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2019-2020 nominations have closed. Thank you for your nominations!

About the Program

The New England Society of Association Executives’ Emerging Leaders Program is designed to provide both young and new association professionals the development and networking opportunities they need to advance their association careers and to have a positive impact on the associations they serve. 

The 2019-2020 Emerging Leaders Program will consist of six sessions from October 2019 through May 2020, including a networking event, three sessions in conjunction with our annual conferences, and two virtual sessions.


Our Emerging Leaders will be highlighted as rising leaders in the local association community throughout the year and will be recognized for completing the program at our 2020 Annual Meeting.  

Candidate Eligibility 

Candidates for this program must be: 
  • A young professional (under the age of 35) OR a new association professional (less than 5 years of association experience)
  • Actively employed by an association, society, or association management company
  • Please note, this program is designed for association staff and is not open to those serving in a Chief Executive role such as Executive Director, CEO, COO, etc. 
  • Able to commit to all sessions outlined in the program timeline, several of which will be scheduled around participant availability

Program Fees

The registration fee for the Emerging Leaders program is $500 for members and $650* for non-members, and includes:

  • One in-person networking event 
  • 2019 Digital Solutions Conference registration 
  • 2020 Conference for Association Education registration 
  • 2020 Annual Meeting registration
  • Two virtual educational sessions 

*includes a one-year NE/SAE membership 

Up to $500 in scholarship funds are available to program participants. These funds may be used to cover registration fees, overnight accommodations, or travel. If seeking scholarship funding, participants may submit one scholarship application upon acceptance to the program and receive reimbursements after attending each major conference.  

Program Timeline

Networking Event: Get to Know Your Fellow Emerging Leaders  

Format: In-Person Networking Event 
Date: TBD; October 2019
Location: TBD - Poll to be sent to participants to choose a date and time that works for everyone.


Professional Development Session: 2020 Conference for Association Education 

Format: In-Person Educational Session 
Date: January 23 & 23, 2020 
Location: Four Points by Sheraton, Norwood, MA


Technology Session: 2019 Digital Solutions Conference

Format: In-Person Educational Session
Date: October 25, 2019
Location: AC Hotel by Marriott, Worcester, MA  



Management Session*

Format: Virtual Educational Session
Date: Late Feb/Early March

Communications Session*

Format: Virtual Educational Session
Date: Late April 

Membership Session: NE/SAE 2020*

Format: In-Person Educational Session 
Date: June 4 & 5, 2020
Location: Omni Mount Washington Resort, Bretton Woods, NH


Due to circumstances surrounding COVID-19, these sessions have been merged into a Virtual Summit, to be held in June 2020.


Nominate an Emerging Leader

Nominations for the 2020-2021 program will open in summer 2020. 


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