Meeting Planner Seminar & Workshops

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Philadelphia, PA | The Franklin Institute

17 April 2018 | 12:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Exploring the role of food & beverage in creating memorable meetings

Join us for special Meeting Planner Seminar that includes workshops and an interactive and engaging 90-minute General Session facilitated by Laura Schwartz, former White House Director of Events and host of Laura Schwartz Live. We’ll explore the role food and beverage plays in creating a memorable conference experience. You can obtain CIC credits by attending this session. 

The breakout sessions/workshops include: Exploring Unique Learning Formats, The Leadership Equation: Creating and Maintaining the Ultimate Dream Team, The Site Visit Par Excellence, and Unveiling the IACC Meeting Room of the Future 2018 Research. (Read more below)

Before the General Session, you won’t want to miss the IACC Copper Skillet Global Competition–an exciting networking and culinary experience.

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The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia
April 17, 2018 | 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

At a glance

12:00 – 1:30 | Copper Skillet Competition
1:45 – 3:30 | General Session
4:00 – 5:00 | Breakout Sessions
5:00 – 6:00 | Cocktail Reception

The General Session and Breakout Sessions are CE Accredited

Program Highlights


A highly interactive and engaging general session will explore the critical part Food and Beverage plays in creating a memorable experience for delegates at conferences and meetings and how we can deliver culinary elements to ensure ultimate engagement. 


Following the main session there will be a number of smaller breakout sessions available which will tackle hot topics trends and research to help plan smarter meetings! (Details below)
Six chefs from around the globe will compete in the final round of the 2018 Copper Skillet Challenge. Their dishes will be judged by culinary masters like Iron Chef Jose Garces. May the best chef win!

Following your sessions, enjoy complimentary admission to the historic Franklin Institute, one of America’s most celebrated museums and a renowned leader in science and technology.

Breakout Sessions (Workshops)

Exploring Unique Learning Formats (Jessie States, MPI)
Have you heard of a Fishbowl? What about a Spectrogram? Open Space? There are many innovative educational formats in the event and conference space that we can employ to help our attendees engage, learn from each other and meet subject matter experts. But what are they? And how can they be deployed at meetings and events in ways that our participants can feel comfortable stepping outside their comfort zones? Let’s discuss some of the event industry’s tried-and-true and recently introduced session formats, and determine how they can be used at your meetings and events.

Learner Outcomes:
Understand why engagement is important to the overall meeting and event experience.
Discover new learning and session design formats that can transform your meetings into engaging experiences.
Discuss the opportunities and challenges these types of sessions might create.
The Leadership Equation: Creating and Maintaining the Ultimate Dream Team  (Robin Brocklesby)
There is a common question asked among Business Owners, Top Executives and General Managers…How do you create a company culture that customers and employees fall in love with and therefore drives the company to business success? Learn the crucial steps it takes to build a cohesive, thriving and happy company culture, while learning why fewer than 10% of companies in Asia, Europe and North America succeed in this task. This session explores the characteristics of extraordinary leaders and teams, along with giving skill sets to create an amazing team that is productive and moving in the right direction. Discover how to create cohesion, handle crisis, fail forward and be engaged.
Learner Outcomes:
Why should you care about the Company Culture
How to hire people that fit that culture.
How to get your team to appreciate company values.
How to work together as a team instead of individuals.
The Site Visit Par Excellence (Cindy Novotny, Master Connection Associates)
During this experiential session, Cindy will coach the audience on hosting the ideal site visit. The session includes props and actors as clients, general managers, executive chefs, etc., to bring it to life. The overall goal will be to avert a disastrous site inspection/client meeting. 
Learner Outcomes:
Proper Planning Tips
Creative Site Visit Ideas
Tools to involve Senior Leadership
Unveiling the IACC Meeting Room of the Future 2018 Research 
The way people interact has changed a lot in the last few years. This includes participants’ interactions at meetings and events. Consider findings from recent global research from the IACC into meeting surroundings—not only the rooms themselves, but also the spaces where delegates congregate, network and socialize. Understand how the meeting space affects learning and networking, and ultimately the goals and objectives of your meetings and events.
Learner Outcomes:
Learn how different meeting rooms support learning outcomes and help maximize meeting ROI.
Develop a better understanding of how technology can help build multi-way communication in the room and for virtual participants.
Consider the different venue types and non-traditional room layouts that help foster connections between and among delegates.

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