CESSE is the Society Connecting all STEM Society Professionals

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CESSE provides the go-to source of education, networking and the sharing of best practices for CEOs and staff of engineering, technical, math and scientific societies to ensure the exchange and development of effective leadership practices.

Who We Are

Engineering and scientific societies play a crucial role in the development of the professions that are key to advancing innovation. The Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives (CESSE), incorporated in 1977, is a professional society of chief executive officers and mid- to senior-level staff members dedicated to leadership excellence.

CESSE offers its members a forum for exchanging information about their experiences and a venue for addressing the problems, challenges, and opportunities they face in operating their societies. CESSE's greatest resource is its members' wisdom and experience. CESSE members are known - some are even notorious - for their willingness to share their knowledge with colleagues.

Our Mission

CESSE provides leadership development through networking, education, and the sharing of best practices for the professional leaders of science and engineering societies.

Our Vision

Transforming the future through science and engineering leadership.

CESSE Strategic Plan

The CESSE Board of Directors initiated a new strategic framework in 2022-23, which focuses on five areas:

  1. Thought Leadership
  2. Leadership Development
  3. Engagement & Inclusion
  4. Brand Identity
  5. Sustainability

Click here to view more detail about the most recent version of the CESSE strategic framework.

Leadership Bylaws

Click here to view CESSE's leadership bylaws.

Explore Membership Benefits

Learn how you can become equipped to lead your STEM society through leadership development opportunities and a trusted network of professionals. Our members are part of a community that's ready to share their knowledge and experiences.

Our online CESSE Communities hosts several Special Interest Groups (SIGS) designed to easily help you search topics and job functions for answers to your pressing questions:

  • CEO Connect
  • Certification
  • Deputy Executive Director/COO
  • Education and Training
  • Finance, HR, and Administration
  • Information Technology
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Meetings and Exhibits
  • Membership
  • Publications

CESSE Member Benefits