Chapter Programs and Events


DATE

EVENT

December 3, 2020

Midwestern Chapter Virtual Holiday House Party
Time: 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Welcome to our very first virtual house party. Move around the different rooms of the virtual house such as the patio, dining room and kitchen. Join us for fun room activities, plus a game of trivia with GIFT CARD giveaways! 

No cost to attend but advance registration is required. 

So while there is no charge for this year’s holiday party, we request you consider making a donation to our Chapter Charity, Sarah's Circle, as you are registering. Thank you in advance!

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December 8 -10, 2020

IAEE Virtual Expo Expo

IAEE welcomes you to experience the first virtual “show for shows”. While the format has changed, you will connect with key players in the exhibitions industry and gain insights to prepare your organization for the years ahead. 

This year’s ExpoExpo will focus on timely and relevant content to prepare you and your business for the next 12-18 months and the future recovery of the exhibitions and events industry

Get ready to experience all that our virtual Expo! Expo! has to offer this December!

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PAST Chapter Program and Events

Date

Event

November 11, 2020

Midwestern Chapter Annual Meeting
3:00 - 4:15 PM

Where Do We Grow Next: Preparing for Success

IAEE Midwestern Chapter was fortunate to have Kevin Dunn, a former Division President, McDonalds North America to help guide attendees through this critical time in their professional journey. Kevin shared strategies for building your personal brand and effective techniques for developing powerful leadership skills. He focused on the relationships critical to the success of your personal brand and included Kevin's management philosophy that is centered on results through people, character-driven leadership, and maintaining a work-family-community balance.

A charismatic and energetic leader, Kevin has a distinguished record of achieving business results. He brings impressive experience, high integrity, and strong values to empower businesses, executives, and CEOs to attain their goals, create wealth and opportunity for all, and "be better than yesterday." 

Included in this webinar:

  • Strategies for building your personal brand
  • Effective techniques for developing powerful leadership skills
  • A management philosophy to help you get results through people, a character-driven leadership and how to maintain a work-family-community balance

The program was approved for 1 clock hour towards CEM recertification.

SPEAKER:

 

Kevin Dunn
Founder and President, Dunn Enterprises, Adjunct Professor, Roosevelt University




Recording

 

Every year at the annual meeting, the Midwestern Chapter recognizes our Volunteer of the Year Award and the Young Professionals Expo!Expo! Scholarship recipient. We are excited to announce this year's winners:

2020 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 2020 Volunteer of the Year recipients are Donna Busse, Ben Cramer and Bob Chain. 
 

We're pleased to announce that our scholarship committee has selected the 2020 Expo! Expo! Midwestern Chapter Young Professional EXPO! EXPO! Scholarship recipient, Victoria Garcia, Institute of Food Technologists. 


Congratulations to our winners on their accomplishments! 

October 22, 2020

Virtual Meeting & Exhibition Platform Demo: EXPO, INC.
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

On the surface the idea of finding an event technology solution to host a virtual event may seem like an easy feat, but nothing could be further from the truth. The Expo, Inc. team of event planners and technology architects understands your pain and is thrilled to offer you a different approach.

We realize that content is king, but getting sponsors and “exhibitors” to join your event to help drive event attendance (and boost your revenue) is also critical. Invest a little of your time to join us for a few minutes to learn about Expo’s virtual event experience. We’ll give you a look into our sponsor advertising bundles, opportunities for exhibitor exposure, content streaming alternatives, and much more.

With Expo your next event, just got next level!

PRESENTERS:

Tracey Straub
Co-Founder and VP, Customer Experience, EXPO, Inc.

 

Elizabeth MalatyUhr
Event Success Manager, Expo, Inc.

 

 

 

 
October 15, 2020

Chapter Meetup
4:30 - 5:30 PM

Organized by IAEEMWC Young Professionals, but all are welcome!

The MWC Young Professionals held an Icebreaker networking event connecting young professionals while having a fun from home.

September 22, 2020

Hosting Successful Exhibit Halls within a Virtual Conference
Tuesday, September 22, 2020 | 1:00 - 1:45PM

During this all, the IAEE Midwestern Chapter built off of the ideas of colleagues in the field and brainstormed new solutions to help ensure virtual exhibit halls get noticed during virtual conferences. Following a similar format to our connect and share earlier this year, we utilized polls, chat features, and breakout groups to information share and ideate what the future exhibit hall could look like.

