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.

Cyber-Security Awareness Month!

Cybersecurity Awareness Month was launched by the National Cyber Security Alliance and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in October 2004 as a broad effort to help all Americans stay safer and more secure online. With this in mind, ESSAE has partnered with TAG Solutions to bring YOU a cyber-security-focused webinar - Detect, Dodge, and Defend - on Thursday, October 28 at 11:00 AM. This valuable webinar is FREE to ESSAE members! 

Are you worried about the current state of cybersecurity and the potential exposure you have as an organization? Are you committed to defending your organization against hackers? Building effective cybersecurity programs are a critical responsibility for most executives and IT professionals. However, without the proper tools, mistakes and omissions can become common when trying to build these programs. Most organizations think they’re protected because they have covered the basics, but unfortunately, the basics are not enough. The fact is, cybersecurity mistakes bring many issues relative to business downtime, and can be very costly. The average breach in 2020 cost organizations $100,000 to remediate. But there are ways to decrease the likelihood that you will become a target for a cyberattack. In the webinar you’ll learn:

  1. The most common types of cybersecurity attacks
  2. How to detect a potential attack and avoid it
  3. What you can do within your organization to protect again cyberattacks

To register, click here: Detect, Dodge, and Defend

Real-Time Compensation Benchmarking

Gain access to the only 24/7/365 online compensation benchmarking tool designed exclusively for executives of professional, trade, and service-centric associations/nonprofits. Data entry is free and information will remain anonymous.

We have temporarily suspended paid subscriptions so that all users will have free unlimited access to the platform through March 31, 2022. Those who have paid subscriptions through June 30, 2021, will be notified of our plan to increase participation and will have their subscriptions automatically extended through March 31, 2023, at no additional charge. Those who have started paid subscriptions since July 1 will have their subscriptions refunded. 

Rita Lashway Scholarship Program

Everyone benefits from advanced training and development opportunities. Yet not everyone works for an organization that can afford to fund certification opportunities for their staff. ESSAE recognized this need and established a scholarship program. The scholarship program is a restricted fund established to support leadership development and pursuit of the Certified Association Executive (CAE); Certified Meeting Professional (CMP), Certificate in Meeting Management (CMM), Certified Destination Management Executive (CDME) designations or participation in the Association Leadership Academy (ALA).

Association Conferences: We're Seeking Your Input!

Here at ESSAE, we've experienced a lot of change lately and we're sure your associations are going through the same thing! We'd like to take a quick pulse of when association annual conferences are being held in 2021-2022. If you have 2 minutes, please take this quick association survey!

ESSAE Events
Upcoming Event & Webinar Schedule

Incorporating Racial Equity, EDI, Climate Change, and More
Wednesday, October 27 @ 1:30 P Eastern

Detect, Dodge, and Defend: What You Need to Know About Cybersecurity
Thursday, October 28 @ 11:00 AM Eastern

Annual Holiday Celebration & Silent Auction
Hilton Garden Inn Troy
Thursday, December 16
**in-person event**