2017 Programs

Harvest Highlight
Thursday, November 9, 2017
Radisson Hotel Albany
Full Day 3 Points

Opening Keynote 
Eve Waltermaurer, Ph.D.

General Sessions

  • Are You Ready? NYS Paid Family Leave
    Speaker: Kristen Smith, Bond Schoeneck & King, PLLC

  • Managing Disruption and Threats to the Contracted Room Block
    Speaker: Alisa Peters, CMP, CMM Senior Global Account Manager for Experient

  • A Simple Approach to Meet Your Critical Goals
    Speaker: Cameron Erickson, Principle, Camelot Solutions, Inc. 

  • Everything You Should Know About Pricing in Your Association
    Speaker: Kevin Whorton, President, Whorton Marketing & Research

  • Leveraging Component Organizations for Success: Affiliates, Chapters, Districts, Regions & Local
    Speaker: Brian Buff, Vice President, Association Management Operations, Capitol Hill Management Services, Inc. 

CEO Symposium
Sunday & Monday, September 10 & 11, 2017
Carey Institute for Global Good
Full Day 6 Points

General Sessions

  • Dinosaurs & Disruptors: Leadership Lessons for an Adaptive Association
    Speaker: David Gammel, CAE, Executive Director, Entomological Society of America

  • Trends in Association Governance
    Speaker: Donna Dunn, CAE, Senior Consultant, Tecker International, LLC. 

  • Documenting the Employee Relationship & Overview of New York Paid Family Leave
    Speaker: Robert F. Manfredo, Associate, Bond Schoeneck & King, PLLC. 

  • The Mindful Leader
    Speaker: Corey Jamison, Corey Jamison,Consulting, LLC 

38th Annual Conference & Trade Show
Thursday, June 1, 2017

Albany Capital Center - Albany, NY 
Full Day 4 Points

How will technology impact your association and/or business?
James Spellos, President
Meeting U.

General Sessions

  • Creating a Culture of Flexibility: Attracting Millennials
    Speaker: Evelyn Neale, President Successful Change

  • Event Planning Mistakes That Will Destroy Your Budget
    Speaker:  Megan Higgins, CMP, HMCC, Independent Planner & Event Marketing Consultant

  • Protecting Your Exempt Status in Changing Times
    Speaker: Thomas Simcoe, Esq. Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC

  • Advocacy: Tools and Tips that Fit Your Association 
    Speakers: Michael J. Borges, Executive Director, New York State Association of School Business Officials
    John T. Evers, PhD, Director of Government Affairs, The Business Council of NYS

  • 10 Commandments of AMS Transitions
    Speaker: Teri Carden, Founder ReviewMyAMS

  • Events Maximized: How to Utilize Tourism Agencies in Event Planning
    Speakers: Ross Levi, Vice President, Marketing Initiatives, Empire State Development (I LOVE NY) 
    Jill Delaney, President and CEO, NYS Tourism Industry Association

  • Please Don't Make Me Do This!
    Speaker: James Spellos, President Meeting U.

  • Building a More Strategic Board through Trends Awareness
    Speaker: Sue Pine, CAE, VP of Professional Development at AH AMC, National Accounts at Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau
    Senior Director, NAPO (National Association of Professional Organizers)  

  • Employee “Engagement” – Court them and they’ll never leave\
    Speaker: Whitney W. Merrill, Partner, Retirement Planning Specialist, Angelo Planning Group, LLC

Meetings Membership & Marketing Institute
Friday, April 7, 2017

Saratoga Hilton - Saratoga, NY 
Full Day 4 Points

Opening Keynote:
Networking Evolution: Building Stronger Relationships

Speaker: Lowell Aplebaum, CAE, CEO, Next Connextion

General Sessions:

  • Building a Membership Valuation Program
    Speaker: Garry Polmateer, Managing Partner, Red Argyle

  • Planners & Suppliers: A Successful Partnership 
    Speaker: Mame Noonan, CMP, Global Account Executive, Conference Direct

  • Media Relations Beyond Press Releases
    Speaker: Alison Krawczyk, Director of Public Relations, Overit

  • Member Retention: Creating the Member Experience 
    Speaker: Lowell Aplebaum, CAE, CEO, Next Connextion

  • How to Uncover and Facilitate Learning & Connections that Meeting Attendees Actually Want and Need
    Speaker: Adrian Segar, Founder, Conferences That Work

