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Chicago Means Business.

Enhance your skills, network with industry leaders and drive more business at Connect Chicago—the event for planners and suppliers focused on national association, corporate and international meetings and events in Chicago. Experience a quality packed day of general sessions, roundtables, preset appointments and networking.







Connect Chicago is the business marketplace where RFPs are placed, dates are secured and relationships are developed for future business.






2019 Agenda

Subject to Change

Saturday, Feb. 23-Sunday, Feb. 24
Sat.-Sun.Pre-Conference FAM—Click here for more information.
Monday, Feb. 25
3-4 p.m.Registration
3:30-4:45 p.m.Welcome and Education
5-6 p.m.Marketplace Appointments
6-7:30 p.m.Welcome Reception
Tuesday, Feb. 26
9-11 a.m.Marketplace Appointments
11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.General Session
12:15-1:15 p.m.Networking Lunch
1:30-3 p.m.Marketplace Appointments




2018 Speakers

2019 Coming Soon

Naomi Angel
Howe & Hutton, Ltd.
John Nawn
The Perfect Meeting, Inc.
Naomi Angel is a partner with Howe & Hutton. She also serves as general counsel to national and international trade associations of manufacturers, suppliers, and professionals, providing guidance in antitrust, intellectual property, standards development, certification and accreditation, governance, contracts, product liability, and risk management. John Nawn is the founder of experiential design firm, which focuses on optimizing the attendee learning experience.

2019 Education

Subject to Change

Monday, Feb. 25
3:30-4:45 p.m. | Welcome Education

Presented by Christy Lamagna

Make 2019 the year you become indispensable. Earn executive status, benefits and compensation. By shifting your thinking from a logistic to a strategic perspective, you’ll turn your programs into the most powerful sales and marketing tool at your company’s disposal, bringing quantifiable ROI and contributing to the bottom line.

Objective: Learn how to plan strategically, measure ROI and create effective content

Tuesday, Feb. 26
10:45-11:45 a.m. | General Session

Presented by Tom Pasha

More than a traditional Negotiations Seminar, this session trains meeting planners on how hotels really work, "From the Hotel Side." The topics include seeing a real hotel P&L to view how hotels generate revenue and how they evaluate group business. Be prepared to learn advanced negotiation tips and techniques to maximize bookings and stretch planning budgets.

• Planners learn how a hotel generates revenue and sees actual profit percentages
• Planners learn how to make hotels compete for their business
• Planners learn advanced negotiation tips

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