2018 Lounges

Fri./Sat.: 8:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. & 1-5 p.m.

Subject to Change

 

Connect Complete

Experience the lounge dedicated to mind, body and soul at Connect, sponsored by Visit Frisco. Participate in one of the many educational sessions focused on your health as a travel warrior, learn about your posture and get in stretches, relax with a chair massage or the smell of essential oils and recharge in the meditation lounge.

Professional Development

Take your professionalism to the next level in our professional development lounge, sponsored by Charlotte. In the educational sessions, learn about attaining your goal, becoming a better public speaker, how to work project management and more about APEX standards. The Events Industry Council (EIC) is available to answer all your questions about the CMP program or other industry designations. Need to beef up your LinkedIn profile? Visit our LinkedIn Help Desk (powered by Dahlia+). Be sure to stop by the speakers corner to learn more about going out on your own business adventure, grab a book, or have a conversation about a variety of topics one-on-one with a Connect educator.

ConnecTECH

New this year to ConnecTECH, experience virtual and augmented reality like never before in VARnival playground. Need help wrapping your head around how to incorporate technology into your event? Take a moment to join us for an educational session or two. Meet Connie, the Connect EventBot (powered by Sciensio) or get help with the app (powered by Pathable) while you are in the area.

CSR Lounge

Giving back is important to Connect, and this year you'll have not one or two, but FOUR ways to do so. Join us as our CSR partners from Rock & Wrap It Up, No Child Hungry, Clean the World and Impact 4 Good speak to you about how to incorporate CSR, the benefits of doing so, and show you how easy it is on site. Then, participate in the activities firsthand. Thirsty? Refill your water bottle here! And be sure to stop by our Sustaina-tree Forest. Based on the 17 sustainable development goals of the United Nations, trees are available to share and learn ideas in relation to each goal. And while you are there, learn how Connect, the Salt Palace Convention Center and Visit Salt Lake are making this our greenest meeting to date.

Connect Complete

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Sessions

Presented by Tess Vismale

Whether you have a desk job or find yourself running in an airport and clocking more than 10,000 steps on your fitbit when onsite, you need to create new habits to keep your health on track. Join us for this habit creation session where you will commit to new ways of taking care of your body and maintaining your overall wellness. These are simple to incorporate in your busy life; you got this! And we are going to be your accountability coach, track your progress and encourage you along the way.

Presented by Aaron Wolowiec

When working properly, stress helps you stay focused, energetic and alert. But beyond a certain point, stress stops being helpful and starts causing major damage to your health, mood, productivity, relationships and quality of life. Hence, the Healthy by Association movement was established as a space to set goals, share workout accomplishments, exchange healthy recipes and stay motivated.

Presented by Josue Andino

Did you know that posture can tell you what is going on with your health or inside your body? We’ll share with you how to properly evaluate your posture when standing, sitting, or just being. Be prepared to get a much-needed posture alignment analysis, with before-and-after pictures and tips on how to handle pain or discomfort. Your body will thank you for this!

Presented by Tracy Stuckrath

Get the facts on what food allergies are—and what they aren’t—plus how to cater to them in your meeting menus and what to do in an allergic emergency.

Sessions

Presented by Mark Galvin

Today, it is critical that professionals effectively manage their online social media profiles. Ever wonder if you can do this better? Join this session to learn why your personal SM is so important and get quick tips on how to better manage it from ePresence—a firm that focuses on personal social media management.

Presented by Linley Paske and Lauren Pasqualone

You have so many responsibilities that it’s easy to work IN your biz without ever working ON it—but when you take care of your business, your business takes care of you. It’s time to go with the WORK//FLOW—the can’t-miss goal setting process from goal-getters Linley+Lauren, that is.

Presented by Mariela McIlwraith

Interested in becoming a CMP? Already a CMP? Not sure what a CMP really is? The certified meeting professional (CMP) program identifies those who have mastered the knowledge and skills needed to be a successful meetings professional. The CMP credential is recognized globally as the badge of excellence in the meeting, convention, exhibition, and event industry. The qualifications for certification are based on professional experience, education, and a rigorous exam. In this session, learn how to obtain or maintain your CMP credential, including qualification requirements and how to recertify.

Presented by Lisa Meller

Event success relies more heavily on effective planning than it does on execution. With key principles of effective project management tools and strategies in play, you’ll not only assemble the right team, but you’ll keep them motivated, on track, and working in sync. Join us for an interactive discussion about principles, people, productivity, planning, and post evaluation.

Presented by Mariela McIlwraith

As event owners and designers, we create the environment in which our participants learn, share, and innovate. In doing so, we need to consider the perspectives of all of our potential participants to design events that are welcoming, inclusive and accessible and that encourage full and dignified participation for all. In this facilitated discussion, learn about universal design principles, how to identify the unconscious bias that may be holding back your event’s potential, and how to grow audiences and improve event quality by designing welcoming events.

