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Event Schedule

In addition to aisle after aisle of products and services for the mattress industry, the EXPO offers hours of focused educational programs to help you stay on top of the latest industry trends and developments.

ISPA EXPO social events including the Welcome Reception, Industry Breakfast and the ISPA Women’s Networking Reception provide prime opportunities for you to connect with colleagues, customers and business partners.

For more detailed information about the EXPO, please download the Attendee Brochure.

* Program subject to change

Tuesday: March 8, 2016
  8:00 AM —   5:00 PM

Registration Open

  4:30 PM —   5:30 PM

ISPA Women’s Network Reception

An event exclusively for women from all sectors of the mattress industry! Relax and enjoy light refreshments while you network, catch up with old friends and meet new ones.

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Wednesday: March 9, 2016
  7:00 AM —   5:00 PM

Registration Open

  8:00 AM —   9.00 AM

Differentiate…or Die

Sam Geist, Business Management Expert and Best-Selling Author

Sam Geist
, Business Management Expert and Best-Selling AuthorTransitional times and new players in the market negate the “business as usual” approach. They offer the perfect opportunity to adopt a bold plan, to take a firm stand to differentiate yourself and your organization from the competition. What makes your organization different from, and better, than your competition? Learn about viable options to create effective differentiation, to grow your organization, to enhance your profitability and to “loyalize” customers who are now clearly in the driver’s seat.

 
  9:00 AM —   5:00 PM

Exhibit Hall Open

12:00 PM —   1:00 PM

Lunch & Learn

Say Hello to Bye Bye Mattress

Bye Bye Mattress is the consumer-facing brand created by the Mattress Recycling Council (MRC). The MRC was created to run the newly minted mattress recycling programs in California,
Connecticut and Rhode Island. Learn about mattress recycling
from the viewpoint of regulators, operators, retailers and PR
experts. Hear how the industry is responding to these programs
and how MRC is using consumer outreach to promote the
industry and its recycling efforts.

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  5:00 PM —   6:30 PM

Welcome Reception

Enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while you catch up with old friends and make new connections at this always entertaining and interactive opening event! Your badge is your entrance ticket to the reception which includes a free drink ticket.

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Thursday: March 10, 2016
  7:00 AM —   5:00 PM

Registration Open

  8:00 AM —   9:00 AM

The New Diversity—Engaging the Generational Workforce

Jason Young, President, LeadSmart, Inc.

Jason Young
, President, LeadSmart, Inc.The workplace is filled with significant generational differences and associated challenges between Traditionalists, Boomers, Generation X-ers, and the newest group – the Millennials.. Each generation learns, values, thinks, develops differently and must be led differently. Yet each generation has common ground which managers can leverage and build on. In this presentation, Jason Young encourages leaders not to judge but to coach and manage each generational group with intentionality. Jason explains how to manage the various generations in a way that helps create and sustain a high performance workplace.

 
  9:00 AM —   5:00 PM

Exhibit Hall Open

12:00 PM —  1:00 PM

Lunch & Learn

Content is King!

Content marketing is not just a buzzword—it’s a strategic approach focused on creating and distributing valuable, relevant content. It is the art of engaging with your customers and prospects without selling or pitching your product—and it’s not always that simple. Blogs and other social media outlets, traditional media, B2B and B2C are all avenues for content marketing. Learn from industry experts including bloggers, trade media and sleep experts how to make the most out of content marketing to get your message heard.

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Friday: March 11, 2016
  7:30 AM —   5:00 PM

Registration Open

  8:00 AM — 10:00 AM

ISPA Industry Breakfast

Work, Laugh, Repeat

Keynote Speaker: Greg Schwem, nationally syndicated columnist & author

Greg Schwem
nationally syndicated columnist & authorGreg will entertain you with a humorous look at today’s corporate environment along with down-to-earth and practical advice about real work issues.

 
10:00 AM —   5:00 PM

Exhibit Hall Open

11:00 AM —   3:00 PM

ISPA Restaurant on the Show Floor

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  4:00 PM —   5:00 PM

Happy Hour on the Show Floor 

Greg Schwem
nationally syndicated columnist & authorMix, mingle and enjoy refreshments while you continue to browse the show floor.

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Saturday: March 12, 2016
  8:30 AM — 10:00 AM

Registration Open

  9:00 AM — 12:00 PM

Exhibit Hall Open

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