Horseshoe Bay Resort
Austin • November 6-8, 2017


2017 Education Coming Soon!


Connect Texas 2016 Education

Tuesday, November 15


4:30-5:30 p.m. - Master Class


Advocacy: Engage & Activate

Presented by Roger Rickard

How do we create the influence needed to support the long-term viability of our industry? This highly interactive session raises advocacy awareness to engage and activate you and your industry peers. Discover successful advocacy strategies that enable you to influence policymakers and garner support for projects beneficial to your organization, industry and profession.


Wednesday, November 16


2:00-3:00 p.m. - Educational Breakouts


The UNconventional CVB Experience

Presented by Mia Monroe, CSEP, CGMP, CMP, Dottie Bossley, Jennifer Aklar, CTA

We all know CVBs provide venue sourcing and destination management services. But did you know CVBs can also provide registration staff for your conference, incentive funds to help offset the cost of your meeting and help you secure a stellar musical performer? To demonstrate the “unconventional” convention services CVBs can offer, this interactive panel will discuss the case of the 2016 NASA Human Research Program Investigators’ Workshop.


How to Influence Decision-Makers

Presented by Dr. Paul O. Radde, Ph.D.

Whatever your level or position in your organization, you can influence decision-makers and develop credibility. This highly interactive session will help participants deal effectively with bosses, colleagues, customers, team members, committee members, subordinates, legislators or even the local PTA. Learn to gain acceptance of your ideas, issues, projects and programs. This session helps you develop a strategy to use in any attempt to influence.


Reenergizing Your Volunteers

Presented by Lynne Wellish

Volunteering is one of the best ways to meet people. Despite its benefits, few organizations create volunteer roles that ease in new members, or communication programs to let them know what opportunities are available and what is expected of them. This presentation will help you determine the best way to recruit volunteers, identify what goes wrong in many volunteer relationships, and how to structure and communicate opportunities that address the core desire to volunteer.


4:30-5:30 p.m. - Happy Hour Education


Understanding DMO Relevancy

Presented by Roger Rickard

This program addresses the many challenges DMOs face pertaining to key local stakeholder engagement, education and activation. As a destination, how do you prove your value, as well as the value of the visitor? Leave this session with the answers to these and more questions regarding the need to incorporate community relations, industry relations and advocacy into an effective DMO strategy.


Create a Meeting Architecture That Facilitates Learning, Engagement and Participation

Presented by Dr. Paul O. Radde, Ph.D.

Engagement is the essence of a meeting, and the architecture of that meeting can mean the difference between high ROI and reduced learning, networking and loss of attendance at the next meeting. At least half of all attendees seated in traditional straight row sets report pain in turning their bodies to watch the presentation. Find out how to apply one minor adjustment, at no additional cost, to help them gain comfort, line of sight, safety and access, and boom! Networking and audience dynamics increase. Participants interact and learn more, plus room capacity goes up.


The AV Workshop

Presented by Matt Clouser

In this open discussion, we’ll take an in-depth look at your audiovisual bill; talk about your AV options and tips for knowing when to use an in-house team or look to an outside AV firm; and ensure you have everything in line for your AV to be successful including media, room access, power and rigging. We will look at the entire AV picture for any meeting, conference or event, covering current AV technologies that can help save you time and money.


Could You Just Do One More Thing?

Presented by Lynne Wellish

What makes your job difficult when dealing with deadlines, timelines, budgets and resources? All of those things you’re thinking of could be described as “scope creep.” It’s a term used in project management when the scope of your project keeps creeping outward. Without clear goals and objectives, you will not be able to control the extent of your obligations nor evaluate your success. Participants will bring a real-life challenge to this session, and, together as a group, we will come up with options to take a load off your shoulders.




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