CAE Exam Prep Online Seminar Series

CAE Exam Prep Online Seminar Series

Event Information


Sep 28, 2020 - Nov 16, 2020



United States

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CAE Credits: Credits can only be earned through live attendance of each seminar. For each one-hour session attended, attendees will earn 0.5 CAE credit. Watching recorded seminars will not count toward CAE credit.

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 eight CAE exam domains. In each session, the instructor will explore the week’s domain and review recommended readings and practice questions. Several 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. A new CAE Study Guide edition will be published in September and will be the preferred version for this series.

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 Monday September 21, 2020, at 12:00 p.m. ET.

ASAE recommends completing both this online seminar series and the CAE Kickoff in preparation for the CAE Exam.

  • Agenda

    • Monday, September 28, 2020

      2:00 – 3:00 p.m.


      This seminar will touch on some of the following areas: governance structure, chapters and affiliate relations, and volunteer leadership development.

      Monday, October 5, 2020

      2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

      Executive Leadership

      This seminar will touch on some of the following areas: decision making, ethical leadership, diversity, inclusion, and equity, and adaptive leadership.

      Tuesday, October 13, 2020

      2:00 – 3:00 p.m


      Organizational Strategy

      This seminar will touch on some of the following areas: general management, critical analysis and planning, and knowledge management.

      Monday, October 19, 2020

      2:00 – 3:00 p.m.


      This seminar will touch on some of the following areas: financial management, human resources, legal oversight and risk mitigation, infrastructure and technology, and vendor relations.

      Monday, October 26, 2020

      2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

      Business Development

      This seminar will touch on some of the following areas: programs, products, services, non-dues revenue, meetings and events, certification, licensure and accreditation, industry standards, and strategic partnerships.

      Monday, November 2, 2020

      2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

      Member and Stakeholder Engagement and Management

      This seminar will touch on some of the following areas: recruitment and retention, stakeholder identification and cultivation, volunteer management, and ethics


      Monday, November 9, 2020

      2:00 – 3:00 p.m.


      This seminar will touch on some of the following areas: public policy, government relations, and coalition building.

      Monday, November 16, 2020

      2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

      Marketing and Communications

      Topics include marketing, brand management, communication, and public relations.

  • Speakers

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      Victoria Forlini, CAE

      I am 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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      Mariama S. Boney, LMSW, CAE

      Committed to maximizing results and growing initiatives, Mariama Boney, LMSW, CAE, celebrates over 20 years as an educational administrator, association executive, facilitator, and consultant, serving in four associations, five colleges/universities, and three non-profits. Currently, Mariama serves as interim Executive Director of Advocates for Children and Youth. And recently served as Executive Director of the Maryland Music Educators Association. She has held other executive director and senior management roles to lead student support, multicultural, and diversity services; university and public relations; governance reviews; membership, volunteer leadership development, and component relations; national awards; plus, accessibility, diversity and inclusion. Her impact demonstrates a distinguished record of directing operations, designing strategy, developing programs, and building partnerships with over 750 diverse groups, teams, and stakeholders of 20 to 100,000. Mariama has served in several volunteer and leadership roles for ASAE, other associations, non-profits, and alumni groups. She is excited to be serving on the ASAE Ethics Committee, blessed to contribute to several causes as a donor, and is an alumnus of the ASAE Diversity Executive Leadership Program (2008-09). Originally from Syracuse, New York, Mariama obtained her B.S. and M.S. degree in Social Work from Syracuse University. She is a Certified Association Executive (CAE) and a Licensed Social Worker (LMSW). In her spare time, she enjoys comedy, the performing arts, and spending time with friends, family and local church family. Serving and giving to this community fules her as faculty, content leader, Kickoff Facilitator since 2014/15 and also with Association Management Week.Service also includes: ASAE Ethics Committee, the Gold Circle Awards, Power of A Awards and as a past, past chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Comomittee plus facilitator within the Diversity Executive Leadership Program. As the President and CEO of Achieve More, LLC, a small women and minority-owned consultancy she enjoys focusing on maximizing the talents of others to expand organizational possibilities. The primary areas of expertise are organizational effectiveness, facilitation, training, membership development, coaching plus diversity, equity, inclusion, and access.

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      Trevor S. Mitchell, CAE

      Trevor Mitchell, MBA, CAE, CDP, is executive director at American Mensa, Ltd. As the Executive Director, of American Mensa, Ltd. provides leadership toward the achievement of the American Mensa’s mission, vision, strategy and annual goals and objectives. The Executive Director is responsible for the general, day-to-day administration of the affairs of the organization. The Executive Director serves as chief executive officer for staff and the chief administrative officer for the Board of Directors (the American Mensa Committee or AMC) and its subsidiary Foundation (Mensa Foundation), and is charged with implementing policies and programs that benefit the society. The Executive Director reports to the Chair of the AMC and works with the AMC in developing strategies which support the mission of American Mensa, developing and implementing the strategic goals and objectives of American Mensa, and enabling the AMC to effectively fulfill its governance function.

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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.

      Ann Dorough, CAE

      My early career was in journalism and politics at the U.S. House of Representatives. But volunteer roles leading advocacy and charitable boards wound up pointing me in the direction of an association career. I get the most satisfaction out of applying the experiences from my varied background to help steer organizations to a place where they are acting consistently to execute their true mission.

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      ASAE will fully refund program registrations fees in full with notifications submitted to ASAE Registration via e-mail at [email protected] Refunds cannot be approved for no-shows. Substitutions are gladly accepted at any time. Badge sharing, splitting, and reprints are strictly prohibited.

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