Thursday, June 6
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Communicate for Success
Barbara Kay, President, Barbara Kay Consulting
Learn how to communicate across generations with this tip-filled session. Topics will include an overview of the five listening styles, how to listen for success and agree on a productive resolution, common mistakes to avoid, and universal tips for success in every conversation.
Leading Through Change
Crystal Neubauer, AVP, Education and Events, Cambridge Investment Research, Inc.
It’s not just about leading the process of change, it’s about leading people through the process of change. Clarity, mutually agreed upon deadlines and communication are factors that can make or break the management of change. Attendees will learn how to approach change through a leadership lens.
Risk Management for an Active Shooter Scenario
One of the timeliest topics around event risk management in today's world is active shooter training. In this session, learn from a security team what considerations are put into place to prepare for the possibility, including a strong communication plan. Walk through scenarios that might occur and the decisions that planners can make for themselves and their attendees. Similar scenarios that present a need for immediate action will also be discussed.
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Financial Services Roundtable
Moderated by: Brad Bradford, SVP, Meetings & Special Events, Regions Bank
This roundtable discussion is geared towards meetings professionals who work within the financial services space. Build your network within the greater FICP community by attending this session focused on compliance and the regulatory environment, how mergers and acquisitions can impact your work, leveraging internal relationship management teams, tracking ROI and more.
Meetings Mean Business: Our Collective Impact
Stephanie Waties, Senior Associate Director, APCO Worldwide
Learn about the latest programs and initiatives that the Meetings Mean Business coalition is working towards to advocate for the meetings and events industry. Attendees will receive data they can take back to their organizations to show the value of meetings and discover how they can showcase their role in building positive business outcomes, strong communities and creating personal connections for event participants.
Smart Communication and Anticipating Needs
Understanding your audience and anticipating their needs is vital to getting your message across and moving things forward. This session will dive into how you can prepare yourself to talk about different aspects of your role and events outside of logistics and day-to-day tasks.
2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Walking into a room full of strangers can be intimidating, but with a few tools you can learn how to engage and build the relationships you'll need to grow in your career and business. Through speed networking and other formats, attendees will learn techniques to not only help them network professionally in the future, but also find out new ways to organize networking events at their own meetings.
Technology Trends Playroom
From virtual reality to drones, technology today requires a hands-on approach to fully understand the scale and impact of products that meetings professionals can take advantage of. Stop in this "playroom" and immerse yourself in the latest tech and learn how you can incorporate it into your own meetings and events.
The Right Ingredients for Your Event
Wade Combs, Director of Food and Beverage; Bobby Beard, Executive Sous Chef and Robert Kamm, CEC, Executive Chef, Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa
Peek behind the curtain and into the kitchen of the culinary team at the Renaissance Ross Bridge, who will share creative ideas for your menus, from breakfast to break foods, while discussing budget considerations, economic factors impacting food choices, and how healthy food is not just a fad.
Friday, June 7
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Speak Up: The Importance of Presentation Skills in Your Career
Having the confidence to stand up in front of the room or at the table and present your ideas comes with practice. Learn tips to expand your role through presentation skills, not just on a stage, but in the room with your stakeholders. Hear from those who have worked to develop their skills and the outcomes they have seen.
Storytelling through Data
Dip your toes into data during this session that showcases how the information you gather from your event attendees can inform future decisions to save your company money, create new and impactful experiences, and demonstrate the value of meeting face-to-face. Learn how to use data to tell a story your executives will care about.
The Science of Sleep
Romy Nelson, Med, DTR, Health & Wellness Specialist
The modern world lends itself to an ever-increasing epidemic of sleep deprivation. Late night meetings, email, binge-watching and social media has changed the quality and quantity of our sleep. As a meetings professional, you experience this disruption due to long hours at events and frequent travel. Learn how sleep affects every aspect of your waking life - from your appetite, body weight and mood to your productivity and memory. Find out how the quality and quantity of your sleep influences how rapidly you age and the degree to which you learn and retain information. The good news: despite the many problems we experience in the "sleep space" there are practical, easy-to-implement solutions. This session is packed with tips to test out the very same day (or night) and can be applied to your own meeting and event attendees! Take a self-assessment before attending the session to find out if you are at risk.