Annual Meeting and Exposition 2015

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Creative Learning

Game Changer Sessions

Get a compelling look into the minds of today's most influential leaders in business, innovation, and finance. See how these Game Changers redefined their industry and at times, the world:

  • Turn Ideas into Action with John Spence
  • Technology — Wired and Wireless with Bob Kuepbens
  • How Kat Cole Turned Cinnabon Into A $1 Billion Brand with Kat Cole


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This format of learning has been spreading across the country and even the world. Encapsulated in the Ignite motto, "enlighten us, but make it quick," each talk is exactly five minutes long. Ignite presenters share their personal and professional passions.

Deep Dive Sessions

Growing and Sustaining Your Global Initiatives
Are you or your team responsible for the success of your organization's international strategy? If so, here is your opportunity to explore key issues with your peers. Discuss topics such as different models for establishing and maintaining your organization's presence in specific countries; product and service strategies and practice; marketing and communication issues; sustaining your effort and achieving ROI—and more! The interactive format and facilitated conversation allows you to exchange challenges, ideas, and successes. Leave with new insights and a sharper focus for implementing your international strategy.

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Half-Day Workshop

The Disaster Experience
Disasters of every shape, size, look, and feel happen with little or no warning, affecting organizations, jobs, lives, and families. Are you prepared to face such disruption? In this hands-on interactive session you will be put in the throes of a real-life disaster situation - as it unfolds. Make the critical decisions any organization will have to make and deal with the consequences of those decisions! Walk away with improved crisis communication skills and a better understanding of how to make decisions during a disaster.

Conversations That Matter

Participate in engaging, facilitated conversations that explore questions/issues that matter. Conversations are tailored to the following member segments/topics:

  • Finance & Business Operations
  • Governance
  • Leadership
  • Personal/Career Development
  • Strategic Management

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Mobile Playground

These three mobile-driven sessions will immerse participants in activities and experiences designed to maximize the productivity of any busy association executive. From tips and picks on office and productivity apps, to strategies for responsive web design and a discussion on the larger context of what "mobile" means in the association community, there's sure to be something for everyone.

Master Classes

These three sessions are delivered by thought leaders on niche topics with direct focus on outcomes for associations.

Snap Learning Spot

Looking for some quick knowledge outside of the typical Idea Lab session? Look no farther as these 30-minute micro-sessions are sure to provide you with the tools you need.

A Green Safari for Meeting Planners

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Get a behind-the-scenes look at the sustainability efforts of a local hotel and their meeting space. You will learn about all of the elements that affect how green and beneficial your meeting can be for the planet — and your association. Did we mention there will be prizes?

Pre-registration for this sesssion is necessary. E-mail

Flash Learning Room!

Don't see the content you're looking for? Here's your chance to claim a specified meeting room on-site and conduct a session of your choosing. It will be your responsibility to promote the session through the various social media channels.

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