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How I Got Here: Vanessa LaClair

By / Apr 20, 2020

Vanessa LaClair, CMP, CAE, the executive director of the Empire State Society of Association Executives, says her early career drove her into association management.

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Vanessa LaClair, CMP, CAE, says that her early job choices led her to a career in association management because they all had to do with working with different clients, vendors, and staff. And that eventually evolved into closely working with members. “For me, it has always been about the value of connections and keeping members engaged by remaining relevant to them and their ever-changing needs,” she says. Some notable stops on her career path:

A Working History

1998: Ophthalmic Assistant at Eye Care for the Adirondacks

1999 – 2000: Administrative and Financial Assistant at New York State Builders Association

2000 – 2016: Director of Events and Operations at Independent Power Producers of New York

2016 –: Executive Director at Empire State Society of Association Executives

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