NMG and Event Leadership Institute Expand IPEC Education

A half-day workshop for business owners will be offered at the Independent Planner Education Conference, to be held March 1-3 in Las Vegas.

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IPEC 2021 was held at the Omni Louisville Hotel. Photo Credit: Ketara Gadahn/Studio Alani

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Northstar Meetings Group today announced a new partnership with the Event Leadership Institute to expand the education offered at its Independent Planner Education Conference. Now in its 10th year, IPEC is produced exclusively for independent meeting professionals and the suppliers who serve them. Registration is now open for the annual event, to be held March 1 –3 at Resorts World Las Vegas.

In partnership with ELI, IPEC 2022 will feature a dedicated half-day workshop targeting the unique needs of small-business owners who are not affiliated with larger third-party organizations. Additional education and guided discussions will be offered throughout the event.

“Our goal in partnering with ELI for IPEC 2022 is to provide a program that has the right mix of education, networking and meetings, and that we’re as current and comprehensive as possible with our educational programming geared to the many challenges independent planners now face in managing their businesses,” said David Blansfield, executive vice president, Northstar Meetings Group. “ELI, through its up-to-date curricula and established network of instructors, is an excellent partner to ensure our program is current and adds value to our IPEC community.”

“Independent planners face complex challenges made all the more acute by the pandemic and its effect on business management,” noted Howard Givner, CEO of the Event Leadership Institute. “Our latest programs and our ability to facilitate meaningful networking among independent planners and suppliers couldn’t be more perfectly timed for the next IPEC event in March.”

Education Designed for Business Owners

Subjects to be included in the workshop and IPEC educational sessions include

  • Defining the independent planner’s business model
  • Client retention and acquisition of new clients
  • Terms, conditions and scope of client relationships 
  • Income sourcing opportunities, both direct and residual 
  • Liability protections for planners and host organizations
  • Staffing issues, including tax and operational considerations
  • Effective marketing and management with limited resource
  • Effective multitasking to accomplish the many tasks of a planner and business owner

Experience the New Resorts World Las Vegas


IPEC 2022 will be held at the new Resorts World Las Vegas, a three-hotel complex, entertainment venue and casino on the Strip. Adjacent to the Las Vegas Convention Center, Resorts World Las Vegas offers meeting space for groups and events of almost any size. Guests can stay in one of three Hilton hotels — the Las Vegas Hilton at Resorts World, with 1,774 rooms; the Conrad Las Vegas at Resorts World, with 1,496 rooms; and Crockfords Las Vegas, with 236 rooms.