The Latest News from the IAEE Midwestern Chapter

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

This winter has been fierce for the Midwest and I'll be happy to see Spring finally make an appearance! Your chapter has had a busy winter full of events, content development, sponsor prospecting and membership drives. Voted 2018's most engaged chapter of the year at Expo! Expo!, the Midwestern Chapter is looking for people like you to create awesome content and experiences. It's a great way to meet new people and network. Join a committee and get involved by contacting Jackie Peiffer at [email protected].

We have a new chapter charity this year, Sarah's Circle. This non-profit organization helps at risk and homeless women by providing a daytime support center, 50-bed interim housing and supportive housing for chronically homeless women or those with disabling conditions. Sarah's Circle does incredible work and we are proud to have selected them as our official chapter charity. A group of Midwestern chapter members recently participated in the annual Sarah's Circle Winter Walk: A Mile in Her Shoes. Thank you for those who participated on behalf of our chapter!

In addition to the walk, our chapter recently held a program The Art of Storytelling ...Show Managers Sharing Best Practices that Saved the Day. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank our generous sponsors; RES, Rosemont CVB, Rosemont Catering and the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center and our Program Planning Committee for a great event.

In January we held our Annual Kickball Tournament. Always a fun, engaging night, the tournament was hosted by our friends at McCormick Place and SAVOR. A special shout out to additional sponsors of the event, United Steelworkers, Freeman and Armageddon Services. Competition was fierce, and we crowned newcomers, LoSasso Integrated Marketing the new champions. Thank you to our Kickball Tournament organizers for a great evening.

Lastly, I'd like to welcome new Board members, Ray Bianchi from Hannover Fairs and Patrick Bytner from Shepard Exposition Services. In a short time, Ray and Patrick have already done some great work for the chapter in their new roles as Board members.

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We would like to thank the current IAEE Board and amazing committee members for their donation of time and dedication. We are excited to welcome anyone who is interested in volunteering for the Midwestern Chapter. A full list of committees can be found here. Please contact Jackie Peiffer if you would like to join one of our committees.

Although it is only March, we've already had three very successful events this year!

5th Annual IAEEMWC Kick Ball Tournament
Thursday, January 31, 2019 | McCormick Place

We kicked off the year with our 5th Annual Kickball Tournament. This is always a fun, exciting, and competitive event. Congratulations to LoSasso Integrated Marketing for taking home 1st place in a hard-won battle. Thank you for all that participated on a very cold Chicago evening and those who sponsored a team, the investment made contributes to bring educational sessions and networking events to our chapter.

Thank you to our Kick Ball sponsors: Armageddon Services, Freeman, McCormick Place, SAVOR Catering, United Steelworkers, AFL-CIO-CLC - Local 17.

February Education Program & Networking Reception
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

In February, we participated in a lively conversation with a group of experienced show managers who shared their war stories from the front lines. The packed house were excited to learn their tips. The takeaways were tried and true "tips of the trade" and just good ole' fashioned common sense.
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IAEEMWC Walks for Chapter Charity Sarah's Circle
Sunday, March 3, 2019 | Truman College, Chicago

Thank you to all who came out on a cold Chicago Sunday afternoon to walk for our Chapter Charity, Sarah's Circle. Many thanks for making a difference and for your kind and generous support! The Winter Walk raised funds to provide immediate resources to help women who are homeless and struggling in the Chicagoland area.

See more details about this outstanding charity, Sarah's Circle.

Upcoming Events

Industry Xchange
The Unlimited Possibility of Meetings & Events

Thursday, April 4, 2019 | Alhambra Palace

It's less than one week away! There is still time to register! In collaboration with other Chicagoland meetings and events industry associations, 
Industry Xchange (IX) 2019 will be held at Alhambra Palace Restaurant for an afternoon education program. This will be followed by a networking and blow-out celebration, all on Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID)! Thought-provoking topics, amazing networking opportunities, endless opportunities to grow, and a celebration of our industry. Details here!

IAEEMWC Educational Program
Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel

Details and registration coming soon!

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.

30th Annual Golf Outing 
Wednesday September 4th  | 11:15 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. 
Seven Bridges Golf Club, Woodridge, IL

Join us 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! Take advantage of early bird rates!

Will you join us? IAEEMWC Meetups

Round Table Discussions, Networking & Collaboration at each event! Everyone talks. Everyone listens! Be sure to mark your calendars and save the dates for these exciting IAEEE MWC meetups organized by IAEE Young Professionals:

June 20, 2019
Chicago Chapter Meetup | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm | Paradise Park
Minneapolis Chapter Meetup | 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm | Location: TBD

July 18, 2019 
Chicago Chapter Meetup | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm | Kaiser Tiger
Minneapolis Chapter Meetup | 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm | Location: TBD

August 20, 2019
Chicago Chapter Meetup & Book Club | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm | Movie in Millennium Park OR Rooftop Bar
Minneapolis Chapter Meetup | 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm | Location: TBD 


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 Hotel 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!


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