Breakout Sessions

Whether you want to immerse yourself in strategies for running your business throughout the event, or mix and match session themes to get actionable takeaways across all areas of the events industry, ILEA offers the variety of breakout session options for your needs.

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Please note: More sessions will be added in the coming weeks. Check back for updates.


Friday, 17 August | 9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. 


CSEP Master Class: Improve Your Creative Vision

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Speaker: Fritha Knudsen, Creative Director/Executive Producer

Track: Honing Your Craft

Join this master class designed to help educate event professionals in developing a technical working knowledge - including lights, audio, projection & graphics, new technology & the technical considerations of hotels & convention centers for budgets and design. Attendees will walk through budget exercises and come out of the session ready to speak to clients, colleagues and production personnel with a greater knowledge of creative technologies.

The Creativity Hot Seat

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Speakers: Richard Foulkes and Nigel Collin, Co-Founders, Thought-Cake Institute

Track: Inspiration & Trends

In a world where client expectations are constantly changing and the landscape of events is ever moving, the one skill you need is to be able to think more creativity and adaptively. Creativity is more than design it’s a state of mind and essential to every business. This session, like no other, will give you the opportunity to ask those hard hitting questions to two of the industry’s most creative minds, who will be joined by some of the most respected minds in the industry to fill the “empty chairs” and add specific and relevant expert input to your questions. These “creative experts” will help you curate your thinking, identify the best ideas, and instigate their delivery! You will learn how to think more creativity, solve a creative or business problem or just learn more about how to better ignite viable ideas and engage your team.

The Power of Live Events: How to Make Offline Events Matter in an Online World

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Speaker: Chris Kearney, Regional Sales Manager, Event Solutions, Cvent

Track: Honing Your Craft

In this session, we’ll look at key event and marketing technology trends which amplify the on-site attendee experience and the power of human connection. Learn how to extend the life of the community created at a live event through digital, mobile and social.


Friday, 17 August | 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 


CSEP Master Class (Continued)

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Speaker: Fritha Knudsen, Creative Director/Executive Producer

Track: Honing Your Craft

Join this master class designed to help educate event professionals in developing a technical working knowledge - including lights, audio, projection & graphics, new technology & the technical considerations of hotels & convention centers for budgets and design. Attendees will walk through budget exercises and come out of the session ready to speak to clients, colleagues and production personnel with a greater knowledge of creative technologies.

Closing the Gender Gap

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Speaker: Dawn Abbott, CSEP, CEO & Owner, Fun Productions, Inc.

Track: Business Owner Strategies

This session is focused on understanding and bringing out the best in men and in women. We were not created identically and many times our ‘natural’ way of being brings out the worst in each other. We all are made up of Human Animal which is instinct and our “go to” behaviors based on what Cave Woman/Cave Man, Hunter/Gatherer need to survive. We also have a conscious side Dawn calls Human Spirit. In this program Dawn defines and describes all the Human Animal behaviors to create understanding between the sexes. She will then give you many tips and tricks to allow you to make conscious choices that empower each other from a place of spirit. All the knowledge is based on a 35 year neuroscience and psychology study of gender relationships. This is an extremely fun and interactive session that will change your life forever. Ideal for managers, executives, salespeople, parents, coaches, educators and everyone who wants to bring the celebration of improved communication and relationships to daily life.

THRIVE: Work, Life and How to CRUSH Both

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Speaker: Bobby Dutton, Director GrooveBoston

Track: Inspiration & Trends

We are too busy. We're always stressed. We tell ourselves that if we just get through [insert imaginary milestone here], we'll be calm and happy. But inevitably more things pop up, and we find ourselves in an endless loop of stress, without ever reaching that elusive, happy balance. In this session, we'll learn how to be pragmatic, focused, and HAPPY, all while being insanely productive.

Planner Referrals and Your Online Presence: How to Get on Referral Lists and Stay There

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Speaker: Lilli Black, Owner, Sweetly Paired

Track: Business Owner Strategies

In this session, attendees will learn from an experienced planner about the ins and outs of being referred by planners and getting on referral lists. They will find out what planners look for in both online and portfolio presence, communication, and in-person meetings. There will be a visual presentation, as well as an interactive question session at the end. During the presentation, attendees will be able to submit questions digitally that the presenter will answer as part of the presentation.


