Behind the Scenes of Accelerate 2013

Behind The Scenes

We’re excited to host more than 600+ business partners, customers, sales force members and media at Accelerate this year.  The week will feature a series of impactful and open conversations between Lenovo executives, customers, and partners; and we hope you’ll follow along here on our blog.

The team’s worked for months to pull everything together, and it’s the little details that are striking reminders of our commitment to Lenovo and to you, our business partners.  Whether you’re greeted by Lenovo employees, escorted through the hotel to the various events and breakout sessions by Lenovo guides and signage, meeting face-to-face with our executive team and ambassadors, or amazed by our state of the art technical displays, please know that we have carefully planned this week to maximize your experience.

For those of you joining for the first time, we have an incredible line-up for you.

Monday, April 29
After registering downstairs in the convention center, be sure to check out our workshops from 1pm-4pm.  Whether you want to know more about selling our products into verticals, maximizing your sales efficiency, or how to win in a consumerized world, there will be plenty of opportunities to learn how to ‘Lead with Lenovo’ in a  PC+ era.  For more information, check out our website.  (I’ll also keep you updated on these and other sessions in future posts.)

When the sun goes down, we’re kicking things off with our Welcome reception, starting at 5:30pm in MIX Lounge at Mandalay Bay.  Located on the 64th floor of the hotel, MIX is stunning--the perfect place to mingle and unwind.  It’s known not only for its ultra-hip ambience; and famed resident chef, Alain Ducasse; but its spectacular view of the Vegas strip.  Come celebrate with us.  You’re in for some delicious hor d’oeuvres, cool beverages, hip tunes, and great company!

Tuesday, April 30

  • Be prepared to be wined and dined.  Join us for breakfast at 7am before Sammy Kinlaw, Director of Channel Sales, launches our General Session.  You’ll hear from all our industry experts, and we’ll close the morning with guest speaker and electronics wizard, Grant Imahara of Discovery Channel’s Mythbusters.  Next, be sure grab lunch, tour our product showcase, and check out our Battle Bots. (More to come on that!)
  • Tuesday night, we’re all heading to the Beach Bash at the Mandalay Beach to unwind, listen to live music and eat dinner.   (Be sure to check out our interview with Kelly Bowen, NA Channel Marketing Manager on Monday to see what she has in store for us.)


Wednesday, May 1

  • We’ll wrap our festivities with breakfast, more breakout session opportunities, and don’t forget to join us for world-renowned guest speaker, Doug Lipp, former head of the training team at Disney’s corporate headquarters. He’ll give key insights to customer service and leadership as well as his personal stories from working at Disney from the ground up, beginning in 1981! 
  • Our final general session will be led by North American Channel Chief, Chris Frey.  This will be another opportunity to hear about the future of Lenovo as well as announce quite a few product and prize giveaways and surprises! 

Annabelle Thuan
NA Channel Marketing Manager