Topics covered:

  • What should be included in a virtual exhibit hall
  • What are ways to drive traffic to exhibits
  • What does success look like for your exhibitors
  • What are creative ways to get attendees to engage in what they are seeing
Call Leaders:
Richard Anderson, Vice President, Strategic Services, Shepard LiveEX
Gretchen Thielen, Senior Manager, Exhibits & Partnerships, American Academy of Neurology

 

September 2, 2020

31st Annual Golf Outing
Seven Bridges Golf Club, Woodridge, IL

NOT the same old, same old! IAEE Midwestern Chapter Golf Outing Reimagined!

The IAEE Midwestern Chapter Annual Golf Outing looked a little different this year than years past, but it was still a great event!. Thank you to all of our sponsors + participants.

View the photo gallery here.

IAEE Midwestern Chapter colleagues met for an afternoon of golf and fun with their professional colleagues. The IAEE Midwestern Chapter took the 31st Annual Golf Outing back to Seven Bridges Golf Club in beautiful Woodridge, IL for an affordable golf experience. On Wednesday, September 2, 2020, golfers were able to experience a superbly maintained championship golf course that provides a "private club experience."

The 31st Annual Golf Outing was designed to be a special day for you to entertain clients or reward employees, but mostly for our industry to come together again face to face. Precautions were taken so that we maintained an environment that was conducive to networking but also safe. Seven Bridges Golf Club complied with the Illinois state guidelines.

  • Check-in and warm-up: 11:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
  • Shotgun start with lunch on the course: 12:00 p.m.
  • Reception: 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Here's who will be joining us so far at this year's Annual Golf Outing:

  • American Veterinary Medicine Association
  • Carpenters Local Union No 10
  • Choose Chicago
  • Emergency Nurses Association
  • Freeman
  • GES
  • Kuehne + Nagle
  • Lift Sales
  • PRA
  • Trinity Displays
  • Winsight Media/National Restaurant Show

Participation Opportunities
Hole Sponsorship – $1000
Foursome - $800
Individual Golfer - $200
Mixer/Reception - $45

August 24 - 28, 2020

CEM Week Baltimore 2020

August 24- 28, 2020
Baltimore Convention Center
1 W Pratt St, Baltimore, MD 21201

CEM Week provides participants the only opportunity to take five courses and complete five exams in one week. Along with being able to complete over half of the program in a condensed timeframe, previous attendees have said, “The interaction with other classmates is what makes this worthwhile.” Group discussions and class exercises are structured so students actively participate and gain practical knowledge of the course material.



 


CEM Week Austin 2020

August 24, 2020 - August 28, 2020
Course Location: TBA

CEM Week provides participants the only opportunity to take five courses and complete five exams in one week. Along with being able to complete over half of the program in a condensed timeframe, previous attendees have said, “The interaction with other classmates is what makes this worthwhile.” Group discussions and class exercises are structured so students actively participate and gain practical knowledge of the course material.

August 19, 2020

Virtual Meeting & Exhibition Platform Demo:
EXPOCAD® VMP 

Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

As we continue the path to resume some normalcy in our professional lives, virtual meetings are now the new reality. Come join your colleagues, as EXPOCAD® VMP educates us on their platform.

Pivot, Pure, Hybrid – Three scenarios of Virtual Events

A virtual event is any event that conveys sponsor/vendor/education/poster information on-line instead of in person. At the simple scale, a PDF with links to the exhibitor’s website is a virtual event. The level of complexity of virtual events increases from there dramatically. EXPOCAD® has been doing virtual events since 2006. This is not new for us. EXPOCAD® Virtual Market Place can manage any size event and works with its own conference module or one of the organizer’s choice using multi-cloud technology.

We all are about done with the word ‘pivot’ at this point. It does describe an event that had to do a mid-course correction due to the inability to hold the live event. Michele Bennett, Senior Exhibition Manager from SPIE, will share her experience with having to make a change to maintain audience and continuity for her organizations’ events.

Is there anything new to learn about virtual events? YES!!

  • How speed to market made a difference
  • Market analysis of what an organizer can do to increase revenue and ‘booth’ traffic
  • ADA compliancy (ASL, CC, Screen Reader, High Contrast Interface, etc.)
  • User interface requirements needs vs. wants
  • Multi-cloud applications

PRESENTERS:

Michele Bennett, CEM, Senior Exhibition Manager, SPIE

Click here to view Michele's presentation.

