Thursday, June 15

IRF Education Day Breakfast – Sponsored by Maui Visitors Bureau



Education Day Welcome and State of the IRF

Janet Traphagen/ Melissa Van Dyke


IRF Insights: 2017 Trends
Join IRF for insights into the important trends impacting the incentives, motivation, and meetings space. 

Melissa Van Dyke   

8:40am-9:40am Becoming a Conference Wellness Superstar        
Wellness in events takes on many personas.  For some it is about the food, for others it is about exericse, for many it is about the environment of the event. During this session you will get a pratical overview of how to implement a wellness approach into events while walking away with the tools to implement some degree of wellness at your (or your clients) next event. 
Dr. Kim Bercovitz

IRF Insights: The Hotelier/Planner Study
How strong is the Hotelier/Planner relationship and what are the most important steps we can take to strengthen it? This groundbreaking study looks at both viewpoints and how we move forward as an industry.

Dahlton Bennington


Table Discussion: Group 1-Insights, Group 2-Wellness, Group 3-Hotelier/Planner Study
During this attendee interactive session those in the room will be asked to discuss and dignose the morning sessions through facilitated discussion at their tables. The feedback will be compiled and be part of future IRF Webinar(s) and White Paper.

IRF Trustees and Education Committee




10:45am-11:05am IRF Insights: Disruption Study
Hurricanes. Terrorism. Zika. Although the stories are sentational, how common are the disruptions in meetings and what are the causes?  Most importantly, what are planners and suppliers doing today to mitigate risk?
Rodger Stotz
11:05am-12:15pm Power Client Panel: Trends, Wellness, Regulations and Disruptions
Lions, Tigers and Bears…OH MY.  With the landscape and framework of events continualy shifting due to new trends, regulations and disruptions, how do we know what to do?  The panel of cleints will share with us their thought process on how they frame their events to deal with these issues and the impact they are having on their event design.
Todd Zint (Moderator)
12:15pm-1:15pm Lunch
1:15pm-1:30pm Wellness Check-In/Resistance Bands
Too much to eat at lunch…before the afternoon education starts, we are going to be moving with some low impact, fun, blood pumping activity 
Dr. Kim Bercovitz

1:30pm-2:15pm The Invitational Through the Lenses of the A,B,C, D Model
Incentives are rooted in 4 basic human drives…to acquire, bond, comprehend/create and defend.  This session will walk us through how these principles apply to program design using our IRF Invitation as a living lab for an event rooted in these principles. 
Melissa Van Dyke & Mark Alt
2:15pm-2:35pm IRF Insights: Neuromarketing & Awards Study
IRF presents the first neuro-biological look at how humans respond to non-cash awards and what makes them more impactful than cash. 
Allan Schweyer
2:35pm-2:50pm  Break   
2:50pm-3:05pm Research: Cradle to Grave
We are passionate about research, so much it is our middle name. But do you really know what makes our research so powerful? After this brief overview by our Research Committee Chair, you will understand a little more about the IRF Research Process and what makes our research so meaningful.
Susan Adams
3:05pm-3:25pm IRF Insights: What Top Performing Businesses Do Differently
One the most important studies to date, IRF looks at the Top 10 things that Top Performing businesses do differently than all others when desiging reward and recognition programs.
Megg Withinton
3:25pm-4:25pm Closing Keynote: Mike Staver
Our  industry puts a premium on leadership in many forms.  Mike Staver will close the day with straightforard practical advise for leading courageously and driving performance in a way that will make you get your organization and the individuals in your organization to be "top performers".
Mike Staver
4:25pm-4:30pm Champagne Toast - Sponsored by Carnival Cruise Lines