December 10-13, 2019
Sea Island, Georgia

The Exclusive Senior-Level Summit
For Meetings, Sports and Hospitality Decision-makers

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About Leadership Forum

The Northstar Leadership Forum brings together the industry’s thought leaders – planning professionals and suppliers – for three days of education, networking and sharing of best practices. Our forum is unlike any other industry gathering: A unique, high-level experience where business relationships and friendships are forged. Hosted in beautiful Sea Island, Georgia, the Leadership Forum has been programmed by the teams behind Northstar Meetings Group flagship brands – Meetings & Conventions, Successful Meetings, Incentive and SportsTravel – to deliver an experience your clients and colleagues will never forget.

"For those of you who’ve been to the Leadership Forum, you know what to expect. To those who haven’t, Northstar’s Leadership Forum is nothing less than a magical alchemy – of leading buyers, suppliers and influencers in the meetings industry, engaging each other (formally and informally) over our most compelling issues and interests, while sharing a wide-variety of once-in-a-lifetime experiences. We look forward to sharing this most special event with you and your guests.”  

Executive Vice President & Group Publisher
Northstar Meetings Group





"IPEC is THE event for both novice and experienced independent planners. Everyone is open to express their concerns and posing questions without worrying about 'the other side' and suppliers are truly interested in our positions and challenges, ergo the round table discussions, which are insightful and we learn from each other as well as suppliers. Our discussion on the RFP process helped me to reformulate my own forms and I believe this will result in more usable proposals. Thank YOU."

—Doris Mayer, Meetings Plus

"I applaud Northstar for caring enough about Independent Planners that they designed a meeting just for us. We are critical to the industry and have different needs than the other niche Planner demographics."

—Tess Vismale, iSocialExecution, Inc.

"In two short days IPEC accomplished two very important goals for me - it provided an intimate forum where I could meet with suppliers I've been interested in meeting; and just as importantly, it enabled me to network and share best practices with respected colleagues who do just what I do all across the country."

—Brett Sterenson, Hotel Lobbyists


Roger Dow

Roger Dow is president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, the Washington, D.C.-based advocacy organization representing all segments of travel in America — an industry that generates $2.5 trillion in economic output and supports 15.7 million jobs. Dow regularly meets with executive branch and congressional leaders to advance industry priorities, and his efforts have resulted in major legislative victories. He was instrumental in establishing Brand USA, the highly effective national travel and tourism promotion program.   Additionally, Dow and U.S. Travel are leaders of the Meetings Mean Business Coalition, which promotes and defends the value of face-to-face business meetings, trade shows, conferences and conventions. Prior to joining U.S. Travel in 2005, Dow advanced through the ranks at Marriott International in a tenure spanning 34 years, where he rose to senior vice president of global and field sales. He has held seats on the boards of ASAE, the ASAE Foundation, PCMA, th eMPI Foundation, GWSAE, the Travel Institute, RE/MAX International and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100.

Duncan Wardle

Duncan Wardle serves as an independent innovation and design-thinking consultant, helping companies embed a culture of innovation and creativity across their entire organization. His clients include Coca-Cola, Disney, Forbes, Ford, Johnson & Johnson, McKinsey and the NBA. Enjoying a 25-year career with the Walt Disney Co., Duncan most recently served as its vice president of innovation and creativity. He founded the company’s Creative Team, which works across Disney’s theme parks, Pixar, Marvel, Lucas Films, ESPN, Animation and Imagineering, using a creative problem-solving process that captures unlikely connections, leading to fresh thinking and revolutionary ideas. Prior to heading up the team, Duncan held the posts of vice president of global PR and vice president of international marketing and sales for Disney. In 2008, Duncan was honored with an Outstanding American Citizen Award at the White House, and in 2014 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Edinburgh University. He also holds the Duke of Edinburgh Award, presented by Her Majesty the Queen. 


Please check back for the updated speakers list


Tuesday, December 10
2:00pm – 5:00pm
North Patio
6:00pm – 7:00pm
Black Banks Dock
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Opening Reception
Black Banks Terrace
Wednesday, December 11
8:00am – 8:45am
Sponsored by Las Vegas CVA 
Mizner Ballroom
9:00am – 9:30am
Welcome Remarks & Education
(More Details)  
Mizner Ballroom
"Explore Sea Island"
(Activity Details) 
Departures from Cloister Foyer II
4:00pm – 5:00pm
Golf Performance Center Experience
Golf Performance Center, The Lodge
7:00pm – 10:00pm
Reception & Dinner
Southern Tide, Beach Club
10:00pm – 11:00pm
After Glow
Bowling Alley, Beach Club
Thursday, December 12
7:00am – 9:00am
Mizner Ballroom
8:00am – 9:00am 
(More Details) 
Mizner Ballroom
"Explore Sea Island"
(Activity Details) 
Departures from Cloister Foyer II
4:00pm – 5:00pm
Golf Performance Center Experience
Golf Performance Center, The Lodge
7:00pm – 10:00pm
Closing Reception & Dinner
Cloister Ballroom II
Friday, December 13
6:00am – 11:00am
Coffee & Danish 

Hosted Buyers



The Leadership Forum is an invitation-only event. An event professional can be invited through a supplier or from Nothstar Meetings Group directly. All invited event professionals will enjoy:

  • Business marketplace
  • Activities including golf or other unique experiential activities at Sea Island
  • Dynamic keynote speakers
  • Endless networking opportunities with all attendees

If you have received an invitation, or are interested in attending, please contact Danielle Gillis at


Supplier Info

Party of 4

Party of 4

Party of 4

  • 4 invitations to the Leadership Forum – including premium activity options for all 4 party members
  • 1 full-page, 4-color ad/advertorial in the Nov/Dec 2018 Guide to Meetings Excellence
Fees include: all meals, all activities, accommodations at Sea Island for three nights, and transportation.

