The Latest News from the IAEE Midwestern Chapter

IAEE Midwestern Chapter Chair - Jean M. Heis, CAE, CMP

I hope everyone is making the best of these short summer months! Are you taking advantage of the networking opportunities and easy-access events our chapter offers throughout the year? Our chapter, recognized as the most engaged chapter last year at EXPO! EXPO!, provides valuable connections and helps you to further strengthen industry relations among members. Take advantage of the full benefits your membership offers! Summer events include: 

CEM Learning Course - Facilities & Site Selection - July 15
Here's an opportunity for you to pick up another course toward your CEM designation.

Women's Leadership Conference - July 16
This is a great opportunity for all women, regardless of age or current position, to discuss topics unique to women within our industry. In addition to this conference, you can also register separately for MPI's Women in Leadership: Executive Leadership Skills

Simultaneous Meet Up! - July 18th 
To better serve our members that don't reside in the Chicagoland are, we are holding a chapter meet up in four locations on July 18th. Aside from Chicago, we will also meet up in St. Louis, Milwaukee and Minneapolis.

Connect and Share - Exhibitor Housing and Registration - July 23rd
Join other IAEE members as they come together to share innovative ideas.

30th Annual IAEE Midwestern Chapter Golf Outing - September 4th
Seven Bridges Golf Club is the site of our 30th Annual Golf Outing. Located in Woodridge, this day is designed for you to entertain clients or reward employees. Even if you're not a golfer, please join us for the member networking reception and dinner following the outing.

Click here to learn more on how to register your foursome or sponsor a portion of the outing.

Get Involved!
Join us! Not only are we the most engaged chapter within IAEE, we have a reputation for strong leadership within our Board. We are currently seeking highly committed and qualified members for service on the Board of Directors. Please consider your competencies and interests in our industry and submit your nomination form for consideration. All nominations must be returned by August 1st.

AND THERE'S SO MUCH MORE! Please check out our events page on the IAEE Midwestern chapter's website today!


Quarterly Highlights

June Education Program & Networking Reception ~ The Right Attendees, The Right Event, and the Right Journey
On June 5th the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel hosted our June Education Program and Networking Reception. The program featured three presenters who educated our attendees on: Implementing Persona-Based Attendee Journeys, What's New, Now, and Next in Attendee Marketing?, and Technology's Impact on Event Design.  The presentations were followed by a beautiful reception on the Renaissance's rooftop with fresh, seasonal food and live music. Click here to view the photo gallery. Thank you Renaissance Schaumburg!

Become a Board Member!

Help us build the future of the IAEE Midwestern Chapter! The Board Development Committee invites nominations for the Board of Directors with terms beginning January 1, 2020. Please take a few minutes to review the attached document which describes Board member selection criteria and responsibilities and give a thought to nominating an outstanding individual for Board service. Directors are elected to three year terms and may serve a lifetime maximum of two terms. Send complete nomination materials to the IAEE Midwestern Chapter office as soon as possible or no later than August 1, 2019.

Expo! Expo! Midwestern Chapter
Young Professional Scholarship Opportunity

The IAEE Midwestern Chapter is offering one lucky Young Professional the chance to win a scholarship to Expo! Expo! The scholarship will cover your registration fee and a two night hotel stay at the MGM Mandalay Bay. Airfare and any additional hotel nights will be covered by the individual. The deadline to apply is Friday, August 1st.  All applications will be reviewed by IAEE Midwestern Chapter Board members and one scholarship recipient will be selected. Scholarship recipient will be notified the week of August 19th. Submit your application today learn more...

Upcoming Events

TODAY! Chapter Meetup
Thursday, June 20th | 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Paradise Park, 1913 W North Ave, Chicago

Looking for the perfect place to stay out of the rain today?  Join IAEEMWC at Paradise Park Chicago, a fun, outdoor-living themed pizza spot in Wicker Park with a huge twinkling wonderland patio. Everyone talks and everyone listens! Round table discussion topic: Sponsorship - new ideas, what's hot, what's not" and How do we handle suit casing situations. It's not too late to register. RSVP NOW!  Organized by IAEE Midwestern Chapter Young Professionals, but ALL are welcome!  Made possible by GES.  learn more...

CEM Learning Course - Facilities & Site Selection
Monday, July 15, 2019 | 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Exam included)
Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel

Are you preparing to earn your CEM designation? Do you want to expand your industry knowledge? IAEE Midwestern Chapter is hosting this CEM Course.  Site selection includes the process of choosing both a location and a facility for an exhibition or event. Site selection is a crucial first step in producing a successful exhibition. It consists of advanced detailed planning, including access for attendees with disabilities, organizational goals and objectives, and exhibitor needs and transportation.  Learn more and register here.

