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Connect 2017 @ New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Aug 21 @ 12:00 pm – Aug 23 @ 10:00 pm
Connect 2017 @ New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center | New Orleans | LA | United States

Connect is the premier hosted-buyer event that brings together the most active planners, suppliers, and experts in corporate, expo, association, sports and specialty meetings and events for preset appointments, keynote general sessions, planner/supplier roundtables and quality networking.

As a hosted buyer, Connect will fly you to New Orleans, take care of all hotel arrangements, and treat you to breakfast, lunch and dinner while being entertained by our exciting lineup of keynotes. Expand your career with education sessions on topics such as contract negotiation, f&b, event design, business 101, social media and new technology, safety and security and so much more!

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ILEA Dallas August Networking
Aug 21 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
ILEA Dallas August Networking

Join ILEA Dallas and our guests for an evening of networking.
Bring your cards and your best elevator speech!

Complimentary Appetizers will be available. Cash bar.

Ill Minster Pub is your local Uptown hangout featuring local craft beer, seasonal cocktails, and a savory selection of wine.
Located in Uptown Urban Market, we have a variety of food vendors you can pair with our appetizing beer and cocktail selection.
With numerous big-screen TV’s, Ill Minster is the perfect cozy English style pub to kick back and enjoy the sports game with your friends or relax and unwind after work with a refreshing beverage and flavorful food.


$10.00 ISES Dallas Member

$10.00 ISES Dallas Guest

MPIF Presents Rendezvous at IncentiveWorks @ Real Sports
Aug 21 @ 7:30 pm – 11:30 pm
MPIF Presents Rendezvous at IncentiveWorks @ Real Sports | Toronto | ON | Canada

Don’t miss Rendezvous at IncentiveWorks (formerly known as Canada Rocks), the official opening reception and THE place to connect with industry colleagues and make new business connections.

Experience Real Sports Bar & Grill, the #1 sports bar in North America as rated by ESPN. Enjoy music, open bars and delicious food from MLSE Catering and Real Sports Bar & Grill.

The annual online auction is always a big hit during Canada Rocks and offers many choices for attendees to walk away with fabulous packages. Use your smart device or bid on computers at the event.

Advance purchase – $115
At the door – $125

Tickets currently avaialble to registered IncentiveWorks attendees. Additonal ticket site coming soon.

Proceeds benefit the MPI Foundation to fund educational grants and scholarships in Canada.

Host sponsors:
Real Sports Bar & Grill
MLSE Catering

Mexico Tourism Board
Business Events Toronto
Czech Republic

CAP’D Luncheon and Committee Pep Rally @ Royal Sonesta Houston
Aug 23 @ 11:45 am – 1:00 pm
CAP'D Luncheon and Committee Pep Rally @ Royal Sonesta Houston | Houston | TX | United States

Calling all members! Let’s rally together to meet our chapter’s 100% volunteer goal. Show up with your skills to take our chapter to the next level!

Get off the Bench and Get Involved!

Can you name the player on your favorite sports team who sits the bench the most? Of course not! A player has to play to be noticed, to make top dollar, and to gain fame and recognition. Well, the same goes for involvement in professional organizations. You will only fully reap the benefits of your professional membership when you get off the bench and get involved!

Throughout the presentation, communication and leadership expert Amy Castro will share the advantages of getting involved in a cause or organization you believe in. You will walk away with answers to questions such as:

– Why you should volunteer
– What are the business benefits you can reap from volunteering
– How to select roles and responsibilities that best match your strengths
– Who should you communicate your goals and interests to
– How current volunteers and organization leaders can increase member involvement


After Six Mix: Network Unplugged @ Mustang Harry's NYC
Aug 23 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
After Six Mix: Network Unplugged @ Mustang Harry's NYC | New York | NY | United States

After Six Mix is designed as a happy hour style experience. It is not structured, has no fee, no requirements. It is about relaxed interaction with fellow members. Bring your co-workers and friends, interact with like-minded professionals. Enhance your circle of friends with others in this most unique sector.

This month, we will be gathering at Mustang Harry’s. Our hosts will be offering extended happy hour drink pricing, light appetizers and an exclusive space for us to mingle.

These days, everyone knows how influential Social Networking can be to their business endeavors but MPIGNY is going old school, we’re going back to networking socially.

We are throwing it back to the live interaction days. Unplug. Put the constantly needy phone and email out of mind for an hour or so and enjoy. You’ll still be doing, talking, connecting but just minus the apparatus.

