Event Details

How to Think Like a Futurist in Your Association

  • 26 Feb 2019
  • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (UTC+13:00)
  • Wellington, New Zealand

How to Think Like a Futurist in Your Association

This event is run by Answers for Associations. To register visit www.answers.net.au

Hear the latest on trends affecting associations and learn how to practically apply this knowledge at an operational and strategic level in your association.

As a leader in your association, you are expected to make decisions that affect the long-term health of your association. Understanding what the future holds is a powerful way to reach the key insights that associations need to stay vibrant and growing -- especially when it’s combined with creating an internal culture of foresight. This session will begin with an overview of the study of foresight and related practices that will help you frame an understanding of impactful changes and what it means to your association.

Attendees will benefit from the most current ASAE ForesightWorks evidence-based research initiative and experience the tools available to association professionals and volunteer leaders.

In this dynamic session, you’ll engage in foresight discussions focused on relevant trends identified by a team of futurists and association volunteers. Topics like personalised artificial intelligence, reworking career pathways, and the aging world are just a few of the trends that attendees will discuss. The opportunities and challenges afforded by the current trends will be unique to each association. The distinct perspectives shared in the discussion format help to establish leadership and vision for the future.

The session will also provide you with references and insight to share and train your Board of Directors and other association members. Thinking like a futurist involves recognizing the nature of change, looking for weak signals, spotting the unexpected, and establishing the “so what” implications. Today we see a lot of discussion, energy, and products promising to deliver insights. This session builds the capabilities and skills to leverage limited resources effectively.

Join us to learn how to think like a futurist and lead a culture of effective forward-thinking in your association.

“I just wanted to pass along my sincere appreciation for the courses that you taught. I have found the information and dialogue to be invaluable and invigorating and I am looking forward to passing along these resources and ideas to my colleagues.  You are an excellent teacher and I know that this experience will have a lasting influence in my future career in associations.  It is undoubtedly worth the investment.” Kristi Spargo, Pennsylvania Medical Society


Suzanne Pine, CAE, Senior Director of NAPO (National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals); VP of Professional Development, at AH, Inc. (Association Headquarters); AMC National Accounts, Philadelphia CVB. Email: suzannep129@gmail.com * Mobile: +1 215-431-3678

Suzanne has a diverse range of experience working with a host of different associations through a 35-year career in just two Association Management Companies. As a Past Chair of the ASAE Research Committee (2008), Sue was actively involved in the “Designing Your Future” trends project. Since that time, Sue has been a huge fan of the ASAE Research Committee and also strong advocate for the need to incorporate trends-watching as a key skill required by both key leaders of association staff teams and volunteer leaders.

Sue furthered her training by attending the University of Houston Certificate in Strategic Foresight program. Thinking like a futurist is not as “neat and clean” as strategic planning, so both staff and volunteers fail to give trend monitoring the attention needed. Sue is currently the VP of Professional Development at AH, Senior Director of NAPO (National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals), and AMC National Accounts Rep for the PHL-CVB. She worked for over 35 years in the "association management" world. Sue has been with AH since 2012.

Sue is a frequent speaker at ASAE, AMC Institute, and a variety of ASAE State Society meetings. Sue is an ASAE trained facilitator of the ASAE Certificate in Association Management. She is a subject matter expert on Environmental Scanning, Trends Monitoring, AMC Accreditation, Volunteer Management, and Board Development topics. Sue has received the 2009 AMC Institute Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2008 Leadership Award from the ASAE-AMC Section Council, and the 2015 MASAE Distinguished Service Award.


  • Sydney - Wed 20 February 
  • Melbourne - Fri 22 February 
  • Wellington - Tue 26 February


10am-4pm (arrive at 9.30 for tea, coffee and networking)


City Center Location, To Be Advised 


Association Professional

  • Until 31 Dec - $360
  • From 1 Jan - $540
Association Professional & AuSAE Member
  • Until 31 Dec - $290
  • From 1 Jan - $390
  • Until 31 Dec - $140
  • From 1 Jan - $190


  1. Concessional Rates - Concessional rates are available to professionals from nonprofits with a turnover less than $200,000 per annum or those flying to attend the event. Please email info@answers.net.au to request this rate.
  2. AuSAE Rate – By registering at the discounted rate for AuSAE members, you are giving permission for your details to be shared to the extent necessary to verify your membership status.
  3. Limited Registration - Registration at the event is only available to staff and volunteers currently working for an association. There is no exhibition at the event and no registration options are available for suppliers wishing to promote their product. Limited sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact info@answers.net.au for more information about these.
  4. Substitutions & Cancellations - Delegates may nominate an alternative person from their same organisation to attend the event in their place at any time at no extra charge. However one registration cannot be shared amongst multiple delegates.
  5. Payments - All bookings must be paid in full to guarantee registration. Once payment has been received, an email confirmation and a receipted invoice will be sent. If payment is not made at the time of booking, registration will be provisional and can be cancelled.
  6. Speakers Views - Views expressed by the event speakers are their own. We cannot accept liability for advice given, or views expressed, by any speaker at the event or in any material provided to delegates by our guest speakers.
  7. Photography & Filming - For promotional purposes, there may be photography and video production taking place during the event. Delegates who do not wish to be filmed or recorded should advise the organisers by email to info@answers.net.au prior to the event. By registering for this event, you authorise us to take photos at the event. You further agree that we are the owner of the copyright and photographs and that they may be used for any purpose we consider appropriate, including publicity, education or other activities and may earn income for our own benefit.
  8. Cancellations and Refunds – You can cancel your registration and receive a refund (less a $50AUD administration fee) anytime up to 21 days prior to an event. After that time refunds are not available. If cancelling within 21 days of the event you can choose either a credit or to transfer your registration to someone else.  All credits expire at the end of 2019 so must be used on events running in the 2019 calendar year.
  9. Data Protection - By registering for this event, you consent to having your name and organisation distributed to event attendees. They may also be provided to event sponsors. If you wish to opt out, email info@answers.net.au.
  10. Alterations to Programme, Cancellation/Postponement of Event - We reserve the right to make alterations to event programs, venues and timings. In the unlikely event of an event being cancelled, a full refund of the registration fee will be made. Liability will be limited to the amount of the fee paid by the delegate. In the event that the event is postponed or the dates changed, the organisers shall not be liable for any expenditure, damage or loss incurred by the delegate. If by re-arrangement or postponement the event can take place, the booking between the delegate and the organisers shall remain in force.

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