What does it cost?
  • Students: $425 (up to $200 travel stipend)
  • Professionals: $475 (up to $150 travel stipend)
  • Advisors: $475 (up to $150 travel stipend)

Again this year we are providing a travel stipend to help you with costs to attend.

What is required to attend?

Students​: Be a PAID and APPROVED SHPE E-Board member for the 2019-2020 fiscal year  to register and renew your membership on July 1, 2019 to attend. APPROVED resume  created on the SHPEConnect system.

Professionals​: Be a PAID and APPROVED SHPE E-Board member for the 2019-2020 fiscal  year to register and renew your membership on July 1, 2019 to attend.

  • Only two SHPE Chapter E-Board Members can attend.
  • All attendees must attend mandatory virtual webinars prior to the start of NILA.
  • All attendees must submit their Chapter Management Tools prior to NILA.


What does registration include?
  • Keynotes, workshops, case studies and materials
  • Travel stipend
  • Three complete meals, plus snacks throughout the day starting with your arrival dinner through Saturday’s closing dinner.
  • Shared hotel accommodations
    • Students – two per room arrival July 31st
    • Professionals – two per room arrival August 1st
  • Leadership Commencement Ceremony
Where can I find the registration form?

All registrations will be processed online via SHPEConnect. We do not have a paper  registration form available. However, you can print your receipt from SHPEConnect. If you  require an invoice, please contact registration@shpe.org.

Can I pay my registration fee by check or money order?

Payment by credit card via SHPEConnect only.
For university issued checks, please contact registration@shpe.org. Include “School-Issued Payment for NILA 2019” in the subject line.

I received an error message when making my online registration payment.

DO NOT submit your payment transaction more than once. If you receive an error submitting your credit card payment, please send an email with the error message to registration@shpe.org.

I became a SHPE paid member and I still do not have access to register.

Online registration checks if you are a PAID and APPROVED SHPE member for the 2019-2020 membership year. If you, recently renewed, please allow an hour for the system to refresh and read your active membership.

How do I create a SHPEConnect ID?

If you do not have a SHPEConnect ID, go to the SHPEConnect login page and click on “Create SHPEConnect ID”. If you have any questions, please contact membership@shpe.org.

When will I receive my confirmation notice?

A notice will be emailed immediately from SHPE confirming registration.

More than two executive board members from my chapter would like to attend NILA.

Professional and student chapters are guaranteed two chapter executive board members to attend NILA. Registration and payment are required by the registration deadline, June 21, 2019. Additional chapter executive board members will be placed on a waiting list on a first come, first served basis and will be notified on June 15, 2019 if they may register.

Can I register my chapter executive board member(s) instead of having them register individually?

Chapter executive board members do not have the option to register a second officer or an officer other than themselves on SHPEConnect.

What are the registration deadlines?

Registration deadline: June 21, 2019 11:59 PM PT

What if my chapter has exhausted all resources and does not have any funding?

SHPE offers a travel sponsorship to attend NILA to eligible chapters.

Deadline to Apply: May 19th. More information on the sponsorship application will be available, May 7th.

You can do a fundraiser with your chapter or formally contact local companies to request financial assistance. Reach out to your Regional Vice President or Professional Local Chapters for possible sponsorship opportunities.

What is the cancellation deadline?

All cancellations must be received by email registration@shpe.org. Include “Cancellation for NILA 2019” in the subject line.

Cancellations received by July 1, 2019 11:59 PM PT, are eligible for a 50% refund of registration fees. Cancellations received after July 1, 2019 11:59 PT, are not eligible for a refund of registration fees.

What if I received a sponsorship and I need to cancel?

If you are a travel sponsorship recipient and you CANCEL or are a “NO SHOW”, you will be invoiced for full payment of your airfare stipend if your flight has been reserved. We will consider a replacement to attend on behalf of your chapter. Please send cancellation request to registration@shpe.org.

What do I do if we want an executive board member from our chapter to attend NILA, but elections have not taken place?

If chapter elections have not taken place, you may register and submit payment for your chapter and submit the name of the participant after elections (by July 1, 2019) to registration@shpe.org.

I can’t attend NILA, but someone else from my chapter executive board wants to replace me.

