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IAEE offers multiple networking opportunities across a wide range of niche groups. Below you will find activities spanning the 3 day event.

Young Professionals Party

Monday, 5 December
7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. (1900 - 2200)
Tortilla Jo's at Downtown Disney

The IAEE Young Professionals Party is back by popular demand. Especially designed for young professionals in the exhibitions and events industry under 35 years of age, attendees will have the opportunity to connect with colleagues in this fun and lively event! Space is limited. You must register for this event when registering for Expo! Expo!

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Monday, 5 December
9:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. (2130 - 2330)
Anaheim Marriott (Lobby Bar Lounge)

1st annual social gathering for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender & queer member professionals.

20 Under 30

IAEE’s 20 under 30 program is for young-professional exhibition organizers who may not be supported by their companies to attend Expo! Expo! The program provides industry education for professional growth in the exhibitions and events industry and helps program participants become better, more productive employees. 

Selected applicants will receive one full, complimentary registration to Expo! Expo! IAEE’s Annual Meeting & Exhibition in Anaheim, CA 6-8 December 2016, and lodging for three nights (over $1,400.00 value). Honorees will be recognized throughout the annual meeting and formally at IAEE’s Expo! Expo! General Session on Thursday, 8 December 2016. 

Gift of Service

Tuesday, 6 December 
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (0900 - 1100) 
(transportation provided)

Volunteers will support the Orange County Family Justice Center, a safe, confidential and friendly place where assistance is provided to Survivors of Domestic Violence, Child Abuse, Sexual Assault and Elder/Dependent Adult Abuse. Participants will be given a tour of the facilities, and be able to choose different ways to contribute after the tour. Activities will include organizing Adopt a Family donations, decorating the center with holiday decorations, organizing donation room/kids room, and managing the children in the kids room.

Not attending the Gift of Service, but would still like to support this great cause? Contribute online here to donate much needed items via Amazon.

For questions, contact Kimberly Castanuela, CEM, CMP at                                           

First Timer | New Member Orientation

Tuesday, 6 December
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (1030 - 1230)

Have you heard about Expo! Expo! but never experienced it for yourself? 

Are you a new IAEE member?

Are you a show organizer looking for new strategies and trends to integrate into your own event?

If so, you qualify to participate in IAEE’s First Timers Program, and it will be an experience you will not forget! If you are an exhibition or event organizer, a new IAEE member (as of 1 January 2016) AND have never attended Expo! Expo!, you cannot miss this opportunity to attend as IAEE’s guest and immerse yourself in the networking events and education sessions that will help guide your strategic planning process for the upcoming year.

Qualified attendees who register by 14 November 2016 will be eligible for a complimentary meeting registration featuring an orientation with industry leaders about how to maximize your experience at Expo! Expo!

If you or someone in your organization is perfect for this opportunity, contact Kimberly Castanuela, CEM, CMP, Senior Events Manager at

Expo! Expo!  General Session and CEM Class of 2016 Presentation 

Tuesday, 6 December
1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. (1300 - 1415)

Keynote Speaker:

Phil Hansen
Artist, Author and Innovator

Expo! Expo! IAEE’s Annual Meeting and Exhibition welcomes 2016 attendees at the Opening General Session and CEM Class of 2016 presentation in beautiful Anaheim. Headlining the event will be internationally recognized multimedia artist, author and innovator, Phil Hansen.

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IAEE International Reception

Tuesday, 6 December
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. (1700 - 1830)
Anaheim Marriot

IAEE invites all international attendees and those who take part in exhibitions and events globally to attend. Enjoy cocktails and hors d’ouevres while you network with exhibitions and events professionals from around the world.

Expo! Expo! Opening Party & Dinner featuring Andy Grammer

Tuesday, 6 December
7:00 p.m. -10:30 p.m. (1900 - 2230)

Kick off your Expo! Expo! experience with a blowout party and dinner under the Southern California stars.  Pop star Andy Grammer will headline the evening on the Anaheim Convention Center’s Grand Plaza, performing hits including “Keep Your Head Up” and the multi-platinum “Honey I’m Good.”  A full dinner will be served from Southern California’s pioneering food trucks, and Anaheim’s burgeoning brew scene, fine wines and craft cocktails will be flowing. Stay for the night, we wouldn’t want you to miss the al fresco party of the year.

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General Session Keynote - Unmistakable: Why Only Is Better Than Best

Wednesday, 7 December
9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. (0945 - 1045)

Keynote Speaker:

Srinivas Rao
Chief Creative Instigator, Host and Founder, Unmistakable Media

Srini has conducted over 600 interviews with thought leaders and people from all walks of life. These interviews have given him an incredibly distinctive view into branding, storytelling, and marketing. High-octane self-motivation is the foundation of any creative or entrepreneurial enterprise. With that being said, Unmistakable is the foundation of that foundation. He has written multiple books including the Wall Street Journal Bestseller, The Art of Being Unmistakable and his latest, Unmistakable: Why Only is Better Than Best. Stop trying to be the best-because that would mean you’re sticking to plans and rules that have already been set for you, choosing what’s safe and reliable. Srini will help you understand your most meaningful, impactful, and joyful work exists outside the “being the best” and if you can strip away the expectations ad pressure that you’ve internalized – it will lead you to be the only. Srini has a degree from the University of California at Berkeley and an MBA from Pepperdine University. Extracting unmistakable stories out of people is his superpower and is excited to share some of the best with you. Oh, and in his spare time he is usually chasing waves.

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Humanity Rocks - A Celebration with a Cause

Wednesday, 7 December
9:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. (2100 - 2400)
($95 per ticket)

Global Experience Specialists (GES) will once again host their spectacular annual charity event, Humanity Rocks: A Celebration With A Cause. This event continues to celebrate the finest achievements of the exhibitions and events industry while giving back to the host city’s local community. This year, Humanity Rocks will be benefitting the Orange County Family Justice Center, who provide a long-term positive impact on the community by compassionately providing effective, coordinated services and support to people whose lives have been touched by child abuse, domestic violence, elder/dependent adult abuse, or sexual assault.

Entertainment will feature the band Party Crashers.

For sponsorship information, contact Rick Jennings, CEM at

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Supporting Sponsor

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IAEE Annual Networking Luncheon & Awards Presentation    

Thursday, 8 December
12:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. (1215 - 1345)

Don't miss this opportunity to celebrate the great accomplishments achieved by IAEE members. During this official, annual business meeting of members, IAEE chairperson Julie Smith, CEM will review the work of the board of directors and will pass the gavel to 2017 IAEE chairperson Ryan Strowger, CEM who will provide the vision for the upcoming year. Before the luncheon ends, Visit San Antonio and their Synchronicities partners will showcase plans for Expo! Expo! 2017 deep in the heart of Texas.

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Expociety - IAEE's Annual Closing Party

Thursday, 8 December
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. (1630 - 1800)
Hilton Anaheim

At the conclusion of Expo! Expo!, Expociety, the closing event for the annual meeting will provide attendees the perfect platform to further develop connections made at this year’s event, as well as create new ones that will flourish and reconnect next year in San Antonio. Plan to attend to meet with colleagues one last time before heading home!  Grand Prize winners will be announced. Don’t Miss It!

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Expo! Expo! Trade Show Hours
Anaheim Convention Center

Tuesday, 6 December 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Wednesday, 7 December 11:00 am - 4:00 pm