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Special Focus Opportunities

Inspire The Industry General Sessions

Thursday, September 26th, 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Friday, September 27th, 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Our “Inspire the Industry” general sessions, beginning each day, are built around the goal of providing targeted presentations, led by selected industry professionals, with a focus on topical trends, issues or creative inspiration that we can all take home and put to use in our own careers, events and communities. From leadership and creativity, to global trends and city partnerships, and everything in-between, our “Inspire the Industry” presentations are sure to do just that.

"Affinity Group" Sessions

Wednesday, September 25th
2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
IFEA Convention attendees have a unique opportunity to share “common ground” conversations with professional peers, discussing current trends, issues, challenges and opportunities, during our popular “Affinity Group” Sessions, including those for:
  • CEO’s
  • Sponsorship
  • Cities & Municipalities
  • Tourism Agencies
  • Arts Events
  • Parades
  • Young Professionals (for those 40 and under)
  • Event Education
  • Volunteer Programs
  • Operations
  • Marketing & PR

In a newly expanded format to allow increased networking and exchanges, bring your questions and professional experience to these valuable open-topic dialogue sessions, scheduled early in the convention program to allow the opportunity to expand your conversations beyond the sessions. (*All sessions are subject to change.)

On the Right Track

IFEA educational sessions are selected to ensure that we cover a wide range of important topical areas. For those who are interested in following a specific track/focus of sessions, those will be broken out for you in our official convention program to make scheduling your time easier. Tracks will include:
  • Sponsorship & Revenues
  • Operations & Risk Management
  • Marketing, Branding and Media Relations
  • Technology, Creativity and Innovation
  • Leadership & Management
  • Host City Partnerships
(*All sessions are subject to change.)

Industry Ancestry: Come Meet the IFEA Family

Tuesday, September 24th
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Before you hit the ground running, stop by to meet some new IFEA friends on Tuesday evening, September 24th, from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., at our “Industry Ancestry” session. Designed to give our first-time convention attendees, as well as our long-time IFEA ‘family’ attendees, an opportunity to meet some valuable new friends, share some insider tips and advice on how to maximize the days ahead, and get your convention experience off to a fun start. Then, join us for Happy Hour in the dfest® Hospitality Suite to meet more new friends, find some dinner partners, and let the networking conversations begin!

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