Barreling Ahead

October 29, 2020 | Kentucky International Convention Center

Schedule of Events

October 29, 2020

Check In
Check in at KICC if you’re joining us in person for some socially-distanced networking, or sign in here if you’re joining the event virtually.
Main Stage
Overview of the day from Emcee, Christine “Shimo” Shimasaki
Main Stage
Welcome & Opening remarks from Karen Williams, President & CEO of Louisville Tourism
Main Stage
KICC’s safe re-opening update from David Beck, President & CEO of Kentucky Venues, and Blake Henry, General Manager of KICC
Main Stage
Airport Update
Dan Mann, Executive Director, will provide an update on the Muhammad Ali International Airport, highlighting cleanliness, renovations and adapting to COVID-19.
Main Stage
“The Path Forward – Industry Actions & Updates” with David DuBois, President and CEO of The International Association of Exhibitions and Events. The industry has been active on a number of fronts to bring meetings back. Become informed about critical industry issues and learn what we all should be doing and asking to “Go Live Together”.
Main Stage
Keynote Q&A
Q&A with David DuBois lead by Shimo
Breakout Sessions
Choose from our four Breakout Session options
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Don’t Meet Me There, Beat Me There
(40 minutes)
Learn how Louisville Tourism moved intentionally in response to challenges within our destination to stand in solidarity with our community amongst the calls for justice. See how they are harnessing the energy of this moment, with both ongoing and new initiatives, to become a part of a broader movement to have measured and immediate impact in the tourism and hospitality industry. Also hear from local DEI experts, The Elephant in the Room, how your company can be a pioneer of change, equity, and inclusion.
Sporting Events in Today’s Climate
(40 minutes)
Louisville is open and currently planning and hosting sporting events. This state of the sports industry session will include a panel of speakers and their firsthand experiences with hosting successful events during COVID. They will discuss the process for event approval for both outdoor and indoor events and what precautions are being taken to keep people safe.
KICC’ing Ahead with Healthy Hybrid Events
(20 minutes, repeated)
This panel discussion with the management team from the Kentucky International Convention Center will encompass health and safety processes with GBAC Venue Certification, F&B sanitation practices, and AV and technology strategies designed to execute safe events that are creative, engaging and productive for both in-person and virtual attendees.
Attendance Building with a Splash of Louisville 
(20 minutes, repeated)
Building your event attendance is important to you, which means it’s important to us! Join the Louisville Tourism Destination Services team and Evan Williams Bourbon Experience for a bourbon infused virtual attendance building session that will leave everyone with a thirst for Louisville.
4th Street Live! Virtually
A virtual tour of the 4th Street Live! downtown entertainment venue with showcasing their COVID readiness around retail and evening concert events.
In-Person Attendees
Enjoy lunch in KICC’s spacious and airy pre-function area provided by Levy Restaurants.

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