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.

We are excited to introduce a new three-part national cohort series by The Alliance Learning Collective!

Throughout three highly interactive discussions, we will discuss, explore, and experiment with dozens of methods for gently nudging members through the three stages of engagement. We will look at every nook and cranny of member engagement, including (but not limited to) messaging, online communities, on-boarding, networking, learning, conferences, chapters, benefits, volunteerism, and value. We will attempt to stand in the shoes (hopefully new shoes) of our new members, long-time members, and mid-career members. Some discussions are likely to center on high-tech strategies, while others will reveal simple, low-budget, no-tech options.

While the conversations will be wide-ranging, the goal is simple - to figure out how to engage and re-engage members in today's tricky environment.


Annual Holiday Celebration!!

Thursday, December 15, 2022
5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Renaissance Albany | 144 State Street | Albany, NY


Deck the halls! Join us for our winter soiree. Let the warmth of friendship take the chill from the air and the spirit of the season make winter easier to bear.  We hope you will join us for this annual event, where you can celebrate with peers, colleagues, clients, and friends!

Partnership Opportunities:This highly anticipated event offers a great marketing opportunity for business partners to earn recognition for their support of ESSAE and the association community. Sponsorships are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Don’t see something that fits within your budget? Contact us to customize your partnership!


New: ESSAE Knowledge Hub

The ESSAE Knowledge Hub is an entirely FREE library of downloadable educational content ranging from association management white papers, topic-specific webinars, industry product guides, industry analysis and much more.

Check it out today!


ESSAE Annual Awards - Nominate Your Peers!

ESSAE members continue to greet change and challenges with determination and innovation.   Individuals and organizations are working harder and smarter, turning turbulent times into triumphs, and bringing more value to their members and stakeholders.
In March 2023, we will come together to celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of associations and industry professionals in the areas of leadership and professionalism, creating a competitive workforce, preparing associations for the future, and driving innovation.
The Annual Awards program provides our members with the opportunity to highlight and celebrate our community and the invaluable work and contributions of associations and industry partners around the state.
The ESSAE Awards Committee is now accepting nominations for all categories!  This is your chance to showcase the work that you, your colleagues, and/or your business have accomplished in the past year to take your organization’s mission and vision farther, exceed expectations, and make an impact in the community you serve.
Let us celebrate YOUR achievements!  

Harvest Highlight 2022 - Thank you!!

Harvest Thank You

Thank you Harvest sponsors