January 30 – February 1, 2018
Conference: January 30 – February 1
Exhibits: January 31 – February 1
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center • New Orleans, LA

Official Publication:

You'll be able to take advantage of the best event education in the world while you're at TSE 2018— the largest tradeshow and conference for event professionals—in New Orleans! TSE 2018’s education program will provide you access to over 100 sessions in nine different tracks with 200+ speakers presenting best practices, lessons learned, innovative ideas and more.

The Special Event is a CMP Preferred Provider. Attendees can receive continuing education (CE) credit for the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) credential. For more information about the CMP credential or CMP Preferred Provider Program, please visit http://www.conventionindustry.org.

Monday, January 29
7:30 PM - 10:30 PM

  • Monday, January 29, 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Location:   Paddlewheeler Creole Queen (ship will be docked during the event) Event Details: Reception and Entertainment Event Chair: Tammy Syock, Account Executive, Kuoni Destination Management Advance thru 11/30: $40 • Standard after 11/30: $50 Kick off your TSE 2018 with a night of fun inspired by New Orleans’ famed Storyville on the Paddlewheeler...

...read more...


Tuesday, January 30
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

  • Session Number:   W01 
  • Tuesday, January 30, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
  • Tracks: 
One of the most challenging things for wedding planners is the actual task of getting their services noticed and subsequently sold in todays wedding market. In an increasingly competitive environment it is essential to establish your own appeal and stand out from the rest. To this end it is necessary...
Speakers
Ms  Alessandra Guglielmi

Owner and CEO
Cuore Group
Speaker

Ms  Valeria Morillo Mrs

Wedding Planner & Designer President/Founder
Planners Innovation Wedding And Event International Educational Center - Celebration Wedding Magazine
Speaker

...read more...


Tuesday, January 30
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Executive Director of David Beahm Destinations, Christina Matteucci plays an integral role within the special event industry as David Beahm’s right hand for almost 17 years. As David’s “Number Two,” Christina has first-hand experience with the importance of building, from the ground up, a functional and sustainable team to support...
Speaker
Ms  Christina Matteucci

Executive Director
David Beahm Destinations
Speaker

...read more...

  • Session Number:   SM01 
  • Tuesday, January 30, 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
  • Tracks: 
Do you feel like you don't have enough impactful content to share with potential clients and your social media followers? What you are missing is social media strategy and campaigns to help you reach your goals. This session is designed to hand you 8 powerful strategies you can customize and...
Speaker
Mr  Nick Borelli

President / Strategist
Borelli Strategies
Speaker

...read more...

  • Session Number:   SM02 
  • Tuesday, January 30, 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
  • Tracks: 
The McNamara Alumni Center’s website www.mac-events.org is its best marketing and sales tool. The website of this premier Minneapolis venue has garnered national awards including Best Venue Website by UniqueVenues.com and Grand Prize Winner in The Knot's Advie Awards. Using slides of McNamara’s website in her presentation—sample floorplans, menus, a...
Speaker
Amy Leyden

Director of Marketing & Sales
McNamara Alumni Center
Speaker

...read more...

Whether you be are a first time attendee or veteran to the TSE experience, join Audrey Gordon, EMPRESS OF SCHMOOZE, Event Planner , and her International group of renowned business friends /colleagues share their global insights and perspective on optimal ways to develop, create and build happy, healthy, solid strategic...
Speakers
Mr.  Anthony Navarro

Founder
Liven It Up Events
Panelist

Ms  Audrey Gordon

Empress of Schmooze, Event Planner
SCENTEVENTS & Mandarin Orange
Co-Speaker

Ms  Caroline Lett

Director | Campaign Events Office of Cultural Relations and University Events
University of Southern California
Panelist

Mr  Clint Upchurch

Senior Account Executive
Extraordinary Events
Moderator

Ms  Daniela Grafman CSEP

Chief Amazement Officer /Partner
Vision Event Co.
Panelist

Ms  Lisa Edwin Herbert female

Event Planner and Owner
L Edwin Wedding and Events
Panelist

Mr.  Nicholas-Olivier Caron

Vice-president
SENIK Events
Panelist

...read more...

  • Session Number:   D01 
  • Tuesday, January 30, 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
  • Tracks: 
Entertainment and production are uniquely married. These 2 event elements go hand in hand and these 2 experts from both worlds will share stories from finicky artists to trending entertainment and production technology.
Speakers
Ms  Debbie Meyers-Shock CSEP, CTEP

President/CEO
BRAVO! Entertainment
Speaker

Ms  Hyacinth Belcher CSEP

President
Onstage Systems
Speaker

...read more...

  • Session Number:   ES01 
  • Tuesday, January 30, 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
  • Tracks: 
The Bataclan Paris. Pulse Nightclub Orlando. Inland Regional Center San Bernardino. The Boston Marathon. Terrorism and active shooters. Is it just a matter of time before an Event Industry Conference appears in similar horrific headlines? What about civil unrest, controversial legislation and weather-related catastrophes such as Hurricane Katrina, Nashville flood,...
Speaker
Ms  MaryAnne Bobrow CAE, CMP, CMM

President
Bobrow Associates, Inc.
Speaker

...read more...


Tuesday, January 30
9:45 AM - 11:15 AM

  • Session Number:   W02 
  • Tuesday, January 30, 9:45 AM - 11:15 AM
  • Tracks: 
Are you a new Wedding planner unsure what forms and documents you need to take you from meeting a prospective client, to the planning process, to the execution of the event, and finally properly closing-out an event? Then this class is for you! In this class you will be provided...
Speakers
Ms  Cara Weiss

Cara Weiss
SAVE The DATE, LLC events and promotions your way
Speaker

Ms  Christine Ash

Senior Event Associate
SAVE The DATE, LLC events and promotions your way
Speaker

...read more...

Are you an influencer or decision maker? How can event planners go from influencing decisions to having the autonomy to make them? Tom McCulloch from the national event planning company metroConnections meets with people daily who could be decision makers if they only were better informed, took the liberty of...
Speaker
Mr.  Tom McCulloch

Chief Marketing Officer
metroConnections
Speaker

...read more...

  • Session Number:   ET01 
  • Tuesday, January 30, 9:45 AM - 11:15 AM
  • Tracks: 
Festivals are hot right now! According to a Nielsen report, 32 million people attend a music festival in the U.S. each year. So, it’s no surprise that companies and associations are opting for this new approach to engage employees and stakeholders. Festivals are fun, inspiring and technologically advanced. Are you thinking of...
Speaker
Kent Underwood

Principal
Leo Events
Speaker

...read more...

