AIIP 2018 Annual Conference Highlights

"Thriving in the New Normal"

The Association of Independent Information Professionals (AIIP) hosted its 32nd Annual Conference on April 19-22, 2018, at the Millennium Hotel in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.

Speakers & Sessions

Guest Speakers

Clare Hart — Transitions in a World of High-Impact Innovation and Disruption (2018 Roger Summit Award Lecture)
Mary Meehan — Looking Ahead:  Thriving in the New Normal (Keynote)
Jason Voiovich — Information Management Lessons from China: Their Relevance for YOU   
Jennifer Radke — Social Media: Our New Normal for Business Building

Member Speakers

Mary Ellen Bates — Make Yourself Irreplaceable: The Secret of “Reality-Check Conversations”
June Boyle and Cindy Romaine — Coping with the New Normal, and Getting Back to Normal: Helping Our Clients Deal with Disruptive Change  
Jennifer Burke — Work Hacks – Tools We Need to Market and Run Our Businesses with Greater Ease
Barbara Ingrassia — What I Need to Know About Copyright to Protect My Business: Developing Best Practices and an Action Plan

Snap Talks

Betty Nordeng — Dealing with Disruptions: Having a Business and a Life
Edward J. Ajaeb — From CI to CSI: Using Social Media Apps to Gather Intel and Enhance Your Research
Shelly Azar — Visualizing Data for Better Insights
Becky Leung — Google Analytics - Helpful Tips
Caitlin Faas — Do You Really Need More Education?

Special Sessions

First Timers Welcome and Orientation — Cindy Shamel and Mary Ellen Bates
Introductions — All participants
Awards Dinner
Sunday Morning Sendoff: Cementing the Takeaways — Becky Leung and Cindy Shamel


Extreme Makeover: Reinventing Your Individual Value Proposition as an Information Leader — Jason Voiovich       
Build Your Social Media Strategy — Jennifer Radke       
Lights, Camera, Action! Tell Your InfoPreneur Story on Video — Jennifer Burke   


AIIP announced the recipients of several annual awards during the conference.

Roger Summit Lecture Award — Clare Hart
Marilyn M. Levine AIIP President's Award — Shelly Azar, Insight Researchers
Roger Summit Conference Sponsorship — Betty Nordeng, Willowriv Consulting
Sue Rugge Memorial Award for mentoring — Jan Knight, Bancroft Information
AIIP Connections Writer's Award— Jan Knight. "Wearing Two Hats," AIIP Connections 32 (4), December 2017. Read it here (PDF).

Sponsors & Exhibitors

Gold Sponsor

Third Iron LLC

Silver Sponsors

Thomson Reuters
Content Capital
Sagacity Strong, LLC

Bronze Sponsors

Wisconsin TechSearch

Specialty & Promotional Sponsors

Adept Information Solutions
Archer Van Den Broeck
Bates Information Services
Blue Note Research Group
CeRCO Research & Consulting
de Stricker Associates
FSO Research & Information
Hetherington Group
Holley Hughes
InfoRich Group
Information Management Services, Inc.
Insight Information Solutions
Langeman Consulting
Librarian At Your Service, LLC
Librarian in the Cloud
Line of Sight Group
Ojala Associates
Pinpoint Prospect Research
Shamel Information Services
The 42nd Street Group, Inc.
Wleklinski Information Services


Information Today  
Third Iron LLC 
Line of Sight Group 

Community Give-Back

AIIP members made contributions to the Réve Academy, a Minneapolis organization that partners with schools to teach marketable digital skills to teens. Rêve Academy’s mission is to help kids dream with direction through pathways to digital careers.

Thanks to the 2017 Conference Team

Conference Chair

Lynn Strand


Michelle Rawl
Jan Sykes
Betty Nordeng

Website & Social Media

Connie Clem
Ken Watson

Local Arrangements

Kathy Porter


Diane Valdivia (lead)
Eddie Ajaeb
Beth Plutchak
Maureen Shields

updated 5/4/2018

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