Annual Conference

Annual Conference & Trade Show - #ESSAEAnnual

Date: Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Hours: 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Specific event times are still being determined. General conference hours are provide here and will be updated as we finalize event details. 

Location: Albany Capital Center at 55 Eagle St, Albany, NY 12207


We recognize that group events are essential for our members' business. Through thoughtful conversation, the ESSAE Trade Show Committee and the Board of Directors have agreed that this year's Annual Conference and Trade Show will be held on Tuesday, September 14, 2021. Please stay tuned as we work to re-imagine this annual program! 

To our valued vendors: your support is more important than ever, as nonprofits from around the state need creative partners to help them through these challenging times. 

We at ESSAE hold our members' health and well-being as a top priority, and we understand the financial challenges that many of us are facing this year. Our top priority is to support you in staying connected and provide practical resources that will help you and your business thrive, even in the face of adversity.  There are new challenges we all must face — health, safety and overall well-being — but we are confident that our members and vendor partners will successfully confront these challenges and remain connected through ESSAE. Thank you for your flexibility and support, and we will keep our members apprised of new programming changes as we navigate this new business environment together.


The ESSAE Annual Conference is the premier event in upstate New York for association and meeting professionals. The annual event centers around professional development, networking, and discovering new products and services. It is the place you want to be to interact with key decision makers in the association and meetings industries. Educational sessions throughout the day (CAE/CMP Points!) offer modern and timely information to help you stay ahead in the ever-changing world of association and meeting management. Come prepared to learn and enjoy networking & community with fellow association executives, meeting professionals, and industry partners.

We will have an in-person conference on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at the Albany Capital Center. There will be designated hours for education, networking, and the trade show. We also plan to host an online component for our virtual vendors. Our in-person trade show floor map will be based on the most recent NYS guidance for in-person events and CDC safety protocols.