IASB Annual Convention

Save the date for our 77th IASB Annual Convention!Nov. 16–17, 2022
Iowa Events Center
Des Moines, IA

We are incredibly excited to be planning a vibrant in-person Annual Convention for 2022 and look forward to welcoming you. As always, our keynote speakers will challenge and inspire your governance team, and our full lineup of education sessions for both experienced and newly-elected board members will be focused on issues and trends that matter most.

Key Dates

Mid-summer: Acceptance or denial emails for education sessions
Late summer: Contact made by IASB staff to help shape education session messaging
August 8: Convention registration & hotel reservations open
September 19: SCHED launches
October 13: Deadline for booth cancellation
November 7: Handouts and PPTs due for online posting
November 9: Online registration closes
November 16: Pre-Convention Workshops & Member-Vendor Social
November 17: Annual Convention & Trade Show

Keynote Speakers

We're excited to introduce our three esteemed keynote speakers: Adolph 'Doc' Brown, Celeste Headlee and Cindy Solomon!
Adolph 'Doc' Brown 

Dr. Adolph Brown

Master Teacher, Acclaimed Author & Leadership Expert

Our opening keynoter speaker, Dr. Adolph Brown, wears many hats as a master teacher, university professor, clinical psychologist, businessman, acclaimed author, investor, and research scientist. He has more than 30 years of experience focusing on critical issues such as mental health, equity, education and diversity. The first in his family of five to participate in the Head Start program and graduate high school and college, he is now the president of the Business and Education Leadership Authority, Leadership & Learning Institute. You won’t want to miss his dynamic, humorous talk as he kicks off the Opening General Session with his thoroughly researched, field-tested and concrete strategies to support and enhance schools and businesses around the world.

Celeste Headlee 

Celeste Headlee

Internationally Recognized Journalist, Bestselling Author & Conversationalist

Celeste Headlee has covered all the media platforms during her 20-year career—public radio, national television, presidential coverage, and podcasts. She is an internationally recognized journalist, radio host, and bestselling author whose TEDx Talk, 10 Ways to Have a Better Conversation, has over 26 million views. Celeste is also the president and CEO of a nonprofit working to bring racial justice and equity to journalism and media. As school board members, much of your time is spent talking—to each other, administrators, educators, staff, students, and community members. Current public discourse aside, many of us aren’t great conversationalists. During the Second General Session & Luncheon, Celeste will show school board members the way to have more productive conversations and share actionable steps to improve your communication skills.

Cindy Solomon 

Cindy Solomon

TED Talk Speaker, Author & CEO of Courageous Leadership Institute

TED Talk Speaker, Author and Leadership Guru Cindy Solomon believes everyone, especially school board members, can be courageous leaders. As founder and CEO of The Courageous Leadership Institute, she has helped more than 350,000 individuals identify, nurture and leverage their own leadership potential. Courage is a necessary skill for everyone in public education with the ultimate goal of world-class education for our future leaders. Come to the Closing General Session for the empowering and hilarious insights on courageous leadership, stay for the provocative and interactive presentation where you’ll build your own courage along with the courage of those around you to face the challenges ahead.



The Delegate Assembly & Annual Meeting is an important annual event where member delegates gather to hold the annual meeting, set and approve the legislative platform, and convene nominating caucuses for open IASB District Director seats. Learn more.

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Convention Contacts

Convention Programming

Tiffany Rudd
(515) 247-4699

Registration & Trade Show

Jeff Rohrick
(515) 247-7047


Matt Vinsand
(515) 243-7038


Tammy Votava
(515) 247-7040

Delegate Assembly

Stephanie Rousseau
(515) 247-7042

Accounting & Billing

Helen Grage
(515) 247-4680


SAVE THE DATE! Convention registration opens August 8, 2022.

BBA Credits iconConvention registrants earn 20 Better Boardsmanship credits!

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