Conference Information for Two-Year and Four-Year Colleges and Universities

IECA 2023 Fall Conference

November 13–15, 2023

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The Fall Conference will provide unique opportunities for you to connect with hundreds of independent educational consultants (IECs) from around the world, highlight your college or university’s unique attributes, network with your colleagues, and learn from dynamic speakers in dozens of educational sessions!

The conference will kick off on Monday, November 13 at 1:00 p.m. ET and continue through 4:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, November 15 with multiple networking and educational options available to you. You will be able to choose from several opportunities all day every day—from our College & Postsecondary Fair to our opening session ACE speakers and 80+ educational sessions, you will be able to design your time to best suit your needs.

Read our statement on the Florida conference here.

Schedule of Events

Download the conference schedule here 
All times listed on the schedule are in Eastern (ET)

College & Postsecondary Fair

The College & Postsecondary Fair is your opportunity to exhibit during the conference. Taking place on Tuesday, November 14 from 10:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m., this event will feature tabletop exhibits and represent a primary opportunity for Colleges/Universities, Gap Year/Travel programs, and LD Postsecondary programs (non-therapeutic) to network with independent educational consultants (IECs) and share information about your campuses and programs. This event will give all attendees an opportunity to discover new colleges and programs, reconnect with colleagues, and learn what’s new on campuses across the country and around the world.

Hosted Receptions

If you’d like another opportunity to engage with IECs, you can plan a fun after-hours event during the conference! We’ll coordinate with you to add it to our schedule of events which will be printed in the conference guide and found in the conference app. We will also include it on the list of special events that will be provided to all registered IECs when they arrive onsite. Please note that events may only be held before or after our scheduled conference events. Contact Jean Lockwood for specific details and availability: [email protected] or 703-591-4850 ext. 6982.

Breakout Sessions

You will have great topics to choose from during each block of breakout sessions. Presenters will also be able to upload their slides/handouts to our mobile conference app, so you will have access to shared materials for many of the educational sessions, regardless of which you attend. Sessions will not be recorded.

Download the preliminary list of educational sessions here

Continuing Education Hours

IECA offers Continuing Education Hours to all registrants at no additional fee. More information will be provided in the conference mobile app and in the Conference Guide you will receive onsite. IECA has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6632. Sessions that do not qualify for NBCC credit will be clearly identified. All sessions qualify for CE credit for AICEP. IECA is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.


Birds-of-a-Feather Breakfast

(for all registrants)
Tuesday, November 14 and Wednesday, November 15 • 8:00-8:45 a.m. (ET)
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! Introduced at our last conference, we are excited to bring back our Birds-of-a-Feather Breakfast on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. All conference participants will gather based on interest and have the opportunity to chat informally over breakfast. These are wonderful opportunities for increased networking between IECs and school, college, and program representatives.


ACE Speakers (Adolescence, Consulting, and Education)

These renowned thought leaders will conduct dynamic, energetic presentations.


Shanterra McBride and Rosalind Wiseman, co-authors of Courageous Discomfort: How to Have Important, Brave, Life-Changing Conversations about Race and Racism, will discuss how to have respectful, meaningful conversations even when the topic is difficult or fraught.  Shanterra McBride is a teacher, speaker, author, and preacher with expertise in youth development, diversity, and inclusion and allyship. In 2014 she founded Marvelous University, a social enterprise designed to meet the diverse needs of girls and young women as they navigate life. Rosalind Wiseman challenges us to understand the power of dignity to build courage, connection, and community. She is the author of nine books and a speaker, advisor, and thought leader on leadership, culture, conflict, and young people.

Grant Cornwell, president of Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, will talk about the challenges colleges are experiencing today, including the state of universities in hyperpolitical times. Under Cornwell’s leadership, applications, enrollment, and student diversity have been the highest in Rollins’ history. Recognized for his work in defining liberal learning in a global environment, Cornwell writes regularly about democracy, diversity, and global citizenship.



Katherine Reynolds Lewis is an award-winning journalist, speaker, and the author of The Good News About Bad Behavior: Why Kids Are Less Disciplined Than Ever—And What to Do About It. Her talk will focus on teen mental and behavioral health, what we’re seeing as the ongoing impact of COVID, and how to work with teens’ millennial parents.

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