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Texas Means Business.

Connect Texas is an education conference and appointment-only trade show.  Hosted by Connect, the event brings together the most active planners, suppliers and experts in Texas meetings and events for general sessions, round tables, preset appointments and quality networking.














Enhance your skills, interact with industry leaders and drive more business—

whether you’re a planner or supplier focused on Texas meetings and events.



2019 Agenda

Subject to Change

Wednesday, Oct. 2
2-4 p.m.Registration
3:30-4:30 p.m.Opening Session
5-6 p.m.Marketplace Appointments
7-9 p.m.Opening Reception
Thursday, Oct. 3
9-10 a.m.General Session
10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.Marketplace Appointments
Noon-1:30 p.m.Lunch and Session
2-3 p.m.Education Sessions
3:15-4:15 p.m.Education Sessions
4:30-5:30 p.m.Marketplace Appointments
6-7:30 p.m.Happy Hour
Friday, Oct. 4
9-10 a.m.General Session
10:30-11:30 a.m.Marketplace Appointments




2019 Speakers (Additional Bios Coming Soon)

Kate Delaney

Four former Presidents and Lebron James are just a few of the 12,000 people Kate Delaney has interviewed in her twenty years in radio and television. Kate has broadcast from places all over the United States and the world, and is one of the first women to ever host a solo sports radio talk show in two Top 10 markets–WFAN in New York City and KRLD in Dallas, Texas.

She empowers organizations and individuals to achieve bold high level and dramatic results with the strategies and secrets she discovered through broadcasting for Super Bowls, MLB All Star Games, U.S. Opens and the New Hampshire Primary in 2012, along with the Republican and Democratic conventions She earned an Emmy for a series on the AIDS crisis and led The Golden Broadcasters radio network as its chief operating officer. Kate has transformed leading-edge organizations nationwide, including Las Vegas Thunder, Golden State Warriors, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Radio Shack, McDonald’s and Southern Methodist University. Her message resonates with any organization that wants to get heard, stand out and attain rapid breakthroughs in eloquence, influence and impact.

2019 Education

Subject to Change. Specific times coming soon.

Thursday, Oct. 3
2-4:15 p.m. | Education Sessions

Presented by Mimi Brown

Nowadays, a goldfish has a longer attention span than a human. Most audience members are distracted by the latest gadget and app. The key is to captivate your audience, increase interaction and idea sharing, make content more experiential, and make your meetings interesting and pertinent. Discover how to freshen up your meetings and breathe new life and energy into the agenda, while leaving a lasting impression that will generate positive word-of-mouth and inspire your audiences to return year after year.

During this session, attendees will: identify ten ways to create an environment that is conducive for active participation; explain and experience practical techniques that can be used to integrate appropriate participation in conferences and meetings; discuss proven brain research on why participative events increase engagement; and describe the important steps that should be taken before, during and after the event to increase energy and engagement.

Presented by Kate Delaney

Change is a constant in the hospitality and tourism industry. No need to look for a crystal ball—Emmy Award-winning journalist Kate Delaney has you covered. Her playbook is chock full of PR plays, marketing moves and clever tactics to attract raving fans without spending a fortune.

1. PR and marketing strategies and tactics you can roll out as soon as you leave Kate’s session.
2. Gameplanning for the trends of today and tomorrow to give you the edge.
3. Creating leverage in an industry dealing with consolidation, constant market shifts and future economic downturns.

Presented by Will Curran and Brandt Krueger

Ladies and gentlemen! In this corner, representing convenience and knowledge of the venue, it's the in-house AV company! And in this corner, representing expanded inventory and lower prices, please welcome the third-party AV company! Join us for this three-round smackdown to discuss the pros and cons of each model and help learn what's the right fit for you. Featuring representatives from each model, an impartial moderator and plenty of Q&A time for your burning AV questions.

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