Event Planning Seminar 101

Event Planning Seminar 101

Saturday, September 9, 20179:00AM - Saturday, September 9, 20175:00PM
At French Hall, 1st floor historic lobby, Longwood University
Organized by The Department of Communication Studies, The College of Business and Economics, and The College of Graduate and Professional Studies.

So, you want to be an event planner? Turn your ideas into action.

The event planning landscape is highly competitive. Countless individuals and agencies are getting into the industry every year. Employment of meeting, convention and event planners is projected to grow 10 percent between now and 2024.

As globalization increases and businesses continue to recognize the value of professionally implemented meetings, demand for highly skilled planners is projected to grow. Here is where we can help.

Our one-day seminar is designed to help you with the high caliber of work ethic and commitment it takes to become a world-class event planner.  To succeed in event planning you need strong organizational and time management skills, the ability to communicate clearly, and the institutional knowledge of best business practices.

As an attendee, you will interact with experienced and successful professionals across a wide array of event planning industries – entertainment, industry trade shows and conventions, hospitality and tourism, sports, corporate meetings, nonprofit, and government – who plan events in the united states and abroad. You will gain valuable industry insights and learn tactics to make you adept at handling the unique challenges event planners face every day.


Agenda for Saturday, September 9th

Location: French Hall, 1st floor history lobby, Longwood University

9:00 a.m.  Registration.

9:30 a.m.  Welcome and program overview

9:45 a.m.  A look under the hood.  Understanding the economics of event planning, including industry size, projected revenue, and job growth.

10:00 a.m.  What would you do?  How strong are your problem-solving skills? attendees will be divided into teams and will be given an event scenario gone wrong. What is your solution?

10:15 a.m.  Break. Refreshments are sponsored by Aramark.

10:30 a.m.  Discussion with our experts  a peer-to-peer round-table discussion with our experts sharing their insights about building your career as an event planner.

11:30 a.m.  Part I – what would you do?  With solutions to the event scenario gone wrong, each team will present their unique solution, sparking a critique from our experts.

12:15 p.m.  Lunch will be provided and is sponsored by The College of Graduate and Professional Studies at Longwood University. Enjoy the campus while networking with fellow participants.

1:00 p.m.  Part II – what would you do?  With solutions to the event scenario gone wrong, each team will present their unique solution, sparking a critique from our experts.

1:45 p.m.  A view from our speakers.  Tim, Peggy, John, and Berkley get down to brass tacks on what it takes to do their job.

2:15 p.m.  Speed mentoring.  Dust off your elevator speech. each attendee will have 1:1 time with our experts. Ask questions to jumpstart your event planning career.

3:30 p.m.  Q & A with speakers.  You have one more question for our experts? Go for it and leave energized and informed.

4:00 p.m.  What's ahead?  Upcoming event planning webinars and workshops.

4:15 p.m.  Networking reception is sponsored by Aramark.

5:00 p.m.  End.


To register for this event, click here.

Student registration fee – $10.00. Full registration fee  – $95.00

To view the full agenda and biographies of the speakers, please visit: http://blogs.longwood.edu/eventplanningseminars/

Join us to explore a career in event planning. The payoff may surprise you.

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