One Show. Two market segments. No Nonsense.

Connect Medical | Connect Tech 2019 in Dallas brings together stakeholders from the medical and technology sectors with hoteliers and suppliers for prescheduled one-on-one meetings, continuing education sessions, keynote general sessions and quality networking with industry colleagues.







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



2019 Agenda

Subject to Change

Sunday, Oct. 13
3-5 p.m.Registration
Ballroom D Prefunction
4-5 p.m.Informational Session—CMP-HC
Room D221
6-9 p.m.Opening Reception: Connect Pink Gala Featuring Wanda Sykes
Ballroom D (1-4)
Monday, Oct. 14
MorningBreakfast on Own
All DayBotox Lounge
By Invitation Only—Appointment Required. Room D227
8:30-9:30 a.m.Education Sessions
Room D220-D222
10 a.m.-noonMarketplace Appointments
Ballroom C
Noon-1:30 p.m.Lunch and Keynote With Bruce Turkel
Ballroom D
2-3 p.m.Education Sessions
D100 Breakout Rooms
3:30-4:30 p.m.Marketplace Appointments
Ballroom C
5-6 p.m.Happy Hour Education Sessions
Room D220-222
6:15-7 p.m.Wine Education
Ballroom D
EveningOpen Night
Tuesday, Oct. 15
MorningBreakfast on Own
9-10 a.m.Education Sessions
Room D220-222
10:30-11:30 a.m.Marketplace Appointments
Ballroom C




Opening Reception Featuring Wanda Sykes

Known as one of the funniest stand-up comics by her peers and ranked among Entertainment Weekly's 25 Funniest People in America, Wanda Sykes' smart-witted stand up has sent her career in many different directions. Hear her in person this October at Connect Pink, Connect Medical | Tech's opening reception gala presented with the support of Strategic Partner Visit Dallas.

2019 Speaker

Bruce Turkel
For more than 25 years, Bruce Turkel has helped create some of the world’s most compelling brands, including Hasbro, Nike, American Express, Charles Schwab, Citicorp, Discovery Networks, Bacardi, Sol Melia Hotels, Partnership for a Drug-Free America, HBO Latin America, Canyon Ranch and many more. A frequent guest expert on news programs, he appears regularly on CNN International, MSNBC and NPR. Bruce has been featured in The New York Times, Fast Company, Communication Arts, AdWeek, and Speaker Magazines, and has spoken at MIT, Harvard, TEDx and hundreds of corporate and industry conferences. In 2017 the National Speakers Association inducted him into their Speaker Hall of Fame. In addition to speaking, Bruce has written five books. Forbes Magazine named his most recent book, “All About Them,” to its list of best business books. In his free time, Bruce fronts the popular Miami R&B band Blackstar.

2019 Education

Sunday, Oct. 13
4-5 p.m. | Informational Session

Presented by EIC

Join this informational session to learn about the Certified Meeting Professional-Healthcare designation and how it can progress your career.

Monday, Oct. 14
8:30-9:30 a.m. | Education Sessions

Presented by Brandt Krueger and Will Curran

There are countless options to choose from if you want to take your event to the next level. Of course, one of these cool choices is the possibility of livestreaming your event. Think about it: you can get people from all over the world to experience your event without having to physically attend, but now you have to add even more technology and complexity to your event. Event AV experts Will Curran and Brandt Krueger will break down how to execute a flawless livestream on every budget, from no budget all the way to broadcast quality that prime-time TV would be jealous of. No fluff here, only a jam-packed session full of tactical how-to's, resources, tools, and apps.

Presented by Rick Swanson

Continuing Medical Education (CME) conferences typically have compliance requirements that other healthcare conferences may not have. What are these compliance requirements and what impact do they have on the way a CMP plans a CME event versus any other conference? We’ll consider compliance requirements of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) as well as the Open Payments Act (aka Sunshine Act), plus other parameters your client may have. Rather than viewing compliance as a hurdle to be overcome, we’ll look at it as an opportunity to add value to your next CME event.

Presented by Dr. Urszula Klich

Learn to eliminate the stress and anxiety that plagues progress in healthcare, corporate, and personal life. First, identify signs that you or your team’s effectiveness is impacted by strain. Next, integrate simple but powerful meditation and biofeedback techniques to achieve resilience from stress and optimum performance in personal, professional, and health performance. You can leverage these tools to drive higher productivity through less effort high functioning teams.

About the Presenter:
Dr Urszula Klich, is a peak performance and health psychology expert. As the founder of My Mindful Way of Life, she is committed to helping people bridge the gap between their current way of living and their potential. Her published programs have been widely applied from hospitals to classrooms and corporate board rooms.

At Connect Medical and Tech, she will show you how to integrate simple but powerful mindfulness and biofeedback techniques to achieve stress resilience while leveraging optimum performance.

2-3 p.m. | Education Sessions

Presented by Bob Caldwell

This session will explore how AI Chatbots really work, examine case studies to see the true statistics, and will allow attendees to interact with a live bot. Additionally, the session will identify key questions to ask potential vendors when considering chatbots and specific KPIs that attendees should focus on when deploying chatbots.

Presented by Betsy Bondurant

This interactive session will provide specific information to increase your understanding of the issues regarding selling, planning, and managing healthcare meetings. We will dispel the mystery around international regulations and codes of ethics, who is a Healthcare Professional (HCPs), transparency with HCP interactions, and what planners expect from suppliers when operating healthcare meetings.

Presented by Steven Hacker

This session will focus on key risk management principles and contract provisions all designed to enhance your event and reduce many of the risks associated with event planning. Custom tailored for busy event planners, this session will arm you with insights and knowledge that are guaranteed to provide you with negotiation strategies and tactics that will position you to possess strong negotiation skills that can only ensure the success of your event.

5-6 p.m. | Education Sessions

Presented by Robyn Davis

Statistics show that trade show attendees (across industries) do value their time in the exhibit hall; however, many exhibitors still struggle to attract the right attention and to engage their booth visitors in a productive way. For medical meetings especially, due to stringent industry regulations and a heavy focus on allocating time to continuing education, this task can be even harder—but with a little creativity and strategic planning, these limitations don’t have to limit your trade show results! In this session, learn how you can help everyone (attendees, exhibitors, event management… including you) get what they all want: better engagement in the exhibit hall and a more valuable medical meetings experience overall.

Specifically, participants will:

  • • Identify motivating factors that encourage (or discourage) healthcare professionals, specifically, and trade show attendees, in general, to engage with exhibitors.

  • • List potential solutions to increase exhibit hall engagement and tips to maximize common “attractions” like in-booth demos/presentations, catering, and more.

  • • Brainstorm opportunities to apply what you’ve learned at this session in time for your next trade show, even if your available resources are limited.


How to design an effective conference (gamification, anyone?) with engagement from start to finish


Hear real life stories from a seasoned event planner and how his group has survived it all. The crisis management plan has allowed his event to weather everything from ice cream shortages, to tornadoes, to protest groups, to boycotts, to assault. Risk management and security go beyond the onsite communication plan. Many risks can be mitigated before your event even begins.

Tuesday, Oct. 15
9-10 a.m. | Education Sessions

Presented by Courtney Stanley and Sarah Soliman Daudin

#MeToo. These words have sparked a powerful movement from Hollywood to Corporate America to the technology sector and beyond.

How can we, as planners, suppliers or attendees, help prevent sexual harassment at events? Event professionals have the power to influence the harassment epidemic beyond our own industry. Join us to discuss preventing and addressing misconduct at meetings and events.

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