CAE Exam Prep Online Seminar Series

CAE Exam Prep Online Seminar Series

Event Information


Feb 10, 2020 - Apr 13, 2020



United States

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When you make the decision to pursue your Certified Association Executive credential, you take a big step toward advancing your association management career. The prospect of taking the CAE exam can be daunting, but thorough preparation can help you feel confident when you sit down to take the test.

This eight-week online seminar series will take participants through all nine CAE exam domains. In each session, the instructor will explore one or two domains and review recommended readings and practice questions. Three attendees will be randomly selected to walk the group through the assigned practice problems. Click on the Agenda tab below for more details on the course breakdown.

Attendees are encouraged to purchase the CAE Study Guide to aid in preparation and to access a practice test. 

This online seminar series consists of eight 60-minute live online sessions that feature facilitated audio content and conversations. Before the first session, registrants will receive login information and links to test their computer and become acquainted with the platform. Participants will have access to recorded sessions, reference materials, and more for up to 30 days following the program.

Registration for this online seminar series will close Friday, February 7, 2020, at 12:00 p.m. ET.

This online seminar series is only one part of the CAE exam preparation process. It is not intended to be the sole preparation material for the exam, and participants should have no expectation that completion of this seminar series will result in a passing score on the exam.

This online seminar series is completely separate from the CAE Kickoff event and should be regarded as a more informal study group series based on attendee participation.

  • Agenda

    • Monday, February 10, 2020
      2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
      Strategic Management  
      Instructor: Sharon Newport, Door Security and Safety Professionals
      This seminar will touch on some of the following areas: general management, identity and branding, financial management, globalization, and strategic thinking and planning. 

      Monday, February 24, 2020
      2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
      Membership Development 
      Instructor: Heidi Weber, Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity
      This seminar will touch on some of the following areas: member engagement, membership recruitment and retention, ethics programs, and standard-setting programs.

      Monday, March 2, 2020
      2:00 – 3:00 p.m.                     
      Governance and Structure
      Instructor: Cheryl Enderlein, American Geophysical Union
      This seminar will touch on some of the following areas: governance, volunteer leadership development, and affiliate-chapter relations.

      Monday, March 9, 2020
      2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
      Programs, Products, and Services
      Instructor: Sharon Newport, Door Security and Safety Professionals
      This seminar will touch on some of the following areas: development of programs, products, and services; fundraising, sponsorships, and development programs; meetings and events; certification, accreditation, and licensure; affinity programs; and professional development programs and delivery systems.

      Monday, March 23, 2020
      2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
      Instructor: Victoria Forlini, American Geophysical Union
      This seminar will touch on some of the following areas: general leadership, ethics, diversity, interpersonal skills and group facilitation, and negotiating.

      Monday, March 30, 2020
      2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
      Instructor: Heidi Weber, Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity
      This seminar will touch on some of the following areas: human resources, technology, legal and risk management, facilities management, vendor/supplier management, and business planning.

      Monday, April 6, 2020
      2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
      Public Policy, Government Relations, and Coalition Building
      Instructor: Amy Showalter, The Showalter Group
      This seminar will touch on some of the following areas: public policy, government relations, and coalition building.

      Monday, April 13, 2020
      2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
      Marketing, Public Relations, and Communications
      Knowledge, Management, and Research
      Instructor: Victoria Forlini, American Geophysical Union
      Topics include marketing; public relations programs; publications; media and messaging; knowledge management; and research, evaluation, and statistics.

  • Speakers

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      Heidi Weber, MBA, CAE

      Heidi Weber, MBA, CAE, is the visionary leader and facilitator of the Alpha Omega International Dental Society (AO) located in Rockville, Maryland. As the Executive Director, she has been a change agent and has championed mission-driven programs to benefit the members and the healthcare community. With more than 15 years’ experience in nonprofit and corporate organizations, Heidi has provided leadership and strategic management to both professional and trade societies and their members and boards. Heidi is a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), American Association of Medical Society Executives, (AAMSE), and Association Forum of Chicago. Heidi renewed her Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation from ASAE in 2019, is a member of the ASAE Executive Management Section Council (2019-20) and was an ASAE Technology Section Council member (2017-2019).

