Chapter Programs and Events



January 31, 2019

5th Annual Midwestern Chapter 
Kick Ball Tournament
Thursday, January 31, 2018 | McCormick Place 

Join us for Networking, Food, Drinks, and Fun!

L E T   T H E   G A M E S   B E G I N!
Registration and warm-up begin at 4:30 PM
Games Begin at 5:30 PM

Kick Ball Teams: All teams must have a minimum of six players with at least two female players on the field during play. Eight players are included in the registration fee.

$350 Member Team / $375 Non-Member Team

Individual Players: Individual players are required to pre-register and team assignments will be made on-site

$45 per person

Not a Kick Ballplayer? Join us anyway and be a benchwarmer! Root for your favorite team as you enjoy plenty of food and drinks and of course, networking.
$45 per person

Pick your team soon! The deadline to register is January 18, 2019. Team space is limited, so please pre-register.




Past Events




December 11-13

Where: New Orleans, LA

Midwestern Chapter Reception at EXPO! EXPO!

Date:                    Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Time:                    5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Location:              Hilton New Orleans Riverside,  Level 3 - Royal Room       

We were excited to meet and party with our Midwestern Chapter members just prior to the EXPO! EXPO! opening reception.

Wednesday, December 5

IAEE National Chapter Meetup Day

CHICAGO ~ 5:00 pm
Location: Happy Camper






Location: La Doña Cervecería 


We had an outstanding turn out at our concurrent chapter meetups. We celebrated and shared in holiday cheer, tradeshow life stories, and overall best practices.

Wednesday, November 28

IAEE Midwestern Chapter Holiday Happy Hour
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

41 East Superior Street, Chicago, IL

Come eat, drink, be merry and kick off the Holiday Season!  Bring colleagues and friends, meet and mingle with new friends and old and partake in some holiday cheer.

Member and Non-Member Rate - $20.00

The cost covers attendance and appetizers. 

November 7

Idea Sharing Conference Call
Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm (Central time)

Creative Sponsorships and Creative Show Floor Ideas

Call Leader:
Gretchen Liedl, Manager, Exhibits & Sponsorship, American Academy of Neurology

The IAEE Midwestern Chapter takes Memberlink Discussion Board live! Chat live with other show managers and discuss your creative ideas.

Thursday, September 27

IAEE Midwestern Chapter Annual Meeting

The 2018 IAEE Midwestern Chapter Annual Meeting once again brought us together to learn and share. Our distinguished presenters pooled their expertise to provide essential industry insights.

Click here to view the photo album.

Where:  Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab
              60 E. Grand Ave. (Corner of Grand & Rush)
              Chicago, IL 60611 map

Time:     8:30 a.m. -  8:45 a.m. Registration, Networking, and Breakfast

              8:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Annual Meeting and Presentations

An outstanding morning was planned featuring ...

Industry Update
Presented By:
David DuBois, CMP, CAE, FASAE, CTA
President & CEO, IAEE 

Your Events Will Never Be the Same:
Hot Technologies 2019

Presented by:
James Spellos, CMP
President, Meeting U

Provided in part by IAEE's Chapter Education Grant

2018 Volunteer of the Year

Every year, members donate time and expertise to IAEE MWC. Volunteers play an integral role in the day-to-day operations of the association and help chart our future. This highest accolade is awarded annually and recognizes leadership and outstanding contributions to the association.

We are happy to announce the 2018 Volunteer of the Year recipient is Jennifer Gallatin, International Marketing Coordinator, Association of Equipment Manufacturers, Member of the Member Engagement Committee.

In the words of her nominator, Tricia Mallett, “Jennifer understands the value that IAEE brings to associations overall and specifically our MWC. Her focus to help the MWC engage with one another is above and beyond.”

August 28

Milwaukee Member Meetup

Unfortunately, with the forecast of severe thunderstorms, we have no choice but to move our Meetup to an indoor location. 