When you start out in events, it often feels like an uphill battle that you hope will with time and experience become easier. The fact is that the more established you are, the more likely you are to face new and complex challenges. We have gathered top event industry experts...
Speakers
Caroline Fox

Attorney and Owner of Caroline J. Fox Law
Panelist

Ms  Christie Osborne

Consultant, Blogger and Director of Marketing
Mountainside Media / Mountainsdie Bride / Aisle Society
Panelist

Mr.  Kevin Dennis

Owner
Fantasy Sound Event Services/Wedding IQ
Panelist

Ms  Meghan Ely

President/CEO
OFD Consulting LLC
Moderator

Ms  MICHELLE LORETTA

Owner
Sage Wedding Pros
Panelist

Mr  Rob Farrow

CEO of Aisle Planner
Panelist

...read more...

  • Session Number:   EM02 
  • Tuesday, January 30, 9:45 AM - 11:15 AM
  • Tracks: 
The landscape of B2B events is changing, thanks to the popularity of music and film festivals, and consumer expectations. Learn how to incorporate best practices from festivals including SxSW and Coachella into your b-to-b event’s objectives.
Speakers
Mr  Adam Suellentrop

Vice President of Client Services
FIRST
Speaker

Jennifer Kauf

Vice President of Strategy
FIRST
Speaker

...read more...

  • Session Number:   SM03 
  • Tuesday, January 30, 9:45 AM - 11:15 AM
  • Tracks: 
The struggle to make your sales goal the best it can be and continue on an upward trajectory is one that every company faces. Developing a plan for sales growth as an ongoing activity can improve your sales and sanity. In this session you will learn to increase your closing...
Speaker
Meryl Snow


Speaker

...read more...

  • Session Number:   SM04 
  • Tuesday, January 30, 9:45 AM - 11:15 AM
  • Tracks: 
Events are a visual industry. The right photo can land you the client you want where as the wrong one can have them pass you by. Our panel of event designers and marketers will show you how to tell your stories with photos on websites, print ads, and social media....
Speakers
Evan Carbotti

Owner/Partner
Perfect Surroundings, Int'l.
Panelist

Ingrid Adolphs

President and Chief Event Designer
Luv for Lux, Luminaccent, The Event
Panelist

Jordan Carbotti

Owner
Perfect Surroundings Intl
Panelist

Ms  Julie Novack

CEO
PartySlate
Panelist

Mr  Nick Borelli

President / Strategist
Borelli Strategies
Panelist

...read more...

  • Session Number:   CL01 
  • Tuesday, January 30, 9:45 AM - 11:15 AM
  • Tracks: 
In a first of it's kind, this will be a confidential, no holds barred, open brain date for millennial business owners and the future leaders of the live event industry to share and discuss all of the current issues affecting the young leaders of our industry.
Speaker
Mr.  Aaron Kaufman CSEP

President
Fifth Element Group

...read more...


Tuesday, January 30
10:20 AM - 11:20 AM

At the conclusion of this seminar, attendees should be able to do the following:  •    Describe fundamental characteristics of various types of beer, spirits and wines. •    Identify the primary legal considerations with regard to alcohol service.               •    Explain how to calculate beverage cost and pricing for profit.

...read more...


Tuesday, January 30
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

  • Session Number:   ES02 
  • Tuesday, January 30, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Tracks: 
The safety of yourself, your team, our vendors, your clients and their guests is our responsibility! Do you have safety policies or plans in place? In this session we will provide you with 5 simple things that you can implement to make the experiences you produce safer. As experts and...
Speaker
Ms  Keri Miller CSEP

Event Producer & Team Lead
e=mc2 Events
Speaker

...read more...

  • Session Number:   W03 
  • Tuesday, January 30, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Tracks: 
Learn the steps to take in order to become a successful Destination Wedding Planner. We will discuss the transition between a local wedding and destination wedding. Learn how to use social media to showcase destinations and attract clients. We will also give tips about marriage requirements, vendor collaboration/relations, visiting the...
Speaker
Ms  Chezelle Rodriguez

Destination Wedding Specialist & Event Designer
Chezelle Rodriguez (CD Weddings)
Speaker

...read more...

  • Session Number:   EM04 
  • Tuesday, January 30, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Tracks: 
There are already many things to juggle when planning a social event. With Bar and Bat Mitzvahs there is an added layer: the child (guest of honor) or dreamer, the parent (client) or realist and the grandparent who has experience and their opinion to add to the mix, three clients,...
Speaker
Ms  Zohe Felici

Owner
Felici Events + zohefelici.com Event-Preneur Coach
Speaker

...read more...

Everyone knows that the LGBTQ demographic has entered the wedding space recently. But did you know that academic affinity groups, political organizations, professional trade associations, and corporations (both large and small) are scrambling to set up their own events & functions as well? Our experienced and award-winning panelists will discuss...
Speakers
Mr.  Alex Liberato

Multimedia Designer
Lane Powell PC
Panelist

Brock Rylander

Co-owner
Animate Objects Physical Theater
Panelist

Ileigh Reynolds

Co-Owner
Co-Owner at Animate Objects Physical Theater
Panelist

Kelli Bielema

Chief Creative Officer/Event Producer
Shindig Events
Moderator

Ms  Molly Klein

Event Planner
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Panelist

...read more...

Is the client always right? No. Industry expert Niki McKay of Blue Danube Productions discusses how to distinguish between customer service and client management. When was it okay for her to be a “yes” person, and when was it better for her to be a “yes, and...” person? It is...
Speakers
Niki McKay

Founder & Principal
Blue Danube Productions
Speaker

Niki McKay

Founder & Principal
Blue Danube Productions
Panelist

...read more...

  • Session Number:   SM05 
  • Tuesday, January 30, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Tracks: 
Nearly two decades ago, Bill Gates declared ‘CONTENT IS KING!’ In 2017, many of his observations surrounding content for digital and social media marketing are still right on point. Today’s customer looking for your event service or product consumes content daily via multiple avenues: organic search, social media, blogs and...
Speaker
Ms  Kelly Treadway

Founder
EventCurious & Event Professionals Run The World
Speaker

...read more...

  • Session Number:   EM05 
  • Tuesday, January 30, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Tracks: 
Internet trolls are out there ... lurking in every corner of the World Wide Web, waiting to pounce with an email that you have used an image illegally - threatening fines or legal action. Do you have the knowledge to stop them in their tracks? This presentation provides practical information...
Speaker
Ms  Laura Kesselman CMM

President
Kesselman-Jones, Inc.
Speaker

...read more...

  • Session Number:   D02 
  • Tuesday, January 30, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Tracks: 
Trends! They can be fun to design with if budget isn't a factor. But what happens when it is? Come discover the top 8 trends for 2018 and how to utilize them for different budget levels. Additional Information: Trends, trends! They can be fun to design with if budget isn't...
Speaker
Jacqueline Hill

Owner
Jacqueline Events & Design
Speaker

...read more...

  • Session Number:   ET02 
  • Tuesday, January 30, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Tracks: 
Video playback has become the norm for events, from large corporate events to now even private events and weddings. This presentation will describe and explain how and why to use video for your event, from power point presentations, video playback to photo compositions and live video capture. With so many...
Speaker
Kevin Zevchik

President/Founder
Zanim8tion
Speaker

...read more...

