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for the premier event for creatives, makers, entrepreneurs, & leaders

EVERYONE HAS A THING...WHAT IS YOURS???

Everyone has some wish, some dream, some “thing,” that they are working to bring to life. This is the place.The Thing puts you in the room, sitting side-by-side with over twenty speakers and fellow attendees who are up to something.

Are you ready to dive into intimate interactions about the things that matters to you most? Whether it’s inspiration, support, strategy, or tactics, The Thing is all about making your thing become real.

IS THE THING REALLY FOR ME?

You have a story tell. You have a message you want to get out to the world. You have a creative fire that needs to see the light of day. You’ve got a great business idea. Or maybe it’s not great yet, but you know it can be. You have an idea. You see a need that needs to be served.

You want to help others. You have something to teach. You want to bring out the best in people. You have a vision. You are The Thing.

Creatives & Makers

You are the kind of person that brings things to life. Whether it’s something you see, hear, smell, taste, or feel, you create for art, for function, for passion, for all of us.

Entrepreneurs

You disrupt and do not accept the status quo. You make change in wants, desires, and behavior. You build and sell because you can’t imagine doing anything else.

Leaders & Innovators

You fulfill on visions and dreams. You bring the out the best in others to build things, structures, and organizations that last. You live with one foot in the future.

THE THING MIGHT NOT BE FOR YOU...

What do you mean? Why wouldn’t it be for me? Let’s be honest: Not everyone is ready to move on their dreams right now. Maybe you’re more comfortable just daydreaming about what might be, rather than take tangible action. Maybe you like the fantasy of it more than getting to work. If that’s the case, The Thing isn’t for you.

If you are The Thing, you’ve got to be ready to get to work and get out of your comfort zone. Are you?

SPEAKERS & GUESTS

Coming together from different industries will bring their wealth of knowledge both on and off stage for our attendees.

Craig Fraser
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Craig Fraser

Craig Fraser Studios

C. McNair Wilson
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C. McNair Wilson

Disney Imagineering

Terry Weaver
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Terry Weaver

Enteractive

Benj Heard
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Benj Heard

BHeard Music

Mike Brennan
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Mike Brennan

Mike Brennan Design

Brittany Lynne
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Brittany Lynne

Healthy Chickadee

Susie Miller
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Susie Miller

Susie Miller International

Justin Schenck
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Justin Schenck

Growth Now Movement

Katrina Stone
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Katrina Stone

Maeweather Music

Paul Klein
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Paul Klein

Pricing Is Positioning

Josh Pies
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Josh Pies

c47 Films

Karen Anderson
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Karen Anderson

Morgan James Publishing

Roberto Candelaria
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Roberto Candelaria

Sponsorship for Influencers

Mike Kim
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Mike Kim

Mike Kim Enterprises

Leslie Weaver
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Leslie Weaver

Enteractive

Check Back often for Speaker Updates. All Speakers & Guests Subject to Change.

TIRED OF HAVING EXCUSES INSTEAD OF RESULTS?

You’ve got an idea. Is it a book, song, or another kind of art? Is it a business? Maybe it’s a message or a new idea that could change the quality of life for someone, a group, or everyone. Whatever it is, are you getting anywhere with that idea?
Something always gets in the way, doesn’t it? You don’t know what to do next. You’re too busy. You’re too tired. You’ve got to do this other thing first. Your mother-in-law is in town. You know the excuses. You’ve probably heard them a million times.
How would you like to stop having excuses and have results instead?

THE JOURNEY WE WILL TAKE THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND

At the Thing, you’ll be guided through the cycle of bringing your thing to fruition. Ideas are useless unless we act on them. Rather than a bunch of confusing breakouts to choose from we have designed an event that happens in one room. Connect and collaborate with some of today’s industry leaders. Learn from the minds behind some of the world’s top brands. Every speaker, interview, and session has been designed to help you dream, plan, and do.

Dream

Begin by identifying your thing in the Dream phase. This will be the place where we ask “Why not” rather than question if it’s impossible. Every speaker will be inspiring, not just a cheerleader to get you excited, but a coach that will inspire you to take action.

Plan

Next, develop YOUR blueprint in the Plan phase. You will walk away with the tools to clarify your messaging, utilize social media for telling your brand’s story, sales and how to actually close the deal, collaboration to get even better ideas….just to name a few.

Do

Every speaker will be sharing actionable tactics that not only are they actually practicing but ones that you can implement in the work you do. No “theories” here…Come to The Thing with just an idea and leave with results!

YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE MAY BE TAKING THAT NEXT BEST STEP

Dreams are easy. They’re safe. Dive in and wrap yourself in the warm fantasy.
It takes courage to pack your bags and take that first/next step toward it, even if it’s just to say it out loud to someone else.
Fitness trainers have known for years that having a workout buddy greatly increases your chances of staying on your exercise routine. It’s no different with getting your thing off the ground, but where do you find a “workout buddy” for your dreams?
The journey of the creative or entrepreneur or leader can be a lonely one, but it doesn’t have to be. There are others, just like you.
Others, who have learned the lessons before you and share their knowledge and wisdom with you.
Others, who come to learn alongside you.
Others, who just want to see others at their best, making this world a better place.
These are the dreamers and doers, the creators, the makers, and the misfit makers who are The Thing.

