Join us July 22 - 24 in Chicago, IL at the 2019 IMA Summit

We invite all IESP members to join peers and incentive professionals in Chicago, IL this July for an informative and fun Summit! With less than six weeks until the Summit kicks-off, be sure to register and reserve your hotel room today! Check below to find out what's in store! 

The full IMA Summit schedule is available on the IMA website.

Special Networking Events at the 2019 Summit

Opening Reception - Summertime Skyline Social

Monday, July 22, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
In response to positive feedback regarding the 2018 Summit Opening Reception, we are once again planning a casual event focused primarily on networking with the option to take part in games and other fun activities. Set on the Loews’ rooftop terrace, attendees will have the opportunity to reconnect with the breathtaking backdrop of downtown Chicago. Join your peers in this urban oasis to kick off the Summit! 

Food & Beverages: Heavy hors d’oeuvres provided & host bar.
Attire: Comfortable and casual – a light jacket or sweater recommended as this is an outdoor event.  

Awards Reception

Tuesday, July 23, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
We’ve listened to your feedback and are pleased to bring you a renovated awards ceremony. This year’s ceremony will fast-paced and fun. This event will recognize several great leaders and honorary programs throughout the incentive industry. Master of Ceremonies, Ronny Sage, and mentalist, Chad Collyer, will kick start the event. You won’t want to miss it! You’ll have time to make dinner reservations or attend other planned activities following the event.

Food & Beverages: Heavy hors d’oeuvres provided & host bar.
Attire: Cocktail attire

Closing Reception

Wednesday, July 24, 5:00 – 6:00 pm Come and say your ‘goodbyes for now’. The closing reception is a great opportunity to tie up loose ends and wind down after three days committed to advancing your career through networking and education. Cheers!

Food & Beverages: Light hors d’oeuvres provided & host bar.
Attire: Casual attire – a light jacket or sweater recommended as this is an outdoor event. 

Education Program Announced

IMA 101: New? Current? Get The Most out of your Membership.

Monday, July 22, 3:00 - 3:30 pm
Learn what IMA and IESP are doing for you and your business at this IMA 101 session.

Principles of Incentive Design Course & IP Exam

Monday, July 22, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm 
Have you been thinking about getting your Incentive Professional (IP) designation but haven't had the time to study or take the exam? You can now take the Principles of Incentive Design Course at the Summit. The course is designed to be a review of the Principles Curriculum that will be on the IP exam. 

IESP Membership Meeting

Monday, July 22; 3:30 - 5:30 pm

Scotch/Whiskey – Incentive/Recognition – Tomato/Tomahto?

Tuesday, July 23; 11:00 - 12:00 pm
Is scotch whiskey? Is whiskey the same as scotch. The answer: Yes and No.

Believe it or not this is the same discussion we need to have about recognition and incentives. Is recognition an incentive? Is an incentive recognition? The answer: Maybe and maybe.

Too often the terms recognition and incentive are conflated. Consequently, the design, and ultimately the success of the program suffers. Knowing how incentives and recognition programs differ is critical to creating successful solutions that drive performance. Even professionals in the industry seem to have wildly different perspectives when it comes to these pillars of behavior change and motivation.

Attend this session to learn the difference between breaking behavioral inertia and maintaining it. 

The Life of an Incentive Program 3.0

Tuesday, July 23; 1:00 - 2:00 pm
This will be an interactive panel discussion regarding the nuts and bolts of the incentive/performance industry. Four solution providers will share first-hand insights into identifying potential clients, penetrating the layers of decision makers, scheduling that first presentation, planning and budgeting. They will also discuss the many approaches to launching, the methodology of statistical measurements and, the importance of seamless reward programs. Learn the key to turning that successful Incentive program into a long-term relationship.  

Considerations for creating Global Programs / Expanding US Programs

Tuesday, July 23; 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Presenter: David Gould, IP, Corporate Rewards UK
This session will cover the key considerations when designing a Global program including audience (countries, cultures, sensitivities), rewards (categories, range, Logistics, SLAs, support), languages, currencies, time zones and partnering (technology, fulfilment, service, support), contracting and billing challenges.

Improve the Design and Results of Incentive Programs by using Motivation Assessments

Wednesday, July 24; 9:30 – 10:30 am
Motivation Assessments are tools which can help incentive program planners and sponsors design more effective incentive and recognition programs, by understanding the personal motivators of the program participants. These insights help planners craft the program award selection, communications plan and determine the need for integrated training and coaching. Participants will learn about the "Motivators Assessment" from The Culture Works, a research-based system based on the N.Y. Times bestselling book "What Motivates Me," by Chester Elton and Adrian Gostick and motivationWorks, an assessment system based on the Self-Determination Theory of Edward Deci, PhD. which was highlighted in the Dan Pink's book "Drive."


July 22nd will be here soon. Sponsorships remain for all budgets to feature your brand at the event.  

Want to be part of the Opening Night Reception? 
Game & Entertainment sponsors available at $2,000 – give us a call!

Who wants to sponsor breakfast or lunch? 
We all appreciate a great meal – all budgets welcome

Is Education your thing? 
Several sponsorships at $1,500 remain – but going fast!

Finally – the Awards Reception on Tuesday evening will be something to celebrate
Support our industry at any budgetary level

Sponsorship Prospectus

See the sponsorship prospectus above for options. Remember items are first come, first served. 

Notify either Anne Jetter at or Lauren Loudenslagel at to secure your spot. See you in Chicago!

We thank you for your continued support!

Thank you to our 2019 Summit sponsors! View a list of all committed sponsors on our website.

Gift Bag Swag

More Donations Needed!
We are accepting currently gift bag swag for the 2019 IMA Summit. If you are interested in donating an item to the gift bags, we need 375 items. This is a great way for IMA members to get additional visibility for their brands at the Summit.

If you have any questions about what to donate or would like to confirm a donation, contact Heather Abbott at

Silent Auction

More Donations Needed!
This year we have an online form that makes it easier than ever to confirm and complete your donation. Are you ready to submit?

Donate Today

Let’s make this 20th Anniversary IMA Summit a huge success for the estimated 375 IMA members & business guests convening in Chicago, July 22-24!

Where do your Silent Auction proceeds go? Funds raised through the IMA silent auction support educational initiatives designed to communicate the value of rewards, recognition and corporate gifts.

Questions? Contact the silent auction chair, Lori Gardner at and she'll get you what you need.

Check out this year's Silent Auction donations you can bid for at the Summit!

Silent Auction Catalog


We need you, yes YOU! Help out your favorite association and volunteer at the 2019 IMA Summit.

Volunteer opportunities are available throughout the entire conference and in different time increments to fit your schedule. 

Want to greet your fellow attendees as they arrive? Pick up an hour, or several, at the registration desk, or serve as a session volunteer to introduce a speaker and give them their gift!

Volunteer Sign-up

To find out more about what the IMA Summit has to offer,  visit the IMA Website.