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. 

Association Leadership Academy: Master's Level. Deadline to Register has been extended to Friday, November 2! The ALA Master’s Level offers a unique, executive-level learning experience over a series of five monthly educational sessions led by accomplished association and corporate leaders. Each three-hour session will include a lecture and interactive discussion and/or exercises to promote strategic thinking, engagement and peer collaboration. Participants will emerge with enhanced knowledge and critical decision-making ability on timely and significant topics relevant to association management. ALA Master's Level has been designed specifically for ALA alumni, executive and senior-level professionals from all association practice areas, as well as industry partners. Registration is NOW OPEN!

Call for Auction Items: The Holiday Party features a silent auction that will raise funds this year for The Alzheimers Association of Northeastern New York and the Rita Lashway Scholarship. Through your generosity, ESSAE has been able to make a huge impact on the local community throughout the years. Last year's auction raised $3,200 for both Capitol Roots and the Rita Lashway Scholarship bringing ESSAE’s total donated dollars, since 1993 to over $166,000. This is your chance to be creative! The holiday auction affords you the perfect opportunity to showcase your brand, services, venue and destination! We hope you will consider taking part in this special holiday experience that helps us support our association professionals. Click here to donate!

Nominate & Celebrate Your Peers: Has your association elevated to the next level in 2018? Did your team pull off a spectacular event on a tight budget? Are you the next great association executive? ESSAE knows our members invest a great deal of time, effort and talent into the programs and services they provide to their members.Consider what innovative & creative accomplishments you have achieved (or will achieve) in 2018. From advocacy efforts, to marketing & engagement, to technology advancements and innovation, to meetings & events, and all the things in between - we want to highlight the amazing things our members accomplish. To nominate your association or one of your peers, click here! 

ESSAE Events
ALA Master's Level
NYS School Boards Association

Holiday Party
December 13, 2018
DoubleTree by Hilton Schenectady
Call for Silent Auction Items!

Annual Membership Meeting & Awards Banquet
February 7, 2019
Albany Marriott
Call for Peer & Industry Nominations!

Annual Conference & Trade Show
June 6, 2019
Albany Capital Center