  • Session Number:   EM03 
  • Tuesday, January 30, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Tracks: 
With an influx of students coming out of school more educated than previous generations, the event industry is headed for a hiring crisis. Why? Because as much as education is important, experience is still king. It’s time to pull back the curtain and talk about education in the events industry;...
Speakers
Ms  Aubri Nowowiejski

CEO, Founder & Board Director
Student Event Planners Association

Julie Szamatulski

Chapter Development Director
Student Event Planners Association
Speaker

Ms  Nicole Matthews CSEP

Founder
The Henley Company, LLC
Panelist

...read more...


Tuesday, January 30
11:40 AM - 12:55 PM

At the conclusion of this seminar, attendees should be able to do the following: •    Describe basic characteristics of various styles of food service. •    Distinguish table service from buffet service, station service and other types of food service. •    Estimate staffing needs for typical catered events using a particular style of service.

...read more...


Tuesday, January 30
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

 At the conclusion of this seminar, attendees should be able to do the following: •    Identify the components of a contract. •    Explain essential clauses for receiving and  products and services. •    Explain “truth in menu” laws.

...read more...


Tuesday, January 30
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

  • Session Number:   ET03 
  • Tuesday, January 30, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
  • Tracks: 
With attention spans dwindling & corporations constantly challenged to deliver new, exciting experiences within budget, it's up to us to prepare out of the box solutions to keep attendees ENGAGED & on the edge of their seats.
Speaker
Stephanie Couch

Event Producer
JPL
Speaker

...read more...

Join Speaker and Entrepreneur Scott Schwefel for an engaging keynote to learn about how people really do communicate in color. Scott will take us through an experience where we stretch how we use our brain to understand each other, and offer a system to help us all understand ourselves, and...
Speaker
Scott Schwefel

CEO
DIscover Yourself Inc
Speaker

...read more...

  • Session Number:   SM06 
  • Tuesday, January 30, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
  • Tracks: 
Most wedding pros have good intentions for blogging but fall short after succumbing to ”blogger’s block.” With that said, it should come as no surprise that your blog is an essential part of your marketing efforts. Meghan shares tools to successfully run a blog that’ll wow your readers and keep them...
Speaker
Ms  Meghan Ely

President/CEO
OFD Consulting LLC
Speaker

...read more...

  • Session Number:   W04 
  • Tuesday, January 30, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
  • Tracks: 
The session will assist wedding planners in elevating their business by being able to provide clients and vendors a comprehensive guide to building, writing, drafting and executing a wedding day time line.
Speakers
Mr.  Anthony Navarro

Founder
Liven It Up Events
Speaker

Mr.  Anthony Navarro

Founder
Liven It Up Events
Panelist

...read more...

Meet some of the industry's top millennials, learn how they define success, the strategy that takes them there, and how they are shaping the future of the industry.
Speakers
Mr.  Aaron Kaufman CSEP

President
Fifth Element Group
Moderator

Alisa Walsh

Director of Business Development
Eventworks
Panelist

Mr.  Bobby Dutton

Director
GrooveBoston
Panelist

...read more...

  • Session Number:   D03 
  • Tuesday, January 30, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
  • Tracks: 
At a time when social media is driving the client's vision, how can you deliver a unique interpretation of the inspiration you're being presented? How can you push a client (whether that be wedding, social or corporate) beyond what's currently trending in the market in order to tell a story,...
Speaker
Ms  Kristin Banta

Creative Director
Kristin Banta Events
Speaker

...read more...

  • Session Number:   SM07 
  • Tuesday, January 30, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
  • Tracks: 
When it comes to building a true community within their events, nobody does it better than comic cons, anime cons, and fandom cons. These events see 10s of 1000s of attendees and grow every year because they've tapped into a very important fact - people attend events to connect with...
Speakers
Ms  Danielle Cocanougher

Vice President
Allcal
Panelist

Mr  Nick Borelli

President / Strategist
Borelli Strategies
Panelist

...read more...

Do you have industry questions you struggle to get answers to? Do you find it difficult to find other professionals willing to share information you desperately need? Do you wish there was a think tank of industry pros to ask questions of without fear of competition or ridicule? This session...
Speaker
Tami Forero

CEO
Forté Events
Speaker

...read more...

  • Session Number:   C01 
  • Tuesday, January 30, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
  • Tracks: 
After years of interactive food stations designed to impress guests, the next era of food and beverage design involves educating guests about the items they are enjoying. From brief descriptions of food sources, such as naming local farm and city origins, to in depth discoveries of the impact of climate,...
Speaker
Ms  Emily Malaya

General Manager
Speaker

...read more...


Tuesday, January 30
3:45 PM - 5:15 PM

  • Session Number:   W05 
  • Tuesday, January 30, 3:45 PM - 5:15 PM
  • Tracks: 
Creating a timeline can be tedious, but having an efficient method can eliminate hours of unnecessary work. Come and learn the top 10 tips to create a detailed timeline that will allow you and your team to flawlessly execute an event.
Speakers
Ms  Daniela Grafman CSEP

Chief Amazement Officer /Partner
Vision Event Co.
Speaker

Donna Anello


Majestic Moments Event Planning
Speaker

...read more...

  • Session Number:   EM06 
  • Tuesday, January 30, 3:45 PM - 5:15 PM
  • Tracks: 
Is your budget so small you need a magnifying glass? No problem! In this session you will learn how to make your budget work for you! We will discuss ways to secure the right vendors, create partnerships and establish meaningful connections as well as fine tune your negotiating skills.
Speaker
Ms  Jessica Brandon

Events Coordinator
Home of Guiding Hands
Speaker

...read more...

Are you ready to start your own business in the event industry? Do you have questions about what it takes? Where to start? What kind of a business to start? How much it costs? How do you get clients? How do you price? What's the difference between employees, contractors, and...
Speaker
Tami Forero

CEO
Forté Events
Speaker

...read more...

  • Session Number:   D04 
  • Tuesday, January 30, 3:45 PM - 5:15 PM
  • Tracks: 
This award winning team will discuss the "heavy lifting" of design. We’ll discuss how to fit the room, fit the theme, and “muscle up” your creativity to create a unique experience during a live demonstration.
Speakers
Beth O'Reilly, AIFD, TMF

General Manager
Mayesh
Panelist

Ms  Billinda Wilkinson

Founder
Wilkinson Rhodes
Panelist

Mr.  Daniel Holman

Photographer and Web Designer/Optimizer
Daniel Holman Studios
Panelist

Mr.  Garrett Wilkinson

Dallas Production Management
Wilkinson Rhodes
Panelist

Ms  India Rhodes

Partner
Wilkinson Rhodes
Moderator

Mr.  Matthew Gonzales

Austin Event Manager
Wilkinson Rhodes
Panelist

...read more...

