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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 showcase event venues and service providers. Cap off this virtual event specifically for planners with a virtual happy hour!

Now you can earn CMP CE Credits at Planner Master Class, this class is offering credit for Strategic Planning


Thursday, December 3, 2020
3:00 -5:30 pm CT



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The Virtual Edition of the Planner Master Class will feature an informative, educational presentation for meeting professionals, 6 virtual roundtable discussions, plus hear short intros from our event partners. We’ll cap off this interactive event with a virtual happy hour over zoom.

Ateema Media & Marketing has been approved by the Events Industry Council (EIC) as a Preferred Provider of the below-listed continuing education courses, which courses qualify for CMP continuing education credit.   Determination of continuing education credit eligibility or Preferred Provider status does not imply EIC’s endorsement or assessment of education quality.

Benefits of Attending:

  • Learn about solutions and fresh ideas for hosting virtual and hybrid events
  • 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:

  • Featured Presentation: Join Lain Hensley of Odyssey Teams as we explore his 4 essentials to event planner success.
  • 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, while expanding your network of planners and event partners. Stay tuned for official event topics.


Virtual Event held via Zoom Client for Meetings

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Educational Sessions and Speakers

Virtual Event Emcee

Piero Procaccini (Creative Lead) has been working with the Second City for nearly two decades in a variety of capacities – instructor, performer, director, writer, and facilitator.  Currently, he is part of a core team of designers working to transition our live in-person offerings to the virtual space. In his role at SCW, he has collaborated with clients whose areas of focus run the gamut from Finance, to Manufacturing, to Consulting, to Pharmaceuticals, to Education.  Prior to his work with Second City, he received his undergraduate degree in Biology and Neuroscience from Amherst College and spent 7 years as a Research Technologist at Northwestern University. Piero loves using the low-stakes environment of improvisation to explore tools that are useful towards better communication and collaboration when the stakes become high.

Piero Procaccini

Creative Lead

The Second City

Featured Presentation: The Four Essentials to Event Planner Success

Lain Hensley has spent a lifetime exploring the human experience and looking inward and outward for answers.  After beating cancer seven years ago and almost 30 years traveling the world, delivering to countless groups at all levels, he has definitely learned a thing or two about people and getting the most from each moment.  Huffington Post, Entrepreneur Magazine, The Guardian, Fox Business, Tedx, and Successful Meetings Magazine are just a few media sources helping to share his methodology to the world.  Lain will share with us his four keys to engaging participants in the virtual platform and how his company, Odyssey Teams Inc. is breaking the mold yet again.  Lain says he is “On the cutting edge of common sense”  and is happy to share stories about how he and his team are thriving in these challenging times.  Fun, uplifting, personal, and relevant to the challenges we are all facing as we dive into 2021.  Expect to be moved, inspired, and educated by an industry leader and humble beginner.

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Presented by:

Lain Hensley

Head Dream Chaser & Co-Founder

Odyssey Teams


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Join us for our third Virtual Planner Master Class, Presented by Great Wolf Resorts. We will kick of the afternoon with a welcome from our host and title sponsor before our virtual keynote presentation.

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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 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 our sales team at to learn how to get your business involved.

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Showcase Sponsor

Virtual Networking Sponsor

Supporting Sponsors - Live Art International

Supporting Sponsors

Supporting Sponsors - Garrett Popcorn Shop

Registration Sponsor - Expopass

Supporting Sponsors - City Winery

Past Events

  • March 27, 2019 – Chicago Planner Master Class – Chicago Architecture Center
  • June 25, 2019 – Chicago Planner Master Class – Fremont
  • November 13, 2019 – PlannerPalooza! at IIt’s Kaplan Institute
  • March 4, 2020 – San Francisco Planner Master Class, Aquarium of the Bay 
  • July 14, 2020 – Virtual Planner Master Class, Live from The Old Post Office

  • September 18, 2019 – Chicago Planner Master Class – Barton G
  • September 24, 2019 – Chicago Planner Master Class – Bub City Rosemont
  • February 18, 2020 – Chicago Planner Master Class -  Hotel Essex Chicago
  • April 14, 2020 – Virtual Planner Master Class – Global Meetings Industry Day

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