Administrative Professionals, or more accurately Strategic Business Partners, come from all over the world to experience the education and connections that make it the can’t-miss event of the year. Whether this is your 1st Summit or 50th, you’re sure to leave with a renewed passion for your role, best practices to help you work more efficiently and effectively with others, and an invaluable network of new connections.
As a first-time attendee, Summit FAR exceeded my expectations. I had the privilege of attending with a colleague and friend of mine who is the newly appointed Branch head for Toronto, and with her encouragement I participated in many sessions and networking events. The keynote speakers were incredibly inspiring and have re-kindled my passion for the administrative profession. I used to think that I was "stuck" being an administrator, now I can not wait to see what the next few years bring and how far I can push myself to become a more valued business partner within my company.
I'm fairly new to this profession and came to Summit filled with self-doubt. Four days, eleven classes, and countless new encounters later, I have realized my value. I am no longer just an admin. Thank you for that!
During a network event, I met someone in the same line of work that asked me a question about that line of work that I couldn't answer. I was extremely embarrassed that I didn't know and my first reaction was to run away. But after thinking about the situation, that was a wake-up call for me. I have been in my position for a number of years and have gotten so consumed with the daily responsibilities, that I wasn't making time to educate myself enough about what my supervisor's knowledge and involvement was about. So I wrote her a note to say "thank you" for bringing me out of the ordinary and into the extraordinary!
When my co-worker said we should go to IAAP [Summit] I told her our department would never go for it BUT she asked, and we did!!! You never know what you can get out of life if you don't ask for it! The tools I brought home with me from this amazing conference will be used to build my career AND my personal life going forward and the connections I made will be lifetime friendships. I feel so blessed to be a part of this inspiring group of people now.
If you are a newcomer, your spirit will be lifted, and hope will fill those thoughts of being alone in your admin quest. As a newcomer, I left the summit, with a renewed sense of self, purpose, personal worth, and new friends. The ticket is worth every penny, even if they are your pennies and not your company's dime.
As a first-time attendee, IAAP Summit was the ultimate experience for me as an administrative professional. The keynotes, interviews and sessions were so motivating, encouraging and inspiring! Some even moved me to tears. I really felt like I was with my "tribe" even though I only came there knowing two other people. I met so many new people and made connections that I hope to keep in touch with over the years! I should also bring more business cards next year because I ran out half way through the conference!
I had an AMAZING experience! This is the first time in my almost 20 years being an AP, that I have had the opportunity to connect with so many AWESOME women and men who know the life and understand its challenges and successes. I'm already planning to return next year; I will have my CAP certification with a PM specialty AND I hope to inspire a first-time attendee as I was inspired by those before me. Thank you!
Learning happens in all different places and ways. Some learning comes from a trainer in a classroom-type setting, and some learning comes from other admins who have walked the road you’re on. IAAP recognizes the immense value of both and creates space for all types of learning at Summit. Whether you are in a deep dive session, a connect & learn session, or chatting with a fellow attendee at a social event, stay open to learn new things. You’ll grow in ways you never thought possible!
Visit the Wellness Bar outside of education session times to learn from the SMEs; sign up on-site (for a small fee) for a personalized 1:1 consultation with your preferred SME.Wellness Bar: (wel-nis bahr), n. a holistic view of education and you, offering short information sessions from SMEs on topics such as Personal Budgeting, Healthy Eating, Professional Image, and more
Summit 2020 is at the beautiful Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Florida.
Located amongst tropical landscaping, tranquil waterways, and classic art
and architecture, the Swan and Dolphin is the ideal backdrop for this amazing
conference. Whether you enjoy the magic of Disney, Universal, or other Orlando
attraction, the Swan and Dolphin will be your perfect “home away from home”.
Swan & Dolphin Resort is about 20 miles from Orlando International Airport (MCO).
Whether at the Swan & Dolphin or out around Orlando, here are lots of fun things to do either outside of sessions or if you want to extend your stay for a few days!
IAAP always represents admins with professionalism and practices inclusion. This is especially true at Summit, our largest event of the year. To make sure everyone has a stellar experience, we ask each attendee to adhere to certain principles.
We invite you to attend in a spirit of curiosity, friendliness, open-mindedness, camaraderie, and respect. We will not tolerate harassment in any form. Please click here to read the full Attendee Conduct Expectations/Event Policy page; you will be asked to acknowledge that you’ve read it prior to registering for Summit.
Cancellation and refund requests received in writing 45 days prior to the start of the conference will qualify for a refund, less a $100 administrative fee, per registration. Refunds are not available to registrants who receive the corporate discount. Refund requests should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Refunds will be processed within 10-15 business days. No refunds will be issued after June 3, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. CT.
IAAP accepts check, money order, or credit card payments (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover) in U.S. Dollars. IAAP cannot process registrations without full payment and a completed registration form. Once submitted to IAAP, the form of payment may not be changed.
IAAP is happy to accommodate special dietary needs within reason and to the best of our ability, prior to conference. Please be sure to be as specific as possible on your registration form. NOTE: if you decline to specify your needs in advance, we cannot guarantee we can accommodate them on-site.
Have you ever thought about earning a certification? IAAP offers the NCCA-accredited Certified Administrative Professional (CAP) designation, a comprehensive credential specifically for administrative professionals. Summit is a great place to learn more, as well as meet CAP holders ready to share their journey to certification with you. And for you CAP holders who must recertify to keep your CAP active, Summit 2020 offers 21.5 recertification points! You can earn an extra 1 recertification point by completing the Learning Journal provided during Summit, for a total of 22.5 points.
Meal Ticket*- all attendees receive the Summit Lunch and Awards Gala as part of registration. For those who want the convenience of a hot breakfast & lunch buffet Saturday through Tuesday, purchase a Meal Ticket for $510
Fast Pass* - NEW THIS YEAR! This pass gives you early access to all education and general sessions, as well as an exclusive workshop with Dr. Megan Alrutz, Saturday’s General Session speaker for $150 NOTE: 50% of proceeds of the Fast Pass benefit the IAAP Foundation
Awards Gala Ticket – an extra ticket to the Awards Gala for guests of Summit attendees for $150
Coaching Session – a 15-minute “mini-session” with an IAAP Academy for Leadership Development coach, designed to help you with focus and solutions for a challenge you are currently facing for $99 NOTE: These sessions will not be scheduled during education sessions
Wellness Bar 1:1 Sessions – additional 1:1 15-minute sessions with your preferred Wellness Bar SME to help you develop a personal plan to activate change [$20 paid on-site]
Awards Gala Table – reserve a table for you and 9 of your friends at the Awards Gala for a $150 donation to the IAAP Foundation
*Inventory of these tickets is limited and available on a first come, first served basis