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.


Thank you - Annual Holiday Celebration!!

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


Thank you to all who were able to join us for our holiday celebration!
Be sure to check out our Facebook and Instagram pages for pictures of our ESSAE members sharing in some holiday cheer.  Do you have pictures to share? Be sure to tag us using the hashtag #ESSAEHolidays and our handle @EmpireStateSAE.



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!  

Annual Meeting & 2023 Board Slate


The Annual Membership Meeting offers ESSAE members, colleagues, and industry partners around the state the opportunity to acknowledge the great work accomplished by our 2022 volunteer leadership, install the 2023 Board of Directors, highlight the Society's accomplishments, and hear more about future initiatives. 

This year’s annual membership meeting will be digital and broadcast starting at 12:30 PM on Wednesday, February 8, 2023! Attendance will be complimentary and advanced event registration is encouraged. For more information on the 2023 slate and event details, please visit here.