June 20, 2019Thursday

Time Event Location
3:00 – 5:00 PM Registration & Refreshments Hyatt - The Living Room (West Tower)
5:30 PM Transportation to Willis Tower Hyatt - Crystal Ballroom Lobby (West Tower)
6:00 – 9:00 PM Welcome Reception Willis Tower - Skydeck
9:00 PM Transportation back to hotel Willis Tower - Skydeck
  • Hyatt Regency Chicago

    Hyatt Regency Chicago

    151 East Wacker Drive · Chicago, Illinois, 60601 · 312.565.1234

    Experience the heartbeat of Illinois at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, the largest hotel in Chicago. With luxe rooms and exquisite dining, it's the  perfect downtown retreat located steps from the Magnificent Mile and iconic Chicago destinations.

  • Registration & Refreshments

    Registration & Refreshments

    Hyatt - The Living Room
    Thursday, June 20, 3:00–5:00 PM

    Get checked into your room and head over to The Living Room (West Tower - 2nd Floor) to pick up your registration packet, enjoy a refreshment and socialize with friends and colleagues before we kick off the evening with the Welcome Reception at Willis Tower Skydeck!

  • Welcome Reception

    Welcome Reception

    Willis Tower Skydeck
    Thursday, June 20, 6:00–9:00 PM

    Join us for an unforgettable evening of fellowship on the 99th floor of Willis Tower, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and a world-famous architectural icon standing 1,450 feet tall and 110 stories over the heart of downtown Chicago. Take in the panoramic views of the lakefront and up to four states while you enjoy Taste-of-Chicago themed dinner stations. Souvenir photos will be offered on The Ledge, a glass floor balcony extending four feet outside the 103rd floor and 1,353 feet over Chicago!

June 21, 2019Friday

Time Event Location
7:00 – 9:30 AM Breakfast Buffet Hyatt - Big Bar (East Tower)
7:30 – 7:50 AM Annual Membership Business Meeting Hyatt - The Plaza Ballroom (East Tower)
8:00 – 9:30 AM Seminar — Nick Espinosa, Cyber Security Expert Hyatt - The Plaza Ballroom (East Tower)
9:40 – 11:00 AM Seminar — Bill Benjamin, The Science of Emotional Intelligence Hyatt - The Plaza Ballroom (East Tower)
11:20 AM Transportation to Wrigley Field Hyatt - Crystal Ballroom Lobby (West Tower)
12:00 – 4:30 PM Chicago Cubs vs. New York Mets (Lunch Provided - 1st Pitch at 1:20 p.m.) Wrigley Field
4:30 PM Transportation back to Hotel Bus Pickup on Irving Park Rd.
  • Annual Membership Business Meeting

    Annual Membership Business Meeting

    Hyatt Regency - The Plaza Ballroom
    Friday, June 21, 7:30–7:50 AM

    Open to all members, this meeting reviews Association actvities over the past year and previews activities and resources planned for the coming year.

  • Seminar — Nick Espinosa, Cyber Security Expert

    Seminar — Nick Espinosa, Cyber Security Expert

    Friday, June 21, 8:00–9:30 AM

    Nick Espinosa will inform, and possibly disturb you with his important message regarding Cybersecurity and minimizing risks to your privacy, data, and business operations in our connected digital world, while enjoying the benefits of our technology. He will not only scare you about IT and being on the internet but also tell you how to protect yourself. A live hacking demonstration will be included.

    An expert in cybersecurity and network infrastructure, Nick Espinosa has consulted with clients ranging from small businesses up to the Fortune 100 level. Nick founded Windy City Networks, Inc in 1998 at age 19 and was acquired by BSSi2 LLC in 2013 where he is their CIO. In 2015 Security Fanatics, a Cybersecurity/Cyberwarfare outfit dedicated to designing custom Cyberdefense strategies for medium to enterprise corporations, was launched. A nationally recognized speaker, member of the Forbes Technology Council, TEDx Speaker, regular columnist for Forbes, award winning co-author of a bestselling book "Easy Prey", host of "The Deep Dive" nationally syndicated radio show, on the Board of Advisors for Roosevelt University's College of Arts and Sciences as well as their Center for Cyber and Information Security and also Bits N’ Bytes Cybersecurity Education, Nick is known as an industry thought leader and sought after for his advice on the future of technology and how it will impact every day businesses and consumers.

