For Gap Year & LD PostSecondary Programs (non-therapeutic), and Related Service Companies

IECA (Virtual) 2021 Spring Conference

June 7–11,  2021

Registration is now open. Click on the registration link below.

On the heels of our very successful virtual conference this past fall, the IECA Spring Conference will be a phenomenal opportunity for you to connect with hundreds of independent educational consultants (IECs) from around the world, highlight your school/program’s unique attributes, participate in small group roundtable sessions, and learn from dynamic speakers in dozens of educational sessions—all from the comfort of your own office!

During our Fall 2020 conference, participants engaged with our conference platform 67,219 times and interacted with the 317 exhibit hall booths 37,279 times! We are eagerly anticipating our Spring Conference!

College & Postsecondary Fair

Click on the Exhibit Hall link below for more information and dedicated Fair hours. The College & Postsecondary Fair includes college/universities, Gap Year/Travel programs, and LD Postsecondary programs (non-therapeutic).

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 conference website and include it on the list of special events that we’ll be providing to all registered IECs in advance of the conference. Please note that events may only be held before or after our daily conference hours of 11:30 a.m. ET to 6:00 p.m. ET. Contact Jean Lockwood for specific details and availability:  703-591-4850 ext. 6982.

Schedule
Registration
Post-Conference Workshops
Educational Sessions
Exhibit Hall
Sponsors

ACE Speakers (Adolescence, Consulting, and Education)

These renowned thought leaders will conduct dynamic, energetic presentations to kick off the day’s programs June 7–9.

Monday, June 7
Henry Winkler,
Emmy Award-Winning Actor, Author, Director & Producer
Henry Winkler, who created one of television’s most beloved and iconic characters, will talk about his life growing up with undiagnosed learning disabilities. In this “Conversation with Henry Winkler,” we’ll explore his journey and who helped him see himself differently. He’ll also discuss why he wrote the Hank Zipzer books and what lessons he’d share about LD and success. Henry Winkler’s biography

Tuesday, June 8
Kate O’Neill
, Author & Tech Humanist
Kate O’Neill is, more than anything, fascinated with the human condition. As an author, essayist, and experience strategy expert, she focuses on helping humanity prepare for an increasingly tech-driven future. An integrated thinker and theorist, Kate explores the future of work and human jobs, and human meaning in an increasingly automated world. Kate O’Neill’s biography

Wednesday, June 9
Wes Moore,
CEO, The Robin Hood Foundation
“The Transformative Power of Education”
Education has opened many doors for Wes Moore and inspired him to found an organization devoted to creating educational access and opportunities for disadvantaged youth. In this powerful keynote, he will speak to the role that education and educators have played in changing his life.  Wes Moore’s biography

Feedback From IECA Fall 2020 Conference Attendees:

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I love the ability to pop into vendor booths and connect one-on-one or in a small group.

—Fall 2020 IECA Conference Attendee
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Compared to other virtual conferences I've attended, IECAs was the most organized, most
accessible, and most valuable.

—Fall 2020 IECA Conference Attendee
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This conference was valuable on so many levels! All topics and presenters were outstanding.
The fact that it was online eliminated having to decide between two great sessions.–Sandy Aprahamian

—Fall 2020 IECA Conference Attendee
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This conference seemed to flow beautifully. Loved connecting with everyone, and getting to
interact.

—Fall 2020 IECA Conference Attendee
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I was really impressed again with the ease of use with the Zoom sessions at the conference—especially the roundtable discussions and college fair.

—Fall 2020 IECA Conference Attendee
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“A big thanks to you and the IECA staff for coordinating such a quality virtual event, both from a vendor and attendee perspective. Although I sorely miss seeing colleagues in person, you have created the next best thing!” —Brooke Daly

—Fall 2020 IECA Conference Attendee
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I enjoyed my first IECA conference! I especially enjoyed the business sessions. Thanks to everyone for making it great.

—Fall 2020 IECA Conference Attendee
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While I miss the in person conferences, I love having access to all of the sessions! IECA has done a fabulous job of 'pivoting' to remote!

—Fall 2020 IECA Conference Attendee
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The session brought out specific information to help me support my students applying to boarding schools, and when working with seniors and juniors who are questioning the college planning process in the midst of the Covid crisis. I appreciated hearing directly from the admissions people; Very helpful, real-time information.
—Carol Kinlan

—Fall 2020 IECA Conference Attendee
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Many of the topics and presentations were positively excellent. I learned wonderful new, useful—even creative—information. I look forward to our next conference. Excellent programming
and terrific app.

—Fall 2020 IECA Conference Attendee
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I enjoyed being able to present as well as attend. There's much that I'll need to go back and watch since the schedule was bursting at the seams, I just couldn't get to everything. Looking forward to watching the recordings of all that I missed.

—Fall 2020 IECA Conference Attendee
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IECA does better than most, in trying constantly to engage, educate and even humor a very diverse, fickle, and demanding vocal membership.

—Fall 2020 IECA Conference Attendee
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I expected this conference to be less engaging than the July conference. Thank you for proving me wrong. I felt invigorated, excited and motivated with each day of the conference. The networking was a bonus. —Belinda Wilkerson

—Fall 2020 IECA Conference Attendee
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An excellent job was done to prepare for the virtual format. The sessions were informative. I found watching on my own time really helpful.

—Fall 2020 IECA Conference Attendee
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This IECA virtual pivot has truly exceeded my expectations and kept us up to date on all the changes that colleges and our cohorts are experiencing! —Deb Davis Groves

—Fall 2020 IECA Conference Attendee
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I really enjoyed the workshops and Q&A sessions I attended. This was my first conference. I am really glad there will be a month to catch up on the rest of the material I want
to check out.

—Fall 2020 IECA Conference Attendee
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The Keynote Speakers provided welcome enthusiasm and optimism, reenergizing us to continue on the course of making a positive impact after a busy year of uncertainties and pivots for everyone.
—Sandy Aprahamian

—Fall 2020 IECA Conference Attendee
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