Orange County Convention Center

Exhibitions Day – June 3, 2020

Each June, industry professionals come together to foster relationships and build awareness with federal legislators and other policy influencers on Capitol Hill. In 2019, more than 100 members of our industry gathered in Washington, D.C. to advocate for exhibitions and events, which are a vital tool the success of our free enterprise economy. We ask you to once again join us as we meet face to face with our nation’s political leaders and give a voice to the exhibitions and events industry. Addressing the matters that impact our industry is crucial to allowing our industry to continue to do its part for our national economy. We want to incite change, and that change is only possible with you by our side.

Due to COVID-19, we are taking Exhibitions Day virtual in 2020. 

More than 1,600 of your peers are participating in our first-ever virtual day of action. We have a lot to say – and on 3 June, we’re going to mobilize and ask our elected officials to support our industry.

We have reached capacity and registration is now closed.

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Exhibitions Day Schedule – All times below are in Eastern Time Zone

June 3, 2020
11:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Opening Plenary Session

  • Mark Bogdansky, Vice President, Meetings & Events, Auto Care Association
  • David DuBois, CMP, CAE, FASAE, CTA, IAEE President & CEO
  • Carrie Ferenac, President, CNTV
11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Advocacy in Action Breakout Rooms

  • Collaborate with peers in smaller groups to take action and communicate with elected officials.
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Take a Break in our Themed Rooms

  • Ask the Advocacy Expert with Roger Rickard, Voices in Advocacy
  • Angel’s Envy Virtual Bourbon Tasting brought to you by Angel’s Envy & Louisville Tourism
  • Good News Hour with Amy Durkin, CEM, CMP and Rachel Wimberly
  • Live Music brought to you by Visit Austin
  • Meditation Hour with Robyn Earley
  • Navigating Anxiety and Other Negative Emotions with Ray Ciafardini, Jr.
  • Sustainability in Events with Mariela McIlwraith, Events Industry Council
  • Yoga Hour with Hadley McClellan at EvConFITNESS
1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Return to Action Rooms

  • Rejoin your smaller groups to share your experience and talk through next steps.
2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Closing Session & Wrap Up: How did we do? What’s next? How can we best harness the power and passion we showed today?

  • Mark Bogdansky, Vice President, Meetings & Events, Auto Care Association
  • David DuBois, CMP, CAE, FASAE, CTA, IAEE President & CEO
  • Carrie Ferenac, President, CNTV

Exhibitions Day Toolkit

Now more than ever it’s vital to effectively communicate your story to elected officials at the local, state and national levels. The Exhibitions Mean Business team has provided videos, tip sheets, and other resources to get attendees ready for our virtual day of action. Whether you are signed up the Exhibitions Day or not, these resources may be used by anyone.

Let’s Get Social on Exhibitions Day

Visit Advocacy Tools within this microsite (top of the page) for ways to find your elected officials, state infographics and much more.

Download the #ExhibitionsDay Logo

Download #ExhibitionsDay Social Media Teasers

Print the Exhibitions Day Logo on 8.5 x 11

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Videos to Help You Become a More Effective Advocate


New to Advocacy? Tips for Exhibitions Day

How to Share Your Story

Additional Resources


Go LIVE Together Update

IAEE | GBAC Initiative Update


Issues Briefing