You are allowed to send a replacement from your chapter if you are not able to attend. All replacements and name changes will be accepted until July 1, 2019 11:59 PM PT. Please send request to registration@shpe.org.

I attended NILA last year. Can I attend again this year? 

Due to the fact that the educational curriculum is updated every 3 years, attendance is restricted to once every three years. However, another executive board member can attend on behalf of your chapter.

I work for an organization who recruits STEM talent and I would like to sponsor and contribute. What are my next steps and options?

Please download our NILA Brochure ​and contact ​sales@shpe.org​. We would love to have a conversation about how NILA can help meet your recruitment goals.

How do I register my organization for this event?

NILA is tailored to empower and prepare SHPE undergraduate and professional chapter leaders to be the best leaders for their prospective chapters. NILA offers alternative recruiting methods like workshops, event sponsorship, travel sponsorships, and branding opportunities.

To sign up as a sponsor, please complete the commitment form from the NILA Brochure [link]​ and send it completed and signed to ​sales@shpe.org​.

Once you are confirmed as a NILA sponsor, the sales team will send attendee registration instructions via email.

Where is the conference being held?

Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort
11111 N 7th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85020
(602) 866-7500

How do I make travel arrangements?

Travel arrangements will be made by the attending leader(s).

How do I make hotel arrangements?

Hotel arrangements are made by SHPE National and require no further action from the attendee. We will provide your hotel confirmation one week before the conference. Students will be housed two per room and professionals will be housed two per room.

All local members must stay at the NILA hotel. The NILA conference prohibits attendees going in/out of the conference.

When do I arrive?

Students: Arrive to hotel on Wednesday, July 31st by 3pm MST

Regional Leaders: Arrive to hotel on Wednesday, July 31st by 3pm MST

Professionals/Advisors: Arrive to hotel on Thursday, August 1st by 3pm MST

When can I depart the conference?

Sunday, August 4th; there is no scheduled programming on Sunday.

What is the airport?

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX).

What is the best way to get to the hotel from the airport?

It takes approximately 15 minutes from the airport to the hotel. We recommend Lyft or Uber for transport, which costs approximately $20-$25.

How will I get my travel stipend?

Once your travel is confirmed, submit your airfare receipt (if driving send your planned route map) and a completed SHPE Travel Stipend Form here​. Book as soon as possible to get the lowest cost airfare available.

Your travel stipend check will be handed to you onsite at NILA. If you do not submit your receipt/map and reimbursement form before you arrive to the conference, you will not be eligible for reimbursement post-conference. Deadline to submit is July 21st.

If your registration is being sponsored by your university or company, you are not eligible for  a travel stipend.

What’s the weather like?

Yes, Phoenix in the summer is hot, but the old axiom is that “it’s a dry heat,” and there’s truth to that. The Sonoran Desert’s super-low humidity means 90°F temperatures (32°C) feel quite nice, and the arid climate causes perspiration to evaporate quickly, keeping you cooler and drier. Average temperature to expect outdoors is 104°F during the day and 81°F at night. A/C will be blasting indoors, so be sure to bring a jacket or sweater.​ ​More Phoenix travel information.

What should I wear?

It is very hot in Phoenix in August, but likely very cold in the air-conditioned meeting rooms. Please plan on business casual for Wednesday through Saturday, with a jacket or sweater as needed. And plan on business professional or cocktail/formal attire for the commencement dinner on Saturday night. Please also bring appropriate golf attire for Saturday morning (ex. shorts or khakis, short sleeve shirt with a collar).

Please refer to this Business Insider article for a better understanding of “business casual.” For the avoidance of doubt, attendees should never be in jeans/denim, t-shirts, tank tops, athletic/work-out clothes, or flip flops at any scheduled NILA functions.  Attendees are also encouraged to bring at least one outfit suitable for the swimming pool to enjoy the resort.

If you have questions about the dress code, please ask your Regional Vice President for guidance.

Are cocktails served at the events?

All SHPE events with student members participating are alcohol-free. Alcohol is sometimes served at SHPE professional member events where all participants are over the age of 21.

What is the deadline to register?

June 21, 2019 11:59 PM PT

I’m a sponsor. How do I register?