Cvent CONNECT 2019
MGM Grand

Monday, July 8, 2019
MGM Grand | Las Vegas


Cvent CONNECT is about transforming events into experiences. Through the invitation-only Leadership Summit, we bring our industry's top leaders together to build the future of our ecosystem.

Featured Speakers

Piyanka Jain

President and CEO, Aryng

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Piyanka Jain

President and CEO, Aryng

Piyanka Jain is a leading expert in Data Literacy, Machine Learning, Data Science and Analytics. She is an Amazon bestselling author, a paid keynoter at conferences as well as contributes to Forbes, HBR, InsideHR, TDWI, Experian, Modern Workplace, Predictive Analytics World, etc. She is in the ‘2019 top 100 keynote speakers’ list by Databird. Her book ‘Behind Every Good Decision’ is Amazon #1 best seller in Data Mining

Currently, Piyanka Jain heads Aryng, a SWAT Data science team that solves complex business problems, develop the company’s Data DNA and culture and deliver rapid ROI via Data Science consulting and training. The client list includes Google, GE, Box, EmployBridge, Adobe, BBVA, Apple, Paypal amongst others.

Ruth Zukerman

Co-founder of Soul Cycle & Flywheel

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Ruth Zukerman

Co-founder of Soul Cycle & Flywheel

Ruth Zukerman is the co-founder of Soul Cycle and Flywheel, both wildly successful companies that innovated the studio cycling movement. Ruth pioneered the boutique fitness industry by creating the “studio” with a pay per class structure, modeling them after the dance studios she would frequent when she was pursuing her dance career. Over the last decade with these companies, she has come to realize that her passion is greater than simply cycling or fitness. Her mission is to connect women to each other as well as to their own inner strength, and empower them to carry the positive, powerful attitude they have on the bike on into their lives and their careers. She speaks around the country, inspiring people to get unstuck and find new paths and new passion for a successful second, third or even fourth act in their careers. Ruth is following her own advice and left Flywheel at the end of 2018 to pursue her next great adventure. She lives in New York and is very close with her grown daughters. Her memoir RIDING HIGH: How I Kissed SoulCycle Goodbye, Co-Founded Flywheel and Built the Life I Always Wanted, was published in October 2018.

Agenda for the Leadership Summit

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Time Description
11:30am - 12:30pm Leadership Summit Private Lunch
12:30pm - 12:35pm Welcome by Mark Jefferies
12:35pm – 1:00pm

Leadership in the Meetings & Events Industry
Anil Punyapu, Senior Vice President, Enterprise Sales, Cvent

Business success for planners, marketers and venues requires effective performance in the $1 trillion meetings and events industry. Effective performance in this sector demands a special combination of data-driven decision making and a commitment to the power of human connection. That’s what all of us as leaders must bring to the table. That’s the type of “head and heart” leadership Cvent as a technology leader seeks to support and enable for all our customers.

1:00pm - 1:45pm

How to Think & Act with Data
Piyanka Jain, President & CEO, Aryng

Leaders are expected to be masters of data – both to be highly data literate yourselves and to build and maintain a corporate culture based on data-driven decision making. Your companies must “think and act with data” or risk moving too slowly or ineffectively to win in a fast-paced digital world. As President & CEO of Aryng, a data science consulting company, Piyanka Jain has helped leaders do just this at companies from Google to GE, Apple to PayPal. The bestselling author of “Behind Every Good Decision” shares her insights on what it takes to lead with data.

1:45pm – 2:05pm Networking Break
2:10pm - 2:55pm

Acting with Data to Drive Your Business
Cvent customers deliver "TED Talk" format presentations highlighting their own successes in leveraging data for successful leadership

2:55pm – 3:35pm

Roundtable Discussion on Leading with Data
Buyers and suppliers meet to discuss how data shapes the meetings and events industry and their own leadership activities

3:30pm – 4:15pm

Understanding the Human Experience
Ruth Zukerman, Co-founder of Soul Cycle & Flywheel

If leadership requires mastery of data, so too it requires the knowledge that data alone is not enough.True leaders understand: Without the heart, the mind lacks the inspiration of dreams. Ruth Zukerman shares that it’s our humanity that gives shape and purpose to what the mind creates, that makes innovation more than a clinical collection of 0s and 1s. Ruth is co-founder of Soul Cycle and Flywheel, both wildly successful companies that innovated the studio cycling movement. Her passion is greater than simply cycling or fitness: it is to empower others to carry the positive, powerful attitude they have on the bike on into their lives and their careers.

4:15pm - 4:30pm Closing Remarks with Mark Jefferies
4:30pm - 7:00pm Break
7:30pm – 9:30pm

Reception at The MGM Mansion

Imagine an enclave of privacy and pleasure where the sensual riches of Tuscany reach their fullest expression. Imagine an architectural gem inspired by an 18th-century villa in the countryside not far from Florence. Realize the vision of exquisite service and absolute luxury at The Mansion at MGM Grand. The atmosphere, the service, and luxury of The Mansion are sure to make your experience unique and unforgettable. Enjoy the exclusive, invitation-only experience at the Mansion, while connecting with other hospitality & meeting industry leaders.

*Times subject to change.

Leadership Summit Attendee Benefits

Complimentary Registration to Cvent CONNECT
Access to Cvent Executives
Preferred Seating at Keynotes and Meals
Dedicated Contact Onsite