CESSE is your dependable source for learning, relationship building and benchmarking as a scientific and engineering society professional. At approximately 200 member organizations and 1,200 members, we focus on forging deep connections within our community, compared to growth for growth's sake.

Values of CESSE Membership:

Peer-to-Peer Connections

One of the trademark benefits available to you as a CESSE member is the opportunity to build strong relationships with other people who do the same type of work as you do within a sister society.  Finance and human resource professionals can interact with others who are similarly charged with legal, financial and talent concerns.  Meetings professionals can exchange creative content and format ideas for building on the knowledge of their members.  All members have the opportunity to build their own "kitchen cabinets" of savvy professionals who share expertise and passion around their profession.

You can meet your peers through one of CESSE signature meetings, through our member directory, or through our robust online forums, CESSE Communities

CESSE Communities

CESSE members have a longstanding tradition of sharing practices and solutions through CESSE online communities.  Our communities are organized by professional function, and each community is open to all CESSE members, with the exception of the CESSE CEO-Connect, which is open exclusively to the Executive Directors and CEOs of CESSE member organizations.  Additionally, an Open Forum community allows CESSE members to post information of interest to the entire CESSE membership.

For a complete listing of CESSE communities, click here (note:  you must be logged in to access this content).

CESSE Benchmarking Surveys

CESSE produces two benchmarking surveys to provide member societies with comparative data on how their practices compare with other member organizations.

  • CESSE Member Compensation Survey
    Every year, CESSE conducts a comprehensive survey of compensation practices organized by job function across member societies.  The survey is available free of charge to all CESSE societies who participate in the survey and at a cost of $250 to non-participating member societies. To obtain a copy, contact our CESSE Membership. 
  • CESSE Operating Ratio Survey
    Every 2 years, CESSE conducts an operating ratio survey to compare a variety of cost factors across member societies. This survey is available free of charge to CESSE societies and serves as a valuable tool for budgeting and forecasting trends in operating expenses. 

CESSE Signature Programs

CESSE produces two conferences annually which provide opportunities for networking and education.  CESSE events provide excellent learning opportunities, specific to the challenges facing our members, at an exceptional value. Members drive the educational program development for both the CESSE CEO Meeting and for ACCESSE: The CESSE Leadership Conference, resulting in content uniquely tailored to our community.

Each CESSE program qualifies for CAE and CMP credits.  For more information on eligible credit hours, or to obtain certification or recertification forms, visit our 'past events' page.

  • CESSE CEO Meeting
    The CESSE CEO Meeting, held annually in February, is a two-and-a-half-day conference designed exclusively for CESSE’s chief staff executives.  Learn more about this year’s event here.
    ACCESSE is the CESSE leadership conference created by and for the staff of scientific and engineering societies. This 2-day conference is held in July and combines leadership, immersive experiential learning, and expertise in managing engineering and scientific associations. ACCESSE is the only conference where staff leaders of STEM societies get new perspectives, develop new ideas and connect with CESSE's greatest resource—the CESSE members and partners. The conference provides a variety of learning formats, education on all key functions within our profession and industry, and the opportunity for peers to meet and discuss challenges and practices within their areas of expertise. Learn more about ACCESSE.

Meaningful Supplier Partnerships

Central to the CESSE community is the access to expertise that we enjoy through our selected suppliers.  CESSE partners support the community in a variety of ways – by listening and problem-solving, serving as speakers, providing connections to resources, and by supporting CESSE events. Visit our home page to gain easy access to our partner representatives.

Access to the Full Online and Print Membership Directory

Find peers, and explore the variety of societies that make up CESSE membership, by referencing the CESSE Membership Directory, which is available online and in print copies.

We're About Trust

The keyword that comes up again and again at CESSE is trust. Our community members meet through our hallmark events and continue the conversations well beyond. Whether you are looking for a sounding board to help you work through a challenge, tips and advice on industry practices, or referrals to other people who have a solution you can use, CESSE is here to be, or become, your professional network of choice.

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