Exclusively Corporate @IMEX

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Sunday, 14th May - Tuesday, 16th May

Venue: Villa Kennedy, Frankfurt

If YOU organise meetings for YOUR company then Exclusively Corporate @IMEX is for YOU.

There can be no doubt that you as an event and meeting executives are under increased pressure to make your events different, memorable and exciting. Pressure to use new technology to wow and excite your attendees. Pressure to find new and exciting destinations and venues, and all of this on an ever-decreasing budget!

IMEX – the worldwide exhibition for incentive travel, meetings and events - has identified these challenges and have put together a special educational and networking package for event and meeting executives like you. 

Arrival day
Sunday 14th May


Day 1: Exclusively Corporate @IMEX
Monday 15th May


Day 2: IMEX
Tuesday 16th May

Arrival to Villa Kennedy and a networking dinner hosted by Hilton, where you can get to know everyone. 


Start the day with breakfast hosted by Dubai and then enjoy a full day of education on topics that matter to YOU.


IMEX is the place where you find everything and everyone you need to make your event outstanding.

This year we have brought together 20 case study panel speakers to share their experiences with you including representatives from companies such as Cisco, Lego, Dell, Astrazenca, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Estée Lauder, EY, BNP Paribas and Barclays and many more. 

Top 3 reasons

Why you should spare time your busy schedule and join us for a day of education followed by 1, 2 or 3 days at IMEX:

  • Mingle with your peers, share ideas or issues and talk to people that understand YOU
  • Network and create valuable new contacts for the future
  • Evaluate your current approaches and be inspired to develop new ways of doing things

But there are so many more! 

Where else will you get the opportunity to put a face to a name, see new “hot and trending” destinations or see the latest event technology! IMEX is a must attend exhibition if you want to stay ahead of your game.

How to attend

Exclusively Corporate @IMEX is open to event and meeting executives only.

So if you are...
a Global head of meetings and events, Directors of meetings and events, Global event planner, Head of events/conferences/conventions, Meeting planner, Procurement manager, Travel and Event Manager or an Event coordinator this will be the most valuable time you spend out of the office this year.

Attend as a our guest...

If you organise meetings and events outside your home country you may qualify for our hosted buyer programme (see how to qualify & apply for IMEX). Come to IMEX as a hosted buyer and we’ll look after you and help you conquer your “To Do” list. 

Please contact Donna Fung donna.fung@imexexhibitions.com.

Attend as a visitor buyer...

Please contact Donna Fung donna.fung@imexexhibitions.com.

Please note: Exclusively Corporate @IMEX is not open to suppliers.

The package includes

This year’s agenda has been researched and developed in cooperation with past attendees to ensure that it focuses on only the greatest challenges that meeting and event executives just like you face. During a series of in-depth 45 minute sessions, we will bring you panel discussions with case study speakers to inspire and motivate you by sharing some of their own experiences before giving you the opportunity to brainstorm and generate ideas with your peers.

You are guaranteed to leave this event inspired, motivated, and armed with new ideas to take back to your own organisation.


Sunday, 14th May


Arrive to Frankfurt and check in to your room at the beautiful Villa Kennedy


Meet fellow delegates at an informal networking dinner hosted by Hilton

Monday, 15th May

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to this exclusive educational and networking event designed with you in mind

Your moderators for the day:
Patrick Delaney, Managing Partner, SoolNua
Padriac Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua


Hot destinations and emerging trends to inspire and excite your audience

  • What are the worldwide trends and emerging destinations for meetings and events?
  • How do issues such culture, costs, politics, economics and security impact on destination selection?
  • What will be the impact of Brexit on the meetings and events industry?
  • Technology trends to look out for

Gerd de Bruycker, Marketing Lead Northern Europe, Cisco
Andrea Faflikova, Regional PR and Event Manager, CEEMEA, Lego Group
Zoe Russ, Event Manager, Barclays Investment Bank 


How to address the most pressing security risks of tomorrow

  • The impact of terrorism on global meetings and events
  • What steps should you be taking to protect your delegates and staff?
  • Planning and implementing a security plan for your events

Kate Scully, Travel and Event Manager, Petrofac
Emma Lamb, Global Travel Safety Program, Bank of America Merrill Lynch


The evolution of event formats - how to inject innovation and creativity into your event formats

  • Traditional event formats vs. innovative format – understanding what works for your industry
  • Innovation on a budget – how to make a difference without busting the budget
  • Dealing with internal resistance to doing things differently

Kristen Waddell, Global Events Director, AstraZeneca 
Amanda Whitlock, Global Strategic Events Lead, EY 
Stephenie Lintl-McLean, Senior Event Manager, Fidelity International
KimMarie Larsen CMP, Managing Director, Global Events & Recognition, ASEA LLC


Demystifying technology - What technology trends are shaping the future of events?