New Indoor Venue:
D14 Brewery & Pub
2273 S Howell Ave
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53207

Time: 5:30-8pm 

Tuesday, August 28

Minnesota Member  Meetup

Where:  Finnegans Brew Co.  Show Map
817 5th Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN
Time:  4:30 - 6:30 PM
Hosted by:  IAEE Midwestern Chapter

Monday, August 27

Annual Golf Outing 
Where: Cantigny Golf Club
Wheaton, IL 

Nothing beats a relaxing game of golf... especially when you play with friends and colleagues who share a common goal!  A day of golf, great beverages, food, and prizes, as well as, lunch, a reception, and dinner were shared by all.

Click here to view the photo album.

 Friday, August 3  

Idea Sharing Conference Call
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm (Central time)

TOPIC: Meetings and Exhibits Rules and Regulations Have you ever wondered if your rules and regulations are in line with what other organizations are doing?

~Attendees received 1 CEU toward their CEM~

The IAEE Midwestern Chapter is taking the Memberlink Discussion Board live, with our first ever live idea sharing.  Chat live with other show managers about how they handle their rules and regulations to gain insights and perspectives into other groups. 

We will cover topics like:

  • Tradeshow name/logo usage
  • Sanctions and penalties
  • Presentations/demonstrations
  • And anywhere else the conversation takes us!

Call Leaders:
Gretchen Liedl
, Manager, Exhibits & Sponsorship, American Academy of Neurology
Tricia Mallett, CEM, Tradeshow Director and Director of Event Services & Technology, Association of Equipment Manufacturers

Thursday, June 13, 2018

June Education Program & Networking Reception

Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel
1551 Thoreau Dr. N, Schaumburg, IL 60173 | Map

How Increased Situational Awareness and an Improved Guest Experience can Improve your Event Security

Mark Herrera
Director of Education, International Association of Venue Managers

As exhibition and event professionals, we have the responsibility of ensuring that attendees are as safe as possible at our events. It is critical that there is a plan of action allowing for quick decision making.

This session provided an engaging, interactive experience for participants interested in event security. We covered situational awareness, understood the resources available to protect public facility assemblies, and heard from subject matter experts on critical infrastructure protection to help you understand mass casualty incidents and preparedness during an event.

This session allowed our attendees to see how educating those involved in the planning and execution of a meeting or event has an impact on event participants.


Learn to leverage guest services to mitigate safety and security risks.

  • Hear how enhancing professionalism and assisting employees in recognizing the Impact their words or actions have on the public.
  • Increase personal safety and decrease stress when encountering someone uncooperative.
Thursday, June 21, 2018

Member Meet Up at Ravinia

Looking for something fun to do this summer?   The Member Engagement Committee put together a Meet-Up at Ravinia to hear Well-Strung perform.  If you like classical music you’ll love them.  If you prefer pop music you’ll love them.  Enjoy both?  Then you’re in for a real treat!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

IAEE KC-Area Member Meetup

Blue Moose Lenexa
10064 Woodland Road, Lenexa, KS 66220 | Map

4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

You're invited to spend time with fellow KC-area IAEE members and make some new friends! There's no formal program -- simply come for food and camaraderie.

Feel free to invite your expo industry colleagues, clients or vendors to join us!
Appetizers provided by IAEE – drinks are on your own 

June 5, 2018

Young Professionals Meet-Up
(But all are welcome)

Join your fellow Midwest Young Professionals in celebrating #ExhibitionsDay!

Midwestern Chapter Young Professionals Happy Hour!


Where: The J. Parker (Rooftop, Hotel Lincoln)
When: June 5th, 2018
Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm

What a better way to start off your Chicago Summer!

Click here to view event photos. 

May 2, 2018

After Hours Networking

Time: 4:30pm - 7:30pm
Where: TagPrints - 320 W. Ohio Street, 3rd Floor, Chicago, IL 60654

Drinks, food, and games to be provided by


May 2, 2018

Volunteer Opportunity

Come volunteer with IAEE Midwest Chapter to help those struggling with hunger in Chicago, by joining us in a food re-pack session at the Greater Chicago Food Depository. We've reserved 15 spots for the session on Wednesday, May 2nd. The session is from 1-3: 45 pm, information on parking and more details will be provided prior to the event. Training will be provided by the GCFD that day so all you need to bring is a healthy attitude and a desire to help the community! 

