Professional Development


CalSAE strives to promote your success by keeping you inspired and connected through a variety of
professional development opportunities (100+ CAE credit hours).

Below you will find detailed descriptions of each offering. Events are added to the calendar on an ongoing basis.

Upcoming Events

Advancing Together Mentorship Program
In partnership with The Art of Mentoring, this program will provide an opportunity for members to share knowledge, develop valued relationships, and advance their professional and career goals. Mentees will gain personal and professional development through problem-solving and constructive guidance from a mentor to help navigate their career journey.

Alliance Learning Collective (ALC) - virtual
The ALC brings association professionals from across the US together to cultivate connections while providing deeper learning experiences. You'll be matched with a cohort of your peers over three highly interactive 90-minute learning sessions. You'll be learning from a national expert and facilitator while tapping into the knowledge of the community.

AMC Retreat
August or September
An annual two-day retreat in for the owners/principals of association management companies to discuss challenges and share ideas.

Associations 360
Designed for those new to the association industry. This program focuses on providing an overarching examination of associations, their role in society, and their major functional areas. Encouraged to build a network with fellow attendees who are on a similar career journey. 

Association Leadership Academy
Bringing the ALA back for its third year with a refreshed design to reach mid-level leaders within the association profession looking to advance their careers. Through a combination of in-person and virtual accountability groups, this intimate experience will transpire across a few months.

CAE Study Group - virtual
Spring and Fall
For those pursuing their Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential. The study group meets together virtually once a week for two months prior to the exam. More Details

Couch Chats - virtual
Spring and Fall
Facilitator-led discussion groups dedicated to one of the four primary areas of association management: CEO/executive directors, membership and marketing, events and education, and operations and finance.  Designed to allow you to connect with your peers virtually to discuss current challenges and share ideas in a relaxed small group setting. Free for members.

ELEVATE Annual Conference
ELEVATE is one of our signature events where association professionals come together for three days of exploring "how to" and "what if..." thinking. The conference is designed with education topics to appeal to all CalSAE members. 

Emerging Professionals Happy Hour with Education - NEW! 
Sept & May
Under 35 or been in the industry less than 5 years...join us in a relaxed, social atmosphere to expand your network and elevate your career with some bite-sized tips from seasoned association professionals.  

Insights Executive Summit
Specifically for advanced-level CEOs, a two-day program with high-level content in an intensive and interactive environment. 

Ladies Who Lead
Geared towards women in the association industry (however, all are welcome) to create a space to discuss topics that impact them, learn from one another, network, and engage in a fun experience together (previously included a wine train social and a walking food tour). 

LevelUp Regional Education/Networking
Spring and Fall
Designed to help you get to the next level by focusing on various elements of association management and leadership. Programs vary by region - an educational keynote speaker will be featured usually followed by networking time and a luncheon.

MAXIMIZE Your Membership
Sept, Dec (Seasonal), Feb &  April (ELEVATE)
A deep dive into CalSAE and all of our membership benefits and offerings. Targeted to new and re-engaging members.

Membership & Marketing Summit (MMS)
A full-day immersive exploration of emerging ideas, industry trends and leading best practices in association membership and marketing.  Includes a keynote speaker and multi-track break out sessions.

Live Webinars & On Demand Learning - virtual
Year Round
A variety of live webinars are produced by CalSAE around 6 times a year on a range of topics such as DEI, Finance, Membership and Marketing, Ethics, etc.  Additionally members can access webinars produced by other SAEs as well as on-demand programs by clicking here.

Oregon Retreat – Learning & Networking Experience - June
Held in a beautiful retreat-like location, this program will provide a supportive environment that fosters growth and learning, surrounded by peers who share similar career goals and aspirations. Enhance their skills, refine their strategic thinking, and adopt innovative tactics essential for future leadership success.

Peer-to-Peer Social Learning
Year Round
Each region often produces regular informal discussions (virtual or in-person), which provide interaction directly with colleagues. Examples include Peer Luncheons by function area, Coffee & Connect, and more.

Seasonal Spectacular
Seasonal Spectacular is one of our signature events, held for two days in December which includes the largest annual association industry tradeshow on the West Coast, the EXCHANGE Appointment Show, education programs, an industry luncheon, and many networking opportunities all in the spirit of the holiday season.

Webinar Wednesdays 
Year Round
This 8-part virtual series will explore timely and relevant topics curated to enhance leadership skills and provide strategies to navigate today's ever-evolving landscape. Each session will focus on one of the Certified Association Executive,CAE, domains Bonus: One webinar will offer 1 CAE Ethics Credit.