ready for ascend?

We're excited to host our third-annual virtual kick-off event on January 18, 2023. This online event features some of the best minds in our industry and will cover industry news, marketing strategies, sales concepts, and much more. If you haven't registered yet, click here to secure your spot. This is one event you don't want to miss!

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guest Speakers

We’re eager to bring you in-depth discussions with this year’s featured speakers – these bright industry leaders who shape what we do and enrich how we serve our clients. We’re especially pleased to bring you an insightful presentation from Nobel Prize winner Robert Merton, Professor of Finance at MIT, who will share his thoughts on what's in store for the economy and our industry.

Robert Merton

robert Merton

Robert Merton is a Distinguished Professor of Finance at the MIT Sloan School of Management and a 1997 Nobel Prize Laureate in Economics. His research on finance theory includes lifecycle and retirement finance, optimal portfolio selection, the dynamics of institutional change, and improving the methods of measuring and managing macro-financial systemic risk.
Maribeth Kuzmeski

DR. Maribeth Kuzmeski

Dr. Maribeth Kuzmeski is the founder of Red Zone Marketing, Inc., specializing in new business growth strategies for the financial industry. A bestselling author and college professor, she guides financial services companies, Fortune 500 companies, entrepreneurial-minded corporations, women’s organizations, and industry associations on sales and persuasive communications strategies using an evidence-based approach.

Chris Mechem

Chris Mechem

Chris Mechem is Senior Director, Strategic Accounts at the global investment firm Invesco US. Reaching more than $1.3 billion in assets under management in 2022, Invesco focuses on impactful money management while building portfolios that exceed expectations and expand possibilities for financial professionals and their clients.

Event agenda

We have an exciting lineup of guest speakers and presentations for you this year at Ascend. Click the Event Detail buttons below to get more information on each of our presentations and to add them to your personal calendars.

wednesday - january 18, 2023 - ALL TIMES ARE CST

live drawings and giveaways

IAMS is giving away five

$1,000 Matching Dollar Advertising Packages!

By registering and attending Ascend, you will be automatically entered into our drawing. IAMS will give you a dollar-for-dollar advertising/marketing reimbursement match for any IAMS vendor you use, up to $1,000 you spend.* When you invest to grow your business, we do too!


*Agent must be in good standing with IAMS to qualify.

iPad Pro


IAMS Ultimate Swag Bag

3 - ultimate iams swag bags

Steak Package

2 - $200 steak packages

Book Giveaway

50 - autographed books

platinum sponsors

Corebridge Financial
SILAC Insurance Company

gold & silver sponsors

EquiTrust Life Insurance Company
American Life
American National
American Equity
Stonewood Financial
White Glove

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Need help with something or have a question about the event? Click the button below to contact us anytime and someone from our team will reach out to you to help get you what you need. 

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