Spice Knowledge Sessions

The Spice Knowledge Sessions will give you the opportunity to learn about new concepts, and gain first-hand knowledge and experience in a friendly environment.

Note, planning for the 2021 Spice Knowledge Sessions is in early stages. If you are interested in being considered for one of the panels, Q&A sessions or presentations, please get in touch with Brittney Levinson at [email protected].

The 2020 program will give a great reference showing a mix of panel discussions, presentations and Q&As, and included a free bonus session to kick off the day, in which leading industry experts will share an update on where the event industry is at and where it’s going.

Alongside the Spice Knowledge Sessions we will have our exhibitions open from 10:00AM – 5:00PM, *free to visit for everyone.

10:00 – 10:05 Opening Welcome Welcome 
By Editor Brittney Levinson & SMC General Manager Paul Davison
10:05 – 10:35 Panel Industry update Adapting to the new normal
Robyn Johnson, MEA; Claudia Sagripanti, EEAA; Geoff Donaghy, BECA
Session 1 10:45 – 11:05 Keynote Overarching Keynote address
Award-Winning Leadership Strategist on mindset, self-belief and self-mastery
Shadé Zahrai, Influenceo Global Inc.
11:10 – 11:30 Panel 1 Technology Virtual and hybrid events
Embracing the changing nature of business events
Luli Adeyemo, Best Case Scenario; Chris Schlueter, Sprintr by AV1; Tanya Brown, Create Engage
11:35 – 11:55 Q&A Sustainability Rethinking sustainability
How to incorporate sustainability into your events in a meaningful way
Natalie Simmons, Cievents
12:00 – 12:50      LUNCH BREAK
Session 2 12:50 – 1:20 Q&A Legal Future-proofing your events
How to negotiate event contracts with confidence
Matt Crouch, Matt Crouch Legal
1:25 – 1:45 Panel 2 Business Innovation Finding success in turbulent times
Event companies share how they evolved their business to stay ahead of the curve
Jeremy Fleming, StageKings; Will Gray, Hidden Door Experiences; Sarah Markey-Hamm, ICMS
1:50 – 2:10 Presentation Safety & Hygiene COVID-safe events
How to ensure your events meet COVID requirements
Bea Tomlin, Beaspoke Safety
2:10 – 3:00      BREAK
Session 3 3:10 – 3:30 Panel 3 Crisis Management Crisis averted!
12 things to do when the worst-case scenario strikes
Nicole Walker, Arinex; Nigel Ruffell, The Company We Keep; Rebecca Kennewell, emc3
3:35 – 3:55 Presentation Health & Wellbeing Wellbeing for event professionals
Practical tips to manage stress and avoid burnout
Chelsea Pottenger, EQ Minds
4:00 – 4:20 Panel 4 Experiential Events Redefining gatherings
A deep dive into some of the most creative, experiential events and what we can learn from them
Jodie McLean, JEM Events; Mark Bennedick, Sense Group; Chad Davis, Musicland
4:30     FINISH

Note: This is the 2020 Program, for reference only