Meet your 2018 IRF Education Day speakers: 

Opening remarks


Mike May
President, Brightspot Incentives & Events
IRF Chair

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Morning keynote

Building Your Network: Your Networth

 
Jill Rowley
Chief Growth Officer, Marketo


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afternoon keynote

STOP ACTING YOUR AGE! Building a Successful Multi-Generational Workplace


Matt Havens
Keynote Speaker, Big Pow Enterprises, LLC


Engaging. Hilarious. Unique. These are just a few of the words that Matt uses to describe himself. Fortunately, others seem to agree. For the past decade, Matt has been at the forefront of leadership and generational issues, working in various leadership roles at a Fortune 50 company in areas as diverse as marketing, employee retention, and management. 

Matt has quickly become a must-have for any event where audiences want to learn something new while laughing at the same time. You’ll soon learn why one of Matt’s clients has called him “both the funniest and most informative speaker I have ever heard in my life.” 

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morning breakout sessions

Session 1: Building a Better Incentive and Reward Program with IRF Research: Separating what we think, from what we know


Allan Schweyer
Chief Academic Advisor, The Incentive Research Foundation


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Melissa Van Dyke
President, The Incentive Research Foundation


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Megg Withinton
Chief Research Advisor, The Incentive Research Foundation
Managing Partner, Intellective Group

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Session 2: Building Our Industry's Economic Impact


Krzysztof Celuch, PhD, CMM, CITE, CIS, HMCC, CED
CEO/Owner, Celuch Consulting


Krzysztof specializes in the meetings industry, event marketing and event management. His scientific research, trainings and keynotes are all built on his knowledge of economics, business psychology, sociology, marketing and cultural studies.

He conducts workshops and trainings, gives lectures, and moderates panel discussions, debates, and management meetings. He implements research projects, builds strategies and provides business consulting services.

He helps organizations, institutions and companies in the areas of management, communication, motivation, and business development, with particular emphasis on the meetings industry and event marketing.

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Session 3: Building a Seat at the Table: Using Meetings as a Listening Post for the Future


William Donius
Author/Speaker/Ideation Facilitator


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Session 4: Building a Better Digital Experience


Joe D'Andrea
VP, Digital, Northstar Media

 

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Danielle Cirami Gillis
VP, Events, Northstar Media


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Afternoon breakout sessions

Session 1: Building Tomorrow's Airline Experience


Kari Vrba (Panel Moderator)
SVP Business Development, MotivAction
IRF Trustee

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Session 2: Building Tomorrow's Event Experience


Tahira Endean
Event Producer, #BCTECH Summit
Author, Intentional Event Design, Our Professional Opportunity

Tahira is a curious event producer, passionate about intentional event design and the integration of now ubiquitous technology to enhance the human experience at events and everyday.

Tahira is committed to the industry and has been recognized for a range of contributions. In 2016, she was named a MeetingsNet Changemaker, and nominated in Vancouver for Global Meetings Industry Day Influencer and MPI BC Chapter Mentor of the Year. In 2015 she was named one of the “Top 5 Women in Event Technology”, was inducted into the Meetings Canada Hall of Fame in the Big Idea category, and most recently was one of Canada’s 20 most Fascinating Women in events from Canadian Special Event magazine.

Driven by a fascination with what we are learning about neuroscience and the power of the five senses to enhance memory, knowledge retention and improve connections, she is continually seeking appropriate ways to design the most relevant meeting and event environments. An instructor at BCIT, the British Columbia Institute of Technology, she instructs both Special Event Planning and Sustainable Event Management. She is a frequent industry publication contributor, including several sections in the 9th edition of the CIC Manual which provides the framework for the CMP studies. Tahira also loves cooking, time with her family, and anything with bubbles! 

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Session 3: Building Strategic Social Impact


Michele Sarkisian
President, P3 Advisors


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Session 4: Building Trusted Relationships: It's OK to tell me NO!


Jim Kelley (Panel Moderator)
Vice President of Industry Relations, PRG
IRF Trustee

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