HOW DOES THE THING WORK?

The Thing is a 3-5 day conference in and near the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL, that offers three deepening levels for you to realize your thing.

The Main Thing

At its core, The Main Thing (5/29-31) is two and a half days packed with premier speakers who will infuse you with inspiration, strategy, and tactics. You’ll get to meet them and your fellow attendees at a welcome reception and enjoy complimentary lunches (Sat & Sun) and Starbucks coffee and snacks throughout the conference. For a little added oomph, you can schedule coaching appointments with our speakers.

The VIP Thing

Already have a good idea of your thing and want light a fire under it? Join The VVIP Thing a couple of days before the main event and spend it in a deluxe suite at a Walt Disney Resort hotel with a small handful of like-minded people to dig into your ideas, projects, and brands. We’ll take you through the same process that Disney Imagineering does. How do we know? The intensive whiteboard session will be led by a Disney Imagineer. You’ll also enjoy a private lunch and wine-tasting in suite, as well as a special dinner and evening of fun and relaxation.

The VVIP Thing

Inspired by some young dreamers and doers, we’ve created the “The Thing Academy.” This is for students to be able to attend The Thing and have a few hours each day designed for Middle & High Schoolers. It’s a chance for young entrepreneurs to gain the skills to be leaders, creators, and innovators. The Academy is limited in attendance to allow hands-on learning during the “Storyteller Intensives.” They get all the perks (including the Day at Walt Disney World) that come with the VIP experience. And before The Thing, each Academy participant will get a chance to create and pitch an idea to our team.

REGISTER FOR THE THING

There are Three Very Exciting Packages to Choose from. Including up to two BONUS days before the event starts.

THE MAIN THING

$797

Conference Welcome Resource Bag

Morning Starbucks Coffee breaks

Lunch on Saturday & Sunday

Afternoon Starbucks Coffee breaks

Welcome Party on Friday Night

Guaranteed Seating to All Sessions

Coaching Appointments with Speakers

Access to Exclusive Discounted Disney World Tickets

Three Days That Will Elevate the Work You Do

THE VIP THING

$1547

Includes everything in The Main “Thing” plus

Bonus Session Friday Morning For VIPs

A Bonus Day Behind the Magic

Private tour of Walt Disney World with an Imagineer

VIP Lunch on Thursday

VIP Dinner on Saturday Night with Some of Our Speakers

Reserved VIP Seating for Main Sessions

Signed books from several of the speakers

Limited Number of Attendees

THE VVIP THING

$2497

Includes everything in the VIP THING plus…

Whiteboard Session Working On Your Ideas, Products, and Brands with Disney Imagineer

Begins 5/15 @ 10am in Suite at a Walt Disney World Deluxe Resort

Private Lunch in the Suite

Private Wine Tasting in the Suite

Dinner in a Disney Restaurant just for VVIP’s

A Very Special Evening of Fun

Extremely Limited Number of Attendees

SCHEDULE

VVIP Thing Starts May 15 | The VIP Thing Starts May 16 | The Main Thing Starts May 17

VVIP – Session One

2 Hours

Walt Disney World Resort

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VVIP – Lunch in Suite

1 Hour

Walt Disney World Resort

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VVIP – Session Two

Walt Disney World Resort

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VVIP – Disney Family of Wines Wine Tasting

1 Hour

Walt Disney World Resort

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VVIP – Session Three

2 Hours

Walt Disney World Resort

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VVIP – Dinner & Special Experience

3 Hours

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VIP Registration

30

Embassy Suites Atrium

VIP

VIP Orientation

1 Hour

TBA

VIP

VIP Lunch

90 minutes

At a Disney Resort

VIP

VIP Disney Parks Tour

8 Hours

Walt Disney World Resort

C. McNair Wilson

C. McNair Wilson is a Former Disney Imagineer, in-demand creative consultant, speaker, and author. His latest book, “Hatch!: Brainstorming Secrets of a Theme Park Designer,” unpacks the idea of what happens when teams create together. He was one of the speakers in the early days of the TED conference. There is no doubt you have […]

http://teawithmcnair.com
Terry Weaver

Terry Weaver is a renowned speaker, author, event producer, podcaster, and ideapreneur whose passion is to see others live life alive; whether through helping others see their dreams become reality, traveling around the world challenging students to change the world, leading teams of people to do more together than they could alone, or hanging out […]

http://terryweaver.com

VIP Day Ends

Walt Disney World Resort

VIP BONUS Storyteller Intensive

2 Hours

Buena Vista Ballroom

VIP

Main Thing Conference Registration

30 minutes

Lobby Area

Session One

2.5 Hours

Buena Vista Ballroom

Leslie Weaver

Have you ever read the children’s story Corduroy?  It’s a story that uncovers the idea of kindness, friendship, courage, and hope. Stories open the door to adventure, new experiences, and dreams. Words leaping off a page to tell a story to an audience is the driving force behind Leslie Weaver. With over 25 years of […]

