Schedule of Events

2022 Schedule

8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.: Registration & Breakfast Buffet Open
Registration desk and downstairs foyer
8:30 a.m. - 8:40 a.m.: Conference Opening
Middle and West Willamette Ballroom (Downstairs)
8:40 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.: Risk Management for Event Safety
Middle and West Willamette Ballroom (Downstairs)
Speaker: Michael Finley
Utilizing national infrastructure framework guidelines, this session will deliver steps for planning for, assessing, and mitigating potential risks for venues and events. 
9:30 a.m. - 9:40 a.m. : Networking Coffee Break
Willamette Foyer (Downstairs)
9:40 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.: Event Medical
Middle and West Willamette Ballroom (Downstairs)
Session Sponsor: Adventure Medics
Speakers: Claire Ruddenklau, Kat Dougherty

One of the fastest ways to disrupt an event is to have a medical emergency that you are not prepared for. This open-ended discussion will dive deeper into medical support at events including topics such as: How to manage an effective medical team, the differences between using volunteer vs. professional medical staff, the legal liabilities and credentials needed, and questions to ask your medical providers.

10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. : Networking Coffee Break
Willamette Foyer (Downstairs)
10:50 a.m. - 11:40 a.m.: Utilizing Your Sports Commission
East Willamette Ballroom (Downstairs)
Speaker: Joey Jewell
Sports Commissions and DMO’s – the sports event planning allies you may not know you have. This session will provide an overview of the services these organizations offer planners to make their planning process easier. Learn more about partnering on event bids and how we can bring prestigious events in your sport to our area.
10:50 a.m. - 11:40 a.m.: Strategies to Maximize Participant Experience

An athlete’s event experience starts long before they step on to the field of play. In this panel discussion, we will dive into to strategies and creative ways to elevate your athlete and participants experience from when they first arrive in your destination through the end of your event. Learn from veteran planner’s creative ways to incorporate team welcomes, community giveback, and destination events and excursions, to take your athlete and participant experience to the next level.

10:50 a.m. - 11:40 a.m. : DMO Track Session 1: Intro to Sport Oregon & Setting the Foundation for Statewide Success
Rogue Room (Upstairs)
Education Track Sponsor: Sport Oregon
Speakers: Sport Oregon Staff

Sport Oregon’s mission “to bring economic and quality of life benefits to Oregonians through sport” can reach far and wide in our state with an active and eager DMO community. This session will lay the groundwork for the day by sharing our everyday work and engaging in conversations around measurement, best practices, and challenges in sports tourism.

11:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. : Networking Break
Willamette Foyer (Downstairs)
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.: Lunch and Keynote Presentation
Middle and West Willamette Ballroom
Session Sponsor: The Bier Stein
Keynote Speaker: David Vobora

The Oregon Sports Summit is excited to welcome former NFL player David Vobora as our 2022 keynote speaker. Upon retiring from the NFL in 2012, he opened Performance Vault — a sports performance training center aimed at helping rebuild wounded warriors. Soon after opening, he launched the non-profit organization called Adaptive Training Foundation. ATF provides access and inclusion to individuals living with physical or traumatic impairments by empowering them through exercise and community.

David is a hope dealer, an alchemist of human development, and a sweat psychologist. He always has one eye on personal and foundational growth, the other eye ensuring no one is left behind in the process, and both feet firmly planted in the present.

Join us for his keynote presentation as he shares his inspirational story and wisdom with attendees.

1:15 p.m.  -   2:05 p.m. : How Maupin's World Class Venue Came to Life Through a Simple 5 Step Methodology- Who is Next?
East Willamette Ballroom (Downstairs)

This session will focus on how a simple idea about building a track for the school evolved into a bigger vision that has energized the community through this work. The IncubatorU 5 Step Methodology is practical, results oriented and provides a framework for success. Learn how this methodology allows for dreams to become reality through maximizing the potential of resources that are already available and can be applied to any project, organization or a community looking to transform. This session will dive into the case study of the development of the Maupin Deschutes River Athletic Complex and how bringing world class events to a small town can benefit the entire community.

1:15 p.m.  -   2:05 p.m. : Event Planning Core Concepts
McKenzie Ballroom (Upstairs)

Join event planning experts from the Oregon Track Club team in a discussion highlighting core topics of event management – volunteers, marketing, and event logistical planning.

1:15 p.m.  -   2:05 p.m. : DMO Track Session 2: Exemplifying a Partnership Success: IRONMAN 70.3 Oregon
Rogue Room (Upstairs)
Education Track Sponsor: Sport Oregon
SpeakersTeresa O'Neill, Angie Onyewuchi, Dawnielle Tehama
Join us for an introduction and panel of the tourism professionals responsible for bringing IRONMAN to life for the first time ever in Oregon. The group will share the challenges and triumphs of executing the event, discuss the impact felt in the region, and dive deep into the partnerships that made it a reality.
2:15 p.m.  -  3:15 p.m.: "Seventh Inning Stretch" Networking Event
Middle and West Willamette Ballroom
Networking Session Sponsor: Ninkasi Better Living Room
Entertainment Sponsor: Eugene Emeralds
Join us for this fun and energizing networking event! Connect with fellow attendees, enter to win a fantastic door prize, snap a photo in the Eugene Emeralds photo booth, while sampling the latest and greatest craft brews from Ninkasi Brewing Company. Snacks and non-alcoholic beverage options will be provided. 
3:20 p.m.  -  4:10 p.m. : Title IX 50 Years Later- History, Accomplishments, and Future Change
McKenzie Ballroom (Upstairs)
Speakers: Maika Janat-Vennemann, Bev Smith, Kim Parker, Dave Petrone Sasha Spencer Atwood (Moderator)
This year we celebrate the anniversary of history making legislation Title IX. Join us for this panel discussion to dive into the impact this has made on women’s athletics. Help us celebrate the accomplishments that have been made, and be inspired to become a changemaker.
3:20 p.m.  -  4:10 p.m.: Event Sustainability- The Real Cost and Benefits
East Willamette Ballroom (Downstairs)
Speaker: Brian Owen
Do your event participants care if you practice sustainable event management? In this session, you will learn how a 38-year-old event adjusted to adopt essential sustainable practices from water distribution to only accepting vendors with green products.
3:20 p.m.  -  4:10 p.m. : DMO Track Session 3: A Look to the Future: Sports ETA Symposium 2024 in Portland
Rogue Room (Upstairs)
Education Track Sponsor: Sport Oregon
Speaker: Janis Breedlove and Matt Reed
While the Sports ETA annual convention will physically take place in Portland, there will be ample opportunities to activate the entire state for incoming clients and event producers. Join us for a passionate discussion about what makes this particular convention special, and what it will take to make it the most memorable Symposium yet.  
4:20 p.m.  -  5:00 p.m.: Welcoming the World – A Conversation with WCH Oregon22
Middle and West Willamette Ballroom
Session Sponsor: Travel Oregon
Since 1983, the World Athletics Championships have showcased the greatest athletes on Earth. When the event comes to Eugene, Oregon on July 15-24, 2022, it will mark the first time the U.S. hosts the most prestigious event in the sport. Hayward Field at the University of Oregon will host 2,000 athletes representing more than 200 nations. Broadcasters, press, and photographers from across the globe will share the exciting stories of these Championships in over 190 territories. Over the course of these 10 exhilarating days, athletes and audiences will see and experience all this and more, up-close and personal. Learn firsthand from the event organizers what it takes to put on this monumental event and the legacy it will have on our community as they prepare to welcome the world to Oregon.