About the Conference

This conference experience is unlike any you have had. ESP/IEG 2018 is the only event that covers the entire spectrum of partnerships: sports, entertainment, events, arts, causes, government and associations.

What to Expect at ESP/IEG 2018

Whether you represent a global brand or start-up; a sports, arts, entertainment or nonprofit rightsholder; a public sector organization, social enterprise or agency, we guarantee your time will not be time spent away from business, but rather time invested in the business of creating a better future for you and your organization.

Until we are ready to unveil the 2018 program, we encourage you to:

Highlights from Last Year’s Keynotes

Reasons You Can’t Afford to Miss ESP/IEG 2018

  • You will discover how to create genuine value and sustainable results for you, your partners and your audiences
  • You will learn how to harness the power of partnerships to connect and engage with audiences, fans and supporters
  • You will gain a complete understanding of the role of digital content in activating partnerships and reaching new followers
  • You will take away cutting-edge insights into new ways of leveraging data to build better partnerships, personalize marketing and boost sales
  • You will learn about the changing role of media and its major impact on rightsholders and brands
  • With a record number of attendees expected, it’s an unprecedented opportunity to expand your personal visibility

Don’t Take Our Word For It

The place to learn about what’s going on in sponsorship and what others in the industry are doing.” Jeff Speiser, The Walt Disney Company

“Great conference for networking. And structured so you can take advantage of content that is most relevant to you.” Carley St. Lucia, Philadelphia Eagles

Event App

The conference event app has all the critical information you need before, during and after the conference. Access the web version of the app or download it to your iOS or Android device.

This easy-to-use app includes the following sections:


The full list of everyone attending to assist you in finding your peers or people that you might like to meet.


This is where you will find the most up-to-date schedule, plus your own personal schedule and meeting invitations from other attendees.

Activity Feed

View social posts within the app, including tweets with the conference hashtag, current and upcoming sessions, and important notifications.


The full list of conference speakers, complete with bios and links to follow on social media.

Partners & Exhibitors

Our partners provide products and services that support our industry and can help you in developing your business and your partnerships.


To make sure you connect with everyone you want to meet, this section includes ways that will help you to network before, during and after the conference.

Information Desk

Here you will find a collection of useful information to help you get the most from the conference and your stay at the Sheraton Grand Chicago.


Interactive maps of the hotel, along with a city map pinned with key locations.


Search the app content, including sessions, speakers, exhibitors and other pages.