Barreling Ahead

October 29, 2020 | Kentucky International Convention Center

Keynote Speaker

David Dubois Headshot

David DuBois

President and CEO

International Association of Exhibitions and Events

The Path Forward – Industry Actions & Updates

David DuBois is the President and CEO of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events® (IAEE). As IAEE’s president, DuBois is responsible for the management of 25 full-time professional staff, producing the annual business operating plan and budget, overseeing the support of all meetings of governance units, leading business development, directing fund raising efforts, advocating for the industry and the organization’s members, providing organizational leadership and strategic counsel to the board. Also, he serves as the association’s representative with industry coalitions, partner organizations and strategic alliances. In 2019, DuBois was inducted into the Events Industry Council’s “Hall of Leaders,” one of the industry’s most prestigious honors.

Main Stage Speakers

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Christine “Shimo” Shimasaki

Event Emcee

Christine “Shimo” Shimasaki, CDME, CMP of 2Synergize, LLC, a Simpleview consulting company, is a passionate advocate of the meetings industry. Previously, Shimo served as a full-time consultant for Destinations International (DI), managing the MINT database and the Event Impact Calculator and provided leadership and guidance to the industry with specific meetings market issues and opportunities. Shimo is currently on faculty for SDSU Master’s in Meeting and Event Management, teaching Data Driven Decision Making for Event Professionals. She has served the tourism industry as a board member to PCMA, and chair to DI’s Accreditation Board.


Karen Williams
Karen Williams

President & CEO of Louisville Tourism

David Beck
David Beck

President & CEO of Kentucky Venues

Breakout Sessions

Keionna Baker
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Don't Meet Me There, Beat Me There

In 2019, Keionna & Cherena co-founded The Elephant in the Room after heading a diversity and inclusion initiative at one of Louisville’s premier collaborative workplaces. Through their personal career z, they quickly realized that companies, small and large, not only needed training in what diversity and inclusion looked and felt like, but also needed guidance in how to have conversations otherwise considered taboo. Thus, The Elephant in the Room, an interactive diversity and inclusion platform that focuses on empathy, accountability, and change in the workplace was created. The Elephant in the Room’s unique, interactive workshop style, results in strategies to help mitigate bias in the workplace and beyond.


Keionna Baker
Keionna Baker
Cherena Fox
Sporting Events in Today's Climate

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.

Karl Schmitt

President & CEO

Louisville Sports Commission

John David

Chief Strategy Officer


Dale Cowper

University of Louisville Athletics

Head Coach of Men’s and Women’s Track and Field and Cross Country

Anne Kordes

Club Director

Kentucky Indiana Volleyball Academy (KIVA)

KICC’ing Ahead with Healthy Hybrid Events

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.


Blake Henry

General Manager

Kentucky Venues – KICC

Laura Whitehead

Director of Sales and Marketing

Kentucky Venues – KICC

Chris Brawner

Director of Compliance

Kentucky Venues

Carlie Palmer

Sr. Catering Sales Manager-KICC

Levy Restaurants

Daniel Forero

Sales and Account Manager

Prestige AV & Creative Services

Attendance Building with a Splash of Louisville

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.


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