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BizBash IdeaFest Conference

BizBash IdeaFest Chicago 2012 has a new slate of conference offerings meant to inspire and inform you about the latest developments in the event industry, while preparing you to tackle new challenges and opportunities. Choose the session that will best fill your event education needs.

A.M. Education Sessions
8:30 – 10:30 A.M.

The BizBash IdeaFest A.M. Education Session includes your choice of BizBash Boot Camp, Plan-a-Thon, or Hands-On Event Design Lab, followed by the Morning General Session. Participants can additionally choose to attend the Event Leadership Institute Master Class* during the same A.M. Education time period. (*Additional fees will apply.)

BizBash Boot Camp

Kathy Miller
President, Total Event Resources, ISES International

Donna Collins
Senior Account Executive, Total Event Resources

Laura Bettcher
Program Manager, Total Event Resources

Are you ready to kick your events into high gear? At the BizBash Boot Camp, event professionals will lead attendees in a series of drills to exercise their minds, gain new resources, maximize event success, and increase knowledge of important event planning skills including: how to develop comprehensive budgets, tips for working with a production team, effective volunteer and event staffing, and how to perform an in-depth post-event assessment.

Stay tuned for additional speakers.

Plan-a-Thon: Brainstorming Your Way to Better Events

David Adler, C.E.O. & Founder, BizBash Media
Maureen Dunphy, Director of Global Events, Motorola
Noelle Provencial, Event Manager, Groupon, Inc.
Barbara Siska, Director of Corporate Events, The Chicago History Museum
Jodi Wolf, Owner, Paulette Wolf Events

How would you dream up the ultimate Twilight premiere? If resources were endless and budget limitless, how would you plan the Emmy Governors Ball? If you could add your twist to the St. Patrick's Day Parade, would you see the Chicago River dyed green? If an event budget was cut, how would you reallocate resources yet still create magic?

After examining key strategies for brainstorming techniques, participants will learn how teams successfully gather ideas and devise a plan to implement these concepts into real-life scenarios. Our all-star moderators will host a hands-on workshop where attendees will discuss how to reinvent three key event formats: the award show, the gala fund-raiser, and the product launch.

Hands-On Event Design Lab: Event Texture

Jeffery Foster
Director of Sales, Event Creative

Meet Jeffrey Foster, Senior Designer for Event Creative, and learn his approach to creating the layers and textures of an event.

Learn how to apply a décor theme to all of the elements needed for a successful décor installation; from stage backdrops to centerpieces to table numbers – learn how to tie all of the layers together and create a cohesive through line.
Attendees will design an event and create a PowerPoint presentation that communicates their ideas to a potential client.

Stay tuned for moderator.

General Session and Keynote
10:45 – 11:45 A.M.

Hall of Fame

The BizBash Hall of Fame recognizes and rewards key event strategists who have made significant contributions to advancing the event industry's goals. BizBash proudly honors Terri Brock, Senior Manager of Executive Meetings at Abbott Laboratories.

Buzz Worth of Buzz Kill: Are You Effectively Promoting Your Events?

Billy Dec
C.E.O. & Founder of Rockit Ranch Productions

Rockit Ranch Productions C.E.O. Billy Dec tells his story, followed by some of his recent successes and how they were promoted from all angles, from concept to traditional PR and social media to good old-fashioned handshaking.

How I Pitched a New Event to the C.E.O. – And Pulled It Off!

Noelle Provencial
Senior Manager, Experiential Marketing & Events, Groupon

Noelle Provencial will explain how she dreamed up the weekend-long ticketed event Camp Groupon, pitched it to Groupon C.E.O. Andrew Mason, and then worked with departments across the company to sell sponsorships, promote the event, and execute it successfully.

iPad + Apps Lounge
11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Dahlia El Gazzar will present 30-minute vignettes about iPad apps for planners throughout the day. Topics include: "From Thick to Thin: Put Your Event Binder on a Diet," "Evernote Should be Called 'Eventnote': An Event Team's Best Friend," "Top 10 Apps-on-the-Go: Apps That Help When You Are OOO [Out-of-office]," and "Tour of Cool: Event Apps & Solutions That Can Change Your Event Planning Universe."

IdeaFest Luncheon
12:30 – 1:30 P.M.

(additional fees apply)

A Salute to Chicago’s Top 100 Annual Events

Network with the planners behind Chicago's Top 100 Events and recognize their achievements at the BizBash IdeaFest luncheon.

Brain Power and Events: Why the Latest Research Will Change Your Approach to Planning Forever

Andrea E. Sullivan
M.A. BrainStrength Systems
Developing High-Performance Minds

We hear a lot about meeting design, ROI, and achieving meeting objectives. But did you know that there’s a body of research that demonstrates the value of face-to-face meetings and events in a totally different framework? Research on organizational performance shows that face-to-face events are vital for strategic planning and implementation, managing change, obtaining new customers, maximizing employee engagement and workforce performance, strengthening branding, increasing organizational alignment, enhancing organizational capacity, and increasing human and social capital. This presentation gives you a whole new toolbox for positioning and marketing your face-to-face events.

2:00–3:00 P.M.
Afternoon Education Sessions

The BizBash IdeaFest Afternoon Education Sessions includes your choice of Plan-a-Thon Session II, Trends in Catering, and Chicago's Top 100 Annual Event Confab. Choose from the program that best fills your learning needs and don't miss the IdeaFest trade show floor and Readers' Choice Awards after the session of your choice.

Trends in Catering: Appealing to Discerning Palates and Picky Eaters

Jennifer Berg
Bureau Chief, BizBash Chicago
Molly Johnson
Executive Chef, Calihan Catering
Nicole Fitzpatrick
Venue & Event Account Representative, Calihan Catering

Bon appétit, mangia, dig in! No matter how you say it, we are a food-obsessed culture. Join industry experts as they take a culinary journey through the projected 2012 trends in food and cocktails, and local chefs offer unique fare. Discover new tips for impressing guests on a tight budget, and learn how to appease even the pickiest of palettes.

Chicago's Top 100 Annual Events Confab

Richard Aaron
President, BizBash

Experience the power of crowdsourcing via idea-created content from planners and producers behind Chicago's 100 top events. Embrace these formulated topics for exploration in this not-to-miss power session, while exploring key issues in event operation and discovering valuable solutions.

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