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With over 3,000 attendees, this was our biggest event ever. Catch a glimpse of the keynote highlights, replay our top breakout session content, and stay tuned for more details on next year’s conference.

Our largest conference ever!

3,400+ people

attended Cvent CONNECT this year

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170 sessions

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Keynote Sessions

General Session

Reggie Aggarwal

Founder and CEO, Cvent

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General Session

Chuck Ghoorah

Co-Founder and President, Cvent

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Product Roadmap Event Cloud

David Quattrone

Co-Founder and CTO, Cvent

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Product Roadmap Hospitality Cloud

Pete Floros

VP Product Management, Cvent

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Breakout Sessions

From Planner to Marketer: The Evolution of the Event Professional

Amanda Young, GE Healthcare

Tune up your event marketing engine with these marketing power plays that will put you back in the driver's seat.

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The Power of Live Events

David Chalmers, Cvent

Katie Pope, Marketo

See how live events are not only empowering planners and marketers, but also emboldening their decision making to create one-of-a-kind experiences for their attendees. 

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Stakeholder Engagement; Be the Conductor

Melissa Nahama, BCD Meetings and Events

Shauna Whitehead, BCD Meetings and Events

Like any instrument in an orchestra, each voice is unique and valuable. This panel will explore creative ways to better engage with the key stakeholders that make up your organization’s orchestra so that you can make beautiful music together.

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Power Up the Platform Play: Cvent as an Enterprise Solution Pays off Big for University of Colorado

Kate O’Connell, University of Colorado

Kris Justice, Cvent

Learn how one of Cvent’s clients is utilizing the power of Cvent’s event management solution across its enterprise and solving their diverse needs and initiatives.

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Solution Session: Leveraging the Cvent Platform

Alex Rolfe, Cvent

Allan Villanueva, Ewing Irrigation and Landscape Supply

Cvent's event management platform is constantly evolving with new features and functionality being released every week. Are you harnessing the full power of the platform? Join the session to catch up on everything Cvent has to offer. 

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From Near to Far: Forecasting the Future of Event Technology

Brian Ludwig, Cvent

Our industry has undergone massive change in the last decade alone? What's next? Hold onto your iPads, it's going to be an electrifying ride.

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Designing and Delivering WOW Moments

Gary Schirmacher, Maritz (Experient, A Maritz Company)

Today’s most successful event experience designers are laser focused on WOW moments that matter to their guests. In this session, we’ll explore best ways to scale up and extend events through Experiential Design.

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Meetings Management: Leveraging Your Program’s Engagement Strategy to Reach your ROI Potential

Heather Kane, McDonald’s Corp

Connie Tullis, McDonald’s Corp

The value of being able to tell your story is critical in today's organization. This session will share McDonald's success story of taking its meetings management program to the next level through the development of an attendee engagement program.

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The Last Mile: Understanding the Issue with Group Housing Management

Chris Avery, Cvent

Adam Briggs, ConferenceDirect

Kevin MacIntyre, Accor Hotels

Olivia Pelzer

Whether you hate spreadsheets, can never seem to meet your room block commitments, or struggle to manage constantly changing attendee reservations, room block management is a painful piece of managing any event. This session will provide you with the tools to take back control and empower your room block management process.

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The Art of Connecting People: Why Planners should be Master Connectors

Jessica Levin, Seven Degrees Communications

If you have been in the industry long enough you know that the reasons people attend events are networking and education. Solid education is imperative to the success of an event. However, it’s often networking and relationship building that creates an emotional connection to your event and organization and that’s what keeps people coming back. This session will explore the importance of being a connector and how planners can facilitate relationship building among their attendees. We will discuss techniques that can help to foster relationships with and without the use of technology.

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From Sourcing to Booking: Power Plays

Barbara Atom, VisitDallas

Betsy Bondurant, Bondurant Consulting

Margot Connaughton, Enterprise Events Group

Stephanie Glanzer, MGM Resorts

Jodi VanWoerkom, Association of American Medical Colleges

TPPs, CVBs, NSOs, RFPs. The litany of acronyms continues. But which process is the best to empower your team's sourcing and booking process? Join this discussion to understand all of the different options.

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Supercharge Your Event Data: 8 Ways to Drive Revenue

Kim Scott, Illumina

Data powers the decisions surrounding your events -- learn 8 key ways to leverage that data to drive more revenue. 

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Cvent Quick Wins: Speaker Engagement, Mobile Adoption, and Salesforce Integration

Alexis Aguilu, Nicholas Parrish, Beca Spiraga, Ounce of Prevention Fund

Through a series of Cvent use-cases, The Ounce of Prevention Fund, will share critical insight on their event planning process and CRM Salesforce integration. Utilizing a relationship-based approach, the event and IT professional team builds high-quality content, engages with participants and ultimately creates value for attendees and the organization.

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No Pain and A Lot to Gain: Conference Apps for All

Stephanie Martinez, Professional Media Group

Former web designer and user experience expert now corporate event producer, Stephanie Martinez, will help event industry professionals understand the conference app landscape, what capabilities are most important in a conference app and how to make the best decision for their company/clients. 

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Solution Session: Transforming Events with the CrowdCompass Mobile Event App

Brooke Gracey, CrowdCompass by Cvent

Pamela O’Connor, Association for Community Living, Inc.

Your job is to delight and excite your attendees. But it’s not always that simple, is it? Modern attendees have modern expectations, and you must continuously update your repertoire to keep your attendees on their toes. Learn how you can use a mobile app to give your attendees a mind-boggling, gasp-inducing, tear-jerking, dazzling event. Join us and see how CrowdCompass’ features can transform your event by streamlining your job as a planner, personalizing your attendees’ experience, and increasing event engagement. 

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Tap into the Power of Influencers at Your Next Event

Lisa Marcyes, Marketo

'Influencer marketing' is more than a just a buzzword. It's an opportunity for brands to reach a large audience by interacting with only a few. Events provide a unique venue for marketers to develop content with influencers that can be utilized throughout the year. In this presentation, you’ll learn how to craft an influencer strategy that builds relationships, increases reach, expands your content arsenal, and makes your event shine.

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Building Lasting Experiences Using Customer Data Session

As Research Director at B2B International, Conor Wilcock was armed to discuss what questions hotels should ask their data to address customer needs and market intelligence.

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Planner Panel Session

Hoteliers alike were treated to tips from four top-notch planners during Cvent CONNECT 2017’s breakout session, “From the Planners: Client Success Stories.

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Building Brand Ambassadors Step by Step Session

Attendees got the rules, tactics, and equipment needed for engaging their entire team from Travis Howe, Executive VP & GM of Global Platform Solutions for Mediaocean.

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Addressing the Generation Gap Session

Francesca Vereb, Sr. Product Marketer at Cvent discusses how generational differences influence distinct preferences in what customers value, how they spend their time and money, and what marketing they’ll respond to.

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