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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:

2019 CEO Summit
May 5 – 8, 2019
Nashville, TN

Registration is now open for VisionServe Alliance’s 4th Annual CEO Summit, “Growing Impact,” where you’ll gain invaluable strategies to grow your organization’s impact locally and nationally.

Attendance is open to CEOs and Executive Directors of VisionServe Alliance member organizations. Make your plans now to join us for this exciting event.

Click HERE to read the draft agenda. Registration is now closed.

Our venue is the award-winning Cambria Hotel in the heart of Downtown Nashville steps away from popular attractions on Broadway.

Our hotel group rooming block is unfortunately now full.  Contact our office for overflow hotel possibilities.

Hotel information:

Cambria Nashville Downtown
118 8th Ave South
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 515-5800

Please email us for more information at

Many thanks to our Sponsors and Donors to the 4th Annual CEO Summit:

American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)
Blinded Veterans Association (BVA)
Lewis Direct
Lighthouse Guild
National Industries for the Blind (NIB)
Robert Brinckerhoff
San Antonio Lighthouse
US Trust
Wayfinder Family Services

Atlanta midtown2019 Executive Leadership Conference
November 3 – 6, 2019
Atlanta, GA

Hotel Information:

The Georgian Terrace
659 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 897-1991

The group booking link and registration will open in July 2019.  Please check back or email us for more information at