DC Means Business.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

2018 Agenda

Subject to Change

Wednesday, Dec. 5
8 a.m.-1 p.m.Registration
9-10 a.m.CMP and Planner Breakfast
10-11 a.m.Education
11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.Education
12:30-1:30 p.m.Lunch
1:30-5 p.m.Marketplace Appointments
5-6:30 p.m.Closing Cocktails

 

 

 

2018 Education

Subject to Change

Wednesday, Dec. 5
10-11 a.m. | Education Sessions

Presented by Roger Rickard

How do we create the influence needed to support the long-term viability of your industry? How can you be an effective advocate? How can we engage and activate people around us to support our advocacy activities?

This highly interactive program, customized for the meetings industry, raises advocacy awareness to engage and activate you. The objective is to reveal successful advocacy strategies that enable you to influence stakeholders and garner support for projects beneficial to your organization, your industry and your profession. You will leave with the tools needed to communicate with a stronger voice advocating the value of meetings and the meetings industry.

Presented by Joshua L. Grimes, Esq.

AirBnb; legal weed; terrorism; D.C. gridlock; guns in meetings—continuing change around the world means changes for meetings. Rapid political change leads to concern about protest and disruptions; discourages international attendees from traveling; and affects food and labor costs. The "sharing economy" featuring AirBnb is creating havoc for room blocks and transportation providers. And societal changes like legal marijuana and increased acceptance of guns in public places can affect a meeting host’s liability.

Without a crystal ball, it’s tough to plan for it. Yet solid planning is what successful planners and suppliers must do. This 2-part presentation will identify the most recent and critical developments to impact meetings in 2018. Participants will consider trends likely to affect future meetings and then discuss creative and innovative legal responses to allow events to go forward successfully with minimal risk.

Attend Part 1 or Part 2—or both!

Part 1 (10 a.m. session) features tricky topics, such as: marijuana and guns at meetings; combatting sexual harassment and other improper conduct; cancellation for force majeure events and "immoral" government actions; and more!

Download Handout (916 kb .pdf)

Presented by John Whitney

In this interactive educational session we will discuss the key elements of emergency planning, learn what questions to ask and gain real-life tools for developing basic safety plans and evaluating venue safety plans.

  • 1. Understand the basics of emergency planning
  • 2. Learn to evaluate emergency and safety plans
  • 3. Attain tangible tools for use in your next event

11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. | Education Sessions

Presented by Roger Rickard

How do we create the influence needed to support the long-term viability of your industry? How can you be an effective advocate? How can we engage and activate people around us to support our advocacy activities?

This highly interactive program, customized for the meetings industry, raises advocacy awareness to engage and activate you. The objective is to reveal successful advocacy strategies that enable you to influence stakeholders and garner support for projects beneficial to your organization, your industry and your profession. You will leave with the tools needed to communicate with a stronger voice advocating the value of meetings and the meetings industry.

Presented by Joshua Grimes

This 2-part presentation will identify the most recent and critical developments to impact meetings in 2018. Participants will consider trends likely to affect future meetings and then discuss creative and innovative legal responses to allow events to go forward successfully with minimal risk. Attend Part 1 or Part 2—or both!

Part 2 (11:15 a.m. session) covers the legal implications of new challenges created by technology, such as: managing social media; Uber, AirBnb, and other sharing economy companies; online securit; and other late-breaking legal issues facing planners and suppliers on the front lines of the industry.

Download Handout (916 kb .pdf)

Presented by John Whitney

In this interactive educational session we will discuss the key elements of emergency planning, learn what questions to ask and gain real-life tools for developing basic safety plans and evaluating venue safety plans.

  • 1. Understand the basics of emergency planning
  • 2. Learn to evaluate emergency and safety plans
  • 3. Attain tangible tools for use in your next event

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