Association Member Benefits

Connect with  association professionals who truly understand your challenges and celebrate your successes. Your peers at ESSAE understand and are here with advice and camaraderie throughout your career. ESSAE is here to better strengthen those relationships through:

Peer to Peer Networking & Access: Enjoy the fellowship of your peers! Develop and strengthen your peer connections to help you advance your career and give back to your profession by meeting people who are new to the field.

Professional Development: Enjoy access to career-advancing educational opportunities such as Association Leadership Academy (ALA), Meetings, Membership & Marketing Institute, Harvest Highlight, Annual Conference and E-Learning, all affording you access to convenient and quality opportunities to learn, network, and participate on your schedule! 

Topics offered throughout the year lend advice to every level of expertise and job title. Seminars are offered several times a year which focus on timely issues and trends affecting associations and the daily work lives of the association executive. Check out our upcoming events! 

Membership Directory & Online Community Forum: Log in, update your profile, and locate peers in your profession with whom you can solve problems, discuss ideas, and capitalize on opportunities!

Advocacy: Our Advocacy efforts at the New York State Capitol continue to raise awareness of the importance and impact of associations to the vitality of New York State, as well as heighten awareness by elected officials that ESSAE is the “go-to” source on matters relating to associations.

E-Newsletter: ESSAE's bi-monthly e-newsletter provides program information, news and articles on association management issues and legislative and policy updates, along with current calendar items, hot deals and links to open event registrations.

Involvement: ESSAE is committed to providing our members with ongoing opportunities to meet new people, develop professional skills and make game-changing contributions to the association management profession. We have a variety of opportunities to get involved with ESSAE. In addition to committee volunteer opportunities, you can also get involved through our speaking, partnership, and writing opportunities!

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2024 Annual Membership Costs (Associations):

Primary Member: $240 (Association) - First person to join from a non-profit, trade, professional, or business association (staff engaged in the management of associations); includes convention & visitor bureau (CVB) president/CEO/executive directors/staff.

Secondary Member: $150 (Association) - Second person from an entity that already has a primary member.

Additional Staff: $85 (Association) - All others from an entity that already has a primary or secondary member.

Affiliate Member: $135 - For those individuals not covered by Active or Associate Membership, with a special interest in association management, or individuals who spend less than 50% of their working time on association activities. (government officials, educators, students, etc.)