Location: Foyer/Ballroom 1
Opening General Session:
Making the most out of face-to-face meetings in a world of social media
Speaker: Thom Singer, The Conference Catalyst
Thom Singer has more than 23 years of sales and marketing experience and is an expert in branding, positioning and networking. He has authored ten books on the power of business relationships, networking, presentation skills and entrepreneurship, and regularly speaks to corporate, law firm and convention audiences. He sets the tone for better engagement at industry events as the opening keynote speaker or the Master of Ceremonies. His Conference Catalyst Program has become a “meeting planners” favorite in how it transforms the conference attendee experience
Track 1: Creating A Career Pathway
Location: Broadway, Conference Level
Track 2: Contracts/Social Media/ Technology
Location: Alvin & Carnegie, Conference Level
Effective Networking: Top tips to effectively network!
Facilitator: Thom Singer, The Conference Catalyst
What’s New in Contract Clauses: Peer to peer discussion
Facilitator: Jeff Fagan, Marriott Global Sales
CMP, CMM, CAE, CASE: Dissecting industry designations and determining which best supports your career goals
Facilitator: Deborah Richardt, CMP
Social Media & Marketing You: Is your resume up to date? Which social media are you using to market yourself?
Facilitator: Stuart Ruff
Effectively Working with CVBs, National Sales and Third Parties: How to work with all three industry representatives to secure your meeting objectives
Facilitator: Maribeth T. Krause, Director of Convention Programs
Panel: Elizabeth Yienger, Baltimore CVB, Lois Miller, CAE, LD Miller & Associates, Rocco LaForgia, Hilton Worldwide
Mobile Technology: What’s Hot/What’s New!
Facilitator: Crowd Compass
Closing General Session:
Speaker: Tracy Stuckrath, CMP, CMM, CHC, President, Thrive! Meetings & Events
With the growing number of dietary needs being requested at events, it's about time we understood what they are and how to incorporate them into our menus. This session will provide everyone with a fun and easy way to understand the needs and learn how to create a better customer experience through the food they are serving. Players/teams will compete to see who knows the most about food allergies and other dietary needs, table etiquette, sustainability, food safety, food culture, nutrition, cooking techniques and ingredients.
Tracy Stuckrath, is a certified event planner and meetings manager whose personal mission is to “make the world healthier one event at a time.” She is also one of 15 million Americans with food allergies. Combining her more than 20 years of event planning experience and food allergies, Tracy founded Thrive! Meetings & Events in 2010 to educate the hospitality industry on how to successfully accommodate dietary needs at events.