ESA International Convention and Events

ESA sponsors many international, regional, state, and local events. A sampling of them are highlighted below. Additional information regarding these events and others is also available on state websites. For more on ESA events near you, please contact us.

State Conventions

A full list of state conventions can be found at the link above. Registration for state convention is handled by the respective state.

Enrichment event: New Community Member Orientation

June 1, 2023
5:30 PM Mountain (4:30 PM Pacific, 6:30 PM Central, 7:30 PM Eastern)
Virtual Event
Invite only 

Virtual training session for new members and sponsors to learn the ins and outs of ESA.

International Council Convention

JULY 25 - 30, 2023
Grapevine, TX
members and guests
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Join the International Council (IC) and members from accross the country for a celebration of the 2022 - 2023 ESA-year, installation of 2023 - 2024 IC Officers, fun and interesting workshops, and so much more.

IC Challenge: Christmas in July

JULY 28, 2023
Grapevine, TX
members and guests
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ESA is hosting the Christmas in July IC Challenge fundraiser benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®. Join us for an event that is sure to spread holiday cheer through the rest of the year. From a holiday costume contest to fun holiday crafts and games, this event is one for the books (photo books that is)!

Coffee Chats

4th Monday of the month Returning in August
Morning session: 8 am Pacific/9 am Mountain/10 am Central/11 am Eastern
Evening session: 4 pm Pacific/5 pm Mountain/6 pm Central/7 pm Eastern
Host: Tracy Swanson, ESA HQ Membership Director
Virtual Event

Chats are approximately 30 minutes in length and content is the same for morning and evening chats on the same date, you are invited to attend either or both. Registrants will receive an email with Zoom meeting credentials and instructions for joining. You need only register once for the 2023 Coffee Chats. Registrants will receive an email reminder each Friday before for the Coffee Chat on the following Monday.
Click here to register

Sharing the Secret of ESA  

September 21,2023
Virtual Webinar
members only
Registration Opens in August

ESA members are the best ambassadors for building membership because sharing your ESA story is a great way to capture your audience's attention. People are more likely to join or support an organization when they feel an emotional connection to it. Talking about the positive impact you make as an ESA member in your community can be helpful, but only if it is told in a compelling way that evokes emotion. This webinar will launch a six-month storytelling series through email (one email per month) designed to help you tell your story and grow ESA. The series will explore different ways to develop your personal ESA pitch, how and where to share it, the elements of a good story, different types of narratives, and so much more. Join us on September 21, 2023 at 5:30 PM Mountain time to start your ESA storytelling journey. Registration will also include enrollment in the monthly email series.

st jude walk/run

SEPTEMBER 23, 2023
In person & Online Event
public event
​Register Opens in April

St. Jude Walk/Run is a nationwide 5K hybrid event, taking place in person and virtually.

Memphis marathon

December 2, 2023
In-Person & Online Event
open to public
​Register Opens in April

St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend is a fundraising event for St. Jude with a marathon, half marathon, 10K and 5K.

National Leadership Conference

February 2024
Denver, CO
members only
Registration Opens in October

Harness your leadership skills, meet new ESA friends, get a sneak peek of the exciting offerings for 2024, and purchase exclusive new merchandise not released to the public yet at the 2024 National Leadership Conference. From interactive workshops to networking socials, this event is sure to have everything you need to have a sucessful ESA-year with friends and support all over the country.