8:00 – 8:30 a.m.
REGISTRATION & BREAKFAST
Musician, Victoria Beyea, Harpist
Enjoy the beautiful sounds of the harp as you arrive at the conference and enjoy breakfast. Victoria Beyea is a professional wedding and event harpist. She has played the harp since she was six years old, and enjoys sharing her passion for music at events. Victoria’s professionalism, extensive repertoire, and easygoing attitude have been praised by clients for many years. She continues to deliver a high standard of excellence with every event, from small and intimate gatherings to grand events.
8:30 – 8:45 a.m.
WELCOME & INTRODUCTIONS
Jennifer Clark, Emerge Events
Jennifer Clark, owner of Emerge Events and founder of the Connect & Emerge Event Planning Conference, is excited to welcome you to this conference! We are passionate about connecting the event planning community, sharing information, and showcasing event resources.
Paige Hunt, Visit Hattiesburg
Paige Hunt is the Director of Sales & Visitor Services at Visit Hattiesburg. VisitHattiesburg’s mission is to actively position Hattiesburg as a year-round premier leisure and business destination in the Gulf South.
8:45 – 9:45 a.m.
OPENING GENERAL SESSION
I Need to Plan an Event, Now What?
Meeting Professionals International – Gulf States Chapter
We will hear from three of the most experienced event planners in New Orleans through a panel style program. This is your chance to learn some best practices from the leaders of Meeting Professionals International, Gulf States Chapter. Each speaker will bring a different perspective- from BBC Destination Management Company, Event Planning & Consulting KMD Designs, and Catering at Windsor Court. This will be a moderated event so questions are encouraged- come prepared!
9:45 – 10:00 a.m.
BREAK & EXHIBITORS
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
BREAKOUT SESSION 1 (choose one)
I Need to Plan an Event, Now What? PART 2
Meeting Professionals International, Gulf States Chapter
Your chance to delve deeper into the topics mentioned in the opening session. Get up-close-and-personal with three of the most experienced event planners in New Orleans through a continuation of this panel style program.
How to Speak Photography
Kelly Dunn, The University of Southern Mississippi Photo Services
Learn tips for working with photographers to achieve the best outcome for your events. Also learn photography tips when shooting your own images using smartphones and other camera systems.
11:00 – 11:15 a.m.
BREAK & EXHIBITORS
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
BREAKOUT SESSION 2 (choose one)
Engaging the “Platinum Rule”: A Motivation Conversation
Michele Baker, CVA, Baker & Associates
You already know the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have done unto you.” But an even better rule is Platinum: “Do unto others as they would *like* to be done unto”! Bad grammar aside, proper motivation is critical to every job’s success. Using The Motivation Chart, discover what resonates and motivates an employee (or volunteer, or donor, or team member) to complete every task with enthusiasm and care!
Promoted Events and the Mississippi Department of Revenue
Kesha Smith, Mississippi Department of Revenue
Learn about the laws, rules, and regulations concerning Promoted Events in Mississippi. Information will be provided regarding the promoter’s responsibilities as well as laws concerning temporary beer and liquor permits.