Growth and Development Made Easy

The Northwest Event Show is the Largest Trade Show for Meeting & Event Planners in the Pacific Northwest. This year’s Show will deliver industry experts and educational opportunities you won’t find anywhere else.

Through a mixture of speakers, interactive experiences and opportunities for conversation, our educational programs are designed to give you an extra edge personally and professionally to remain up-to-date and competitive in today’s marketplace.

Some of the topics you will find in our NEW Educational Areas include:

  • Event Trends & Experiential Activities

  • Event Design

  • Technology

  • Catering Trends

  • Team Building

  • Event Planning: Budget, Sponsorship & Planning Tips

Download a pdf of the schedule by clicking on schedule image.

Download a pdf of the schedule by clicking on schedule image.


By definition, trends come and go. But, HEY, what are the current and future trends driving our industry forward? What are the issues facing the event and hospitality industry and how can they be solved?  What cool technology trends are influencing our industry? Answers to these informative topics and more will be presented by some of the industry’s thought-leaders at EventTALK.


Team Building: Transforming Employees into High Performance Teams

Speaker: Janet McNaughton - Business Owner & Professional Speaker, Lasting Impressions

Time: 11:15 AM – 11:45 AM

Location: Education One


 “Team building events” is the code name in business for transforming employees into high performance teams. 


Most employees know what it looks like to be a part of a high performance team. Ever watched a Seahawks game? Notice the fans? They are insanely excited. They show up early for the game and stay to the bitter end. Everyone knows what it takes to win – and the mistakes that cost the game. It is obvious where communication worked, egos stayed in check, players did their job with excellence, and perseverance paid off.


In this talk, Janet will reverse engineer the process and start by asking the WHY question.

o   Why are you planning team building events?  

o   How will you create the type of employee response your leadership team needs?

o   What is the desired outcome?


Team building events can be a game changer for your company.  When executed at a foundational level, these events can transform employee lives into greatness. Wow, what an opportunity to make an impact!


Event Trends: Live Entertainment with Positive Social Impact

Speaker: Rehan Choudhry - Entrepreneur & Founder of Life is Beautiful

Time: 1:15 PM – 1:45 PM

Location: Education Two


Our world is changing; how are events evolving with it? Rehan Choudhry discusses how utilizing live experiences offers as an exciting engagement opportunity in the positive change movement. With audiences struggling from a wide range of social issues (from addiction to gun violence), it's never been more important to make an positive impact with live entertainment! 

In this meaningful and insightful talk, Rehan Choudhry will share how to:

o   Get involved in cause-related efforts using resources available in your daily life

o   Produce events that engage audiences on what matters most

o   How to help make the world a better place by participating in the social impact movement

You will leave with a deeper understanding of what the issues are and how live experiences play a role in the positive change movement.


Personal Development: Work/Life Balance in an Overstimulated World 

Speaker: Anna Liotta - Professional Speaker & Author

Time: 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Location: Education One


Plugged In & Burned Out? Learn how to Lead Thriving Multi-Generational Teams in an “Always On” “Hyper-connected” World. A Work/Life Balance is something Baby Boomers “DREAMED” of, Gen Xers “DESIRED”, and now Millennials “DEMAND”. But with the 24/7 connection to work and personal life in the palm of your hand, your work/life balance is more elusive than ever and it’s impacting your bottom-line.

In this fast-paced, insightful and humorous session, Anna Liotta will share how to:

o   Use 15 minutes a week to save you $150k a year (seriously!)

o   Re-activate your Millennials’ passion and deactivate their stress

o   Channel Gen Xers’ superpowers of focus and no fuss

o   Recalibrate Boomers’ workaholic cultures

You will leave with your own superpower to understand, What Makes Each Generation Tick and What Ticks Them OFF, and how to lead thriving teams in an overstimulated world.


Risk Management: A Successful Journey in Event Security

Speakers: Michael Delamere - President, Premier Risk Solutions

and John Coovert - Global Head of Personnel Protection, SAP Global Physical Security

Time: 3:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Location: Education Two


It can be daunting for those unfamiliar with integration of security to navigate best practices and highlight key attributes for a successful event security plan and/or specialist partner. This session will provide insights and perspectives to roadmap the journey to a successful and secure event of any size.

Two leading industry experts will share thoughts on:

o   When Security should be engaged in the event planning process

o   4 key phases to event security

o   Budget Impacts & Consideration

You will leave feeling a lot more secure in your knowledge of Event Safety and Security!

It can be daunting for those unfamiliar with integration of security to navigate best practices and highlight key attributes for a successful event security plan and/or specialist partner. This session will provide insights and perspectives to roadmap a successful journey in event security. 


Tech Demo Experience

Stay one step ahead at the Tech Demo Experience! Debuting this year, this is where you can see and experience live demonstrations of the latest technologies hitting the events industry. Produced by New Tech Northwest, these demos will highlight how technology is streamlining and making it easier to get our jobs done!

