AQR Academy LIVE! – Fall 2022


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AQR Academy Live! Fall 2022 – West Des Moines, Iowa
Date: September 27-29, 2022
Refresh your mind, get inspired, find strategic business support!

Join Heidi Kaisand, owner and publisher of American Quilt Retailer plus a lineup of special guests for 3 days full of learning and networking like no other. Acquire actionable insights, make new connections and gain the inspiration you need to disrupt your business and climb to success.

Conference Fee: $325 (Airfare, lodging and transportation to hotel not included. Conference is being held at hotel.)
Meals Included: Lunch (Tues., Wed., Thurs.), Dinner (Tues., Wed.), Continental Breakfast Daily for Hotel Guests

Location and Hotel:
Drury Inn & Suites West Des Moines, 5505 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines, IA 50266.
Conveniently located near the Des Moines airport and major highways.

Rooms are available for $101 a night.
To secure this rate, reserve your room HERE.

AQR Academy LIVE! 2022 is sponsored by:

Schedule of Events:

Tuesday, September 27th:
7:00-8:30 am Breakfast
8:30-9:30 am Welcome, Inspiration and Motivation: Heidi Kaisand and Beth Montpas
9:30-11:00 am Solving the People Puzzle: Beth Montpas
11:00-12:00 pm Branding via Content Creation: Crystal Bline
12:00-1:30 pm Lunch
1:30-3:00 pm Transform Your Quilt Store from a Cash-Eating Monster to a Money-Making Machine: Jacob Curtis
3:30-5:00 pm Fabric Bonanza: Fabric reps from your favorite manufacturers show the latest collections and answer your questions.
6:00-7:00 pm Dinner
7:00-8:00 pm Attracting, Recruiting and Retaining Employees: Julie Ressler
8:00-9:30 pm Shop Talk

Wednesday, September 28th:
7:00-8:30 am Breakfast
8:30 am Board the bus to Winterset!
9:00 am Arrival in Winterset
Stop 1: Iowa Quilt Museum
Stop 2: Piecework Quilt Shop
Stop 3: Lunch/Visit with Chamber & Small Business Owners
Stop 4: Downtown Winterset – Shopping and Coffee
2:30 pm Board bus to return to West Des Moines
3:30-5:00 pm Pattern Inspiration: Popular pattern designers show their latest designs and the inspiration that went in to making them come alive.
Joining us: Sarah J. Maxwell, Celine Perkins, Kate Colleran.
6:00-8:00 pm Dinner
8:00-9:30 pm Shop Talk

Thursday, September 29th:
7:00-8:30 am Breakfast
9:00-10:30 am How does it look to be successful?: Brian K. Wright
10:30-11:30 am Optimizing Instagram: Tracy Walker
11:30-12:30 pm Reach Your True Potential: Karmen Hotchkiss, Level Up with Karmen
12:30-1:30 pm Lunch
1:30-2:30 pm Your Action Plan: Karmen Hotchkiss, Level Up with Karmen
2:30-3:30 pm Wrap Up!


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