2020 Annual ConferenceName: 2020 Annual ConferenceDate: November 9, 2020 - November 11, 2020Registration: Register NowEvent 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
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