Attendee Information


Hotel & Travel

When and where is the Conference being held?

IMA’s Student Leadership Conference will be held November 10-12, 2016, at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center in Detroit, Mich. The hotel is located at 400 Renaissance Drive West, Detroit, Mich., 48243. The direct phone number is (313) 568-8000.


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What is the format of the Conference?

The Conference begins on Thursday, November 10, with registration, networking reception, and an opportunity to visit the exhibit hall from 4:30-7 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 conference app?

Yes, the app will be available to download in October. It will feature the Conference program, speaker bios, speaker evaluations, gaming, and so 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 #IMASLC16.


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What are the Conference registration fees?

Status Through October 21st Trhough October 22nd — Onsite
IMA Student $150 $170
Member $185 $205
Student Non-member $175* $195*
Non-member $210 $230

* By remitting the student nonmember price for this event, registration includes one year of IMA student membership. Please note: Eligibility for a one-year student membership is ONLY available at the time of your Conference registration submission.

The Conference registration fee includes two breakfasts, two lunches, and two receptions (hors d'oeuvres on Thursday evening and a buffet dinner on Friday evening).


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What are the cut-off dates for preregistration?

Registration begins on September 6 (online or via mail or fax). Registration rates increase as of October 22 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 beginning on Tuesday, September 6, 2016.


Mail & Fax Registration: A downloadable PDF version will be available beginning on Tuesday, September 6, 2016.


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What is the cancellation policy?

To receive a full refund, you must submit requests for cancellations in writing; these requests must be received by IMA prior to October 21, 2016. Cancellation requests may also be e-mailed to LeighAnn Tobia at Cancellations received between October 22 and November 1 will be refunded, less a $25 processing fee. No refunds will be available for cancellations after November 2 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 the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center.

IMA reserves the right to cancel IMA’s Student Leadership 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. Guests may attend the Friday night networking event.


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Hotel and Travel


Is there a discounted hotel rate available for Conference attendees?

Hotel reservations will be taken by the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. A block of rooms are available at a special IMA rate of $145 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 26, 2016. Reservations after October 26, 2016, or after the IMA block sells out may be subject to a higher rate. There is no guarantee that rooms will be available until October 26, 2016. Please click here for online booking.


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

Taxi fare from the airport to the hotel is approximately $55; the ride is about 30 minutes depending on traffic. Roundtrip shuttle service from the airport to the hotel is available for $41 from Skoot Detroit. Attendees are required to make a reservation in advance by calling 855-937–5668 and using promotional code IMASLCON16.


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What are some of the popular attractions in the Detroit area?

Detroit offers a wide range of activities for people of all ages. Below are some websites highlighting Detroit’s most popular attractions:

Detroit Institute for the Arts
Motown Museum
Detroit Historical Museum
Henry Ford Museum
Museum of African American History
Detroit Zoo
Fisher Theater
Fox Theater


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Are there discounts available for these attractions?

Detroit offers a "D Discount Pass" that provides discounts to various attractions in the Detroit metro area. It's available for free by visiting and filling in the required fields. An email is then sent with a bar code that provides generous discounts to places such as Greenfield Village/Henry Ford Museum, the Motown Museum, and other places of interest


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What is the average temperature in Detroit in November?

In November, temperatures range from an average low of 35°F to an average high of 50°F.


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