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    Name: 2020 Annual Conference
    Date: November 10, 2020 - November 11, 2020
    Registration: Registration for this event has closed. Please contact info@midamericachamberexecutives.com
    Event Description:

    Conference Agenda

    Tuesday, November 10, 2020

    8:00 to 8:10 a.m.        
    Opening & Welcome

    Tara Lea, Chair Mid-America Chamber Executives

    8:10 to 9:00 a.m.
    The Future of Chambers

     Featured Speaker:  Sheree Anne Kelley, President/CEO, American Chamber of Commerce Executives  

    What lies ahead for chambers and how can they adapt and evolve through a global pandemic, the discordant political climate and the challenges of racial equity? Sheree Anne Kelly will share the essential components for chamber missions and supporting business models that will ensure chambers are successful through and beyond these challenging times and  economic downturn.

    9:00 to 9:45 a.m.        
    2020 Election Results 

     John Kirchner, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
    Imagine the results of the 2020 Election.  Can you really given the uncertainty and craziness of 2020?  Learn more about the in's and out's of the final results of November 3. What affects will the results have on future federal policy?  How can you prepare for what's to come from our elected leadership?     

    9:45 to 10:00 a.m.        Break 

    10:00 to 11:00 a.m.                               
    Embracing the Challenge Mindset: How to take risks, forge a new path, and be more creative.

      Featured Speaker: Greg Roth,The Idea Enthusiast

    Organizations get the best work out of their people when there is a culture of innovation. But what does that mean exactly and how does that look every single day? This fun, inspirational talk shares stories, quotes, and wisdom from work and life that demonstrate how "going small" can lead to big breakthroughs and transformations.

    11:00 a.m. to Noon                      
    Cultivating Your Resilience 

     Featured Speaker & Facilitator, Tammy Wellbrock, Girl Twin Solutions, LLC 

    ?Life is not what it?s supposed to be. It?s what it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference.? - Virginia Satir
    The stress in our country is overwhelming and Covid-19 tops a daunting list of challenges, such as job loss, financial set-back, and an uncertainty about what the future holds. While there is no playbook for coping during a global pandemic, people can adapt to life-changing situations by gaining greater emotional strength and cultivating a more resilient mindset. This session will explore strategies to utilize resiliency when facing difficult times.  You won't want to miss this!    

    Wednesday, November 11, 2020

    1:00 to 2:00 p.m.                            
    Own the Narrative: Lessons in Storytelling Through the Media


     Featured Speaker: Greg Roth, The Idea Enthusiast

    There is no one right way to communicate your message to a reporter. This fast-paced session will make you a better spokesperson and advocate, teaching you the essentials of developing a core message, understanding both sides of an issue to your own benefit, and commanding the interview in any context.

    2:00 to 3:00 p.m.                              
    Campfire Sessions (Roundtables) (2 rounds, 30 minutes each, 4 choices)
    Session #1:  Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement
    Facilitator:  Nate Welch, Vermillion (SD) Chamber of Commerce
    When you look around at your chamber, your community and your board, how does it reflect diversity from a gender, industry, age and culture?  How do you go about approaching diversity?
    Session #2:  Social Media, Digital and Online Marketing
    Facilitator: Tyler Fishbach, Fargo West Fargo (ND) Chamber of Commerce 
    How does your strategy measure up?  How do you manage to spread your message?  What?s all of this supposed to do for a chamber?
    Session #3:  Programs, Publications and Events
    Facilitator:  Ryan Parsons, Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC
    Where's your focus and where's your success?  Sharing of best practices in industry programming, events, and publications.

    Session #4:  Workforce and Advocacy
    Facilitator:  Scott Rogers, Eau Claire (WI) Chamber of Commerce
    What's right for your chamber?  What does it look like for your chamber?  What's effective?

    3:00 p.m.     Break

    3:15 to 4:15 p.m. 
    Are You Inspired?  
    Featured Speaker:  Jay Handler, Membership180

    These are trying times for the Chamber industry. No matter what part of the country I visit, Chamber professionals are faced with financial uncertainty, staffing challenges, pressures from within (and without) like we've never seen before.  There has never been a period of time with more Chambers closing or more Chamber professionals retiring.  And yet, you keep going.  You and your team keep showing up.  Your Board is still behind you, supporting you as best they can.  Well, I want to share a story with you.  It's a story about hope amidst abject poverty.  It's a story about strength in the face of incredible weakness.  It's a story of resilience walking hand in hand with fear.  And at MACE's Virtual Conference, I'll share that story with all of you.  I hope you'll be there........ Jay

    4:15 to 4:30 p.m. 
    MACE - Where Are We Going?


    Tara Lea, Chair, Mid-America Chamber Executives 

    4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
    Virtual Happy Hour - Networking, Music, State Drink Recipes and Door Prizes 

    Event Sponsors:
    The 2020 Annual Conference will be presented virtually.  Participants will receive connectivity details in advance of the conference via email.   
    Date/Time Information:
    Tuesday, November 10 - 8:00 a.m. to Noon 
    Wednesday, November 11 - 1:00 to 5:30 p.m. 
    (Central/Standard timezone)
    Contact Information:
    Vicki Stute, 651.292.3908
    Virtual Conference Fee - $155 per Chamber 

    Registration Cancellation Refund Policy:

    Refunds will be issued if the registrant cancels five business days prior to the event date. Cancellations received after the stated deadline will not be eligible for a refund. Cancellations must be submitted in writing only and must be received by the stated cancellation deadline.  The event refund minus a 10% processing fee will be issued back to the credit/debit card used for the registration, or under special circumstances a check will be issued to the chamber on file that made the registration.

    If the registered attendee is unable to attend the event, substitutions ARE allowed. Substitutions must be made at the time of the cancellation request and coordinated with the staff event manager.

    MACE will refund early registrants the difference in fees paid in advance for the live vs. virtual event, upon a request submitted in writing.  Any unrefunded fees will be placed in the general account which supports ongoing operations of MACE.  We appreciate any contributions.

    Hotel accommodations must be canceled by contacting the Hilton Garden Inn in Sioux Falls.  The hotel's sales team can be reached directly at 605.444.4704.  As needed, please leave a message and they will return your call to assist in the cancellation and refund process. 
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