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Upcoming events

    • February 09, 2021
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (EST)
    • Go To Meeting

    You are cordially invited to attend CSPI President's Virtual CONNECT  to kick off the CSPI 2021 Virtual Sales Summit and 30th Anniversary Celebration

    • February 10, 2021
    • (EST)
    • 8 sessions
    • Online

    Opening Keynote speaker Shawna Suckow speaks from her newest book Third Wave: How to Sell During & After the Pandemic

    Welcome to the most challenging climate our industry has ever faced.  There's a lot of confusion and noise out there about what meetings will look like in 2021.  It's time to shift our tools and processes so we counteract the inertia pf prospects, and give them confidence to book meetings again. 

    Savvy organizations will leverage the latest data, interpret the current business 'mood' and form a strategy using the latest tools.  One thing is certain: new messaging is key to getting planners to move forward.

    What should you be doing right now to keep that pipeline full, and stay top-of-mind with your current customers? It's time for strategy, action and a new way of selling.

    Join hospitality sales expert Shawna Suckow, CSP, CVP, CMP, as she shares her latest findings on where we are, and what's next.  It's not just data though; she'll share actual planner insights and relevate steps you can take now.

    Meeting Planner Panel Discussion featuring:


    Yush Sztalkhoper is Director, Conferences and Events, for the Foundation for California Community Colleges. Prior to joining the CCC, she had over 15 years of planner experience with companies such as JP Morgan Chase, UBS, and others. She lives in Sacramento with her family.

    Alison Huber, CMP, is a Program Manager for Fox World Travel. She manages all aspects of client programs for large corporate meetings and international incentives. Prior to joining Fox World Travel in December 2016, Alison held various meeting planning roles for Wisconsin associations, was an account manager for an association management company and was also a Sales Manager at the Wisconsin Dells Visitor & Convention Bureau. In addition to her role at Fox World Travel, she is a part-time instructor at Madison College in the Meeting & Event Management Program.

    Sheila McCombs Fox, CTA, planned her first meeting 13, when she was president of her 4-H Club, and she’s been planning meetings ever since.  Sheila got her “official” start in the association market.  She realized many state associations didn’t have meeting planners on staff, and when organizations started reaching out to her for help, she decided to launch her own company, Event In Site, in 2007. Since then, her business has grown to support national associations and non-profit organizations by providing full-service event planning, association management, and consulting services. Married and busy raising her two young daughters, Sheila calls Columbus, Ohio home. 

    Afternoon Keynote  speaker Jennifer Darling is back by popular demand with Prepare for Recovery: Catapult Post-Pandemic Sales.

    Change, It's a constant you can count on.  Right now, It's a stress most would rather do without.

    With every change, however, there are opportunities to seize, fresh perspectives to leverage, and market share to build.

    If your go-to-source for meeting new people, growing your network, and building your business in the past relied heavily on in=person events, it's time to jump into the present with both feet (along with the rest of you) and make Linkedin your new best friend.

    Learn how to: Connect with prospects without "pitch-slapping" them, Engage with decision makers so you can get some serious action, and Activate your Linkedin profile to boost your sales leads

    CSPI Member Registration $125.00 Non Member Registration $165.00

    Tentative Schedule of Events (subject to change)
    Tuesday February 9, 2021
    10AM - 2PM- Board of Director's Meeting - closed session
    4PM -6PM - President's Virtual  CONNECT 
    Reception    Free - Separate Registration required Click Here to Register

    Wednesday February 10, 2021
    10AM -10:05AM - Presidents Opening Comments
    10:05AM - 10:45AM Opening Keynote Featuring Shawna Suckow
    10:45AM -11:15AM Networking Roulette (breakout rooms)
    11:15AM -11:50AM Planner Panel Discussion
    12PM -1PM -Lunch, Business Meeting and Awards Ceremony
    1PM -1:45PM -2nd Keynote Session featuring Jennifer Darling
    1:45PM -2PM - Convention Sales Jeopardy
    2PM -3PM -Town Hall LIVE!

Past events

January 14, 2021 Town Hall Call - TRENDS 2021 & BEYOND
December 10, 2020 CSPI Virtual HOLIDAY CONNECT EVENT
November 19, 2020 Town Hall Call - All About Hybrid Meetings
October 15, 2020 Town Hall Call - 2021 Marketing & Sales Plan Challenges Discussion
August 10, 2020 CANCELLED - CONNECT Online - August Event - Viva Las Vegas!
July 16, 2020 CSPI CONNECT - Shawna's Virtual Pool Party
June 25, 2020 CSPI Town Hall Call - Ask a Planner
June 04, 2020 CSPI Exploratory Committee Meeting - Regionalization
May 21, 2020 CSPI Town Hall Call - Payment Structuring for Clients
May 19, 2020 CONNECT ONLINE EVENT - Red, White & Virtual Cookout!
May 05, 2020 CSPI CONNECT ONLINE EVENT - Cinco de Mayo
April 16, 2020 CSPI Town Hall Call - Internet & Internet Policies for Meetings
March 19, 2020 CSPI Town Hall Call - For the Love of Politics/Political Meetings
February 04, 2020 CSPI Connect @ Destination Showcase
February 04, 2020 29th Annual Conference and Business Meeting
January 23, 2020 CSPI Town Hall Call - Travel and Trade Show Planning
January 05, 2020 CSPI Connect @ PCMA Convening Leaders
December 04, 2019 CSPI Connect @ IAEE Expo Expo!
November 21, 2019 CSPI Town Hall Call - Booking Policies
October 24, 2019 CSPI Town Hall Call - Working With Third Parties
September 19, 2019 CSPI Town Hall Call - Shared Success Stories
August 10, 2019 CSPI Connect @ ASAE
June 20, 2019 CSPI Town Hall Call - Homelessness the Conversation Continues
May 16, 2019 CSPI Town Hall Call - Concourse Space
April 25, 2019 CSPI Town Hall Call - Gender & Harmonious Diversity
March 21, 2019 CSPI Town Hall Call - March 2019
February 12, 2019 CSPI Connect at CSPI Annual Conference
February 12, 2019 Annual Conference and Business Meeting
January 24, 2019 CSPI Townhall Call - January 2019
January 06, 2019 CSPI Connect @ PCMA Convening Leaders
December 12, 2018 CSPI Connect at IAEE Expo! Expo! New Orleans
November 15, 2018 CSPI Town Hall Call - November
October 25, 2018 Town Hall Call
September 20, 2018 CSPI Townhall Call: Corporate Social Responsibility
August 19, 2018 CSPI Connect @ ASAE
August 16, 2018 Town Hall Call
July 19, 2018 Town Hall Call
June 21, 2018 Town Hall Call
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