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41st Annual ILA Convention, Seattle, Washington USA

  • March 25, 2020
  • 6:00 PM
  • March 28, 2020
  • 9:00 PM
  • Renaissance Seattle Hotel, Seattle,Washington USA


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • Contact Exec Director (info@listen.org) for pre-approved, special arrangements registration code.

To register for convention, click the "register" button.
Fees increase on February 1, 2020. If you have not registered and paid by noon, US Central time, March 10, there will be an additional $50 charge.

If you have any questions, please direct them to the ILA Executive Director at info@listen.org, or the ILA Board convention chair at Lori.joubert@listen.org
All fees in US dollars.

41st Annual International Listening Association Convention 
Seattle, Washington USA
March 25-28, 2020
"Embrace the World: Listen to Build Relationships" 

To register for the 41st Annual ILA Convention "Embrace the World: Listen to Build Relationships," click the "register" button at the bottom left side of this page.

If you are an ILA member please login in order to access special reduced rates for members. Please use the email address you have on file with the ILA. If you have forgotten your password, please click the “forgot password” link on the upper right side of the homepage.

Not an ILA member yet? Click here to join today to receive discounted convention member rates. Please refer to the 2020 Registration Options page for details.

Wednesday, March 25

Please join us for a "Welcome Reception" in Seattle. Meet new ILA members and key leaders in the field of listening as well as have an opportunity to meet your board.  If you wish to bring a guest to the Wednesday Kick Off reception, please pay for your guests with your registration so we can plan our meal count.  (All fees are USD.)

Thursday, March 26

Thursday sessions will run both morning and afternoon. Join us for fascinating sessions in Business, Education, Research, Healthcare, Technology, Environment, and Arts and Humanities presented by those who are passionate about advancing the practice, teaching, and research of listening throughout the world.  Both Thursday’s lunch and a PM beverage break are included in your registration fees; dinner is on your own at local restaurants and diners. 

Friday, March 27

Friday will continue to spotlight more sessions with listening experts from all areas of listening in the morning.  Friday afternoon and evening will be free for you to explore "The Emerald City" of Seattle on your own, or with friends and colleagues. Friday's meals are on your own at local diners and restaurants; there will be no beverage breaks.  We will have material to help you with your touring and dining options.

Saturday, March 28

Saturday's varied listening sessions will run both morning and afternoon. Join us for the annual Past Presidents’ Luncheon to honor past ILA Presidents and thank them for their extraordinary service and dedication. We will also enjoy a preview of the 2021 convention. In a Plenary Session we will draw together our learning and experiences. 

Your fees include both a the Past Presidents' Luncheon, the PM beverage break and, in the evening, the annual ILA Awards banquet (with cash bar).  In the evening our traditional ILA Awards ceremony and banquet celebrates some of our outstanding members and their incredible achievements in the areas of research, service, business, and teaching. There are several awards to be presented which may include the ILA Listener of the Year, ILA Listening Hall of Fame, ILA Educator of the Year, ILA Business of the Year, and more. If you would like to nominate someone for an award you can do so: listen.org/awards.

If you wish to bring a guest to the Past Presidents' luncheon, and/or to the Award banquet, there will be additional fees on the registration form.  Please pay for your guests with your registration so we can plan our meal count.

Registration and Payment Information

Please refer to the 2020 Registration Options page for details. Make sure to register before noon US Central, February 1, 2020, for reduced/early bird rates and to ensure your spot. We have people registering from all over the world and spaces are limited. Fees increase at noon US Central February 1, 2020. If you register but do not pay before Feb 1, unfortunately, your registration will be deleted.  When you register again, early bird rates will no longer apply.  Registration fees must be paid at the time of registration in US dollars and can be paid online by credit card. Any registration inquiries may be directed to info@listen.org. Registration is non-refundable. 

We discourage on-site registration unless it is absolutely necessary.  If you choose to register on-site in Seattle, or if you register after 12:00 noon US Central March 10 online, there will be an additional $50.00 USD late charge.  As we have to guarantee the number of meals in advance, on-site registrants and late registrants will be asked to wait until all of the other convention participants are seated before we can invite you to join us for any meals.


Your registration fee includes:

  • Wednesday: Evening Welcome Reception
  • Thursday: Luncheon, and afternoon beverage break
  • Friday: No meals or beverage breaks on Friday (the afternoon is free to explore Seattle on your own or with friends)
  • Saturday: Past Presidents' luncheon, afternoon beverage break, and Annual Awards Banquet 

Please note: 

There is a Starbucks located in the hotel lobby and several other coffee serving facilities within walking distance of the hotel. Dinner on Thursday, and both lunch and dinner on Friday will be on your own or with friends at local diners or restaurants. While we do not have specific menus for meals, please indicate any dietary preferences or restrictions on the registration form so we can better plan menus. Please order extra meals on the registration form for your guests only.


Convention Venue--ILA convention accommodation/room rate $129 (single or double).  If you find a lower rate, please contact the hotel so that you can still be part of the ILA's contracted room count while still receiving your lower rateAll accommodations are the responsibility of the attendee. 

Book before March 3, 2020 for this rate

complimentary tier 1 internet in guest rooms
10% discount parking
rate good 3 days prior and after convention
complimentary health club access

Link to general info about the Renaissance Hotel

515 Madison Street
Seattle, WA  98104-1119
+1 206-583-0300 

Making room reservations online

A dedicated website is now available for you to book hotel rooms online for the 2020 convention. Reservations can be made at this web address:  https://book.passkey.com/e/49933907  


Please refer to the Transportation Page for more information. 

If you have any questions, please direct them to the ILA Executive Director at info@listen.org or the convention chair at Lori.joubert@listen.org

Seattle 2020

International Listening Association
943 Park Drive
Belle Plaine, MN 56011, USA
Phone: (001) 952-594-5697
The ILA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization 

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