Interested in becoming a member of ESSAE? 

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Membership Application 


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ESSAE is a non-profit association that represents association professionals, those engaged in the management of voluntary trade and professional organizations. You could say we are the association for associations. We currently have  more than 450 members from around New York State. Our goal is to fortify the association profession, by providing quality education, leadership and professional development opportunities to association executives, association staff, meeting professionals, and our business partners. Our mission is to demonstrate and promote the many ways associations benefit society – every single day!

ESSAE has a proud legacy of over 35 years in service, having helped more than 50 professionals achieve the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation. In 2016, we reinvigorated our committee structure and now have 15 working volunteer committees!  2016 has been (and continues to be) a transformational time for ESSAE. We are growing membership, upgrading our technology and website, relocating offices, and designing new partnership opportunities…and the list goes on! It is an exciting time to part of the association.

One of the best things about ESSAE is that it networks you with key leaders of the association community. Providing you with the ability to share ideas with the executives of professional, trade and business associations, and benefit from contacts with the affiliate businesses serving the association community.

Other benefits of ESSAE include:

  • Bi-Monthly E-Newsletter
  • Educational Programs
  • Association Leadership Academy (begins September 2017)
  • Professional Resource Library
  • Peer Networking
  • Rita Lashway Foundation
  • ListServ
Association Member Benefits
Supplier Member Benefits 


We welcome the opportunity to speak with you about becoming a member of ESSAE.

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If you have questions, please contact our Membership, Marketing & Event Specialist, Rebecca Sheehan at