Monday, November 16, 10:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. CT

A Global Update

Katty Kay, Lead Anchor, BBC World News America

Represented by: Goodman Speakers

Global times call for global perspective. As someone who has lived in and reported from North America, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe, Katty Kay offers rich observations on the global news making headlines right now and what world leaders are doing. The world is changing at lightning speed and understanding the complex issues requires a constant refresh of perspective. It’s a world where many of the fastest-growing economies are in Africa; where 300 million micro-bloggers challenge the supremacy of the Chinese state; and where one-third of the population of the Middle East is under thirty. It’s a world where big challenges abound – economically, politically and in terms of security and safety. And the landscape changes on a daily basis. Where is it headed? Katty Kay offered insights on what the future holds globally and how it will impact attendees.

The Global Impact on Meetings & Events: An Industry Discussion

Panelists: Tori Emerson Barnes, Executive Vice President, Public Affairs & Policy, U.S. Travel Association; Julie Coker, President & CEO, San Diego Tourism Authority; Stephanie C. Linnartz, Group President, Consumer Operations, Technology and Emerging Businesses, Marriott International
Moderated by Katty Kay, Lead Anchor, BBC World News America | Represented by Goodman Speakers

It is no secret, the meetings and events industry has experienced a significant shift that will have impact for years to come. Meetings professionals and hospitality partners alike are eager to reengage with business partners, customers and prospects while navigating a new and evolving “normal.” Following her keynote presentation, attendees joined Lead Anchor at BBC World News America Katty Kay as she moderated a panel discussion featuring a variety of perspectives from experts in our industry. Panel topics included how to quantify the impact of cancelled meetings and events, how are meetings departments are evolving in the face of the current economic climate, trends to expect in the coming one to two years, and more.

About Katty

Katty (pronounced CAT-TEE) Kay is the lead anchor for BBC World News America. She is seen in America on nearly 300 Public Broadcasting Stations which carry BBC World News America broadcasts. Katty’s reports on the latest U.S. economic and political news are also carried by BBC News channels globally, giving her a vast international audience. In addition, Katty is also a frequent guest commentator on NBC’s Meet the Press, as well as a regular guest and substitute co-host on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.

The daughter of a British diplomat, Katty grew up all over the Middle East. Her career with the BBC began in Zimbabwe in 1990 where she started filing radio reports for BBC World Service radio. From there she also covered the end of apartheid in South Africa. Katty then went on to work as a BBC correspondent in London, and later Tokyo, reporting on stories including the Kobe earthquake and the Japanese economic recession. She settled in Washington in 1996 where she took some time out from broadcast journalism to join the Washington bureau of the British newspaper, The Times, before returning to the BBC in 2002.

Katty is a popular speaker who addresses both current political events and issues impacting women. Katty’s talks on American politics and global affairs offer the fresh perspective of someone who has lived in and reported from the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Europe, and now Washington, D.C. She looks beyond the headlines and provides valuable insights on the top stories making news right now – the challenges facing the President and Congress, the outlook for the next major U.S. election, global economic news, world trouble spots, diplomatic dust-ups, terrorism and more. Additionally, the challenges of juggling a demanding career and a family with four children led her to speak and write on two topics that strongly resonate with women: confidence and something she calls “Womenonics.”

Tuesday, November 17, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. CT

Planning for the Future of Incentive Travel

Padraic Gilligan, Chief Marketing Officer, SITE; Stephanie Harris, President, Incentive Research Foundation; Marcia Merando, Director of Marketing, Frankenmuth Insurance; Sterena Strickland, Director, National Accounts, ACCESS Destination Services; Shelia Cleary, AVP, Recognition & Conferences, National Life Group (Moderator)

In 2018, SITE, IRF and FICP launched an industry survey centered around incentive travel trends. Now more than ever, the responses can help meeting professionals and hospitality partners plan ahead and understand the state of incentive travel. The panelists, representing the three organizations, will discuss the themes and results of the third year of the study, and talk about the importance of data and benchmarking within the industry to help you show your value at your company.

Wednesday, November 18, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. CT

Hacking the Rockstar Attitude: Harness the Energy, Spirit and Passion of Rockstars

Mark Schulman, Legendary Rock Drummer and Keynote

Represented by Goodman Speakers

Mark’s high-energy, interactive keynote can best be described as a rock show disguised as a keynote. Mark used three core principles during this kinetic and sensory-driven program – ABC: Attitude * Behavior * Consequences. You can’t always control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude, which drives your behavior, and your behavior drives your consequences. Attendees walked away with a blueprint for how to incorporate Rock & Roll philosophy, techniques and swagger in order to drive performance and energize their work environments. 


Learning Objectives:

  • Explore fundamental and powerful concepts that will elevate your professional and personal performance beyond what you thought possible.
  • Unlock secrets to busting through fear, trepidation, and anxiety associated with any type of performance, presentation, pitch, or communication.
  • Create a cohesive sense of rhythm; increase the room’s internal energy and conclude an amazing conference with an inspired, vision-focused performance.

About Mark

Discover the world-class drummer who is unlocking the secrets to Hacking the Rockstar Attitude for audiences around the globe. Is your business prepared to rock? It will be after witnessing Mark Schulman in action. A legend in the music world and currently on tour with P!NK, Mark Schulman is an incredible musician, dynamic performer and a strategic business mind who has parleyed his success on stage into true business success.

Unlocking strategies to help audiences Hack the Rockstar Attitude and Boost their R.Q. (Rockstar Quotient), your team will be treated to one of those rare events - an incredible show that will empower and inspire, while also providing practical, innovative business strategies. His engaging keynotes are an audio and visual feast, interspersed with LIVE! drum performances that will rock your world. Using music and real-world experience as a teaching tool, Mark Schulman will leave you and your team drumming up new levels of peak performance!