On April 27, the Industry Partner Advisory Council (IPAC) hosted its first-ever town hall along with Liz Clark, IHRSA president & CEO, and additional IHRSA leadership to discuss the state of the industry and other issues.
Bill Davis, CEO of ABC Financial and chair of the IPAC, hosted the hour-long town hall and provided a full report on IHRSA, focusing on its financial outlook and advocacy agenda. Bill noted that he accepted a seat on the IHRSA Board as the IPAC representative and introduced Liz, who provided an update on the state of IHRSA as the end of the fiscal year approaches.
Since it was Bring Your Kid to Work Day—yes, it’s an official promotion from the U.S. Interior Department—Liz introduced her nine-year-old daughter, Penelope, who provided an update on her trip to Boston with her mother.
Liz began her presentation by proclaiming, “The state of IHRSA is great. We are really back.” She spoke of the success of IHRSA 2023 in San Diego, where she hosted the first-ever meeting of the Strategic Advisory Council (SAC), a group of 20 industry leaders tasked with creating a strategic plan for the global industry. Liz also spoke about the commitment to the association’s three strategic pillars: Advocacy, Education, and Research.
While IHRSA has turned a corner from its tenuous financial status brought on by the pandemic, Liz stressed that challenges remain as the association seeks to rebuild staff and create a more solid foundation for future endeavors. Liz also spoke of IHRSA’s public affairs efforts and her role in repositioning the industry as a more effective influence for regulatory and legislative actions.