DC Means Business.

Enhance your skills, network with industry leaders and drive more business at Connect DC—the event for planners and suppliers focused on national association and corporate events. Experience a quality packed day of general sessions, roundtables, preset appointments and networking.







Connect DC is the business marketplace where RFPs are placed, dates are secured and relationships are developed for future business.



2018 Agenda

Subject to Change

Wednesday, Dec. 5
8 a.m.-1 p.m.Registration
8:30-9:30 a.m.CMP & Planner Breakfast
9:45-10:30 a.m.Education
10:45-11:30 a.m.Education
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.Lunch
1-4:30 p.m.Marketplace Appointments
4:45-5:45 p.m.General Session
5:45-7 p.m.Closing Cocktails




2018 Education Info Coming Soon

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2017 Education

Subject to Change

Wednesday, Dec. 7
9:45-10:30 a.m. | Round Robin Education 1

Presented by Alan Kleinfeld, CMP

Acts of violence seem to happen more often and in more vulnerable places, especially where people gather. Could the location or venue of your next meeting be a target? What are you doing to make your conferences and meeting safer? Join Alan Kleinfeld, meeting planner and law enforcement officer, to learn what questions to ask to help keep your attendees and staff safe. From Band-Aids to bad guys, get an idea of the scope of planning it takes and why you need a public safety mindset from the minute you begin to plan your event.

Presented by Scott Oser and Aaron Wolowiec

Countless authors and thought leaders have claimed within the last year to have identified the next big association trend. From the end of the traditional membership model to the rise of the social media imperative, it can be confusing who to listen to. This interactive session will serve as an open, honest and safe space to discuss some of the most highly debated subjects in the association industry today. Walk away with a simple strategy for evaluating the appropriateness of the next big trend within the context of your association.

Presented by Tyra W. Hilliard, PhD, JD, CMP

Everything is going along swimmingly with your meeting until...uh oh. Something you didn’t anticipate threatens to disrupt or derail it. Using scenarios that address real issues like natural disasters, on-site injuries, alcohol liability and more, we’ll discuss what you should have in your contracts to prevent issues from occurring or mitigate the damage if something does happen.

10:45-11:30 a.m. | Round Robin Education 2 (Descriptions Above)


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