 

Rich Stone, CEO EXPOCAD® by ACT

Click here to view Rich's presentation.

 

Recording

 

July 29, 2020

Chapter Meetup
Organized by IAEEMWC Young Professionals, but all are welcome!
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Overwhelmed with the ever-changing challenges of 2020? Need a time out? Would you like to add a little balance to your day? Join us virtually on July 29th as Bret Gornik, Co-Founder of Live Better, guides us through (4) easy steps towards a healthier and more mindful lifestyle!

  1. Energize Smooth! Get up and take on the day with this super easy and delicious smoothie recipe. Learn why this smoothie will help you charge through the day as well as alternative ingredients.
  2. At home body weight and daily stretch routine! Explore how you can use your own body weight and household items to energize and strengthen your body!
  3. Daily Work From Home Wellness Hacks! These quick and easy hacks will help you to build healthy habits, reduce stress, and increase positive wellbeing.
  4. Focus & Performance Meditation! Give yourself 10 minutes of your day to meditate, calm the body, breathe, enhance your ability to be present, and develop mindfulness skills to better your health and wellness.
View Recording
July 14, 2020

IAEE’s Women’s Leadership Forum

OLC Education & Conference Center
9400 West Higgins Rd, Suite 100

Rosemont, IL 60018-4975

IAEE’s Women’s Leadership Regional Forum in Rosemont, IL transformed to a virtual event with an in-person component for those who still wanted to attend in person at the OLC Education & Conference Center.

IAEE’s Women’s Leadership Forum has been designed to focus on topics that are unique to women in the exhibitions and events industry. It is tailored for all women regardless of age, individual situation, or current position held within their company.

KEYNOTES:

 

Jeska Brodbeck
Mastering Your Flow State for Optimal Performance



 

Claudia St. John, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Transforming Teams – Tips for Improving Collaboration and Building Trust

June 3, 2020

June Education Program & Networking
The New Normal, What’s in Store for our Industry after COVID-19
Wednesday, June 3, 2020 | 12:30 - 2:00 PM

Come celebrate Exhibitions Day with your Midwestern Chapter! This virtual program is complimentary and open to everyone, members and non-members.

In this multi-session program, we will address what is currently happening in the meetings and events industry. We will hear about what a successful show has done to virtualize their events. We’ll find out what new contractual & insurance things to look for and finally what is the big picture for the future.

The program is eligible for 1.5 clock hours towards CEM recertification.

PART 1: GOING VIRTUAL

A presentation on how HIMSS20 went to HIMSS20 Digital.

PRESENTERS:

Ben Dunlap, Regional Vice President, Map Your Show

 

 

Elli Riley, Senior Director, Exhibits & Meeting Services, HIMSS

 



PART 2: THE NEW NORMAL IN CONTRACTS & INSURANCE
A presentation on the legal, liability and risk realities of the new normal.

PRESENTERS:

Jonathan T. Howe, Senior and Founding Partner, Howe & Hutton, Ltd

 

 

Lou Novick, National Director, Associations, Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services, Inc.



 

PART 3: HEADLINER
We will hear what experts are predicting the new normal will be and what we need to watch for going forward.

PRESENTER:

David DuBois, CMP, CAE, FASAE, CTA, President and CEO, International Association of Exhibitions and Events® (IAEE)

 

 

May 7, 2020

You are Going Virtual! What Now?
Thursday, May 7, 2020 | 10:00 - 10:45AM

In an industry that is used to planning face to face engagement, this year has been a difficult time for us. Resiliency and innovation is the back bone of events and exhibitions, and we have seen countless organizations step to the plate to find a new normal.

Many events and exhibitions are hosting their events digitally, and the IAEE Midwest Chapter wants to hear from you on what you have done and how you have found success in virtual formats.

We invite you to connect with your colleagues to share successes, challenges, and questions you have about hosting online meetings.

Please come prepared with anything you would like to discuss, but some topics that will be covered are:

  • Where do you start as you look to transition to digital?
  • How do you get engagement from attendees?
  • How do your attendees engage with exhibitors?
  • What products or solutions are available to use?
  • What are some successes your organization has had so far?
  • What are some challenges?
  • How do you incorporate digital and live meeting components at future events?
Call Leader:
Gretchen Thielen, Senior Manager, Exhibits & Partnerships, American Academy of Neurology
April 14, 2020

Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID)

GMID Goes Virtual was a great day of inspiration and learning with incredible content and virtual production throughout the day!

