The ILC Experience

Introducing The ILC Experience for IHRSA 2017. To thank ILC members for their leadership and generous support, and to facilitate networking and idea-sharing among industry leaders, IHRSA has created special opportunities above and beyond the convention agenda. If you are not yet an ILC Member, visit ihrsa.org/industry-leadership-council, download ILC information or contact Meredith Poppler.

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RSVP to attend the ILC Experience

Making the Most of Your Time at IHRSA 2017 and Beyond.


Private Keynote Speaker Discussions

ILC Members have the opportunity to discuss keynote presentations on a deeper level, in an intimate environment. ILC Members also receive special rates (or even *free registrations) to attend the annual IHRSA Convention.
*based on contribution level


Priority Seating

ILC members are invited to sit near the front for all keynote sessions - an extra opportunity to network with other leaders pre and post keynote session.


Industry Leaders Club

Ask questions of the keynote speakers, or sit back and let other industry leaders do the talking. You’ll have great conversations with new friends, and old. The Industry Leaders Club provides the perfect space to relax, recharge, and refuel, with lunch and refreshments served daily.

Exclusive Networking

Strategic Discussions

Private Keynote Session

Special Seating

Food & Beverage

Exclusive Social Events



9:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. | Industry Leadership Club Open, Room 304 Los Angeles Convention Center


9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. | Suggested Feature Presentation 

Improving Your Innovator's DNA JW Marriott Platinum Ballroom F
Chris Bingham, Ph.D.
Track: Leadership

Community in the C.U.R.E. to Everything JW Marriott, Platinum Ballroom A
Karen McNenny
Management & Operations, Health Promotion & Wellness


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Keynote Session & Award Presentation

Relationship Revolution: Building Better Connections in the Digital Age JW Marriott Diamond Ballroom
Seth Mattison, Founder & Chief Movement Officer, FutureSight Labs
Sponsored by MYZONE


12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Special ILC Meet & Greet with Seth Mattison (includes lunch) Room 304 LACC

ILC Members are invited to discuss the keynote presentation with Seth Mattison over a casual lunch. 


1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. | 8th Annual Women's Leadership Summit

Personal Branding to Catapult Your Career, Room 152 LACC
Sima Dahl, facilitated by Debra Siena
Sponsored by the American Council on Exercise


3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. | Suggested Education Sessions for Industry Leaders

Implementing a Medical Wellness Program in Your Club, Room 406-A LACC
Gregory Degnan, M.D.
Track: Health Promotion & Welless

Sustainable Leadership, Room 403-B LACC
Maureen Hagan
Track: Leadership

Industry Best Practices & Innovative Concepts, Room 408-A LACC

Brent Darden
Track: Management & Operations


4:45 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. | The ILC Summit JW Marriott, Platinum Ballroom E

Brand Now: How Today's Digital Dynamics Can Help You Build a Better Brand 
Nick Westergaard

Industry Leadership Council Members and invited guests are invited to network with industry leaders and then delve deeper into personal branding with Nick Westergaard. To become an ILC member, email Meredith Poppler or visit ihrsa.org/ilcRSVP required
Sponsored by ABC Financial


6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. | The ILC Reception JW Marriott, Platinum Ballroom F

Immediately following the ILC Summit, Industry Leadership Council Members and invited guests are invited to a private leadership reception. To become involved or learn more, email Meredith Poppler. RSVP required. 


7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. | Opening Welcome Reception JW Marriott, Diamond Ballroom

Join your colleagues from around the world to network and celebrate the energy and excitement of the industry!
Sponsored by STRONG by Zumba Fitness 





9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Industry Leadership Club Open, Room 304 LACC


8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. | Keynote Session & Award Presentation

Forget BIG Data – Small Data Defines the Future, JW Marriott, Diamond Ballroom
Martin Lindstrom, Author, Change Agent and Brand Futurist, DENMARK
Sponsored by Technogym

NOTE: The ILC Member Meet & Greet with Martin Lindstrom takes place at 2 p.m.


10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. | TRADE SHOW LACC, South Hall


11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Industry Leadership Council (ILC) Meeting, Room 152 LACC

Industry Leadership Council Members and U.S. club operators interested in how public policies and government action affect the industry are invited to participate in this lunch discussion. Discussion will include opportunities to encourage physical activity as well as efforts to prevent risks and threats to club operations. For more information, contact Meredith Poppler. RSVP requested.



2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. | Special ILC Discussion with Martin Lindstrom, Room 304 LACC

ILC Members are invited to discuss the keynote presentation with Martin Lindstrom. Refreshments available. 


3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Suggested Education Sessions for Industry Leaders

Linking Fitness, Wellness & Medicine to Improve Health, Room 403-A LACC
Bill McBride
Track: Health Promotion & Wellness

Poised for Expansion: The Future of the Industry - 300% Globally in 10 Years?, Room 403-B LACC
Bryan O'Rourke
Track: Research & Industry Trends




9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Industry Leadership Club Open, Room 304 LACC


8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. | Keynote Session & Award Presentation

Viral Business: Inspiring Customer Loyalty, JW Marriott Diamond Ballroom
Johnny Earle, Branding Expert, and Founder, Johnny Cupcakes
Sponsored by Matrix Fitness

NOTE: The ILC Member Meet & Greet with Johnny Earle takes place at 11:30 a.m.


10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | 21st Annual IHRSA Financial Panel

An In-Depth Review of the Industry's Segmentation & Systematic Growth, JW Marriott Platinum Ballroom E
Panel discussion moderated by Rick Caro.


10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. | TRADE SHOW LACC South Hall


11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Special ILC Meet & Greet with Johnny Earle (includes lunch) Room 304 LACC

ILC Members are invited to discuss the keynote presentation with Johnny Earle over a casual lunch. 


1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. | Suggested Education Sessions for Industry Leaders

Thinking Outside the Doctor's Office: Offering Chronic Disease Management at Your Club Room 409-A LACC
Janet Cranston
Track: Health Promotion & Wellness

Team Building and the Balance of Your Leadership Team Room 404-A LACC
Katrina Cochrane
Track: Leadership, Management & Operations


6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. | 12th Annual BASH for Augie's Quest, JW Marriott, Diamond Ballroom

Pre-Registration & Donation Required – Email augiesquest@als.net




9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. | Feature Presentations


Networking in the Digital Age, JW Marriott Platinum Ballroom A
Sima Dahl (another opportunity to catch this year's Women's Leadership Summit speaker)
Technology & Social Media

Powerful, Proven, and Profitable Direct Marketing Strategies, JW Marriott Platinum Ballroom B

Alan Leach
Track: Membership Sales & Marketing


10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. | Feature Presentations

Leadership for Long-Term Success, JW Marriott Platinum Ballroom D

Allison Flatley
Track: Leadership, Management & Operations

Making Innovation Work, JW Marriott Platinum Ballroom A

Rivadávia Drummond de Alvarenga Neto, Ph.D.
Track: Leadership, Management & Operations


11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Keynote Session

Creating & Maintaining Engagement, JW Marriott Platinum Ballroom EF

Soraya DarabiCo-Founder, Zady, and Impact Investor
Sponsored by CSI a divison of Daxko

Track: Technology & Social Media, Leadership, Management & Operations


12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. | Special ILC and Global Leadership Meet & Greet, JW Marriott, Gold Ballroom 4

ILC Members are invited to join Industry Leaders from across the globe to discuss the keynote presentation with Soraya Darabi.


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