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Meeting & Event Planning Fall 2013 Hot Topics

Join us for a day of short, interactive and fun "hot topic" sessions!  Each session will provide you with insights and knowledge about a specialized focus area.

Event Catering Management 

The Event Catering Management course is designed to meet the needs of the event manager who represents the client, and is responsible for choosing a caterer. Topics include identifying food and  beverage expectations , choosing the  right caterer,  understanding on and off premise catering contracts, selecting a menu, and integrating the food and beverage  aspect into the total event experience.

Facilitator: Debbie Thomas, AHE, CSEP, CDP, FDRP Accredited Hospitality Trainer. Master Hospitality Trainer and Catering Consultant, School for the Service Arts Inc

Design-Inspired Meetings & Events

Great design is all around us, which makes it even more important to incorporate strategies for design excellence into each meeting and event. This session will incorporate the use of space, balance, color, environment, planning, and organization as it pertains to artful design. Learn the key benefits of research, beginning with the first client interview, for creating a truly signature design. Explore available and unexpected resource avenues for distinctive and surprising inspirations. Discover how seasons and trends create extraordinary design impact for any event. Realize that take-your-breath-away design does not necessarily involve great cost. Appreciate and consider the people who will participate in the meeting or event by making them a design aspect. Return home with a new eye for design. 

Facilitator: Karen E. Holmes

Booths and Drayage and Exhibitors, oh my! Navigating the Tradeshow Jungle!

This class is an introduction to tradeshow management, whether an exhibit floor is just a part of your event or the focus of your event.  You will learn the basic tools to communicating with your exhibitors from the exhibitor prospectus to the exhibitor service manual.  You will also learn what an exhibitor service contractor is and how they are there to help you with everything from understanding booth configurations to drayage and shipping.  This class will also focus on the challenges and rewards of this specialized area of meeting planning.   

Facilitator: Tammy Minor, CMP. Events Manager, NAMM

Marketing You

We all know how overwhelming and intimidating the job search can be. This session will provide details on organizing, setting targets, and investigating the job market. Find out how to write a résumé and cover letter that present you in the best light, pursuing event and meeting planning job leads, and performing well (and dressing well!) in the interview spotlight.   As the meeting and event management workplace becomes more competitive, attain practical skills that can make all the difference.


  • Understand technology tips for resumes and cover letters
  • Interview with confidence
  • Expand your circle of influence through event and meeting planning industry networking events
  • Achieve work-life balance
Facilitator: Marlene Blas,MTA, CMP, Associate Director for Meetins and Events at Calfornia Western School of Law