Visionary Leadership® Academy

A power course for association managers and C-level executives

“This is a chance to have access to Seth and his network, gaining knowledge, expertise, people and resources to be a better leader.”
– Chris McEntee, CEO, American Geophysical Union

As an association manager, do you know what skills you’re missing to get from where you are now to a C-level position at your association?

Are you a C-suite executive facing new challenges and recognizing the need for new ways to lead with vision and impact?

What if you could take on something that could exponentially expand your capacity as a manager or C-level executive and help innovate the future of your association?

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What you’ll get from participating in Visionary Leadership Academy

verb “stretch
to amplify or enlarge beyond natural or proper limits

Visionary Leadership Academy is an intensive and expansive course consisting of four 4-hour sessions and one overnight spread out over the course of five months. During your participation, you will:

  • Develop skills to prepare you to lead in challenging times in ways you’ve never led before
  • Become more effective in your current role and expand yourself for the role you’d like in the future
  • Earn up to 33 CAE credits*
  • Gain new perspectives that can help you become a different kind of leader
  • Cultivate a long-lasting and invaluable peer network and advisory group—a dedicated cohort outside of the “box” of your organization

“Going through the process with Seth opened my mind to thinking about things differently. Without that perspective, I wouldn’t be the same leader, the same person I am today.”

– Kevin Madden, COO,
National Apartment Association

Read what past participants say about Visionary Leadership Academy.


The curriculum is built from Seth’s experience with 100+ association CEOs and 30+ senior leadership teams. The topics are:

1. Enterprise-level results
Gain a top-level perspective and deliver results for the entire association.
2. Change Leadership
     Develop your ability to influence organizational and stakeholder behavior.
3. Disruptive Innovation
  Learn  how to spot and develop game-changing innovations.
Strategic Foresight
Identify emerging trends so you keep from getting blindsided, and maybe even leverage them for growth.
5. Presentation Power
    Convey new ideas so people get them and spread them.
6. Professional self-development
You are your most powerful asset – learn how to  develop  yourself for maximum impact.

Who leads Visionary Leadership Academy

Seth Kahan is a sought-after business strategy specialist, prolific author, and respected thought leader and convener on Grand Challenges. He works directly with CEOs to help them achieve their large-scale change, innovation, growth and strategies, and he teaches over 25,000 professionals every year in conferences and professional seminars. He has worked with Royal Dutch Shell, World Bank, the Peace Corps, and many other organizations. Seth brings to Visionary Leadership Academy his breadth of experience in business as well his eclectic life experiences that help bring a surprising twist to the course work you’ll be doing.

How to participate in Visionary Leadership Academy

Entrance to the academy is by application. Seth hand-selects participants based on specific leadership criteria. If you want to stay in touch about future Visionary Leadership® Academies and other updates, CLICK HERE.

CAE ProviderVisionary Leadership is a CAE Approved Provider.  This program meets the requirements for fulfilling the professional development requirements to earn or maintain the Certified Association Executive credential.  Every program that we offer which qualifies for CAE credit will clearly identify the number of CAE credits granted for full participation, and we will maintain records of your participation in accord with CAE policies.  For more information about the CAE credential or Approved Provider program, please visit

As a CAE Approved Provider educational program related to the CAE exam content outline, this program may be applied for [33] credits toward your CAE application or renewal professional development requirements.