Mike Williams

Senior Partner & Senior Consultant, GainingEdge

Expertise: Destination development for meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibition market (MICE) also known as business events, establishment & development of convention bureaus, in-market sales representation, business & product development, bid management, sales and marketing planning, industry training, brand development, association development programmes, convention centre development and strategic planning.



Session Name:

Innovate, Include, Ignite – ICCA’s Power Trio



Dive into the transformative realm of event planning, business pitching, association conference bidding, where Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) merge seamlessly with ICCA’s power. Join us for an immersive session that unravels the secret sauce behind development and the creation of robust social capital. From shaping experiences to fostering inclusivity, witness the magic unfold as we redefine the landscape from “I to we”.


Key Takeaways

1. People Amplification: Gain insights into innovative strategies for cross community, industry collaboration and talent development specific to the intricacies of success of bidding.
2. Social Capital Mastery: Explore the dynamics of building and leveraging social capital within events, understanding how to create meaningful connections and networks that extend beyond the event space.
3. DEI in Action: Acquire practical skills in incorporating DEI principles into your teamwork, business pitch, event planning, ensuring inclusivity, diversity, and equity are not just buzzwords but integral elements shaping the success of your gatherings.


Target Audience

This session is open to all professionals with the passion in shaping the future and value of business events.

AIME 2024 Speakers

Knowledge Program and Ideas Academy Speakers Announced

Mark Cooper


Katy Aldrich

General Manager, Australia and New Zealand, SongDivision

Julz Partington

Creative Director, Encore Event Technologies APAC

Lisa Kelliher

Head of People & Culture, Be Challenged

Ron Anderson

Creative Experience Officer, Unicorn Group and REALM Australia

Kate Atkinson

Regional Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Pacific and Indonesia, Hyatt Hotels Corporation

Sarah Morse

Director, Unchained Solutions

George Hawwa

Founder and Growth Director, Attention Experts

Rebecca Grace

General Manager, Centre for Inclusive Design

Lisa Ronson

Chief Marketing Officer, Coles Group

Thomas Staunton

CEO, SoldOut Events

Kai Hattendorf

CEO, UFI - The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry

Stephen Koukoulas

Managing Director, Market Economics Pty Ltd

Simon Cooper

Managing Director, Interpoint Events

Virginia Loyola

Senior Manager, Global Sales, Arinex Group

Nicole Tingey

Director, Clockwise Consulting

Bruce Keebaugh

Co-Founder, The Big Group

Seb Terry

Inspirational Keynote Speaker, Sebastian Terry

El Kwang

Founder + Chief Engager, BEAMexperience

Ian Curley

Director of Kitchen Operations Australia, Ovolo Hotels

Diane Demetre

Motivational Leadership & Mindset Speaker, Diane Demetre

Peter Haycroft

Head Chef, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

Katerina Grant

Director, Kat&Co

Samantha Ferrier

Sustainability Manager, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC)

Tanya Wick

Senior Leader, Totem Connections

Melissa Brown

Chief Executive Officer, Australian Business Events Association

Chris Sheldon

Managing Director, Curtis Stone Events

Deanna Varga

CEO & Founder, Mayvin Global

Megan Van Den Berg

Co Owner, https://kinyalerrk.com.au/

Alana Bicknell

Director of Sales and Planning, New Zealand International Convention Center

Daniel 'Fuzz' Walker

Managing Director (Asia Pacific), Afterburner

Michelle Sargent

Director, CWT Meetings & Events

Melissa Murphy

Head of Conference Operations, Arinex

Veemal Gungadin

CEO, Gevme

Charlotte Juniper

Winner of ICCA AP Youth Challenge 2023, Adelaide Convention Center

Henri Turra

Managing Director, Radish Events

Bernard Stephens

General Manager, Harry the Hirer

Natalie Simmons

Founder & CEO, Barefoot Citizens Consulting

Fernando Barraza

Creative Director, Cirkus Bizurkus

Jill Midlovets

Kitchen Coordinator, OzHarvest

Lucy Meixner

Adelaide Convention Center, Winner of ICCA AP Youth Challenge 2023

Lauren Hayward

Owner and Managing Director, Forum Group Events and Marketing

Lisa Meehan

Head of Delivery, Diversified Communications

John Burgess

Director of Strategy, Little Rocket

Nadav Kahn

Lead Wellbeing Facilitator, Vibrate Your Mind

Vanessa Green

CEO, Cliftons

Waikin Wong

Regional Director, ICCA Asia Pacific

Emma Bamblett

Artist and Co-owner, Kinya Lerrk


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