2017 IAA Leadership Conference

Wednesday, October 4 - Friday, October 6, 2017


The Investment Adviser Association’s 2017 Annual Leadership Conference – which takes place in Chicago on October 4-6 – will bring together executives from investment advisory firms from across the country, providing them a special opportunity to understand industry and business trends, exchange ideas and develop valued relationships.

Complete registration information is available below. To register – and take advantage of Early Registration rates – click the “Register Now” button on the top of this web page. Paper registration forms are available by contacting the IAA office at (202) 293-4222.


More detailed information about speakers and a full agenda will be available soon. In the meantime, here are some highlights:

One of America’s most respected political reporters, Mara Liasson – the award winning national political correspondent for NPR and contributor to Fox News Channel – will analyze the political dynamics in official Washington as the conference’s featured luncheon speaker. Download to see image
Harvard Business School Professor Eugene Soltes will share what he’s learned about what motivates white collar criminals after spending seven years in the company of the men behind the biggest corporate crimes in history – including Ponzi schemers Bernie Madoff and Allen Stanford and more than 40 other once-celebrated and now disgraced executives. Download to see image
Minor league baseball team owner, entrepreneur, college professor, and advertising and marketing expert Mike Veeck will explain how passion drives performance, why fun is critical to success, and how executives can create joy and passion in the workplace to create a more engaged workforce, a better customer experience and a more profitable environment. Download to see image

Take Our Survey for the Opening Session on the Biggest Challenges Facing Advisers

The opening session of the 2017 IAA Leadership Conference will be designed by YOU. Cultivating 21st Century Leadership, a new survey being conducted by GEO Group Strategic Services, seeks to identify the issues advisers see as most important within three primary themes:

  • Assessing Industry Trends and Implications
  • Understanding the Key Drivers of Growth
  • Integrating Strategy and Culture to Create Winning Organizations

In the Leadership Conference’s interactive opening session, GEO Group Founder Leland Russell will present the survey findings – as well as potential strategies for meeting the challenges they represent. A comprehensive report of his presentation will be available to all conference participants immediately after the event. The initial findings will be available to all survey participants.

Click here to take the survey. It is open to all SEC-registered investment advisers and should take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. It will remain open until 5 p.m. ET on Friday, July 21.

Breakout sessions will include presentations and peer-to-peer discussions on:

  • What CEOs Need to Know About Cybersecurity, Anti-Money Laundering & Privacy
  • Cyber Exposures and Insurance Protection – A Holistic View
  • What CEOs Need to Know About Marketing, Messaging, Reputation Protection & Crisis Communications
  • Mergers & Acquisitions as an RIA Succession Plan
  • Building Client Trust Through Radical Transparency: A New Approach to Client Communications
  • Breakouts based on AUM

Networking and social events will include a private performance by Chicago’s own Second City comedy troupe and a special wine tasting party hosted by Napa Valley’s award winning Whitehall Lane Winery & Vineyards.

Registration Information

To register: Click the “Register Now” on the top of this web page. (Paper registration forms are available by contacting the IAA office at (202) 293-4222.)

Attendee Registration Fees IAA Member* IAA
Associate Member*
Non-Member SEC
Registered IA
Guest of Member
Early Registration (Register on or before August 31, 2017) $995 $1,295 $1,595 $395
Regular Registration (Register on or after September 1, 2017) $1,295 $1,595 $1,895 $495


*Individuals employed by an IAA member or associate member firm in good standing both at the time of registration and on the date of the event, are eligible to receive the discounted member/associate member rate.

We understand that unexpected circumstances may force a registrant to cancel. Cancellations must be received in writing, via email or post. There will be a $200 cancellation fee assessed if cancellation is received prior to September 15, 2017. There are no refunds for any cancellation received on or later than September 16, 2017. Substitutions may be made at any time, in writing, at no additional fee.

Location and Hotel Reservations

Intercontinental Chicago Magnificent Mile
505 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
Hotel: (312) 944-4100
Reservations: (800) 628-2112

A block of rooms has been reserved at Intercontinental Chicago at a special rate of $289+ taxes per night. You may make your room reservation here, or call (800) 628-2112. Please mention that you will be attending the IAA Leadership Conference. Hotel reservations must be made by Wednesday, September 13, 2017, to reserve at the group rate. Please note the room block is limited; make your reservation early.

Guest Room Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be made by 3:00 p.m. (PT) on the day prior to the date of arrival in order to avoid a charge of one night's room plus tax.

Airline Discounts

Delta Airlines is offering conference attendees 2-10% discount on airfare. Reservations and ticketing are available via www.delta.com/meeting. Select the “Book A Trip” tab. Enter NMP6P in the Meeting Event Code box.

United Airlines is offering savings up to 2-10% off published airfares for conference attendees. Book your reservations online at www.united.com and go to Reservations/Book a Flight. Enter Code ZXFK492488 in the Promotions and Certificates box.

Exhibitors & Sponsors

Please contact IAA Member Services and Marketing Coordinator Alex Ioannidis at alex.ioannidis@investmentadviser.org for sponsor and exhibitor information.



Intercontinental Chicago
505 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611