  • Social Media Ethics: #BlurredLines
    Speaker: Carla Schlist, Director of Business Development, American Institute of Architects New York State

2016 Programs

Friday, April 1 2016
Meetings Membership & Marketing Institute
Albany Marriott – Albany, NY
Full Day 3 Points – each session 1 Point

-Innovations & New Model Thinking for Association Membership
by Greg Melia, CAE , Chief Member Relations & Strategy Development Officer ASAE

Getting the Most Out of Linkedin
by Gina Mintzer, CMP,MHA. Director of Sales, Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Revenue Reach for Conferences & Events
by Brigitte Connors, CEO, Meetings Industry Experts Inc.

Strategically Speaking:How to Grow (and Measure) Your Association in a Digital World!
by Dan Dinsmore, President of Overit & Tim Jensin , Digital Strategist of Overit

Why Should I Join When I Just Want to Chill? The Search & Capture of the Millennial Member
by Michael J Mendrick, Executive Director, Professional Ski Instructors of America

Fix it of Flee it? Proven approaches for dealing with failing, flagging & floundering association programs
by Gred Melia, CAE, Chief Member Relations & Strategy Development Officer, ASAE

2016 ESSAE Annual Conference & Exposition 
Thursday, June 2, 2016

Saratoga Hilton Hotel & Saratoga City Center – Saratoga, NY
Full Day 4 Points – each session 1 Point

-Communicating Membership Value Using Paid Online Advertising
by Christopher Quereau, Vibrant Creative

-Panel Discussion:Creating Member Value Using Technology
Moderated by John Nicoletta, (C) Systems Global
Panelists Include : Melanie Seiden, Membership Services Associate, NYS Council of School Superintendents
Michael Borges, Executive Director, NYS Association of School Business Officials
Harrison Breuer, Member Outreach Coordinator, Firemans Association of the State of NY

--The Evolving Role of the Association Planner
by Jessica L. Levin, MBA, CMP, CAE – Seven Degrees Communications, LLC

–Crises Communications
by Andrew Mangini, Gramercy Communications

-How Do Associations Attract Younger Members?
by Amanda Kaiser, Kaiser Insights, LLC

–Looking to the Past to Secure a Successful Future for Your Association:Building a Legacy Program as a Path to Growth
by Brian Buff, Capitol Hill Management

-Event Tech for Associations
by Jessica Levin, MBA,CMP,CAE- Seven Degrees Communications, LLC

-What You Need To Know About Member Surveys
by Amanda Kaiser, Kaiser Insights, LLC

-Keynote Speaker: Paul L. Marciano, Ph.D.
Author: “Carrots and Sticks Don’t Work

CEO Symposium
September 19 & 20, 2016

The Otesaga Resort - Cooperstown, NY
Full day 4 Points  - Each Session 2 points

-Department of Labor Overtime Rule & Your Association - A Panel Discussion
Michael Milazzo, Assistant Director, Wage & Hour Division - U.S. Department of Labor
Shequeila Birdsong, Community Outreach & Resource Planning Specialist - U.S. Department of Labor
Michael Billiok, CIPP/US, Member - Bond Schoeneck & King PLLC
Joanmarie M. Dowling, Esq., Member - Dowling Law, PLLC

-Build a Culture of Collaboration That Drives Results: Employee Recruitment, Retention and Conflict Resolution Best Practices By Debra Best, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Owner - Deb Best Practices, NYS, WBE

Risk Management 
Thursday, November 10, 2016
The DoubleTree by Hilton Schenectady - Schenectady, NY 

Full day 3 points

Financial Management, Employment Claims, and Other Risks: Are we covered for that? by Robert Skelton, CAE, Chief Administrative Officer, American Society of Association Executives (ASAE)

Active Shooter and Implementing an Emergency Plan for Your Function
by Jerry Deluca, Executive Director, NYS Fire Chiefs Association

Facilitating the Effecitve Use of Social Media While Limiting Legal Liability
by John Bagyi, Bond Schoeneck & King, PLLC

Best Practices for Board of Directors and Audit Committees
by Kevin Testo, Bonadio Group

