Vision: A successful, inclusive and sustainable pole industry.
Mission: To protect and positively impact the business interests of the entire pole business community.
This includes any and all people that make a living or a portion of their living through pole such as pole-related service, product and event businesses; studio owners; sex workers/strippers; performers and teachers.
Tagline: This is not just about pole. This is about business.
The International Pole Industry Association (IPIA) is lead by Executive Director, Colleen Jolly. Colleen has been working in the pole industry for six years as a teacher, studio owner, performer, competitor and owner of a pole-related business. She has extensive non-profit experience through her work leading the boards of APMP and CHAW and has 21 years of for-profit, international business experience. She is passionate about the business of pole.
The board of the IPIA is made up of volunteers within the pole industry community. Each board member serves for a 2-year term.
Unfortunately the IPIA (as of July 2021) has been unable to secure Directors and Officers Insurance (D&O Insurance). This insurance protects non-profit boards and provides coverages for costs incurred during potential legal proceedings. This is a critical insurance for non-profits to maintain and have current.
Under an abundance of caution, we have disbanded the board and will no longer be taking applications for the 2021-2022 board.
We will review our ability to obtain this insurance (it is unclear whether or current size or our industry is the biggest hurdle) periodically.
The IPIA will continue to provide resources, educational webinars and discounts for members through our partners.