CONVENTION agenda*

*Agenda subject to change

Tuesday, August 1st

8:00am – 8:00pm
Registration Open
8:00am - 12:00pm
Crowd Manager Certification Course
Separate Registration Required - CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS
11:00am – 5:30pm
Exhibitor Setup
1:30pm – 3:30pm

Learning Roundtables (choose three - new topics added each week)

 

  • Event VIP and Membership Programs
  • Event Checklists & Permitting
  • Working with Interns
  • Developing a RFP
  • Industry Trends
  • Using ATMs as a new Revenue Source
  • Beverage Revenue Enhancers
  • Minimizing Ticket Fraud
  • Google Analytics
  • Efficient Vendor Management

 

4:00pm - 5:30pm
First Timers' Networking & Orientation
All conference attendees welcome
6:00pm - 8:30pm
Opening Reception
Food Stations. Tradeshow Open.
9:00pm - midnight
Live Entertainment Showcase & Fireworks Display
Cocktails & Conversation Hospitality Pavilion
Fireworks Display by Pyrotecnico at 9:00pm.
Live Entertainment Showcase.
Complimentary Beverages courtesy of Leesburg Partnership, LIQS Cocktail Shots & Anheuser Busch.

 

Wednesday, August 2nd

8:00am – 5:00pm
Registration Open
8:30am – 10:30am
Opening Session & Keynote Address
The Future of Festivals in a Virtual World
10:45am – 12:00pm

Educational Sessions (choose one)

 

  • Analog vs. Digital Sponsorship Activation
  • Instabrags vs. Videosnaps: How & When to Use Both
  • Do You Hear What I See?
  • Building an Effective Board of Directors
  • Law & Order - Ethical Victims Unit: Ethical Considerations for Event Professionals
  • Exhibitor Session: Tips for Growing your event business

 

12:00pm – 1:30pm
 
Sunsational Awards Luncheon
Lunch Provided. 
1:45pm – 3:00pm
Educational Sessions (choose one)
 
  • Applied Sponsorship Research
  • Why Your Social Media isn't Working
  • Protect Your Event Through Trademark, Copyright and Computer Laws
  • Becoming a Productivity Ninja with Technology Tools
  • Emergency Action Plans
3:15pm – 4:30pm
Educational Sessions (choose one)
 
  • Securing Sponsorship for Your Event
  • Influence(r) Branding
  • Municipal Group Discussion
  • Booking National Entertainment
  • LifeHacks for the Busy Event Professional
4:30pm – 6:00pm
Tradeshow Happy Hour & Award Winner Showcase
Tradeshow Open. Award Entries and winners on display. Light appetizers and drinks served.
9:00pm - midnight
Live Entertainment Showcase
Cocktails & Conversation Hospitality Pavilion
Live Entertainment Showcase
Complimentary Beverages courtesy of Leesburg Partnership, LIQS Cocktail Shots & Anheuser Busch.

 

Thursday, August 3rd

8:30am - 10:00am
General Session
10:15am – 11:30am
Educational Sessions (choose one)
 
  • Craft Your Sponsorship Package to Maximize Revenue
  • Share, Tweet, Post & Engage
  • Do You Need a Liquor License for Your Special Event? Find Out From the Expert
  • Business Plans & Budgets
  • Exhibitor Session: Tips for Growing your Event Business
11:30am – 1:30pm
Tradeshow Tour & Luncheon
Tradeshow Open. Lunch Provided
1:30pm - 2:45pm
Educational Sessions (choose one)
 
  • Sponsorship from a Sponsor's Perspective: A Panel Discussion
  • 25 New Ideas for Online Marketing
  • FOMO - What You Get When Event Design and Marketing Work Together
  • The Volunteer Experience is More than a Four-Hour Shift
  • Navigating the Twists and Turns of Accessible Events
 
3:00pm - 4:15pm

Educational Sessions (choose one)

 

  • 60 Great Ideas in 60 Minutes
  • Attracting and Retaining Sponsors Through Intangibles
  • Hometown Security
  • Recruiting, Retaining, and Leading Volunteers

 

6:30pm - 9:00pm

Nautical Networking Social & Silent Auction

Dinner Provided. Cash Bar. Silent Auction and Raffle.

Live Entertainment Showcase

9:00pm - midnight
Live Entertainment Showcase & Fireworks Display
Cocktails & Conversation Hospitality Pavilion

Fireworks Display by Zambelli at 9:00pm.

Live Entertainment Showcase

Complimentary Beverages courtesy of Leesburg Partnership, LIQS Cocktail Shots & Anheuser Busch.

 

Friday, August 4th

9:00am – 1:00pm
Behind the Scenes Tour (TBD)