Friday, 17 August | 2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. 


20+ Keys to a Successful and Sensational Show

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Speaker: Rob Barber, Vice President, Rental Solutions, ATOMIC

Track: Inspiration & Trends

Looking for design tips to transform your world and your next event? You’ll learn the importance of visualizing the show, avoiding surprises and knowing the rules before you break the rules! Let’s rock n’ roll! Keep your vision real (managing client expectations, understanding audience and more) Think big – with your design on screen (renderings are powerful!) and at the event Avoid surprises (know the rules before you break the rules!)

New Levels. New Devils. How to Maintain Your Sanity While Navigating Team Growth

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Speaker: Jon’ll Boyd, MBA, CEO, Completely Yours Events, LLC

Track: Business Owner Strategies

Growth is a positive thing right?! However as a business is growing so are the team members within it. The inner workings and dynamics of a growing team can become quite complex. Keeping team members engaged. Team members outgrowing their current roles or good ole’ complacency, lack of discipline and motivation setting in can become frustrating and a business owner or leaders worse nightmare.

Six Steps to a Zero Waste Event

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Speaker: Julia Spangler, Owner, Sustainable Events LLC

Track: Honing Your Craft

Waste often seems inevitable in the events industry, but following a few simple steps will enable you to dramatically reduce the amount of waste generated by your events, plus produce meaningful measurements you can use to track and share your results. In this session, you’ll learn the six step process for planning events with a waste reduction mindset. These six steps are critical for success in reaching the goal of a zero waste event. This process can also be used by any planner—at any level of experience with sustainability—to implement a waste reduction practice that can be improved over time. You’ll also interactively discuss the steps with other session participants in order to immediately begin identifying opportunities within your own events to apply waste reduction and measurement techniques.


Friday, 17 August | 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. 


Focus on Your Fundraising with Fund-A-Need

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Speaker: Debby Roth-Bush, Senior Strategic Relationship Manager, Greater Giving

Track: Business Owner Strategies

Are your event night guests cross-eyed by the time you’re asking them to support your cause? Help them focus in on what really matters-funding your work! During this session we will discuss: Top tips for a successful fund-a- need, how to market it in advance, creating an emotional appeal, and utilizing matching funds. We will also cover how technology can have a positive influence on the giving experience of your guests. Be sure to join us as we provide the clarity your event has been missing!

Virtual Reality: An Accessible Game Changer in the Events Industry

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Speaker: Sandy Hammer, Founder, AllSeated

Track: Inspiration & Trends

Virtual Reality is the future of event venue sales. One day soon, instead of traveling around the world to expos and presenting your portfolio on an iPad, you’ll promote your property by giving personal, VR tours. You will transport prospective clients instantly to your site and walk them through the best features as if you were taking them through the actual property in person. In this interactive session, we’ll discuss the history and evolution of Virtual Reality in this session, and how it is positioned to be a major game changer in our industry.

eSports: The Ultimate Arena for Engagement of the Digital Generation

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Speaker: Donny Neufuss, Vertical Market Leader, eSports Americas, Production Resource Group

Track: Honing Your Craft

Session Description: While brands try to find new ways to engage and activate future customers, the phenomenon of eSports is creating a place to do this. With 65% of the audience 18 to 34 years old, affluent, educated, tech savvy and a 100% on social media, eSports is an industry unlike any other. Learn about massive areas filled with screaming young fans while millions participate and watch online. Join Donny Neufuss who heads the eSports vertical market for PRG, one of the largest global entertainment and event technology companies, as he gives real world examples of this space and the tremendous opportunities it presents brands. You’ll gain an understanding of the social sphere for early forecasting of future trends, discover how kids are interacting in this space and consuming eSports content, and learn about new models for activation and monetization.