Company: Tagboard

How the Social Chatter of Your Event Creates Opportunity to Sell Sponsorships.

Presented By: Kevin Shively - VP of Marketing and Customer Success, Tagboard

Time: 11:15 AM – 11:45 AM

Location: Education Two

At a conference, people want to share their favorite learnings with colleagues. At a wedding, they want to share congratulations with the bride and groom. At a concert, they want to share to make their friends jealous. All of this boils down to one thing: Your event’s best content creators are the attendees. And will all of this content (sometimes generating millions of online and real-life impressions) comes an opportunity to sell a new sponsorship.

Company: Swurveys

Maximize Your Event ROI by Leveraging Quantifiable Data

Presented by: Zachary Rozga – Founder & CEO, Swurveys 

Time: 12:00 -12:30 PM

Location; Education One

You’re not alone! We all need to defend our event budgets. Swurveys is an awesome tool, specifically designed for events, that spits out quantifiable data while simultaneously providing a fun experience for your attendees. Experience a hands-on demo and learn from case studies of successful events.

Company: SupirbEvents

Avoid the Swag Bag Blues - Easily Connect with Exhibitors 

Presented By: Alissa Desancic - Founder & CEO, SupirbEvents

Time: 2:45 PM – 3:15 PM

Location: Education One

Say goodbye to that pile of business cards and swag bags you have been accustomed to gathering on the show floor! Now there’s a better way to remember the exhibitors that interest you the most at the Northwest Event Show. With a simple click of a button, learn how to use your phone to take notes on, save, share, and even have direct communication with exhibitors and other contacts you meet at the show.

Panel Discussions

A selected group of industry thought leaders will share differing perspectives on the industry’s hot topics and trends in events and hospitality. We invite you to join us and experience these discussions for yourself.

Event Planning Panel

Time: 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM

Location: Education Two

The Nuts and Bolts of Planning an Event: Tips and Tricks in 2018. Take it from seasoned event pros in the industry with up-to-speed insight in areas like Planning, Budgeting, Management, and other hot topics. The events industry evolves every year. New trends and technologies make planning a great event easier and more secure.

  • Kelli Bielema – Event Producer (Moderator)

  • Shelly Tolo – President; Tolo Events

  • Marka Waechter – President & CEO, SHW

  • David Doxtater – Design & Events, The Workshop


Event Technology Panel

Time: 1:15 PM – 1:45 PM

Location: Education One

Trendy Tech or the New Normal? Here panelists will discuss how using the industry’s new technology to market and manage your events is a must-have tactic. Make sure you’re practicing modern thinking! 

  • Brett Greene – Founder & CEO; New Tech Northwest

  • Marc Gawith – VP Sales and Business Development; Switcher Studio

  • Nathan Peterson – CRO, Tagboard

Food & Beverage Trends Panel

Time: 2:45 PM – 3:15 PM

Location: Education Two

What’s New in the Kitchen? Seasoned culinary experts will share some of the new event catering trends they’ve seen crop up in 2018. Come get your creative juices flowing and dream up your next culinary experience! 

  • Shelby Sewell – CEO & Culinary Director; Foodz Catering (Moderator)

  • Brooke Maynard – Executive Chef; Table Private Chef and Catering

  • Derek Simcik – Executive Chef; Thompson Hotel; The Nest & Scout

  • Kris Valencia – Executive Chef; Eventions at Microsoft

Event Design Panel

Time: 3:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Location: Education One

Driving Creativity - It’s All About the Event Experience. For event designers, the challenge lies in finding unique ways to impress guests. The design concept encompasses much more than simply filling a room with décor. Come get inspirational ideas for event and meeting design. 

  • Aaron Shook – CPCE, CPSE & VP Programs NACE (Moderator)

  • Allison Lazar – Event Experience Guru & Sales Strategist; Triumph Expo & Events

  • PJ Hummel – Owner & Designer; PJ Hummel & Co.

  • Aleah Valley - Co-Founder, Valley & Company Events


Event Trends Panel

Time: 4:15 PM – 4:45 PM

Location: Education Two

Innovation, Inspiration and Industry Insights. Seriously, what’s trendy in the event and hospitality industry? These panelists will share data and metrics on where the industry is heading, and you’ll walk away feeling more confident in your future decision-making. 

  • Melissa Jurcan – Director or Marketing; Microsoft (Moderator)

  • Jay Cox – Sales, Partnership & VIP Manager; AEG Presents

  • Sam Eitzen – CEO & Co-Founder, The SnapBar


Roundtable Discussions

Hosted in the Meeting Hub and led by industry experts, these small group discussions offer an open opportunity for show attendees to get together in an informal setting to discuss various issues affecting the events and hospitality industry. Roundtable discussions are a great way to weigh opinions, especially from those passionate, informed, and willing to share on a specific topic.

Meet our 2018 NWES Speakers:

Download pdf of Speakers, Moderators & Hosts by clicking on graphic.

Download pdf of Speakers, Moderators & Hosts by clicking on graphic.