Sessions

Presented by Soraya Herbert

Social media is becoming more in-the-moment. Are you ready for this shift? Jumping into livestreaming and going live on Insta, Facebook and LinkedIn can be daunting, but we’re here to bring you tips and tricks to make the process easier! This will be a “moving” session. Be camera-ready and prepared, because we are going on a live-streaming tour throughout Connect, and you are the host(ess).

Presented by Brandt Krueger

With constant news of data breaches, attacks, and new regulations, the world of cyber and data security can be a very overwhelming place for event planners. Luckily, there are simple things you can do today to protect yourself, your events, and your attendees. We’ll break down the current state of data security in the industry and give you actionable steps to making your event safer.

Presented by Jim Spellos

For many, the thought of artificial intelligence is straight out of a science fiction movie. But the applications that are already available in our lives are also available today to impact our conferences, events, facilities and destinations. Experience ready-to-use AI applications and help your peers separate fact from (science) fiction when it comes to how AI will revolutionize our (and all) industry.

Presented by Alex Plaxen

Demand for instant customer service response is high. That’s what makes chatbots—especially through Facebook messenger—so valuable. Chatbots give you the chance to interact quickly with your audience in a way that feels personal by customizing your brand voice and sending personalized content directly to users. 2018 is the year to introduce your attendees to chatbots and I’ll show you how.

Presented by Soraya Herbert

Visual marketing has become a key component for any event marketing strategy on all marketing and social media platforms. Utilizing good visuals will make your marketing more powerful and more memorable. Join us to get the top tips and tools list to create cool content without being a designer. Self-drive the platforms we talk about and use them right there at the session!

Presented by Will Curran

Learn tactical tips from an event planner-turned-AV producer on how to ask the right questions and say the right things to get the best experience possible from your AV company. Will Curran of Endless Events will be jamming 8 hours of content into 30 minutes. Strap yourself in, because he’s going to take you on a ride to save you stress!

Presented by Jim Spellos

Augmented and Virtual Reality: you’ve heard the terms and have probably experienced them to a small extent. But how are you preparing yourself and your organization to make them an integral part of your jobs? Frequently, basic applications from everyday life can provide incredible examples of how we can utilize these tools in our industry. This mini session will engage you and your peers to see some currently available uses, and discuss with one another how it will change your work forever.

Sessions

Presented by Jim Spellos

What happens to the excess food from your events or properties that was prepared but not served? Organizations throw away millions of dollars of food annually that could be properly (and safely) used to feed those in need. This session will separate fact from fiction about what you can do with excess food, and identify one organization that can facilitate the process at no cost.

Presented by William Lowry

Connect attendees will have the opportunity to pack meals through No Child Hungry. This project will provide nutritious food to children who don’t know where their next meal is coming from.

Presented by Chance Thompson

This session will use Salt Lake’s two award winning SMG facilities, the Salt Palace Convention Center and Mountain America Exposition Center and their hospitality partners as case studies to introduce the triple bottom line approach to event planning: considering not only people and profits, but also the overall environmental impact of our meetings. The two venues, Visit Salt Lake, Utah Food Services, and PSAV, achieved a record breaking number of APEX/ASTM Sustainable Event Standards. Some topics included will be smarter materials management to reduce landfill usage, efficient energy and water strategies, air quality and community donation, and lastly, the valuable marketing material and money opportunities (to add a little profit into the mix).
Attendees will discuss keys to a sustainable industry, ask questions, and brainstorm how to make a smarter event.

Presented by Amy Armstrong

Build hygiene kits with Clean the World, which has distributed more than 44 million bars of soap to over 127 countries on its mission to collect and recycle soap and hygiene products discarded every day by the hospitality industry and other sectors that generate environmental waste. Through the distribution of these and other donated products to impoverished people, prevent millions of hygiene-related deaths each year, reduce the morbidity rate for hygiene-related illnesses, and encourage vigorous childhood development.

Presented by Alan Ranzer

More than 1.2 million Americans develop cancer each year, which translates to a cancer diagnosis every 30 seconds. “Beads to Beat Cancer” works to empower people touched by cancer by supporting cancer care facilities nationwide.
In this activity, participants assemble bracelets to donate to local cancer treatment facilities for distribution to patients, each with a special handwritten message of support. If desired, attendees can make an additional set of bracelets to take home to either wear personally or share with a friend or family member touched by cancer (please inquire with Impact 4 Good for pricing for this enhancement). Bracelets from Connect will be donated to the Huntsman Cancer Institute.

Presented by Chance Thompson

The formula "Planner + Suppliers + Partnerships = Successful and Sustainable Event" has many variables. There are many ways to plan an event that maximizes economic sustainability and minimizes environmental footprint, but this session will focus in on a few key areas:

Sustainable Suppliers: Partnering together to position yourself for the best RFP package possible. Meeting Planners: How making sustainable events standard instead of a one-off can benefit your planning operation and process. Planners + Suppliers: How the partnership between the two can make for happier people, a more robust bottom line, and a healthier planet.

Attendees will identify potential pitfalls in sustainable communication and success, ask questions, and brainstorm how to make a smarter event.

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