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    Name: 2020 Annual Conference
    Date: November 9, 2020 - November 11, 2020
    Registration: Register Now
    Event Description:

    Conference Agenda (Subject to Change)

    Monday, November 9

    8:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.                    Optional Session: 
    GrowthZone Training: Advanced/Automation/Reposts
    10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.                 Optional Session: 
    Boot Camp for New Executives
    11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.                  Registration Open
    1:30 - 1:45 p.m.                              Opening & Welcome

    Tara Lea, Chair Mid-America Chamber Executives

    1:45 - 3:00 p.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.

    3:00 - 3:15 p.m.                            Break
    3:15 - 4:15 p.m.              

        Featured Speaker: Governor of South Dakota, Kristi Noem (Invited)

     Kristi became governor in 2019 and is aggressively working to make South Dakota stronger for the next generation. She has made it her mission to recruit new businesses to South Dakota, strengthen families, and prioritize tough issues like mental health, a lack of internet connectivity, and our state?s meth epidemic.
    5:00 - 6:00 p.m.                              Reception Sponsored by


    6:00 - 6:45 p.m.                               Live Auction / Silent Auction 
    A fundraiser to support scholarships to MACE Annual Conference.  Bring your donation (and credit card).

    7:00 p.m.                                          Dinner (location TBD)
    7:00 - 8:30 p.m.                               Evening Activities (TBD)

    Tuesday, November 10

    7:30 a.m.                                          Breakfast Buffet Opens
    8:00 - 9:00 a.m.                               State Breakfasts:
                                                                    Iowa  (Revir C)
                                                                    Minnesota  (Revir A)
                                                                    Nebraska  (Revir D)
                                                                    North Dakota  (Hegg Meeting RM)
                                                                    South Dakota  (Revir D)
                                                                    Wisconsin  (Lloyd Meeting RM)
    9:00 - 9:15 a.m.                               Break
    9:15 - 10:45 a.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.

    10:45 - 11:00 a.m.                          Break
    11:00 - 11:30 a.m.                        
    2020 MACE Compensation and Benefits Survey  


     Featured Speaker:  Vicki Stute, Minnesota Chamber Business Services

    Highlights from the Compensation & Benefits Survey conducted January - February, 2020.
    11:30 - 12:45 p.m.                        
    Lunch/Annual Meeting & MACE Awards Presentations
                                                           Tara Lea, MACE Chair, Executive Director, Fremont Chamber

    12:45 - 1:00 p.m.                            Break
    1:00 - 2:15 p.m.                               
    Chamber/EDO Mergers:  Pros, Cons, and Unintended Consequences


      Featured Speaker: TomDiFiore, National Community Development Services:
    As a leading funder of Chambers and economic development organizations, NCDS has witnessed and participated in a variety of mergers, consolidations, and alternative organizational structures.  Whether your organization is currently contemplating a merger or re-structure, or you just want to be prepared for when one of your leaders suggests it (i.e. the inevitable!), Tom will highlight some of the things you should know, do, and guard against.
    2:15 - 3:15 p.m.                     
    Membership Recruitment and Retention

      Featured Speaker & Facilitator, Tammy Wellbrock, Girl Twin Solutions, LLC 
    As a former chamber executive (Hays, Kansas), Tammy will provide an overview of today's (common) membership challenges.  A panel of chamber executives will provide their perspective from a small, medium and large chamber organization.  You'll want to take notes!
    3:15 - 3:30 p.m.                               Break
    3:30 - 4:30 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: TBD
    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 (ND) Chamber of Commerce
    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?

    5:00 - 9:00 p.m.                              
    Evening Activities  (TBD)

    Wednesday, November 11

    7:45 a.m.                                                  Breakfast Buffet Opens

    8:30 - 9:45 a.m.                              
    The Great Debate! Facilitated by Tara Lea, Fremont (NE) Chamber of Commerce

    Chamber execs will sound off on the issues we all have or will face. Who will have the most compelling argument for or against?

    Elected Officials on Your Board
    Mission vs. Money
    To Flowerpot or Not

    9:45 - 10:00 a.m.                            Break
    10:00 - 11:30 a.m.                        
    Like None Other:  Your Journey to the Top

      Featured Speaker:  Mark J. Lindquist

    Mark "WOW"d us at the MACE Conference in 2017 and now he's returning with even more ways to be the best you can be.  Prepare to have your socks knocked off!

     11:30 a.m.                                          Closing remarks/door prizes

    Event Sponsors:
    Event Sponsors:

    Hilton Garden Inn
    Sioux Falls Downtown
    201 E 8th Street
    Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57103


    Book Online

    Group Name: MACE20

    Conference Room Rates: 
    Double Queen $144 (++)/day
    King $147 (++)/day  

    The cut-off date" for reserving rooms in the block is 5:00 p.m. on April 16, 2020.  After the cut-off date, it is at the Hotel's discretion whether to accept additional reservations, which may be subject to prevailing rates and availability.
    Date/Time Information:
    The 2020 Conference opens for registration at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Nov 9 and concludes at noon on Wednesday, Nov 11
    Contact Information:
    Dee Schutte, Executive Director 651.292.3921
    Register Early for the best price. Early Bird ends October 10!

    Registration Refund:
    Refunds will be issued if the registrant cancels 20 days prior to the event starting date.

    Cancellations received after the stated deadline will not be eligible for a refund. Cancellations will be accepted 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.
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