Past Chapter Programs and Events




December 12, 2019

Idea Sharing Conference Call

Thursday, December 12, 2019
Time: 10:00 - 10:45 am

TOPIC: How do We Market to and for Exhibitors?
Earn .75 CEU Points

IAEE Members Come Together to Share Innovative Ideas

Are exhibitors being left behind? Many organizations have a centralized marketing plans for their meeting which give attendees an overall sense of what they can expect at the meeting, but they may struggle with integrating the exhibit hall into that message without making attendees feel like they are just being sold to. How do you incorporate your exhibitors and your exhibit hall into the overall message? How do you talk about the meeting to your exhibitors and where you do talk about it? What feedback have you heard from exhibitors where they felt there was a gap in communication?

Call Leader:
Gretchen Thielen, Senior Manager, Exhibits & Partnerships, American Academy of Neurology

December 3, 2019

Chapter Reception at EXPO! EXPO!

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Mandalay Bay Hotel -
Lagoon H - Level 2
Las Vegas, NV

November 13, 2019

Holiday Jingle Mingle
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Fulton Market Kitchen
311 N Sangamon St, Chicago, IL 60607

Member and Non-Member Rate - $35.00

The cost covers covered light appetizers and (1) drink ticket.

Thank you to Shepard for hosting the first 20 planners!

Toiletries were collected for our chapter charity, Sarah's Circle.

October 4, 2019



Midwestern Chapter Annual Meeting

Friday, October 4th
8:30 am - 10:30 am

Convene Chicago
16 W. Adam St., Chicago, IL 60603

Thanks to all that attended and sponsored our IAEE MWC event.
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The New World Order for Managing Convention Room Blocks

Destination Marketing Organizations (DMO’s) and Convention Bureaus (CVB’s) are under pressure to provide more accurate return on investment information. Dave Czechowski, Choose Chicago, Senior Economist, Research & Analysis kicks of the morning with the latest information from Destinations International on the value measurement systems and metrics that cities, states and DMO’s utilize to assess an events economic impact.

A panel of industry experts discussed the current buzz around convention housing. Commission cuts, OTA’s, revenue sharing, rebates, attrition clauses, loyalty points and more represent a growing list of disrupters to the traditional housing model.

What’s next for the relationship between DMO’s, hotels, convention housing companies and event organizers?

  • Learn the latest methods for determining total room demand
  • Understand generational buying habits
  • Hear about techniques for improving room block results


$55 - MEMBER
$15 - Livestream Exhibition and Event Organizers

Keith Murphy
Senior National Sales Manager – McCormick Place
Keith Murphy is an accomplished executive with over 35 years experience in the convention and hospitality industry. Keith currently is a Senior National Sales Manager for McCormick Place Convention Center. He is the key representative for major convention bookings at the largest exposition facility in North America. Keith is responsible for all facets of lease agreements and a strategic sales partner supporting Choose Chicago.


David Czechowski
Senior Economist, Research & Analysis – Choose Chicago

David Czechowski is Director, Sr. Economist – Research & Analysis for Choose Chicago. He provides Chicago’s tourism community with market and meetings performance research as well as domestic and international visitor trends toward Choose Chicago’s goal of increasing visitation to the city. Areas of support include hotel analytics, event impact analysis, visitor profiling and forecasts to stakeholders in the Chicago hotel community, city and state government, media channels, McCormick Place, and Choose Chicago partners.


Kim Althoff
Vice President of Sales, Trade Shows & Media – ISSA



Donna Bongiovanni
Global Director, Americas Hyatt Sales Force – Hyatt Hotels
Donna has over 35 years in the hospitality business and working for Hyatt Family. She started at the HR Chicago as a sales assistant then moved on to the Hyatt Lincolnwood as a Sales Manager. She has been involved in both MPI and PCMA for over 25 years holding various Committee and Board positions. Donna was awarded the MPI Rising Star Award and the MPI Supplier of the Year Award.

Robert Hope
Director, Convention and Meetings - American College of Surgeons
Bob Hope is the Director of Convention and Meetings for the American College of Surgeons. The College has more than 80,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world. He is responsible for strategic planning and providing management and support for all meeting operations.

Joe Wilush
Director of Sales, Client Relations - onPeak
Joe has more than 10 years of experience in the event housing industry. He started his career in housing operations with onPeak in 2008 and developed a keen interest citywide events, producing strong results for onPeak’s clients. Joe later accepted an opportunity to work on the hotel side of the business with Hiltons of Chicago before returning to onPeak as Director of Sales – Client Relations. In his role, Joe works closely with onPeak clients and consults them on all aspects of their citywide hotel program.

