"Learnapalooza was just that – an amazing amount of valuable content delivered in a relatively short amount of time. I walked away with some big-picture strategies as well as solutions to some of my immediate issues. Throw on top of that relevant (and nice!) vendors and a posse of professional development peeps and you got a bonanza of learning and networking. See you next year!"
– Libby Bingham, Director of Education and Mentoring Programs, American Inns of Court
"How unique and helpful it has been to share learning with people in similar situations – association professionals providing education. The sessions were relevant to my current situation as well as provided fodder for innovation and growth for my organization’s processes and education offerings. I’m energized from the outstanding networking, content and speakers! Association Trends Learnapalooza 2017 has been incredible. Kudos."
- Sara Stuever, Oncology Nursing Society
"I am an expert from my industry (fleet management) wanting to improve my knowledge in the association education field. This conference hit on many of the topics that my association is thinking about right now from rationalizing pricing of education offerings to selecting an LMS. Overall, it was well executed and the content was strong."
– Katherine Vigneau, NAFA
"Learnapalooza was fun! It was also exactly what I needed at this juncture in our association's education planning and in my professional development. I can't imagine a better place (or any place) where education directors and program/content developers can gather and share their best ideas and successful programs, and hear from experts in the industry about new methods and resources."
– Chris Shank, Painting Contractors Association

2018 Learnapalooza Call for Proposals!

October 16-18, 2018 | Washington, DC

Session proposals due by April 13th 2018!

Event Details:

A three-day conference/summit in Washington, DC, designed specifically for association and nonprofit education/training staff. The summit will be comprised of 11 expert-led hour-long sessions related to all aspects of member-focused education programs (both online and in person education). Attendees will learn how to plan, design, and evaluate high-value learning events to help with membership recruiting and retention. Attendees will have access to high level networking, expert-led sessions, and a large number of continuing education credits. Attendees will learn about best practices and effective strategies for revolutionizing their organization’s education program to provide high quality education that engages members and increases revenue. The association industry is a very close-knit group of people, who love to collaborate, share knowledge, and network. This event will be a convenient way to do all of those things, while receiving training at the same time.


We are expecting about 100+ mid-upper level learning and education professionals from associations and nonprofits. Job titles being targeted for attendance include:

  • Chief Learning Officers
  • Executive Directors and CEOs
  • Education Program Managers
  • Instructional Designers
  • Credentialing Program Directors
  • Training and Content Developers
  • LMS Coordinators
  • Marketing Staff
  • Membership Staff

Session Format:

Learnapalooza will include 11 different hour long sessions happening over the course of two full days. The event is entirely single tracked, so there will not be any concurrent sessions. Each session will be presented by 1-3 speakers giving a PPT presentation (other formats may be okay with advance approval) at a podium, panel table, or by standing in front of the audience. Please note there is a strong likelihood that all of the event sessions will be recorded and distributed later on. A couple of panel sessions are okay, although regular training oriented sessions are preferred.

Guidelines to Submit a Proposal:

  1. Please review the type of attendees that will be present at the event.
  2. Indicate the type of session you wish to present (panel, PPT presentation, Group Activity, etc)
  3. List the proposed title of your session and provide a short paragraph about what content will be provided to attendees and why they need to know about it
  4. List 4-6 specific learning objectives for your session
  5. List all the proposed session speakers, including their full names, titles, organization, bio, photo, and email.
  6. Indicate whether you will be providing attendees with a printed handout, and if so, what type.
  7. Include any relevant/helpful materials from previous presentations (optional).
  8. Send to Linnae O'Flahavan (loflahavan@columbiabooks.com) by April 13th. You will hear if your session was approved or not by May 4th.
Learnapalooza Details:
October 16-18, 2018
National Housing Center,
1201 15th St NW,
Washington, DC 20005
Up to 14 CAE credits
Who Should Attend:
  • Chief Learning Officers
  • Executive Directors and CEOs
  • Education Program Managers
  • Instructional Designers
  • Credentialing Program Directors
  • Training and Content Developers
  • LMS Coordinators
  • Marketing Staff
  • Membership Staff
What's Included:
  • 2 Days of Interactive Training Plus Bootcamps
  • Networking events, Breakfasts & Lunches
  • Opportunity to test various LMSs and other learning tools

Selection Criteria:

We are looking for a wide range of learning and education professionals. A draft agenda can be found on the agenda page. These areas are subject to change.

Sessions must be appropriate and interesting for learning and education staff and they must be as nonprofit specific as possible. Speakers should have experience presenting at other events. For any sessions presented by vendors/consultants, we strongly encourage a nonprofit executive co-speaker to be included as a case study. Sessions that provide concrete take-aways, real case studies, best practices, how-to info, and other actionable items are preferred.

Contact Info:

Please email proposals or any questions to Linnae O'Flahavan (loflahavan@columbiabooks.com) by April 13th. Session selections will be given by May 4th.

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Association TRENDS is a CAE Approved Provider. Our programs meet the requirements for fulfilling the professional development requirements to earn or maintain the Certified Association Executive credential. 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 www.whatiscae.org

Cancellation Policy: If you are not able to attend for any reason, please notify us as soon as possible. Conference cancellations received 10 business days prior to the event are fully refundable. All other cancellations are non-refundable. No shows will be subject to a $100 fee.