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When: October 4th, 2019
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Where: The Kimpton Gray Hotel
122 W. Monroe Street
Chicago, Illinois  60603
United States
Contact: ALA Chicago Staff
(888) 667-6430
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Cultivate Connections. Grow Your Career.

ALA Chicago is pleased to bring the bi-annual ALA Chicago Conference to its Members and Business Partners on Friday, October 4th at the stately Kimpton Gray Hotel, conveniently located in the Financial District of downtown Chicago. This half-day conference will be packed with educational sessions and networking opportunities. We hope to see you at ALA Chicago's biggest event of the year. As a 2019-2020 ALA Chicago Business Partner, conference attendance is a benefit of your sponsorship.

Agenda at a Glance

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Registration Open
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Coffee Connections with Business Partners
(Coffee & continental breakfast will be served)

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Dr. Sharon Meit Abrahams presents Powerful Assertiveness
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Julie Morgenstern presents
Making Work, Work: Counter-intuitive Keys to Productivity

(Lunch will be served at noon; 1st Grand Prize Giveaway)
1:30 PM - 2:50 PM Business Partner Networking Session
2:50 PM - 3:00 PM Break
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Education Sessions:

1. Practical Innovation Panel with William Mech (Goldberg Kohn)
and Jeff Krause (Affinity Consulting)

2. Employment Law Update with David Michael

4:00 PM - 4:10 PM Break
4:10 PM - 5:00 PM

Closing Session with Julie Morgenstern
including 2nd Grand Prize Raffle Giveaway

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Cocktail Reception



How Many Attendees Can I Bring?

Platinum Sponsor: 4 representatives

Gold Sponsors: 3 representatives

Silver Sponsors: 2 representatives

Bronze Sponsors: 2 representatives


What is Coffee Connections with Business Partners?

This networking opportunity will take place during registration between 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM on the 14th and 15th floor lobbies.  At the time of registration, members will be made aware of any BPs that will be in attendance, and we will encourage them to meet with you during the registration period on a casual basis at your assigned table in either the 14th or 15th floor lobby.  As an extra incentive for Chapter member participation during this hour, each member who meets with a business partner will be given one additional raffle ticket for the grand prize drawings. You will be able to use this space as a landing point for you and your team at any time throughout the conference.  Please indicate during your registration whether you will be available from 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM for this networking opportunity.


What is the Business Partner Networking Session?

Back by popular demand, and in place of an expo, we will have a dedicated networking session immediately following the keynote lunch that will allow you to interact with members in a “speed dating” fashion, exchange information, and learn about each other.  More details coming soon.


Do I need to bring a door prize?

In lieu of the individual sponsored door prizes raffled off during our cocktail reception, our business partner volunteer committee (comprised of Chapter members and business partners) decided to pool funds to contribute towards grand prizes. This will eliminate the need to bring/ship individual prizes for all 58 business partners and the length of time it takes to draw winners for each prize during the cocktail reception. We are asking that you contribute an amount based on your sponsorship level. Drawings will take place during the opening and closing general sessions. During registration, we ask that ONE representative of your team purchase a donation ticket. Donation prices are set as follows: Bronze $50, Silver $75, Gold $100 or Platinum $125. If you would like to contribute more than the set donation amount, you may either purchase a larger ticket OR contact the ALA Chicago Staff to set this up.


Additional Sponsorship Opportunities

There are several sponsorship opportunities available on a first-come, first-served basis that will provide your company with additional name recognition during the conference. Sponsorship opportunities are now on sale. Available opportunities and costs are listed below. Click HERE for additional information.

Sponsorship Opportunity
 Sponsorship Cost
 Wi-Fi Sponsor (1 sponsor)
 Breakfast Corner Sponsors (Up to 4 sponsors)
 Dessert Break Sponsors (Up to 4 sponsors)  $500
 Session/Speaker Introductions (Up to 3 sponsors)
 Water Bottle Sponsor (1 sponsor)
cost of production
 Seed Pencil Sponsor (1 sponsor)
cost of production


Charitable Opportunities

Join us in supporting Loom and Bridge to Success at the ALA Chicago Conference this fall!

We are pleased to announce that Loom will have a pop-up store at the Conference where you can purchase their beautiful, handmade products. Bridge to Success will also be accepting donations of gently used professional clothing, so start cleaning out those closets now! We will be publishing a list of needs for Bridge to Success and donation locations soon.

We also welcome monetary donations! Your individual or firm/company donations will go directly to these organizations to further their missions! Thank you for your support of Loom and Bridge to Success!