Party of 2

Party of 2

  • 2 invitations to the Leadership Forum – including premium activity options for both party members
  • 1/2-page, 4-color ad/advertorial in the Nov/Dec 2018 Guide to Meetings Excellence
Fees include: all meals, all activities, accommodations at Sea Island for three nights, and transportation.

Individual Participation

Individual Participation

  • 1 invitation to the Leadership Forum – including premium activity options for one person

Fees include: all meals, all activities, accommodations at Sea Island for three nights, and transportation.

Upgrade your experience for enhanced exposure.

For more information, please contact your business development director or: Angie Kimmel at


2019 Exhibitors

Citizen Watch America
Club Med
Discover Newport
Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park
Florida Keys and Key West
HHM Hospitality
Icebreaker Merino Clothing
Inns of Aurora
Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority

Meetings & Exhibitions Hong Kong
Naples, Marco Island, Everglades CVB
Norwegian Cruise Lines
Ocean Properties, Hotels & Resorts
Pacific World DMC
Rocky Mountaineer 
Royal Caribbean International
San Diego Tourism Authority
SBM Hotels
Seiko Watch of America, LLC
Smith & Wollensky
Sony Electronics Inc.
Thailand Convention & Incentive Bureau
The Broadmoor
The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort
Tommy Bahama
Visit Napa Valley
Visit St. Pete/Clearwater
Wynn Las Vegas

Myrtle Beach Convention Center

Visit Park City

Las Vegas CVA

South San Francisco Conference Center

Visit Virginia's Blue Ridge

Visit Fort Worth

Fredericksburg CVB

Host Global (TX, LV)

Boise Centre

Visit Oakland

Daytona CVB

Visit St. Pete/Clearwater

Visit Alexandria

Visit San Antonio

St. Augustine & Ponte Vedra Beach

Sonoma County Tourism

Wigwam Resort

2018 IPEC Exhibitors


Atlantis Casino Resort Spa

Awesome Alpharetta CVB

Beaver Run Resort & Conference Center

Boise Centre

Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa

Caesars Entertainment

Charleston CVB

Daytona Beach Area CVB

Discover Newport RI

Dominican Republic Tourism Board

Eldorado Resorts (Silver Legacy)

Florida Keys & Key West

Fredericksburg CVB

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center

Goodman Speakers Bureau

Grand Sierra Resort

Grandover Resort

Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB

Greater Palm Springs CVB

Greater Portland Maine

Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach

Inns of Aurora

KLC Ireland

Las Vegas CVA

Louisville CVB

M Resort

Marriott Hawaii

Meadowlands Liberty CVB

Meet Atlantic City

MEET Hawaii

Melia Hotels International / Paradisus Los Cabos

Memphis CVB

MGM National Harbor

Mohegan Sun

Myrtle Beach Convention Center

Naples Grande

Naples, Marco Island, Everglades CVB

Ocean Center

Ocean Properties

Palms Casino Resort

Peppermill Resort Spa Casino

Plaza Hotel & Casino

Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau

Reno Tahoe

Resorts Casino Hotel - Atlantic City

Salamander Hotels & Resorts

San Diego Tourism Authority

San Mateo County CVB

Savannah Convention Center

Seagate Hotel & Spa

South Point Hotel & Casino

South San Francisco Conference Center

St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

The Iroquois NY

The Modern Honolulu

The National Conference Center / Visit Loudoun

Travel Juneau

Tropicana Las Vegas - A DoubleTree by Hilton

Vail Resorts

Velas resorts

Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club

Visit Alexandria

Visit Berkeley

Visit Denver

Visit Houston

Visit Oakland

Visit Raleigh

Visit Savannah

Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater

Visit Vail Valley

Westgate Las Vegas Hotel & Casino

Click below to see the 2018 list


The only resort in the world to achieve four Forbes Five-Stars ten years in a row.
Where comfort is in every detail and genuine Southern charm is in the air. Sea Island is a place you'll never forget. There’s something about this place that’s timeless. There are deep connections here. To nature, to tradition, to a warm welcome. To excellence recognized with 114 Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond honors. To gracious and heartfelt hospitality.

Buyers & Suppliers: We will make your reservations for you.


Advisory Notice Regarding Outside Solicitations

Please be advised that numerous companies have been emailing and calling our attendees attempting to book them into hotels for Northstar events.

Here are the companies and their representatives that we have been made aware of:

  • CBS International
  • Corporate Booking Services 
  • EHRS 
  • Exhibition Housing Services 
  • Global Housing Corporation 
  • World Wide Travel 


Be advised that these companies and individuals have no relationship with our events. Our attendees are encouraged to disregard any communication received from these companies or any others that are not affiliated with Northstar Meetings Group. 




Buyers Contact:

Angela Cox
Group Director, Meetings & Events

Suppliers Contact:

Shalise DeMott
VP, Sales

Angie Kimmel
Senior Director of Global Event Sales

Event Logistics Contact:

Angela Cox
Group Director, Meetings & Events

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