March Monthly Education Program
    Devices Down! Engaging Today's Audiences Differently

    March 24, 2016
    5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

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    Sonesta Hotel Philadelphia
    1800 Market St
    Philadelphia, PA 19103


    Today's audiences need to be highly engaged — immediately — or they will tune out. Presenters are competing for the attention of demanding attendees who have low tolerance for talking heads, short attention spans, and the considerable diversions of their phones and other devices. In this session, Shawna Suckow, CMP, will discuss how our evolving technology, culture and generations have changed how we meet, and how we learn. We’ll delve into the evolving Adult Learning Theory and how to capture the attention of participants in new ways. Throughout it all, participants will connect with lots of others for meaningful discussions and peer-to-peer learning.

    Learning Objectives:

    How Attendees Will Learn:
    Participants will learn from lecture and demonstration, followed by intensive networking and audience engagement exercises.

    After attending this session, the attendee will be able to:

    • Experience several live examples of engagement concepts they can apply immediately to their own events.
    • Learn to coach presenters in breaking the mold of tired meeting formats.
    • Discover new ways to ignite excitement in meetings, and engage audiences differently and meaningfully. 


    Time Description
    3:30 PM - 5:00 PM Board Meeting
    5:30 PM - 6:00 PM Registraiton Open
    5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Welcome Reception
    6:30 PM - 6:45 PM Opening remarks
    6:45 PM - 7:45 PM Education Program
    7:45 PM - 8:30 PM Dessert Reception



    Shawna Suckow, CMP, has been a planner for over 20 years. Today, she is the Founder & Chairwoman of SPiN, the 2,500-member Senior Planners Industry Network. Shawna works with planners to provide strategic networking and rethink audience engagement at their conferences. She also works with CVBs to help them market more effectively to today’s planners.

    Honors include being named to the 2015 list of Top 100 Women Business & Tech Speakers, 2015 Top 25 Women in the Industry, Top 25 Most Influential in the Meetings Industry in 2012, 2013 and 2014, and Planners' Favorite Speakers of 2014 and 2015.





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    Look Who's Coming: 

    Name Company
    Christa Marie Adkins Young Presidents Organization
    Joyce Bagiraneza, CMP Valley Forge Casino Resort
    Judy Bagrowski Omni Bedford Springs Resort
    Leah Ben Visit Bucks County
    Nicole R Benner, CMP Blank Rome LLP
    Allison Bishop Stockton & Partners, Meetings and Events
    Don Blyler III Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA)
    Lisa Cirelli Garces Events
    Stephanie Yeager Garces Events
    Jim Cohn Mid-Atlantic Events Magazine
    Julene Craley Boggs Chung Inc.
    Melanie Demar Risk Management Association
    Anne Deon Valley Forge Casino Resort
    Catherine L Diem Hilton Hotels Worldwide Sales
    Caitlin Druding University of Pennsylvania Conference Services
    Laila Ea, CMP HMCC The Logan Hotel
    Allery Elder WuXi AppTec, Inc.
    Jenny Girvin, CMP Vanguard
    Meredith Hamblin Radisson Blu Warwick Hotel Philadelphia
    Ashley M. Hardison Nittany Lion Inn|Penn Stater Conference Ctr. Hotel
    Stephen Jackson, CMP Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau
    David Michael Jackson, CMP Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau
    Linda M. Jones, CMP Pennsylvania Convention Center
    Christopher Keane, CMP Omni Hotels & Resorts
    Anna King, MPA University City Science Center
    Danielle Nicole Laws, CMP American Board of Internal Medicine
    Daniel Love Catering By Design
    Jessica Magazzu Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa
    Karen Mandel Peddlers Village
    Judi T. McLaughlin HelmsBriscoe
    Randy Misko The Shawnee Inn
    Hilary Mitnick Dave & Buster`s
    Cathie Myers Best Friends Animal Society
    Camela Pastorius, CMP PA Biotechnology Association
    Nick Pawlow Nick Pawlow
    Linsey Poletti, CMP SEI
    Anne Putney  
    Samantha Regan A to Z Party Rental
    Brittany Reiter Vanguard
    Remel Roberts Courtyard by Marriott Chevy Chase
    Leila Beltramo Hampton Inn & Suites
    Bernard Howe Cambria Hotels & Suites
    Jeffery Clark Sheraton Silver Spring MD
    Karin Aaron Visit Montgomery County, MD
    peggy robins dL Plan
    Victoria Rogers Mount Airy Casino and Resort
    Rebecca Rose  
    David J Sampson, CMP CMM CTC ABIM
    Marci Warhoftig
    Katie T Schultz Ace Conference Center
    Kathryn Shaw, CMP Vanguard
    Gail M. Sullivan, CMP Maritz Travel
    Brandy Szever, CMP Vanguard
    Pat Thierry MWP Transcripts, Inc.
    Kim Turnbaugh Korman Communites AVE Malvern/Downingtown
    Taddeo von Gleichen Kimpton Hotels of Philadelphia
    Katelyn Weeks, CMP  
    Cassandra Welsh Stratus Lounge at the Hotel Monaco
    Laura Lee Wren, CHSP Kalahari Resort & Convention Center
    Hali Zaben Brulee Catering