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LEARN. SHARE. CONNECT.

Prepare for 2021 with an invigorating format that will truly connect you with other conference organizers and experts on a personal level, solve your own conference challenges, and help you increase the value of your own event.

 

WHY ATTEND

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.
 

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Attendee-driven

The engaging peer-learning format doesn’t rely on tired PowerPoints, boring speakers, and dull panels. You’ll learn more – and enjoy it too.

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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.

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Online Platform

See an online conference platform used in new ways to put you at the heart of the event so you can replicate it yourself.

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Takeaway Tools

Discover a half-dozen new tools and formats to make your own events more compelling, marketable, and profitable.

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Solve Your Challenges

Pick the brains of dozens of other senior conference organizers to solve your own challenges and make your event better.

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Feel Supported

Interact with other experienced event professionals and feel supported in this time of uncertainty and change.

 

ATTENDEES

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

Pre-Conference Reception

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.

OPTIONAL

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

Break

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

​Online Conference Pricing

How do we price virtual events? Hybrid? What’s working – and what’s not? How do we create value for remote attendees – and how do we convey what that value is? What conference pricing best practices and rules of thumb should we follow? Walk away with exciting ideas to better price your event and deliver real value to attendees.

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.)

OPTIONAL

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

​Global Meal

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.

OFFICIAL START

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

Break

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

Delivering Value for Virtual Exhibitors and Sponsors

In a year when events may not have in-person exhibits, sponsored coffee breaks, or fluttering banners, what can we do to help make them valuable for sponsors and exhibitors? We’ll be workshopping what actually appeals to your exhibitors and vendors – and what isn’t resonating. Bring a bucket to take home a bunch of good, actionable ideas.

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.)

PRESENTED BY

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PARTNERS

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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.

 
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