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Call for Presenters: 2019 Events Training Conference

ACCE's 2019 Events Training Conference will be held at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Saratoga Springs, located at 86 Congress Street, Saratoga Springs, New York, on October 17-18, 2019. Registration will open in June 2019. 

The conference is designed for chamber of commerce staff responsible for planning and running distinctive and memorable chamber events. We will welcome both new and more experienced events professionals from chambers of all sizes across the nation. We are seeking presenters for general sessions (50 participants) and workshops (20-30 participants), along with facilitators for small-group peer sharing and learning (10-20 participants). We are seeking both presenters and experienced small-group facilitators for our conference. 

We are particularly interested in sessions or discussions on the following topics:

  • Creative, out-of-the-box ideas for wowing your event participants
  • Resources for finding good and affordable speakers 
  • Events focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion; talent attraction; or economic development
  • Event trends
  • Keeping awards programs lively and interesting
  • Tips, tricks, and incentives to encourage RSVPs and early registration, and increasing event attendance
  • Game-changing initiatives in young professional (YP) programs and turning YPs into lifelong chamber members
  • Technology and apps for event management and enhancing the attendee experience
  • Event sponsors: engaging them, recognizing them, recruiting new sponsors
  • Revenue-generating events
  • Innovative community events
  • Best practices for events communications and marketing, including social media
  • Enhancing or updating iconic chamber of commerce events such as annual dinners/banquets, golf tournaments, and networking mixers

Proposed sessions or small group discussions on other relevant subjects are welcome and invited. We also welcome new ideas and innovative session formats to make learning experiences interactive, fun, and engaging. Presenters and facilitators should be experienced in chamber event planning and management. Where appropriate, we will divide the group into learning groups based on chamber size.

Several interest areas are listed below. If your proposed session does not fit any of the listed categories, choose one that is close and use the "program description" box to explain why attendees would want to hear your presentation.

Please be sure to include a description of your qualifications below. If you are a chamber professional, please also include a short description of your chamber's events program. If you are not a chamber professional, please indicate that. Thank you!

Submissions are due no later than Friday, May 17, 2019.

We will respond to proposals in late May or early June 2019.

 

Your name
Your email
Suggested program title
Area of interest
 Creative new event ideas
 Resources for finding good speakers
 Economic development
 Diversity/equity/inclusion
 Talent attraction
 Event trends
 Event technology and apps
 Communications/marketing
 Social media
 Event sponsors
 Revenue-generating events
 Chamber awards and banquets
 Innovative community events
 Recruiting event speakers
 Updating iconic chamber events
 Young professionals
 Encouraging RSVPs/registration/attendance
 Other
Program description
Program objectives and learning outcomes
Learning format
 General session presentation (50 participants)
 Workshop presentation (20-30 participants)
 Small group discussion facilitation (10-20 participants)
Experience level of session participant
 For newer events professional (fewer than 2 years' experience)
 For more experienced events professional (more than 2 years' experience)
 All levels of experience
Speaker qualifications
Description of your chamber's events program
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