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We are the authority on everything Meetings-related. With the goal of growing and sharing knowledge among our peers, our lunch-hour workshops focus on the ins and outs of our industry.  We invite Facilitators, Meeting Planners, Retreat Programming Coordinators, Administrative Assistants and everyone in between to get insider insight with a delectable meal.

Join us as Linda Whitlock teaches creative ways to maximize engagement among peers at company meetings and events!

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Lunch & Learn: Engage Your Audience at Company Gatherings

Catalyst Ranch Events

How do you keep your team and/or participants engaged during meetings, conferences or other gatherings? How do you encourage your team to show up, get excited and truly take advantage of every opportunity to learn and grow and bond.

Linda Whitlock, President of Corporate Event Interactive, will draw from her 25+ years’ experience producing interactive and team events, to provide you with creative ways to engage your audience of peers and professionals. In this interactive and hands-on session, Linda and her CEI colleague Trent Snyder will teach attendees practical strategies to better engage with their target audiences, which include stakeholders, presenters, the community, and each other.

Session topics will include…

  1. Learn how to foster relationships through ice-breaker and networking activities
  2. Help your team and participants spark conversation through small group/table top discussion
  3. Cultivate fun with a friendly competition
  4. Promote philanthropy within your organization by giving back to the community
  5. Participating in Sample Activities


Admission price of $12 includes a mouth-watering meal from our catering partner Big Delicious Planet.

  • Purchase your admission by Thursday, January 30.
  • Please email bryan@catalystranch.com with any dietary restrictions.


About Our Guest Presenters:

Linda Whitlock-Graziano is President and Co-owner of Corporate Event Interactive, Inc.  She specializes in creating custom interactive & team experiences for corporate meetings and events.  Her genuine and collaborative approach brings authenticity to each program she produces.

Some of her favorite programs include bringing contentious corporate teams together in friendly competition, engaging new-hires and students with their new setting, and coordinating hundreds of heartwarming charitable team events.

Linda started at CEI as Production Coordinator in 1993. Now, as President, she continues to guide the enthusiastic CEI team in producing award-wining events. She is a longtime contributor to the meetings and events industry, actively involved in the MPI and ILEA Chicago chapters. When she isn’t collaborating with clients, she enjoys attending her son’s sports games, hanging out with her college-bound daughter and traveling anywhere with her husband Ed. You can reach her at Linda@CorpEvent.com or www.linkedin.com/in/lindawhitlock.


headshot for Trent Snyder of Corporate Event InteractiveAn ambitious and creative event specialist, Trent Snyder brings to Corporate Event Interactive an ideal combination of work ethic, practical business skills and customer service experience. He is able to balance many tasks simultaneously and never gets rattled. In many ways he is the backbone of the organization as he plays a part in almost everything in the office from designing and creating the latest techno hunt to coordinating event logistics. Trent received is BA from Northern Illinois University in 2016.

In his free time you can catch Trent singing a cappella on stage, running on the lakefront, or freelancing for local events. You can reach him at Trent@corpevent.com or https://www.linkedin.com/in/trent-snyder.


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