The engagement process will begin months before the actual conference, in order to garner the greatest degree of member perspective possible. In the fall of 2016 RID Affiliate Chapters, Councils, Member Sections and Committees will be asked to engage in a discussion of key issues facing RID and the field of interpreting. The insight gained from these discussions will contribute to the development of a national survey of members who will be asked to prioritize key issues facing RID and our field. As well, other relevant documents, like the March 2015 RID Organizational Assessment conducted by TSNE and the 2016 Trends Report from the National Interpreter Education Center [NIEC] will be considered for sources of key issues to incorporate into the survey. The results of the survey will be used to determine the topics addressed during the LEAD Together conference. In addition, plenary, panel and forum discussion occurring during the Lead Together conference will be lived streamed and available to a wide audience. This access to conference activities can be used to create local engagement around the topics that will be addressed.