  • Session Number:   SM08 
  • Tuesday, January 30, 3:45 PM - 5:15 PM
  • Tracks: 
How do you keep content fresh throughout the year without getting burned out? Does your audience remain engaged before, during and after your events? This breakout session will focus on tangible ideas for content creation specific to the events industry. We will touch on where, when and how to deliver...
Speaker
Melissa Harrison

CEO
Allee Creative, LLC
Speaker

...read more...

  • Session Number:   C02 
  • Tuesday, January 30, 3:45 PM - 5:15 PM
  • Tracks: 
A fast Paced Discussion on the Top 25 Trends we will see this year and be able to incorporate into your events this year. From bringing back the smoke show, to aroma bars, and Edible/Drinkable Invitations. You'll learn new ideas as well as Modern versions of some classics that will...
Speaker
Ms  Shannon Boudreau

Director of Sales & Events
The Lazy Gourmet
Speaker

...read more...

Think that Productivity is overrated? Think again! Spend 60 min. with Angela Proffitt as she shares her experiences with you on how you can better organize your business and how she has managed to handle millions of details and dollars. By being proactive, you will walk away knowing how to...
Speaker
Ms  Angela Proffitt

Event & Productivity Consultant
Angela Proffitt, LLC

...read more...

  • Session Number:   CL02 
  • Tuesday, January 30, 3:45 PM - 5:15 PM
  • Tracks: 
This session is for brand marketers who want to get better creative and strategic work, faster turnaround times more personal attention from their agency partners.
Speaker
Mr  Dax Callner

Chief Strategy Officer – GES Events
GES
Speaker

...read more...

  • Session Number:   W06 
  • Tuesday, January 30, 3:45 PM - 5:15 PM
  • Tracks: 
“Hotels are going to be selling to Millennials for the next 20 years,” said Lauren Randolph, hotel wedding business strategist.. “The brands who understand Millennial brides are going to thrive.” Millennials think differently, communicate differently, and above all they expect to be understood when they walk into a buying situation....
Speakers
Lauren Randolph

Founder / Owner
My Hotel Wedding
Speaker

Lauren Randolph

Founder / Owner
My Hotel Wedding
Panelist

...read more...

  • Session Number:   EM07 
  • Tuesday, January 30, 3:45 PM - 5:15 PM
  • Tracks: 
Producing a recurring awards ceremony or other repeat event is one of the most challenging opportunities for any event producer or in-house events professional. After all, creating an experience for a similar audience that is both fresh and exhilarating time after time requires a tremendous amount of creativity and effort....
Speakers
Mr.  Brady Miller CSEP

Senior Consultant and Creative Director
Stratelyst Creative
Speaker

Mr.  Jim Hooker

President and CEO
Stratelyst Creative
Speaker

...read more...


Tuesday, January 30
7:30 PM - 10:30 PM

  • Tuesday, January 30, 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Location:  Generations Hall Event Details: Reception and Entertainment Event Chair: Bethany Lemanski, Owner & Creative Director, Gwendolyn Events & Entertainment Happy 300th birthday New Orleans!  This year’s opening night reception celebrates the founding of the Crescent City and what better way to enjoy this than to take an adventurous trip through one of...

...read more...


Wednesday, January 31
9:00 AM - 9:50 AM

At the conclusion of this seminar, attendees should be able to do the following:  •    Describe and identify various event functions and the appropriate sequences of events for those functions. •    Describe the various ancillary services available to caterers and event planners.

...read more...


Wednesday, January 31
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

  • Wednesday, January 31, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Ernest N. Morial Convention Center/The Great Hall Event Details: General Session Event Chair: Brad Wilson, Executive Producer, Innovative Entertainment TSE 2018's Keynote Session. This is a must attend session and best of all it's free!

...read more...


Wednesday, January 31
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

  • Wednesday, January 31, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

...read more...


Wednesday, January 31
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

  • Session Number:   D05 
  • Wednesday, January 31, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Tracks: 
Go behind the scenes as David Merrell and Susie Perelman share captivating insights in live event production and innovations of special event design that transform events. As creative director/CEO of AOO Events, Merrell and Perelman CEO of Party Mosiac have their finger on the pulse of what’s happening and trending...
Speakers
Mr.  David Merrell

President
AOO Events
Speaker

Ms  Susie Perelman

Owner of Mosaic Inc. & Co-Founder of Event Pros Take Action
Mosaic Inc., Event Pros Take Action
Co-Speaker

...read more...


Wednesday, January 31
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

...read more...

  • Session Number:   EM08 
  • Wednesday, January 31, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Tracks: 
Long used by design firms, Design Thinking can help solve your complex problems. Join us to learn the process of design thinking and how to apply it to your project and team management. By using a real tradeshow case-study to dive into the design thinking steps for transforming your challenges....
Speakers
Ms  Aimee Gabel

Vice President, Organizational Development, Education & Operations
Solar Energy Trade Shows
Speaker

Ms  Aimee Gabel

Vice President, Organizational Development, Education & Operations
Solar Energy Trade Shows
Panelist

Ms  Aimee Gabel

Vice President, Organizational Development, Education & Operations
Solar Energy Trade Shows
Moderator

...read more...

  • Session Number:   EM09 
  • Wednesday, January 31, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Tracks: 
E-News is a fun take on a morning news show as related to the event industry. Our hosts & guests will discuss what is happening in the event world with everything from new trends in décor, entertainment, production and meetings, dealing with unrealistic deadlines & expectations on how to educate...
Speakers
Chris Condie

President
Condie Entertainment
Panelist

Dr.  Jennafer Ross

CEO
JR Global Events, Inc
Panelist

Ms  Judy Grant

National Sales Manager
Bollotta Entertainment
Panelist

Nicole Bernardi

Executive Producer
Innovative Entertainment
Panelist

Tracy Fuller

President
InnovativEvents, Inc.
Panelist

...read more...

  • Session Number:   D06 
  • Wednesday, January 31, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Tracks: 
As a theatrically trained event design company, we bring a unique approach to the guest experience. Taking them on a dramatic journey through the design of the event by incorporating our time tested essential principals. Overview Our goal is that attendees walk away with a solid foundation on how to...
Speaker
Ms  Cynthia Lopell

President & Owner
CL22 Productions
Speaker

...read more...

  • Session Number:   ET04 
  • Wednesday, January 31, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Tracks: 
Two women in AV lead a funny and engaging discussion of basic and pro tips on how to get the most out of your budget and your AV company for an amazing event.
Speakers
Crystal Kordowski

Operations Manager
Seamless Event Solutions
Speaker

Laurel Miller

Owner
Seamless Event Solutions & Think AV
Speaker

...read more...

  • Session Number:   SM09 
  • Wednesday, January 31, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Tracks: 
If you’re having challenges with how to stand out in your crowded market, you find that you're not really connecting with your ideal customers, don’t know who ‘your ideal customers’ are, have new competitors stealing your thunder, feel like your brand is kind of blah, vague or lacking in personality...
Speaker
Ms  Lara McCulloch

Chief Shift Disturber
Lara McCulloch
Speaker

...read more...

