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IFEA Leadership 100 Retreat
January 21-23, 2022

Oglebay National Training Center
Wheeling, West Virginia, U.S.A.

Unprecedented challenges call for unprecedented responses. As our industry continues to respond, react and reimagine the future, on almost a daily basis, after nearly two years since the COVID-19 pandemic first came on to our radar, the leadership of our industry has been put through a gauntlet of trials, tests and stresses like never before. Working to keep our events and organizations financially sustainable; protecting staff and human resources; guiding our boards, sponsors, volunteers and vendors through the process with us; struggling with the need/ability/viability of postponing, canceling, or finding new ways to re-present our events – live and/or virtually; becoming quick studies on new government support programs; mastering new communications channels and work-from-home scenarios; implementing and advocating for new health, safety, and risk management initiatives; et al., has been draining and exhausting on all of those leaders who are used to having all of the answers; controlling all of the possibilities; and being visionary vs. uncertain.

While the IFEA understands and has worked diligently throughout these challenging times to provide critical education, information, resources and publications, industry representation, peer-to-peer networking opportunities, and much more, we understand that in order to protect the future of our industry, long-term, we must protect those who lead it. Before we can reset and refresh our events, we must provide the critical opportunity to reset and refresh those who are guiding us through the storm.

To that end and vision, we have reimagined our role and created our all-new ‘IFEA Leadership 100 Retreat.’ A true leadership retreat, that we hope will continue annually into the future, no matter what our challenges and opportunities may be. A retreat focused on each of you.

The Focus

Hosted in the intimate, creativity-conducive environment provided by West Virginia’s Oglebay National Training Center and Resort (home of the IFEA/NRPA Event Management School), the ‘IFEA Leadership 100 Retreat’ will focus first and foremost on you…all those attending.

With in-depth, participative workshop sessions that will help you to redefine ‘Leadership & You’ through world-class, research-based leadership development content, in partnership with Creating Community, LLC (a Channel Partner for the Center for Creative Leadership), this unique opportunity will cover areas of individual focus, including:
  • Your Leadership Motivations & Values
  • Action Planning for the Future
  • Direction, Alignment & Commitment
  • Boundary Spanning Leadership
And, we’ll be using the assembled brain trust and ‘crystal ball’ of the gathered retreat leadership attendees to further our common industry knowledge; share our insights; and prepare ourselves for what new challenges and opportunities may lie ahead, with a special ‘Focus on the Future’ working session.

“To re-imagine ourselves as leaders…our motivations, realities, and visions; To realign, and commit ourselves to the success of everyone on our teams; To (re)connect with our professional peers and open new channels of resources and knowledge that are our greatest assets and support bases throughout the year; that is the focus and critical importance of the ‘IFEA Leadership 100 Retreat.’"

Annie Frisoli, CFEE, Founder & CEO, Creating Community, LLC

“I can’t imagine a time when our industry has needed this type of leadership retreat more than ever. The last two years have been unprecedented in their challenges, and sometimes our ‘best practice’ needs to be taking care of ourselves as leaders. Staying refreshed, re-motivated, and re-inspired is critical to our continued success and sustainability.”

Ted Baroody, CFEE, President & CEO, Norfolk Festevents, 2020/21 IFEA World Board Chair
Oglebay National Training Center, Wheeling, West Virginia, U.S.A. in January. 
WHO: Top-level festival and event industry-related leaders including CEO’s, CFO’s, CCO’s, Executive Directors, Presidents, senior management innovators, and other top-level visionaries from throughout the global festivals and events industry.
WHAT: ‘IFEA Leadership 100 Retreat.’

WHEN: 12:00 p.m. Friday, January 21, 2022 - 1:30 p.m., Sunday, January 23, 2022
WHERE: Oglebay National Training Center, Wheeling, West Virginia, U.S.A.
WHY: To come together as a combined, creative IFEA global professional network after an unimaginable pandemic, to reset and refresh, as we look to the future.
HOW MANY: To promote and maximize the networking and exchange opportunities of this unique gathering, the ‘IFEA Leadership 100 Retreat’ will be limited to the first 100 leaders who register.
HOW TO REGISTER: Priority Registration will be given to IFEA Members through Friday, November 19th, 2021. As space may allow, registration will then be opened to non-members after Friday, November 19, 2021, at non-member pricing.
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HOW MUCH: Registration for the IFEA Leadership 100 Retreat is an ALL-INCLUSIVE REGISTRATION and is priced per person. $1425 IFEA Members | $1725 Non-IFEA Members
REGISTRATION INCLUDES: Registration for the IFEA Leadership 100 Retreat | 3 Nights Premium Resort Accommodations at the Oglebay Resort’s Wilson Lodge. (Two, 3-night accommodation packages are available. Please make your selection on the registration form. Single, extra nights are available to be added to this package at additional cost.) | 3 Breakfast Buffets (Friday, Saturday, Sunday OR Saturday, Sunday, Monday) | 3 Networking Lunches (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) | 2 Social / Networking Dinners (Friday, Saturday) | 5 Drink Tickets for use during dinner functions throughout Retreat or at Glassworks Grill & Bar | Continuous Coffee Breaks throughout Retreat | All Training Materials | All related taxes and fees
HEALTH & SAFETY: We will be working closely with our partners at the Oglebay National Training Center & Resort to follow or exceed every West Virginia CDC health and safety guideline that may be in place at the time of our retreat in January (details to be sent out and updated beforehand). This will/may include masking; safe distancing; increased sanitation; and more. We will be asking that all those planning to attend provide proof of vaccination against Covid-19 OR proof of a negative PCR test within 48 hours prior to your arrival.*
*See registration form for additional details.
  • By Air: Fly into Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) in Pennsylvania. From there, a round-trip shuttle service to Oglebay National Training Center is available.
  • By Car: Oglebay is located at 465 Lodge Drive, Wheeling, WV 26003.

Thank You to Our Association Endorsed Partners:
Association Endorsed Partners have made a commitment to the continued success of our association, our members, and our industry through their umbrella sponsorship support of all IFEA programs and services. Show your support for these dedicated providers to our industry by getting to know them, and the high-quality products and services that they supply, better.
Kaliff Insurance
“As a not-for-profit 501(C)6 organization, the IFEA reserves the right to refuse or cancel the registration of any individual or organizational attendee, who, at its sole discretion, may represent/display unprofessional, unlawful, unethical, unsafe, or other actions/positions deemed contrary to the best interests of the IFEA and our global industry.”
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