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Welcome to our Conference page.  VisionServe Alliance currently offers its members two annual conferences – the CEO Summit in the spring, and the Executive Leadership Conference in the fall.

Why come to a VisionServe Alliance conference?  Here are some reasons from previous attendees:

“Attending VisionServe Alliance conferences are so valuable.  It’s like walking into a library or an experimental lab because all these agencies are doing something different.  So you have a chance to find out what’s going right, and what’s going wrong…It’s invaluable.  There couldn’t be a better place.” – Dan Mann, President Emeritus of Lighthouse of Pinellas

“VisionServe Alliance conferences have meant so much to me because I came in from outside the vision field and having this group of colleagues that I can learn from has been important to me being a good CEO of my organization.  That’s why I love it!” – Erika Petach, President of Blind & Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh

“Attending VisionServe Alliance conferences are the best, most efficient and effective way of developing my professional network of people in the business of helping people with vision loss that I have found in the seven years that I have worked in the industry.” – Dan Needham, CEO of the Earle Baum Center

“…A supreme network for executives working in the field of blindness.  From very small agencies to very large agencies…we all need to learn from one another to make sure that we’re always on the cutting edge of providing the best services for the people we serve.” – Mike McGowan, Executive Director of NOAH

“Coming to VisionServe’s conferences is like getting the shot of vitamins I need to go back home and keep running an operation.  I come here and learn ideas from other agencies that literally have helped me to get over hurdles at home that I would never have thought of.” – Douglas Fowler, Executive Director of Lighthouse of Southwest Florida

“VisionServe Alliance conferences provide me as the CEO of a guide dog organization the opportunity to interrelate with service providers in the blindness field from across the country and to really look at ways that we can work together.  It’s also the opportunity to keep current with issues that I may not normally deal with in the blindness field.” – Wells Jones, former CEO of Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind

“…the opportunity to ‘let your hair down’ and ask questions and interact with people who are going through the same thing that you’re going through.” – Steve Pouliot, Executive Director of Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Upcoming Conferences:

30th Annual Executive Leadership Conference – Portland, Oregon  October 28 – 31, 2018

Portland downtown and Mount Hood at sunset
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VisionServe Alliance invites you to join us in Portland, this October where we’ll explore “Soaring to New Leadership Heights” at VisionServe’s 30th Annual Executive Leadership Conference.  Join your peers for great educational sessions and exciting networking opportunities in the fabulous distinctive setting of Portland.

Portland conference logo with tagline, "Soaring to New Leadership Heights"

To access the Draft Agenda for the conference, CLICK HERE.

To Register and find more information, CLICK HERE.

Hotel information:

Embassy Suites by Hilton Portland Downtown
319 SW Pine Street
Portland, OR 97204

Book your room at the Embassy Suites HERE.  The conference rate is $205/nightNOTE: Rooms in our group block for Saturday, October 27th are nearly sold out! Please call Embassy Suites directly if you need to book a room including the Saturday night. Their direct reservations # is (503) 416-7209. 

Portland Conference Sponsors

2019 Conferences Locations Just Announced:

Nashville skyline at night
Nashville, TN May 5 – 8, 2019
Atlanta midtown
Atlanta, GA – Nov. 3 – 6, 2019