PRESENTERS/TOPICS

Keynote: Dan Fife, CEO, Awakening Events www.awakeningevents.com

When COVID-19 struck, Dan and his team sprung into action to keep live events happening at drive-in theatres around the country. He and his team have implemented hundreds of live shows in a new format that has proven to be a safe and successful model. With his finger on the pulse of where the live events industry is headed in the coming months, Dan will help to provide insight into navigating this new path in keeping the industry relevant, and, hopefully thriving.

Awakening Events is an Arkansas based, full service, live events company whose mission is not to be the largest company, but to provide the best platform available for national touring artists, their crews, managers and agents, that allows each entity to reach their long term goals.

Other Sessions/Topics

Presenter: Alexandra Rushing, CityChicLiving


Alexandra is a single mom blogger and entrepreneur from Memphis, Tennessee. She is the creator of a successful blog and influencer brand, City Chic Living.

What started as a way for her to escape daily obstacles over a glass of wine and share passions with the world has since turned in to a following of over 80k and being named one of the Top 9 Southern Bloggers by Yahoo News. She covers relatable topics such as,  personal editorials on fashion choices as a 30 something mom of two, beauty hacks for the boss mom, home and garden tips, lessons on staying healthy when there is no time, unconventional parenting, and travel destinations (with and without the kiddos).

Focus: “Make Your Event Insta-Famous”

Alexandra joins us along with Libby Lloyd, Communications Manager for the Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau to uncover both sides of the behind the scenes relationship of organizers and influencers. Learn about the impact influencers have on brands, events, and travel destinations and how to be smart about navigating the relationship. Libby & Alexandria will also provide easy steps and takeaways that event organizers and social media managers can do to up the impact of their Instagram accounts all on their own!

Focus: “Diversity & Inclusion: Is Everyone Invited to Your Festival?” Presenter: Lourdes Peredo, ENGAGE NWA/ NWA COUNCIL EngageNWA serves as a connector for leaders in business, government, and the community on matters that help us create a more inclusive Northwest Arkansas region. www.engagenwa.org

Focus: “Alternative Fundraising For Festivals & Events” Presenter: DeAnna Korte, American Cancer Society & Sequence Events

Focus: “Virtual Event Planning”

Focus: “Untapped Market Potential: Target Audiences of all Ages”

Focus: “Designing Successful Event Merch”

Focus: “Inclement Weather Plans”

Focus: “All About Vendors”

SCHEDULE (subject to change)

Tuesday, February 2

Welcome Reception                                       6:30 pm

Wednesday, February 3

Registration:                                                      8:00am-4:00pm

Welcome:                                                          9:15am                                                  

Keynote Speaker:                                            9:30-10:30 am                   

Break w/ Vendors                                           10:30-11:00 am                                 

Breakout Sessions:                                          11:00-12:00 pm

Lunch:                                                               12:00-1:00 pm                                   

Breakout Sessions:                                          1:00-2:30 pm                                     

Break w/ Vendors:                                          2:30-3:00 pm                                     

General Session:                                              3:00-4:00 pm     

Dinner, Showcase, Silent Auction:            6:00-8:00 pm                                

Thursday, February 4

Registration:                                                      8:00-Noon                          

General Session:                                              9:00-10:00am    

Break w/ vendors:                                           10:00-10:30am                  

Breakout Sessions:                                          10:30-11:30am                                   Awards Luncheon:                                          12:00-1:00pm

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