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IDA Executive Leadership Retreat

The IDA Executive Leadership Retreat is a deep dive intensive program that brings together a cohort of CEOs and Executive Directors from within the place management profession. The retreat will focus on essential practices for leaders to effectively navigate up, down and across organizational silos. Over the course of the week, leaders will have the opportunity to network and create valuable peer support systems.

Prior to the workshop, the facilitators will survey participants and tailor the sessions to address areas of interest. From the highest-level, executive standpoints, these sessions will focus on building trust by providing effective feedback and critiques, using new technologies effectively, motivating and working well with diverse employees, providing a range of perspectives on executive level leadership, and gaining understanding and “buy-in” from teams. Participants will have opportunities for practice, feedback and questions.

Who is eligible to attend?

If you are looking to collaborate with a cohort of executives, this is an opportunity you won't want to miss. This program is for IDA member CEOs and/or Executive Directors who are currently employed by a place management organization. Consultants or vendors who provide services to place management organizations are not eligible to participate in this program. IDA is looking to create a diverse cohort of executives based on organization size, geographies, demographics and other variables. Space is limited to 30 professionals and attendees must be IDA members in good standing.

Submit the following information to IDA by Thursday, February 23, 2023, at 11:59 pm ET. You must complete several brief essay questions and submit the following:

· Expanded bio (required) and resume (optional)

· Recent, high-resolution color headshot

When, where and cost?

The IDA Executive Leadership Retreat will take place April 3-7, 2023, in Rancho Mirage, California. The program cost is $2,500 USD and includes expert facilitators, program materials, daily meals and wellness activities. Price does not include hotel, airfare, airport transfers or any other incidentals you may incur. IDA has secured a room block for attendees.

IDA Executive Leadership Retreat Schedule

Click to view the 2023 schedule-at-a-glance. Note, program times and activities are subject to change.

Please contact Carolyn Dellutri, CTP, CMSM, IDA's Director of Professional Development, at carolyn@downtown.org with any questions about the program. To provide the above requested information, please login to Submittable or easily create a free account. Note, this is separate from your IDA account login. You can stop, save and return to your work at any time before the deadline. When you’ve completed the form on Submittable, please click ‘Submit’ at the bottom.

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Urban place management professionals are at the forefront of significant change throughout metropolitan areas around the globe. For downtowns and city centers to thrive, collaboration is vital. The IDA Inspired Leader Award honors individuals who have shown clear achievements, in recent years, in addressing a broad range of issues. Achievements should be within three to five calendar years for consideration.


This award aims to recognize a leader with an outstanding work portfolio within the place management industry and one adjacent to the place management industry who has made an impact on how people live, work and play in cities. Examples of individuals within the place management industry are urban place management organization leaders at any level of staff and board members. Examples of individuals adjacent to the place management industry are consultants, elected officials, thought leaders and citizen advocates. Self-nominations will not be accepted.


Nominate your peers to elevate their outstanding work and those external champions for their contributions to the place management industry. Winners will be highlighted on downtown.org along with being recognized during the Annual Conference & Marketplace.  

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