https://www.terryweaver.com
Terry Weaver

Terry Weaver is a renowned speaker, author, event producer, podcaster, and ideapreneur whose passion is to see others live life alive; whether through helping others see their dreams become reality, traveling around the world challenging students to change the world, leading teams of people to do more together than they could alone, or hanging out […]

http://terryweaver.com

Afternoon Break

45 Minutes

Buena Vista Ballroom

Storyteller Intensive One

2 Hours

Buena Vista Ballroom

Welcome Party

Dinner for All Attendees

1.5 Hours

Embassy Suites Atrium

Session Two

2 Hours

Buena Vista Ballroom

C. McNair Wilson

C. McNair Wilson is a Former Disney Imagineer, in-demand creative consultant, speaker, and author. His latest book, “Hatch!: Brainstorming Secrets of a Theme Park Designer,” unpacks the idea of what happens when teams create together. He was one of the speakers in the early days of the TED conference. There is no doubt you have […]

http://teawithmcnair.com

Session Three

2.5 Hours

Buena Vista Ballroom

Leslie Weaver

Have you ever read the children’s story Corduroy?  It’s a story that uncovers the idea of kindness, friendship, courage, and hope. Stories open the door to adventure, new experiences, and dreams. Words leaping off a page to tell a story to an audience is the driving force behind Leslie Weaver. With over 25 years of […]

https://www.terryweaver.com

Lunch (Included with Registration)

1 Hour

Embassy Suites Atrium

Storyteller Intensive Two

2.5 Hours

Buena Vista Ballroom

Josh Pies

Josh is a Film, TV & Advertising expert who teaches small-medium businesses to leverage their own tools and skills to create content and build relationships with their customers.

https://www.joshpies.com

Afternoon Break

45 Minutes

Lobby Area

Session Four

2 Hours

Buena Vista Ballroom

An Evening on Your Own in Orlando

VIP Dinner

Special Dinner for VIP Attendees with several of the speakers (included with VIP Registration)

2 hours

TBA

VIP

Bonus Session: Faith, Worship, & Work (Optional)

1 Hour

Buena Vista Ballroom

Session Five

12:30

Buena Vista Ballroom

Leslie Weaver

Have you ever read the children’s story Corduroy?  It’s a story that uncovers the idea of kindness, friendship, courage, and hope. Stories open the door to adventure, new experiences, and dreams. Words leaping off a page to tell a story to an audience is the driving force behind Leslie Weaver. With over 25 years of […]

https://www.terryweaver.com

Lunch (included with Registration)

1 Hour

Embassy Suites Atrium

Storyteller Intensive Three

2 Hours

Buena Vista Ballroom

Roberto Candelaria

Roberto Candelaria is the Founder of Sponsorship Boot Camp and the International Best-Selling author of “Relationships Raise Money: A Guide to Corporate Sponsorship” and “Sponsorship For Influencers: Profitable Partnerships in 5 Simple Steps” He’s also the creator of The Sponsorship Roadmap, Sponsorship Crash Course and Sponsorship 901 and his strategies have transformed the way global influencers and organizations […]

Jody Maberry

Jody Maberry is a former Park Ranger who has become the happiest podcaster on earth. He uses a Park Ranger’s gift of storytelling and interpretation to help people find clarity and get the right stories out to connect with their audience and customers. He is the host of Creating Disney Magic, Come Rain or Shine, […]

https://jodymaberry.com/

Afternoon Break

30 Minutes

Lobby Area

Closing Session

Do NOT leave early and miss this!!!

2 Hours

Buena Vista Ballroom

Laura Quick

Laura L. Quick grew up in a small town just outside of Savannah, Georgia. She attended college at Florida State University where she discovered her passion for people. With this knowledge, she pursued a fruitful career in sales and marketing for nearly 10 years, finishing her career as an international sales and marketing director before […]

The Thing Ends

See You in 2020!

Buena Vista Ballroom

VVIP

YOUR VOICE MATTERS - SPEAK AT THE THING

You are just as big a part of the story as the speakers. There is power sitting in your chair, waiting to be heard. The Soapbox Derby is your opportunity to share your thing with the audience. Contact us if you have a 12-15 minute talk that you would like to share with the tribe!

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VENUE

Embassy Suites Orlando – Lake Buena Vista Resort, just minutes from Walt Disney World® Resort. This resort near Disney has recently completed a redevelopment and will be the only Embassy Suites resort in Orlando. Wake up to a free cooked-to-order breakfast. Enjoy the enhanced amenities in our newly redesigned resort, featuring fire-pits, tennis courts, a putting green, indoor and outdoor pools, basketball court, beach volleyball court, fishing dock, kids splash pad, dive-in movies and outdoor cabanas with TVs and refrigerators. Suites just $129 a night.

Embassy Suites by Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista Resort

8100 Lake St, Orlando, FL 32836
T: (407) 239-1144
Just 5 Minutes to Disney Springs
at The Walt Disney World Resort

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