SISO Leadership Conference 2018

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Monday, August 06, 2018
  1. SISO Women's Leadership Forum
    W331 - 3rd Floor - OCCC

    Leading for Impact: Building Skills for Continued Success

    As you move into broader and more senior leadership roles, the intellectual and technical skills once so critical to your career growth take a back seat to different capabilities. In fact, the leadership skills needed by 2020, as articulated in the World Economic Forum’s “Future of Jobs” report, will be emotional intelligence, people management, complex problem-solving and critical thinking, among others.

    How prepared are you to effectively lead both now and in the future? If you want to lay the groundwork for your continued success, join your colleagues in this interactive 4-hour workshop designed exclusively with events industry leaders in mind.

    As a  participant you will:

    • Discover what skills you need to develop or strengthen by 2020.
    • Learn what specific capabilities are required to gain and retain both a seat and a voice at the leadership table.
    • Master the skills needed to become a trusted advisor across the enterprise.
    • Practice leveraging your use of emotional intelligence when working with individuals and teams
    • Learn where you need further development and practice.

    Using a blend of lecture, small and large group discussion, case studies and role play, participants will learn from each other. You will also have an opportunity to strengthen your network by connecting with new colleagues and re-connecting with others. In addition, each participant will create a development commitment document before the end of the workshop.

  2. SISO Women's Leadership Forum
    W331 - 3rd Floor - OCCC
    Welcome and Introductions
  3. SISO Women's Leadership Forum Reception and Buffet Dinner
    Margaritaville - Universal City Walk

    Cheeseburgers in Paradise and some Frozen Concoctions!

    Meet transportation at the Convention Entrance, lobby level, Tower 3, Hyatt Regency Orlando Hotel. Departure at 6:30 pm sharp. 

    Exclusively for registrants to the full day program.

Tuesday, August 07, 2018
  1. Breakfast - SISO Women's Leadership Forum
    W331 Foyer - 3rd Floor - OCCC

    Continental Breakfast

    Sponsored by:


  2. SISO Women's Leadership Forum
    W331 - 3rd Floor - OCCC

     9:00 - 10:00 AM


    What does it take to be a top-notch strategic thinker?  How can you focus and hone your strategic thinking skills so they shine brightly and infuse your every-day work?  This session will offer over-arching advice as well as tips you can take back and implement tomorrow.

    Presented by:

    10:00 - 10:30 AM

    Networking Break

    Sponsored by:  

    10:30 - 11:30 AM

    Negotiating to Win

    How do you plan a strategy for a successful negotiation? How do you identify the factors that can determine the outcome of negotiations? Understand the principles of a win-win negotiation. Learn what it takes to get an outcome that feels great to both parties. Both in your partner and contract negotiations and in your everyday negotiations with bosses, peers and team members.

    Presented by:

    11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    West Overlook

    Networking Lunch
    Buffet lunch for the those attending the full-day session.

    Sponsored by:

    1:00 - 2:00 PM

    Mentors and Sponsors: Understand the difference and maximize the benefits of both as you advance your career

    Mentoring and sponsorship programs are both essential for career advancement—each have benefits, and some are more defined than others.  However, it is important to understand the difference between the two.  Although more women than men have multiple mentors, many studies have found that men are still more likely than women to have powerful sponsors. 

    This session will discuss the differences, challenges and benefits of how these relationships can help advance your career.  After an overview, a diverse panel of both mentors and mentees of various leadership levels will share their stories and drive home the importance of not only mentor/mentee relationships, but also how sponsors are essential for women’s advancement in the workplace.



     2:00 -  3:00 PM

    Is It All in a Word?

    “Strong,” “Demanding,” “Intimidating,” “Feminist”… the list goes on and on, and for professional women can either be said as a compliment or an insult.  Have you been told you were intimidating as a woman executive and somehow thought YOU had to change?  For a male executive, this is not a negative, but for a woman, somehow it implies that we are doing something wrong; we are attempting to overpower, or that we make it difficult to work or communicate with us.  This panel discussion will offer insights on how women can navigate and manage through the perception with the appropriate amount of assertiveness.
    "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." — Eleanor Roosevelt





  3. Opening Night Reception
    SeaWorld Orlando

    SeaWorld Electric Ocean





    Hosted by:

    Visit Orlando OCCC
    SeaWorld Orlando

    Reception, Dinner Buffet, Rides, Dessert and Fireworks!

    Meet transportation at the Convention Entrance, lobby level, Tower 3, Hyatt Regency Orlando hotel. Departure at 6:30 pm sharp!

Wednesday, August 08, 2018
  1. Breakfast
    West Overlook - OCCC

    Hosted by:

    Visit Orlando OCCC Logo Centereplate
  2. Welcome and Introductions
  3. Opening Keynote - "Disney's Approach To Quality Service"
    W331 - 3rd Floor - OCCC

    Disney Institute will open the SISO Leadership Conference with an illuminating 90-minute Disney’s Approach to Quality Service Keynote, which will help participants explore how excellent customer service is achievable for every organization, and understand the processes necessary to develop a culture that consistently delivers on the brand promise with exceptional service.

    Presented by:  
    Disney Institute Quality Service

  4. Networking Break
    W331 Foyer - 3rd Floor - OCCC

    Hosted by:

    Visit Orlando logo OCCC logo Centerplate logo
  5. Engagement Secrets from a Luxury Conference Series
    W331 - 3rd Floor - OCCC

    Nicole Peck, Executive Vice President, BizBash Media, will sit down with Rebecca Grinnals and Kathryn Arce to get the behind-the-scenes scoop on the Engage! Luxury Wedding Conference series and identify the tactics and strategies that can be deployed by any show team. Engage! brings together leaders in the luxury wedding industry, from celebrity planners to luxury lifestyle experts to creative entrepreneurs offering unique insights on business strategies and life balance.

