IMC 2023 Annual Forum

April 19-20, 2023
Target Plaza North (Target Corporation Headquarters)
Minneapolis, MN 

Once a year, the Issue Management Council takes a current reading on “the state of the art and science” of our profession. Speakers are carefully selected for their deep insights and candor to spur commentary and peer-review. Consistently rated “the best conference experience ever,” the annual IMC Forum is a high-value event that is unduplicated in the caliber of conversations and relationships that you’ll experience.

It’s been more than three years since we last gathered for this important in-person event. For those who attended a previous jam-packed IMC Annual Forum, you may recall how it afforded you an important opportunity to network, collaborate and learn from colleagues across our profession.

One of the biggest benefits we’ve heard from past attendees of the IMC Annual Forum is the chance to hear from others within the profession to understand and learn from challenges and triumphs they have experienced at their organization. The caliber of conversations we can have and the relationships we’ll build as we gather together are unparalleled.

You can register for this event online here.

Interested in Presenting?


Make this the year that you share your experience and insight with your issue management peers by presenting at the 2023 IMC Annual Forum. Prospective contributors are encouraged to submit presentation ideas to help shape and elevate our agenda with the following themes and topics receiving extra consideration:

  • Frameworks, Scorecards and Processes for Issue Assessment
  • Case Studies on Recent Issue Engagement Examples, especially Social Issues and ESG
  • Managing Social Issues, ESG and “Woke Capitalism”
  • Best Practices & Tools for Issue Monitoring and Issue Identification
  • Measurement & Reporting Tools and Examples, including Quantification of Risk Avoidance
  • Addressing Employee and Stakeholder Activism
  • The Intersection of Geopolitical Tensions and Organizational Risk
  • Impacts of Disinformation in Social Media on Issue Managers
  • Building/Improving an Organization’s Issue Management Muscle

The deadline to submit a presentation is February 15, 2023.

 Important Dates 

  • February 15: Call for presentation ideas due
  • March 10: Notification of acceptance decision
  • April 7: Final speaker and presentation deck and supporting materials due 

What materials do I need to have to submit? 

  •  All speaker details including name, title, organization, phone, email, biography and headshot of each.
  • A short presentation outline—we will also gladly accept a complete presentation deck in PowerPoint or PDF if one is already built out for consideration.
  • Any appropriate supporting materials such as videos, news articles, case studies, etc. 

Do the presentation materials have to be finalized?
No—you can continue to update your materials after acceptance decisions are made and until the final Annual Forum materials are due on April 7. 

What other general recommendations do you have for my submission?

  • Your presentation should have a clear benefit to attendees, such as helping them address similar challenges within their own organization, offering suggestions for best practices and processes, or highlighting new/evolved issues the profession should prepare to face in 2023 and beyond.
  • Keep presentation content between 15-30 minutes; we will build in additional time for questions and attendee engagement with the presentation.
  • Overcommunicate and provide more information, like speaker notes, to help the Forum Content Committee better understand your presentation and make more informed decisions about the overall forum content. 

By submitting, you confirm and agree: 

  • All presenters/speakers will fully engage in the preparation process, meeting deadlines, and registering and traveling to the event.
  • The Annual Forum operates under Chatham House Rules, and presentation decks and other materials will not be made available to registered attendees following the event unless the presenter agrees to do so.
  • No media or press is allowed to attend the event.
  • The submission complies with your organization’s rules and policies for speaking at an external event. 

Session Format Types 

  • Traditional: 15-30 minute session with 1-2 speaker(s)
  • Panel: 45-minute session with 2-3 speakers with moderator facilitating interactive audience discussion
  • Facilitated Roundtable Discussion: 45-60 minute session with facilitated discussions on specific topic, engaging attendees in discussions, such as lessons learned from a specific issue/incident or best practice on a topic
  • Simulation Exercise: 90-minute session giving attendees a unique opportunity to practice (and observe) issue management roles and response during a simulated issue event 

Review and Acceptance Process
The Content Committee, made up of active IMC members, thoughtfully reviews each submissions to help ensure a cohesive and beneficial agenda for attendees. All materials submitted will be reviewed during this process and, if accepted, content suggestions and feedback will be provided. 

All materials should be submitted to [email protected] by February 15. 

What Makes a Strong Presentation Submission? 

  • Actionable takeaways and lessons learned for attendees. Ask yourself: What is the tangible impact of your talk on attendees, their teams and organizations?
  • Addresses a timely topic, theme or incident/event.
  • Engaging and inspiring delivery.
  • An issue management subject matter expert as speaker(s) – no product/sales individuals are permitted. 
IMC Annual Forum

Forum Rates

IMC Member

Earlybird (by Feb 17)
Regular (Feb 18 or after)


Earlybird (by Feb 17)
Regular (Feb 18 or after)

Forum Schedule

8:00 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m. – 12 noon Speakers & Presentations
12 noon Luncheon & Keynote
1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Speakers & Presentations
Evening Hosted group dinner, included in registration fees
8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast & Networking
8:30 a.m. – 12 noon Speakers & Presentations
12:30 p.m. Adjourn

Lodging Information

There are many hotels in downtown Minneapolis that are conveniently located, skyway connected, and within walking distance of Target HQ. As we recognize that many organizations already have preferred hotel brands and pre-negotiated corporate travel rates, we encourage attendees to book their preferred hotel.


Visit Meet Minneapolis for Minneapolis travel information and tips.

Travel Information

If you are flying in to Minneapolis, you will likely be flying in to the Minneapolis-St.Paul International Airport (MSP). Please note that there are two terminals at MSP: Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. The terminals are accessed off separate roadways, so it is important to know which terminal you will fly in or out of. Check the airlines by terminal page to find out which terminal you’ll need.

Once you arrive in Minneapolis, there are several ways to make the 15-25 minute trip to/from downtown Minneapolis, including Taxi, Uber/Lyft and the METRO Blue Line light rail transit (LRT).