Greetings IAEE Midwest Chapter friends!

March, 2021! First off, I am honored to be surrounded by such remarkable industry leaders! The 2021 board of directors is an All Star, #Dreamteam, and I am inspired and eager to learn from each of them. Please check out this Dream Team!

Here WE are 12 months later, completely changing and elevating the attendee experience and journey of the exhibitions and events industry. This past year we "zoomed" into connecting people over virtual platforms, collaborating on how to enhance and engage attendees while providing ROI for exhibitors and clients alike. It's amazing and exciting to be in an industry with collaborative and positive leaders. Every month this industry was presented with new challenges and together, creative and innovative solutions were presented. We didn't miss a beat, forming local, state and national coalitions in order to ensure the health and future of the events and exhibitions industry. Speaking of the future and comeback, if you were unable to join us on February 24th, please check out our panel discussion; " The Road to Recovery". The IAEE Midwestern Chapter collaborated with IHLA, ESCA and Destinations International on the state of our industry and our road to bring back live, face-to-face events! Check out the recording here.

While the past year has presented its challenges, we've had opportunities to virtually connect with members from across the Midwest through the chapter's virtual education programs, networking events, and newly launched Member Connect Program! The value of connecting, collaborating, and mentoring is more important now than ever before.

Lastly, and most importantly, it's pertinent the Midwestern Chapter provides engaging and valuable content to our local members. In order to do so, please take this super quick and easy survey in order to customize our Spring Connect & Share and June Program. Speaking of JUNE! MARK your calendars for JUNE 2nd, as we celebrate Exhibitions Day in Schaumburg at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel. Join us for a CE Program and Reception hosted by our very own Young Professionals! YES, this is scheduled to be IN-PERSON! I am personally looking forward to seeing everyone from a safe distance while celebrating all the obstacles WE as an industry continuously conquer! 

My theme for the year is to innovate, create and elevate opportunity! I hope you join us at all of our upcoming events! #FOMO

Take this super quick survey now! Please & Thank you! 

Moriah Hathaway, CEM
IAEE Midwestern Chapter Chair
Manager, Exhibit Services, HIMSS
GMID 2021

In celebration of Meetings Industry Day, we encourage you to advocate for our Meetings Industry. Follow this link to the Meetings Mean Business coalition website and share facts about our economic impact with your friends, family and legislators.

Did you know the meetings industry is bigger than the auto industry?

Did you know the meeting industry contributed $46 billion in GDP and $104 billion of federal, state and local taxes per year before the pandemic?

Well, you do now. And, we need you to tell your network of friends and family and your legislators, too. Our industry is hurting. Now is the time for us to come together and tell the world what the meetings industry means to the US economy. Please take advantage of the Meetings Means Business Toolkit and share how devastating this last year has been on our community. Share these talking points and infographics on social media and write letters to your representatives. And, consider attending the Global Meetings Industry Day Virtual from our friends at MPI or attend an in-person event with MPI Wisconsin or MPI Minnesota or MPI St. Louis.

Member Survey 

The IAEE Midwest Chapter is working to craft the programming that will be offered for the remainder of the year. Please provide feedback on topics and format by taking this brief survey. Your opinion matters!

IAEE MWC Member Spotlight
Skyler Peggie

How did you learn about your IAEE membership, and what do you hope to gain by being an active member? Skyler: While researching scholarship opportunities this past Spring, I discovered the 2020 Helen Brett Scholarship and decided to give it a chance and apply. After hearing the news that I was selected as a scholarship recipient a few months later, I was given the opportunity to attend the IAEE's Expo! Expo! Conference the following December. After attending that virtual event, I am now involved with the IAEE Midwest Chapter Young Professionals Committee, and I am excited for what the future holds!

How did you decide on your current major and what are your goals after graduation? Skyler: I had been volunteering at my childhood summer camp, Camp Linden, for my last two years of high school. I absolutely loved facilitating activities and running weekend events.  Read more and see her video interview

IAEE MWC June Program 

The IAEE Midwestern Chapter is planning to celebrate Exhibitions Day in-person! Save the date for our June Education Program on June 2nd at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel in Schaumburg for our first in-person event since February 2020. We can't wait to see you! 

February Education Program Recap

On Wednesday, February 24th, just a year shy of our industry shutting down due to COVID-19, the chapter hosted our February Education Program virtually. This program focused on what we're all working to understand: what does the road to recovery for our industry look like? What are cities, venues, vendors and show planners doing to prepare for in-person events again? We composed a panel of three industry associations to discuss what they're preparing for with the comeback of in-person events and what essential steps they're taking in order to ensure safety, efficiency and success. 

In the first of the three panel discussions, we heard from Michael Jacobson, President & CEO, with the Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association. IHLA represents 1,500 hotels throughout the state of Illinois, from 'big box' convention hotels to small, leisure boutique hotels and their main objective at this time is to advocate and lobby at the state and municipal level for the ease of restrictions around meetings and events in the current reopening plans. Michael elaborated on the challenges hotels have faced with the lack of both leisure and business travel, discussed what safety protocols he's expecting to stay in place and expressed his hopes that when events can return, that they follow the health and safety guidelines to avoid any mishaps that could have us revert back to tighter restrictions. Read more 

Partnership Opportunities

While our industry has been deeply affected by the by the global COVID-19 pandemic, our sponsors have been instrumental in conquering these challenges faced by our industry. This year, all sponsorships are "a al carte" creating opportunities to meet everyone's needs. Being a partner with IAEEMWC allows you to get in front of over 700 meeting planners and 1,400 industry professionals. Contact Julie Ichiba for sponsorship options. 

IAEE MWC Golf Outing

Mark your calendars for our IAEE MWC 2021 Golf Outing!

Wednesday, September 1st at Seven Bridges in Woodridge

NEW! 8:30 am Shotgun Start!

Help Us Spread the Word 

Please consider making a financial donation to our chapter charity, Sarah's Circle. Sarah's Circle is a non-profit organization with a mission of serving women who are homeless or in need of a safe space. Make a donation today! Located in Chicago's Uptown Community, Sarah's Circle has provided support for thousands of women since 1979. 

Today, Sarah's Circle has a Daytime Support Center open to any woman in need, a 50-bed interim housing (shelter) program for women who are currently homeless, and permanent supportive housing for women who have a disabling condition and have been chronically homeless. Across programs, Sarah's Circle staff use best practices and provide case management and supportive counseling to help women achieve their goals. Donate NOW!

Thank you to our Chapter Sponsors!