Geared for professionals who plan conferences, the Conference Organizers Summit really connects attendees with each other – and the best ideas and practices in today's radically different event world. No long speeches. No PowerPoints (seriously). Instead, the Conference Organizers Summit is an energizing mash-up of conference, support group, peer learning, practical training, and a ton of real human interaction and industry networking.
The engaging peer-learning format doesn’t rely on tired PowerPoints, boring speakers, and dull panels. You’ll learn more – and enjoy it too.
Meet Your Peers
Often the best part of events is in the hallways, over meals, etc. You’ll get to recreate those magic moments and build a powerful network of professionals.
See an online conference platform used in new ways to put you at the heart of the event so you can replicate it yourself.
Discover a half-dozen new tools and formats to make your own events more compelling, marketable, and profitable.
Solve Your Challenges
Pick the brains of dozens of other senior conference organizers to solve your own challenges and make your event better.
Interact with other experienced event professionals and feel supported in this time of uncertainty and change.
Rather than only hear from a few conference experts, this attendee-driven summit lets you engage with dozens of conference experts with hundreds of years of combined events experience. They are your peers who've run intimate industry gatherings, annual association conventions, corporate conferences, learning events, corporate conventions, and more -- online and in-person. Here are just a few of your conference peers you'll meet ...
Geared for professionals who plan conferences, the Conference Organizers Summit really connects attendees with each other – and the best ideas and practices in today's radically different event world.
CONFERENCE SCHEDULE - 2021
All times are US Eastern (New York)
Schedule subject to change
5:30 - 6:30 PM
No jet lag. No wearisome ride from the airport. No standing around in a room of strangers. No rehashing the same old conversation with the same old group of colleagues. No freezing conference center. No cheap wine. No circling the crudités to strike up a conversation. Could an online reception actually be better than one in-person? Join us before the conference starts to find out – and start connecting with your new meetings industry BFFs in a fun, low-pressure mix-and-mingle. BYOB, obviously.
1:00 -1:50 PM
Welcome, Orientation, and Connections!
Get oriented to the event, the agenda and the tech. See who else is attending. Set some goals. Jump right in and meet 4 fellow attendees – plus discover 2 online conference tricks you can apply right away!
2:00 -3:00 PM
Get Real Solutions to Your Own Challenge
We all have unique challenges: hybrid content, tracking CEUs, virtual exhibit halls, etc. This interactive session is a crowd favorite, be it online or in-person! Using the Three-Person Consulting technique, every attendee gets a chance to see your conference challenge with fresh eyes while gaining real clarity, actionable solutions, and two new friends.
3:00 - 3:30 PM
Get a coffee or a snack. Get outside. Contribute to the Have-vs-Need bulletin board. Check on the kids. Reply to your texts. Arrange a call with an attendee you've met. Or get some work done in a Pomodoro-style sprint.
3:30 - 5:00 PM
Deliver–and Demonstrate–Value to Attendees, Exhibitors, Sponsors
What convinces someone to sign up for a conference? To make time for it? To pay to be there? To attend? To return the next time? We’ll pool the best ideas and practices to get people and organizations to feel your event is worth their time and money, be it in-person, online or hybrid. Bring a bucket to take home a bunch of actionable ideas!
5:15 - 6:15 PM
Pet-friendly Happy Hour Social
Grab a drink and connect with a half-dozen meeting pros in a way that's natural and fun, not awkward. (You may also meet some attendees’ cats and dogs!) This is all about casual networking and socializing; this is not an educational session. (Or is it?! After all, we’ll be demonstrating some networking activities you can easily adapt and steal for your own events.)
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Individual Coffee Calls (on your own)
Before the official start of Day 2, connect with fellow attendees you met on Day 1. Arrange these calls on your own.
9:15 - 10:30 AM
A Delicious Breakfast at the World Café
Really engage with your peers on audience-driven topics using the popular World Café format – and learn how to replicate it in your own event. Although an optional pre-session, this block lets you see and experience an online take on conference mingling.
10:45 - 11:45 AM
Choose Your Own Adventure
We’ll explore some possibilities when we allow attendees to move freely in a virtual space. In different online conference platforms, this may mean choosing which room, table, or booth you visit. As always, this is learn-by-doing, not a lecture about the topic!
12:00 - 12:45 PM
The word “companion” comes from the Latin for “with bread” and roughly translates as “people who eat together.” As so many events are built around sharing food – networking brunches, lunch-and-learns, fundraising dinners, and awards galas – join other attendees for a collective breakfast, lunch or dinner depending on your time zone. This small-group meal acts as a demo of similar virtual meals you may put on yourself; you will not be eating while trying to shout over 50 people! Bring a sandwich or gourmet spread.
1:00 - 1:35 PM
Best Things & Wish Granting
Day 2 officially kicks off with a collaborative re-cap of what you heard, learned and shared that was most valuable in Day 1. What did you pick up that your peers missed – and vice versa? Plus, as a community, we’ll all make some lucky attendee’s wish come true, live and on-air. Could it be you?
1:45 - 3:15 PM
How to (Re) Design Your Sessions for an Awesome Virtual Event
Well go over best practices, easy tips and valuable tricks to adapt a conference to thrive online. You’ll have a chance to think through and level-up your sessions (or a full event) be they live presentations, pre-recorded content, hybrid, etc.
3:15 - 3:45 PM
Brew some tea. Take a little walk ... perhaps to the frig. Contribute to the Have-vs-Need bulletin board. Help with homework. Wash your hands. Do a call with someone you just met. Or write an incredulous email to your boss saying this conference is super helpful!
3:45 - 5:00 PM
Hybrid Questions and Answers
Registration surveys for the Summit say you reeeeeally want to talk about hybrid conferences. So we’re making room in the schedule to do that! As in-person venues re-open and virtual meetings persist, we’ll also see their love child: hybrid events. We’ll pool our collective knowledge and experience to address what what’s working, what’s not, and how to prepare and succeed with hybrid.
5:15 - 6:15 PM
The Grand Finale
A final session of reflection, learning and sharing to think about what we’ve seen, who we’ve met, and what we’ll do next to maintain the value and energy from this conference and transfer it to yours! (Plus a few fun surprises.)
A conference with a money-back guarantee?
Quite simply: If you don't feel that your own event will be at least 20% better after attending the Summit, we'll refund your registration.