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      Sharon Newport, CAE

      Sharon Newport is the chief operating officer for DHI – Door Security & Safety Professionals and executive director of Door Security & Safety Foundation. Sharon has successfully lead change and growth for the last decade in both organizations and is passionate what the future holds for members and the industry. Sharon is a Certified Association Executive, a graduate of Georgetown University’s Organizational Development and Change Leadership program, and a Diversity Executive Leadership Scholar with American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). Sharon volunteers with ASAE on their Association Management Company Professional Advisory Council, ASAE Foundation's ForesightWorks Advisory Group, and is Strategic Partnerships Chair on the Board of Chesapeake Bay Organization Development Network. Sharon has been featured as a regular contributor on change leadership by Association Trends, Association Chat, and Association Adviser. Prior to being an association executive, Sharon produced an award-winning documentary film and television for Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and The History Channel. Sharon graduated Magna Cum Laude from the State University of New York at Purchase College with a Bachelor in Fine Arts. After many years of living in Los Angeles and New York, Sharon happily resides in her hometown of Washington, D.C.

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      Victoria Forlini, CAE

      I'm a leader who embraces change, brings order to chaos and who thinks strategically while improving operations. I enjoy working in organizations with mission and making that mission come alive. My career path crosses major revenue drivers (publications, meetings), strong governance (leading the Executive Office and working with the Board of Directors and scientific Council), and executing strategic initiatives (bringing AGU's centennial programming from inception to operations). Throughout every piece, working with, and strengthening a team, brings the most success and satisfaction. My current roles takes all of these factors as I work on experiments and partnerships within our meetings portfolio. I love to learn and in previous roles have written about Batman and Strawberry Shortcake, learned to code medical diagnoses, edited dozens of cookbooks, and have literally (and appropriately) yelled Stop the Presses!

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      Amy R. Showalter

      Amy Showalter has elevated the government relations influence of her many organizational clients. Over 85 percent of Amy’s long-term consulting clients have experienced an increase in budget, staff, and senior management recognition. She has delivered over 300 workshops and keynotes to over 25,000 grassroots advocates, PAC contributors, PAC boards of directors, government relations staff, and non-profit volunteer leaders about how to maximize their political and civic influence. For nine years she directed the efforts of the highly acclaimed Nationwide Insurance Civic Action Program (CAP). During her tenure, over 2,000 public affairs professionals across the country ranked Nationwide's program as one of the top two corporate grassroots programs in the country. (Ed Grefe and Martin Linsky, The New Corporate Activism) Over 500 media outlets have featured Amy’s insights, including The Washington Times, Politico,, The Hill, and Roll Call. She is the author of The Underdog Edge: How Everyday People Change the Minds of the Powerful. . . and Live to Tell About It. (Morgan James Publishing) Amy’s blog, "Politicking the Bottom Line," was published by, and she currently blogs for Bloomberg Government. Amy holds a B.A. in political science from Wright State University and an M.S.A. from Central Michigan University.

      Cheryl Enderlein, CAE

      Cheryl Enderlein, CAE, was introduced to association governance more than 20 years ago. She loves the intersection of people and process and policy and problems! As the Director of Leadership at AGU, she has led staff and members through the development and successful implementation of a new governance model over the past 10 years. Helping people understand their roles, develop new skills, and work together in advancement of the mission is a daily adventure she loves.

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      Cancellation, Refund & Substitution Policy
      Submit all requests to ASAE Registration via email at [email protected] All registration cancellations and refund requests must be made in writing by February 7, 2020, to receive a full refund, less a $75 administrative fee.  Refunds cannot be approved for requests received after this date, to include no-shows. Substitutions are gladly accepted at any time. Badge sharing, splitting, and reprints are strictly prohibited.

      Event Cancellation or Postponement
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