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The ALA was initiated by ESSAE in 2004 to further the professional education of current and emerging association executives. The Academy is unlike any other professional development program offered in New York State. The courses are specifically targeted to address the unique business challenges faced by association executives. 

Between 2005 and 2019, ESSAE graduated nearly 200 students from its Academies (Level I, Level II, and Master's). These graduates have helped their associations meet society's changing and growing needs by bringing the highest level of professionalism to their association work. They have proven that education specifically designed for association professionals is vital to succession planning, helping to ensure that new executives are prepared, innovative, and forward-thinking as they seek opportunities to better serve their constituents. 

The Association Leadership Academy offers a unique learning experience over a series of monthly educational forums led by accomplished association and corporate leaders. Participants will emerge with the knowledge and critical decision-making ability on timely and significant topics relevant to association management.

The Association Leadership Academy is open to all ESSAE members and non-members. The program is available at two levels: ALA Level 1, which typically includes up to eight courses, and ALA Master's, which includes up to five courses. 

We invite association executives, senior association staff, support staff with management potential or interest in studying association management, and current and aspiring Certified Association Executives (CAEs) to enroll in the program.

Topics may include:

  • Effective Association Management Practices
  • Creating Community Through Membership
  • Communications and Marketing
  • Advocacy, Politics, and Grassroots Campaigns
  • Human Resources Management
  • Strategic Planning and Innovation
  • Development of a Personal Leadership Journey
  • Technology's Impact on Associations
  • Association Foresight
  • Member Engagement
  • Associations and the Law
  • Expecting the Unexpected
  • and more!

To learn more, please contact Vanessa at [email protected].

ALA Committee

Chair: Mark Nelson, Ph.D., CAE, Executive Director, MAC
Georgi Ann Bailey, CAE, Executive Director, AIA New York State Inc.
Jeremy Johannesen, CAE, Executive Director, New York Library Association
Jennifer Martin, MBA, CAE, Executive Director, NYS School Nutrition Association
Jeanine Santelli, PhD, RN, AGPCNP-BC, FAAN, Executive Director, ANA-NY
George Swain, M. Ed., CAE, Director for Evaluation and Professional Learning, NYS Association of Independent Schools
ALA Advisor: Barbara Bradley, CAE

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