The Conference Planning Committee is moving forward as usual with preparations for the 58th Annual Conference, which is scheduled for November 11-13, 2020, at the President Abraham Lincoln Springfield - A Doubletree by Hilton Hotel.

The conference theme is “Align, Integrate and Strengthen,” and we are excited to welcome back Dr. Corrine Hoisington as our featured Keynote Speaker. As a professor, author, and highly sought-after speaker, Corrine’s IBEA sessions are always well attended, as she showcases upcoming advances in technology in energetic and engaging presentations. In addition, we are seeking IBEA members who will share their cutting-edge, hands-on techniques for Best Practices during conference sessions as well as those who are willing to serve as session hosts.

In the meantime, IBEA Board members are well aware of the difficulties in planning large gatherings because of COVID-19, and we are closely monitoring the situation. We would like to assure you that our Executive Director and Hotel staff are working together to be proactive regarding options available to assure a safe environment for conference attendees. 

As the restrictions are lifted and the threat of the spread of COVID-19 reduces, we will continue to analyze the situation to determine details regarding our Fall conference.  Updates will be provided to IBEA members concerning any changes that might be made as this situation evolves.


Carol Brooks
IBEA First Vice President & 2020 Conference Chair