Exclusively Corporate @IMEX


Monday 15 May 2017

Join fellow corporate meeting executives in Frankfurt for a dedicated educational and networking programme as we put the spotlight on meeting and event planning as a career and explore what it means to be a professional in an industry that increasingly is finding its voice.


2016 Programme


Sunday 17 April
Afternoon   Arrive Frankfurt
Evening   Meet fellow delegates at an informal networking dinner hosted by Starwood Hotels & Resorts


Monday 18 April
Breakfast  08:15 - 09:15  Re-connect over breakfast hosted by Dubai Business Events


09:30 – 09:45

Introduction Session

Join us on a short “test drive” of Sli.do, the audience engagement tool which we’ll use throughout the day for instant polling and to capture all your questions and comments.

Padraic Gilligan and Patrick Delaney, SoolNua

09:45 – 11:30

General Session

Mental agility

“My attitude was that my competition can try to copy my style, but they can’t copy my mind; so I’ll leave them a mile and half behind.” Ray Kroc, Founder, McDonalds

Mental agility has proven to be critical driver of success in sports, warfare, business, career and life. Yet few agree on what exactly mental agility is or know how to develop it. In this 50-minute speech, business strategy expert Kaihan Krippendorff will share insights from his study of over 200 successful innovators, showing the key practices that distinguish those with high mental agility.

Participants will walk away:

  • With concrete tools to reveal unexpected strategic options
  • Understanding the underlying mechanics of mental agility
  • Appreciating that mental agility not only attainable, but natural

Kaihan New HeadshotKeynote Speaker: Dr Kaihan Krippendorff

Former McKinsey consultant and author of four business strategy books. For the last 10 years he has studied corporate conflict inside and out. He blends Eastern philosophy, military theory and modern business strategy to help ambitious companies outthink their competition.

11:30 – 12:45 Networking Lunch
sponsored by Excel London/ADNEC
12:30 – 14:00

 Executive Meeting Forum (by invitation only)

Designed for senior corporate executives, who manage meeting and event programmes or departments, with more than 10 years’ experience.

  Track 1
Young Professional
Track 2
Experienced Professional
12:45 – 13:45

Poacher turned gamekeeper/gamekeeper turned poacher

Building a career in the meetings industry.

Two experienced industry professionals recount how they built careers as meeting planners and then moved from client to agency side and vice versa.

Dominic Short, Takeda
Mike Lyons, Consultant
Fireside chat facilitated by:
Padraic Gilligan

But you’re just the party planner

How to defend and present your true value within your company to colleagues and bosses.

Hear how meeting planners are proving their contribution and value to their organisation and increasingly, getting closer to a seat at the board table.

Tahira Endean, BCIC
Wayne Robinson, FM Global
Fireside chat facilitated by:
Patrick Delaney

13:45 – 14:00 Networking Coffee Break
14:00 – 15:00

Which association should I join?

Corporate members of four global associations (FICP, PCMA, MPI, SITE) explain what they offer the corporate meeting planner like you.

Wayne Robinson, FM Global (FICP)
Tahira Endean, BCIC, (PCMA)
Dana Weaver, Growmark, (SITE)

Profiting on happiness: thriving personally and professionally

Imagine having it all – achieving even more business success, less hours working and living a balanced, fulfilled life. Sound impossible? Well it’s not… any more. Discover easy-to-learn tools based on psychology, emotional intelligence and mindfulness, tailored to immediately help your everyday life.

R. Michael Anderson, The Executive Joy Institute 

15:00 – 15:15 Networking Coffee Break
15:15 – 16:45

Mock Trial: Involve me and I learn

Amongst many wise things, Benjamin Franklin once said: "Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn". The Mock Trial is a format that truly involves us all in an engaging, entertaining educational session that takes a real ethical scenario and gives it an airing in an authentic courtroom setting using you and your fellow corporate meeting planners as actors in the scenarios.

We will try a case that directly relates to the participants work as meeting planners. A group of meetings industry suppliers – a DMC, an AV company and a DMO – are convinced that their intellectual property (IP) has been compromised and misappropriated by a global corporation that conducted a wide ranging RFP exercise aimed at choosing a destination and event partner.

Prosecution and defence lawyers cross-examine the witness on both the supplier and the corporate side while real life meetings industry lawyer Jon Howe presides over proceedings providing important legal commentary along the way.

Presided over by:
Jon Howe, Howe & Hutton

16:45 – 17:00 Conclusion
17:00 – 17:45

IMEX Reception

Conclude your day with your fellow corporate meeting planners.


Tuesday 19 April
Attend IMEX.
European Buyers  

Choose to return home on Tuesday evening, or attend IMEX for one more day on Wednesday 20 April. (We will cover the additional night’s accommodation if you attend IMEX for a full day on Wednesday).

Long-haul Buyers   Continue your IMEX experience through to Thursday 21 or Friday 22 April (depending on your hosted buyer group travel dates).

Why Attend

This will be the most valuable time you spend out of the office this year. You will save your company time and money by meeting the best global suppliers under one roof whilst also benefiting from tailored education and peer-to-peer networking.

Exchange ideas, share expertise and best practice, keep up-to-date with event management trends and developments, learn from your peers, make meaningful new contacts and discuss a mixed agenda of relevant hot topics.

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To attend as a visitor contact Donna Fung donna.fung@imexexhibitions.com.

Attending as a hosted buyer

If you organise meetings and events outside your home country you may qualify for our hosted buyer programme, with flights and accommodation paid for by us. More information here.


2017 Sponsors


Sunday dinner sponsor:




Hilton Wordmark -k    




This is one of the best education events I have attended. It’s great to meet people who have a global perspective, and to learn from talking to them, learning best practice. The industry trends were very interesting and I’ll certainly be sharing them with my senior managers. It’s been a day well spent.

Victoria Lee, Estee Lauder Companies, New York, USA