Connecting Leaders to Leaders

Develop top-to-top relationships with 200 executives sharing insights and opportunities

  • Trustworthy

For 22 years, through every business cycle, ECEF has connected executives at associations and independent organizers to information they use immediately.

  • High Energy

Clients expect an open and spirited peer exchange. And they get it.

  • Rewarding

Take away actionable ideas and valuable contacts that will benefit your brand, your event, your organization, and your career.

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May 29, 2024

Grand Hyatt

Washington DC


Registration Fee

$795: $395 for each additional colleague

Change in Plans? Last-minute qualified substitutions are welcome or cancel by May 22 for a full refund. 


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Expand Your Circle of Top-Level Contacts

Often called the A-List of the events industry.

  • Online Video Introductions before ECEF gives clients something to talk about when they convene.
  • Welcome Reception on Tuesday, May 30 kicks off face-to-face engagement.
  • Networking lunch and breaks keeps the networking action going all day.
  • Meet The Leaders session gives everyone a chance to stand and be seen.

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Interactive C-level Program Curated by Sam Lippman


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Event tech demonstrations for non-tech executives

Event technology products and services are proliferating and improving at an ever-quickening pace. TechDemo gives executives an opportunty to explore leading-edge solutions without the technobabble. 

  • Hands-on event tech demonstrations.
  • Meet tech experts AND the executives that run the company.
  • Explore solutions for marketing, sales, operations and back office.

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Latest Resources

  • Jennifer Schwartz, Divisional President, Access Intelligence, moderates a panel with; Ellen Davis, Executive Vice President, Business Strategy and Industry Engagement, U.S. Travel Association; Ben Erw ...
  • Sam Lippman, President, Lippman Connects kicks off the ECEF program with a fast-paced data-driven overview, spotlighting insights gleaned from recent research. This session was recorded at the 22nd an ...

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  • ECEF is one the few opportunities where independent and association show organizers get to mingle and learn from one another.
    Karen Chupka
    Chief Strategist, Chupka Consulting LLC
  • You've got 200 C-level executives here. There's a lot of peer-to-peer learning, which is incredible.
    Chris Dolnack
    Senior Vice President, National Shooting Sports Foundation
  • As a newcomer to events, it is so valuable to connect and have interactions that pay off.
    Cassandra Farrington
    Co-Founder & CEO, Marijuana Business Daily
  • I've had a bunch of conversations with people we're going to want to do business with.
    Chris Bown
    Executive Vice President, National Association of Broadcasters
  • ECEF is a great event! In one day I can hear insights and best practices from the ‘Who’s Who’ in our industry.
    Mary Pat Heftman
    Principal, Principal MPH Solutions, LLC
  • ECEF is a fixture on my calendar. Don’t delegate this one; as a CEO, you need to be there.
    Lori M. Anderson, CAE
    President & CEO, International Sign Association
  • The value I’ve gained from ECEF has always exceeded expectations. It’s the only event that brings together association and media executives to network, debate, and exchange new business ideas and best practices.
    Kerry C. Gumas
    Chief Executive Officer, Metacomet LLC
  • ECEF has valuable content and useful take-aways in a variety of areas.
    Peter Eelman
    Vice President Exhibitions and Communications, The Association for Manufacturing Technology, AMT
  • ECEF is the most valuable education and networking event of the year. The ideas shared by speakers and participants helped us grow attendance and sales. There is no better opportunity to learn from the brightest in the industry.
    Eric Wulf
    CEO, International Carwash Association®

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Lippman Connects You

  • Joe Glionna, Vice President, Newcom Business Media
  • Joe Randall, Executive Vice President, Emerald Expositions
  • John Coe, Vice President, Direct Hilt Marketing
  • John Gallagher, Group Vice President, Naylor Event Solutions
  • John Jaworski, Director, RSNA
  • John O'Donnell, President & CEO, Washington Area new Automobile Dealers Assocation
  • John Toner V, Vice President, United Fresh Produce Association
  • Johnnie White, Senior Director, American Academy of Otolaryngology
  • Jon Benjamin, Managing Director, ASP
  • Jonathan Ray, Vice President, Aerospace, Energy & Healthcare Groups
  • Jonathan Thompson, Executive Director & CEO, National Sheriffs' Association
  • Josh Haynie, Vice President, Freeman
  • Juan Sanchez, Vice President, American Occupational Therapy Association
  • Judy Chambers, Sales Executive, Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority
  • Juliet Funt, Chief Executive Officer, WhiteSpace at Work
  • Justine McVaney, Senior Vice President, National Association of Broadcasters
  • Kai Hattendorf, Managing Director, UFI - Global Association of the Exhibiton Industry
  • Kara Dickerson, Senior Director, Consumer Technology Association
  • Karen Gebhart, Vice President, Helicopter Association International
  • Karen Kotowski, CEO, Convention Industry Council
  • Katherine Busey, Chief Operations Officer, Boardroom Events
  • Kellie Shevlin, Executive Director, Craft Beverage Expo
  • Kelly Fox, Institute of Food Technologists
  • Kelly Kilga, Vice President, NPES & Graphic Arts Show Company (GASC)
  • Kim Althoff, Director, ISSA
  • Kimberly Hardcastle-Geddes, President, marketing design group
  • Koley Corte, Senior Vice President, Reed Exhibitions
  • Kristen Garcia, Director, JW Marriott Washington, DC
  • Larry Arnaudet, Executive Director, Exhibition Services Contractor Association
  • Larry Wilson, Vice President, National Confectioners Association
  • Laurie Lutz, Vice President, Consumer Technology Association
  • Lee Ann Burr, Chief Executive Officer, ITS America
  • Lefty Tsironis, Director, Los Angeles Auto Show
  • Libby Taylor, Vice President, National Confectioners Association
  • Linda Peters, Vice President, National Business Aviation Association
  • Lisa Goecke Malikow, Senior Director, National Restaurant Association
  • Lisa Wagner, Chief Financial Officer, Solar Energy Trade Shows
  • Lois Schoenbrun, Executive Director, American Academy of Optometry
  • Lori Anderson, President & CEO, International Sign Association
  • Lori Jenks, Senior Vice President, Emerald Expositions
  • Maggie Brescia, Vice President, Specialty Graphic Imaging Association
  • Margaret Pederson, President, Amirexx
  • Mark Bogdansky, Vice President, National Retail Federation
  • Mark Garrison, Senior Vice President, Plastics Industry Association
  • Mark Light, CEO & Executive Director, International Association of Fire Chiefs
  • Mark Purcell, CEO, International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association
  • Marty Glynn, CEO, MAD Event Management
  • Mary Becton, Vice President, Alliance for International Meetings
  • Mary Pat Cornett, Vice President, American Society for Nutrition
  • Maurits Van Der Sluis, Executive Vice President, RAI Amsterdam

200 Leaders. Countless Opportunities.