Virtual Conferences: How To Produce Extraordinary Online Events

Executive Panel Discussion and Virtual Conference Demonstration

Webcast Abstract

To attend a face-to-face conference, you travel to a conference site. With a virtual conference the conference site comes to you. Keynote addresses, breakout sessions, exhibit halls and live webcasts even are all components of these meeting events. Virtual conferences can take place in both real time (synchronously) and any time (asynchronously)—they can extend your face-to-face annual meeting or be entirely online.

In this educational webcast, a panel of experts will discuss the business and production aspects of their recent virtual conferences.

California Teachers Association's Institute for Teaching – Held a six-week virtual conference on positive-strengths-based teaching methods called The What Works Conference. Over 300 teachers nationwide attended the conference. It was a gamble that paid off – 97% of attendees said they would attend another virtual conference event. It was the first online conference for 85% of the attendees, and 88% gave positive ratings for their conference experience.

Paulist National Catholic Evangelization Association (PNCEA) – Now preparing for its third annual virtual conference, Proclaiming Christ has reached thousands of Catholics nationwide. Produced by a small-staff organization, these conferences have garnered 85% positive experience ratings with 90% of attendees wanting even more online events. PNCEA also uses iCohere for its eLearning courses and online communities

World Appreciative Inquiry Conference – Hundreds of AI practitioners gathered in Nepal to share their experiences with the AI process. A virtual conference extension site, managed by Lindsey Godwin, provided hundreds of virtual participants with a parallel conference experience for those who could not travel to Nepal. Forty hosts in 35+ countries helped facilitate the online conference experience. This event was hosted by Imagine Nepal and sponsored by several nonprofits and in partnership with the Fowler Center for Sustainable Value at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University.

Key questions addressed

  • Strategy:
    • What was the strategic purpose behind these successful virtual conferences?
    • How were the conferences funded?
    • Does a virtual conference "cannibalize" attendance from face-to-face meetings?
  • Production Logistics & Support:
    • What are the main steps involved in planning a virtual conference?
    • How are production roles determined?
    • How much staff time is required?
  • Marketing and Communications:
    • Do members understand how to participate in an online conference?
    • How far in advance are marketing efforts started?
    • How is the marketing process for a virtual conference different from face-to-face meetings?

This webcast is for educational purposes only, is sponsored by iCohere, Inc., and contains no advertising.



Yale Wisnik Yale Wishnick, Ph.D.
Former Director,
CA Teachers Association,
Institute for Teaching
Rev. Anthony Krisak Rev. Anthony Krisak
Director of Training and Online Services
Paulist National Catholic Evangelization Association
Lindsey Godwin Lindsey Godwin, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Management
College of Business
Morehead State University
Patricia O'Leary Patricia O’Leary
Conference Production Manager,
Lance Simon Lance A. Simon
VP Business Development, iCohere
(Webcast Moderator)

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