You’ve Been Hacked – Now What?
by Reg Harnish, CEO, GreyCastle Security

Disaster & Emergency Planning – A Panel Discussion 
 by Megan Barkevich, Director of Special Events, Total Events (Invited)
Michael Bonawandt, General Manager, Danford’s Hotel & Marina
Brigitte Connors,  Founder & CEO, Meeting Industry Experts, Inc.
Todd Garofano, President, Saratoga Convention & Tourism Bureau
Darryl Leggieri, Director of Sales & Marketing, Saratoga Hilton (Moderator)

2015 Programs

April 1 -2, 2015, Wednesday- Thursday
Meetings, Membership & Marketing Institute
Fort William Henry, Lake George, NY
Full day 3 Points – each session 1 Point

-Go Digital And Reduce Your Carbon Footprint by Megan Higgins CMP
Capture, Connect & Communicate with Content Marketing
by Jessica Levin, MBA, CMP, CAE, Seven Degrees Communications LLC.

-Dollar for Dollar: Demonstrating Real Value To Retain Members and Motivate Staff
by Ellen d. Melchionni, CAE, President of the New York Insurance Association (NYIA) & Kelly Norris, CAE, Executive Director of PIA – Professional Insurance Agents Associations of Connecticut, New Hampshire, New Jersey and New York State.

-Amplify Event Promotion With Marketing Automation
by Terry Nawrot, COO of informz & Vivian Swertinski, Senior Digital Strategist for informz

-Communication Meets Technology
by Jessica Levin, MBA, CMP, CAE, Seven Degrees Communications LLC.

-Volunteer Victories: How to Recruit, Retain and Maintain Volunteers
by Holly Duckworth, CAE, CMP, President and Chief Connections Officer of Leadership Solutions Internationa

June 2nd, 2015
2015 Annual Conference & Exposition
Saratoga Hilton & Saratoga Springs City Center
Full Day 5 Points- Each session 1 Point

-The Future of Work: 6 Radical Changes Disrupting The Next Decade
by Jeff Hurt

-Behind The Scenes – Hotel Ops Part 1
Expert Panel: Connie Slocum, Director of Catering, The Desmond Hotel & Conference Center, Albany; Susanne Simpson, General Manager, Pavilion Grand Hotel, Saratoga Springs, Tom Wysocki, Director of Sales & Marketing, Fort William Henry Resort, Lake George.

-Advancing Association Meeting By Exploiting The Learning Brain by Aaron Wolowiec
10:15-11:15 am

-Demonstrating Value to The Choosiest of Members
by Kim Harwood & Aaron Wolowiec

-Behind The Scenes – Hotel Ops Part 2

-Managing Long-term Investment Assets in a Not-for-Profit Environment
by Kennneth J. Entenmann, CFA, NBT

-A Day in The Life of An Association Nerd
by Beth Ziesenis

-Luncheon Keynote- Revolutionizing The Annual Conference: Six Steps to Higher Revenues & Attendance
by Jeff Hurt, Velvet Chainsaw Consulting

Thurs & Fri, September 17-18, 2015
ESSAE Leadership On The Lake
High Peaks Resort, Lake Placid, NY
Full Day - 4.5 points

The Changing Conference Experience
by Kathy Gormley, CMP, Director of Education Planning & Development and Tedi DeMartino, Manager of Conference Education, LeadingAge NY- 1.5 Points

Leadership Symposium for CEO’s & Volunteer Board Members
by Bob Harris, CAE- 3 Points

Friday, November 6, 2015
Autumn Idea Market & Harvest Luncheon
Hilton Garden Inn Troy, NY
Sessions- 3 Points

-Opening Session- Pulling Back the Curtain: Looking at the Sometimes Surprising Attitudes and Opinions of the Public
by Don Levy, Director, Siena College Research Institute (SRI).

- A Recipe for Success: Advocacy, Public Affairs and the Integrated Campaign 
by Josh Poupore, Senior Vice President, Corning Place Communications & James Carr, Governmental Analyst, Himan Straub Advisors

The Mission in the Message: The Secret to Effective Association Marketing and Communications
by Holly Cargill-Cramer, Senior Team Leader, Association Development Group, Inc.

- Unleashing the Potential of Your Biggest Resource— Your Employees 
by Scott Corbett & Julie Ross, Corbett & Ross

Build Your Marketing Toolkit: Events & Registration
by Erik Bunaes ,President, Endorphin Advisors.

Posts With the Most: Maximizing Your Impact on Social Media 
by Holly Cargill-Cramer, Senior Team Leader, Association Development Group, Inc.

