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Mystery Speaker

Speaker Name: Mystery Speaker
Session Date / Time: Saturday 25-Jan / 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM

This year, we are surprising you with a European mystery speaker who will be making his North American debut at SITE Global Conference 2020. This mystery speaker truly embodies what it means to be limitless. Having addressed audiences from CIOs to hospital nurses, Disney Europe to Google Budapest, you are in for a treat!

5 Steps To Make The Impossible Possible

Speaker Name: Ben Nemtin, International Speaker & #1 New York Times Bestselling Author
Session Date / Time: Sunday 26-Jan / 8:45 AM – 10:15 AM

Ben Nemtin is on a mission to achieve the unthinkable. From playing basketball with President Obama to streaking a soccer field, from raising over $400,000 for charity to placing a record-breaking $250,000 bet on roulette—Ben’s bucket list quest has inspired millions to chase their
dreams and strive for greatness. Ben weaves the compelling story of how The Buried Life grew from 100 impossible dreams scribbled on a piece of paper into a global movement of millions and skillfully connects his story to the fabric of our daily lives.

Ben’s message of radical possibility, combines with his “5 Steps to Make the Impossible Possible,” leaves audiences inspired and equipped to tackle the seemingly insurmountable. Ben’s system of achieving any impossible goal demystifies daunting tasks and turns “dreams” into “projects” by creating a digestible pathway to success. Mediocre is crowded. Raise your bar and surprise yourself.

Making Mental Health a Priority for Incentive Travel Professionals

Speaker Name: Diane Alexander, Director, Operations and Account Executive, Creative Group Canada
Session Date / Time: Monday 27-Jan / 8:30 AM – 9:45 AM

In August 2018 I felt I was at the top of my game. I was a successful mother of two young children, a loving partner, a top performing Account Executive with a major travel management company, SITE Canada President for a second term and had just managed a major home renovation. On the surface I had it all and yet I was clinically depressed. I could barely get out of bed in the morning and felt the pressure to be “on” and to be everything to everyone at all times. It was very difficult to admit to myself that I needed help, yet it was painfully clear that I did. This acknowledgement and subsequent help has given me a new outlook and lease on life. I am in a much better place today and I’m ready to share my story as I see now it is in telling our stories that we can help others who may find themselves in a similar situation.

There are many reasons why event planning is ranked as one of the most stressful jobs in the world. As incentive travel professionals, those reasons are exponentially multiplied as we are required to play many different roles for our clients, our teams and our companies while also supporting our families. Travel is exciting, but also a major stress inducer. Through this story-telling session, I will share the challenges I had (and still have) with anxiety and depression that were triggered by my work and life experiences and how I managed them. I will also share some of the tactics that helped me learn to cope, and help me continue to manage my mental health when it all becomes too much. I am fortunate to have an excellent support system who have championed me on my journey including my employer. Support in the workplace is integral to coping so I will share some tips for corporations to help their teams stay healthy mentally.

The truth is we CAN thrive and manage our mental health, we CAN be successful and have hard days, and we MUST become more supportive and understanding of each other in this chaotic and every changing time.

Striking a Balance

Speaker Name: Kevin Edmunds, Vice President Meeting & Incentive Sales, AIC Hotel Group
Session Date / Time: Monday 27-Jan / 8:30 AM – 9:45 AM

Starting a family and maintaining your relationships is a very challenging task in our industry. There is not a “perfect work/life balance” solution for everyone and to try and roll with the punches or steady the scales is never an easy choice when reality hits you straight on. In this story teller session, Kevin Edmunds will share the story of growing his family, with demands on being on the road, and maintaining a positive mental state.

Fear: It’s Just a Word That Scares You

Speaker Name: Peter Boulanger, Artistic Director / Show design, The Underground Circus
Session Date / Time: Monday 27-Jan / 8:30 AM – 9:45 AM

Ground based acrobatics are more than just entertaining; they can expose typical patterns people develop around fear. Learn how the strategies of circus acrobatics can apply to everyday situations in this awe-inspiring session that goes beyond limits!

KNOW WHAT BUTTONS TO PUSH: The Breakthrough Power of Shared Values

Speaker Name: David Allison, Founder, Valuegraphics
Session Date / Time: Monday 27-Jan / 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

What if you could be 8X more effective in reaching and influencing hotel/destination decision-makers? What if you knew exactly what buttons to push? Now you can.

Best-selling author, internationally-acclaimed speaker, and pioneering values-advocate David Allison has the data you need. He knows how to use shared values to push the right buttons, and change the behavior of a target audience for anything, anywhere in the world.

For the SITE 2020 Global Conference in Vancouver he’s pulled the specific data on which values will most powerfully predict and influence how individuals decide which hotel they love for business or pleasure. You won’t want to miss this!

Here’s why. Organizations waste as much as 90% of their time and money using demographics, at a time when demographics don’t tell us anything about anyone anymore. Trillions of dollars and hours are entirely missing the mark.

The solution lies in our shared values – because what we value determines what we do. And now, for the first time in history, we have accurate empirical data on what everyone in the world truly cares about; what they value the most.

With this data we can understand the shared values of any group of people, how they will behave, and what buttons you need to push to create change.

Demographics have had their day. It’s time for our shared-values, our Valuegraphics, to become the new best-practice for predicting and influencing behavior in a post-demographic world.

Inspiring the Limitless Brand That Is YOU; How to build & monetize your personal brand for continued business growth and future success!

Speaker Name: Dorothéa Bozicolona-Volpe, Principal, Social Espionage
Session Date / Time: Monday 27-Jan / 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

What do meeting planners and incentive leaders today struggle with the most? The who, what, where and how to present themselves off and on-line in the digital landscape.

Whether you are a solo-preneur, an executive, business leader, or meeting professional in an organization, who you are matters as much as how you communicate it!

Are you attempting to get the attention of tier-1 media or court the ideal client, recruit a member of the business or industry community? Are you sharing the right type of content to attract the perfect customer to your company?

Now more than ever it is important to get your voice heard and establish your reputation on and off-line.

Learn the tips and tricks for building your personal brand from the expert that taught several C-Suite executives, business leaders and Ryan Seacrest! Come join the SITE Global Conference 2020 as we host Dorothéa Bozicolona-Volpe, Principal of Social Espionage.

Ms. Bozicolona-Volpe will walk us through 6 Strategies to Build and Monetize Your Personal Brand using case studies and tactics that can build your personal brand and create effective digital-thought leadership.