In pictures: C&IT US Forum 2019

Event planners from North America came to Chewton Glen for two days of meetings, content sessions and activities.

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After delegates at the US Forum had got themselves checked in on Monday afternoon, they were taken to a room full of white skateboards and colouring-in materials. 

Their task, organised by charity team-building specialists O3E, was to make the skateboards as colourful as possible in an hour, then add the wheels and produce a skateboard that could be given to local charity called Ashley’s Birthday Bank. The finished skateboards would then be given to children for Christmas.

Skateboards built, and it was off to The Kitchen for dinner, with live music provided by roaming three-piece The Charlalas.  

Day two began with some seated yoga to make sure everyone was feeling well-stretched and zen before the day ahead. 

Then there were talks from GPJ’s Kurt Miller and American Guest’s Richard Williams, as well as a presentation on global MICE trends by C&IT’s Calum Di Lieto.

After lunch, Scott Cullather of INVNT, Stephanie Gross of Ashfield M&E and Steve Perkins of Go To Events took part in a discussion panel on retaining high performing talent, moderated by C&IT’s Mark Williams.

The day’s content was brought to a close by Motiv8’s Steve Lang who explained how to inspire, develop and motivate your event team to achieve the extraordinary.

Drinks in Chewton Glen’s spectacular treehouses were followed by dinner to round off Tuesday.

On the final day, David Leong from CI Events explained how to challenge the status quo when pitching creative ideas to clients before an impromptu panel on the business relationship between agencies and suppliers. 

Keep an eye on C&IT over the coming weeks for write-ups and videos from many of the content sessions at the US Forum.

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