Networking Lounges

Remember the days when you’d make a great connection over a cocktail at Holiday Showcase? Well, this year is BYOB, but the connections are still included! You’ll find various networking lounges where you can have face-to-face conversations and meet new people.

Lounge Hours:
Tuesday, December 15: 1-5pm
Wednesday, December 16: 9am-2pm

All Access registrants can check out these lounges:

CONNECT Lounge
The lounge may be virtual, but the connections you make are real.  In this lounge you’ll see virtual tables when you enter and the names of attendees at each table. Take a “seat” and start conversing face-to-face with attendees at that table.  Make a new connection or invite old colleagues for a cup of coffee at your table.  


Welcoming Environment Lounge
Connect with the Welcoming Environment Committee and other attendees to discuss ways to make your organization a welcoming environment. Access valuable resources, get more information on the NEW Welcoming Environment Certificate program and attend the following conversation circle in this lounge:

Deep Dive Discussion: 360° Approach to Mid-Level Management
Wednesday, December 16: 10:45 – 11:00am Central


Deep Dive Discussion: Welcoming Environment in Associations
Wednesday, December 16: 11:45am – 12:15pm Central


Virtual Event Technology Strategy Lounge
Sponsored by:


Most organizations have traditionally relied on in-person meetings, events, and conferences to provide educational experiences for their members and customers—often representing a major non-dues revenue source. COVID-19 has created the necessity to provide a virtual experience for meeting options. We have gone through round one of creating virtual events, so what does round two (or Virtual Event Technology Strategy 2.0) look like?

Join DelCor in this Virtual Event Technology Strategy lounge for these Networking Discussions that will help your association engage in sound practices when bringing in-person offerings virtual.

Networking Discussion: Virtual Events 2.0: Planning for 2021
Tuesday, December 15th:  1:50 – 2:20pm Central
Virtual events are here to stay so let’s up the game and go from reactive to proactive tactics for virtual event technology strategy.

Networking Discussion: Extending the Life of Your Virtual Meeting Content: Creating a Digital Products Portfolio
Wednesday, December 16th:  10:00 – 10:45am Central
What should be included in your digital product portfolio and woven together to get to the next level with your virtual events.

Virtual Prize Wheel: Take a spin and win a donation to a charity or some cool DelCor swag.

Local Charities:
Greater Chicago Food Depository - https://www.chicagosfoodbank.org/
Chicago Cares - chicagocares.org
A Just Harvest - ajustharvest.org

Association Community Lounge
Now, more than ever, Association Forum is committed to collaboration. We know that we are only as strong as our members, our partners, and our industry.  That's why Association Forum is partnering with other leading industry organizations to connect the association community at Holiday Showcase. Visit this Lounge to engage with members during these Networking Discussions from our Industry Partners:

Networking Discussion: Are your members Engaged? 
Hosted by: IMEX America
December 15: 1:10 – 1:40pm Central

Keeping members engaged is key to the stability and future success of any association. The pandemic has certainly emphasized the importance of building relationships with members and adding value to their professional or personal lives. However, it has resulted in a huge shift and significant adaptation in the way that associations offer products and services to members.

Networking Discussion: Association Industry Meeting Metrics Info Session
Hosted by: John L. Enghauser, President
Meetings Database Institute, Inc.
Tuesday, December 15th:  2:30 – 3:00pm Central
If Chicagoland associations are a target market for your destination to pursue with the goal of bringing meetings and conventions to your destination, then AIMM is for you! It’s that simple. We made the prospecting and identifying worthwhile targets simple and easy, so you can gain back additional time to sell and build relationships.


Networking Discussion: Are your members Engaged? 
IMEX America
December 16: 9:00 – 9:45am Central
Keeping members engaged is key to the stability and future success of any association. The pandemic has certainly emphasized the importance of building relationships with members and adding value to their professional or personal lives. However, it has resulted in a huge shift and significant adaptation in the way that associations offer products and services to members.


Networking Discussion: EDI Initiatives and Research Study
Hosted by: Don Welsh, President and CEO and Melissa Cherry, Chief Operating Officer

Destinations International
December 16: 11:00 – 11:45am Central
Join this discussion on Destinations International new study on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.  We'll discuss the results of the study as well as how DI plans to use this research moving forward.  

ISAE Membership Lounge
Exclusively for ISAE Members to chat with other members, swap ideas, or ask for advice.  ISAE members will find the membership resources they need to lead their career and organization into 2021. 

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