IECA conferences are held twice a year, during the fall and spring, in communities throughout the United States and are open to member and non-member independent educational consultants (IECs). In addition to up to 500 IECs, school, college, and program admission leaders also attend our conferences. 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 (Virtual) 2021 Fall Conference

Conference information for Independent Educational Consultants

November 10–12,  2021
(Pre-conference tours and workshops November 8–9)

To register, click on the registration button below.

On the heels of our very successful virtual conference this past spring, the IECA Fall Conference will be a phenomenal opportunity for you to connect with hundreds of your IEC colleagues from around the world, network with school, college, and program representatives, participate in daily small group roundtable sessions, and learn from dynamic speakers in dozens of educational sessions—all from the comfort of your own office or home! IECA member consultants and non-member independent educational consultants are invited to participate!

During our Spring 2021 conference, participants included IECs from more than 40 states and 20 countries spanning 5 continents. Conference registrants engaged with our conference platform 73,873 times and interacted with the 314 exhibit hall booths 35,792 times! We are eagerly anticipating our Fall Conference!

On Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, the conference will start at 11:30 a.m. ET and continue through approximately 6:00 p.m. ET (8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. PT) with a diverse menu of networking and educational options available to you. You will be able to choose from opportunities all day every day—there will truly be something for everyone! From our 24/7 interactive Exhibit Hall and small group roundtables offered every day, to our live daily kickoffs with opening speakers, and 60+ educational sessions, you will be able to design your week to best suit your needs and your own learning style.

Pre-Conference Workshops
Pre-Conference Tours


Educational Sessions
Roundtable Discussions

ACE Speakers (Adolescence, Consulting, and Education)

These renowned thought leaders will conduct dynamic, energetic presentations to kick off the day’s programs November 10–12.

Wednesday, November 10
Shawn Rhodes, TEDx speaker and nationally syndicated columnist
“Pivot Point: Leverage Change Without Sacrificing Results”
In the world of rapid change, the best plans may not always work out as anticipated. To address the constant challenge of meeting desired results while adapting plans, Shawn Rhodes will share how the best teams and organizations across industries pivot to leverage change when it occurs, build engaging cultures, and ensure greater success for businesses and institutions. . Shawn Rhodes’ biography.

Thursday, November 11
ACE speaker: Anne B. Kerr, PhD, President, Florida Southern College
“Innovation and Higher Education”
Anne Kerr will discuss how colleges and universities are rising to meet the challenges of our times. These unique problems include being faced with fast-changing technology, political divisiveness, and the COVID-19 crisis among other trials specific to higher education. Anne Kerr’s biography.

Friday, November 12
Alberto Carvalho, Superintendent, Miami-Dade County Public Schools
“The Future of Education in America”
The global coronavirus pandemic has affected everyone’s mental health in one way or another, but it has been particularly difficult for students and their advisors. This reality needs to be incorporated into any discussion of the future of education. Despite all the trials we have endured due to the pandemic, each year is born with a new hope and promise for what could be. Educators and their partners are committed to opening a world of opportunities for students and shaping the future of education. Alberto Carvalho’s biography.

College Showcase speaker: Sean Creighton, PhD

Thursday, November 11
Sean Creighton, president of the New American Colleges and Universities, will discuss this unique network of integrated learning institutions.
“Graduating the New Generation of Citizen Professionals”In 1994, Ernest Boyer called for a “New American College” to tackle the economic, social, and cultural problems existing in our nation. In the wake of multiple recent pandemics (e.g., COVID, racial injustice, climate crisis), Boyer’s challenge to higher ed has become more important than ever. The New American Colleges and Universities are 20+ private institutions in the U.S., all providing different environments and experiences, but with one common thread–a commitment to a unique educational experience that combines liberal arts, professional preparation, and civic engagement. Creighton authored several articles on higher education, including a chapter in Democracy, Civic Engagement, and Citizenship: Reclaiming the Civic Purpose of Higher Education.