5 Secrets to Getting a Big YES from a Prospective Customer

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Speaker: Lara McCulloch, Small Business Branding Consultant

Track: Business Owner Strategies

Want to stop competing on price & working with energy-zapping clients? Want to increase sales, delighted customers and your own happiness? For over 20 years, Lara has studied the mechanics of thousands of brands. The best in the world all share one common (yet remarkably uncommon) trait...they've figured out how to carefully position themselves in a crowded market, so they become the only choice for their ideal prospects. In this session, Lara will share with you what it takes to stand out in a sea of sameness and give you the tools to answer the ultimate question: "Why should I choose you over your competitors". Join some of the greatest companies with a clear, compelling and concise answer. And never again hear the words: "I found someone cheaper."


Saturday, 18 August | 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 


Event Wars, Extreme Production Challenge

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Speaker: Elizabeth Nutting, CSEP, Director of Events, Production Canada; Kimberly Beaune, CMP, CSEP, Event Storyteller, Creative Twist Inc.

Track: Honing Your Craft

We all know that a successful large-scale event has many moving parts and pieces and to orchestrate a successful event takes layers of planning and logistics. How do you ensure that multiple vendors are on the same page and can come together to execute the vision on time and on budget? Join us as our lead facilitators set the path for creating a visual production schedule using dynamic visuals and real life examples that attendees can take away and use in their roles right away. This fun hands on session will involve team collaboration and group discussion.


Saturday, 18 August | 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. 


Solutions Marketplace: A Haute Dokimazo Concept

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Think of a problem you are facing in your role as a business owner or events professional. Now imagine having dedicated time with your peers to work through potential scenarios to help you find a winning solution. Facilitators from innovative event concept Haute Dokimazo will format peer-to-peer sharing through crowdsourcing the most important topics on your minds. The ILEA Live Solutions Marketplace is your chance to get diverse advice for your biggest challenges. Connect and collaborate with your fellow attendees in this engaging and interactive session.

Disrupting the Event Industry

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Speaker: Ryan Choura, Founder & CEO, Choura Events Inc.

Track: Honing Your Craft

Session Description: TBD


Saturday, 18 August | 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. 


Solutions Marketplace (continued)

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Think of a problem you are facing in your role as a business owner or events professional. Now imagine having dedicated time with your peers to work through potential scenarios to help you find a winning solution. Facilitators from innovative event concept Haute Dokimazo will format peer-to-peer sharing through crowdsourcing the most important topics on your minds. The ILEA Live Solutions Marketplace is your chance to get diverse advice for your biggest challenges. Connect and collaborate with your fellow attendees in this engaging and interactive session.

Become THE Brand in the Industry

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Speaker: Sandy Hammer, Founder, AllSeated

Track: Business Owner Strategies

You’ve heard of Godiva, right? Haagen Dazs? No one has to tell you that Godiva sells the best chocolate anywhere, or that Haagen Dazs is premium ice cream. Each name is THE brand in its industry. So how will your company become THE brand in your industry? We’ll introduce you to ten quick steps you can take to push your brand into the spotlight. The process isn’t too time consuming and it’s not complicated. It’s simply THE way to move your brand forward.

You Deserve Better Creative and How to Get It

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Speaker: Shannon Morrison, Owner, IM Creative

Track: Inspiration & Trends

Here's the thing. Creativity is not a mental act, it's an act of MUSCLE. It requires training, discipline, blood, persistence, and above all, an ability to convey complex ideas in a way that everyone can understand. Lots of people FEEL creative. Lots of people say they ARE creative. But very few people actually DO the hard work and training that results in the creative muscle tone that yields actual creative solutions. So ask yourself - do you actually know how your creative people TRAIN to be creative? Are they actually practiced and schooled in this act of intellectual athleticism, or are they self-proclaimed creatives? Sadly, most are the latter... but almost EVERYONE defining themselves as creative WANTS to be better at it. That’s what this workshop is for. Better ideas don't require big budgets. They require you to know how to speak about creative critically. This session will arm you with the right phraseology to collaborate more creatively.


In this session, we will redefine what we mean by "creative". Creative isn't just a set of harmonious aesthetic choices. It isn't just a theme. It's a strategy that pushes forth a brand, a point of view, and in the best cases, inspires action. Based on a revised definition of creative, we will then move onto how to spot bad creative, and what to do about it. This includes a series of interactive games that are played as a group as well as a strategy discussion that will help attendees grasp the key questions and demands you should be making upon the people gutsy enough to call themselves creative. You deserve more from your creatives. This is how to get it.

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