August Speed Networking @ PAFA The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Aug 23 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
August Speed Networking @ PAFA The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts | Philadelphia | PA | United States

Let’s FIESTA at our annual speed networking. Join the fun and meet one on one with other professionals at this exclusive program series to network, refer, and exchange leads with other industry professionals. It is a night of low stress and high results! Attendees will exchange business cards before rotating to the next open seat.

CFWG & ABC Joint Networking Event @ The Shores Resort & Spa
Aug 24 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
CFWG & ABC Joint Networking Event @ The Shores Resort & Spa | Daytona Beach | FL | United States

Central Florida Wedding Guild is extremely excited to partner with the Association of Bridal Consultants to bring you a Tour of the World networking luncheon! Enjoy a fabulous menu along with a presentation from our guest speaker, Tamuel Cowart. Tamuel will be presenting Intimate Destinations :: Building Profitable Packages

PWG and ABC members can take the advertiser discount so get your RSVP in today at

The Shores Resort has graciously extended the following room rates to all luncheon attendees. (rates are before tax, resort fee and parking)
Thursday – Sunday rates will be:
River View w/ Balcony : $99
Coastal View w/ Balcony: $119
Oceanfront View w/ Balcony: $139
Use booking code PWGABC at

Tuna Poke | Maui Onions | Toasted Sesame

Naan Bread | Hummus | Spicy Lime Jalapeno

Bao Buns | Glazed Pork | Pickled Cucumber

Street Corn | Chili Mayo | Queso Fresco | Cilantro

Irish Potato Pancakes | Sour Cream | Scallions

Grilled Octopus | Feta | Kalamata Olive | Butter Lettuce

Yellow Tomato | Fresh Mozzarella | Prosciutto | Basil | Balsamic Reduction

Tahitian Shrimp | Coconut-Vanilla Sauce | Jasmine Rice

Thank you to our participating sponsors!
The Shores Resort & Spa
Sparkleigh Productions
Mister DJ
Rhodes Studios photography and video
Paper Goat Post
A Chair Affair, Inc.
Rachael Kasie Designs, LLC
REVEL rentals + styling
Cakery Creation
Treasured Moments Video Productions

Event and Wedding Planning Workshop CA @ Sheraton Cavalier Calgary Hotel
Aug 25 @ 4:00 am – 9:00 am
Event and Wedding Planning Workshop CA @ Sheraton Cavalier Calgary Hotel | Calgary | AB | CA

Event and Wedding Planning Workshop

Calgary, AB

Workshop Details:

Have you dreamed about becoming an event planner? Do you need tips on planning your own wedding? This interactive workshop will provide you with all the tools necessary to become a successful event and wedding planner. Learn how to design and coordinate professional events. Take the stress out of planning your big day with an easy and simplified approach.

Investment: $500

Registration fee provides a Certificate of Completion, The ACV Event Management Starter Kit (Kit includes the following: Wedding Planning Packages, Professional Client Agreement, and Professional Event Planning Timeline.), tips on how to design your own professional website and the following.

  • Discount on follow-up consultation for business or event planning.

  • 30 days of free post-workshop follow up via email for any pending questions that you may have.

  • Opportunity to volunteer or intern at Events by Amiress.

  • Opportunity to become a member of Events by Amiress Network of Event Professionals.

Training content includes the following:

  • Event and Wedding Planning Basics

  • How to Offer Your Wedding Planning Services

  • Pricing Your Services

  • Registration Software

  • Meeting With Your Clients

  • Site Selection and Site Inspections

  • Contract Negotiation

  • Food and Beverage Planning

  • Working With Vendors, Your Team, Entertainment, and VIP’s

  • Balancing Event Planning With Your Personal Life

  • Tips on Starting Your Event and/or Wedding Planning Business

  • Marketing Your Business

  • Social Media in Event Marketing and Planning

  • Sponsorship and Fundraising

Bonus Training

  • Professional Event Manager Etiquette Overview

Day of workshop instructions:

  • Please arrive 30 minutes early for sign-in. Workshop will begin promptly at the designated time.

  • Have picture ID and printed registration confirmation upon arrival. 

  • Dress code – Business casual.

  • Bring a sweater just in case the venue is cold.

  • Plan to stay for the entire workshop. Certificates will not be issued until the end of the day. (no exceptions)

  • Bring a brown bag lunch.

