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Back to Business
Thursday, October 29, 2020, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM EST
Category: Events


In-person events are among the largest sources of non-dues revenue for associations and non-profit organizations. However, The COVID-19 pandemic has dried up this vital revenue stream for organizations across the world. As we work towards getting back to hosting in-person events, there are so many factors to consider, from legal liability and health considerations to intangibles such as the way participants feel when attending an event.


ISAE has partnered with Meeting Professionals International Indiana Chapter (IMPI Indiana) and Minorities in Hospitality (MIH) to host “Getting Back to Business: Planning Live Events During the Pandemic,” giving those planning their own events an opportunity to experience an in-person event – with maximum socially responsible measures in place – from an attendee’s point of view.

This program will be held in-person at the Horizon Convention Center in Muncie, IN, and will feature all necessary socially responsible protocols from masks and socially distanced seating to no-contact hors d’oeuvres, bar and networking.

Uncomfortable attending in-person, but still want to participate?
No problem! This event will be livestreamed. Please indicate your preference (attend in-person or view livestream) on the registration form.

Full Schedule (all times EDT)
3:00 pm | Registration/Bar Opens
3:30 pm | Food Service Begins/Networking
4:00 - 4:20 pm | Program Begins/Welcome
4:20 - 5:45 pm | Panel Discussion
5:45 - 6:30 pm | Trivia Game / Dessert Service Begins
6:30 - 6:45 pm | Close of virtual part of the event
6:45 - 7:00 pm | Networking

Educational Program
The educational portion of this event will feature an expert panel that includes:

  • Carol McCormack, Senior National Account Manager, Maritz Global Events
  • Jody Clevenger, Director of Operations, Horizon Convention Center
  • Dr. Virginia A. Caine, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Marion County Public Health Department
  • Barbara F. Dunn, Partner, Barnes & Thornburg, LLP; Immediate Past President, Academy of Hospitality Attorneys

Post-Education Networking
Attendees are encouraged to stick around after the education for socially responsible networking. We will have a bar and trivia. Two drink tickets are included with each registration.

Cost: $35 per person (same price for in-person and virtual)

Liability Statement

Please note all attendees will be asked to sign a liability waiver when they register. By registering to attend in-person, participants acknowledge that an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. By attending "Back to Business: Planning Live Events During the Pandemic," attendees and guests voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 and agree not to hold the Indiana Society of Association Executives (ISAE), the Meeting Professionals International (MPI) Indiana Chapter, Minorities in Hospitality (MIH), the Horizon Convention Center, or any of their affiliates, directors, officers, employees, agents, contractors, or volunteers liable for any illness or injury.

CAE Hours: Three (3)

As a CAE Approved Provider of educational program related to the CAE exam content outline, this program may be applied for 3 credit hours toward your CAE application or renewal professional development requirements.

Note: This program is not endorsed, accredited, or affiliated with ASAE or the CAE program. Applicants may use any program that meets eligibility requirements in the specific time frame towards the exam application or renewal. There are no specific individual courses required as part of the applications – selection of eligible education is up to the applicant based on his/her needs.