The Special Event 2014

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Education at The Special Event 2014

Conference Tracks

Business and Professional Development

Focusing on the business angle of event planning can seem challenging or even tedious when you're absorbed in the creative details of producing the perfect event. The practical and exciting education sessions will unleash your creativity and show you tried and true tricks to managing profitable business.

Design Track

Ambiance, décor, atmosphere...whatever you call it, design is crucial for a successful event. Whether your event is big budget or small, whether your focus is floral or food presentation, you'll see, hear and smell, yes, smell, a multitude of ideas.

Event Management Track

Production. Technology. Security. Fundraising. Entertainment. Venue. Impact. Apply your creative talents to the hints you'll pick up in these sessions and you'll be one of our next Gala Award winners!

Event Tools and Resources Track

The Special Event's Event Tools and Resources Track offers practical, useful information and technical tools for everyone involved in the events industry in order to enhance the marketing and branding of your business. Social mediums, mobile tools, and Apps are just a few of the burning issues addressed. Don't miss it!

Food Services Track 

Food quality and presentation are the essence of any event, but it's not easy. Learn every aspect of food service, including linens, tabletops, staffing, marketing, cutting-edge catering tips and much, much more.


ISES Track
ISES is the event professional resource to share ideas, best practices, and keep apprised of the latest event news and regulatory changes. Stay ahead of the curve with an ever increasing network of colleagues who can help you enhance your client base, advance your career and rethink the way you work every day.


NACE Fast Track

At the conclusion of these food services focused education sessions students will be versed in all areas covered in the CPCE Fast Track Training.

Sales and Marketing Track

The heat is on. The sales and marketing pros in the event industry have developed plans to succeed in today's business climate and they understand what works for the event industry. Best of all, they're anxious to teach you their secrets! Learn from the best, brightest and most successful sales and marketers in the industry.

Wedding Trends

The Special Event offers the most current and best of everything - including critical updates on the hottest wedding trends, destination weddings, floral design and color use. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from Master Bridal Consultants and the other top industry professionals.

Workshops - Half-Day

This is the kind of training you have been waiting for!!! By far the industry’s best hands-on, in-depth training with the industry’s leading experts.

Gaylord Oprland Resort Tours

Go Behind the Scenes of the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center for an exclusive tour of the facility.

The Hands On Hundred Work/Study Program allows you to join the on-site implementation team and work behind-the-scenes to make Special Events happen! READ MOREInterested in participating? Contact: Kari Strolberg 


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