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

#TheThing19

Get ready to take your “Thing” to the next level. Everyone has that “Thing.”

What is your “thing”? A passion project? A side hustle? A new product?

It is time to take it from inside your head and out into the world. This is not just another talking heads conference. The Thing is designed to create the environment to get your questions answered in the general sessions and be able to schedule time with many of the speakers to get the help and guidance you need from the team we’ve assembled. We have designed this event with the margin to give you intentional time to mastermind and collaborate with your fellow attendees.

As Creative Entrepreneurs, we have the power to change the World, yet too few of us actually do. This is the mission behind The Thing. As Rob Siltanen said, “…the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” Come and gather with your fellow “Crazy Ones”

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.

SPEAKERS & GUESTS

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

Angus Nelson
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Angus Nelson

Biz Build

Karen Anderson
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Karen Anderson

Morgan James Publishing

C. McNair Wilson
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C. McNair Wilson

Disney Imagineering

Laura Quick
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Laura Quick

Good Grit Magazine

Jeff Noel
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Jeff Noel

Disney Institute

Terry Weaver
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Terry Weaver

Enteractive

CJ Casciotta
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CJ Casciotta

Ringbeller

Rachel Pedersen
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Rachel Pedersen

Social Media United

Liz Pineda
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Liz Pineda

LP

Michael Robinson
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Michael Robinson

D5 Group

Mike Brennan
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Mike Brennan

Mike Brennan Design

Rob Lott
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Rob Lott

The Leading Creative

Justin Schenck
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Justin Schenck

Growth Now Movement

Josh Pies
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Josh Pies

c47 Films

Jody Maberry
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Jody Maberry

Creating Podcast Magic

Paul Klein
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Paul Klein

Pricing Is Positioning

Mike Kim
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Mike Kim

Mike Kim Enterprises

Roberto Candelaria
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Roberto Candelaria

Sponsorship for Influencers

Katrina Stone
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Katrina Stone

Maeweather Music

Benj Heard
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Benj Heard

BHeard Music

Shane Quick
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Shane Quick

Premier Productions

Craig Fraser
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Craig Fraser

Craig Fraser Studios

Leslie Weaver
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Leslie Weaver

Enteractive

Brittany Lynne
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Brittany Lynne

Healthy Chickadee

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

AN ENVIRONMENT TO ACCELERATE YOUR SUCCESS

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!

CURATED VIP EXPEREINCES TO ELEVATE YOUR LEARNING

THE VIP THING

Imagine touring Walt Disney World with someone who helped create, design, and bring to life the happiest place on earth. While we won’t be going behind locked doors, we will be learning about how the magic was created. We will have lunch at a Walt DisneyWorld restaurant. Then, throughout the day we will stop and learn about Disney’s magic and how you can apply that to the work you do. A great way to get a head start on your dreams is to start your weekend dreaming like you did when you were six years old. New for 2019, Friday will begin with a bonus Storyteller Intensive for our VIPs before the conference begins for everyone else. It’s a full extra day and a half experience including a VIP dinner on Saturday night with many of our speakers and special guests.

THE VVIP THING

The reason you are coming to The Thing is to take what you do to the next level. The VVIP experience is that opportunity. Not only do you get all the VIP perks, but we will spend all day Wednesday in a luxury suite at a Walt Disney World Resort with McNair Wilson, the Disney Imagineer that helped create the blueprint for brainstorming used by the Walt Disney Company. He is also the author of the best selling book “HATCH.” We will spend the bulk of the day helping you dream and do better. Bring whatever idea, project, or brand you want and have our team enable you to leave with a better idea and a path forward to make it a reality. It is a special experience to mastermind with a Disney Imagineer and some of the best and brightest minds in business today. The day will end with a dinner and a fun Disney experience.

THE THING ACADEMY

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

$798

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

$1598

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

$2398

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

VVIP

VVIP – Lunch in Suite

1 Hour

Walt Disney World Resort

VVIP

VVIP – Session Two

Walt Disney World Resort

VVIP

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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VVIP

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

SOAPBOX DERBY

The “Soapbox Derby” is your opportunity to share your big idea that you believe could inspire change for the audience. We firmly believe that it’s not just those on the stage that have something powerful to say. Contact us below if you have a 12-15 minute talk you would like to share with us all.

Let's Talk About You Talking

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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POWERED BY

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We would love to partner with your brand to tell your story to our audiences. Contact us for more information

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