Online Event

The Breakout Room

Presented with Visit Milwaukee and the Wisconsin Center District

Event Details:

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What is The Breakout Room?

It doesn’t matter if you are working for a corporation, a non-profit, city or independently – professionals in the event industry create the cultural backbone of our communities and companies.

The future is uncertain. Successful event professionals know how to creatively problem solve and adapt to face challenges – whether it be new regulations, capacity restrictions, virtual programming and more.

This program is presented in partnership with Visit Milwaukee and the Wisconsin Center District.

Why You Should Come

We need to build a stronger community of event professionals. That is why we are launching The Breakout Room, an interactive program that gathers people across the industry to share, learn and connect around key topics that matter to our professions.

Together, we will take our events to the next level and build truly transformative experiences in the future.

Event Schedule

  • Continental Breakfast | 9:00-9:15AM | In the first 15 minutes, Jeremy Fojut and Angela Damiani, Co-Founders of NEWaukee, share their expertise around creating transformational experiences. In and outside of Milwaukee, they have produced thousands of unique programs for communities and brands alike. Over the past decade, NEWaukee has produced popular signature programs including the NEWaukee Night Market and YPWeek to showcase cities and the businesses therein. Since the pandemic, NEWaukee has pivoted to virtual programming and consulting using their three step process to building brand belonging.
  • Pit Stop | 9:15-9:30AM |Isaac Rothwell, Executive Committee Member of The Live Events Coalition, which was created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its devastating impact on the live events industry. He’ll share his background and the work they do to provide advocacy, resources and a network that connects and supports events industry businesses, contractors and workforce.
  • Community Build | 9:30–10:05AM | During this rapid fire networking portion of the program, get to know other event professionals and start to build new relationships.
  • Pit Stop | 10:05–10:20AM |
  • The Green Rooms | Keep the conversations going with roundtable discussions after the presentations end. Meet with other event professionals to share successes, workshop ideas and commiserate on common challenges.

About our Featured Speakers

Isaac Rothwell
Isaac Rothwell started his career in media production almost 20 years ago. After many years spent in audio and video production and as a recording studio owner/operator, he transitioned into the technology production side of the Live Events Industry. For the past 8 years Isaac has worked in various roles on national Audio Video production teams and advanced to now serve as National Director of Operations for Digerati Productions, a national audio visual production company in which he is a partner. He oversees the national operations for the company and leads a team of regional operations directors in Raleigh, Orlando, Phoenix and Chicago. Isaac has a passion for innovation in operations and improving technology delivery to Live Events with company focus on corporate events, business meetings, tradeshows and conferences.

Following the president's initial address to the nation, Isaac had a gut reaction of a need to sound an alarm and bring attention to the grave financial impact the COVID-19 pandemic would bring to the Live Events Industry beyond other areas of the economy. Following the overwhelming response to a petition Isaac wrote and launched on, he began to organize calls to collaborate with other event industry professionals who contacted him in gratitude and seeking further action steps beyond signing the petition. On these conference calls, the idea and realization of the need for the Live Coalition was formed. Isaac continues to lead this coalition with intense dedication and drive as more professionals, businesses and organizations join the coalition.

The Breakout Room

09:00AM - 10:30AM

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Sign Up: Free


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