IPA Virtual Social and Live Podcast Strengthens Community Engagement

The Information Professionals Association hosted a virtual members-only social and live Cognitive Crucible podcast recording on March 9, 2022, bringing together about 50 IPA members and stakeholders.

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About 50 members met virtually on March 9, 2022 for the first time in two years.


Members of IPA gathered for the first time in more than two years to hear about IPA’s latest initiatives and provide feedback on issues and activities they’d like to see the association address in the future. Dr. Paul Lieber, IPA Board Member, described a new initiative to establish the Certified Cognitive Security Professional (CCSP) program certification, and IPA President Kevin Gates discussed efforts to grow IPA and establish new chapters, particularly with international partners.

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IPA Vice President John Bicknell recorded a live Cognitive Crucible podcast discussion with Austin Branch and LtGen Lori Reynolds. 

Participants in the virtual social were invited to complete a member survey, helping IPA identify how it can better serve members’ interests and needs. Following the networking portion and updates, IPA Vice President John Bicknell recorded a live podcast episode with founding IPA board member Austin Branch and LtGen Lori Reynolds (USMC-Ret.), former Deputy Commandant for Information. Branch and Reynolds discussed the upcoming Phoenix Challenge conference, which will be held on April 26-28, 2022 at the Applied Research Laboratory for Intelligence and Security (ARLIS) on the University of Maryland campus. LtGen Reynolds also discusses the Marine Corps’ recent announcement regarding the Information Maneuver Occupational Field (OCcFld 1700).

IPA looks forward to incorporating feedback from members. To join IPA, please see the website here.