Here’s What You Missed at Prevue’s Transforming Meetings Summit

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Cibo Matto function space at TheWit

Attendees left Prevue’s Transforming Meetings Summit at The Gray in Chicago with hundreds of usable ideas and creative insights to shake up their meetings.

Prevue’s Transforming Meetings Summit at The Gray in Chicago brought 30 senior-level planners to Chicago in search of ways to shake up their meetings. Day 1 began with appointments sessions with the conference sponsors and partners. At the opening event at TheWit, attendees feasted on tasty small plates and sushi, then sipped rare scotch paired with handcrafted chocolates dusted with gold.

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Jessica Fortich, Delta Dental, and Sonal Sullivan, Personalized Meetings, LLC, at the opening reception.

In a single day of education, they attended a World Café moderated by Pat Parker-Roach, came up with 694 creative ideas in a session by Jim Feldman, and were transformed into their own symphony by Sharon Fisher. The World Café setting had checkered tablecloths, flowers on the table, and people drawing with crayons as ideas came to mind.

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The Gray hosted attendees for lunch at its signature restaurant, Boleo, with a menu inspired by Peruvian street food and a retractable roof for summer evenings.


Attendees chose between Diff sunglasses, bathing suit wraps and S’well water bottles, courtesy of our amenity partner, Peter Nesbitt of International Gifting Company.

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Many thanks to our sponsors Caesars Entertainment, Celebrity Cruises, Silversea, Royal Caribbean International, Island Events and Naples I Marco Island I Everglades, and partners International Gifting Company, Power Event Group, ThoughtRoads, Play With a Purpose, PSAV, TheWit, The Gray and 360 Destination Group.

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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.