Prevue’s Chicago Visionary Summit to Focus on Strategic Planning

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The Art Deco–style Bar Allegro at the Hotel Allegro, one of the three Kimpton properties hosting Prevue’s Visionary Summit.

Prevue’s Chicago Visionary Summit, to be held August 11 to 12 at the Chicago Kimpton properties (Hotel Gray, Hotel Allegro and Hotel Palomar), will share strategies for senior-level corporate and association planners around meeting design, contracting, budgeting, and balancing responsibilities.

The event will kick off with an opening reception at the Hotel Allegro on August 11, a celebration of craft beer and wine featuring food pairings and hands-on lessons by Kimpton Hotels’ top mixologists. Highlights of the Education Day on August 12 include Designing Event Experiences for the Senses with Dianne Devitt, where attendees will have a chance to storyboard their own event with the five senses in mind;
Next-Level Meeting Budgeting with Mark Benson of Applied Meeting & Hospitality Solutions, who will alert planners to contingencies they might not have considered; and a session on .
Contract Negotiations in Today’s Buyer’s Market by well-known industry lawyer Jed Mandel.

A meeting planner panel will focus on managing both internal teams and external suppliers, and rotating roundtables—a trademark of the Prevue Visionary Summits—will allow attendees a chance to benchmark with their peers.

Registration and hotel at one of the three properties are complimentary, and Visionary Summit attendees receive 5 credit hours toward their CMP from the Convention Industry Council.

Learn more and register now (space is limited). 


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Barbara Scofidio is Editor of Prevue and heads up the Visionary Summits, our exclusive conference series targeting senior-level meeting and incentive planners. In her 30 years in the industry, she has become known for her passion around greening meetings, growing awareness of human trafficking and promoting CSR activities as part of business events. She is currently a member of SITE's Women IN Leadership committee and the media liaison for FICP's Education Committee. She was the first member of the media ever to be invited to sit on a committee by GBTA, where she spent three years on the Groups and Meetings Committee. She has also been an active member of SITE for 30 years, chairing its Crystal Awards committee and acting as a judge. Before joining Prevue in 2014, she served as Editor of Corporate Meetings & Incentives (MeetingsNet) for more than 20 years. She has a BA in Literature/Rhetoric from Binghamton University. Barbara is based outside Boston, in Groton, Mass.