FFEA 28th Annual Convention & Trade Show "Level Up" FFEA 28th Annual Convention & Trade Show "Level Up"

Schedule

Monday, August 22, 2022

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Conference Committee Welcome Reception

For our dedicated and hard-working FFEA Committee volunteers! Join your Board of Directors for a celebration in thanks for all that you do for us all year!

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

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Registration

Pick up your credentials, additional social tickets and registration packet here.

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Exhibitor Setup

Exhibitors please check in at the Registration Desk prior to setting up.

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First Timers' Orientation & Networking

Open to all conference attendees. The First Timer's Networking event will guide you through navigating the conference and will also allow you to engage with other attendees.

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Opening Reception with Trade Show

Network with colleagues and meet the tradeshow exhibitors during our Conference Opening Reception. Complimentary Beer, Wine, Soda and Water courtesy of select exhibitors. Reception Style Dinner Stations included.

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Hospitality After Hours

Network with fellow attendees in the after hours Hospitality Suite. Complimentary snacks and open bar. Fireworks Disply by Pyrotecnico at 9pm. Live Entertainment Showcases, DJ and Dancing. Event credential required for entry - all attendees welcome.

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

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Registration

Pick up your credentials, additional social tickets and registration packet here.

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Opening Session - Level Up!
Kurt Faustin
Kurt Faustin
The Dropout Summit, Founder

Welcome to LEVEL UP! Opening Session will feature Keynote Speaker, Kurt Faustin.

Level Up - The Success Mindset

Mindset is everything. Whether you’re talking about career success, starting your own business, or getting through a tough workout, having the right and a growth mindset will have a major impact. A growth mentality sees failure not as a detriment, but as a springboard to success. Come learn the building blocks needed to develop a growth mindset.

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Exhibitor Session: Tips for Growing your event business

This panel discussion is for our supplier members! Join our panelists for their best advice and tips on preparing and participating in tradeshows, reaching event directors, responding to RFPs and closing the sale to groow your event business. Panelists are all FFEA Suppliers with a proven track record of working with events.

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Sell Your Event Workshop
Teresa Stas
Teresa Stas
Green Cactus, LLC

Join Event Sponsorship Expert and Author Teresa Stas as she walks sponsorship seekers through building a successful sponsorship program. This three-hour deep dive workshop will not only tackle subjects like finding sponsors, creating proposals, and making sales but will also allow attendees the opportunity to workshop their specific sponsorship struggles as well as get advice and help from experts.

Attendees will also receive a copy of Teresa's book, "Sell Your Event! The Easy To Follow Practical Guide To Getting Sponsors" named one of the best new...

Learning Objectives:

1 - Understand the sponsorship cycle and proven methods for successful programs. 

2 - A grasp on the practical ways an event can increase their sponsorship revenue.

3 - An understanding of best practices for the sponsorship industry and related trends. 

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Sunsational Awards Luncheon

It's time to celebrate the accomplishments of our members through the SUNsational Awards. Winners will be announced and presented with an award on stage. Lunch provided.

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Money in the bank: Selling more tickets online, earlier.
Mark O'Shea
Mark O'Shea
Noise New Media, Founder
Steve Richo
Steve Richo
Noise New Media, Founder

Learning Objectives:

1 - Developing a digital ad plan: what platforms to use and why

2 - Creating a pricing strategy that works

3 - Email: what you're not doing and why it's costing you money

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Transforming Sponsorships into Partnerships: How to G.R.O.W. your Event
Ryan J. Buckley
Ryan J. Buckley
Polk County Tourism & Sports Marketing

Are you interested in creating new experiences at your event? Do you want to grow relationships with businesses in the community? Transforming Sponsorships into Partnerships will dive into how to create meaningful relationships with key individuals in your market to enhance your event experience and grow your partnership base. We will examine the upcoming 2022 World Water Ski Show Tournament in Winter Haven to highlight the process of creating assets, generating more partner value, customizing activation opportunities and how this methodology will lead to future opportunities. This interactive and engaging seminar will also focus on your events and how you can grow or create relationships with organizations in your market. You will walk away with a new outlook on prospecting, outreach, sellable assets and event activation opportunities as you transform sponsorships into partnerships!

Learning Objectives:

1 - Attendees will be able to leave with at least four to five new activations and touchpoints through specific case studies and models with various events and organizations. 

2 - Attendees will learn and leave with a template to construct a rate card and build out assets through customization, while increasing tracking metrics. 

3 - Increase year-round partnership portfolio by 20% through new model for outreach and optimization. 

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Leading and Learning DEI with an Open Hand
Dr. Lhisa Almashy
Dr. Lhisa Almashy
Palm Beach County Schools - Open Hand Leadership Academy

Conceptually, many people agree on the need to be more effective in our personal and professional lives and we can search to find inspiration and motivation. Sustaining and implementing that motivation is more difficult because the "how" is missing or the "how" may be a one-size-fits-all recipe of sorts. The Open Hand Leading and Learning in Action is a framework that provides a context-driven, human-centered approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The framework will engage participants with 3 technical and 2 adaptive points that will finish with individual action plans to move forward in their FFEA journeys. 

Learning Objectives:

1 - Gain an understanding of the framework to help build their capacity, knowledge, and skill.

2 - Better understand some of the challenges of DEI work within their communities and Florida. 

3 - Process their own context-driven personal and professional selves to determine an individual action plan implementing next steps of the framework. 

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Trade Show Happy Hour & Award Winner Showcase

Visit with our tradeshow exhibitors for Happy Hour. The winners of the SUNsational Awards will also be on display so that you can view the pieces submitted. Appetizers and crudite served. Complimentary beer, wine, soda and water courtesy of our Sponsors.

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Hospitality After Hours

Network with fellow attendees in the after hours Hospitality Suite. Complimentary snacks and open bar. Live Entertainment Showcases, DJ and Dancing. Event credential required for entry - all attendees welcome.

Thursday, August 25, 2022

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Registration

Pick up your credentials, additional social tickets and registration packet here.

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Unmasking and Managing Bias in the Workplace
Sherron Washington
Sherron Washington
The P3 Solution

This training is designed to teach basic principles involving how to understand and manage diversity and bias within the workplace. Participants will discover how the influence of culture, and differences in values, ethics and assumptions has a direct impact on effective communication. In addition, participants will also learn how to understand the importance of diversity and how it can be used as an advantage to facilitate positive intergroup interaction, reduce prejudice and discrimination by creating an environment of inclusive positivity within the workplace.

Learning Objectives:

1 - Identify and discuss the origin of implicit bias.

2 - Uncover and discuss our own bias and how that can impact communication. 

3 - Learn best practices in how to manage our own bias to effectively communicate. 

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Trade Show Tour & Luncheon

This is your last chance to visit with our tradeshow exhibitors and find the best products and services for your events. Don't forget to complete the scavenger hunt to win big prizes! Winners will be announced through the mobile app.

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Exhibitor Teardown

Exhibitor Tear Down needs to be complete by 5:00pm.

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Closing Social & Dinner

Join us as we close out the conference and LEVEL UP  into an exciting world of events! . Network with your peers, dance and congratulate our Distinguished Award Winners. Dress Code - dress as your favorite video game movie or video game character. Dinner included.

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Hospitality After Hours

Network with fellow attendees in the after hours Hospitality Suite. Complimentary snacks and open bar. Fireworks display by Zambelli at 9pm. Live Entertainment Showcases, DJ and Dancing. Event credential required for entry - all attendees welcome.

Friday, August 26, 2022

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