Harvest Highlight 2023 - Thank you for our attendees, speakers, partners & volunteers who made this year's event extra special & successful!

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When: Thursday, October 5, 2023 @ 8:00AM to 2:45PM (reception to follow*)
Where: The Century House, Latham, NY

Our premier fall event, Harvest Highlight, is the can't miss  educational and networking opportunity for leaders of all associations - organizations big, small and in between!  ESSAE members are uniquely tasked with leading people, managing process, balancing budgets and advocating for scarce resources.  Every year we wear more and different hats, requiring new and evolving skill sets.

On Thursday, October 5, you will have the opportunity to engage with experts in the areas of leadership, finance, law, government advocacy, artificial intelligence, social media and more!   Engage with your peers during our Lunch & Learn Roundtables, including CEO & ED, and stay after for MPI Upstate New York's Cocktails & Conversations networking reception*.   Together we stay engaged and inspired to support and enrich our communities and constituents.  
Don't miss our amazing keynote and expert speakers!  

Featured Panelists: 

Honorable John T. McDonald III
NYS Assembly - 108th AD

Assemblyman John McDonald joins ESSAE's Government Affairs Committee leadership to discuss how associations maintain relevance in a policy-making atmosphere consumed by politics, budget deficits, and uncertainty. Attendees will be provided a preview of how the challenges facing New York State government, combined with the 2024 election cycle, may impact the focus and priorities of elected officials and an association’s approach to advocacy.

Featured Panelists: 

Law & Finance Panel

Leadership and Ethical Management Panel

Social Media Panel

Messaging Through the Madness Panel


 Featured Keynote Speaker: Jim Spellos

We are thrilled to announce our distinguished keynote speaker, Jim Spellos, an acclaimed tech authority with an impressive track record. Engage with Jim's insights to invigorate your tech perspective and strategize for innovation. Everyone is talking about Artificial Intelligence!  Join us for Jim's talk "Everything You Need to Know about AI... But Didn't Know to Ask."


Full Day Program include Keynote Breakfast, Lunch & Learn Roundtables, and Educational Sessions:
Members: $129 | Non-Members: $249

Program At A Glance:

8:00 AM - Registration Opens
8:30 - 9:30 AM - Breakfast Keynote - Jim Spellos  -  "Everything You Need to Know About Al... But Didn't Know to Ask"
9:30 - 9:45 AM - Networking Break
9:45 - 10:45 AM - Breakout Educational Sessions
10:45 - 11:00 AM - Coffee Break
11:00 - 12:00 PM - Breakout Educational Sessions
12:00 - 12:15 PM - Coffee Break
12:15 - 1:30 PM - Lunch & Learn Roundtables
1:30 - 1:45 PM - Networking Break
1:45 - 2:45 PM - Breakout Educational Sessions
3:00 - 5:00 PM - MPI Upstate New York Cocktails & Conversation Networking Reception (separate paid registration required)

Speakers & Full Program | Register Here

* Enjoy membership discounts and benefits by enrolling today!  New member dues are prorated

Overnight Accommodations - Century House

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ESSAE's sponsors support the invaluable contributions made by ESSAE members, our volunteer leadership, the association community at large, and the education of association professionals.  Thank you!