When and where is the Conference being held?

The IMA Student Leadership Conference (SLC) will be held November 1-3, 2018, at Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark in St. Louis, MO. The hotel is located at 1 South Broadway, St. Louis, MO 63102. The direct phone number is (314) 421-1776.

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Is there a discounted hotel rate available for Conference attendees?

Hotel reservations will be taken by the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark. A block of rooms is available at a special IMA rate of $139 per night, single/double/triple/quad occupancy, plus tax. Be sure to mention that you are with IMA or Institute of Management Accountants. This rate will be in effect while rooms are available or until the cut-off date of October 17, 2018. Reservations made after October 17, 2018, or after the IMA block sells out, may be subject to the higher rate. There is no guarantee that rooms will be available until October 17, 2018. Please click here for online booking.

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What are the transportation options from the airport to the hotel?

There are a variety of ways to travel from the airport to the hotel:

  • Taxi fare from the airport to the hotel is approximately $35; the ride is about 20 minutes.
  • Uber and Lyft services are available (use app to determine price).
  • Shuttle service is available from GO BEST Express Airport Shuttle. Call (877) 785-4682 or use this link for advanced reservations. Cost is $22.50 per person one way or $40.50 round trip (exclusive of gratuity). If you are a group of two or more, the price is $18/person one way or $34.20/person round trip.
  • Metrolink (light rail system) is available from the airport. Get off at the Stadium Station stop, which is right near the hotel. Cost is $3/person each way. (Make sure you have cash and change available when taking the Metrolink.)

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What is the format of the Conference?

The Conference begins on Thursday, November 1, with registration, a networking reception, and an opportunity to visit the exhibit hall from 4:30-7:00 p.m. There are also optional industry tours on Thursday afternoon prior to the start of the event (additional fees apply) and an optional leadership roundtable on Thursday evening.

Friday will feature two general sessions and three sets of concurrent sessions. A networking reception will be held at the end of the day. The reception and related activities are included as part of your Conference registration fee.

Participants will have the opportunity to attend two of three available workshops on Saturday as well as the closing general session. There will also be a special faculty workshop held on Saturday morning. The Conference sessions will end at the conclusion of the general session at 12 p.m. Lunch will be available as grab and go or sit and chat depending on attendee travel schedules.

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Is the Thursday night registration and reception mandatory?

The Thursday night reception is optional, but it is an excellent time to visit our exhibitors, receive your registration information, and network with fellow students, faculty members, and Conference speakers.

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What is the dress code for the Conference?

Attire for Conference sessions and networking events is business casual, defined by IMA as slacks, polo shirts, sweaters, blazers, blouses, and comfortable shoes.

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Is there an SLC app?

Yes, the app will be available to download in October. It will feature the Conference program, speaker bios, speaker evaluations, gaming, and much more. Please be sure to download it before you arrive at the Conference to take full advantage of it. 

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Will SLC be active on social media sites?

Yes, please connect with the event on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram by using #IMASLC18.

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What are the Conference registration fees?

Status Early Registration
Through October 20th
Registration Rates
October 21st — Onsite
IMA Student $165 $190
Member $200 $225
Student Non-member* $190 $215
Non-member $250 $275

*A one-year IMA student membership will be included with this fee.

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What are the cut-off dates for pre-registration?

Early registration begins on September 4 (via mail, fax, and online). Registration rates increase as of October 21 at 12:01 a.m. Please note: Mailed and/or faxed registration forms must be postmarked before the cut-off date to receive the early registration rates.

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How do I register?

Those wishing to attend the Conference can register online at www.imastudentconference.org beginning on Tuesday, September 4, 2018.


Mail & Fax Registration: A downloadable PDF version is available at www.imastudentconference.org.

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What is the cancellation policy?

To receive a full refund, requests for cancellations must be submitted in writing and received by IMA prior to October 20, 2018. Cancellation requests may also be emailed to Denise Lauria at DLauria@imanet.org or faxed to (201) 474-1600. Cancellations received between October 21 and October 31 will be refunded, less a $25 processing fee. No refunds will be available for cancellations after October 31 or for no-shows. IMA is not responsible for delayed mail or incorrectly addressed correspondence. Refunds will be issued within 60 days after the Conference.

IMA is only responsible for processing the Conference registration. If for any reason you must cancel your Conference registration, please remember to cancel your hotel accommodations directly through Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark.

IMA reserves the right to cancel the Conference if conditions warrant. In the event of such a cancellation, registration fees will be refunded. IMA is not responsible for any travel or lodging expenses or out-of-pocket costs incurred.

IMA reserves the right to cancel sessions if minimum registration numbers are not met. Attendees will have the option to attend other sessions in the same time period.

Only individuals registered and badged may attend Conference events. Guest must register in order to attend sessions and Conference meals.

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What are some of the popular attractions in St. Louis?

St. Louis offers a wide range of activities for people of all ages. Below are some general and specific websites highlighting St. Louis’s most popular attractions:

St. Louis Visitors Guide
Gateway Arch
St. Louis Zoo
Missouri Botanical Garden
St. Louis Science Center
Forest Park
St. Louis Art Museum

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What is the average temperature in St. Louis in November?

In November, temperatures range from an average low of 38°F to an average high of 55°F.

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