Panel Discussions & Event TALK Sessions

The Event Industry thrives on creative ideas from creative people. We’ve gathered some of the industry’s most respected thought leaders to share their diverse perspectives on the industry’s hot topics and trends in events and hospitality. We are delighted to offer you rare opportunities to join these discussions for yourself.

Panel Discussions and Event Talk Sessions will be held in the Education Hub located on the Expo Floor. Sessions are open to all show pass holders with no additional cost.


Wednesday, Nov 13

 

Women in Business: Balancing It All

10:30 AM | Panel Discussion | Education Hub

Juggling your career, family, and your life is hard! These entrepreneurial women in the events industry share how their life experiences impacted their career journeys in unexpected ways.

Moderator: Kayla Cook | Kayla Cook Events

  • Panelist: Nancy Solomon | The Leadership Incubator

  • Panelist: Marka Waechter | SHW

  • Panelist: Gloria Wildeman | LIONFISH

  • Panelist: Keely Krause | Event Experience 


Fix my Fundraiser

11:30 AM | Event TALK | Education Hub

CMP-IS Domain F: Stakeholder Management, 0.75 CEs  

Bring questions and issues from your or your client's fundraising events and we'll try to fix them on the spot. Gain ideas and inspiration from million-dollar fundraising events PLUS learn how to propose new ideas while staying on track with the budget.

Presented By: Shelly Tolo | Tolo Events

What you will learn:

  • Gain ideas and inspiration from million-dollar fundraising events.

  • Learn how to propose new ideas while staying on track with the budget.

  • Get new ideas to fix your (or your client's) fundraising event!

DIVERSITY & INCLUSION TACTICS

12:30 PM | Panel Discussion | Education Hub

CMP-IS Domain A: Strategic Planning, 0.75 CEs 

Event diversity translates into more attendees! Learn how top corporate event planners incorporate diversity and inclusion into events - you'll leave with 10 takeaways you'll want to write down!

Moderator: Melissa Bathum | Freemind Seattle

  • Panelist: Cindi Newell-Timmons | JeffreyM Consulting

  • Panelist: Kendall Williams | FreemanXP

  • Panelist: David Newman | CitySoundWave

  • Panelist: Leann Turpin | Rational Consulting


Event Planning: 2020 Insights

1:30 PM | Panel Discussion | Education Hub

Everyone knows event planning requires great interpersonal and time management skills, creativity, and a keen eye for details. We'll discuss event trends, tips and tricks for successful events in 2020.

Moderator: Megan Clark | Clutch Events

  • Panelist: Chaitra Vedullapalli | Meylah

  • Panelist: Julius Solaris | EventMB.com

  • Panelist: Kate Kurkjian | Zillow Group 

Social Media Trends

2:30 PM | Panel Discussion | Education Hub

CMP-IS Domain I: Marketing, 0.75 CEs 

Do you believe in the power of hashtags? Social media event marketing is one of the most important factors in creating a successful event. Learn how to leverage social and drive impact at your events.

Moderator: Janet Granger | Two Beagles LLC

  • Panelist: Makenzie Davies | Davies & Dixon

  • Panelist: Josh Dirks | Project Bionic

  • Panelist: Zachary Rozga | The Consumer Engagement Company



Thursday, Nov 14

 

MESMERIZING AND MEMORABLE PRESENTATIONS 

10:30 AM | Event TALK | Education Hub

Presented by Melissa Majors

Storytelling matters! We will explore the art and neuroscience behind building and delivering mesmerizing and memorable presentations. You’ll learn how to engage your audience and get them to pay attention.

During this short course, we will explore the art and neuroscience behind building and delivering mesmerizing and memorable presentations. Start mesmerizing your audiences today! Read more about Melissa Majors, Click Here.

SUSTAINABILITY IN TODAY’S EVENTS

11:30 AM | Panel Discussion | Education Hub

We’ll discuss ways we can work together, as an industry, to help make positive environmental and social impacts. Sustainability all starts from recognizing its importance and engaging in conversation.

Moderator: Christopher Davies | Pondhr

  • Panelist: Aaron Shook | Ocean5, Seattle NACE

  • Panelist: Nikki Davidson | Big Table

  • Panelist: Pamela Davis | Dynamic Events

Successful Planning: Knowing How to Recover from Disasters

12:30 PM | Panel Discussion | Education Hub

There are COUNTLESS ways an event could go sideways, but it doesn’t have to be a complete disaster. Our panel will share tips, tricks, and lessons learned.

Moderator: Kori Monson | Freemind Seattle

  • Panelist: Brandi Morehouse | Event Experience 

  • Panelist: Jon Stone | CEA Partners

  • Panelist: Kevin Bilida | TLC Creative Technology

AV 101: TRANSFORM Your event

1:30 PM | Panel Discussion | Education Hub

Designing the AV for your events may end up on the bottom of your priority pile, but it shouldn't. Great AV can truly transform events from bland to grand. Understand the pros and cons of hiring an outside AV production company. Your guests will notice the difference!

Moderator: Troy Whalen | 206 Events

  • Panelist: Clea Lauren Hersperger | Crimson Haze Event Lighting

  • Panelist: Kris Dahl | Atomic Infotech

  • Panelist: John Patzer | LMG

  • Panelist: Michelle Locke | Farechild

EXPERIENCE DESIGN

2:30 PM | Panel Discussion | Education Hub

Event design is becoming more and more about themes and interactive experiences. Learn about designing an Experience – top experts discuss the leading design trends for 2020.

Moderator: Allison Lazar | RockLove

  • Panelist: Emily Anderson | Lola Creative

  • Panelist: Michael McCord | Exhibits NW

  • Panelist: Sparky Sanford | Group Delphi

  • Panelist: David Doxtater | The Workshop


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Panel Discussions are available to all attendees.

Please see our Attendee Pricing page for more details and to register.