Live Conference

Emerging Leaders Conference

One-day Conference for Young Professionals in Material Handling

July 13, 2017

Renaissance Chicago Downtown
Chicago - Illinois

Registration Fees:
$549 Rate before June 1
$629 Rate after June 1
$999 Non-Member Fee

Optional: $70 pp Classic Chicago Dinner at Portillo's and Networking Event






An important part of being a good leader is being able (and willing!) to think differently about the world around us. How we build relationships with our peers, how we seek out different people and diverse experiences, and how we act as leaders to cultivate an environment that respects and welcomes new ideas.

MHEDA and MHI/YPN invite you to consider “The Power of Different” this summer in downtown Chicago at the 2017 Emerging Leaders Conference. Learn the about the impact of social gravity and real-world techniques on how to connect with others; discover practical tools for “Igniting Brilliance” in your leadership and innovation skills; and enjoy networking and brainstorming with young leaders who also work in the material handling industry.

We have a great line-up of speakers who are fun, engaging and memorable. The day will be filled with interactive sessions and advice you can use immediately.  We’ll end the conference with a rooftop reception overlooking Chicago’s breathtaking skyline. Click here to View Full Brochure


Who Should Attend

Designed for young (or young at heart) material handling professionals who want to strengthen their management and leadership skills and advance their career within the material handling industry.


Conference Agenda at a Glance


Wednesday, July 12

6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Classic Chicago Dinner at Portillo's. (Optional)

Join us for a relaxed evening of networking and indulging in local favorites – including Italian beef, baked mostaccioli, chopped salad and of course Portillo’s can’t-miss chocolate cake. This is an optional event. Registration is $70 per person. Includes dinner, drinks and round trip transportation

Thursday, July 13

7:00 a.m.–8:00 a.m. Registration/Breakfast  
8:00 a.m.- 8:15 a.m Welcome and Opening Remarks
8:15 a.m.-9:15 a.m. Social Gravity: Harnessing the Natural Laws of Relationships
9:30 a.m.-10:15 a.m. Personal Network Analysis
10:30 a.m.-12:00 noon HackLab: Pursuing Progress Through Deviation
12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. Group Networking Lunch
1:00 p.m.-2:15 p.m. Ignite Brilliance in Your Leadership & Innovation
2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. Roundtable Discussions
3:45 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Trivia Game and Wrap Up
5:00 p.m.–6:30 p.m. Rooftop Networking Reception  


Conference Location

Renaissance Chicago Downtown
1 West Upper Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60601
Special Discounted Rate: $238 per night. Rate is available until June 13, 2017 or until block is filled.

To book a room, call 877-303-0104 or to make your reservation online use the Hotel Reservation Link

Merging the business of the Loop with the pleasure of State Street and Chicago’s Theater District, the newly renovated Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel invites discovery at every turn. Winner of a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, the Renaissance Chicago enthralls from the moment you enter the lobby – featuring a VIP Lounge, Artist Studio, Coffee Bar and Library. Wind down inside this chic hotel by taking a swim in the refreshing indoor pool and enjoy indulgent spa services. Experience the distinctive, hip scene with local flair, delectable dishes and creative cocktails. Steps away from upscale shopping, fine dining, the theater district, and Millennium Park.




Call MHEDA at 847-680-3500 or email



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