Speakers Series Membership

Thank you for your membership support of the Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan Speakers Series.  There is an exciting 2019-20 season planned and new features to share with you.

Package Memberships

With this membership type, you receive one ticket to the corresponding number of speakers at the lowest per-speaker prices.

A La Carte Membership

With this membership, you pay a flat $50 membership fee for the ability to purchase one ticket per membership to as many or as few speakers as you wish at a reduced member price, and with the flexibility to choose a different seat location for each speaker. Speaker and dinner tickets are purchased separately by calling The Mendel Center Box Office. Reduced member prices start at $40 per speaker ticket, and $25 per dinner ticket.

Young Professionals Memberships

A limited number of Young Professionals memberships are available for those ages 21-40. This membership type includes one ticket to the corresponding number of speakers at the lowest per-speaker prices.

Other Information
New Presentation Format and Reserved Seating

Beginning this season, everyone will be seated in the Mainstage, The Mendel Center's performing arts theatre, where speakers will deliver their presentations.  This will provide you with a better all-around experience.  More people will see the speaker in person and we can offer reserved seating, eliminating the need to arrive early to get your preferred seat.  The Mainstage is also better suited for optimal sound, lighting, sight lines, and comfort.  

We encourage you to purchase your membership early because all tickets are reserved seating this season.  Doing so gives you the opportunity to select the best available seats.

Pre-speaker dinners

If you enjoy the social aspect and convenience of having dinner at The Mendel Center before speakers take the stage, you still have this opportunity.  Grand Upton Hall buffet dinners begin at 5:30 pm, with a 15-30-minute program starting at 6:30pm featuring local, relevant topics or entertainment.  After dinner, it is a short walk through The Mendel Center to your reserved seats in the Mainstage.  You can purchase this add-on at the discount member price of $25 per dinner when you place your membership order.  Capacity will be limited for each dinner.

New membership options

A variety of new membership options are available, providing you with the best prices of the season and flexibility in selecting the speakers you want to see.

  • 4-pack membership - includes one ticket to the four speakers of your choice, pricing starts at $120.  The Young Professionals speaker may be selected as one of the standard selections when ordering online.

  • A la carte membership -  a flat membership fee of $50 with the ability to purchase one ticket per membership to as many or as few speakers as you wish, and the flexibility to choose a different seat location for each speaker, starting at $40 per speaker.  Speaker and dinner tickets are purchased separately by calling The Mendel Center Box Office.  The Young Professionals speaker may be selected as one of the standard selections when ordering. 

  • Young Professionals 4-pack membership - includes one ticket to three regular season speakers of your choice plus the Young Professionals special presentation, starting at $85​.

Exclusive Speakers Series member benefit

When you order your package membership online, the normal 10% convenience fee is waived and you are able to keep the same seat location for the Speakers Series season, as available.

A note to our Speakers Series Members

A lot of thought has been put into these changes as we strive to make the Speakers Series sustainable well into the future.  Membership has declined over the past 10 years while at the same time speaker fees have substantially increased.  In light of these elements, we knew it was time to reevaluate the possibilities.  We explored many options and made decisions based on input provided during the member luncheon in March, through the online survey sent to all current members, and through discussion with sponsors, contributors, and community leaders.  While changes are being made, many things have stayed the same:

  • The name will remain The Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan Speakers Series for this season.

  • The tradition of a high-quality, national and international lineup of sought-after speakers continues.

  • The Speakers Series remains an enriching opportunity that adds to the quality of life in our region.

  • Students will continue to benefit from Q&A sessions and free viewing of keynote presentations.

  • Members enjoy added benefits, the best prices of the season, and early access to speaker tickets.

  • Opportunities are available for sponsors to receive promotional value, complimentary memberships, and VIP Meet & Greet access, depending on their sponsorship level.

  • Opportunities are available for contributors to receive complimentary memberships and VIP Meet & Greet access, depending on their contribution level.