So many people working in client facing companies shouldn’! So many leaders and managers do not monitor or manage their team to ensure they deliver superior communication and service. Confronting? Maybe but lets be frank - we’ve all had experiences in business and our personal life of poor service in...
Speaker
Ms  Jennifer Trethewey

Director/Founder
JTG
Speaker

...read more...

Traditional marketing models have their place and function in today’s society, however, if you want to be a trailblazer in your industry, you must adapt a Digital Marketing strategy for your business. A solid digital strategy will position you for success; So what are you waiting for? Let’s get digital!
Speaker
Ms  Tisha Holman

Event Manager & Brand Strategist
Tisha Holman Events; Mind Your Business, LLC
Speaker

...read more...

  • Session Number:   W07 
  • Wednesday, January 31, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Tracks: 
You’ve been taught everything you need to know about the wedding and the wedding day events. From the formalities of the ceremony, the timeline of the day, cutting the cake, first dance and the grand exit at the end of the event. What about the rehearsal dinner? What do you...
Speaker
Ms  JoAnn Moore

CWC, MWP, CGWP
MM Weddings Colorado
Speaker

...read more...

  • Session Number:   EM10 
  • Wednesday, January 31, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Tracks: 
Sharing over 4 decades of event planning experience that I have distilled to 30 keys to making any event a success. Utilizing visuals, actual examples and stories of my hundreds of past events to illustrate what went right and wrong. Plus motivating attendees to take their events "out of the...
Speaker
Mr.  Ron Miziker

Planner, Producer & Author
Speaker

...read more...

  • Session Number:   C03 
  • Wednesday, January 31, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Tracks: 
The term ‘experiential’ brings the fun of interactivity to events, which is a successful way to ensure that guests remain engaged and involved throughout their event. Join this panel of celebrated chefs and caterers as they discuss their take on experiential catering.
Speakers
Aaron Burgau

Executive Chef
Restaurant Patois
Panelist

Aaron Shaffer

Director of Sales & Marketing
12 Seasons Catering & Events / MMI Culinary
Panelist

Glenn Vatshell

Owner & Creative Director
PALATE NEW ORLEANS
Panelist

Kimberly Sayatovic

Kimberly Sayatovic
Belladeux Event Design, LLC
Moderator

Nathanial Zimet

Owner and Head Chef
Boucherie, Bourre
Panelist

...read more...


Wednesday, January 31
2:45 PM - 4:15 PM

  • Session Number:   ES03 
  • Wednesday, January 31, 2:45 PM - 4:15 PM
  • Tracks: 
How prepared are you to anticipate, prepare, monitor, and respond to risk at your events? The Robson Risk Management Model focuses on identifying resources and developing proactive processes that can be adapted to any event and for any professional. You will walk away with a much clearer plan for handling...
Speaker
Dr.  Linda Robson

Associate Professor
Endicott College
Speaker

...read more...

  • Session Number:   EM11 
  • Wednesday, January 31, 2:45 PM - 4:15 PM
  • Tracks: 
As an event manager, I have been involved in the opening of three new event facilities in Canada. This session will cover the steps needed to properly plan for your grand opening. Included will be site inspection/site selection insights from Mona S. Meretsky, CSEP, an event producer with 40+ years...
Speakers
Ms  Mona S. Meretsky, CSEP

President
COMCOR Events
Speaker

Ms  Wendy Gamble

Events Sales and Services Manager
Aga Khan Museum
Speaker

...read more...

  • Session Number:   SM10 
  • Wednesday, January 31, 2:45 PM - 4:15 PM
  • Tracks: 
Maximize event ROI by turning evens into “Live Campaigns” and fully unleash the marketing potential of events. Measure and maximize the ROI of events. And use current trends and best-practice to act rather than just react and help you surpass expectations.
Speaker
Mr.  Colja M. Dams

President/CEO
VOK DAMS Agency for Events & Live-Marketing
Speaker

...read more...

  • Session Number:   C04 
  • Wednesday, January 31, 2:45 PM - 4:15 PM
  • Tracks: 
This information-packed checklist driven session uncovers deal makers and hidden deal breakers; What are the right - important questions to ask and answer. See upselling opportunities and address matters to reduce liability and enhance the guests experience long before the events starts -- so the planning, execution and guest experience...
Speaker
Mr.  Roy Porter

Activities Director
Engage Works
Speaker

...read more...

  • Session Number:   D07 
  • Wednesday, January 31, 2:45 PM - 4:15 PM
  • Tracks: 
Step into a world color, theatrics and traditions; an Indian Wedding! Designer Pramel Shah teamed up with Therese Cole-Hubbs walk participants through the progression of design development. This session is approachable, resourceful and stimulating.
Speakers
Pramel Shah

Creative Director
Prashe Decor
Speaker

Ms  Therese Cole-Hubbs

Creative Designer & CEO
Electric Karma International
Speaker

...read more...

  • Session Number:   ET05 
  • Wednesday, January 31, 2:45 PM - 4:15 PM
  • Tracks: 
This interactive education session incorporates live tech demos and creative tips on how to use technology to WOW your attendees. The session also explores some clever tech to make your day to day work flows more efficient. With a booming event technology sector it is imperative you keep ahead of...
Speaker
Ms  Deborah Elias CSEP, CMP, CIS

Elias Events
President

...read more...

  • Session Number:   SM11 
  • Wednesday, January 31, 2:45 PM - 4:15 PM
  • Tracks: 
Back for it's fifth year, Marketing All-Stars: talks about the evolving digital marketing landscape and how event professionals can stay on top of all the latest tactics in social media and digital marketing. The session brings together a panel of event industry marketing experts from all over in an intimate...
Speakers
Debra Roth

Creative Principal
The Originators
Speaker

Mr.  Jose Ramirez

Marketing Manager
AFR Event Furnishings
Speaker

Ms  Kelly Treadway

Founder
EventCurious & Event Professionals Run The World
Speaker

Laura Lopez

Community Manager for Social Tables
Social Tables
Speaker

Ms  Michelle Bergstein

Marketing Specialist
Event Industry Marketing by BeatCreative
Speaker

Mr.  Nick Borelli

President / Strategist
Borelli Strategies
Speaker

Ms  Rhonda Couchigian

Founder
Rayce PR
Speaker

...read more...

  • Session Number:   W08 
  • Wednesday, January 31, 2:45 PM - 4:15 PM
  • Tracks: 
Learn How 2018 Fashion Runways Influence Wedding Trends -Get a behind the scenes look on how to create couture fashion inspired wedding themes. -Discover how to use specific design elements to create a unforgettable wedding themes for your clientele. -How to create fashionable color palettes that work for your clientele...
Speaker
Ms  Adrianne Harris

Wedding Business Designer aka 7th Avenue NY Event Designer
Adrianne Harris Blessed Events NY
Speaker

...read more...

