You have several options for professional development through the
Issue Management Council, both formal programs and informal member-to-member exchange of ideas and experiences.

IMC Annual Forum

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.

You are invited to join IMC at the 2023 Annual Forum held April 19-20 at the Target Headquarters in downtown, Minneapolis.


IMC Webinars

Thought-provoking and instructive Webinars flow from selected IMC Member Forum plenary sessions. Join these interactive one-hour events to tap into tools, techniques and tactics that can be embedded across organizational lines.

consulting webinars

IMC Member Chats

These one-hour “pop up” conversations occur by member request to address current challenges and opportunities in a Chatham House Rules environment. The sessions are held virtually, are not recorded and are open only to IMC members.

IMC Pods

When all the Pandemic battens were hatched, many of us formed a small cluster of closest contacts, our “pods.” The IMC has adopted this concept for our community. Each IMC pod consists of 8-to-10 members from non-competing companies, including at least one IMC Board member who acts as pod leader. The pods gather virtually and directly with each other, as useful. Pod members “shuffle” each year prior to the Annual Forum.

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IMC Membership Directory

Ours is a very relationship-based group. The best and most direct source for expertise is the “brain trust” that exists and is shared generously among IMC members. Contact information for all members is available through the IMC Membership Directory that is found in the Members Only section of the website.

Onsite Training

Organizations new to issue management – or those who wish to grow internal issue management expertise – find value in “The Fundamentals of Issue Management,” an on-site course that brings the best in issue management training through your doorstep. Very reasonably priced sessions, from a half-day to two full days, are tailored to the specific interests of the inquiring company. Your inquiry to the IMC will provide more detail, telephone +1.703.777.8450.

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Issue Management Council program topics and speakers are scheduled according to the needs and interests of current members. In addition to personal exchanges and pod meetings, there is usually a program each month. To give a sense of the frequency and content, here is a list of recent programs:

  • “National Unrest” – Member Chat, January 2021
  • “Issue Management Beyond 2020: Emerging Issue – Vaccines” – Member Chat, January 2021
  • “Nuts & Bolts on Issue, Crisis, Risk: Distinguishing What We Do” – Teresa Crane, Issue Action Publications – Webinar, February 2021
  • “When Lawyers and Issue Managers Disagree: Don’t Forget the Issue”- Tony Jaques, Issue Outcomes – Webinar, March 2021
  • “Issue Prep for Annual Meeting Q&A” – Member Chat, April 2021
  • “Activism in the Post Pandemic Era: Trends, Experiences, Outlook” – Robert Blood, SIGWATCH; Simon Connell, Standard Chartered Bank; Darrell Boverhof & Carrie Houtman, Dow – Webinar, April 2021
  • “Nuts & Bolts on Team Issue Management: Roles & Responsibilities” – Teresa Crane, Issue Action Publications – Webinar, May 2021
  • “Returning to a New Normal: Accommodating Expectations in the Post-Pandemic Workplace” – Member Chat, June 2021
  • “Getting in Front of Breaking Bad News” – Jeff Hahn, Hahn Public – Webinar, July 2021
  • “The Social Issue Advisory Council: Defining Purpose and Practice” – Lisa Carr, USAA, Jarod Davis, Dow – Webinar, September 2021
  • “IM in the Boardroom: The Evolving Risk/Opportunity Oversight Imperative” – Vada Manager, Independent Director, Valvoline & Kim Nelson, Independent Director, Colgate, Cummins, Tate & Lyle – Webinar, October 2021
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The Issue Management Council is a registered US 501(c)3 non-profit entity. Your generosity will fund scholarships and enable IMC professors and graduate students to attend IMC programs.