A new spin on convention and awards banquet!

Based on low year-to-date trends in registration, hesitation from speakers as well as vendors and concern for everyone’s safety—we have chosen to rethink our traditional convention. Not doing so would have been financially irresponsible.

Convention is about networking, celebrating, and learning. With that in mind, we are planning to move the Awards Banquet to April 28, 2022 at the Downtown Des Moines Marriott. In addition to the banquet, we’ll host a workshop with sessions this summer. Be on the lookout for additional sessions that will be made available via the Online Media Campus that is free to all INA members.

Full refunds will be issued to everyone who has already registered for the event. When registration opens for the April banquet, it will be communicated in the Bulletin and through email. This is not a decision that was taken lightly, and we understand that there will be many questions. Your patience while working through the details is greatly appreciated.

We can't wait to see you in April!


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