THE 63rd ANNUAL IFEA CONVENTION, EXPO & RETREAT IS DESIGNED TO INFORM AND ELEVATE ALL OF YOUR PERSPECTIVES;providing access to many points-of view; increasing awareness of changing technologies, trends, issues, opportunities and risks; and extending educational and networking opportunities to share and grow your professional experience and expertise.

WE HOPE THAT YOU WILL PLAN NOW TO JOIN US(with your staffs, boards, key volunteers, city representatives, sponsors and vendors) as we welcome the world’s top events, host markets and industry experts, for an unforgettable opportunity to evaluate, prepare for and respond to the many critical and changing perspectives that are influencing our industry and all those that we depend on.

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Tuesday, October 2 • 8:30am - 9:30am
Inspire the Industry - Changing Perspectives: Building a Better Event Leader - Bringing the Industry and Academia of Event Management Together

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As we look to the future and sustainability of our industry, from all creative, business, marketing, and financial vantage points, we have come to understand that the natural evolution of our industry necessitates changing perspectives; one in which the professional and academic sides of the equation must grow closer together through new partnerships and the creation of new opportunities to help us all support, encourage, train and build better event leaders for the future.

The IFEA is proud and pleased to welcome one of the leading global academic authorities in our field to help us define that route and prepare for new journeys that lie ahead. Donald Getz, PhD., Professor Emeritus, University of Calgary, Canada, is a highly-respected researcher and industry consultant; a leading international tourism and event-studies scholar; and the author or co-author of well over 100 refereed journal articles, as well as a series of bestselling books, including his most recent and just-released new title, Event Evaluation: Theory and Methods for Event Management and Tourism (2018 Goodfellow Publishers) and upcoming titles Event Stakeholders (with Mathilda Van Niekerk) and Event and Tourism Impact Assessment.

Speakers / Moderators
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Donald Getz, PhD

Professor Emeritus, University of Calgary
Professor. Getz has been a pioneer in the development of event studies, including event management and event tourism. He is author of numerous journal articles, books, and book chapters on these subjects, and has delivered many conference speeches and professional workshops. Since... Read More →


Tuesday October 2, 2018 8:30am - 9:30am PDT
Room - Town & Country Ballroom