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Regular Registration: 
March 1st - April 1st

MNFEA Members $160/person
Non-Members $200/person

Late/Onsite Registration: 
April 2nd - April 13th
MNFEA Members $180/person
Non-Members $220/person

All fees include sessions, workshops, networking, activities and most meals.

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2018 Conference Schedule

The Annual MNFEA Conference strives to provide event planners, volunteers and vendors with education, networking opportunities and industry knowledge. Each session is crafted to meet the educational needs of the event industry. Sessions are presented by local planners and professionals who are leaders in their field. Not only will you learn event management skills, you will come away with innovative ideas, new connections and applicable practices for your next event.

Wednesday Night Networking Event  5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Set ashore for the Island on Wednesday night for Xtreme Bowling and interactive games. MNFEA will provide the bowling, pizza and fun. The Island will handle the cash bar. Don’t bowl? No worries. Come early to meet conference attendees and laugh along with others! Social starts at 5 p.m.; bowling and evening activities start at 6 p.m. Join us at any time!

Annual Thursday Night Soiree  
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
The Island is calling you Thursday night! All aboard the S.S. MNFEA Shuttle for the Treasure Island harbor. We’ll be alone in the deserted paradise for a tropical-themed night of food, fun & games. Wear your beach party apparel and prepare for a fiesta MNFEA-style!

Thursday - April 12th

8:30 a.m. 
Networking Breakfast and Registration

9:15 a.m. 
Morning Icebreaker: Get to Know Your Fellow Attendees!
Join us for this quick networking session and learn more about the festivals and vendors that are at the conference. This is a great chance to meet other people that are from similar size festivals as yours.

9:50 a.m. 
Conference Welcome and Opening Remarks

10:00 a.m.  - 12:30 p.m. - Morning Sessions

Keynote Speaker - The Impact of Your Personal Brand in Building Business
Every person has a brand and that brand has a voice in every way we show up through our image, our communications, and the experience we deliver in personal interactions. This powerful and interactive presentation will help you understand and leverage your personal brand to create and build meaningful connections and grow your organization. She will cover:  The secret to an effective and memorable personal brand message in memorable day-to-day interactions and online; How to bring your brand to life consistently and intentionally through your image, your communications, and in the experience of working with you to leave a lasting and positive impact.
Speaker: Kathleen Crandall, IMPACT Personal Brand Experience

Optimizing the Volunteer Experience
Volunteer Recruitment & Retention; Volunteer Incentives & Managing their Expectations. Tracy shares insights, tips and unique perspectives of working with volunteers at events.
Speaker: Tracy Nielsen, HandsOn Twin Cities

What to consider when you're planning your fun!

12:30 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Networking Lunch

1:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Afternoon Sessions

Know my Impact - dealing with difficult people
We live in a world where the disgruntled can impact the reputation and success of your event, company brand, or personal brand with one tweet or post. It is critical to understand the triggers of bad behavior and fan behavior, and how to turn a difficult situation into a positive. This powerful presentation will help you understand and leverage difficult people and situations to create opportunities that build your fan base.
Speaker: Kathleen Crandall, IMPACT Personal Brand Experience

Breakout Session: Ask the Vendors Poker Crawl!
Vendors spend many hours at festivals and events throughout the year. We've paired each vendor with a festival that uses their services. Together they will share their best tips and tricks for festival management. Bring your questions!

Great Events from Greater Minnesota

Marketing Your Festival or Event

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Annual Thursday Night Soiree

Friday - April 13th

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Networking Breakfast and Registration 

9:00 a.m. -11:45 a.m. Morning Sessions

What's Brewing at the Brewery?
We're bringing together some of the state's best breweries to get the inside scoop on pulling off successful events in the middle of a working brewery. What events are they hosting? How can event producers and vendors partner to host their own events there?
Moderator: Kevin Stocks, The Beer Dabbler & Growler Magazine
   - Laura Preston, Fulton Brewing
   - Jenny Seabloom, Sociable Cider Werks 
   - Austin Jevne, Forager Brewing

Breakout Sessions: Choose 2
Topics such as: Cash Management, Grantwriting, and ADA Compliance

An introduction to Google Analytics
Knowing your audience and what they want is an important factor to market to them successfully. By using Google Analytics, you are able to see valuable insights that can shape how you run your business. In this session we will discuss why you need it, how to get it, and how to use it to pull the most effective data for your business.
    - Tory Kalousek, Hubbard Broadcasting
    - Ruth Tambornino, Hubbard Broadcasting

11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Networking Lunch & MNFEA Annual Meeting

12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Afternoon Sessions

Sponsorship Strategy: How to Deliver Results
Festivals and Events provide great opportunities for sponsors to engage with the community and enthusiasts.  This session will explore best practices to identify prospects, create on-point sponsorship packages, ensure benefit delivery and prove sponsor ROI.  Topics covered include:  Prospect identification, Understanding sponsor goals and ROI measurements; Building packages; Managing Deliverables and Sponsor recaps. 
Speaker: Sara Soli, National Sports Center

Giving is Good Business
While you work toward and continue to grow in all areas of your life, the focus should be on how you keep your personal, professional, and community goals in balance and on track, in order to enjoy and achieve success and happiness for yourself, and those with whom you interact. Through stories, tangible examples, success and failure experiences, and the outgoing pursuit to find a true passion and drive, Wayne will inspire and energize you to take the next steps towards tapping into and finding your passion for success in your personal, professional, and community lives.
Speaker: Wayne Kostroski, Taste of the NFL, Cuisine Concepts

2:00 p.m. 
Closing Remarks

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