News Release


Partnership expands iCohere's online conferences services

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. and WASHINGTON, D.C. – APRIL 7, 2015 – Hosting a major conference has historically been a business practice reserved for large corporations and associations. In today's virtual world, organizations of all sizes can be successful in creating an engaging conference experience that is as affordable as it is engaging and educational.

To support associations, non-profit organizations, and government agencies in creating their first online conference, iCohere, a global provider of professional development solutions, today announced a cooperative partnership with professional development consultant Karen Niles. Through the new partnership, iCohere's clients will benefit from enhanced services for the design and development of effective online conference experiences for their national and international constituents. Niles will specialize in working with iCohere clients who are just beginning the process of developing an online conference. Clients will learn:

  • Effective strategies for selecting and building relationships with subject-matter experts
  • Best practices for successful facilitation of an online conference
  • Strategies for identifying and developing the optimal conference topic
  • Conference wrap-around activities that bring the most interaction among participants

Niles gained her expertise from a 40-year career in professional development. She has worked with distinguished organizations like the American-Speech-Hearing-Language Association (ASHA) where she developed and led the continuing education programs for their 150,000 members. Her efforts resulted in $2 million in annual revenue and over 200 live and self-study programs.

Niles says, "Online conferences offer participants solid educational content surrounded by lots of topic-focused interaction. They're convenient for participants, lower cost than in-person events, and they earn higher participant satisfaction ratings. There's no reason not to try one!"

Online conferences deliver the benefits that are most important to today's professionals, such as access to content from conference sessions instead of requiring attendees to choose between sessions, less cost and time away from home and work, and flexibility to attend the conference and its archives at times convenient to their schedules. Online conferences also provide significantly greater access to subject-matter experts than is typically available at in-person conferences.

"iCohere was right on target with our needs and expectations from the very beginning, and the cost was within our budget, which is a big plus. After a couple of phones calls and meetings, my director and I felt confident that iCohere could deliver this program the way we anticipated," said Natasha Patterson, CME/Distance Learning Manager for AMDA.

This online training was developed as part of AMDA's long time focus on improving the quality of post-acute and long-term care in the skilled nursing facilities and nursing home settings and includes educational modules, pre and post-tests, case studies with questions and answers, program evaluations, assessment reports and certificate distribution.

"Hosting a successful online conference requires thoughtful planning. Karen is highly skilled at helping clients tackle the core tasks of designing online conferences, which is identifying the key topic for the target audience and creating an educational and engaging solution." explains Pascal Kaplan, CEO of iCohere. "These new services provide our clients with personalized support that will delight them!"

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Lance A. Simon CGMP CVEP at (202) 870-6146 or

About iCohere

iCohere's Unified Learning System provides a cloud-hosted platform for professional online collaboration projects and events. Its "all-in-one" integrated system is used for online conferences, instructor-led and self-paced eLearning courses, large-scale webinars, and online communities of practice. iCohere offers training and support through every step of the planning, configuration, and execution process, ensuring that clients fully understand and maximize their experience with iCohere's feature-rich platform.

About Karen Niles

Karen Niles has worked in the field of professional development since graduating from Oxford University in Oxford, England. She has served in leadership positions with distinguished organizations such as the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council for Exceptional Children, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Graduate School. She specializes in strategic planning, needs assessment, program design, delivery, management, and evaluation of continuing education programs