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Special Events and Activities

From networking and social events to fitness activities and other resources, the Symposium features a number of activities to complement the robust education agenda.  Read on to learn how they can enrich your Symposium experience.



Sunday, August 23

12:00-2:30 p.m.
First Time Attendee Luncheon

Are you a first-time Symposium attendee? Then you belong here! Start your Symposium experience with a networking event that will connect you with other new attendees and ISCEBS volunteers from across the U.S. and Canada. Meet a fantastic and engaged group of peers and discuss what awaits you at the Symposium. There is no additional fee to attend; please indicate your interest in attending on the registration form. Lunch will be provided.

2:30-4:30 p.m.
Consulting Practice Owners Workshop

The Consulting Practice Owners Workshop is for those running a consulting business to discuss the issues and strategies necessary to deliver client value. This is a great opportunity to share your challenges, benchmarks and best practices and learn from attendees’ vast expanse of knowledge and expertise—Who knows what you will come away with? There’s no additional fee; simply use the registration form to indicate your interest in participating.

5:00-6:00 p.m.
CEBS Conferment Ceremony
If you’re a new CEBS graduate, this is the moment you’ve been waiting for, when all your hard work is recognized. The conferment ceremony honors new graduates of the U.S. and Canadian CEBS program, as well as those who have earned the GBA and RPA designations, and those earning ISCEBS Fellowship status for the first time. Don’t miss this opportunity to extend your congratulations to the new graduates, designees and fellows and help welcome them into the community of benefits professionals!

6:00-7:00 p.m.
CEBS Conferment Reception

A reception honoring the new graduates will follow the conferment ceremony. Both events are open to registrants, speakers, graduates and their guests.

Monday, August 24
12:00-1:30 p.m.

Lunch and Roundtable Discussions
Maximize networking and the exchange of information by joining a roundtable discussion at the Monday lunch. Discussions are informal and designed to connect attendees around a shared professional interest, challenge or goal. No advance sign-up is needed to participate, just find an open seat and get ready for a lively discussion. To volunteer as a roundtable facilitator, contact for details.  Table topics include a variety of U.S., Canadian and general benefits topics.

Consulting Practice Owners Luncheon Workshop
This valuable networking opportunity is designed to give consulting practice owners a chance to learn new ideas from fellow business owners on issues critical to running a practice. Attendees are asked to share experiences.

6:00-7:30 p.m.
Welcome Reception

Continue the networking, catch up with colleagues and friends, make new connections and share highlights of the first full day of sessions. Symposium registrants, speakers and their guests are invited to attend. Bring your business cards!

Tuesday, September 10
Fellowship Recognition and Luncheon
The Society is pleased to recognize and honor those who hold the exclusive Fellowship status and their academic achievements. ISCEBS Fellows will be honored at this luncheon. All Symposium attendees and speakers are invited to attend.


Saturday, August 22 & Sunday, August 23
Times vary
Sightseeing Tours

Come early and explore the sunny and historic city of San Diego! Details will be announced soon, watch for details.


Monday, August 24
8:0-10:30 a.m.

Hospitality Room--Spouses/Guests

Get help and insight from a local expert for ideas for your downtime, or for your guests.  A representative from the area will be available to highlight some of the attractions and sights in the San Diego area.

Sunday, August 23 & Tuesday, August 25
Times vary
Sign and Dine

Join a group of fellow Symposium attendees for dinner on Sunday and Tuesday evenings at some of San Diego's exciting and unique restaurants.  Restaurant details and sign-up will be available on site in the Symposium registration area. Each attendee pays for his or her own meal.


Monday, August 24 - Wednesday, August 26
Times Vary

Start out your day of learning and connecting with a wellness activity! Past Symposium attendees have enjoyed a daily run or walk, yoga, mindfulness sessions and the Symposium Step Challenge! Details on this year’s mind/body wellness activities will be announced soon.

Symposium Step Challenge

Challenge yourself to reach your daily steps goals! Use your personal fitness tracker and post your daily total on Twitter using the #SympStepChallenge hashtag. Set your own goals, or get a friendly competition going with other attendees.


Benefits Bookstore and Information Specialists
Visit the on-site bookstore to take advantage of free shipping and member discounts on a variety of books. While you're there, meet an information specialist who is available to take requests for personalized research on any U.S. or Canadian benefits topic and give demos of the International Foundation and International Society online resources, including ACA University.

Shipping Service
You'll get a wealth of material at the Symposium, ship it back to your home or office free of charge! Pick up a shipping box anytime during the Symposium, fill it with your materials, return it to the shipping desk and we'll take care of the rest.

Sponsor Exhibit

Stop by the display tables in the sponsor exhibit area to pick up information on products and services available to benefits and compensation professionals.