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About The Conference / 2016 Soaring to New Heights

As the premier state conference for parks and recreation, forest preserves and conservation agencies in Illinois, the IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights conference brings together more than 4,400 professionals and elected officials for three exciting days of quality educational programming, networking and professional development.  Featuring 18 pre-conference workshops, over 150 educational sessions, and an exhibit hall where more than 325 exhibitors showcase their latest and greatest products and services, the 2016 conference is THE place to be!  Mark your calendars now and plan to join us at the Hyatt Regency Chicago next January for this exceptional event!


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Conference Schedule /

Keynote Speaker / Saturday, January 30, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Wonder Worlds

Mobile phones changed communications and society more in 20 years than the entire 140 year history of phones. Walmart reshaped all of retailing only to be reshaped again by the Internet. Big things, even if they are small in size, can be totally disruptive to markets, economies and society. What are the likely next big things? And how might they change all of us in ways that will propel societies to their highest human potential ever? Join us as Dr. Catlett takes you on a tour through the next big things and their likely impacts.

Event Location

Hyatt Regency Chicago
151 E. Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: 312.565.1234

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