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Krakoff Leadership Institute

Good leaders are made not born.

IAEE’s Krakoff Leadership Institute, formerly the Future Leaders Institute, provides the intelligence and connection tomorrow’s leaders need in order to discuss issues with key decision makers and build strategic business relationships. The Institute for IAEE members only, develops leadership skills and broad industry knowledge for future and current leaders of the exhibitions and events industry, and it creates a close support network among participants and enhances motivational and communication skills.

IAEE provides this tailored education program to improve one’s leadership competencies and engages those who aspire to be involved or continue their involvement with IAEE. Participants in this small group learning environment will be equipped with the tools needed to succeed as a leader within your family, organization or community.

The Krakoff Leadership Institute brings together individuals interested in learning more about themselves so they can get involved and become effective strategists, contributors, facilitators and innovators. This highly interactive curriculum integrates theory and practice to ensure institute participants leave capable of both thinking better and doing better.

The Krakoff Leadership Institute program for 2020 has been cancelled. The program will take place in August 2021 – New Dates Coming Soon!

Through active participation, participants will gain a greater understanding of how to:

  • Identify your current leadership style and leverage leadership strengths and weaknesses
  • Align personal and professional values
  • Form effective teams and foster collaboration
  • Communicate effectively in a diverse and global industry
  • Evolve personal leadership skills through intentional self-evaluation
  • Earn 12 hours towards CEM recertification

KLI Scholarships – IAEE Members Only!

Thanks to the Bob Dallmeyer Education Fund, IAEE scholarships are available to KLI applicants who qualify to attend and may need financial assistance. The fund is designed for those in the exhibition and event industry who are interested in professional development. There are two review periods each year:

  • 1 July Deadline – Recipients to be notified 14 August 2020
  • 1 September Deadline – Recipients to be notified 15 October 2020

Where are They Now? Many KLI graduates advance to take on leadership roles with their company or IAEE including our past chairperson of the IAEE Board of Directors, Julia W. Smith, CEM, CTA.  Join this prestigious list of alumni.

Thank You 2020 KLI Partners!

Title Partner

Host & Hotel Partner

Host & Leadership Dinner Partner

Registration Partner

2019 KLI Attendees in Action

What Past Participants Are Saying:

Sheldon Kaye

Sheldon Kaye, CEM
Operation Manager / IT

“Being a young professional of only 27, I was incredibly nervous and excited when I got my confirmation for the 2014 KLI Class. I really didn’t know what to expect, besides the fact that my peers who had previously attended the class absolutely loved it.

I entered the class hoping for some magic solution on how to interact more efficiently with people older than myself. I had grown accustomed to the impression of “How could this kid possibly know what he is doing?”

Obviously, there is no magic solution, but the class taught me how to interact with different types of people, and based on their personality, how to best communicate with them. It also helped me to start thinking differently about myself, and break down mental barriers that were holding me back personally and professionally.

It’s really incredible how much that short class changed my outlook on my personal and professional world. I have already applied many of the things I have learned in class to my everyday life. I would highly recommend KLI to any young professional that wants to take their leadership skills to the next level.”

Tammy Porto

Tammy Porto
Account Executive
ASP Inc.

“KLI was something I’d heard people rave about, but never quite understood why. I have great leadership in my organization and feel like I have my personal development on track. I went along not really knowing what to expect. However, I was surprised about how much I gained on all levels.

Erick Burton, as a facilitator, was astute, perceptive and attentive to everyone. He really knows how to pinpoint your action points and make you accountable. The atmosphere, whilst at times serious, was very supportive but also fun! It was a great learning environment.

I would say that the time I spent in Savannah was worth it; if you want self-discovery, deep friendships and a clear path to contribute to your industry, then KLI is a must!”


In 2007, the Exhibition Industry Foundation Board of Trustees created the Robert Krakoff Award as a scholarship program that focused on providing financial support to persons who hold the potential to become a future leader of the industry. It provided assistance for those who were financially challenged to participate in IAEE’s Future Leaders Institute. Mr. Krakoff had agreed to participate as IAEE’s first Legend of the Industry, an important part of IAEE’s Future Leaders Institute; however, he passed away before the event. He was genuinely excited about having the chance to share his passion for the industry with a group of future leaders. The creation of a scholarship program in his name seemed to be a very appropriate way to remind us all of the enormous contributions he made through his leadership of so many vital organizations. Knowing his passion for the industry, the IAEE Board of Directors confirmed that year to rename the Future Leaders Institute to the Krakoff Leadership Institute.