Register by October 11

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Creating a More Future-Proof Association

Jeffrey Cufaude
Idea Architects

We just didn’t see it coming” is not an acceptable response from association leaders, yet too often it accurately describes the reality on the ground.

Future-proofing is the process of anticipating and preparing for multiple futures and building your organization’s capacity to more effectively absorb any shock or stress that unfolding events might inflict. Given that many characterize the environment in which today’s associations operate as increasingly VUCA—volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous—future-proofing your association is as much a necessity as it is a leadership opportunity.

The VMAE | Fall Conference 2019 focuses on engaging content and conversations required to strengthen your individual and organizational ability to become more future-proof, including:

  • The executive’s unique contributions to future-proofing an association and what mindsets, skills, and practices do they require;
  • How the board and staff might operate differently in a more future-proofed association and the mindsets and practices that would be more commonly found;
  • The importance of “thinking in systems” and how to apply key systems thinking practices to support more sustainable change management;
  • Scenarios planning as a core tool for anticipating and preparing for possible futures; and
  • The vital role of networks, partnerships, and collaborations.

The learning experience will stretch your thinking about what might be possible or desirable and equip you with a variety of practical tools to help you get in action, regardless of your staff size or organization’s resources.