HOW Design Live Chicago June 22-27
June 24-27, 2011


Networking Opportunities

The 2011 InHOWse Managers Conference is jam-packed with networking opportunities, and it’s important—to both your creativity and your career—that you take advantage of them.

Whatever your networking style, you’ll find plenty of both formal and informal opportunities to connect with your peers. And if the thought of networking sends chills down your spine, don’t worry. We’ve crafted special networking opportunities to help you come out of your shell and make the most of this time with your peers.

Take a look at the networking opportunities listed below to get you started, but remember that every time you find yourself in conversation with a speaker or another attendee, you’re networking. So don’t undervalue those casual conversations at breakfast, between sessions or in the elevator!

Friday, June 24

Networking Lunch (additional fee)
12:15 pm – 1:45pm
Perfect for new attendees or folks flying solo, the Networking Lunch helps you get to know a few other attendees—and practice your networking skills—in a casual, yet facilitated atmosphere.

HOW Design Live Networking Kickoff
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Hosted by The Creative Group, masters of the art of networking, the Kickoff gives you a chance to meet other designers, creative freelancers, in-house managers and packaging designers as you participate in a fun icebreaking game. It’s a great way to meet a wide variety of creatives and, as an added bonus, it’ll get you revved up for the HOW Design Live Opening Keynote.

The HOW Design Live Opening Reception
8:00pm – 10:00pm
Th Opening Reception, sponsored by Mohawk Fine Papers, is your first chance to explore the overflowing Resource Center, and it’s also a networking opportunity in the disguise of a party. There will be drinks, snacks and live music, and that just makes it even easier to strike up a conversation with an interesting stranger. And don’t forget the vendors you’ll be meeting—you never know when they’ll be able to provide the perfect solution to a tough design or production problem. So gather as many business cards as possible (your badge pouch is a handy place to stash them).

Saturday, June 25
InHOWse Managers Conference Networking Breakfast: Coffee and Collaboration
8:00am – 8:50am
Start your day—and your InHOWse Conference experience—off with a little networking. Hosted by Dyana Valentine, this session will get you going and help you make important connections with other in-house design managers. The session will be moderated, so even if you’re not a networker by nature, you’ll find yourself easily chatting with the folks around you.

Lunch with an InHOWse Managers Conference Speaker (additional fee)
12:15pm – 1:45pm
Share fabulous conversation—and lunch—with your favorite InHOWse Conference speaker and eight other attendees. This is your chance to ask probing questions, get more insight and just enjoy the discussion with attendees who have the same interests or are facing the same in-house challenges.

InHOWse Managers Conference Happy Hour
5:00pm – 6:30pm
Relax after a full day’s sessions and start digesting everything you’ve learned as you chat with your fellow attendees. This is a great time to compare notes and share your epiphanies and flashes of inspiration.

Sunday, June 26

InHOWse Managers Conference Breakfast Roundtables

8:00am – 8:50am (Riverside East)

Join your fellow in-house design managers for in-depth conversation over breakfast. Each table will be labeled with a topic and will have an attendee or speaker on hand to get the conversation going. Here are the topics:
Creative Briefs - Emily Cohen, Cohen Miller Consulting

Effectively Using Social Media To Promote Your Brand - Brad Dressler, CEO and Creative Strategist, bcd design and marketing &Pro Social Media Coaching and Training
How To Get Respect For Your Team - Andy Epstein
Non-Moderated Roundtables:
  • How To Manage When You're A New Manager
  • How to be Creative Within Brand Guidelines
  • Workflow Processes (Best Practices)
  • The Dreaded Approval Process
  • Tight Deadlines - Getting Reasonable Turnarounds from Internal Clients

Portfolio Review
6:00pm – 7:30pm
On the surface, this might seem like a giant portfolio critique, and in a way, it is. But it’s also a means of meeting young and up-and-coming designers—and potential new employees if your company is currently hiring. And if you’re one of those up-and-comers, it’s a chance to make connections with potential employers, collaborators or even clients.

HOW Design Live Sunday Night Reception
9:00pm – 11:30pm
Don’t miss out on the last official networking opportunity of HOW Design Live, sponsored by Neenah Paper. Along with drinks, snacks and live music, you’ll get to enjoy the company of creatives from across the country. Have fun with the folks you’ve already met, but be sure to make some new friends—the people you have fun with on Sunday night are the same people who’ll help you with design problems and creative brainstorming down the road.

Monday, June 27

HOW Design Conference Breakfast Roundtables
8:30am – 9:30am (Riverside East)

Join your fellow designers for in-depth conversation over breakfast. Each table will be labeled with a topic and will have an attendee or speaker on hand to get the conversation going. Here are the topcs:
Email Design - Andrea Smith

Leading Your Client to the Right Design - Melissa Harris

Diffusing Tempers and Tantrums - Cami Travis-Groves

Social Media for Design Resources and Promoting Your Work - Brad Dressler, CEO and Creative Strategist, bcd design and marketing & Pro Social Media Coaching and Training
Non-Moderated Roundtables:
  • For anyone working alone and all the ways to help and inspiration outside of your little world
  • Scheduling and managing jobs all within a budget
  • Fresh out of college
  • Thinking of starting your own design business? Me too!
  • How to incorporate your passions into your work
  • Regional Table: East
  • Regional Table: West
  • Regional Table: Midwest
  • Regional Table: South