To sign up, please click here. If you have volunteered with the Food Depository before you will be asked to log into your account if this is your first time you will create an account and sign an electronic waiver. These spots will go fast, so don't delay!   

The Food Depository is located at  4100 W Ann Lurie Place Chicago, IL 60632, parking information will be located on your confirmation email

 For questions, please contact Jennifer Kimball

April 12, 2018

Industry Xchange & Global Meetings Industry Day

Wintrust Arena
200 E Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60616

Industry Xchange is an industry-wide, collaborative education and networking event for the meeting and events industry. Gain new perspectives on key trends and issues facing the meetings industry today and what they mean for your business opportunities and beyond.

In collaboration with Choose Chicago’s Annual Meeting, IX2018 will be held at the Wintrust Arena for an afternoon of education, networking and a blow-out celebration on Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID)!

What is GMID?

Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) is a global meeting initiative driven through the Meetings Mean Business partnership. Meetings Mean Business is an industry-wide coalition to showcase the undeniable value that business meetings, trade shows, incentive travel, exhibitions, conferences, and conventions bring to people, businesses and communities.

By rallying industry advocates, working with stakeholders, conducting original research, engaging with outside voices and more, the coalition brings the industry together to emphasize its importance. Comprised of over 60 members, the coalition unites the meetings industry with one strong and powerful voice. In 2016, MMB partners hosted over 100 events in more than 30 countries in all corners of the globe to showcase the real power of meetings, events, conventions, exhibitions and more.

February 13, 2018

What's Your Wow? Clearly, Confidently & Concisely Communicate What Sets You Apart From Everyone Else

Educational Program & Networking Reception
~ Earn 1 CEU ~

February 6, 2018

IAEE Midwest Chapter Minneapolis Meet Up!
Punch Bowl Social
1691 Park Pl Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55416

January 25, 2018

4th Annual Kickball Tournament - SOLD OUT 

Where: McCormick Place, Hall F1

Registration and warm-up begin at 4:30 PM 
Games Begin at 5:30 PM
• Free Parking •

November 28, 2017

Chapter Reception at EXPO! EXPO!

Where: Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
Room 007D, River Level
900 East Market Street 
San Antonio, TX 78205

November 15, 2017

IAEE National Concurrent Young Professionals Happy Hour
Butch McGuire's 

Monday, October 30, 2017

Midwestern Chapter Annual Meeting 
Marriott Marquis 

September 11, 2017

28th Annual Golf Outing 

Where: Cantigny Golf Club
11 a.m. shotgun start

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Young Professionals Happy Hour

Where: Raised Bar Chicago, 1 W. Upper Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60601

Friday, July 28, 2017

Midwestern Chapter Networking
Cubs v. Brewers Game in Milwaukee 

Thanks to our shuttle bus sponsor:

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Minnesota Networking Event

When: July 27th from 4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. ish

Where: Brits Pub

1110 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Young Professionals Happy Hour

The Hampton Social | 5 - 7 pm 
353 W Hubbard St.
Chicago, IL 60654

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

To Engage, or not to Engage – You know the Answer
Education Program and Member Mixer

Special thanks to our sponsors: 


April 6, 2017


March 23, 2017


Young Professionals Meet Up

Where: Kirkwood Bar & Grill
2934 N Sheffield Ave. 
Chicago, Illinois 60657

February 22, 2017

Increased Attendance – How to Get RecordAttendance at Your Next Event: 7 Proven Strategies that Won’t Cost You a Dime!

Special thanks to our February Speaker sponsor

Thursday, February 2, 2017 2017 Kickball Tournament
December 6 - December 8, 2016 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Midwestern Chapter Holiday Party and Education Program
Get Your Game On! 

