International Special Events Society & National Association of Catering Executives

Kevin Hacke, ISES Executive DirectorISES NACE


Program Goal: For ISES and NACE chapters to work more collaboratively together

Solution: Opening Keynote January 2015 Chapter Leadership Conference

Book Chapter Focus – Chapter 5: Affirm What You Desire

How I lead client/audience to new solution

I built a custom keynote – Connect, Collaborate, Change where the leaders worked together to create a vision for what working together could mean. Audience members could not sit with there chapter at the event to encourage meeting new leaders and brainstorming new solutions.

During the program each organization shared it’s vision/mission statement and core values. To demonstrate the groups are more alike than different.

In the program the participants filled in a custom mini-workbook that walked leaders thru initial planning for the year. We stated together affirmations such as “Today we connect and collaborate. We commit to positive change as individuals, chapters and organizations.

We are dedicated to the highest and best for the events industry.”


ISES NACE Workbook
As a result of the session chapter leaders looked at leadership differently they didn’t need to compete quite so much they recognized the core values of both organizations were creativity, inspiration, teamwork, education and relationships.

Created workbook for chapter leader and member participation where they explored their own leadership strengths and intentions for collaboration

Chapter leaders were thrilled with the session it was a kick off of for the year that got them blending with new leaders in both organizations.