Association Leadership Academy

Association Leadership Academy to Return - September 2017

The Empire State Society of Association Executives will again offer its popular Association Leadership Academy (ALA) this fall, September 2017 through May 2018.

The ALA was initiated by ESSAE in 2004 to further the professional education of current and emerging association executives. The Academy is unlike any other professional development program offered in New York State. The courses are specifically targeted to address the unique business challenges faced by association executives.

Between 2005 and 2015, ESSAE graduated 150 students from its Academy. These graduates have helped their associations meet society's changing and growing needs by bringing the highest level of professionalism to their association work. They have proven that education specifically designed for association professionals is vital to succession planning, helping to ensure that new executives are prepared, innovative and forward thinking as they seek opportunities to better serve their constituents.

The ALA Committee is currently hard at work to bring together industry leaders to share their knowledge during these focused educational sessions. More details will be released soon.

ESSAE encourages you to join the ranks of ALA graduates and chart your course for your future! To learn more, please contact Vanessa at

2017 ALA Committee

Chair: Rita Lashway, CAE
Co-Chair: Barbara Bradley, CAE, Deputy Director-Online Communications & Project Planning, NYS School Boards Association

Thomas Cote, CAE, MBA, Executive Director, Academy of Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition | Vice President of Strategic Development, Capitol Hill Management Services
Kristen Myers, CAE, Vice President of Member Services, LeadingAge NY
Kathleen Van De Loo, President, Association Development Group, Inc.

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The Academy is growing to meet the needs of ESSAE’s membership, and we are proud to offer this accelerated learning program at two levels:

Academy Level I Next Enrollment- Fall 2017

Association Leadership Certificate Program