Independent Planners Mean Business.

Enhance your skills, network with industry leaders and drive more business at Connect Independent Planners—the event for independent planners and suppliers focused on national association, corporate and international meetings and events. Experience three days of general sessions, roundtables, preset appointments and networking.







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





2018 Agenda

Subject to Change

Tuesday, Dec. 4
6-9 p.m.Regiception
Wednesday, Dec. 5
8:30-10 a.m.Opening Session
10:30 a.m.-noonMarketplace Appointments
Noon-1:30 p.m.Giveback Luncheon
1:45-2:45 p.m.Education Sessions
3:15-4:30 p.m.Town Halls
4:45-5:45 p.m.General Session
Thursday, Dec. 6
9-11 a.m.Marketplace Appointments
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.Lunch & Closing Session




2018 Town Halls and Education

Subject to Change

Topics include contracting best practices, IRS regulations, advocacy and industry partnership best practices.

Wednesday, Dec. 5
3:15-4:30 p.m. | Town Halls

Calling all Independent Planners! This is your opportunity to hear from colleagues on topics of interest. You have time to discuss specific trends, opportunites and ways to work together with your peers. This is a planner-only session—honest conversations are required and requested!

Suppliers—have you ever thought "what are they thinking?!" when partnering with an Independent Planner? This town hall is just for you! An open forum of honest conversations to see how suppliers can think like a planner to better relationships in the future.

Thursday, Dec. 6
11:30 a.m.-1 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 make one aware of 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.

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