Welcome to the Midwest Chapter!

The Midwest Chapter spans 12 states, making it the largest geographic chapter of IAP2 USA. We are happy to serve IAP2 members and friends who reside in North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio.

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  • Sign up for our chapter e-newsletter by emailing us at midwest@iap2usa.org
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Upcoming Events

2022 Spring Conference

Joining us in Eagan May 4-6? Visit our conference website!

Registration is now closed.

    After a two-year hiatus, the IAP2 Midwest Chapter is excited to be gathering in-person for our 2022 Spring Conference! The theme of this conference is Breaking Down Walls: Meeting the Challenge of Inclusion in Public Participation

    We are gathering May 4 - 6, 2022, for a schedule full of informative sessions, interesting panels, and engaging social events!

    Registration is now closed. More than 120 engagement professionals have registered to attend the conference, which includes:

    • Wednesday lunch and afternoon workshop led by the City of Minneapolis Neighborhood & Community Relations team
    • A choice of 20 conference sessions
    • Wednesday evening happy hour with food, walking distance from conference site
    • Thursday breakfast, lunch, and evening reception on-site with dinner and drinks
    • Friday breakfast 

    Conference Schedule

    11:00am Registration open
    12:00pm Lunch
    1:00pm-4:00pm Afternoon workshop
    5:00pm-7:00pm Social event, food provided
    8:00am Information table open / Breakfast
    8:30am-9:00am Welcome from Chapter President
    9:00am-10:00am Session 1 (choice of 3)
    10:15am-11:15am Session 2 (choice of 2)
    12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch
    1:00pm-2:00pm Session 3 (choice of 3)
    2:15pm-3:15pm Session 4 (choice of 3)
    3:30pm-4:30 Session 5 (choice of 3)
    4:45pm Social event on-site, dinner provided
    8:00am Information table open / Breakfast
    8:30am-9:30am Session 1 (choice of 3)
    9:45am-11:15am Session 2 (choice of 2)
    11:15am-11:45am  Closing

    View a schedule of conference sessions here!


    The IAP2 Midwest Chapter's 2022 Spring Conference will be hosted at the Eagan Community Center, 1501 Central Pkwy, Eagan, MN 55121. It features space for us to gather as a large group, breakout rooms, an outdoor pavilion, walking trails, and nearby hotels, coffee shops, and restaurants.

    Conference Sponsors:

    Interested in being a sponsor? Learn more: iap2midwest.com/conference-sponsors

    Click below to see some of the great sessions offered at the conference!

    IAP2 Midwest Conference Sessions.pdf

    Meet our Board of Directors

    The Midwest Chapter Board of Director has nine seats of staggered terms. As part of the chapter's annual election, the call for self-nominations to the board is issued in October, with the election occurring in November. 

    Term Years: 2021-2022    
    Myles Alexander
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     Andrea Gebhart

    Dan Pfeiffer
    *2022 Treasurer
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    "The IAP2 Core Values are my values. I work well with people from different backgrounds and perspectives. I am a convener, connecting people. I also help people connect the dots. I also bring the chapter an understanding of how IAP2 USA works."

    "Using my strengths, I would love to help grow the P2 profession and better establish it as a known professional practice throughout the Midwest."

    "I believe that IAP2 and the Midwest Chapter are more important than ever as governments of all levels seek to rebuild trust with communities and achieve equitable outcomes."

    Term Years: 2022-2023    
    Anne Carroll

    MJ Lamon
    *2022 Secretary
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    Emily Larson
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    "I'm committed to working on action-oriented teams; actively advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout our chapter and in the in the work we all do; and to supporting others to develop or expand their leadership roles and contributions."

     "I am always drawn to serve in capacities that create spaces for others to learn and grow. Serving on a board is one role and leading committees is how we get the work done. My arranger, activator and strategic strengths allow me to make things happen by turning thoughts into action, organize with flexibility, and find routes to move work forward."

     "In my organization, I am a leader in facilitation and participatory methods. I bring this experience and focus to my work on the board. After filling a partial term on the board (2021), I feel I am just getting started with ideas and efforts around member engagement in our organization and am honored to continue that work."

    Term Years: 2022-2024    
    Edell Fiedler
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    Heather Lasher Todd
    *2022 President
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    Josie Shardlow
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     "I am a team player who collaborates with people across various city service areas, other jurisdictions, and the non-profit and business sectors to help achieve the best possible outcomes. I am committed to using a diversity lens in the communications and engagement work I do."

     "I have really enjoyed being a part of reviving this Midwest Chapter, and I am so excited about where we are headed! There is much work to be done as we look toward our 2022 spring conference in MN and work to engage with our geographically large membership."

     "I bring a passion for the field of community engagement/public participation to be a catalyst to advance our communities’ racial equity, diversity and inclusion goals. I look forward to encouraging others to attend the conference and other events we initiate."

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