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Times and activities are subject to change.  All the activities (unless otherwise indicated) are included in the conference registration fee; however, activities with an asterisk (*) require pre-registration. If you are not staying at the resort, you will need to purchase a Meal Plan pass to participate in the meals served at the resort.



Thursday, April 7


2:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Convention Registration & Check In


2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Pre-Conference Workshop
Finding Genius Through Rapid Problem Solving

Registration is complimentary for attendees for this activity; however, pre-registration is required.


Long time meeting industry veteran Tim Sanders knows about the business problems that bureau owners face. They range from marketing to sales to business development to operations and in each case genius is often required. The reality is that genius is not in the person, but instead, a product of collaboration. Too many businesses don’t have a team-solution culture in place, and that’s why they take so long to solve nagging business problems that hit the bottom line. Genius Is a Team Sport is a workshop that shatters three myths of innovation and then reveals how leaders can instill collaboration into their organizations at the cultural, physical and network level. It’s based on the extensive research Sanders has conducted to write his latest book (Dealstorming, 2/23/16). 


Presented by: Tim Sanders



Tim Sanders spent most of his career on the cutting edge of innovation and change. He was on the groundLove-is-the-killer-app-194x300 floor of the quality movement, the launch of the mobile phone industry and, most notably, the birth of the world wide web. Today, he’s gravitated to disruptive change for over 30 years.  He was an early stage member of Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner’s, which had the largest opening day IPO in history. After Yahoo acquired the company, Tim was tapped to lead their ValueLab, which enabled sales teams to close hundreds of millions of dollars of new business through rapid collaboration.  By 2001, he rose to the position of Chief Solutions Officer and later, the company’s Leadership Coach. In 2005, he founded Deeper Media, which provides consulting and training services for leading companies, trade associations and government agencies.


6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Orientation for First Time Attendees

Registration is complimentary for this activity; however, pre-registration is required.  If this is your first IASB Convention or you just want to find out more about IASB, please join us for a brief orientation including tips on how to maximize your time at convention and get connected to beneficial resources and contacts.  


6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Welcome Reception

Experience Cancun and enjoy tasty bites of local flavor while connecting with your colleagues.  Try your luck and skill in a colorful and fun tradition of Mexico , the simple and entertaining fair games found in a typical pueblito.   

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Friday, April  8

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Breakfast & Tabletop Networking

8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Opening Session

Welcome: Karen Harris, 2015-2016 IASB Board President


Convention Emcee: Lynn Rose



For over a decade, Lynn Rose, Media Entrepreneur, High Performance Keynoter and Electrifying Entertainer, has brought WOW Performance to hundreds of thousands around the world through her High-Impact Emceeing, Energizing Entertaining and Global Keynote, "The Power To WOW".  You’ve seen Lynn on CBS, and other top TV networks, on film, Broadway and more. Whether sharing the stage with Sheryl Crow, Mariah Carey or Jay Leno — or leading her Breakthrough Performance Trainings for billion dollar CEO’s, entrepreneurs and professionals, Lynn’s #1 commitment is leaving your organization’s attendees on fire, inspired and taking action. As CEO of two 6-figure businesses, having helped launch 6- and 7-figure careers with her media and marketing expertise, Lynn Rose understands the unique needs for the entrepreneurial and peak performance mindset.

The 21st Century Speakers Bureau

Futurist Mike Walsh has worked with many of the world’s leading companies and brands, to answer a very specific question: how do you re-define your value in a digital age?  For anyone in the speaking industry, the rise of web and mobile platforms, a new generation of meeting planners, and shifting patterns in the way companies consume ideas, strategy and content, all add up to one inescapable fact: bureaus need to re-imagine themselves for the 21st century.  Synthesizing these findings into a fast paced, energetic keynote, Mike will explore the challenge of digital transformation for speakers bureaus and the opportunity for IASB delegates to re-imagine the way they do business from the perspective of a new, connected generation. In Mike’s view, innovating around the ‘client experience’ is the key to successful re-invention, and that requires an entirely new mindset, a culture of collaboration and a willingness to encourage dangerous ideas.



Presented by: Mike Walsh



The CEO of Tomorrow, the global consultancy that helps design business for the 21st Century, Mike Walsh advises leaders on how to thrive in an era of Dictionary playdisruptive technological change. Walsh’s clients include many of the global Fortune 500, and as a sought-after keynote speaker, he regularly shares the stage with world leaders and business icons alike. He previously founded Jupiter Research in Australia, and has also held senior strategy roles at News Corporation in the Asia Pacific region.

Walsh is the author of two best-selling books, The Dictionary of Dangerous Ideas and FUTURETAINMENT, (winner of the design award by the Art Director’s Club in New York).

