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.


As the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation progresses, the ESSAE staff has moved to a remote setting. We are still available for you! You can reach us at the following numbers and of course, you can always email us! 

Vanessa LaClair, CAE, CMP, Executive Director
Direct Line (518) 313-7167
Email: [email protected]

Amy Colvin, Membership & Event Coordinator
Direct Line (518) 313-7155 
Email: [email protected] 

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

As leaders in the association space, ESSAE will continue to work with our volunteer teams to find creative solutions to bring you continued valuable programming and member benefits. As the COVID-19 situation continues to unfold, ESSAE will be in the forefront, providing you with the professional guidance necessary to manage your association during this time. Please be sure to familiarize yourself with ESSAE’s COVID-19 RESOURCE PAGE and contact us with any questions you may have. We will continue to update you on all programming decisions. Thank you for your flexibility and support.


ESSAE Events
Part 3 Virtual Mini-Series
Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Annual Conference & Trade Show
Saratoga Springs, NY