Why have a Summit?
13 February 2020
Posted by: Heather Ette
Why have a Summit?
Those of us who were around in the early days of IEP will remember several debates about how we put dialogue, discussion and the sharing of good ideas at the heart of the new Membership body and as IEP Membership climbed steadily that demand from our Members for space to engage grew.
As our organisation developed so did our offer around communication, timely updates and space for networking. For most new Members the first and most visible way to do this is through our website myiep.uk and through Employability Professional.
They remain very popular with our Membership to this day, but there has always been a demand for more. Our networking events are now well established as a good way of bringing Members together in key localities to hear up to date news and comment from guest speakers and major local providers. Building on that our AGMs are now big events in their own right with a flavour of not just reporting back to our Members but of celebration too (If you haven’t been to one yet do try to get the next one on Thursday 15th October 2020) - you won’t regret it!
And of course, there are the well-known Fellows’ Networking Dinners. A chance to have a good, thought-provoking discussion in congenial surroundings are now well established and open to all Members and their guests. We’ve built these into a regular programme of six a year: in 2019 alone over 70 of our people participated in one or more of our dinners. So do keep an eye out for this year’s dates and come if you can as the feedback we get is consistently positive and constructive.
So now to the next step. We have never set out to compete with the big conferences and conventions. But it was clear that there was a demand for an IEP event somewhere in the middle ground - bigger than a meeting, but smaller than a big conference. Our Members told us they wanted something different: plenty of time for networking; no forced choices between breakouts; stimulating plenary speakers that prompted dialogue, all done in half a day.
We believe we’ve answered those demands. The Summit lasts half a day - 12:30 to 5:30. It’s limited to 75 attendees and there are not only four plenaries that promise to stimulate great discussion, but between them a total of an hour for networking.
So, we are nearly there. The great news is the Summit is fully sold out - a month before the date. If you have secured a place don’t forget your business cards, there will be people you will want to meet and plenty of chances to do so. If by some chance having booked, you find you can’t attend please let Heather Ette know at email@example.com as we have a waiting list and someone may be able to take up your spare ticket.
See you at the RSA!
Patrick Hughes FIEP