The social media algorithm is ever changing and navigating social media for your business is not as easy as it was five years ago. This session will cover how event professionals can use social media to generate more visibility, more website visits, and book more events. According to The Knot,...
Speaker
Ms  Imani Henderson

Social Medis Strategist
iSocialPR
Speaker

...read more...

  • Session Number:   CL03 
  • Wednesday, January 31, 2:45 PM - 4:15 PM
  • Tracks: 
This breakout session will help event planning agency principals determine the best path toward multiplying a single revenue stream into several lucrative brands underneath one umbrella, simply by gauging the market's needs and responding in kind. Natalie Kennedy, founder and CEO of Kennedy Creative Events, grew her business from a...
Speaker
Natalie Kennedy

Founder & CEO
Kennedy DMC Austin, a DMC Network Company
Speaker

...read more...

Do you want to be in the catbird seat when it comes to making a career move within the event's industry or building up a "subject matter expert" profile to gain more business? So many cogs & wheels need to be aligned - each needing development and maintenance, constantly keeping...
Speaker
Ms  Agnes Canonica

Global Account Director, Corporate Meetings & Events
MCI
Speaker

...read more...

  • Session Number:   EM12 
  • Wednesday, January 31, 2:45 PM - 4:15 PM
  • Tracks: 
The cost/revenue balancing act. Producing a WOW event is crucial, but raising the big bucks requires keeping to a tight budget. Top supplier-partners can help with the WOW, but their cost can be prohibitive. How do you attract top supplier-partners at rock-bottom prices (or even completely free) and make them...
Speakers
Mr  Brian Landry

Executive Chef & Partner
Borgne Restaurant, New Orleans (part of the Besh Restaurant Group)
Panelist

Ms  Isabelle Le

Event Manager, Alison Silcoff Events
Alison Silcoff Events
Panelist

Ms  Lee McDonald

President / Owner
Key Artist Group
Panelist

Ms  Michelle Rathbun

Founder and Principal
Chromis Event Strategies
Panelist

Mr.  Paul Creighton, CSEP

Executive Vice-President
T. Skorman Productions
Moderator

...read more...


Wednesday, January 31
4:00 PM - 6:30 PM

  • Session Number:   D08 
  • Wednesday, January 31, 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
  • Tracks: 
Keeping your inspiration fresh is the key to a successful career as a creative. However, it can be a grueling process that makes creativity feel like a job. I'm going to teach you some fun and effective ways to freshen up your inspiration organically. By making simple changes in your...
Speaker
Jes Gordon

Owner & Creative Director
properFUN
Speaker

...read more...


Wednesday, January 31
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

  • Session Number:   ES04 
  • Wednesday, January 31, 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Tracks: 
Session One: Duty of care: What is your organization’s current state of preparedness? i. Live polling to determine understanding of duty of care ii. Mini scenario exercise to determine if there is a crisis in confidence iii. 7 important actions to protect your brand in a crisis Session Two: Discover...
Speaker
Brenda Rivers

President & CEO
Andavo Meetings
Speaker

...read more...

  • Session Number:   EM13 
  • Wednesday, January 31, 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Tracks: 
Does your fundraising event need some extra spice? Discover the recipe to assembling a team that shares your passion to maximize the potential of your non-profit event, placing guest experience as a key priority.
Speaker
Antonia Keller

Director of Operations
Emeril Lagasse Foundation
Speaker

...read more...

  • Session Number:   SM12 
  • Wednesday, January 31, 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Tracks: 
There are only 5 reasons why a prospective client chooses not to purchase your product or service. Every single time you hear the word "No", it's because of one of these reasons. Learn how to overcome these objections and close the deal.
Speaker
Mr.  Kevin Molesworth, CSEP

President
Brass Tacks Events
Speaker

...read more...

  • Session Number:   C05 
  • Wednesday, January 31, 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Tracks: 
Creating an exciting event experience begins by visualizing the celebration long before it ever happens. This seminar describes how to incorporate delicious menu and tabletop presentations that compliment the decor depicted in the surrounding scene. We will share event secrets that take place "behind the scenes" offering personal war-stories on...
Speakers
Ms  Cheryl Fish

President, VP
High Rise Events, SITK Event Design Services
Speaker

Ms  Joann Oseary

President
Someones in the Kitchen
Moderator

...read more...

Since first attending TSE, these seasoned event industry veterans have participated in every single aspect of The Special Event Tradeshow and Conference. This presentation will give first time attendees an overview of the events, personalities and conversations they’ll experience in New Orleans that will impact their ROI. For those who...
Speakers
Kate Patay CPCE

Chief Strategist & International Speaker
Kate Patay Consulting
Panelist

Rick Turner

Account Executive
Extraordinary Events
Panelist

...read more...

Through the focused 30-day pursuit, OneWest was able to take a hard look at what stands in the way of true creativity, and how roadblocks can be replaced with smooth, open paths to a more courageous creative process.
Speaker
Mr.  Dustin Westling

Managing Partner
OneWest Creative Events
Speaker

...read more...

  • Session Number:   ET06 
  • Wednesday, January 31, 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Tracks: 
Event technology has come a long way in the past 35 years, and the next five years will see the fastest growth ever in our field. Lighting and digital projection have been staples in our industry, from simple projections on walls, to interactive mapping of buildings, cakes, and just about...
Speaker
Mr.  Tim Altbaum

CEO
VARIO PRODUCTIONS, INC.
Speaker

...read more...

  • Session Number:   W09 
  • Wednesday, January 31, 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Tracks: 
Jeffra Trumpower will share trends couples love and traditions they are leaving behind. From destination weddings within the US to forgoing the bouquet toss, we've got the inside scoop on what to expect this year.
Speaker
Jeffra Trumpower

Associate Director of Content + Creative Services
WeddingWire
Speaker

...read more...


Wednesday, January 31
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

  • Wednesday, January 31, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Corporate • Social • Wedding • Fundraiser Location: The Chicory Event Details: Reception and Showcase Event Chairs: Lisa LaFrance, Owner, Luminous Events of New Orleans; Gina Bonura, Director Sales & Catering, The Chicory TSE Wedding & Event Showcase will be THE place for TSE attendees to see the latest and greatest trends in the...

...read more...


Wednesday, January 31
9:30 PM - 11:59 PM

  • Wednesday, January 31, 9:30 PM - 11:59 PM
Time:  9:30 PM-1:30 AM Location: New Orleans Board of Trade, 316 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70130 (just a short walk from the conference host hotels) Event Details: Fundraiser The SEARCH Foundation Proudly Presents: "Into Each Life" at The Special Event Conference in 2018 Henry Wadsworth Longfellow famously penned the words, "Into each life some...

...read more...


Thursday, February 01
12:00 AM - 1:30 AM

  • Thursday, February 01, 12:00 AM - 1:30 AM
Time:  9:30 PM-1:30 AM Location: New Orleans Board of Trade, 316 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70130 (just a short walk from the conference host hotels) Event Details: Fundraiser The SEARCH Foundation Proudly Presents: "Into Each Life" at The Special Event Conference in 2018 Henry Wadsworth Longfellow famously penned the words, "Into each life some...

