Annual Conference

Annual Conference & Trade Show

Thursday, May 26, 2022 | Saratoga Springs, NY
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Keynote Presentation

#OUTSPOKEN: Owning Your Mic Drop Moment

Do you wish you spoke up more during meetings, in boardrooms, at networking events or even in your annual review? Do you wish you had the courage to outwardly disagree with others? Do you dream about living an unapologetically authentic life? Do you want to feel seen and heard?
So many people leave jobs, relationships, business ventures, and conversations feeling that if they had offered feedback, shared their ideas or verbalized their value, they would have achieved more. The truth is… they’re right!

This keynote is designed to empower participants to get curious about what holds them back, learn how to build confidence in uncomfortable moments, create a culture of positive outspokenness, and understand the power of owning their story, their voice, and their opportunity to change the game
This life-changing keynote will inspire you to transform moments of discomfort into opportunities to create and totally OWN your mic drop moment.


Host of the women-inspired podcast, #DareToInterrupt
Meeting Professionals International Women's Advisory Board
Meetings Mean Business Ambassador

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Courtney Stanley is recognized globally as an award-winning changemaker, compelling keynote speaker, energetic event emcee and acclaimed creator of the women-inspired podcast, Dare to Interrupt. Through her leadership and use of voice, Courtney has earned seats on prestigious international boards of directors as the youngest member ever inducted. She has spent 10 years helping women, young professionals, entrepreneurs and organizations engage in game-changing, impactful conversations that empower individuals to tap into their true potential, improve team and culture dynamics, and drive meaningful change. Personally, she is most proud of her work to prevent sexual harassment and assault through the launch of an events-centered social movement, #MeetingsToo.

With a degree from Central Michigan University in experience design, leadership studies and business hospitality, Courtney helps people from all walks of life fiercely lean into the power of leading with empathy, build confidence and advocate for themselves and others, and seize “silver lining” opportunities to grow personally and professionally. Her mission to empower women and ambitious professionals through vulnerable, meaningful dialogue has resulted in changed behaviors and altered approaches to leadership on stages and in boardrooms throughout North America and internationally.

About #ESSAEAnnual

The ESSAE Annual Conference & Trade Show is the premier association management and meeting professionals conference and trade show in upstate New York. The annual one-day conference is about professional development, networking, and showcasing products and services. It is the place to interact with key decision-makers in the association and hospitality industries. There will be designated hours for education, networking, and the trade show. We will host an online component for our virtual vendors and our safety & health measure for an in-person trade show will be based on the most recent NYS guidance for in-person events and CDC safety protocols.

The annual conference celebrates the true partnership of our association colleagues, meeting professionals, and exhibiting partners all across New York State.

Even in our digitally connected world and workplace, nothing compares to the value that face-to-face meetings, events, and conferences provide. Trade Shows provide a unique opportunity to connect with attendees and provide them with an experience that resonates on a personal level.

Exhibitions foster business relationships and deliver unique value. No other face-to-face interaction comes close to the benefits of peer-to-peer learning, hallway conversations, networking, collaboration, and interaction with current and potential business partners. That is why YOU should mark your calendar and get ready to attend ESSAE Annual Conference & Trade Show!

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS - Thursday, May 26, 2022
*Subject to change

  • Registration / Check In - 7:30 AM
  • Exhibitor Move In & Set Up - 8:30 to 10:30 AM
  • CEO Breakfast - 8:00 to 9:00 AM
  • Opening Keynote - 9:15 to 10:15 AM
  • Education - 10:30 to 11:30 AM
  • Lunch, Exhibits, and Demonstrations - 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM
  • Education - 2:30 to 3:30 PM
  • Education - 3:45 to 4:45 PM
  • Exhibitor Breakdown Begins - 2:30 PM*