Wednesday, September 25, 2019
We all get asked, “what is new at your event this year?” Hear the latest trends and be inspired to infuse your events with the “new”! Add some new energy to your traditions with new experiences that touch all segments of our business; entertainment & programming, sales and marketing. Learn how to extend the experience for your guests!
Thursday, September 26, 2019
The world we operate in is changing and responding, almost daily, to new challenges, tragedies, and realities that we must now consider, prepare for and protect against to the best of our abilities. Logically, our insurance expectations are changing as well, but it can sometimes get both confusing and frustrating, just making sure your event and all key stakeholders are properly protected, without breaking the bank. This valuable session will help to clarify the scope and scale of what's available, what's mandatory, what's worth the risk and what's not, from the insurance side of events.
Lessons Learned: A Look Inside the City Partnership between Virginia Beach and Pharrell Williams' 'Something in the Water' Festival
The focus of this session is on how a mid-large size city plans and supports a large scale community festival in just six months from conception to reality. How the city balanced roles as a festival sponsor and partner while also serving as the permitting agency will be highlighted. Lastly, evaluating city expenses and economic impact resulting from the inaugural festival set the stage for what the 2020 Something in the Water Festival may bring.
Proactive Protection: The Importance and Role of Background Checks to Protect Your Event & Stakeholders
Over the last 10 years, there has been an abundant number of deficiencies identified in the traditional methods utilized to screen volunteers and employees. These deficiencies are falling significantly short of the due diligent employment screening practices, which have placed all volunteer dependent organizations and their members at serious risk! Addressing the need to upgrade background screening for volunteers can no longer be pushed to the side. Low cost or local law enforcement programs leave a dangerously large number of criminal records going undiscovered and leaving the organization at risk for falling under the national standards.
In the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, on the border with Mexico, lies one of our industries greatest success stories. Where the city and residents embrace Bold visions; celebrate cultural diversity; build lasting partnerships; embrace creativity; and celebrate the holidays like few others. Come see what we can all learn from the amazing event marketing success of South Texas and the McAllen Holiday Parade!
Friday, September 27, 2019
Where do you stand? Leveraging Communication and Trust to Proactively Address Sexual Misconduct at Events
The last thing you want to be thinking about during your event is sexual misconduct. But, vague expectations bring vague results. By giving your staff, volunteers, attendees, and stakeholders 100% clarity on where you stand and how much you value them, you can elevate thinking, build trust, and protect everyone at your event.
We all know that the best source of new ideas comes from sharing with our trusted peers. Come join some of those peers as we elevate the conversation with regard to leveraging our strategic partnerships. How do we use those partnerships to generate revenue, preserve resources, grow our brands, monetize our brands, and enhance our programming content. What works. What doesn't. Come prepared to be an active participant in this unique format session.
The Autism Society, Tidewater Virginia’s mission is to create a world where persons within the autism spectrum disorder are fully included, participating members of their communities. The Alzheimer's Association of Southeastern Virginia is similarly focused on those with Alzheimer's and Dementia. In this important presentation, our main goal is to give you, as festival and event professionals, an overview of what both Autism and Alzheimer's are and the special sensory and other needs of those dealing with both, that can be addressed by events to make them more welcoming to everyone in your respective communities.