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

Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Washington Realtors, Olympia, WA
Association Spotlight "OPEN HOUSE"
Join WSAE for a brand new program designed to connect you with association best practices, new ideas, and shared learning.  The Washington Realtors Association invites you to their office for a closer look at what makes them tick.  You will learn how they engage, connect, inspire, communicate, network, strategically plan, work with their board and so much more.  Space limited. Learn More




June 10-12, 2019
The WSAE Annual Convention is the premiere networking and educational event of the year for the Washington Association community.  Learn more

Future ASAE Annual Meeting & Expositions

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