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Virtual Planner Master Class is the place for Chicago’s top meeting and event planners to learn about cutting edge industry topics and some of Chicagoland’s best venues and vendors. Cap off this virtual event specifically for planners with a virtual happy hour!

Now you can earn CMP CEU Credits at Planner Master Class, this class is not offering credit at this time


Tuesday, April 14, 2020
3:00 -5:30 pm



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The Virtual Edition of the Planner Master Class will feature an informative, educational prsentation on virtual and hybrid events, 6 virtual roundtable discussions, plus updates from our event partners. We’ll cap off this interactive event with a virtual happy hour over zoom.

Benefits of Attending:

  • Learn about solutions to host virtual and hybrid events, presented by FREEMAN
  • Learn about industry trends, tactics, and resources
  • Learn and connect with new venues and vendors
  • Network with fellow planners and industry professionals
  • Enjoy a virtual happy hour with fellow meeting and event professionals

Educational Sessions:

  • Your Guide to Going Live: Solutions for Virtual & Hybrid Events by FREEMAN
  • 6 Planner Roundtable Discussions: During the virtual Planner Master Class, we will rotate between 6 different virtual breakout rooms to discuss timely event topics, share ideas and resources, and build your network of planners and event partners. Stay tuned for official event topics.


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Educational Sessions and Speakers

Your Guide to Going Live: Solutions for Virtual & Hybrid Events

COVID-19 has caused our industry to pivot – to make sensible event decisions to postpone, go virtual or cancel, to reconsider content and session formats to ensure a compelling attendee experience, and to offer corporate partners new ways to connect with audiences. In this new world, it’s not about surviving – it’s about thriving! This two-hour dynamic workshop (plus a virtual happy hour!!) will inform, inspire and engage you in the latest trends with online events, best practices, and new ideas for revenue generation and partnerships.

Presented by:

David Saef

Senior Vice President of Strategy


David is a leader of our strategic advisory practice to association executives, event organizers and corporate marketers. As associations lead, David has directed engagements to develop multiyear event and association strategies that transform experiences and deliver business results. Prior to Freeman, David led the GES Global Strategy team from 2007 to 2018. Through his leadership, GES Strategy launched new strategic planning, audience research and acquisition, experience design, portfolio planning, event audits, sponsorship strategy and activation, measurement and event intelligence services focused on membership organizations and associations. From 2007-2013, David led Strategy & Marketing as well as planning and acquisitions for GES. Prior to this, he spent seven years with L.E.K. Consulting in the firm’s London and Chicago offices. David serves as an executive board member at BPA Worldwide, a nonprofit auditor of media circulation, events and sustainability practices. He is a frequent industry speaker at IAEE, PCMA Convening Leaders, Exhibitor Live, HCEA, IMEX and Large Show Roundtable. David earned an MBA from The Wharton School and an M.A. of International Studies from the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his B.A. in Russian and Soviet studies from Harvard College.


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Kick off our first Virtual Planner Master Class with Tim O’Malley, CEO of Ateema Media & Marketing and hear from various event sponsors.

Listen in to our keynote presentation about solutions to taking your next event virtual or hybrid, presented by FREEMAN.

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Grab a glass and join us for a virtual happy hour after the virtual master class

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Sponsorship Availabilities

Would you be interested in presenting your event offerings to a vetted list of local meeting and event planners? Contact Sam@Ateema.com for more information on sponsorship, content and event opportunities.

Want to showcase your business at PlannerPalooza?

Tell us a little more about you and your business and a member of our sales team will reach out to you directly to provide more information about PlannerPalooza and other opportunities to connect with Meeting & Event Planners.

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Is Planner Master Class right for you?

For Planners

If you can say ‘yes’ to at least one of the following, you are qualified to attend:

  • You hold the title of meeting or event planner or the like
  • Your role requires you to plan or assist with at least three events per year
  • You have an annual event budget of $15,000 or more

Your registration is subject to review by Ateema Media & Marketing prior to attendance.

For Businesses

  • Does your business have special or private event space you need to fill?
  • Have you lost revenue due to COVD-19?
  • Would it help your business to present your offerings to 100+ local meeting and event planners

If you answered yes to the questions above, contact VP of Media, Sam Krause at Sam@Ateema.com to learn how to get your business involved.

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Supporting Sponsors

Premier Sponsor - Convene

Supporting Sponsors - City Winery

Past Events

  • March 27, 2019 – Chicago Planner Master Class – Chicago Architecture Center
  • June 25, 2019 – Chicago Planner Master Class – Fremont

  • September 18, 2019 – Chicago Planner Master Class – Barton G
  • September 24, 2019 – Chicago Planner Master Class – Bub City Rosemont

Phone: 312-360-1770 | Email: hello@ateema.com | www.ateema.com