IAEE's Women's Leadership Forum
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel

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.The forum will provide knowledge and strategies for attendees to succeed in their current positions, as well as motivation and inspiration to take your career to the next level!  Learn more and register here.

Chapter Area Meetups 
July 18th |  5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Multiple Locations: Chicago, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Milwaukee

Round Table Discussions, Networking & Collaboration at each event! Our Chapter Meetups are the perfect meeting place for everyone to network, socialize and share their stories, discuss tips and opportunities. ROUND TABLE TOPIC: What are the latest trends happening within the conference and tradeshow industry? Organized by IAEE Midwestern Chapter Young Professionals, but ALL are welcome! Made possible by GES.  Learn more and RSVP.

Idea Sharing Conference Call 
Tuesday, July 23, 2019 | Time: 1:00p.m.
TOPIC:  Exhibitor Housing & Registration

IAEE Midwestern Chapter's learning forum is back and better than ever!  Once again, we bring the Memberlink Discussion Board live, for idea sharing. Join us for an interactive discussion about how other organizations are treating housing and registration. Listen to what your colleagues allow with exhibitor badges, hear how other organizations do block assignments, and much more. Please join ready to jump into the question and feel free to bring any questions you would like to ask the group! Registration now open!

Chapter Area Meetup 
August 20th | 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Federales, 180 N. Morgan St., Chicago, IL 60607

Join us at Federales, a lofty, open-air tequila and taco concept in Chicago where everyone's favorite Mexican street food (and fun) is served up.  ROUND TABLE TOPIC: What's your personal brand & how do you ensure a level of professionalism?  No registration fee! Hope to see you there!  Learn more and register today!  

30th Annual Golf Outing 
Wednesday, September 4th  | Noon Shot Gun Start
Seven Bridges Golf Club, Woodridge, IL

Why pay more? Early bird rate ends in less than 2 weeks, July 1st.  Procrastinators will have to pay extra! Join IAEEMWC for exceptional golf, contests, trophies and prizes, as well as lunch, reception, and dinner. This is the perfect opportunity for you to entertain clients or reward your employees. Come experience a superbly maintained championship golf course that provides a "private club experience."  Learn more and register today!  

Will you join us? Save the Dates!

September 19, 2019
Chicago Chapter Meetup | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Punch Bowl Social, 310 N Green St, Chicago, IL 60607

October 4, 2019 
Midwestern Chapter Annual Meeting | 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Convene Chicago, 16 W. Adam St., Chicago, IL 60603

November 13, 2019
Holiday Jingle Mingle | Location TBD

December 3, 2019
Chapter Reception at EXPO! EXPO! | Las Vegas, NV


IAEE's Krakoff Leadership Institute
August 5 & 6, 2019

Good leaders are made not born!  IAEE's Krakoff Leadership Institute, formerly the Future Leaders Institute, provides the intelligence and connection tomorrow's leaders need in order to discuss issues with key decision makers and build strategic business relationships. The Institute for IAEE members only, develops leadership skills and broad industry knowledge for future and current leaders of the exhibitions and events industry, and it creates a close support network among participants and enhances motivational and communication skills.  Learn more and register today!  

Partner with#IAEEMWC!
Reaching real buyers has never been easier or more cost effective.

Consider a partnership with IAEE Midwestern Chapter to promote your company, products and/or services to our members. We offer many avenues of collaboration to increase your brand awareness and strengthen your organization's mission and value statement. We are excited to introduce new and creative ways of exposing your products and services to a group of over 600 buyers and decision makers. You can reach the exhibit manager members of our chapter who represent organizations of all sizes and needs. Learn More

Help us collect Toiletries for Sarah's Circle

At each of our upcoming events this year, we will be collecting unused travel sized toiletries.This is a very simple way for you to serve someone in need. Please keep this in mind as you travel. Instead of leaving these items behind in your hotel room, throw them in your bag and bring them along to your next IAEE Midwestern Chapter event. Remember hotels are always willing to give you a second set of toiletries if you request them. Sarah's Circle will be happy to take them!



Nourish Yourself and Your Events Through Mindfulness

In an industry where you focus on hospitality and taking care of others, you need to take care of yourself. You have heard it a thousand times: "work life balance." But does anyone really achieve that goal? One or the other always seems to be taking the lead and leaving you feeling guilty about abandoning the other, like not being available for your loved ones the way that you want to be. Or, when you do step out of that pattern of putting your professional life first, you feel neglectful of your "responsibilities" at work. You feel pulled in different directions-and dealing with such emotions is not conducive to being happy, emotionally healthy or your optimal self-expression.  Read More

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