About ISAE

The Illinois Society of Association Executives (ISAE) is a chapter of Association Forum.  The mission of ISAE is to promote excellence and advance leadership in the Illinois association community. 

ISAE: A statewide chapter of Association Forum with high standards and an eye on the future! 
In serving the needs of over 150 association members through its extensive educational program, publications and member services, ISAE helps its members develop management skills that will benefit them personally as well as professionally. At the same time, ISAE is dedicated to advancing the public's understanding of the widespread role associations play in our society. 

ISAE: Connects you with key leaders of the association community! 
The concept of mentoring is not a new one. As part of ISAE and Association Forum, you will share ideas with the leaders of professional, trade and business associations and benefit from contacts with the affiliate businesses serving the association sector. 
ISAE: Cultivates a climate for professional growth! 
Both you and your organization will benefit when you take advantage of the educational programs, networking opportunities and idea exchange that have made ISAE and Association Forum the vital organization it is today. 

ISAE: The resource for the association professional! 
We can add value to your career through educational offerings, networking opportunities, peer to peer learning, volunteer opportunities and offering support for those members seeking the CAE Certification. 

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ISAE Membership Categories

Renew your ISAE membership today! 

Professional Member 

Association Professional members are chief executive officers or staff members employed full or part-time in the management of a trade, professional, technical, educational, philanthropic or similar type voluntary membership organization.  Association Professional Memberships are nontransferable to another individual.  The cost is $195.  

Industry Partner Member 

Industry Partner members shall include all companies, corporations, or persons which or who provide products or services to associations and whose primary interest in membership arises from areas other than professional education. Industry Partner members are available to companies or corporations by location but a specific person must be named as the primary contact. All persons employed by the Industry Partner member are welcome and encouraged to participate in the events.  The cost is $395. 

Emeritus Member  

This membership is bestowed by the Board of Directors, for those individuals who have retired and have been members of ISAE for five years or more and are not eligible for any other category of membership. The cost is $25. 

Student Member 

Student membership shall include individuals that are enrolled in any college or university full-time in the United States. The cost is $0. 


Upcoming Membership Events:
Coffee Talks:
April 23, 2021 – 9am (CT)
May 21, 2021 – 9am (CT)
June 25, 2021 – 9am (CT)


Education and Networking Sessions in Springfield – Information coming soon!


In partnership with: 

ISAE Travel Fund

Attend In-Person Education in the Chicagoland Area

Are you planning to travel to the Chicagoland area to attend an in-person education session?  A travel fund has been established to provide travel and hotel accommodations for ISAE Chapter members to attend Association Forum in-person events in the Chicagoland area. ISAE Members who meet the following requirements will be considered to receive payment to off set the cost of travel:

  • Active and engaged membership in the ISAE Chapter of Association Forum
  • At least one full year of ISAE Chapter membership
  • Willing to conduct an engagement session in Springfield, such as lunch-a-learn, conversation circle or coffee talk to share with ISAE Chapter members learnings and applicability from the Association Forum event.

The ISAE Chapter Executive Committee will select the travel fund recipients. To apply for the ISAE Travel Fund, please email and list the event you are planning to attend and the amount of travel funding you are requesting. 

Support the Travel Fund

Would you like to contribute to the ISAE Travel Fund and help sponsor ISAE members’ travel costs?  Your organization has an opportunity to support an ISAE member’s travel and accommodations to an Association Forum in-person event in Chicago.  Think about the impact your organization can have on the professional development of a current or future client while establishing a long-term relationship!

Association Forum offers more than 75 events per year in addition to our five signature events.  We welcome the opportunity to discuss the Travel Fund or other sponsorship opportunities in more detail.  Please email for more information.