  • Bring a notebook and/or laptop (laptop is optional).


The Event and Wedding Planning Workshop is non-refundable and/or transferable.

Seating is extremely limited. Registration will close at event capacity. Workshop is taught to a small group of 30 participates therefore allowing hands-on training.  Early registration is highly recommended. Walk-up registration will not be permitted.

No unregistered, accompanying guests. No small children. Suggested age is 18 years old and up. No recording devices of any kind will be allowed into the venue.

More Information

Group rates in the USA for 10 or more are $200 per attendee. Total group rate fee must be paid up front. One-on-one training is available. Please contact us for details.

Special Needs: Participants with special needs can be reasonably accommodated by contacting Events by Amiress at least three working days prior to the training.

About Mrs. Amiress Versil, Trainer

I am proud recipient of a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sports/Entertainment/Event Management from The Hospitality College at Johnson & Wales University in North Miami, Florida. Planning special events and training new event planners brings me so much joy!

Click here for more information


Do I need a certification to become an event planner?


Should I learn as much as possible about event planning before accepting clients?


What is the purpose of the Certificate of Completion?

The certificate confirms to any future potential employer or client that you completed an Event & Wedding Planning Training. Clients prefer to work with trained event planners that are dedicated to their event planning career. The certificate can be framed and displayed in your office as a qualified event planner.

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Suggested age is 18 years old and up.


How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please feel free to contact us at [email protected] or by calling 478-220-9726


What’s the refund policy?

The Event and Wedding Planning Workshop is non-refundable and/or transferable.


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Have picture ID and printed registration confirmation upon arrival.


Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn’t match the person who attends?

No, the workshop most be attended by the person who registered for the training.

Women in Leadership, PYM LIVE 2017 @ Public Hotels
Aug 30 @ 7:30 am – 12:15 pm
Women in Leadership, PYM LIVE 2017 @ Public Hotels | New York | NY | United States

Prior to Plan Your Meetings Live 2017 on August 30th, a Women in Leadership course is being offered from 7:30am – 12:15pm.

Women play key roles in the hospitality and meeting industries, but many find it challenging to move into leadership positions. In fact, recent studies show that women are 28% less likely to get an executive-level position if they possess the skills that make other job applicants attractive candidates for CEO, COO, CMO and CFO positions. In this four-hour course, we’ll examine why this is, what you can do about it and help you create a personal action plan to overcome some of the common career obstacles women face.

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
Describe which skills help women ascend to executive leadership roles in this industry (and beyond).
Identify methods for overcoming common challenges women face in obtaining leadership opportunities.
Create a personal action plan for leadership success.
Locate additional resources available to women seeking leadership roles in the meeting and event industry.

Participants of this course receive:
4 clock hours in CMP-IS Strategic Domain E: Human Resources; Domain F: Stakeholder Management
Access code for Clifton StrengthsFinder 2.0 assessment
Individual Development Plan worksheets to create a personalized action plan
Peer-to-peer mentoring
Certificate in Executive Leadership Skills

Course overview
Module 1: Executive Leaders Around the World and in the Meetings and Events Industry
Module 2: Challenges and Solutions
Module 3: Creating Your Personal Action Plan
Module 4: Resources for Further Development

Please note, some pre-work is required for this course (skills assessment, light reading and worksheet). These materials will be emailed to participants.

Date: Wednesday, August 30, 2017
7:30 AM – 12:15 PM

• 7:30 am – Registration
• 8:00 am – WIL program begins
• 10-10:15 am – Break (light snacks)
• 12:15 pm – WIL program ends

PYM LIVE 2017 @ Public Hotels
Aug 30 @ 12:00 pm – 5:15 pm
PYM LIVE 2017 @ Public Hotels | New York | NY | United States

Join PYM for their 2017 LIVE Event in NYC on August 30th!

Meeting and event planners love coming to PYM LIVE Events for three main reasons:

1) Discover education that is cutting-edge, relevant and engaging.
2) Forge meaningful relationships that help you deliver on your meeting’s strategic objectives.
3) Research destinations, hotels and other meeting-related services that help you deliver value to your organization and your attendees.

Admission is free for qualified meeting/event planners who do site selection or influence those decisions for their company’s meetings and events, courtesy our event host. Why? Because site-selection speed-meetings comprise a good portion of the event and we want this to be the most relevant, engaging, educational experience possible.

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