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 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Joy & Wonder: Reimagining Parades to Inspire, Entertain, Involve and Celebrate Community

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Parades have been an iconic part of community events for generations, but with the changing perspectives of new generations, new sponsors, the changing world of media and our evolving communities, as well as an understanding of the power of events to impact and involve attendees around the globe, what/who could and should the parades of the future include, serve, and look like? Join our expert panel of current parade executives and past parade executives who are still in Marketing and Advertising, with different perspectives and the experience to look at things from close-in and from afar. for an open dialogue as we reimagine parades and the joy and wonder that they leave behind. 

Speakers / Moderators
avatar for Ed Bautista, CFEE

Ed Bautista, CFEE

Chief Creative & Strategic Officer, Bautista Event Specialists Team (BEST), Chief Creative and Strategic Officer
Ed Bautista has been in the festival and events industry for over 25 years in various capacities. A long-time employee of the city of San Jose, Ed is also a member of the Chicago Festival Association's Board of Directors and the Chief Creative & Strategic Officer with the Bautista... Read More →
avatar for Dodie Howlett, CFEE

Dodie Howlett, CFEE

Chicago Christmas Parade, Former Operations Director, Kentucky Derby Festival, Director of Advertising & Promotions
avatar for Rachael Trice, CFEE

Rachael Trice, CFEE

Portland Rose Festival, Former Marketing Director, PHBA, Vice President of Marketing & Events
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Laura Farber

Executive Vice President, Pasadena Tournament of Roses
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Jessica Kaminskas

Chief Operating Officer, The Parade Company

Tuesday October 2, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Room - Royal Palm Salons 1&2