2021 RIPA Annual Conference and Suppliers Exposition

RIPA / IPANA Decide to Cancel Co-Located
2021 Annual Conference
Due to COVID Concerns

RIPA to Hold a “Board Meeting Plus”
Event on October 20 – 21, 2021


The leadership of both RIPA and IPANA have concluded that due to the ongoing COVID-related health risks associated with travel and large in-person meetings, the 2021 Co-Located Annual Conference in Chicago must be cancelled.  Plans are being developed to offer members the opportunity to attend virtual presentations by several of our keynote speakers.  Dates and times for these events will be forthcoming.

The RIPA Board understands that cancellation of the Annual Conference is disappointing for members, many of whom were looking forward to the opportunity to renew acquaintances with colleagues from around the country, visit with suppliers, talk about issues of concern to the industry and enjoy a few days visiting the Windy City.  However, both RIPA and IPANA understood there were potentially significant financial repercussions for both groups if, as seemed likely, the meeting was poorly attended.  Indeed, at this moment, registration numbers for both groups are quite low.

In recognition of these facts, but also appreciating that some RIPA members and suppliers remain interested holding a scaled-back meeting, the Board agreed to conduct a “Board Meeting Plus” event in Chicago the evening of October 20 and the day of October 21.  Plans have not been finalized for this event but, generally, we are considering a reception/dinner the evening of Wednesday, October 20, several hours of technical and policy discussions on Thursday morning, followed by a Board Meeting – – open to all members in attendance – -starting around mid-day and concluding that afternoon.  If this event is of interest to you, please hold the dates on your calendar and await further information from RIPA early next week.

If you think you might attend this meeting, please respond directly to [email protected], not later than Tuesday, September 14.  As noted above, we will soon be sending out a more formal registration request with meeting details, but we are interested in gauging member interest in this idea.

NOTE: Individuals who have already registered for the now-cancelled Annual Conference will receive a full refund.

Thank you for your understanding and continued support of RIPA.


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