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Pathways to Clarity

Under an educational theme of Pathways to Clarity, learning at IMEX America will be delivered in four simple tracks, reduced from 10: Respect for People and Planet; Future Self; Innovation and Creativity and Event Planner Toolkit.

Carina Bauer

CEO of the IMEX Group

“In creating our education program for IMEX America this year, we’ve aimed for radical simplicity. We know meeting and event industry professionals are overrun, overwhelmed and seeking clarity so this year’s learning sessions deliver bold content designed to cut to the heart of the biggest issues in business and personal growth. This is a chance for any and all participants to soak up some really on-point, high-quality knowledge. The only price they have to pay is to show up, take it all in and then put what they’ve learned into practice.”

“We’ve also listened to feedback and brought some tailor-made education for specialist audiences onto the show floor. This means corporate and association planners will learn side by side with their partners, clients and suppliers benefiting, if they wish, from added convenience and efficiency.”

Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group, introduces the new education program for IMEX America, taking place October 10 – 13 at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas.

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Over 100 sessions are available, with the majority taking place on the show floor’s dedicated, three-theatre Inspiration Hub, sponsored by Visit Detroit:

Our red flag employee by David Jaime, Chief Executive at LE Professionals, will take you through the behavioural ‘red flags’ that create unhealthy work environments. David will also share best practice strategies for increasing collective accountability.

• Empowerment coach, Jennifer Cassetta, will take a martial arts-led approach to help people feel safe and strong in the workplace with The art of badassery: Unleash your mojo with the wisdom of the Dojo.

Fickle eaters deals with the fundamentals of food and beverage planning in a time marked by compromised supply chains. Tracy Stuckrath, Founder and President at thrive meetings & events along with Thomas Whelan, Assistant General Manager at Levy Convention Centers will share tried and tested tricks on how to incorporate dietary needs into menus without affecting the bottom line.

• The benefits of hybrid will be demonstrated in Hybrid is still a thing, so let’s get it right. Brandt Krueger, Owner of Event Technology Consulting, believes that when done properly, hybrid events can deliver expanded reach and improved inclusivity – all without losing the power of a hands-on experience.

• “The metaverse is cool, but I don’t know where to start” – Scooter Taylor, Founder of West Peek Group has heard this from his clients dozens of times and risen to the challenge. In Enter the metaverse: a how-to guide, he will lay out all the steps to planning a metaverse event, share resources and give attendees a first-hand glimpse into the metaverse.

• In Sustainability and the circular economy: What the future holds, Aurora Dawn Benton, Chief Change Agent at Astrapto along with Benoit Sauvage, CEO of Hospitality Sustainability Revolution will acknowledge that incorporating the circular economy is key to a full events industry recovery. They will detail how integrating best practices in events delivers a host of benefits from an enhanced brand, increased clientele, reduced costs and exceptional experiences.

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MPI keynotes – human-centred service, imposter syndrome and how to engage communities

MPI keynotes begin on Smart Monday, October 10, a day powered by IMEX America’s Strategic Partner, MPI, and run every morning.

• Kai Kight delivers the first session Practicing Human-Centric Service. As a classical violinist turned innovative composer, Kai Kight uses music as a metaphor to inspire individuals and organizations across the world to compose paths of imagination and fulfilment. He has performed his original music for thousands in venues across the world, from the White House to the Great Wall of China.

• Nearly 70 percent of people experience imposter syndrome at work at some point. A session by comedian and coach Jen Coken will share strategies on how to turn it into a superpower, in The Science of Self-Sabotage: Making Imposter Syndrome Your Superpower.

• Shane Feldman returns to IMEX to share his passion for cultivating community. In Leadership Passport: Build Better Relationships and Create Engaged Communities attendees will learn how to cultivate a work environment centred around community to help individuals and teams perform at their highest levels.

• When is a keynote not a keynote? When it’s an unkeynote! In On the Playground: Your IMEX America Unkeynote Experience, Nancy Snowden will introduce a practical, solution-focused experience that harnesses the power of play to provide new perspectives and creative answers to serious event and meeting challenges.

There are also tailor-made events for corporate and association planners to meet, connect and learn throughout the show, beginning on Smart Monday. Further sessions, including industry certifications and top-ups, will be delivered by dozens of IMEX partners including IAEE, EIC and MPI. She Means Business, a joint event by IMEX and tw magazine, supported by MPI, will also return and is open to all. All eligible sessions throughout the show carry CMP accreditation.

IMEX America 2022 takes place at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, and opens with Smart Monday, powered by MPI on Monday, October 10, followed by the three-day trade show on October 11-13. Find out more about the event at www.imexamerica.com.