  • How to get smarter and make the right technology investments for your organisation
  • The use of advanced technology and virtual reality for events 
  • The business case for hybrid events – costs vs. benefits
  • Dealing with data protection and compliance issues when working in a heavily regulated industry

Alise Long, Manager Strategic Meetings & Events, DSM 
Barbara Watkins, Director, Global Event Marketing, Verifone 
Patrick Rueegg, Global Category Manager, Meetings & Events, Takeda Pharmaceuticals International AG
Zoe Russ, Event Manager, Barclays Investment Bank 

13.05 LUNCH

Strategic global programme management 
for senior event professionals

Operational issues 
for event managers


The secrets of successful global supplier management

  • Top tips for managing global relationships with venues and agencies
  • Negotiating with global hotel chains to get the best deals for global business
  • The impact of hotel mergers and acquisitions on your event budgets and planning
  • Choosing and contracting with agencies – global, vs. regional vs. local, how to minimise costs and risks

Jennifer Rodinelli, Director Meeting Planning, 
   Mac Cosmetics 
Victoria Lee, CMP, Global Travel and Meeting Services,
   Assistant Manager at The Estée Lauder Companies Inc 

Diana Krawczak, EMEA Events Marketing Manager,
   Planning & Operations, Dell Germany 

Patrick Rueegg, Global Category Manager, 
   Meetings & Events, Takeda Pharmaceuticals International AG

Avoiding culture clash! How to navigate international cultural differences

  • The importance of recognising and respecting international business etiquette, customers and culture across the world
  • What impact might cultural differences have on your event planning? 
  • The importance of building effective relationships with international colleagues and suppliers

Carine Morin, Travel & Meetings Consultant, 
   Eli Lilly and Company


Building and managing a global team that works

  • Leadership behaviours that make or break a global team
  • Overcoming the challenges of managing a geographically dispersed events team
  • How to work together effectively with agencies across the world
  • Training, developing and motivating global teams for success

Alise Long, Manager Strategic Meetings & Events, DSM 
Amanda Whitlock, Global Strategic Events Lead, EY

Gerd de Bruycker, Marketing Lead Northern Europe, Cisco 

Negotiating hotel contracts workshop

  • Where can you save significant costs for your organisation?
  • What to negotiate and how - where are the loopholes?
  • The importance of establishing long term relationships with venues
  • Making sure you fully understand the terms and conditions
  • of your contracts to limit liability for your organisation
  • International hotel contracts – differences to look out for in different countries and cultures

Workshop host: 
Fiona Paterson, Former Group Head of Operations, Incisive Media, Event Management Specialist


Measuring ROI to prove the value of your meetings and events

  • The importance of understanding the overall objective of your event in order to measure success
  • How to demonstrate the impact and ROI of your event on your business
  • Demonstrating how much your events have influenced the pipeline for new business and created opportunities for marketing
  • How to measure success when your event is not customer or sales orientated

Amanda Whitlock, Global Strategic Events Lead, EY
Zara Hodgson, Head of Events, BNP Paribas
Stephenie Lintl-McLean, Senior Event Manager, Fidelity

How to get ahead in the meetings and event industry!

  • What steps can you take to develop your career in the meetings and events industry?
  • What associations should you join and how can they help you?

Kristen Waddell, Global Events Director, Astrazeneca 
Megan Tate, Senior Manager Finance & Events,
   Petrofac Animal Supplies
Victoria Lee, CMP, Global Travel and Meeting Services,
   Assistant Manager at The Estée Lauder Companies



Wrap up session

During this final interactive wrap up session, you will have the opportunity to openly discuss any other issues with industry peers. We aim to ensure that every attendee returns to their organisation with a comprehensive list of action points and concrete ideas to implement.


IMEX Reception

Conclude your day with your fellow corporate meeting planners.

Tuesday, 16th May 


The worldwide exhibition for incentive travel, meetings and events

Discover new destinations, meet hotel contacts that you have only ever spoken to over email and see the latest technology designed for the meeting industry. IMEX brings together 3500 exhibitors from 160 countries under one roof so that you can meet with the people you need to help make your event outstanding.

And if you come from further afield than Europe, we can offer you additional accommodation so that you can spend longer at the exhibition.

Thank you to our sponsors

Venue sponsor:

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Sunday dinner sponsor:


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