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.
Presenter: Alexandra Rushing, CityChicLiving
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
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
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
BOOK YOUR ROOM
Contact the Four Points by Sheraton Little Rock Midtown to book your hotel room at (501) 664-5020. When booking, mention the AFEA rate of $95/night.