BizBash Live
BizBash Idea Fest

Event Innovation Forum

Location: Floridian Ballroom A/B

11:00 am - 12:30 pm | 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm | Limited to 300 Attendees

Big names, big ideas, and big inspiration. All in one room.

Back for its sixth year, the Event Innovation Forum showcases presentations from the leading names in live experiences. From event design to sponsorship, nonprofits, and more, these 15-minute TED-inspired sessions will inform, inspire, and leave you with actionable takeaways to transform your events.

DID YOU KNOW...Attending our education tracks will give you credit towards your CSEP and CPCE certification, so secure your pass today!

Session I | 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Building Big, Bold Experiences That Drive Brand and Partner Results

Vanessa Fontanez, General Manager of Experiential & Conferences, Vox Media

In this ever-changing world, brands have been forced to rethink their engagement strategy and find new and innovative ways to interact with their audiences. Live experiences have shifted the way these brands communicate. Vox Media is redefining the modern media company by empowering the smartest creative voices and talent with technology and insights to connect with 175 million people across their eight networks. Listen as Vanessa Fontanez, General Manager of Experiential & Conferences at Vox Media, shares how they develop experiences that deliver results. Uncover how these events help their partners and advertisers drive audience engagement, offer intelligent takes on the partner’s narrative, build brand relevance, and increase revenue.

Building a Better Nonprofit Event Experience

Todd Hawkins, Founder and President, The Todd Group

There are more worthy causes than ever today, which means event planners have to tackle the challenge of designing nonprofit events that are innovative and worthwhile. In this session, Todd Hawkins, Founder and President of the Todd Group, will share creative fund-raising event strategies that deliver more bang for their buck—as well as a better experience. Learn how to keep sponsors happy with more meaningful integration into the event production. And take in the do's and don'ts of successful nonprofit events, particularly for small and mid-size organizations.

Shyness and Shibumi: Transforming Events with Emerging Technology

Brent Bushnell, C.E.O., Two Bit Circus

Technology, coupled with creativity and innovation, has the potential to take your event from bland to bling. By cultivating innovation and embracing surprise and delight, you’ll leave attendees with heightened emotions and lasting memories. Listen as Brent Bushnell, C.E.O. of Two Bit Circus, uncovers tips, tricks, and strategies to transform your experiences with emerging technology. Bushnell will share how event pros can incorporate creativity into any experience, how planners can encourage fresh thinking and enhance their skills, and how hands-on activities can drive home your message and make a lasting impression on your attendees.

Session II | 2:45 pm - 3:30 pm

It’s Simply in the Details: A Q&A With Designer Troy Williams

Troy Williams, Principal and Event Designer, Simply Troy Lifestyle + Events

Beth Kormanik, Editor in Chief, BizBash

From premieres to private soirees, Troy Williams has simply done it all. He has implemented over 450 special events at Warner Bros. Pictures, including Academy Award and Golden Globe parties, and then successfully launched his own small business and over 75 events; and is known for his keen attention to detail for events large and small. In this special Q&A, Williams will sit down with BizBash Editor in Chief Beth Kormanik. They will discuss how he successfully branched out on his own to focus on creating personalized event and branding experiences for celebrity, corporate, social, and charity clients with his company Simply Troy Lifestyle + Events. Learn where he finds inspiration and how to bring that vision to life, ways to incorporate personal touches into your client events, tips and tricks for building your brand, and much more.

How Events Define and Illuminate Your Mission

Suzy Jack, Vice President of Public Affairs and Events, Los Angeles Times

Scott Dallavo, Director of Events and Strategic Alliances, Los Angeles Times

Events provide effective ways to engage the public and communicate a company’s values through meaningful experiences. A staple in Southern California, and across North America, the Los Angeles Times plans some 90-plus events annually and coordinates a variety of public programs that promote media literacy and education. Listen as Suzy Jack, Vice President of Public Affairs and Events at the Los Angeles Times, and Scott Dallavo, the company's Director of Events and Strategic Alliances, share how the newspaper has strategically used events to define and communicate its purpose as an organization as well as bring the community together through signature events, including the Festival of Books, the largest literary and cultural festival in the country; The Taste food festival over Labor Day weekend; and new events like Food Bowl, which runs an entire month. Learn more about the event strategy and how it has brought new audiences to this institution, and how you can apply those lessons to your own event strategy.

Packages & Pricing

Group Rates (3 or more registrants)
Event Organizer (Click here to see if you qualify)
Non-Exhibiting Supplier (Click here to see if you qualify)

DAY OF PRICING: Please note all pricing is subject to increase the day of the event. Only credit cards will be accepted onsite.

Event and meeting planners are defined as independent professional planners, corporate planners, or association/organization planners (full-time or part-time). This does not include suppliers that are also event planners. If you register as a planner, your registration will be audited and you will be contacted if you do not fall into BizBash's definition of a planner. Be advised that non-exhibiting suppliers are prohibited from soliciting at BizBash Live. Soliciting includes distributing literature, catalogs, or brochures anywhere on premise and booth solicitation on the show floor.


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