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Developing mental agility: Exclusively Corporate @IMEX offers dedicated education and networking for meeting & event planners

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A special event dedicated to meeting and event planners will put the spotlight on mental agility with a packed day of education, networking and even a Mock Trial.

Taking place the day before IMEX in Frankfurt (19–21 April) in the stylish Villa Kennedy, Exclusively Corporate @IMEX is the perfect opportunity for planners to expand their knowledge of organising business meetings and events, as well as meet industry experts and other professionals from around the world in exactly the same role.

Leading business strategist, Dr Kaihan Krippendorff, will deliver a keynote on how to develop ‘mental agility’, sharing insights from his study of over 200 successful innovators. Kaihan Krippendorff is the CEO of Outthinker which helps companies including Red Bull, Microsoft, VMware, Nestle Purina, L’Oréal, TIAA-CREF, Aetna, Experian, Johnson & Johnson, and Citibank reach strategic clarity and build strategic-thinking capacity.

Kaihan Krippendorff, CEO of Outthinker, explains: “Event management is going through many exciting changes today. We are entering a more digital, agile, and purpose-driven world. History shows that those with the mental agility to grasp the next playbook will be the ones to shape the future. I’m looking forward to sharing specific strategies to that.”

Educational sessions at Exclusively Corporate @IMEX will focus on how planners can boost their lives both in and out of work. R. Michael Anderson, founder of The Executive JOY Institute, explores this further in his session Profiting on Happiness: Thriving Personally and Professionally, designed to manage stress and develop optimism, confidence, and communication tools that are useful in any situation.

Dedicated sessions for Young Professionals cover their career path. More experienced professionals can take part in facilitated discussions on their key issues and receive advice on how to demonstrate their value and contribution to their organisation.

New this year within the event is the Mock Trial which will explore a real, ethical scenario in an authentic courtroom setting involving participants in an engaging, entertaining educational session. Focusing on a case that directly relates to their work as meeting planners, attendees can turn their hand to becoming prosecution and defence lawyers and cross-examine the witness on both the supplier and the corporate side. Renowned meetings industry lawyer Jon Howe presides over proceedings. He serves as general counsel for Meeting Professionals International and the International Special Events Society, and is also general counsel for the Society of Incentive and Travel Executives.

Kathy Hastings, from Teredata in the USA who attended the event last year, explains:
“The opportunity to network with peers who have a global perspective has been really valuable. It’s superb to meet and share experiences with people who are passionate and really engaged with the meetings industry.”

Another participant, CJ Lin from Nu Skin Greater China in Taiwan, adds:
“It’s been great to hear different perspectives on our industry as people in different continents and industries think and operate in different ways. It’s also been good to share knowledge with other people here about contacts and experiences, about destinations and suppliers. The speakers provided valuable insight, particularly about budgets and choosing venues.”

Exclusively Corporate @IMEX takes place from 18-19 April 2016. For further details visit [email protected]ex/

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