AIIP 2019 Annual Conference Highlights

Business Development, Tools of the Trade, Professional Development, and Personal Enrichment

The Association of Independent Information Professionals (AIIP) hosted its 33rd Annual Conference on April 11-14, 2019, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Speakers & Sessions

Featured Speakers

Liz Bywater — The Slow Down to Speed Up Guide to Unstoppable Success: A Pragmatic Toolkit for the Growth-Minded Professional (Keynote)
Susan Feldman — Confessions of an Information Professional (2019 Roger Summit Award Lecture)

Member Speakers

Valeria Hunter, Jan Knight, and Jane Langeman — Listening for Opportunity: Doing What Comes Unnaturally
Chrissy Geluk, Linda Rink, and Matt Von Hendy — Proposals and Negotiations: Strategies and Techniques
Eddie Ajaeb and Connie Crosby — Aligning with Clients: Changing Business Focus
Jennifer Burke — Productivity as a Solopreneur: Tools for Smartly Running Your Business- Don't Let It Run You!
Jennifer Pflaumer, Loretta Shaw, and Jan Sykes — When a Project Diverges from Plan: Lessons Learned and Recovery Strategies

Snap Talks

Rhonda Kleiman — Successful Projects: Secret Sauce to Keeping a Client Happy
Phyllis Smith — Communicate Your Personal Brand
Troy Wason — The Gentle Art of Schmoozing: How to Create Professional and Personal Opportunities Naturally
Karen Klein and Michelle Rawl — Need Help? Phone a Friend
Cindy Shamel and Board — On the Job Training: Learn by Doing

Special Sessions

First Timers Welcome and Orientation: Get the Most out of the Conference — Cindy Shamel and Mary Ellen Bates
A Second Chance at a First Impression: Non-First Timers — Anne Hengehold
Introductions — All participants
AIIP Annual Business Meeting
Awards Dinner
Sunday Morning Sendoff: Cementing the Takeaways — Karen Klein and Kathy Porter


Compete with the Big Guys: Spend Less Time on Proposals — Marge King
Speak Up, Speak Out: Public Speaking & Presenting to Thrill — Arthur Weiss      
Get a Grip on Your Social Media Marketing — Connie Crosby 


AIIP announced the recipients of several annual awards during the conference.

Roger Summit Lecture Award — Sue Feldman
Marilyn M. Levine AIIP President's Award — Andrea Carrero
Roger Summit Conference Sponsorship — Birgit Bauer
Sue Rugge Memorial Award for mentoring — Carol Compton
AIIP Connections Writer's Award— Kelly Berry, "Strategic Planning for Small Business," AIIP Connections 32(4), Dec 2018

Sponsors & Exhibitors 

Bronze Sponsors

Hetherington Group
Content Capital, LLC

Specialty & Promotional Sponsors

Adept Information Solutions
Archer Van Den Broeck Limited
C3 Business Info
Carine Research
CD Sharp Information Systems, Ltd.
Clarify Information Services
Content Capital, LLC
de Stricker Associates
FSO Research & Information
Fulcrum Information Resources
Hetherington Group
Holley Hughes
InfoRich Group
Information Management Services, Inc.
Information Today, Inc.
ITK Vector Inc.
Librarian At Your Service, LLC
Librarian in the Cloud
LMRS Information Services, LLC
Ojala Associates
P&N Association Management
Rawl Research, Inc.
Rink Consulting
Shamel Information Services
Wleklinski Information Services


Information Today 
Best of the Business Web

Community Give-Back

AIIP members made contributions to the Family Support Line. Family Support Line has a 30+ year history of serving child sexual abuse victims. AIIP thanks Director Pat Kosinski for speaking at the Awards Dinner.

Thanks to the 2019 Conference Team

Conference Chair

Ulla de Stricker


Karen Klein (lead)
Laurie Van Court
Kathaleen Porter 


Marge King
Linda Rink

Run of Show, Restaurant Sourcing, and Documentation

Marcia Mendes 

Website & Social Media

Connie Clem

Local Arrangements

Jennifer Wegman


Michelle Rawl (lead)
Eddie Ajaeb
Beth Plutchak
Maureen Shields


Cindy Shamel
Troy Wason

updated 4/24/2019


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