Association Event Manager March 2019 - Page 6

Association Event Forum 6 March 2019 Association Event Forum at International Confex There is no shortage of valuable content for association professionals in 2019 ow a well-established date in the diary, the Association Event Forum (AEF) will again take place on Day 1 of International Confex, 26 February 2019. Inhouse Association Event Planners demonstrated their resilience and tenacity at the event in 2018 where, despite the most challenging of weather conditions, attendance at the event showed 100% year- on-year growth, a reassuring sign for the organisers that they are hitting the mark with compelling content. The event is produced in partnership with the Association of Association Executives (AEF) and Association of British Professional Conference Organisers (ABPCO) “The AEF has continued to grow in popularity year on year and we were thrilled to see such an enormous growth in attendance last year. Association Event Planners are an incredibly important group of visitors to International Confex and we are proud to have created a forum which warrants inhouse planners and PCOs taking time out of their demanding schedules to learn and share knowledge. The feedback from our delegates in 2018 was fantastic and we look forward to developing the event further for 2019” comments Liz Agostini, event director. 11:40 – 12:20 Managing sponsored content in your conference for mutual benefit Using recent case studies, Rob will demonstrate the value of using sponsored content to both enrich the educational experience of delegates and raise revenue. Attendees will learn how to solicit and manage appropriate content from sponsors to enrich conference programmes. Rob Eveleigh, managing director, Brightelm 12:30 – 13:10 Work-life balance: Does it actually exist? Finding a way to cope with stress is essential for anyone but more so for event organisers who are constantly being pulled in many different directions. This presentation will discuss ways organisers can find a better work-life balance with tips drawing from my personal experience with yoga, meditation and nutritional therapy. Nicole Leida, head of conference and events, National Cancer Research Institute; nutritional therapist and yoga teacher, Nicole Does Wellness 2:00 – 2:40 What does a sustainable event really mean? ABPCO’s Sustainability Roadmap. For anyone who wants to know what sustainability looks like in practice, this session will provide top tips for practical implementation as well as the role you should be expecting your venue or destination to play in supporting your sustainability values. Attendees to this session will learn how to be part of a number of global event industry sustainability initiatives and the level of collaboration they could expect from their host venues. Heather Lishman, ABPCO Kathleen Warden, SEC 2:50 – 3:30 The art of conference programming and abstract management Are you wondering how to build the perfect programme for your conference? Learn how to create the most streamlined abstract management process with online abstract management tools. This includes submission, evaluation, publishing and distribution. Hear about real solutions and case studies, that fit the needs of every association and Professional Conference Organiser! Pritesh Mawdia, head of technical support & development, Shocklogic 3:40 – 4.20 Why do organisations need a data strategy? A data strategy applies to all data across all departments in your organisation. You must know your data - what you need, and where it is! This session will address: how to build a data strategy, what approach to take, data business rules, governance and stewardship. Learn about storage, and how to achieve and maintain quality. Once you get it right, you need to keep it right! Michael Collins, managing consultant, Database Marketing Council John Martinez, Shocklogic