Council of Institutional Investors

Conference FAQ

Question not answered below? Please call us 202.822.0800 for more information.

What does conference registration include? Conference registration only covers the conference itself. It does not cover hotel rooms or attendance at any training courses taking place alongside the conference. Any training or educational programs require a separate registration.

How many attendees can my organization send to Council conferences? The number of attendees that General Members may send depends on the organization's membership level and yearly dues. General Members with unbundled membership must pay per conference attendee. General Members with bundled membership may send a specific number of attendees based on their yearly dues:

  • $10,000 or less             3 attendees per conference
  • $10,001-14,999            4 attendees per conference
  • $15,000 or more           unlimited attendees
NOTE: General Members may send trustees to CII conferences without affecting any limits or incurring any additional fees.

Conference attendance for Associate Members is based on the number of employees (globally) as follows:
  • 5 or fewer employees           1 attendee per conference
  • 5 to 25 employees                3 attendees per conference
  • 26 to 2500 employees          4 attendees per conference
  • More than 2500 employees  5 attendees per conference

What type of member am I? Please see About Us > Members.

May I attend CII conferences if my dues haven’t been paid? No. CII conferences are members-only events. If you are unsure about your membership status, please call us at 202.822.0800.

Are there additional fees to attend a CII conference? There are no costs to attend for CII Members. The cost of attendance is included in your membership dues.

Are there sponsoriship opporunities at CII conferences? Yes, on a limited basis. Please see the Sponsorship Opportunities page for more details.

May I attend a CII conference as a prospect? Yes. Prospective members are welcome to attend our meetings on a one-time basis. Please contact Melissa Fader for more information.

May I register multiple colleagues to attend events on a rotating basis? No. Conference attendance limits apply to all registered attendees regardless of the length of attendance.

May I bring materials to the conference? Yes. CII members are free to bring materials to the conference to be distributed via our materials table, typically located near the registration desk. If you plan to take advantage of this benefit, please email Melissa Fader to obtain the shipping information.

Does CII provide any opportunities for members to sponsor dinners, meetings, or events? Yes. Please see the conference event page for details. Members are welcome to coordinate events around our conference, subject to the following guidelines:
  • CII must approve the event before it can be scheduled. Once CII approves your event, you will work directly with the hotel on the details and planning of your event.
  • All billing will be direct with the hotel. 
  • CII does not guarantee any day/time will be exclusive.
  • Requests will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis, depending on availability.
  • The event cannot be scheduled at a time that overlaps with CII’s program. 

What is the dress code for CII conferences and functions? All CII functions are business professional dress unless otherwise noted.

What sessions during the conference are considered “closed”? The conference agenda denotes which sessions are open to particular attendees. Most sessions, including the Activism, International Governance and Policies Committee Plenary Sessions, are open to ALL conference attendees.

May I recommend a speaker or topic for a CII event? Yes! Please send suggestions to

I have a special dietary request for meals at a CII conference. Who do I contact? Be sure to include the information with your registration. We will do our best to accommodate your request.

What type of security protocols are in place during CII conferences? CII takes security at our functions seriously. Security personnel are on site for all sessions and receptions. All attendees are required to check-in at registration upon arrival to obtain a name badge and pertinent conference information. All attendees must wear their name badge in plain sight for admission to all conference sessions and receptions. Members and guests not wearing the proper name badge will not be admitted to any CII functions.

Are the conferences filmed or photographed? Portions of the conference's events may be recorded by video, audio and/or photographs (the "recordings"), and may be used by CII or its designee, and made available to the public, as part of live, delayed or archived video or audio casts; event transcripts; CII materials or publications; marketing or advertising materials or publications; and other materials or publications, in any media or format now existing or hereafter created. By attending or participating in the conference, you acknowledge and agree that CII may use, reproduce, display, perform and otherwise distribute the recordings, and any portions thereof - including as it may include or feature your name, likeness or biographical information - without any further compensation, permission, or notification to you, and that all recordings captured during the conference or at any of the CII's other events are the exclusive rights of the Council of Institutional Investors.