PYM Virtual Summit 2018

May 24, 2018 11:00am ‐ May 24, 2018 1:00pm


Safety & Security: Are Your Attendees at Risk?

The world is uncertain, but when a crisis happens at your next event, you custom image don’t need to be. Discover best and next practices for preparing your team for security or safety risks—be they natural or not. Review what aspects you need to consider when conducting your risk assessment, what you need to prepare for onsite, how to unfold your crisis plan and the ways you can communicate out to your attendees. Review several best-in-class, real-life case studies of how meeting professionals and venues have responded to crises. Then, deep dive into several “fire drill” scenarios and work with your peers on what your response and critical path should be in the case of an emergency onsite.

  • Review preparatory and onsite safety and security best practices, as well as case studies from top-line industry professionals.
  • Scenario plan with your peers using several “fire drill” situations involving a variety of risk-related circumstances.
  • Understand different ways you can help your attendees stay say.

The “Why” Variable: Understanding the Strategic Purpose of Your Events

You know that the meetings you plan are invaluable to the success of your business or organization, but your executives’ goals and objectives for your events are elusive. Create value by asking the right questions and setting the right metrics to measure the effectiveness of your events.

  • Discover the questions to ask your meeting owners to truly understand their business goals (and set yourself up for success).
  • Learn how to set SMART objectives for your events.
  • Understand what measurements you can use to better understand the true reach and weight of your meetings.

Exploring New Learning Formats

Have you heard of a fishbowl? A spectrogram? There are many innovative educational formats in the event space that we can use to help our attendees engage, learn from each other and meet subject matter experts. But what are they? Discuss some of the event industry’s newest session formats.

  • Understand why engagement is important to the overall meeting and event experience.
  • Discover new learning and session design formats that can transform your meetings into engaging experiences.
  • Discuss the opportunities and challenges these types of sessions might create.


  • Kristi Casey Sanders, CMP, CMM, DES, HMCC, Director of Thought Leadership, Meeting Professionals International
  • Lori Pugh Marcum, CMP, CMM, HMCC, Lead Manager, Event Programs & Production, Meeting Professionals International
  • Jessie States, CMM, Head of Meeting Innovation, Meeting Professionals International

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