...read more...


Thursday, February 01
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

  • Thursday, February 01, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Ernest N. Morial Convention Center/The Great Hall Event Details: Entertainment Showcase Event Chair: Heidi Brumbach, CEO, Technisch Creative Back by popular demand, Michael Cerbelli's: The Hot ListTM: 2018 will take center stage, featuring a high-energy, fast paced, jam packed presentation of the hottest new ideas, products and entertainment from around the globe.

...read more...


Thursday, February 01
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

  • Thursday, February 01, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

...read more...


Thursday, February 01
11:45 AM - 1:45 PM

  • Thursday, February 01, 11:45 AM - 1:45 PM
Location: Rivergate Room, Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Event Details: Lunch and Presentation Event Chairs: Tony Leggio, Account Executive, Hosts New Orleans; Holly Bethay, Director of Sales & Special Events, Host New Orleans Advance thru 11/30: $125 Standard after 11/30: $150 Join our industry leaders in this thought-provoking event as we discuss the current...

...read more...


Thursday, February 01
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

  • Session Number:   D09 
  • Thursday, February 01, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Tracks: 
This lively interactive session will explore the many ways to transition today's hottest residential and commercial designs into familiar yet contemporary environments for today's most dynamic meetings and bespoke events. A panel of experts in both the interior design and events fields, led by Moderator Clint Upchurch of Extraordinary Events,...
Speaker
Mr  Clint Upchurch

Senior Account Executive
Extraordinary Events
Moderator

...read more...

  • Session Number:   EM14 
  • Thursday, February 01, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Tracks: 
This fast-paced presentation will shed light on the unique logistical challenges we all face in the events industry, and how seasoned corporate and social planners have executed creative solutions to get the job done. From shutting down some of the nation’s busiest boulevards, to pyrotechnics launched off an iconic skyscraper,...
Speakers
Mr  Clint Upchurch

Senior Account Executive
Extraordinary Events
Panelist

Jordan Carbotti

Owner
Perfect Surroundings Intl
Speaker

Ms  Kristin Banta

Creative Director
Kristin Banta Events
Panelist

Rick Turner

Account Executive
Extraordinary Events
Moderator

...read more...

  • Session Number:   ES05 
  • Thursday, February 01, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Tracks: 
What is OSHA ? How does it effect e vents. What can OSHA do to events ?> Can it be avoided ? How is it administered?
Speaker
Bob Estrin

Consultant
be creative
Speaker

...read more...

  • Session Number:   SM13 
  • Thursday, February 01, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Tracks: 
Successful sales strategies consists of a plan that positions the company's brand or product to gain a competitive advantage. Learn best methods through the panelists and interactive discussions on to create this plan, solve customer problems, and target the right customers to increase sales.
Speakers
Alisa Walsh

Director of Business Development
Eventworks
Panelist

Ms  Dianne Devitt

President of DND Group, Assistant Professor
NYU
Panelist

Ms  Janet Elkins

President
Eventworks Inc.
Panelist

Ms  Kathy Miller

President
Total Event Resources
Panelist

Ms  Sally Webb Berry CSEP

Managing Director
The Special Event Company
Panelist

...read more...

  • Session Number:   SM14 
  • Thursday, February 01, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Tracks: 
Each one of us brings our own unique story to what we do, it's part of the fabric of who we are and it is what enables us to succeed in this industry. Events are no different than people; they too have their own stories waiting to be told. Our...
Speaker
Mr.  Lenny Talarico, CSEP, CHE

Executive Director of EventsMGM Resorts Event Productions
MGM Resorts Event Productions
Speaker

...read more...

Success in today's fast-paced, far-flung business climate depends on more than expertise in event planning. You must outhink, outplay, outclass the competition. And, with more players competing for the same clients and partners, the only way to stand out is by developing a level of social intelligence and a personal...
Speaker
Ms  Felicia Layeni

Managing Director
National School of Etiquette and Protocol
Speaker

...read more...

Want to make more money? Learn to love your margins. Knowing exactly what it costs to produce events is key to seeing more profit per event. Without sufficient profit margin per event, you become the hamster on the wheel - needing to do exceedingly high volumes of events per year...
Speaker
Ms  MICHELLE LORETTA

Owner
Sage Wedding Pros
Speaker

...read more...

  • Session Number:   C06 
  • Thursday, February 01, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Tracks: 
High-touch, customized catering diversifies the typical one-dimensional event fare and empowers culinary entrepreneurs. How can brands and planners incorporate on-trend street food into their events? This session provides tangible ideas for breaking the industry mold.
Speaker
Barrie Schwartz

CEO/Founder
My House Social
Speaker

...read more...

  • Session Number:   W10 
  • Thursday, February 01, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Tracks: 
In the recent 5 years, with the boom of the Chinese and Asian economies, the Asians especially the Chinese are spending pretty extensively on their weddings. They are constantly seeking out extraordinary designs and creative themes from the wedding professionals all over the world. How do you reach out to...
Speaker
Ms  Hannah LC Chong

Founder & Creative Director
Heaven's Gift Pte Ltd
Speaker

...read more...

  • Session Number:   EM15 
  • Thursday, February 01, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Tracks: 
BMI, ASCAP, SESAC… huh? If you didn’t know that these are some of the organizations responsible for collecting music royalties you are not alone. Understanding music licensing can be complicated and many meeting professionals don't know where to start. However knowing the rules is an important aspect of ethical meeting...
Speakers
Mr.  Andy Sharpe

CEO
SongDivision
Speaker

Jessica Frost

Senior Director Industry Relations
BMI
Panelist

Patrick Fazzone

Partner
Mongomery Fazzone, PLLC
Panelist

...read more...


Thursday, February 01
2:45 PM - 4:15 PM

  • Session Number:   EM16 
  • Thursday, February 01, 2:45 PM - 4:15 PM
  • Tracks: 
All events are marketing instruments and they each have their own unique qualities for success. Just as the look and execution of a wedding tells you much about the bride and groom, events at universities or non-profits communicate vital information about the organization. Understanding the internal structure as well as...
Speaker
Mr.  Jim Hooker

President and CEO
Stratelyst Creative
Speaker

...read more...

  • Session Number:   C07 
  • Thursday, February 01, 2:45 PM - 4:15 PM
  • Tracks: 
Based on a thirteen point detailed checklist of different tactics and techniques to use for finding part time on call catering and special event staff. Where to and not to advertise. Copy samples and tips on developing a process-flow chart to create systems that help you quickly qualify potential staff....
Speaker
Mr.  Roy Porter

Activities Director
Engage Works
Speaker

...read more...