  • Seminar — Bill Benjamin

    Seminar — Bill Benjamin

    The Science of Emotional Intelligence – The Missing Ingredient Behind Building a Highly Engaged Organizational Culture
    Friday, June 21, 9:40–11:00 AM

    Why would anyone want to be led by you? This is the single most important question a manager or leader needs to ask themselves if they want to unlock the potential and creativity of their people. The reason your employees get up in the morning and choose to be engaged and productive has nothing to do with a manager’s level of IQ or technical capabilities, it has everything to do with their manager’s level of Emotional Intelligence (EI).

    The research is clear that Emotional Intelligence is the single most important driver of an engaged, results-driven, highly effective workforce, especially in environments that are undergoing significant change and disruption.


    • What the brain does under pressure and specific tools & strategies to effectively manage situations of tension and conflict.
    • Self-awareness: understanding the impact of your leadership style and how to win the hearts and minds of your people by connecting to the emotions that drive their behavior.
    • Engaging stories from the frontlines of leaders who are stepping up and winning in the most challenging, pressure-filled circumstances.

    As a math and computer science guy, Bill discovered the power of managing emotions while he was working in the technology industry. Bill is very honest about the struggles he had early in his career as a leader.

    He was so impressed by the Institute for Health and Human Potential [IHHP]'s brain science based approach to Emotional Intelligence, and even more so by its practical applications, that he became a partner in the company. Now that's commitment!

    Bill's experience in technology and sales gives him real-world experience in the types of challenges that organizations face today. His analytical background in math and computer science drives him to take a practical and scientific approach to helping people understand how the brain responds under pressure, and how that can help increase leadership and performance.

    Bill has an authentic approach that resonates with the audience and especially with those that might be typically resistant to the important relationship between 'soft-skills' and exceptional leadership. A natural storyteller, he balances anecdotes with science and research to engage all types of participants. When he is not speaking, Bill spends time working with senior leaders and their teams at Fortune 500 companies helping them overcome the barriers that often hold them back from reaching their full potential.

    Bill loves to write and contributed to the New York Times and Amazon bestselling book, Performing Under Pressure: The Science of Doing Your Best When it Matters Most, co-authored by IHHP's JP Pawliw-Fry and published in 65 countries with multiple translations. Bill is also a regular contributor to CEO magazine, Training Magazine, as well as other leadership publications.

    Bill is originally from Canada and moved to New York City in the nineties. He now calls Chicago home and it is here you will find him indulging in his other passions - his family, scotch, and cycling.

  • Chicago Cubs vs. New York Mets

    Chicago Cubs vs. New York Mets

    Friday, June 21, 12:00–4:30 PM

    Whether you are a Cubs fan or not, this will be an experience you won't want to miss! First pitch is scheduled for 1:20 p.m. We have stadium seats reserved with dedicated servers bringing traditional ballpark food and drinks around so you can enjoy the full baseball experience. After the game, transportation will be available to take you back to the hotel if you choose. Otherwise, the evening is open to check out Wrigleyville or take in the sights of downtown Chicago.

June 22, 2019Saturday

Time Event Location
8:00 – 9:30 AM Breakfast with Keynote Speaker, Coach Dan McCarney Hyatt - Crystal Ballroom B (West Tower)
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Ping Pong Social & Lunch (10 min. walk) SPiN Chicago
1:00 – 7:00 PM Open for Sightseeing & Networking Chicago
7:00 PM Transportation to Anita Dee II Hyatt - Crystal Ballroom Lobby (West Tower)
7:30 – 11:00 PM Reception, Dinner Cruise and Fireworks Anita Dee II
11:00 PM Transportation back to hotel Anita Dee II
  • Breakfast and Keynote — Coach Dan McCarney