This program approved for 1.5 CEUs.

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September 19, 2019

Chapter Meetup

Organized by IAEE Midwestern Chapter Young Professionals, but all are welcome!
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

City Tap Fulton Market
4850 W. Fulton Market, Chicago

Round Table Discussions, Networking & Collaboration at each event!
Everyone talks. Everyone listens.

Where do we see our industry in 10 years?

Join us at this sprawling complex offering New American eats and craft cocktails with bowling, karaoke, bocce and games located in the West Loop. Our Chapter Meetups are the perfect meeting place for everyone to network, socialize and share their stories, discuss tips and opportunities.

Sponsored in partnership with


September 4, 2019

30th Annual Golf Outing

Seven Bridges Golf Club, Woodridge, IL

The IAEE Midwestern Chapter took the 30th Annual Golf Outing to Seven Bridges Golf Club in beautiful Woodridge, IL. On WEDNESDAY, September 4th, IAEE Midwestern Chapter golfers experienced a superbly maintained championship golf course that provides a "private club experience."

The 30th AnnualGolf Outing included exceptional golf, contests, trophies and prizes, as well as lunch, a reception and dinner.

Thanks to all that attended and sponsored our IAEE MWC event. We had a blast!
Click here to view the photo gallery.


Golfers included individuals from the
following companies:

Ahern Rentals
American Society of Anesthesiologists
Association Management Center
BNP Media
Carpenters Local Union No. 10
Chicago Automobile Trade Association
Chicago Event Management

Corcoran Expositions
CORT Furniture Rental
Emerald Carpets
Institute of Food Technologists
LoSasso Integrated Marketing
McCormick Place SMG
Palmer House Hilton
Prime Electrical & Exhibitions Services
Property Loss Research Bureau
Roc Expositions
Rosemont Convention Bureau
Smart City Rentals
SmithBucklin Corporation
Tournament of Champions
USW Local 17 Decorators Union
William T. Glasgow, Inc.
Winsight Media
Xpert Tradeshow Carpet





August 20, 2019

Chicago Area Chapter Meetup
Organized by IAEE Midwestern Chapter Young Professionals, but all are welcome!
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The Press Room,
1134 W Washington Blvd, Chicago

Round Table Discussions, Networking & Collaboration at each event!
Everyone talks. Everyone listens.

What’s your personal brand & how do you ensure a level of professionalism?

What a great crowd last night at our August Chapter Meetup. Lots of productive conversations and fun. Thanks to everyone who came out!


Sponsored in partnership with

July 30, 2019

Idea Sharing Conference Call

Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

TOPIC: Exhibitor Housing & Registration

IAEE Members Come Together to Share Innovative Ideas

The 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!

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

July 18, 2019

Organized by IAEE Midwestern Chapter Young Professionals, but all are welcome!

Round Table Discussions, Networking & Collaboration at each event!
Everyone talks. Everyone listens.

Our Chapter Meetups are the perfect meeting place for everyone to network, socialize and share their stories, discuss tips and opportunities.

What are the latest trends happening within the conference and tradeshow industry?

Chicago Area Meetup

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Kaiser Tiger
1415 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601

Join us at Kaiser Tiger, a bi-level gastro pub with tons of brews on tap, plus hearty eats and a huge seasonal beer garden located in the West Loop. Don't forget to RSVP!

St. Louis Area Meetup

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Dave & Busters
13857 Riverport Dr., Maryland Heights, MO 63043

Minneapolis Area Meetup

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Utepils Brewing
225 Thomas Ave N #700, Minneapolis, MN 55405

Milwaukee Area Meetup

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Punch Bowl Social
1122 N Vel R. Phillips Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53203

Sponsored in partnership with

July 16, 2019

IAEE’s Women’s Leadership Forum

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

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. The Forum will give you the tools and resources while balancing life along the way. The Forum is a half-day program beginning at 8:30 a.m. and ending with lunch at 12:00 p.m. more information...

Program Fees

IAEE Member Rate $299 USD | Non-member Rate $599 USD

Registration Deadline: Friday, 12 July 2019

This regional half day forum qualifies for three (3) CEUs upon completion.

