Events Training Conference

Date: November 5 - 6, 2020Time: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm (ET) Contact: Susan McGuirePhone: 703-998-3572Email:


ACCE's annual events training conference is going virtual, and we are looking to the future! 

Save November 5 and 6 (from noon to 4 pm ET each day) to share, learn, and network with your event planning peers to explore creative solutions meeting the challenges of COVID-19 and other trends impacting chamber gatherings. We will welcome both new and more experienced event professionals, and will meet in general sessions, breakouts, and roundtable discussion groups. All sessions will be recorded, so you will be able to rewatch sessions or access breakouts you missed during concurrent sessions. And we won't forget the fun and networking opportunities that make this annual event so memorable.

See session descriptions below. Questions? Contact Susan McGuire.


ACCE members:

  • $99/early bird (through October 5, 2020)
  • $139/regular 

Register here


  • $139 (please contact Emily Counts for assistance with registration)

Questions about registration? Contact Emily Counts



Sessions and speaker subject to change

See some of our planned sessions below. More content coming soon! Check this page for updates.


Leveraging Virtual Content to Strengthen Community Relationships

When COVID-19 forced a change in the way organizations could operate, the Greater Des Moines Partnership not only switched to virtual events and programming without missing a beat but added value beyond what they were providing members and investors pre-pandemic. In this session, learn how to turn one hour of virtual programming into content that can be used across multiple platforms to boost reach and storytelling capabilities and strengthen relationships with your membership and the community.


The Legalities of Resuming In-Person Events: Ask an Attorney

The legal issues around resuming in-person events can be daunting, and include those relating to liability, insurance coverage, contracts, and more. In this session moderated by Events Division Chair Jaime Henning, get insights into important legal considerations for both in-person and virtual events from Jeff Tenenbaum, one of the nation's leading nonprofit attorneys and top legal experts in this area. This session format will be entirely drive by audience Q&A, so come armed with your questions!


Using Mission-Drive Events to Create Revenue

In this session, learn how the Boise Metro Chamber leveraged their relationships with state and community leaders to craft high-quality, revenue-producing virtual events and preserve over 95% of their previously committed sponsorships. Boise team members Mat Erpelding and Paul Fleming will discuss the importance of mission-drive content demonstrating the chamber’s critical role in the community; share best practices for creating sponsorships that businesses value; and outline a sponsorship sales strategy that delivers results.


Addressing Racial Equity and Civic Engagement within your Young Professional Program

Join us for a conversation about how the movement to promote racial equity and civic engagement have been addressed in constructive and impactful ways in chamber young professional programming.


Creating Virtual Fairs that Catalyze Careers

Looking to help your community get back work? Learn the ins and outs of what it takes to run a successful career fair, tips for member engagement, and lessons learned. Presented by Tricia Fetui of the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii and Kent Ballard of Huntsville Madison County Chamber of Commerce


Open for Business: Virtual Chamber Expos

Taking your expo online? Learn what you need to know to pull off a successful event.


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Events: A Panel Discussion

In this panel discussion, get inspiration and practical tips from experienced DEI practitioners based in chambers and communities across the country. Learn how to create authentic, action-oriented DEI events and programs and develop productive partnerships with local organizations to enhance DEI efforts in your organizations and communities.


60 Event Ideas in 60 Minutes

This session will feature you, as participants each take one minute to share a great event idea that has worked for their chamber. How many innovative ideas will you leave with after this session? Come and find out! Cash prizes awarded for best ideas!


Virtual Event Roundtables

We will break up into small groups for peer-led discussions and brainstorming according to event type and topic. You chose the discussions most helpful to you. Options may include making networking events work, virtual meeting platform reviews, producing summits and conferences, and monetizing virtual events. Have an idea for a roundtable? Let us know!


Young Professional and Intercity Visit Organizer Meetups

We’ll provide opportunities YP and Intercity Visit Organizer community group peers to connect in an informal setting. To learn more about these groups, see our Events Division page

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