The Meetings Industry Council (MIC) of Colorado is a partnership of 13 meeting, event and hospitality member organizations, all of which are either state chapters of national associations or local, grassroots organizations. Rather than each organization hosting its own Annual Conference and Tradeshow, leaders from each of these organizations collaborate to create one over-reaching event. All members of the affiliated organizations are invited to attend, as well as members of the general public, making this the largest industry event of its kind in the region.
The 2 day event is centered on industry education, networking and connecting individuals from all facets of the industry.
The MIC of Colorado is a coalition of professional organizations related to the meetings and events industry. The Council’s purpose is to enhance collaboration among participating organizations through networking and education, while being the main source for industry knowledge and consultation as well as foster the continued growth of the meetings and event industry in Colorado.
8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Tradeshow Set-up.
2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.: Planner Only Education – Greg Bogue: Creating Authentic, Memorable & Impactful Event Experiences – 7 Stages of the Journey of a Conference
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.: Trade Show with Planners and Sponsors/Exhibitors – Tradeshow Mile High Ballroom
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.: Keynote in Mile High Ballroom – Christine Cashen, America’s Top Humorista
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.: Opening Reception – Tradeshow optional for Exhibitors and Sponsors
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.: Registration, Networking in Tradeshow and Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.: Opening Remarks and Keynote in Mile High Ballroom – Mike Walsh, Designing Your Conference for the 21st Century
12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.: Lunch and Awards – Four Season’s Ballroom
1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.: Networking in Tradeshow – Mile High Ballroom
3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.: Closing Keynote in Mile High Ballroom – Yossi Ghinsberg, Bringing Amazon Survival Skills to Business
4:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.: Closing Reception with Exhibitors and Sponsors
Christie Ward, CSP is a nationally acclaimed leadership and communication expert known for high-content, high-energy workshops and keynotes that get results. A fearless facilitator who tackles the tough subjects, Christie’s workshops are highly customized to meet organizations’ specific needs and are interwoven with real-world stories and actionable tactics. Since 1999, when she founded The Impact Institute, Christie has focused on communication, leadership, and teambuilding topics that result in more productive teams and effective leadership. Highlights include lowering union grievances at an AT&T division by 66%. In addition, she personally coached the World Champion of Public Speaking for the year 2000. Previously, as Director of Training for CareerTrack, Inc., Christie coached and managed 200 of the best professional trainers around the world.
Chief Executive Officer
The Packard Group
I am the CEO of The Packard Group, a strategic consulting firm and the Executive Director of the Social Research Lab and a professor of sociology at the University of Northern Colorado. My research has appeared in both academic and trade publications. I earned my Ph.D. in Sociology from Vanderbilt University. My research-driven insights reveal opportunities in places organizations, entrepreneurs and executives have been conditioned to ignore. As an expert in organizational commitment and design, I help you to think differently in order to drive true and lasting innovation and client engagement. I’ve been a keynote speaker for numerous groups and thousands of people including the National Speakers Association and local chapters of PCMA and MPI.