The 2024 IEEE Region 5 Annual Business Meeting will be held in Springdale, Arkansas April 5-7, 2024  This year’s theme is “We are ONE IEEE”.  This is a two-and-a-half-day series of events designed to engage members, train volunteers, and share best practices among the technology leaders in the US Southwest.

On Friday, April 5, 2024, beginning with a reception starting at 6 PM, celebrating 140 years of IEEE!

The Annual Business Meeting will start on Saturday, April 6, 2024, at 8 AM .

Our executive committee and representatives will set  goals, improve governance, and review our annual budget for programs and services. Each of our 27 Sections is expected to send a minimum of one voting representative to participate and represent their share of our ~24,000 members in Region 5, and 470,000 worldwide members.

After the morning business meeting, the ‘region congress’ begins and continues thought Sunday morning; breaking into sessions to build skills, share best practices and learn about new tools for our leaders and volunteers to serve their members, their community, and advance Technology for Humanity.

Awards and Honors

Saturday, April 6th beginning at 5:30p we host the Region’s first HKN Professional Chapter Induction Ceremony.  We will then present the 2024 Region Awards Program, celebrating the achievements of IEEE members and supporting organizations in 2023.

Student Competitions

Saturday we also bring students from our ~100 student branches together to compete in Robotics, Circuit Design, Ethics, Presentation and (NEW!) Cyber Challenges.  Prizes are awarded during the banquet on Saturday night.

I hope to see you at the “can’t miss” IEEE volunteer event of the year for the US Southwest.  Thank you for taking the time to participate in being part of ONE IEEE and advancing technology for humanity

A. Matt Francis – Director, IEEE Region 5

Highlights of Region 5 “Congress Sessions for 2024


Sat. 9:15AM: We are ONE IEEE – Keynote by President Tom Coughlin
Sat. 10:05AM: How to Build Your Section – A Scorecard and Plan
Sat. 11:00AM: Leadership: Strategies for Building a Pipeline
Sat. 2:00PM: Leadership: Building an Awards Program
Sun. 8:00AM: Advancing Members – Senior Membership

Tools and Role Training

Section 101: Elections in 2024
Financial Workshop – Budgeting, Planning and Reporting Strategy
Financial Workshop – Getting started with Concur – as a Volunteer, and as a Section
Vtools Breakout – Get your questions answered
Concur Training for New Members
CLE and VOLT – Developing a Training Strategy

Operational Unit Vitality

Panel Session – Women in Engineering and Technology – Building Career Connections
Panel Session – Growing the YP Pipeline
How to engage your Life Members – Roundtable
Roundtable- Sustaining and Growing your Subunits – Chapters, Affinity Groups, Branches


Digital Communications: Building a website and social media strategy
Communications Workshop – Talking to the Public
Communications Workshop – In the Digital Age
Industry Engagement Best Practices Explained

Membership Development

Membership Workshop: Strategies for attracting and retaining members
Membership Workshop: – Building your membership with Engage
Humanitarian Activities and MOVE – A different opportunity for volunteering
STEM Workshop