Legal Advice + Live Art: Prevue’s Chicago Visionary Summit Had It All

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This original Chicago-inspired painting by artist John Bukaty was created during the opening reception at Hotel Allegro.
This original Chicago-inspired painting by artist John Bukaty was created during the opening reception at Hotel Allegro.

Thirty meeting planners from organizations ranging from McDonald’s to the Young Presidents Organization shared a high-level view of meeting planning at Prevue’s Visionary Summit, held last Thursday and Friday at the Hotel Palomar in Chicago. Highlights included a session by Dianne Devitt of DND Partners on Designing Event Experiences for the Senses, after which roundtable groups had a chance to storyboard their own original meeting designed around a single color.

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Live dancers surprised the group during a presentation on designing a meeting to spark the senses.

Jed Mandel of Chicago Law Partners shared advice on how to prepare for the unexpected in meeting contracts, while Mark Benson, president of Applied Meeting & Hospitality Solutions, took a deep dive into budgeting and RFPs. Other sessions included a panel discussion featuring EventWorks’ Janet Elkins, Kellogg’s Cecile Mutch and International Meeting Managers’ Lynne Tiras on managing change internally and externally. Open Space-style roundtables focused on topics chosen in advance by the group.

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The opening reception was held in the Hotel Allegro’s Savoy Room.

An opening reception in the Hotel Allegro’s clubby Savoy Room showcased socially responsible amenity options from HHR/Helping Hand Rewards. All attendees received a free pair of Revo sunglasses, with $10 from each pair going to support a Bono-endorsed charity, the Brien Holden Vision Institute, to stop to preventable blindness. A highlight of the evening was artist John Bukaty, who painted an original piece of art as the group mingled; the stunning end result was a beautiful woman standing in Chicago in the rain under a bright red umbrella. Bukaty creates paintings at corporate and incentive events, then turns them into giclees as a special gift for the guests.

Relaxing at lunch: Prevue Editor Barbara Scofidio and Karin Thompson, senior global travel manager, event planner, ViaSat
Relaxing at lunch: Prevue Editor Barbara Scofidio and Karin Thompson, senior global travel manager, event planner, ViaSat

Three of Chicago’s Kimpton Hotels rolled out the red carpet for the VIP group. Attendees had the chance to take a sneak peek of The Gray, the company’s newest hotel here, opening in two weeks.
Visionary Summit sponsors included AIC Hotel Group, Caesars Entertainment, the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board, Naples l Marco Island l Everglades Convention & Visitors Bureau and Silverseas Cruises. Additional partners included Audrey Gordon Events, Dance Spectacular Productions, 360 Destination Group, Chicago and wet paint group.

The room amenity at the Hotel Palomar and Hotel Allegro was like a work of art.
The room amenity at the Hotel Palomar and Hotel Allegro was its own work of art.
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Barbara Scofidio
Barbara Scofidio is editor of Prevue and heads up the Visionary Summits, our exclusive conference series targeting senior-level meeting and incentive planners. In 25 years of covering the industry, her articles have spanned topics ranging from social media to strategic meetings management. She is currently the media liaison for FICP's Education Committee and was the first member of the media ever to be invited to sit on a committee by GBTA, where she spent three years on the Groups and Meetings Committee. She has also been an active member of Site, chairing its Crystal Awards committee and acting as a judge. A familiar face at industry events, Barbara often leads panel discussions or speaks on topics close to her heart, such as green meetings or how the industry can help combat human trafficking. Barbara is based outside Boston, in Groton, Mass.

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