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. Registration (at Grand Hyatt Washington: Room Constitution A)
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
EveningOpen Night
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

Wednesday, Dec. 5
8:30-10 a.m. | Opening Session

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.

1:45-2:45 p.m. | Education Sessions

Presented by Joshua L. Grimes, Esq.

Legal weed; GDPR; AirBnb; crisis planning; guns in meetings—constant global change means changes for meetings. Controversy in Washington and threats of terrorism discourage attendees from traveling. GDPR imposes tough data protection laws that restrict use of personal information. AirBnb and other "sharing economy" businesses create havoc for hotel room blocks and increased risks. And societal changes like legal marijuana and increased acceptance of guns can affect a meeting host's liability.

Without a crystal ball, it’s tough to plan for these changes. Yet solid planning is what successful planners and suppliers must do. This fast-paced and interactive presentation will identify the most recent and critical developments to impact meetings in 2018 and beyond. Topics will include:

  • Marijuana usage and guns in meetings.
  • Combatting sexual harassment and other improper conduct.
  • Cancellation for force majure occurrences and objectionable social legislation.
  • AirBnb, Uber, and other "sharing economy" businesses.
  • GDPR data protection and online security.
We will discuss the creative and innovative legal responses meeting professionals should consider now to allow events to go forward successfully with minimal risk. The program will include particular steps independent planners should consider to protect themselves from legal liability.



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Presented by Nancy Rosenbaum

As an independent, your contracts become your calling card to not only your clients, but the hotel community. This session will focus on key clauses and tips to elevate your contracting game! Learn expert negotiation tactics and valuable new trends in hotel contracting.

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. | Closing Session

Presented by Roger Rickard

After learning a bit more about what this year at Connect Independent Planners has to offer, be prepared to participate in a session with one of the industry's best, Roger Rickard. What is the relevance of today’s meetings industry? What issues help or hurt our ability to run meetings? What issues will affect how we do business in the future? Why does this matter to you? What is your key role in supporting a successful meetings industry? This presentation informs one of today’s significant issues, peers into the crystal ball to forecast issues of tomorrow and raises your awareness of your important role as a meetings industry advocate.

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