July 15, 2019

CEM Learning Course - Facilities & Site Selection Hosted by IAEE Midwestern Chapter

Monday, July 15, 2019
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Exam included)

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

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 or event. It consists of advanced detailed planning, including access for attendees with disabilities, organizational goals and objectives, and exhibitor needs and transportation. The exhibition organizer should give careful consideration to all factors that could impact the exhibition’s growth and, ultimately, the need for more space.

Program Fees
IAEE Member Rate $299 USD | Non-member Rate $440 USD

Class Presented By:
Cookie Walner, CMP, CMM, CAE, CEM, HMCC, Global Project Manager, ConferenceDirect


June 20, 2019

IAEE Midwestern Chapter Meetup

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Paradise Park
1913 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Organized by IAEE Midwestern Chapter Young Professionals, but ALL are welcome!

Round Table Discussions, Networking & Collaboration at each event!
Everyone talks. Everyone listens.

Sponsorship- new ideas, what’s hot, what’s not and How do we handle suit casing situations

IAEE MWC members met at Paradise Park, a fun, outdoor-living themed pizza spot in Wicker Park with a huge twinkling wonderland patio to network, socialize and share their stories, discuss tips and opportunities.












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June 5, 2019




June Education Program & Networking Reception

Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center
1551 Thoreau Dr. N, Schaumburg, IL 60173 | Map

Come celebrate Exhibitions Day with your Midwestern Chapter!

Does your organization struggle to find the right attendees for your events? Do you need new strategies for this work? This event will feature three of the best practitioners of the art in an innovative informal format where you and your colleagues can interact, engage and learn.

3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Registration
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Presentation
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. - Networking Reception


Marc Blumer, Digital Journey Architect, MDG

Implementing Persona-Based Attendee Journeys
Explore and discuss a practical framework for understanding and addressing prospective attendees’ needs throughout your marketing campaign.

Kimberly Hardcastle-Geddes, CEM, CEO, MDG

What’s New, Now, and Next in Attendee Marketing?
This presentation will cover the latest in Attendee Marketing using various strategies presented by one of the most innovative attendee marketers working today.

Michael Schaiman, SVP Digital Experience, Helios Interactive

Technology’s Impact on Event Design
This presentation will address what is happening in live event design and how technology is changing the experienced environment for attendees and exhibitors.


Exhibition and Event Organizers - Complimentary to the first 50 registered
compliments of Meet Chicago Northwest after 5/31 $55
MEMBERS: Exhibition and Event Service Companies - $45, $55 after 5/31
NON-MEMBERS: Exhibition and Event Service Companies - $55
Students: $25

Exhibition and Event Organizers - Complimentary
Exhibition and Event Service Companies - $15

The first 50 exhibition and event organizers that register are complimentary, courtesy of Meet Chicago Northwest.

April 4, 2019

Industry Xchange

Alhambra Palace, Chicago, IL

In collaboration with other Chicagoland meetings and events industry associations, Industry Xchange (IX) 2019 was held at Alhambra Palace Restaurant for an afternoon education program. This was 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: all we need is YOU!

March 3, 2019

Many thanks to our IAEEMWC walkers!

Thank you for making a difference and for your kind and generous support of our Chapter Charity, Sarah's Circle.

February 20, 2019

Educational Program & Networking Reception
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont
5555 N River Rd, Rosemont, IL 60018

A group of experienced show managers shared their war stories from the front lines. Attendees learned how they overcame the challenges they faced. The takeaways from this session was tried and true "tips of the trade", creative ways to use technology to your advantage, and just good ole' fashioned common sense.

The format was fast paced as each presenter had approximately 10 minutes to tell their tale...followed by approximately another 10 minutes for questions.

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Presenters were ...

Noreen Burke, CEM
Director of New Business Development
Corcoran Expositions
Lisa Goecke Malikow
Vice President, Meetings & Tradeshows
Winsight, LLC
Maria Prior, CEM
Director of Events
Allured Business Media
Linda Trummel
Event Manager

Program Details:

3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Registration

3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Presentation
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. - Networking Reception

Registration Fee:
Planners - Complimentary
Supplier Members - $45, $55 after 2/11
Supplier NonMembers - $55
Students - $15
Livestream option: Planners - Complimentary; Suppliers - $15

This program was approved for 1.5 CEM continuing education credits.
Click this link for the CEU verification form for this program.

January 31, 2019

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

Networking, Food, Drinks, and Fun!

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

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

Click here to view the photo gallery.

December 11-13, 2018

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, 2018

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, 2018

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, 2018

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, 2018

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.

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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, 2018

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, 2018

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, 2018

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, 2018

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!

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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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