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Recharge Break
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11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Special Guest

Former Mexican President Felipe Calderon has been invited to join us in Cancun to offer a keynote on world economic perspectives. Former President Calderon guided Mexico through one of its most challenging periods (2006 to 2012) and is recognized as a world statesman on economic issues as well as on the environment.



12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
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1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
IASBtalks ( Part 1)

 Vinh Giang
Neen James Matt Tenney

2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Recharge Break

3:00 p.m - 4:30 p.m.

Practically Radical: Transforming Your Company and Challenging Yourself

In business today, change is the name of the game. Leaders everywhere are engaging in a dramatic rethink of how they compete, work, and get results. But how do you break new ground when there is so much pressure to avoid mistakes? How do you keep people confident about the future in a world that seems more uncertain than ever? In short, how do you unleash long-lasting, positive change in tough, fast-moving times? Those are some of the urgent questions addressed in this inspiring and energizing talk.


Presented by: Bill Taylor

Exclusive with Washington Speakers Bureau 

Bill Taylor is an agenda-setting writer, speaker and entrepreneur who has shaped the global conversation about the best ways to compete, innovate and succeed. His most recent book, Practically Radical: Not-So-Crazy Ways to Transform Your Company, Shake Up Your Industry, and Challenge Yourself, is based on in-depth access to 25 organizations that are making deep-seated changes under the most trying circumstances imaginable. These organizations (from hard-charging technology companies to long-established nonprofits, from hospitals to automakers to banks) are mastering a set of strategies and practices that define the work of leadership in turbulent times-ideas from which every leader can learn.


5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Transport to Off-site Venue


6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Reception & Sunset Cruise

Cruise aboard the Cancun Queen riverboat along the Nichupte Lagoon while enjoying a marvelous sunset and a spectacular view of the City of Cancun.  Network with colleagues alongside the lovely and tranquil tropical mangrove that borders Cancún, home to crocodiles, leopard frogs, iguanas, white turtles and myriad species of birds.  Featuring hosted hors d'oeuvres and cocktails.

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Saturday, April 9

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Breakfast & Tabletop Networking
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

To Thrive, Effective Influence is Essential

What does scientific research tell us about how to maximize our influence?  And, how can we use this research ethically and effectively?  The answers lie in an understanding of the six universal principles of persuasion that move others toward yes.   In this memorable program, Dr. Robert Cialdini, author of the groundbreaking book, Influence, is your guide.  He will translate the science of influence into practical business applications via engaging accounts that will make the program immediately relevant to bureau professionals.  To more effectively influence speakers, clients, prospects and other bureau professionals, we will learn:

•         What we can do to create and deepen relationships more effectively. 

•         How we can establish authority and trustworthiness more quickly. 

•         And, which principles of persuasion are most likely to spur others from mere positivity to mobilized action. 

Don’t miss the opportunity to learn these powerful tools.


Presented by: Robert Cialdini, PhD

New York Times bestselling author, Dr. Robert Cialdini has spent his entire career researching, publishing and speaking on the psychology of influence—What compels others to say “Yes” to a request by changing only one small aspect of that request.  Because of his scrupulous examination, attention to the ethical approach, and self-disclosing unforgettable stories, his books, including Influence, have sold over three-million copies in 30 different languages.  Robert Cialdini is respected worldwide as the seminal expert in the field. His love of the science is only matched by his engaging delivery.  Guy Kawasaki refers to Dr. Cialdini as “The Godfather of Influence.”


10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Recharge Break
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10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
IASBTalks (Part 2)

Jeff Havens Mark Eaton Anders Sorman-Nilsson
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

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1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Burning Issues Forum


2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Recharge Break 
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Closing session

Presented by: Mel Robbins



Mel Robbins is best known for delivering one of the most popular TEDx Talks in the world. In it she introduced “The 5 Second Rule,” which has reached over five million people in 37 countries. She’s an award-winning CNN Analyst, Contributing Editor at SUCCESS Magazine, best-selling author, lawyer and serial entrepreneur. Her work focuses on conquering fear, leadership development and breakthrough performance. Top global brands, including RE/MAX, The PGA Tour, PwC, CISCO Systems, YPO, Chase Business and Johnson & Johnson, work with her speaking and publishing company. She’s been featured on every major talk show from Oprah to Good Morning America. 


6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Connect with your colleagues during this festive reception featuring hosted hors d'oeuvres and cocktails. In keeping with the tropical setting, attendees are requested to dress informally in white for our Mayan-themed gala dinner and awards ceremony.


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7:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Awards Banquet

Join us as we recognize the companies and individuals that have made a difference in our industry and the community. 

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