**Attendees earned 1 CEU**

AceBounce, Chicago 
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm 

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Tortoise Supper Club
350 N State St, Chicago, IL 60654

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Annual Meeting 
Go with Your Gut: Effective Decision-Making in an 
Over-Thinking World

Attendees receive 1.5 CEUs toward their CEM

River Roast
315 N. LaSalle Street
Chicago, IL 60654

Monday, September 12, 2016

27th Annual Midwestern Chapter Golf Outing

Seven Bridges Golf Club
One Mulligan Drive 
Woodridge, Illinois 60517

Thursday, August 25, 2016

2nd Annual Concurrent Meet-Up for the Midwestern Chapter

Monday, June 27, 2016

Sweatworking Meet Up 
Wrigley Square, Millennium Park

Sweatworking is the new healthier and interactive form of networking, so come out and join us!  We will have a fitness/yoga session led by a personal trainer in a local Chicago park.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Talking Like TED II
Educational Program and Networking Event

This program is worth 1.5 CEUs

Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel

Thanks to our June Program Sponsor:


The speakers for this program were provided through IAEE’s Jim Lynn Chapter Education Fund.

June 1, 2016

Young Professionals Happy Hour
4:30 - 7:00 PM

The New Renaissance Chicago Rooftop 
1 W. Upper Wacker Drive
Chicago IL 60601

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Educational Program and Live-stream Broadcast
The Natural Relationship between Attendee Acquisition and Exhibit Sales

Worth 1.5 CEU credit hours

Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Monday, February 22, 2016

Young Professionals Happy Hour

Bar Louie 
333-335 North Dearborn St.
Chicago, IL 60654

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM 

January 28, 2016

3rd Annual Kick Ball Tournament
Networking, Food, Drinks, and Fun!

McCormick Place, Hall F1

December 1- 3, 2015 

Midwestern Chapter Reception at EXPO! EXPO! 

Tuesday, December 1 
5:30 - 7:00 PM 

Hilton Baltimore, Billie Holiday Ballroom, Section 4, Second Floor

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Educational Program and Holiday Party
5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Midwest is Best

Kendall College Chicago
900 N. North Branch Street
Chicago, IL 60642

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Chapter Charity Sled Hockey Game

IAEE MWC vs The Hornets Youth Sled Hockey Team

Hornets win! 6-3 Final. :-) 

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Midwestern Chapter Annual Meeting

Educational Program with Lunch & Networking

Is it realistic for event planners to expect the unexpected?
 Today we encounter everything during our meetings and events: socio-political crisis, civil unrest, protests, food-poisoning, and natural disasters…this experienced group of industry colleagues has seen it all! Take part in the discussions as their stories are shared and insights are revealed dealing with untimely crisis or disruption during a convention or an event. 

When and Where:
Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse
Chicago, IL
11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 

These participants shared their stories:

Dustin Arnheim Dustin Arnheim
 Director of Convention Sales
 Visit Indy

Joyce Paschall, CAE, CMP 
Joyce Paschall, CAE, CMP
 Director Education & Meetings
 American College of Occupational and Environment Medicine

George Rosebrock

 George Rosebrock
 Director of Security
 McCormick Place


Scott Walters

 Scott Wolters
 Director of Trade Shows & Conferences
 BNP Media 


Lisa Goecke  Lisa Goecke
  Director Trade Shows
  National Restaurant Association

Monday, September 14, 2015

26th Annual Midwestern Chapter Golf Outing 

Seven Bridges Golf Club - Woodridge, IL

Thanks for joining us:

AF Services
Am Dental Association
Audio Visual One
Bank of America Chicago Marathon
Century Cleaning
Choose Chicago
Corcoran Expositions
Donald E Stephens Convention Center
Edlen Electrical Exhibition Services 
Hall Erikson
Helen Brett Enterprises
International Housewares
J&J Exhibitors Service, Inc.
Lifetime Fitness Athletic Events
Map Your Show
Map Your Show
McCormick Place/SMG
Meet Chicago Northwest
Prime Electrical & Exhibition Services 
Rosemont Exposition Services
Rosemont Convention Bureau
Tasty Catering
The Expo Group
USW Local 17 Decorators Union
Valley Expo & Display
Visit Houston
Wm. T. Glasgow

