Session CEO 2018

Conference Program

  • Small Business
  • test
  • Women's Leadership
Monday, April 12, 2021
  1. The Colonnade
    Sponsored by:
    Houston First
  2. Talbot E-H

    1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    - As we work and live our way past the one-year mark of this Pandemic, our lives and our businesses have somewhat been put on hold. Our endurance has depended on our resilience, flexibility, and ingenuity. How did we do it?? Let’s share the successes and failures so we can learn from each other.
    - Now that 2021 is here, and the vaccine is being distributed, we are still hampered with travel restrictions and the possibility of additional outbreaks. With that uncertainty in mind, what’s the path forward? What new models and approaches to your businesses are you including to keep your communities yoked and how are you generating revenue.

    3:00 PM - 3:20 PM
    Networking Break
    North Pre-function

    3:20 PM - 5:00 PM

    - When we are able to produce live events again, what will they look like? What precautions will be implemented? Who bears the cost? Will our communities attend? How will our events look different? Will our bottom lines look different? Are you incorporating strategies that you used during the pandemic for a hybrid approach to your events?


  3. Talbot A-D


    1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    The Power in the Pause: Reimagining the Possible

    Life doesn't often hand us an opportunity to hit the reset button. However, the global pandemic of 2020/21 has done exactly that. In recent surveys and conversations with CEOs, they see this return post-pandemic as an inflection point both personally and professionally not only for their employees but for themselves. In this interactive one-hour conversation/workshop we will look at:

    • What are the new questions you need to ask yourself and your team?
    • How do you get real and rigorous about talent?
    • What are the mindset characteristics of the most successful CEOs and how do you adopt them?
    • The power of "So what, now what?"
    • Making and keeping your commitments to yourself.

    You will leave with ideas and an action plan. Come to this workshop curious, open, and willing to share with your peers.

    Presented by: Angela Scalpello, Owner and Principal - The Scalpello Group, LLC

        3:00 PM - 3:20 PM
    Networking Break
    North Pre-Function

    3:20 PM - 4:20 PM
    Navigating the Crossroads

    This cross-industry panel of senior leaders and Chief members will share their personal and professional stories of self-discovery during the last year. Many women are at a crossroads in their career right now - maybe the pandemic has created a dramatic change in a life situation, perhaps their company is struggling or the pandemic has fueled exponential growth, challenges around shifting dynamics in the home with kids homeschooling. Our panelists will share how they have navigated some of these shifts, creating new opportunities for personal and professional growth.

    Moderated by: Jessica Blue, Executive Vice President, Emerald Expositions

    Asha Aravindakshan, Vice President - Sprinklr, NYC
    Heather Freiser, Vice President Clients - Lighthouse Creative, NYC



    4:20 PM - 5:00 PM
    A Conversation with Kathleen Thomas, Managing Director - JEGI Clarity

    Rachel Wimberly, EVP of business development and M&A for Tarsus Group, US, will spark a conversation with Kathleen focusing on her background, how she got into the trade show industry M&A, what she loves most about what she does, what has most challenged her, and who has inspired her along the way.

    Moderated by: Rachel Wimberly, EVP Business Development and M&A - Tarsus Group, U.S.
    Panelists: Kathleen Thomas, Managing Director - JEGI Clarity


  4. North Pre-Function
    SISO Executive Women's Forum and SISO Small Business Roundtable Networking Break.
  5. Courtyard - off Lobby
    For all Sponsors, First-Time Attendees, and their "Buddies."
  6. Ocean Front Lawn
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
  1. Plaza Ballroom and Terrace

    Sponsored by:

    ASM Global

  2. The Ritz-Carlton Ballroom
  3. The Ritz-Carlton Ballroom
    Industry leaders discuss where they expect the industry and their own businesses will be in the next 3, 6, and 12 months.
  4. Ballroom Pre-Function
    Sponsored by:
    Singapore TB Singapore ECB


  5. The Ritz-Carlton Ballroom
    At last, 2021 is here.  This presentation supplies economic data and analysis juxtaposing the pre-pandemic and pandemic world and then supplies a forecast for the post-pandemic one.  Among the areas of focus are labor markets, financial markets, real estate, construction, consumer spending, business investment, international trade, and government finances.  
  6. The Ritz-Carlton Ballroom
    Diversity, equality, and inclusion (DEI) is not just "the right thing to do", it is also good for your business. What does it take to initiate and execute an effective DEI strategy and plan? During this session, you will hear from an industry leader about their commitment to driving change through a robust DEI plan. You will meet a diverse group of vendors and hear of their personal experiences in and out of the tradeshow industry. Audience members will take away a fresh perspective on DEI, and how to accelerate efforts towards their own DEI agendas.
  7. Talbot A-H
    Annual Report to Members.

