Professional Development

2020 Symposium - Call for Speaker Proposals NOW OPEN

 Posted on: November 1 2019
We are excited to announce that the call for speaker proposals is now open through December 15 for the 28th Sports ETA Symposium in Kansas City, MO April 20-23, 2020! We place a strong emphasis on seeking presenters who expand our industry's knowledge base through relevant and engaging content delivery, as well as specific implementable takeaways for audience members. Speaker Proposals If you or someone from your organization is interested in applying to lead a breakout session at the 2020 Sports ETA Symposium, we encourage you to submit an application! Click Here to Submit a Proposal We are accepting speaker applications through December 15. Sports ETA Symposium The Sports ETA Symposium is the annual meeting of the Sports Events & Tourism Association (Sports ETA), the non-profit trade association for the sports events and tourism industry since 1992. Sports destinations meet with hundreds of decision-makers res...

2020 Symposium Registration NOW OPEN

 Posted on: October 30 2019
Build relationships with hundreds of sports events and tourism professionals at the 28th Sports ETA Symposium in Kansas City, MO April 20-23, 2020. Online registration is now open, lock in the best rate by registering with early bird pricing today! After 12/31/19, rates go up. Register Today! Important Information Registration Rates Schedule Hotel Accommodations Need help convincing your boss? Don't worry, we've got you covered! We've put together a justification toolkit to arm you with information to share with your supervisor on the benefits of attending the Symposium, how it will make you a better employee, and help advance your organization.  Justification Toolkit We think the Symposium is a must-attend event, but don't just take our word for it... take your fellow sports events and tourism professionals' words too! See what they have to say about the Sports ETA Symposium. QUESTIONS? Co...

Providence Delivers a Successful 4S Summit

 Posted on: October 14 2019
It was another successful year for the 4S Summit. More than 150 sports events and tourism leaders attended the three-day summit in Providence, Rhode Island last week. During the three-day summit, attendees had the chance to learn new ideas and resources along with best practices to take back to their organization. “The 4S Summit allows industry professionals to come together to share ideas and best practices about the current trends in sports events and tourism,” said Al Kidd, President & CEO, Sports Events & Tourism Association. “Providence was a terrific host city to cultivate discussions between some of the great minds in our industry.” One of those attendees was Jarrett Dowling, CSEE Sales Manager at Columbia SC Sports. She took in several of the 20+ presentations and round tables offered at this year’s summit. “I think I probably learn the most from listening to successful colleagues during the round tables and sessions,&rd...

SPORTS EVENTS & TOURISM ASSOCIATION WRAPS UP A SUCCESSFUL 4S SUMMIT

 Posted on: October 11 2019
CINCINNATI (October 11, 2019) - The Sports Events & Tourism Association (Sports ETA) wrapped up its annual 4S Summit, which focuses on sports events and tourism and the following areas: strategies, services, sales, and sponsorships.  More than 150 sports events and tourism leaders attended the three-day summit in Providence, Rhode Island. During the three-day summit, the program, which started Tuesday, gave attendees a chance to learn new ideas and resources along with best practices to take back to their organization. More than 20 speakers offered presentations and hosted round tables. “The 4S Summit allows industry professionals to come together to share ideas and best practices about the current trends in sports events and tourism,” said Al Kidd, President & CEO of Sports Events & Tourism Association. “Providence was a terrific host city to cultivate discussions between some of the great minds in our industry.” Highlights of ...

ICYMI: Sports ETA Announces CSEE Course at TEAMS 2019

 Posted on: October 9 2019
In case you missed it, we have partnered with Northstar Meetings Group. NMG is the leading multi-brand media platform for event planners of all types, and they have teamed up with us to feature their educational content. Not only will the educational content that we provide be featured at Northstar conferences, but this agreement also includes a joint “Annual State of the Industry” publication and research co-sharing with NMG. To launch the partnership, we are offering a course presented by Peter Ashwin titled “Protecting Your Events: How to Prepare for Uncertainty and Adverse Conditions”. This course is included in our Certified Sports Event Executive (CSEE) series and will take place in Anaheim, California, on November 12 at a cost of $250 for Sports ETA members and $400 for non-members. To register for this event, you can visit SportsETA.org.  “We have long admired the work that Northstar Meetings Group, through its SportsTravel brand...

