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2017 Education Sessions

Thursday, June 29

11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Disruptions Facing the Events and Meetings Industry

Presented by Howard Givner


Drones. Guns. Virtual reality. Livestreaming. Outsourcing. Terrorism. Matchmaking. Discriminatory local laws. This presentation will explore a variety of technological, economic and cultural changes with the potential to bring major upheaval to the industry, both positive and negative, and ways planners should start thinking about them.

12:30-2:30 p.m.

Lunch General Session: Parlez-Vous Planner? Sprechen Zie Supplier?

Presented by Shawna Suckow, CMP


Planners and suppliers think and act so differently, it's like we're from completely different cultures. We can't form strong relationships, though, without an accurate understanding of each other's beliefs, motivations and pet peeves. Join the group for an insightful peek behind the curtain on each side to see what planners and suppliers are really thinking! We'll then settle into a candid discussion about issues selected from audience members via an anonymous poll. The session is a lively, matter-of-fact discussion with an end goal of building better relationships. We're all on the same side: the side of serving our participants with the best possible event experiences.

2:45-3:45 p.m.

The Power of Owning Your Career

Presented by Simone Morris


No matter the industry we're in, our worlds can change in a heartbeat. Do you powerfully own your career, or does your career powerfully own you? These times call for differentiation and showcasing of your personal brand—and taking the driver's seat in your career. Let's have a conversation on the power of owning your career.

Forget It! What Meeting Professionals Need to Un-Learn in 2017

Presented by Shawna Suckow, CMP


As planners, several things have become habit for us when laying out the logistics for an upcoming meeting. Just because something has become a habit, though, doesn't mean it's the best solution for us, our stakeholders or our audience. In this session, we'll address and discuss meeting practices that need to be forgotten because they no longer serve us. Come prepared to share, challenge norms and leave old ideas behind.

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