- Association Health Plans in the Age of the Affordable Care Act 
by Amelia M. (“Amy”) Klein, Member Business, Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC.

2014 Programs

February 26th, 2014
CEO Forum: CEO Contracts – From Terms to Termination
Fort Orange Club, Albany, NY
1.5 Points

Thursday- Friday, April 3 -4th, 2014
Meetings, Membership & Marketing Institute
Holiday Inn Resort, Lake George, NY
3 Points

May 15th, 2014
2014 Annual Conference & Exposition
Saratoga Hilton & Saratoga Springs City Center
5 Points

June 23rd, 2014
Forum: James Sheehan, Chief of the Attorney General’s Charities Bureau
Hampton Inn & Suites Albany Downtown, Albany, NY
1.5 Points

September 25-26, 2014
Wellness & Leadership Retreat
Villa Roma Resort, Callicoon, NY
1.25 points

October 30, 2014
Autumn Idea Market
Hilton Garden Inn Troy, NY
3 points

2013 Programs

March 19th, 2013
Annual Meetings Institute
Hilton Garden Inn Troy and The Rensselaer Banquet Facility, Troy, NY
3 Points

April 4th, 2013
Technology Forum: Review of Upcoming Technologies & Disruptors
ESSAE’s Office, Troy, NY
2 Points

April 18th, 2013
Young Association Professionals Forum: Breakfast With the Stars
ESSAE Offices, Troy, NY 12180
1.5 Points

Thursday, May 30th, 2013
2013 Annual Conference & Exposition
Saratoga Hilton & Saratoga Springs City Center
4 Points

September 11-12th, 2013
Wellness & Leadership Retreat: Friday Session
The Sagamore Resort, Bolton Landing, NY
3 Points

November 1st, 2013
2013 Autumn Idea Market & Advocacy Institute
Holiday Inn Wolf Road, Albany, NY
3 Points

December 10th, 2013
CEO Forum: Small Association Survival
Fort Orange Club, Albany, NY
1.5 Points

2012 Programs

January 20, 2012
CEO Forum: NYS Non Profit Revitalization
Address by Attorney General’s Charities Bureau Chief Jason Lilien
Hampton Inn & Suites Albany Downtown
1.5 Points

March 21st, 2012
Joint Meetings Institute
Hilton Garden Inn Albany Medical Center, Albany, NY
2 Points

April 24th, 2012
Retention Wars: The New Rules of Engagement
Holiday Inn Wolf Road, Albany, NY
3 Points

May 31st, 2012
Annual Conference & Exposition
The Saratoga Hilton & Saratoga Springs City Center
4 Points

September 27th-28th, 2012
Association Wellness & Leadership Retreat
Turning Stone Resort & Casino
Leadership Symposium presented by Bob Harris, CAE- 7.5
Why Can’t We All Just Get Along? by Elizabeth Sears, Ph.D.- 3 Points

October 19th, 2012
ALA II Series – Session 1 Sharing Fire: the Power of Personal Encouragement Philanthropy
ESSAE Offices
3 Points

October 26th, 2012
9th Annual Autumn Idea Market
Hilton Garden Inn Troy, Troy, NY
3.5 Points

November 9th, 2012
ALA II Series – Session 2 Strategic Management for Association Executives
ESSAE Offices
3 Points

November 14th, 2012
Innovation Forum: How to Build or Transition Toward a Remote Workforce
The Comedy Works, Albany, NY
2 Points

December 6th, 2012
CEO Forum: Troubleshooting Bad Board Behavior
Fort Orange Club, Albany, NY
2 Points

2011 Programs

March 8, 2011
Meetings Institute
Albany Marriott, Albany, NY
3 points

April 15, 2011
Moving Beyond Satisfied Members to Loyal Members
Hyatt Place Saratoga/Malta, Malta, NY
1.5 points

May 9-10, 2011
Leadership Symposium with Bob Harris, CAE
Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz, NY
5 points

June 2, 2011
Annual Conference & Exposition
The Saratoga Hilton & Saratoga Springs City Center
4 points

October 7, 2011
Autumn Idea Market
The Hilton Garden Inn Albany Medical Center
Each session-1 point each
All three sessions- 3 Points

November 2, 2011
The End of Membership As We Know It
The Crowne Plaza Albany, NY
2 points