For several years the NIC successfully hosted the Annual Meeting of Members in conjunction with the Foundation for Fraternal Excellence Seminar in a dual experience in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The NIC’s Annual Meeting of Members will be on Monday, August 28, 2023 at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown.

Early-bird Registration Deadline: June 30 


The 2023 NIC Educational Symposium lineup highlights critical topics including a bold set of solutions for the problems of the modern male, timely fraternity research update and building a brand that matters. By attending NIC Annual Meeting of Members, volunteer leaders and staff will access timely and relevant education that can be applied to further your organization.

Sunday, August 27
FGA Symposium (FGA members Only)9 – 4 p.m.
NIC Governing Council meeting (Invite only)2 – 5 p.m.
NIC/FFE Executives Reception (Invite only) 5 – 6:30 p.m.
Monday, August 28
Educational Symposium I: Of Boys and Men9 – 10:15 a.m.
Educational Symposium II: Research Update and Discussion10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Welcome Luncheon12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Educational Symposium III: Building a Brand That Matters 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
NIC Meeting of Members (NIC members only)2:45 – 4:15 p.m.
NIC/FFE Networking Reception5 – 6 p.m.

2023 Educational Symposiums

Of Boys and Men: Why the Modern Male Is Struggling, Why It Matters, and What to Do about It 

Richard V. Reeves, Senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and author of ‘Dream Hoarders’ & ‘Of Boys and Men’ 

What is happening with so many of our boys and men? Economists lament inexplicable drops in male labor force participation. Public health officials point to disproportionately male “deaths of despair” from suicide or overdose. Parents see their sons struggling and worry what it means for their future. In a compelling presentation, Richard provides a groundbreaking, personal and engaging diagnosis of the contemporary male malaise that is pro-equality as well as pro-male. As he says: “We can hold two thoughts in our head at once. We can be passionate about women’s rights and compassionate toward vulnerable boys and men.” Drawing on years of deep research as well as his personal experience as a father of three sons, Reeves offers a compelling diagnosis of the problems of boys and men-and a bold set of solutions.

Research Update and Discussion: Peer Accountability, The Junior/Senior Experience, and the Fraternity Growth Index 

Panel presentation 

In this session, we will present and discuss results from recent projects on Peer Accountability, the membership experiences of Juniors and Seniors, and fraternity membership trends. This can’t-miss discussion will focus both on implications for practice as well as an overview of how these findings relate to other recent research projects. 

Building a Brand that Matters

R. Ethan Braden, Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer at Purdue University and Purdue Global 

Great brands don’t just happen. Rather, they are intentionally and purposefully built over time on certain bedrocks, including a great story and position. And how well a brand is delivered externally depends on how well it is understood internally. As a member of Beta Theta Pi, former staffer, and dedicated volunteer, Ethan has developed a flourishing marketing expertise and career with a rare combination of leadership roles across critical and complex industries: the Federal Government, healthcare, consulting, public higher education, and non-profit. He has demonstrated that the keys to building remarkable brands transcend sectors, demographics, and unmet needs. Join us as he shares stories, lessons, and best practices from remarkable brands that have enchanted audiences and changed lives, leaving you inspired and better equipped to ensure your brand truly matters. 

Who Should Register

  • NIC member organization executives
  • NIC member chapter support staff
  • NIC member volunteer leaders/board members

All registrants attending the Annual Meeting of Members will have the opportunity to attend the Meeting of Members which will address the business of the Conference; network with Alliance Partners to discuss how their business could benefit your organization; and attend educational programs to hear from experts regarding the future of fraternity life.

When registering, we encourage you to consider if one of the following pre-con or fraternal foundation programs supports your role:

Registration & Costs

Early-bird Registration Deadline: June 30 

Registration includes educational content starting at 9:00 a.m., meals on August 28 and individual access to digital resources from NIC educational symposiums following the conclusion of the program. 

  • Early-bird registration rates: May 1-June 30
  • Standard registration rates: July 1-July 31
  • Late registration rates: August 1-15

Meeting of Members Registration Rates

Number of Organization AttendeesTotal Cost (Early-bird Rate)
If you would like additional information about registering with bundle pricing for your organization, please contact Gretchen Foran and include the program(s) you’d like to attend and number of attendees.

Do you have team members who support both the fraternity and foundation? Consider the registration options below: 

Register for the Dual Meeting experience (NIC Annual Meeting of Members & FFE Seminar). See 2023 schedule for more details about the Monday and Tuesday programming. 

Dual Meeting Registration Rates

Number of Organization AttendeesTotal Cost (Early-bird Rate)

If you would like additional information about registering with bundle pricing for your organization, please contact Gretchen Foran and include the program(s) you’d like to attend and the number of attendees.

Location & Lodging

  • The event will take place at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown.
  • A room block is available for attendees at a rate of $179 if booked by Monday, August 14. Cancellation Policy for NIC/FFE rate: Any reservation canceled within 48 hours of arrival date, will be charged for one night’s room and tax. 

Indianapolis Marriott Downtown
350 West Maryland Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46225

Programming begins on Monday, August 28 at 9 a.m. for NIC participants and 12:30 p.m. for FFE participants (unless participating in a pre-con experience). Click here to view the full schedule to reference as you make your travel arrangements. 


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