AIIP 31st Annual Conference Highlights

"Resilience, Reinvention, Renewal: Pivoting for Success"

The Association of Independent Information Professionals (AIIP) hosted its 31st Annual Conference May 18-21, 2017, at the Hampton Inn & Suites New Orleans Convention Centre, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Speakers & Sessions

Guest Speakers

Jenny Blake - "Pivot: The Only Move that Matters is Your Next One" 

Anne Caputo -Déjá Vu All Over Again: The Art of Reinvention at Every Stage”

Member Speakers

Cynthia Hetherington and Cynthia Navarro - "Knowledge Leaders on the Road"        

Judith Binder, Marcy Phelps and Cindy Romaine – “Pivoting for Success” (Panel) 

Mark Goldstein and Marydee Ojala - "50 Sites in 60 Minutes: Partnering with the Internet"

Mary Ellen Bates – “Let the Good Times (Management) Roll”

Ulla de Stricker and Cindy Shamel – “Sunday Morning Sendoff: Cementing the Takeaways"

Tips: Roundtable Sessions

Ellen Naylor – “7 Tips for Your Success as an Indie Publisher”

Jennifer Wegman – “Nurture Your Network: Five Challenges to Jumpstart Your Business Development

Elizabeth Fraley – “Advance Your Career Through Self-Publishing”

Karen Klein and Michelle Rawl – “Be Resilient With Colleague Collaboration”

Constance Ard – “Presenting in a Vacuum: Secrets to Making Webinars Work”

Marilyn Harmacek - "Are You Scaring Your Clients Away? Radiate a Confident You!"

Kristen Robinson – “Facebook Ads Made Easy: 5 Simple Steps to Get Started Using Facebook Ads”

 Premium Workshops

“Landing a Project…Then Nailing It: How to Delight Clients Every Time” – Ulla de Stricker and Cindy Shamel
“Insightful Business Development: Putting the Focus on Growing Your Business” – Jennifer Wegman

“How to Attract Opportunities to You” - Elizabeth Fraley and Janice Summers

Special Events

- First Timer's Orientation - Mary Ellen Bates and Cindy Shamel

- Non-First Timers: Work Out the Jitters! - Anne Hengehold

- "Next Pivot" Networking Lunch

- Ask the Experts

  • Constance Ard
  • Ulla de Stricker
  • Mary Ellen Bates
  • Jennifer Burke
  • Marilyn Harmacek
  • Karen Klein
  • Ellen Naylor
  • Marcy Phelps
  • Michelle Rawl
  • Cindy Shamel
  • Jan Sykes
  • Arthur Weiss


AIIP recognized the recipients of several annual Awards during the conference.

Sponsors & Exhibitors

Platinum Sponsors

Single-Sourcing Solutions

Gold Sponsors


Silver Sponsors

Content Capital LLC
SkyMinder / C3 Business Information

Bronze Sponsors

de Stricker Associates
Heatherington Group
Market Analytics International

Specialty & Promotional Sponsors

Adept Information Solutions
Bancroft Information Services LLC
Bates Information Services, Inc.
The Business Intelligence Source
CerCo Research & Consulting
Clem Information Strategies
Crosby Group Consulting
FSO Research & Informaiton
Fulcrum Information Resources
InfoRich Group, Inc.
Information Management Services, Inc.
Insight Information Solutions,  LLC
Insight Matters
Insight Researchers
Langeman Consulting
Librarian in the Cloud
Ojala Associates
P&N Association Management
Rawl Research, Inc.
RBSC Corporation
RSL Research Group
Thomson Reuters
Watson Knowledge Services, LLC
Willowriv Consulting


Single-Sourcing Solutions
SkyMinder/ C3 Business Information

What Attendees Said

The conference itself surpassed my expectations… it has increased my awareness of potential opportunities and provided several action points of things I need to do to keep my business relevant and sustainable - worth the cost in itself.

Michele Bate, Archer Van Den Broeck Limited

As always, this conference paid for itself in the ideas it sparked in me and the conversations I had with both long-time friends and new colleagues.

Mary Ellen Bates, Bates Information Services

The theme and workshops were relevant and invaluable. Love the added touches like Break with a Twist. The best part was just being there and reconnecting with you all.

Carol Compton, IndieClear 

Fantastic program, excellent venue and so much insight along with lots of fun!! I gained valuable tips with every conversation. 

Marilyn Harmacek, MHC Info Solutions

The conference speakers did an excellent job incorporating the conference theme of pivoting into their presentations. I have a list of tangible actions I can take immediately to boost my business and many more ideas for long-term planning. 

Karen Klein, Fulcrum Information Resources 

I appreciated that the theme was more than a tag line. It became 
a call to action. I came home with a tangible pivot opportunity and a group of friends-members to help me figure out how to realize that pivot. 

Jane Langeman, Langeman Consulting

This was my first AIIP conference and I can honestly say that I enjoyed every aspect of the conference…The speakers and leaders of the roundtable discussions were all great.

Sabrina Lewis, One Shot Education, LLC

…it's the networking, and the chance to think that makes the AIIP conference so re-invigorating.

Arthur Weiss, AWARE

ALL the sessions were absolutely relevant and extremely interesting. 

Joann M. Wleklinski, Wleklinski Information Services 

Community Give-Back

New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity was the beneficiary of AIIP’s 2017 local give-back drive. Since Hurricane Katrina in 2005, NOAHH has hosted more than 150,000 volunteers who built over 450 new homes, gutted over 2,400 flooded homes, attacked blight properties, partnered to cultivate 36 urban gardens and made urgently needed repairs for over 120 elderly or disabled property owners in need.

Together, AIIP members raised $2,190 for a New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity Women’s Build.

Thanks to the 2017 Conference Team
Conference Planning/Oversight
  • Cindy Romaine
  • Marcy Phelps - Chair
  • Marjan Farahbaksh
  • Maureen Shields
  • Michele Bate
  • Ulla de Stricker
  • Cindy Shamel

Website & Social Media

  • Jennifer Pflaumer
  • Jennifer Burke
  • Ken Watson

Local Arrangements

  • Valeria Hunter - Lead
  • Debbie Wynot


  • Ruth Thaler-Carter
  • Ulla de Stricker
  • Maureen Shields
  • Jennifer Wegman

Social Networking

  • Maureen Shields

Conference Evaluation

  • Mary Ellen Bates

page updated 6/26/2017
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