Interested in becoming a member of ESSAE? 

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Membership Application 


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ESSAE is a 501(c)6 not-for-profit association that represents association professionals, those engaged in the management of voluntary trade and professional organizations. You could say we are the association for associations. We currently have 400 members from around New York State. Our goal is to fortify the association profession, by providing quality education, leadership, and professional development opportunities to association executives, association staff, meeting professionals, and our business partners. Our mission is to demonstrate and promote the many ways associations benefit society – every single day!

ESSAE has a proud legacy of over 40 years in service, having helped more than 50 professionals achieve the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation. We continue to grow our membership, keep our technology and website updated, offer enhanced partnership opportunities…and the list goes on!

One of the best things about ESSAE is that it networks you with key leaders of the association community. Providing you with the ability to share ideas with the executives of professional, trade, and business associations, and benefit from contacts with the affiliate businesses serving the association community.

Other features include:

  • Bi-Monthly E-Newsletter
  • Educational Programs
  • Association Leadership Academy
  • Professional Resource Lending Library
  • Peer to Peer Networking
  • Rita Lashway Scholarship Program
  • Online Community Forum
  • Career Center
Association Member Benefits
Supplier Member Benefits 


We welcome the opportunity to speak with you about becoming a member of ESSAE.
Be sure to connect with us on social media… we are active on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube!
If you have questions, please contact  Carrie Laney, Executive Director at [email protected] or Elizabeth King, Membership Representative & Administrative Support at [email protected]


2024 Membership Categories & Annual Dues*

Primary Member: $240 (Association) - First person to join from a non-profit, trade, professional, or business association (staffengaged 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.

Associate Member: $350 (Supplier/Vendor/Industry Partner) - These members include essential vendors and professionals such as    hotels, venues, caterers, publishers, banks, CPAs, HR, web designers, IT companies, marketers, and many more professional service providers that serve the association professional members of ESSAE.

Additional Associate Member: $190 (Supplier/Vendor) - All others from an entity that already has a primary associate member.

Affiliate Member: $135 - For those individuals not covered by a Primary 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, faculty, etc.)

Retired Member: $50 - For individuals who have reached retirement age and, if employed as a business professional, work less than an average of 20 hours per week, calculated on an annual basis.

Student Member: $25 - For individuals attending a university, college, or technology school with an interest in association management, meetings, or event planning. Student members may not be currently working full-time with associations.

 *Membership runs January 1 through December 31 - a calendar year. If applying after April 1st, an invoice will be emailed to you with a pro-rated amount. ESSAE dues are not deductible as a charitable contribution, but may be deductible as an ordinary and necessary business expense.  The membership application can be completed online. If you would like to pay via credit card, please complete the form and an invoice will be emailed to you. For security purposes, we encourage you NOT to email your credit card details to ESSAE.