    Through their mantra of “surprise and delight,” this conference turns participants into a tribe and provides an experience they’ll never forget—and one they’ll return to year after year. Rebecca and Katheryn talk about the extended sphere of influence that is embraced at their events, their unique gift-giving strategy, periodic (and random) “happy breaks,” tips for truly activating the destination/host hotel as a key element of the event and the secret engagement powers of easily identifying the newbies from the veterans via “bling balls”.

  6. Lunch
    West Overlook - OCCC

    Hosted by:

    Visit Orlando Logo OCCC logo Centerplate logo
  7. Providing Customer Value Through Matchmaking
    W331 - 3rd Floor - OCCC
    Exhibitors and attendees alike are becoming increasingly more focused on ensuring the events they attend have quantifiable business opportunities they can measure. An important element for organizers is to make sure customers’ time is well spent and ROI is achieved. Hear more about how Matchmaking and appointment setting deliver both customers and organizers positive business results and increased value to events. 
  8. The sky's not falling... it's just GDPR...
    W331 - 3rd Floor - OCCC

    The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect earlier this year, providing enhanced data protection and privacy for all individuals within the European Union - and the protection extends to the export of personal data outside the EU - so if you hold data on European data subjects - you're going to want to hear this.

    Join UBM's Data Protection Officer, Jason Albuery, and the Managing Director of Fresh Montgomery, Lori Hoinkes as they separate fact from fiction, and walk us through their journey with GDPR adoption.

  9. Networking Break
    W331 Foyer - 3rd Floor - OCCC

    Hosted by:

    Visit Orlando logo OCCC logo Centerplate


  10. Co-locations - Grabbing the Advantages and Avoiding the Pitfalls
    W331 - 3rd Floor - OCCC

    Show organizers have to drive increased value for exhibitors and attendees just to stay competitive. As a result, for-profit organizers and associations are turning to co-locations within the same city, facility and even within one another's events. Panelists will share real-life scenarios of successes and failures in co-locations while dissecting the considerations and expectations that are required to create a positive outcome. 

  11. Reception and Buffet Dinner
    Plaza Ballroom D - F, Hyatt Regency Orlando
Thursday, August 09, 2018
  1. Breakfast
    West Overlook - OCCC

    Hosted by:

    Visit Orlando OCCC Logo Centerplate logo
  2. The 6th Annual SISO Event Innovation Battlefield
    W331 - 3rd Floor - OCCC

         EIB Logo

    "The Annual SISO Event Innovation Battlefield is on again and continues to be more epic every year. It’s part American Idol and part Shark Tank.

    With the world changing so fast, it's now not only about technology but about true innovation. Hear from enthusiastic early-stage innovators who are bent on disrupting and re-thinking the event industry. You be the judge if they hit the mark or not.  Just participating will give you so many ideas that you will be able to constructively disrupt your own organization before someone else does.  Get your mind racing with possibilities."

  3. Networking Break

    Hosted by:

    Visit Orlando Logo OCCC Logo Centerplate logo
  4. Want to have Even More Attendees?
    W331 - 3rd Floor - OCCC
    Driving quality attendees is the lifeblood of any event business. We have hand selected the most innovative and successful marketing leaders to share their strategic and tactical secrets. Continuation discussion on 2017 Session.
  5. Closing Keynote - Disney's Approach to Leadership Excellence
    W331 - 3rd Floor - OCCC

    To close out the SISO Leadership Conference, Disney Institute will present a 90-minute Disney’s Approach to Leadership Excellence Keynote, connecting the content to the Keynote from Day 1 and showcasing new content that reveals the leadership skills that help establish, operationalize, and sustain values and vision; and the personal and organizational values alignment that drive a leader to carry out and enthusiastically support the organization's vision.

    Presented by:  
    Disney Institute Leadership

  6. Closing Remarks
  7. Lunch

    Sit down networking lunch, as well as a "Pack- and-Go" lunch option.

    Hosted by:

    Visit Orlando logo OCCC logo Centerplate Logo


  8. Tour of the Orange County Convention Center

    Tour of the Orange County Convention Center. 

    Hosted by:

    OCCC logo Visit Orlando logo


  • “Without a doubt the most valuable three days of the year for networking, learning, and meeting colleagues.”
    Tony Calanca, Executive Vice President, UBM
  • “Two of the best acquisitions Access Intelligence had executed came directly from contacts and discussions held at the SISO CEO Summit. Beyond that important networking for transactions, I learn best practices from the best in the industry. The ROI for membership is immeasurable.”
    Don Pazour, CEO, Access Intelligence
  • “The impact of SISO is so much bigger than its size. It feels more like a global council of important tribes than a traditional trade association.”
    David Adler, CEO & Founder, Bizbash Media
  • “Our industry thrives on the personal relationships that face-to-face builds, and the CEO Summit is the ultimate place to build YOUR network!”
    Tom Mitchell, President, Messe Dusseldorf North America
  • “As busy, independent, for-profit organizer, SISO keeps our company connected to all the key players working in this industry and allows great relationships and ongoing learning of best practices from the best in the business. All invaluable assets to help move our business forward."
    Howard Hauben, CEO, H2 Events
  • “The SISO membership represents the entire for-profit tradeshow community and the annual SISO conferences are must-attend events for their educational and networking value.”
    Joel A. Davis, Founder & CEO, JD Events
  • “SISO connects strategic minds through invaluable networking opportunities and face-to-face executive conferences focused on excellence and inspiration.”
    Dana Teague, Vice President, Informa Global Exhibitions
  • “Participating in SISO puts you on the leading edge of the events world.”
    Charles McCurdy, CEO, Informa Global Exhibitions