September 9, 2015

Midwestern Chapter Concurrent Meet Up 

Concurrent Meet Ups were held in:

• When: September 9th, From 5-7pm
• Where: Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery (1 W. Grand Avenue).
• What: IAEE MWC Meet Up

• When: September 9th, From 5-7pm
• Where: Central Standard Craft Distillery
• What: IAEE MWC Meet Up 

• When: September 9th, From 5-7pm 
• Where: Parella Uptown Minneapolis located at Calhoun Square at Lake and Hennepin
• What: IAEE MWC Meet Up 

July 21, 2015

Young Professionals Happy Hour & Movie Night

4:00pm-6:00pm: Tree House, Tavern at the Park

6:30pm: Millennium Park Summer Film Series – Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to meet other young professionals in the Midwestern Chapter. No registration fee required! Please contact Sarah Madonia if you are planning to join us.

July 8, 2015

June 3, 2015

Educational Program - Talking Like "TED" 
Swissotel, The Palm Restaurant, Lakeshore Room

Weren't able to join us? Don't sweat it.  We have handouts available for download.

This program was approved for 1 hour of CEM recertification credit - download a certificate 

Special thanks to our generous June Program sponsor:

March 11, 2015
Member Meet Up

Stop by after work for informal drinks, networking, and camaraderie between IAEE members and friends. This event is FREE to members and non-members! 
February 25, 2015

How Big Is Your Pipe

Educational Program and Member Mixer - Attend and earn 1.5 CEM credits 
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

About the Program:

We know we need it, but do we know what “it” is? 

We’re talking about the internet and navigating the terms you hear, but may not fully understand.  


2Gig redundant? 

How do personal hotspots and 3G/4G technology affect your decision? 

Are you paying too much by not asking the right questions for your group?  

This insightful panel will discuss the ins and outs and the latest updates in a constantly changing environment.  Whether you’re looking at an in-house meeting at a hotel for 300 people or an event at a convention center for thousands, we’ll help you understand what you need so you can budget correctly and get the best service for your event participants. 

It’s crucial to know the format of the delivery and we’ll tell you why, as well as define commonly used terms and send you off with a quick reference guide to take back to the office and share. 

January 22, 2015

2nd Annual Kick Ball Tournament
Networking, Food, Drinks, and Fun!

Where: McCormick Place

December 9 - 11, 2014


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

 IAEE Midwestern Chapter Reception at EXPO! EXPO!
JW Marriott Los Angeles at LA Live

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Annual Holiday Event with Educational Program

Kendall College Chicago

The educational portion of this program is sponsored by:

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Member Social Event 

Theory, Downtown Chicago
5:00 p.m. 

September 24, 2014 

How to Stay Energized in a Changing World 
Annual Meeting Luncheon & Celebration of IAEE MWC's 40th Anniversary 
Maggiano's Chicago

This program was generously sponsored by

Monday, September 8, 2014

25th Annual Golf Outing - Seven Bridges Golf Club

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Member Mixer - Buddy Guy's Legends

July 9, 2014

Meetings and Conventions Industry Trends: A Leaders’ Perspective
Navy Pier Chicago

Thursday, June 5, 2014

A Collaboration Between both IAEE and the IAEE Midwestern Chapter
Chicago, IL

Culture is a feeling, a vibe, an extension of your brand

The best way for organizations to produce a meaningful culture is to establish a community in which stakeholders partner to play a role in its strategic direction. It’s the competitive edge that creates trust and inclusion within a group.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Coloring Outside the Lines™...Creating a NEW Association Experience with Jeff Tobe 
Education Program, Volunteer Drive & Member Mixer 

Thursday, January 23, 2014



Kick Ball Tournament

Congratulations Valley - Winners of the 2014 Kick Ball Tournament!

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