The IAP2 USA Midwest Chapter Conference

The 2024 IAP2 Midwest Conference: Spark Connections that Matter! will take place April 17-19, 2024, at the Thompson Center at the University of Nebraska Omaha. We look forward to seeing you there!

Registration open through March 29

Join us April 17-19, 2024, in Omaha, NE to learn and spark connections with colleagues from across the Midwest! Check out the schedule full of informative sessions, interesting panels, and engaging social events!


Registration is OPEN through March 29 and includes:

  • Wednesday lunch and evening social
  • Thursday breakfast, lunch, and end-of-day happy hour
  • Friday breakfast and lunch
  • Many conference sessions to choose from (stay tuned for detailed schedule!)


  • IAP2 Member - $225
  • Non-Member - $250
  • Student - $150


An interactive conference program has been published so you can pick the sessions you want to attend!


A limited number of affordability scholarships are available, to be awarded based on need. Scholarship submission requests

will be accepted until March 29, 2024.


Looking for somewhere to stay? Consider the following:

  • Courtyard Omaha Aksarben Village
  • Aksarben Area
  • Hilton Garden Inn Omaha – Aksarben Village (402) 334-4441
  • Aloft Omaha Aksarben Village (402) 819-2500
  • Hampton Inn Omaha Midtown – Aksarben Area (402) 933-5510
  • Residence Inn by Marriott Omaha Aksarben Village (402) 551-8000

Midtown Area

  • Element Omaha Midtown Crossing (402) 614-8080
  • Kimpton Cottonwood Hotel (402) 810-9500

Conference Sponsors

A big THANK YOU to our 2024 sponsors!

Conference sponsorship offers an opportunity to demonstrate your organization's commitment to meaningful public participation (P2), as well as share your organization's mission and message with other P2-minded professionals from across the Midwest.

The various sponsorship levels and included benefits are detailed below.

Conference Committee

The Midwest Chapter's annual conference is made possible through the collective efforts of volunteers. Conference committee work ranges from programming and logistics to sponsorships and marketing. Anyone, regardless of IAP2 USA member status, is welcome to serve on the conference committee comprise of the following working groups:

  • Programming. Responsible for determining the content of the conference, including keynote speakers, breakout session, and posters, as well as ensuring the conference stays true to the selected theme.

  • Marketing. Responsible for producing conference materials (save the date, social graphic, conference schedule/program) and creating awareness about the conference.

  • Logistics + Connections. Responsible for details related to venue, catering, registration, and the like. This includes planning and facilitating networking activities at the conference.

  • Financials. Responsible for managing the conference budget and coordinating with our generous sponsors.

The 2024 conference working groups are supported by the following individuals:

MJ Lamon

Conference Co-Chair


Andrea Gebhart

Conference Co-Chair


  • Temwa Phiri, Iowa
  • Erika Hill, Nebraska
  • Andy Wessel, Nebraska
  • *Edell Fiedler, Illinois
  • *Josie Shardlow, Minnesota
  • Anne Carroll, Minnesota
  • *Michelle Bennett, Michigan
  • David Jurca, Ohio
  • Daniel Bennett, Nebraska
  • *Heather Lasher Todd, Missouri
  • *Edell Fiedler, Illinois
Logistics + Connections
  • Sarah Lake, Nebraska
  • Temwa Phiri, Iowa
  • Alyssa Vaughan, Nebraska
  • Stacey Roach, Nebraska
  • *Dan Pfeiffer, Minnesota
  • *MJ Lamon, Minnesota
  • *Andrea Gebhart, Nebraska

* indicates Midwest Chapter Board Member

Past Conferences

2022 & 2023 in Minnesota's Twin Cities

The 2023 conference, themed Meeting People Where They Are In Public Participation, was held May 3-5, 2023, in Eagan, Minnesota. Click here to see the conference program.

The 2022 conference, themed Breaking Down Walls: Meeting the Challenge of Inclusion in Public Participation, was held May 4-6, 2022 in Eagan, Minnesota. Click here to see the conference schedule.

2019 & 2020 in St. Louis, Missouri

The 2020 Midwest Chapter Conference was planned for April 29 - May 1, 2020, in St. Louis, Missouri, but was ultimately cancelled as a result of the global pandemic. Click here to see the conference flyer.

The 2019 Midwest Chapter Conference was held May 16-17, 2019, in St. Louis, Missouri. Click here to see the conference flyer.

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