As professionals, we need to stay abreast of current trends, keep up to date on data, and continue to hone our professional expertise. One of the best ways to do this is through conferences and trainings. Many organizations host conferences and trainings in the spring and summer (see Spring Professional Development Opportunities). Know which conferences will best meet your needs as a professional advisor, whether you are in a school, program or other organization.
Focus on IEC’s
If you are looking for training as an IEC, you have lots of choices. Be sure to register early, as the registration for the conference and for hotels (associated with the conference) tends to fill up early! Not a member of an organization? No worry. Most organizations love having non-members attend. Typically the non-member rate is a bit more than the member rate- giving you another good reason to become a member of an organization!
Here are my favorite conferences for IEC’s in the spring. All have registration now open.
IECA: May 8-10 | Chicago, Ill. | Join over 1000 colleagues at this semi-annual conference. (IECA conferences are held every May/November.) Pre-conference sessions, Master classes, breakout sessions and lots of networking opportunities. Attendees are from schools (boarding, day schools, special programs, etc,), Colleges (admissions representatives), Programs, including summer, gap and Therapeutic, and of course, IEC’s.The focus of the IECA conference is broad, with a focus on general and specific adolescent development. Attendees are both domestic and international. Includes exhibitors. Pre-conference college visits offered, as well as some during the conference.
Registration Fee: Members, $550 | Non-members, $635 (until April 1) REGISTER NOW.
NCAG: May 13-14 | Seattle, WA. | Looking for sessions on managing the cost of education, in addition to admissions? Come to the NCAG annual conference and mingle with both college and financial planners. Special sessions led by college admissions and financial aid experts, and a special 3 hour training session, Hot Spots, Hooks and Hidden Agendas, by Peter VanBuskirk, author and national speaker. Attendees are both domestic and international. Includes exhibitors. College visits offered.
Registration Fee: Members, $350 | Non-member, $420 (until March 30) REGISTER NOW.
HECA: June 18-19 | Providence, RI. | The only exclusively college focused conference for IEC’s, HECA hosts over 300 IEC’s, college and program attendees. Offered annually each June, the conference includes keynote speakers, heart of HECA, breakout sessions, counselor college fair and reception, and networking opportunities. Attendees are from colleges, summer, gap and other programs offered to support students/parents in college and academic preparation/planning. Attendees are both domestic and international. Includes exhibitors. Pre-conference and post-conference college visits are offered.
Registration Fee: Members, $495 (until March 31) | Non-members $595 (until March 31) REGISTER NOW