  • Session Number:   SM15 
  • Thursday, February 01, 2:45 PM - 4:15 PM
  • Tracks: 
Is the content monster consuming you? Are you overwhelmed by the never-ending need to feed it? Begin by learning what contributes to good digital content marketing. Learn ways to curate your online content to leverage your company’s online presence, and minimize the hours spent doing so. Acquire strategies for easy...
Speakers
Anna Zilinskas

Brand & Marketing Manager
Party Mosac, Inc.
Panelist

Shawna Gohel

Founder
Maharani Weddings
Speaker

Ms  Susie Perelman

Owner of Mosaic Inc. & Co-Founder of Event Pros Take Action
Mosaic Inc., Event Pros Take Action
Speaker

...read more...

  • Session Number:   D10 
  • Thursday, February 01, 2:45 PM - 4:15 PM
  • Tracks: 
We all have our own creative process, it is what makes our industry so amazing; but how do we stay creative when adversity strikes? How do we exercise our design muscle when life throws us a curve ball? How do we navigate pitfalls with style!? The Truth Behind the Design...
Speakers
Evan Carbotti

Owner/Partner
Perfect Surroundings, Int'l.
Speaker

Ingrid Adolphs

President and Chief Event Designer
Luv for Lux, Luminaccent, The Event
Speaker

Jordan Carbotti

Owner
Perfect Surroundings Intl
Speaker

...read more...

When it comes to branding, marketing strategies to "describe what you do" conflict with the realities of whether a brand can be trademarked. Trademark law requires marks to be distinctive, not descriptive. However, marks that are suggestive are registerable as trademarks with the USPTO. This seminar explains the spectrum of...
Speakers
Ms  Mia Saling

Hospitality Attorney
Law Office of Mia Saling
Speaker

Ms  Mia Saling

Hospitality Attorney
Law Office of Mia Saling
Panelist

...read more...

  • Session Number:   W11 
  • Thursday, February 01, 2:45 PM - 4:15 PM
  • Tracks: 
Binders Be Gone! Embrace the digital world of wedding planning to be more efficient and streamlined for yourself and your clients. Learn about the apps, platforms, and tools to pull your wedding planning business off a desk of papers and into the organized cloud.
Speakers
Ms  Daniela Grafman CSEP

Chief Amazement Officer /Partner
Vision Event Co.
Speaker

Ms  Erica Trombetti

Owner & Producer
Infinite Events
Speaker

...read more...

  • Session Number:   W12 
  • Thursday, February 01, 2:45 PM - 4:15 PM
  • Tracks: 
You're getting them to see your online listings and website, but why won't they just pick up the phone and call. Then, even when they fill out your contact form, you reply quickly, and they don't get back to you. Frustrating? Of course. Come to this session and learn tips...
Speaker
Mr.  Alan Berg, CSP

Author, consultant, professional speaker
Wedding Business Solutions
Speaker

...read more...

Have you ever day dreamed about pedicures in the middle of the day, martini lunches and working under an umbrella on the beach? This is exactly what owning a business is all about….yeah, right! If only, it was that luxurious! Being a business owner isn’t for everyone but for those...
Speakers
Laura Schwandt

Owner, Senior Planner + Designer
Serendipity Events
Speaker

Ms  Nicole Matthews CSEP

Founder
The Henley Company, LLC
Speaker

...read more...


Thursday, February 01
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

  • Session Number:   EM17 
  • Thursday, February 01, 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Tracks: 
Guests will learn the different types of stage management, and how to choose what style is best for your event. Traditional theatrical stage management processes will be taught and adapted to our unique industry.
Speaker
Mr.  Nick Robinson CSEP

Event Producer
Nick Robinson Events
Speaker

...read more...

  • Session Number:   EM18 
  • Thursday, February 01, 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Tracks: 
(Literally and Figuratively) Every event operation has a basic design process and a logistics plan. But what happens to that plan when the venture handles over 1,300 events a year at over 25 different locations globally, manages a production team of 125 employees with a 105,000 square foot warehouse and...
Speaker
James McCoy

Director of Production
MGM Resorts Event Productions
Speaker

...read more...

  • Session Number:   ET07 
  • Thursday, February 01, 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Tracks: 
The growth of technology has had a major impact on the event industries and provides professionals with a number of ways to streamline their day-to-day business. The question is – are you taking advantage of the technology that could boost your company (and sanity) for the better? Join Kevin Dennis...
Speaker
Mr.  Kevin Dennis

Owner
Fantasy Sound Event Services/Wedding IQ
Speaker

...read more...

  • Session Number:   D11 
  • Thursday, February 01, 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Tracks: 
With so many professionals doing something similar as you...why would YOU be chosen by a client? Everything you do communicates! So let´s take an inventory & transform everything you do (in your business & events) into a recognizable Style... YOUR Signature Style. Something you do better than everybody else. Something...
Speaker
Ms  Mari Carmen Obregon

International Author, Speaker and Special Event Producer
Efecto WOW® Creative Training and Strategies
Speaker

...read more...

  • Session Number:   W13 
  • Thursday, February 01, 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Tracks: 
As wedding planners, many times we work with our designer partner to make the couples vision become a reality. Our presentation is slightly different we want to engage them and let them have a first class experience, while presenting our visual options. We want to get them to sign with...
Speakers
Ms  JoAnn Gregoli

Owner
Elegant Occasions by JoAnn Gregoli
Speaker

Mr  Robert Conti

Partner
Ed Libby Design
Speaker

...read more...

A discussion of how to deal with the new reality of clients who don’t commit until the very last minute and expect miracles without giving adequate information or time to do our best work
Speakers
Ms  Gwen Helbush cwc

President
Where To Start, Wedding Management
Speaker

Kathy A. Newby CERP

Sales Manager
Abbey Party Rents -SF
Speaker

...read more...

  • Session Number:   SM16 
  • Thursday, February 01, 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Tracks: 
When a generation grows up with a smartphone in hand and social networks at their disposal, you might think that hiring a social-media Phenom would be the answer to creating engagement at your event. Think again. Nicole Matthews, examines the generational disconnect between social media and social engagement, and why...
Speaker
Ms  Nicole Matthews CSEP

Founder
The Henley Company, LLC
Speaker

...read more...


Thursday, February 01
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

  • Thursday, February 01, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Location: Ernest N. Morial Convention Center/The Great Hall Event Details: Awards Celebration Event Chair: Scott Frankel, President, Animatic Media, LLC Rate: Free Admission to All Attendees Join us as we celebrate the industry's best who produced spectacular events over the past year. The Special Events magazine's advisory board selects events that raise the bar...

...read more...


Thursday, February 01
9:30 PM - 11:59 PM

  • Thursday, February 01, 9:30 PM - 11:59 PM
Awards-Thursday, February 1, 2018  8:00 – 9:30 PM Thursday, February 1, 2018  9:30 PM – 12:00 AM Location: Ernest N. Morial Convention Center/The Great Hall Event Details: Celebration/Reception/Entertainment Event Chairs: Hien Nguyen, Owner, Wink Design & Events; Kim Tran, Owner, Wink Design & Events; Christina Chapuis, Marketing & Business Development Manager, Wink Design &...

...read more...