Over 12,500 event professional attended online in a show of strength, resiliency, and unity. Missed the event? You can watch the full recording of the event here!

April 7, 2020

Chapter Meetup
Organized by IAEEMWC Young Professionals, but all are welcome!
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The IAEE Midwestern Chapter Meetup went virtual!

Thanks to all who threw on a shirt, turned on their laptop camera, and joined us (virtually) for a first-of-its-kind, virtual IAEE Midwestern Chapter April Meetup! What a success! We look forward to seeing you again at our next event.

February 26, 2020

Educational Program & Networking Reception
Site Selection Knowledge Share: The Do's and Don'ts

Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont
5555 N River Rd, Rosemont, IL 60018


Approved for 1.5 credits for CEM

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM - Registration
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM - Education Program
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM - Networking Reception

As organizations are continually looking for new cities and new venues, what are the issues you need to know about? Is your organization in the process of selecting cities, venues and regions for your future events?

IAEE’s Midwest Chapter’s interactive educational session is where you will hear from industry veterans representing DMO’s, Convention Centers, Organizers and more about their best practices and their keys to success. Understand what is coming for the future of venues and learn about the key topics that will face your organization as you select the right city, venue or region for your event.

The presentation will include a panel discussion from key industry leaders followed by an interactive roundtable discussion dissecting the optimal site inspection process. This event will include the perspective of the Show Organizer, DMO, Venue, Convention Center and Hotel.

Topics of discussion will include:

  • What are the keys to an effective site selection process?
  • What are the Hot Button issues for event directors when conducting a site visit?
  • What services are moving to the DMO?
  • Who are the Key people at a convention center?
  • What are the Essential Questions to ask?
  • What do Event Planners miss in Site Selection?
  • What are the differences for hotel or resort based events?

PANELISTS:

Stephanie Anthony
Hyatt Regency Chicago
Hayat Pronovost
Visit Orlando
Benjamin Rabe,
CEM

SmithBucklin
Christopher Stephens
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

 

MODERATOR:

 

 

Lisa Goecke Malikow
National Restaurant Association Show


REGISTRATION FEE:

Exhibition and Event Organizers Members (EEOM) - Complimentary
Exhibition and Event Organizers Non-Members (EEONM) - $65, $75 after 2/21
Exhibition and Event Service Members (EESM) - $65, $75 after 2/21
Exhibition and Event Service Non Members (EESM) - $75, $85 after 2/21
Students - $15

GIVING BACK
IAEE Midwest Chapter is excited to announce, along with your event registration, you are now able to purchase 50/50, Split the Pot raffle tickets (1 for $5, 2 for $10 and 5 for $20) supporting our Chapter Charity, Sarah's Circle. This is your chance to raise crucial funds for women in need and win BIG! The Winner will be announced at the conclusion of the program. Your raffle tickets will be attached to your badge at the Registration Table.

In addition, if would you like to give back to the industry that supports your company, organization and your career, you are now also able to make a monetary donation to the Exhibitions Mean Business campaign (EMB) and/or Center for Exhibition Industry Research Foundation (CEIR). Please consider making a financial donation along with your registration payment.

***Travel size toiletry items as well as personal care items will be collected to benefit our Chapter Charity, Sarah`s Circle. For a complete list of accepted items, click here.

February 23, 2020

IAEE Midwestern Chapter

WALKS for our Chapter Charity Sarah's Circle!

1:00 - 3:00 PM
TRUMAN COLLEGE
1145 W. Wilson, Chicago, IL

Our members are passionate about helping women who are homeless. Thanks to all who walked with us and donated to the team.

January 23, 2020



YOU’RE INVITED TO A “FRIENDLY” GAME OF KICKBALL!

6th Annual Midwestern Chapter
Kick Ball Tournament
Thursday, January 23, 2020 | McCormick Place | Hall F2

Networking, Food, Drinks, and Fun!

Registration and warm-ups: 4:30 PM
Games Begin at 5:30

A big thanks to all who came out for 6th Annual Kickball Tournament! Congrats to this year’s winners GES!

Click here to view the photo gallery,

Thanks to our sponsors: Armageddon Services, GES, McCormick Place, SAVOR...Chicago, United Steelworkers, and AFL-CIO-CLC.

 

Click here to view all our past events.