NETWORKING

Tuesday | October 5

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

OPENING RECEPTION

The EMS Hall of Ideas will be the place to be as new and old industry friends come together to hug it out, bump elbows and raise a glass to surviving the past year—together. Join an informative “Innovation Tour” of the hall to see what the industry’s been cooking up since last year. Gather with fellow EMS first-timers for an expert-led orientation and tour. Enjoy snacks, drinks and some fun and games with old and new friends alike. It’s EMS live, baby. Let’s do this!
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

OPTIONAL ADD-ON: AL FRESCO DINE-AROUNDS

Come solo or grab a friend or colleague for a small group (10-15 person) networking dinner under the stars at one of Chicago’s outdoor eateries (locations to be announced). Many game-changing industry connections are made at our annual EMS dinners—don’t miss your chance to eat, drink and make new friends. Price: $99. Includes three-course dinner, dessert and wine.

Wednesday | October 6

6:45 AM – 7:30 AM

OPTIONAL ADD-ON: 5K RUN/WALK + IN-ROOM YOGA

Start your day getting to know some fellow fitness enthusiasts with a guided 5K run and sightseeing tour through the local neighborhood. Walkers are welcome, too! Those who prefer a private in-room experience can tune in to a live virtual yoga and meditation session hosted exclusively for EMS attendees. Price: $20 for the 5K run/walk. Yoga and meditation is complimentary for all attendees.
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

COFFEE BREAK

Step into the Hall of Ideas for some networking, idea sharing and a cup of coffee or tea. See something you like and want to learn more about? Chat ‘em up or use your EMS event app to set up a meeting.
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

THE 2021 EX AWARDS + EXPERIENCE DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY AWARDS GALA LUNCHEON

This year, the industry’s longest-running recognition programs for the experiential industry become one at a super-sized luncheon gala open to all EMS attendees. Grab a seat, raise a glass and celebrate the year’s most award-winning people and programs across more than 50 categories, including special categories recognizing the unique contributions of the industry during the pandemic. Need some fresh hardware on your trophy shelf? You can enter the Ex Awards + EDTAs today at: https://www.eventmarketer.com/event/ex-awards-2021/.
3:15 PM – 4:15 PM

MEETING WITH A MENTOR

If there’s ever been a year for a little life-changing professional advice, this is it. In this highly interactive roundtable experience, you will be invited to join a series of small group discussions led by some of the top women in the industry. Topics will include: unique professional development skills for brand and agency marketers; fresh ways to sharpen your strategic and creative skillsets; how to “pandemic proof” your career; how to carve a path to the leadership role you want; where to find new opportunities in the event industry; what the event marketer of the future will need to know to succeed; and much, much more. Bring your burning questions and prepare to have them answered. And walk away with a new mentor who “gets” what it means to live a life loving events—and the steps you can take to make it more enjoyable, equitable, profitable—and a little more sane.
3:45 PM – 4:15 PM

THINK TANK: NEW INDUSTRY JOBS THAT EMERGED FROM THE PANDEMIC

Pull a seat up to the whiteboard and join the conversation as we navigate some of the industry’s most pressing topics—together. Think Tanks are highly interactive, expert-moderated discussions designed for small group idea sharing, peer-to-peer engagement and candid debate about some of your biggest pain points, and how to solve them. In this session we dive into new industry skillsets and the jobs that emerged post-pandemic, and what they mean to you, your career and your event organization.
Presented By:

Jessica Heasley

Group Editor and Publisher,
Event Marketer Magazine
4:30 PM – 5:00 PM

THINK TANK: MEMBERS DECIDE

Pull a seat up to the whiteboard and join the conversation as we navigate some of the industry’s most pressing topics—together. Think Tanks are highly interactive, expert-moderated discussions designed for small group idea sharing, peer-to-peer engagement and candid debate about some of your biggest pain points, and how to solve them. In this session, EMS attendees will share in our exclusive online Event Marketer member community what’s keeping them up at night and what should be discussed. Interested in what everyone’s talking about? Register for EMS here: https://emsummit.eventmarketer.com/, or subscribe to Event Marketer today and join the conversation: https://www.eventmarketer.com/subscribe/.
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

HAPPY HOUR

Time to trade those pajama bottoms for work pants because it’s the Happy Hour you’ve been thinking about… All. Year. Long. Reunite with your industry friends and make new connections as we celebrate the event industry in the Hall of Ideas over drinks, snacks and some fun activities. Join an informative “Innovation Tour” of the hall to see what the industry’s been cooking up since last year. Gather with fellow EMS first-timers for an expert led orientation and tour. Revel in the moment and enjoy being in a room with your people for the first time in more than two years.
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

OPTIONAL ADD-ON: AL FRESCO DINE-AROUNDS

Come solo or grab a friend or colleague for a small group (10-15 person) networking dinner under the stars at one of Chicago’s outdoor eateries (locations to be announced). Many game-changing industry connections are made at our annual EMS dinners—don’t miss your chance to eat, drink and make new friends. Price: $99. Includes three-course dinner, dessert and wine.
9:00 PM – 11:00 PM

THE EMS AFTER PARTY AT THE VAN GOGH EXHIBIT

Join your fellow EMS attendees for a celebratory night cap and exclusive access to one of the year’s most buzzed-about experiences: the Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit. Go on a multi-sensory journey through 360-degree projections that take you inside the artworks of Vincent Van Gogh. Get a first-hand look at how this unique, atmospheric event is engaging attendees through sight and sound. See first-hand how the experience has been designed to handle social distancing, traffic flow and event safety successfully since it opened.

Presented by PRG and Lighthouse Immersive

Thursday | October 7

6:45 AM – 7:30 AM

OPTIONAL ADD-ON: 5K RUN/WALK + IN-ROOM YOGA

Start your day getting to know some fellow fitness enthusiasts with a guided 5K run and sightseeing tour through the local neighborhood. Walkers are welcome, too! Those who prefer a private in-room experience can tune in to a live virtual yoga and meditation session hosted exclusively for EMS attendees. Price: $20 for the 5K run/walk. Yoga and meditation is complimentary for all attendees.
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS

Kick off your day with breakfast and unlimited cups of coffee and tea in the Hall of Ideas. Grab an updated “day two” map of the Hall and engage in some fun games and challenges. See you there, champ!
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

COFFEE BREAK

Step into the Hall of Ideas for a cup of coffee and one last chance to strike up a conversation and stir up some of that EMS magic with a prospective partner or fellow attendee. You never know who might be a critical player in your comeback story.
12:15 PM – 1:15 PM

NETWORKING LUNCH

It’s your last chance to make new friends at EMS and we’ve designed our networking lunch to help you do just that. Stay tuned for more details. It’s going to be fun.