Welcome to ESSAE!

The Empire State Society of Association Executives (ESSAE) is a nonprofit professional organization for persons engaged in the management of voluntary trade and professional organizations. ESSAE provides quality educational, leadership, and professional development opportunities to association executives and supplier members, to encourage high professional standards in the management of associations. ESSAE membership comprises over 475 members statewide and is an approved provider of continuing education for those holding the CAE designation.

Annual Conference & Trade Show

After more than 15 months of waiting to come back together in person, we are excited to announce that ESSAE’s Annual Conference and Trade Show will be held on Tuesday, September 14, 2021, at the Albany Capital Center in Albany, New Yorkand in person!  We have officially sold out for in-person exhibit tables at this year's trade show. The GOOD NEWS is that we still have opportunities for you to get involved, showcase your brand/services, and be part of the annual conference! Learn More...

Key Support 2021

As leaders and partners in the association and meetings professions, you have an opportunity to show your philanthropic support of ESSAE and help grow the organization by being a Key Supporter. We are resolute in our efforts to improve the resources made available to our members. This is where Key Supporters come into play. Your organization's contribution will help ESSAE to better serve its members through expanded services, new programs, and professional development opportunities. 

Seeking Financial Support for Your Professional Development?

The Rita Lashway Scholarship Program was created to support the cultivation of the next generation of association industry leaders and as a source of financial support for ESSAE members pursuing industry designations. Visit our scholarship page for more information on donating and/or applying for financial assistance. 

ESSAE Events
Upcoming Event Schedule

Member Retention – A Fresh Look:
Association Executives can never be TOO good at Communication

Wednesday, July 21 @ 1:30 PM Eastern

Me, Myself & My Camera:
Implementing Video Production Solo

Monday, August 2 @ 1:30 PM Eastern

Adding Value with Valuable Learning
Leveraging Adult Learning Theory
Wednesday, August 25 @ 1:30 PM Eastern

Creative Improv for Member Retention and Board Development
Wednesday, September 8 @ 1:30 PM Eastern

Annual Conference & Trade Show
Thursday, September 14
Albany Capital Center

Holiday Celebration
Thursday, December 16