Annual Congress 2023: Global Event Heads Unite

ELX Annual Congress 2023

The inaugural ELX Annual Congress brings together global event leaders to connect with their peers and realize the power of community.  

Over a packed 1.5 days, the Annual Congress will tackle topics that matter most, through collective intelligence and that drive global changes as a united front.

No sitting on the side-lines - this event is all about participation. Step beyond dealing with challenges in solitude. Together, we’ll participate in challenging conversations and collaborate over a series of breakout sessions and roundtables to find new answers to continued challenges facing your event programs. 

Your corporate event peers are here to collaborate, debate, ideate, recommend and ultimately help each other succeed.  Attendance is exclusively for leaders of scaled, international corporate event programs. 

February 1 - 3, 2023 | Hyatt Regency Chicago, Illinois


Participants Confirmed From:

Hyatt Regency Chicago

Candid real-world conversations 

Expect peer-to-peer discussions and learning like nothing you have ever experienced.  

  • Where do you sit? Benchmark your programs against your peers and plan your next steps to drive quality in your organisation. Learn from your fellow event A-listers and co-create a route to best practise.  
  • “Ted like” talks from renowned experts and impressive event leaders to spark discussion 
  • Trends and insights throughout the program to inform debate 
  • Speakers and curators are hand-selected for their prowess and experience. They will change the way you think about a topic or challenge in minutes. Sessions will have dedicated time for you to discuss ideas and formulate plans and tactics for your organization.  
  • Relaxed, small-group networking sessions to round out the program.

View the event agenda

Attend the Annual Congress if: 

  • You want to understand a simple, immediate path to incorporating sustainability, DEIB and measurement into your events program.   
  • You want to change your team or agency structure to meet today’s challenges   

  • You need to solve small meetings issues and understand what simpler, cost-effective tech solutions  

  • You are curious to learn from your peers 

The program is designed to leave you feeling energized with a valuable action plan.   

Still unsure on whether the Congress is for you? 

Download our Reasons to Attend PDF

Application to Attend

The Annual Congress is free to attend for senior event executives and ELX participants only. To register your interest in attending, please complete our short form and a member of the ELX team will be in touch.

About the venue: Hyatt Regency Chicago

Offering an energetic urban retreat near Navy Pier, Hyatt Regency Chicago features the most hotel rooms and largest selection of meeting space in downtown Chicago. A gateway to the city’s top attractions, you can walk to Millennium Park, or shop on Magnificent Mile.

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  • "I’m excited about the opportunity to spend time with other event leaders. We are still recovering from the disruption the event industry experienced throughout the pandemic. We have an opportunity to be even more strategic and discard the things that didn’t serve us well and I think the congress will be a good opportunity to surface some of these opportunities and challenges."
    Debbie Brewer
  • “I am super excited to be attending the ELX Annual Congress in February, where I’ll have the opportunity to connect with the best minds in the event industry. It’s going to be a fantastic couple of days of learning, best practice sharing and networking!”
    Dean Armintrout
    Director of Events, T-Mobile & ELX participant
  • “ELX is focused on helping the people with the greatest influence in corporate meeting and events sector to work together to solve the biggest challenges they face as industry leaders. I can’t wait to see Hyatt Regency Chicago brimming with the best brains in the events industry discussing burning issues and consuming the very best insights available. This will be a milestone moment for the global corporate events community.”
    David Kliman
    ELX Co-Founder
  • "With the significant changes that have impacted our industry the past two year, we are excited to host of the Inaugural Event Leaders Exchange and are looking forward to bringing these leaders together in a meaningful way."
    Patrick Donelly
    General Manager, Hyatt Regency Chicago, Venue Partner
  • “We are thrilled to welcome this influential group to Chicago and look forward to contributing to this important gathering. We can’t wait to show off the city to attendees and create memorable and authentic Chicago experiences during their visit."
    Lynn Osmond
    President & CEO of Choose Chicago
  • "I am so excited to be travelling to the ELX Congress in just a couple of weeks – it’s going to be a fantastic kick off to the year, and I’m especially looking forward to spending time with my industry peers."
    Clare Melton
    Executive Director, Global Head of Enterprise Events, S&P

Last chance to join us in Chicago! 

Final spaces remain for the inaugural ELX Annual Congress taking place in February 2023. 

Limited places available.

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