Epsilon Sigma Phi
The Extension Professionals' Organization

JCEP sponsored conferences:
Extension Leadership Conference (ELC)
Public Issues Leadership Development Conference (PILD)

ESP supports and participates in two annual conferences sponsored by The Joint Council of Extension Professionals (JCEP). You will find information for both events below.

2020 Extension Leadership Conference (ELC)

The 2020 Extension Leadership Conference sponsored by JCEP will be held on February 12 - 13, 2020 at the Wyndham Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas. This year's Conference Theme will be: 2020 a Vision for the Future.

See the JCEP website for complete details for the 2020 conference.

Visit the ESP Extension Leadership Conference Guidelines page to understand the role of ESP and ESP members in this conference.

Chapter stipends to support member travel

ESP pays ONE $500 travel stipend per chapter to reimburse a portion of the expenses required to attend the Extension Leadership Conference. You do not request this payment.

Chapters must have at least one member fully participate in the entire conference to receive financial support. The National Board will document attendance and request payments on behalf of eligible chapters. Checks will be issued within four weeks of conference payable to the Chapter and mailed to the Chapter Treasurer.

2020 Public Issues Leadership Development Conference (PILD)

The Public Issues Leadership Development Conference will be held April 5-8, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel Crystal City, Arlington, Virginia. 

Deadline for proposals are due by November 15th. Please visit the Joint Council of Extension Professional website at www.jcep.org to learn about submitting your presentation proposal.

Information about the 2020 Meeting

Registration opens January 2, 2020. Early Bird Registration Deadline is March 13.

The JCEP Public Issues Leadership Development (PILD) Conference registration is now open and I invite you and your members to attend this conference. This year’s conference theme is “Moving Knowledge into Solutions” and the schedule is packed full of presentations surrounding this theme. Registration and the draft schedule can be viewed at the conference website: https://www.jcep.org/pild. Early-bird registration is $410 and ends March 13th. Rooms at the conference hotel are $230 per night.

We have two amazing presentations for our keynote and capnote. Our keynote presentation will be given by Dr. Jermaine Davis, Professor of Communication Studies at Century College and Organizational Leadership at St. Catherine University. Before receiving the prestigious College Instructor of the Year Award, Dr. Davis worked in corporate America for IBM, Keebler Cookies, and Frito-Lay in the areas of sales, management, and marketing. He has authored 10 books including Get Up Off Your Butt and Do It Now, Leading with Greatness, The Art of Communicating Effectively with Diverse People, and The Quote Journal Series: 52 Quotes to Help You Succeed. Our capnote presentation will be given by Dr. Marshall Stewart, Vice Chancellor for Extension and Engagement at University of Missouri. Throughout his 30-year career, Stewart has been recognized for his expertise in leadership development, strategic planning, legislative affairs, educations, youth, and agricultural education and advocacy. Both speakers have impressive backgrounds and are sure to motivate and inspire you.

When you register, consider attending the pre-conference tour of Washington D.C., which is a great way to city some of the famous sites of this city. When registering, you’ll choose which concurrent sessions you want to attend. So be sure to check out the draft schedule before registering. You’ll also reserve your room during the registration process. The cost for the pre-conference tour is $40 and includes snacks and water. There are only 100 spots open for the tour so register early to reserve your spot.

For the latest news and updates check out and like our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/PILDJCEP/. We have videos and pictures from previous conferences on Facebook as well.

The JCEP PILD 2020 Planning Committee looks forward to seeing you in April!

Holly Abeels
Chair of Conference Promotion
ANREP Representative on JCEP PILD
University of Florida IFAS Extension

ESP and PILD - Defining the role of ESP and PILD

ESP's participation in this conference is coordinated by the ESP Public Issues Committee. See the Public Issues Committee webpage for more information about ESP and this conference.

PILD Scholarships for ESP Members

Epsilon Sigma Phi, through the ESP Development Fund, has established the PILD Scholarship for eligible members to attend the Public Issues Leadership Development National Conference in order to become informed about and develop skills in responding to public issues and legislative matters affecting Extension programs and personal needs.  The scholarship is to be used to defray the cost of attending the Public Issues Leadership Development Conference.  Four scholarships of $600.00 each will be awarded annually.

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