    Sponsored by
  8. The Ritz-Carlton Ballroom
  9. The Ritz-Carlton Ballroom
    The lack of women in C-suite roles has been in the news for quite a while now, we continue to have the conversation but is the situation improving for women within our organizations?  Why are we still having the conversation and not seeing more progress?
  10. The Ritz-Carlton Ballroom
    How are leaders in other industries responding to the changes caused by the global pandemic? How are they opening back up to secure their businesses for the long term and what can we learn from them? This cross-industry panel of senior leaders and Chief members will share the strategic shifts they are seeing and experiencing in the world and in their respective industries and how they are responding and leading through this change.
  11. The Ritz-Carlton Ballroom
    The devastation to our industry forced SISO and the wider industry to take a much more active position on political advocacy. SISO became the primary supporter of the Go Live Together and now Exhibitions & Conferences Alliance (ECA). This session will give a brief update on what that advocacy work has entailed and is currently working on.
  12. The Ritz-Carlton Ballroom
  13. Ocean Front Lawn

    Pack your preppy Croquet outfit and join us on the “Las Vegas” lawn (Ocean Front Lawn) for some springtime fun. Wonderful food and drinks will be complemented with croquet, fire pits, corn-hole, live music, and great networking.

    Sponsored by:


Wednesday, April 14, 2021
  1. Plaza Ballroom and Terrace
    Sponsored by:

    MGM Resorts International
  2. The Ritz-Carlton Ballroom
  3. The Ritz-Carlton Ballroom
    The M&A side of our business has mostly been put on hold as we have been dealing with the pandemic, but not completely, some deals have been completed. There is more interest than ever in Association-owned events and the potential for major growth in deals with the Associations. This session will discuss the current status of M&A activity and what the issues and opportunities will be as the industry recovers and rebuilds.
  4. The Ritz-Carlton Ballroom
    The outbreak of COVID-19 caused buyers and sellers to pause, rethink, and reboot their M&A opportunities. Where does that leave the small business owner as they plan their transition to post COVID-19 live events: How do we position ourselves for success in the immediate future?  Is it now time for business owners to think about M&A? How long will it take to ramp up to pre-COVID levels? Do we grind it out, or is there a different strategy? Listen to these small business owners' thoughts and ideas on M&A and their future.
  5. Ballroom Pre-Function

    Sponsored by:

    Singapore TB Singapore ECB


  6. The Ritz-Carlton Ballroom
    What does it take to transform a company from a status quo market contender to a forward-thinking and dynamic player of the future? Industry leader and expert George Blankenship looks to the future and explores this question in an engaging and thought-provoking presentation. Widely recognized as the architect of Apple’s brand-building retail strategy, Blankenship formulated and executed one of the most successful retail growth strategies in history by turning the classic engagement model on its head. Most recently, he revolutionized the auto industry by redefining the car-buying experience in his executive role at Tesla Motors. Bringing 30 years of industry experience and invigorating insight, Blankenship shows you how to build your brand based on the unique value that your company provides and how to market and attract new customers. Audience members take away fresh, fascinating ideas and innovative tools for rethinking their role in a competitive environment.
  7. The Ritz-Carlton Ballroom
  8. The Colonnade
  9. The Golf Club of Amelia Island

    Golfers will get boxed lunches on carts. Exit the front entrance doors of the hotel, stay right and follow down the driveway to The Golf Club of Amelia Island.

    Sponsored by: 

    Meet AC - Atlantic City CVB

  10. Courtyard - off Lobby
  11. Luxury Cabanas - Poolside
    Informal networking discussions for those not participating in the social activities.
    Meet at the Luxury Cabanas 1-3, Poolside.
  12. Tennis Complex
  13. Main Pool Deck
Thursday, April 15, 2021
  1. Courtyard - off Lobby
    Breakfast Buffet and To-Go Boxes



  • “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
  • “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