The Special Event Show has started its session proposal search and wants you to submit ideas.

The annual trade show and conference dedicated to the meetings and events industry allows attendees to network with more than 5,000 colleagues, exhibitors and mentors. There are 100-plus education sessions, seven showcase events and thousands of products on hand at the exhibit hall floor.

Tracks for the education sessions include business and professional development, design, event management, sales and marketing, event technology, wedding trends, C-suites and catering. All proposals are reviewed on the basis of applicability, originality, conference needs and speaker qualifications. Submissions are due June 1 and those selected will be notified starting in July.

Conducting a presentation will give you the opportunity to share your ideas, and your name, with a huge audience of event professionals. Speakers receive a complimentary education package to the event, a commemorative gift and a chance to purchase a Closing Night Party ticket at a discounted price. Opening Night Celebration tickets are complimentary. Presenters also are featured in TSE marketing materials sent off to 80,000 industry members.

To submit a proposal, visit the Become a Speaker page of the TSE website.

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After almost 20 years of vacancy, the Cook County Hospital in Chicago will be put to use once again. A $150 million adaptive reuse project restored the historic, 106-year-old hospital, which has become a combined Hyatt Place and Hyatt House hotel, as well as medical offices, a museum, a food hall and more. While the opening is multi-phased, the hotels are scheduled to open in late July.  

 

Doctors, nurses, grocery store employees and more were essential to sustaining the continued stay-at-home orders that helped fight the spread of COVID-19. Such workers put their health at risk for the benefit of society, and Nakoma Resort and the Lost Sierra Chamber of Commerce want to recognize them for their efforts through the “Send Your Heroes” campaign.