    Breakfast and Keynote — Coach Dan McCarney

    Saturday, June 22, 8:00–9:30 AM

    Join us for breakfast and a keynote presentation from Coach Dan McCarney. Born and raised in Iowa City, McCarney made his mark on the gridiron as both a player and a coach for the Iowa Hawkeyes and a hall of fame head coach for the Iowa State Cyclones. Whether you're a Cyclone or a Hawkeye, chances are you've cheered for McCarney at one point or another. McCarney will share his experiences, the highs and lows of college athletics and the lessons that can be applied to your everyday life. Fun fact: McCarney coached MCAI President, Jeff Koeppel, at Iowa from 1986 - 1989.

    Patrick Daniel "Dan" McCarney was born and raised in Iowa City. After starring at Iowa City High he went on to become an offensive lineman at the University of Iowa from 1972 to 1974 and was named team captain in 1974. He returned to Iowa as a graduate assistant from 1977 to 1978 under Bob Commings. When Hayden Fry arrived at Iowa in 1979, he named McCarney as defensive line coach, a post he held for 11 years--during which Iowa made two appearances in the Rose Bowl. He served as the defensive coordinator and defensive line coach at the University of Wisconsin under Barry Alvarez from 1990 to 1994.

    He served as head coach at Iowa State University from 1995 to 2006. During that span, McCarney led the Cyclones to five bowl games, more than any other Iowa State coach in history. The Cyclones had been to only three bowl games in their entire history before his arrival. In their first bowl appearance under McCarney, the 2000 Insight.com Bowl, the Cyclones notched their first bowl win in school history. McCarney finished his Cyclone career as the longest-tenured (1995-2006) and winningest (56) coach in Iowa State football history.

    In February 2007, McCarney accepted a position as the defensive line coach and assistant head coach at the University of South Florida. The next year, he accepted the same position at the University of Florida. He coached the defensive line at Florida for three years. During his tenure, the Gators produced NFL draft picks Carlos Dunlap and Jermaine Cunningham. He was 30-2 in 32 games at Florida, winning a National Championship in 2008. From 2011 to 2015, McCarney served as head coach at the University of North Texas, where he went 22-32 and won the Heart of Dallas Bowl in 2014.

    In September 2016, McCarney was inducted into the Iowa State Athletics Hall of Fame.

    Additional coaching highlights: 

    • Coached in 20 bowl games including 3 Rose Bowls, Orange Bowl and Sugar Bowl
    • Coached in 25 Iowa/Iowa State football games
    • Inducted into Iowa City High School Hall of Fame in 2005
    • Went from the Bottom 10 in America to Bowl Champs at Iowa, Wisconsin, Iowa State and North Texas
    • Went from 1-10 to 10-1 at Wisconsin and won the first Rose Bowl in school history in 1994
  • SPiN Chicago

    SPiN Chicago

    Ping Pong Social & Lunch
    Saturday, June 22, 11:00 AM–1:00 PM

    If you're looking for something fun and different, join us at SPiN, Chicago's popular ping pong social club. By combining an unusual mixture of sport, design and entertainment, SPiN Chicago has created a unique venue with 20 ping pong courts, multiple bars, restaurant, pro-shop and two private lounges. We have reserved the entire lower level for our group, with a catered lunch and full private bar. We'll have ping pong pros available to up your game, learn the perfect backhand and impress your friends. This is guaranteed to be a fun time for all ages!

  • Anita Dee II Yacht

    Anita Dee II Yacht

    Reception, Dinner Cruise and Fireworks
    Saturday, June 22, 7:30–11:00 PM

    To conclude this year's Annual Meeting, join us on the Anita Dee II, a 140 foot, 400 passenger yacht, for a chartered dinner cruise on Lake Michigan. Since 1981, the Anita Dee and Anita Dee II have hosted over a million guests, including some of the highest dignitaries in the world, actors, musicians, radio and television personalities. The evening will feature a reception, dinner buffet, full bar, music and spectacular Fireworks display!

June 23, 2019Sunday

Time Event Location
7:30 – 9:30 AM Traveler’s Breakfast Hyatt - Big Bar (East Tower)