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October 11 - 12, 2018
Lehigh University
Bethlehem, PA


October 11         
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.    Registration    
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.    Welcome and opening session - How to Make Technology Work for You   
10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.    Module 1 - Tech Tips for the Event Professional
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.   Lunch   
1:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.   Module 2 - Top Apps for Events Professionals
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.    Ignite sessions   
October 12      
 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.  

Module 3 - Data Privacy and Security—Inconvenient Truths

 10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.   Presenter panel Q&A   
 11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.   Closing and evaluations   

Ignite Sessions:
Informal conversations in roundtable format to discuss module topics from earlier that day.

Presenter Q&A:
Attendees will have the chance to ask additio
nal questions and/or discuss in depth the methodology of all three moduels previously presented.




How to Make Technology Work for You
Presented by: Tess Vismale, CMP, DES, Event Evangelist & Tech Whisperer, DAHLIA+ AGENCY

 Domain G: Meeting or Event Design 1.25 CEs

Technology plays an integral role in the life of an event professional and we will show you how it can work for you. We understand it can be overwhelming to get started, so in this session we’ll illustrate practical tips, tricks, and outline steps for you to get started.

Learning Objectives:

  • Catapult your productivity using the latest apps and online solutions
  • Get comfortable with new apps and learning how to choose what works best for you
  • Learn why not one app fits all problems


Tech Tips for the Event Professional
Presented by: Greg McGuire, Event Operations Technology Specialist, Gonzaga University

 Domain G: Meeting or Event Design 1.5 CEs

Have you ever been in a presentation when tech issues came up out of nowhere? Has the colors on a presentation looked great on your monitor, but when you saw them on the big screen it didn’t pop! Has the image on the screen not matched what’s on the PC? Has the audio just stopped working through the house sound? Has someone called from a meeting and said the PC just went asleep and they can’t log back on? This session will focus on easy tech fixes from the beginner to the skilled event professional. We will go through tech fixes from adjusting the audio, what microphones to use in what setting, quick fixes using the keyboard and computer settings, and discuss what colors to use on power points and fonts to make sure the presenters can get their point across to their specific audience. This session will be interactive, engaging, and fun even for those who are always wanting to learn more about the AV world.  With over 20 years in the collegiate and corporate AV setting and for someone who does events on his own; Greg has seen what works and what doesn’t for all types of events and presentations. Greg is currently the Events Operations Technology Specialist at Gonzaga University for the past ten years and prior worked at Microsoft, and several other Northwest AV companies.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discover audio tech fixes including what microphones to use in what settings
  • Hands on demonstrations with AV equipment and cables
  • Go over PC tech fixes for settings, audio, and projector issues
  • Determine what colors work well and don't for power points and presentations

Top Apps for Events Professionals
Presented by: Tess Vismale, CMP, DES, Event Evangelist & Tech Whisperer, DAHLIA+ AGENCY

 Domain G: Meeting or Event Design 1.5 CEs

You hear about new apps every single second of the day. Life is too short and data is too precious. So which ones do you download? Which ones work and don’t, and more importantly, how would they work for your needs? Join us for this session to learn about apps that’ll help boost your productivity and get familiarized with technology trends that relevant to you.

Learning Objectives:

  • Develop confidence when approaching new technology
  • Get a list of test-driven apps and tools to improve your personal and professional productivity
  • Share new ideas on how to utilize technology in the workplace to lead to a stress-less work environment

Data Privacy and Security—Inconvenient Truths

Presented by: Rikki Godshall, IT Director, Penn Medicine Academic Computing Services, University of Pennsylvania


 Domain C: Risk Management 1.5 CEs

The truism in Information Technology is that security is on one end of a spectrum and convenience on the other.  Any move toward one is taking you further from the other.  Raise your awareness of threats—some old ones and some surprising new ones, and get practical advice on ways you can confidently keep your operation's online presence protected.


Learning Objectives:

  • Current security topics in a nutshell
  • How to keep your passwords effective (tip: it doesn’t involve post-it notes on your tack board!)
  • Brush up on the latest phishing techniques, and become harder to catch!
  • Raise your awareness of online privacy erosion and ways to combat it


Ignite Session
 Domain G: Meeting or Event Design 1.0 CEs

Presenter Q&A Session
 Domain G: Meeting or Event Design 1.0 CEs



(Before 9/14/2018)
   Register after
ACCED-I Member   $325    $350
Nonmember   $375    $400
 Included in your registration fee is all educational content and Thursday lunch.  


Budget Tight? 
Click here for the How to Gain Approval to Attend cost/benefit worksheet that you can give to your supervisor. 

ACCED-I Financial Policy/Cancellation/Refund Policy:  ACCED-I accepts checks (U.S. funds only) and all major credit cards. You are considered registered for this event if you register and either pay or request to be billed for your registration.  Notification of cancellations received by ACCED-I by Friday, September 21, 2018 will be refunded, less a $50 administrative fee. Replacements are welcome.  No-shows are responsible for payment in full.  No refunds will be made after September 21, 2018.  Should registration fees not be paid by the dates listed, you are still responsible for all cancellation related fees.  If registration is made after September 21, 2018, the above policy still applies.

ACCED-I Federal ID Number 84-1023816


 Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA

Since Lehigh University first opened its doors in 1865, it has been inextricably tied to South Bethlehem, the City of Bethlehem and the Lehigh Valley region. Rich in history and steeped in cultural tradition, the area continues to be an outstanding home for the university, which derives much of its inspiration and enthusiasm from its neighbors. Lehigh, Lehigh's students, staff and faculty are committed to helping the community invigorate its neighborhoods, redefine economic prosperity and address a full range of critical social issues. Already deeply entrenched in the community, Lehigh strives to be a good neighbor and a partner in the renaissance of Bethlehem.

Lehigh University is recognized among the nation's premier research universities, Lehigh offers a rigorous academic community for nearly 7,000 students. The small size, ideal student-to-faculty ratio and vibrant campus allow students to collaborate on projects in and out of the classroom.


A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hyatt Place Bethlehem for forum participants for a special rate of $149 + taxes and fees per night. Please make your reservation online here  and use group code: G-ACCE if it does not automatically populate, or by calling the reservations desk 1-800-233-1234. Please mention the group name Association of Collegiate Conference and Events Directors-International to receive the special rate. Reservations must be made by September 10, 2018.

How to Make Technology Work for You
Domain G: Meeting or Event Design 1.25 CEs

Tech Tips for the Event Professional
Domain G: Meeting or Event Design 1.5 CEs

Top Apps for Events Professionals
Domain G: Meeting or Event Design 1.5 CEs

Data Privacy and Security—Inconvenient Truths
Domain C: Risk Management 1.5 CEs

Ignite Session
Domain G: Meeting or Event Design 1.0 CEs

Presenter Q&A Session
Domain G: Meeting or Event Design 1.0 CEs