IECA conferences bring together member and non-member independent educational consultants (IECs) from across the country and around the world. In addition to hundreds of IECs, participants include school, college, and program admission leaders, as well as vendors who offer business resources and solutions. Together, all attendees participate in educational sessions, fairs, and networking events. IECA also coordinates campus tours for IECA members prior to and following the conferences.
IECA 2023 Fall Conference
Conference information for Independent Educational Consultants
November 13-15, 2023
Pre-conference tours and workshops November 12 & 13
Post-conference tours November 16 & 17
To register, click on the registration icon at the bottom of this page.
The Fall Conference will provide unique opportunities for you to connect with hundreds of your IEC colleagues from around the world, network with school, college, and program admission representatives, participate in small group roundtable sessions, and learn from dynamic speakers in dozens of educational sessions! IECA member consultants and non-member independent educational consultants are invited to participate.
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 daily school, college, or program exhibit events to our opening session ACE speakers, and our small group discussions to 80+ educational sessions, you will be able to design your time to best suit your needs and your own learning style.
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.
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.
Schedule of Events
Download the conference schedule here
All times listed on the schedule are in Eastern (ET)
ACE Speakers (Adolescence, Consulting, and Education)
These renowned thought leaders will conduct dynamic, energetic presentations.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 13
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 was the assistant principal of student life at Sacred Heart Schools, in Atherton CA. She is a teacher, speaker, author, preacher, and founder of Marvelous University which offers life coaching and success planning for young people, specializing in leadership development for girls and young women.
Rosalind is a New York Times Best-selling author and international speaker. She serves as a senior leadership consultant at the US State Department’s Office for Overseas Schools and is the author of nine books including Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and the New Realities of Girl World—the groundbreaking book that was the basis for the movie and Broadway Musical Mean Girls, and Masterminds & Wingmen.
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.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14
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.
College Special Session & College Showcase with Q&A
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15
College Special Session
This special presentation will explore current topics of importance to all college advisors.
Wednesday morning you’ll have the opportunity to hear from admissions counselors representing colleges and universities from across the country, from big universities, small liberal arts colleges, and those in between. This is a great chance to learn more about numerous campuses in one morning!
(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. The goal will be to increase networking between IECs and school, college, and program representatives.
IEC Roundtable Discussions
(for IECs only)
Wednesday, November 15 • 12:45-1:45 a.m. (ET)
During this event on Wednesday afternoon, we will have IEC Roundtable Discussions on a variety of topics in all specialties. These discussions provide a great opportunity for IECs to connect, share ideas and challenges, and seek advice. Discussion topics will be listed in the conference mobile app and Conference Guide.