Join Sports ETA at this year’s Chief Executive Summit

 Posted on: October 7 2019
Are you ready to advance the mission of your organization? Wanting to improve your leadership skills? Then the Chief Executive (CE) Summit is for you. All presidents, CEOs, and executive directors are encouraged to come learn from industry experts addressing high-level topics. This year's summit will take place in Louisville, Kentucky November 5-6. To register, visit SportsETA.org. This summit is geared to Chief Executives to improve their overall leadership skills. That’s why Ray Palmer, CEO of Pensacola Sports, has attended in the past. “The CE Summit gives me the chance to interact with other leaders in our industry who face similar challenges and learn how others address challenges and issues in a small group setting,” said Palmer. Ray highly encourages any person in a high-level position within their organization to attend and says that “The only people who should not attend, are those who already know it all and quite frankly, I haven't fo...

CSEE Online Course Opportunity

 Posted on: October 2 2019
Are you looking to improve your career skills and confidence?  If so, Sports ETA is launching an exclusive online CSEE course in partnership with Game On Nation. Game On’s signature course, Level Up U, will provide you with professional development skills to help you speak up, stand out, and improve your confidence in work and life. This program counts as 4 credits towards your CSEE Certification. Game On Nation brings over 22 years' experience helping nationally-recognized sports industry organizations improve workplace culture. Clients include the SEC, ACC, NY Yankees, NASCAR, USA Baseball, and the NBA Rookie Symposium, to name a few. Here's how Level Up works: 10 PROVEN TECHNIQUES & A COOL PLACE TO PRACTICE. Level Up U is a game-based training experience. We know it takes more than encouraging statements and motivational posters on the wall to get results, and that's why we're sharing ten proven exercises to get you in ...

Earn CSEE credit with Sports ETA next month

 Posted on: September 25 2019
Putting Certified Sports Event Executive (CSEE) behind your name is a big deal in this industry. If you are working towards your CSEE certification, the 4S Summit can help. Tuesday, October 8, Jason Martinez from Game on Nation will be leading a class, Now Presenting. This curriculum and approach teaches participants how to identify their communication strengths and weaknesses. This way you can make the most positive impression on clients, colleagues and the media, while still being true to yourself. Jason will also touch on techniques to enhance presence, public speaking and presentation skills, and media and social media interactions. Click here to learn more about this CSEE course. The 4S Summit is headed to Providence, Rhode Island October 8-10. There is still time to register, but spots are filling up. Reserve yours today and earn 4 credit hours towards your CSEE certification or recertification for attending.

Elevate your Leadership - It’s Time

 Posted on: September 16 2019
As sports commissions, event and facility owners, and industry partners, you have become leaders in your city and the sports tourism community. It’s an honor and a responsibility. How can you make the most of that role? Take a second to consider how to elevate your leadership to a new level. The Founder and Chief Human Officer of Leadership from the Core Marcel Schwantes shares with Inc. advice from seven to leaders about their leadership. Have a clear strategy. Ask more, tell less. Be curious about your people. Embrace the unknown. Set your people up for success. Keep your people focused on their ‘why.’ Model the right cultural behaviors. Schwantes leaves you with this: “The common thread running through these responses is the centrality of inspiring leadership. Leadership actions aren’t taken for action's sake, but to work towards a central purpose that makes it worthwhile. Whatever actions these leaders perform, they reflec...

CSEE Opportunities!

 Posted on: September 9 2019
Don't miss out on these exciting opportunities to earn CSEE credits before the end of the year! First up, CSEE at the 2019 4S Summit.  October 8 | 2:00pm - 5:00pm | Providence, RI Now Presenting: Presence, Presentation Skills, & Media Training Now Presenting activates the idea that every interaction and every conversation is an opportunity to make a positive and lasting impression on others, whether it’s connecting with a new vendor, providing a critical service or reaching out for community support. Through the Now Presenting curriculum and approach, participants will learn tools to identify communication strengths and weaknesses, ensuring that they make the most positive impression on clients, colleagues, and the media while still being true to themselves. In this program, participants learn-by-doing through exercises that help them stay confident and consistent in the media spotlight, as well as in traditional presentations and daily interactio...
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