The Program

Evolve 2020’s program creation is well underway. There will be eight track topics that feature content relevant to event professionals.
Over 35 sessions will have specifically chosen subject matter expert speakers from our industry and from the broader business sector.
Click on each track or session to learn more about the speakers and to explore the sessions.

Please note: speakers and session times are subject to change.

SUNDAY 3 MAY 2020

9:00am 6:00pm Registration
10:00am 11:30am Brunch with the Branches invitation only
11:30am 12:30pm Evolve 101
12:00pm 1:00pm Women in AV Discussion 
12:30pm 1:30pm Accredited/Recognised Member & Sponsors Thank You Event invitation only
1:30pm 2:30pm Workshop
Boost Your Brain – Dr Helena Popovic
Workshop
Dietary Requirements review – Nicky Rasmin
3:00pm 4:30pm MEA Industry Forum
4:30pm 5:00pm Evolve Expo Opening
5:00pm 6:30pm Evolve Opening Presentation
6:30pm 9:30pm Evolve Welcome Reception
Crowne Plaza
9:30pm 11:00pm ClubMEA

MONDAY 4 MAY 2020

6:45am 7:30am Wellness Wakeup Activities
8:00am 5:00pm Registration
7:00am 8:45am Breakfast at Crowne Plaza (includes grab and go)
9:00am 9:15am Welcome
9:15am 10:15am Plenary: Mina Guli – Responsible Leadership Driving Innovative and Sustainable Change
10:15am 10:45am

Morning Tea in the Evolve Expo

Meet the speakers on the MEA Lounge

10:45am 11:45am Plenary: Mitch Wallis – Transforming Mental Health
TRACK SESSIONS 1
11:55am 12:40pm Best Practice
Case Studies
Business Management Event Design & Management Sales & Marketing Tech Talks Wellness & Personal Development
Darwin Amazing Race Experience Events
Winner 2018 Best Event of the Year (Incentives and Special Events)
Diversify and Defying the Ten-Year Itch A – Z of Risk Assessment of events without being bored by powerpoint Hooked! Connect, Engage and Inspire with Storytelling Frictionless Customer Experiences – how Biometric technology is changing the world Vitality, Energy, & Mental Resilience – It’s all in your food
12:40pm 1:40pm

Lunch in the Evolve Expo

Meet the speakers on the MEA lounge

TRACK SESSIONS 2
1:50pm 2:35pm Best Practice Case Studies Business Management Event Design & Management Sales & Marketing Tech Talks Wellness & Personal Development
South Africa Tourism Event Roadshow Just How Hard is Cybersecurity Anyway? Negotiate with Confidence How to Stand Out and Drive Demand Digitally End to end event tech in action. How technology enhances the attendee experience at Salesforce World Tour The Gut Brain Revolution
TRACK SESSIONS 3
2:45pm 3:30pm Best Practice Case Studies Business Management Event Design & Management Sales & Marketing Tech Talks Wellness & Personal Development
Agency /Client collaboration case study To be announced Increase your Stakeholder Influence and Engagement Finding Your Voice on LinkedIn Knowledge is Power – AV Uncovered Your Biggest Asset is You
3:30pm 4:00pm

Afternoon Tea in the Event Expo

Meet the speakers on the MEA Lounge

4:10pm 5:15pm Plenary: Captain Richard de Crespigny – Crisis Management and Teamwork
7:00pm 10:00pm

Evolve Engage (networking event)

Brokenwood Winery

10:30pm 1:00am ClubMEA

TUESDAY 5 MAY 2020

8:00am 5:00pm Registration
6:45am 7:30am Wellness Wakeup Activities
7:00am 8:45am Breakfast at Crowne Plaza (includes grab and go)
9:00am 10:00am Plenary:  Dr Catriona Wallace – The Disrupted Event! How AI could revolutionise events and augment speakers
10:00am 10:30am

Morning Tea in the Evolve Expo

Meet the speakers on the MEA Lounge

TRACK SESSIONS 4
10:40am 11:25am Best Practice Case Studies Business Management Event Design & Management Future Leaders Sales & Marketing Industry Leaders track (by invitation)
Your guide to best practice and innovation in Association events Business Strategy Experience Design Thinking Navigating the Leadership Ladder – Part One – what does it mean to be a leader You Tube Mastery – Growing your Business with Video Global Economy
TRACK SESSIONS 5
11:35am 12:20pm Best Practice Case Studies Business Management Event Design & Management Future Leaders Sales & Marketing Industry Leaders track (by invitation)
Government Event Case Study Writing for Business Disrupting Unconscious Bias at Workplace Navigating the Leadership Ladder – Part Two (panel) Beyond 2020: The Customer Revolution and the new role of sales and marketing Skills Shortages
12:20pm 1:20pm

Lunch in the Evolve Expo

Meet the speakers on the MEA Lounge

1:20pm 2:20pm Plenary: Simon Kuestenmacher – The Changing Nature of the Workforce
TRACK SESSIONS 6
2:30pm 3:30pm Best Practice Case Studies Business Management Event Design & Management Future Leaders Sales & Marketing Industry Leaders track (by invitation)
From Little Things Big Things Grow Managing Resilience in your Business How to Deliver a Truly Eco Conscious Event To be announced Pitch Perfect Cultural Intelligence/Diversity in the Workforce
3:30pm 4:15pm

Afternoon Tea in the Evolve Expo

Meet the speakers on the MEA Lounge

4:15pm 5:30pm Plenary: TBC and Evolve 2020 closing and Evolve 2021 destination announcement
7:00pm 11:00pm

2019 MEA National Awards

Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley

11:00pm 2:00am ClubMEA

Event industry ‘track champions’ have been engaged to provide grassroots insights and expertise to ensure current and relevant session content and best practice.

Thank you to our track champions for their participation:

  • Future Leaders – Natalie Bell (AA&P Events), Jessica Christy (Harry the Hirer) and Zac Leach (ibis Styles East Perth)
  • Event Design & Management – Inge Garofani (DC Conferences), Rochelle Krason and Dorina Martelli (Bankwest)
  • Business Management – Gary Bender (World Corporate Travel), Natalie Bell (Associated Advertising & Promotion)
  • Sales and Marketing – Nicole Bates (Conversion Management), Mary-Jane Devine (Fusion Marketing) and Leanne Zeid (IHG)
  • Best Practice Case Studies – Ian Stuart
  • Wellness and Personal Development – Peter Bliss (Business is Bliss)

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of this country and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture.
We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and their Elders – past, present and emerging.

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