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7 Conferences for Event Profs in 2020

By Katy Mullet | 3 min read

You’ve finished your busy season and it’s a New Year – what better way to get ready for a new decade than to learn about the latest trends and network with others in your industry. Conferences for event profs are a great way to hear from the best of the best and bring new ideas to your events program.

Check out our list of the seven conferences worth attending this year. Let us know what you’re attending and come say hi at the shows we’re visiting.

ESPA Annual Conference

January 10-12, 2020 in Denver, CO

The Event Service Professionals Association is all about helping you connect with other event profs. Their conference is in Denver this year and is focused on breaking out and getting facetime with your peers.

Highlights:

  • A leadership track for attendees that are Associate Directors or higher
  • Keynotes like Jim Davidson, Everest climber, to talk about resilience and goal setting
  • Optional sightseeing tours to places like the Red Rocks Amphitheater

The Special Event/Catersource

March 9-12, 2020 in Las Vegas, NV

This year, The Special Event and Catersource have joined forces for the first time. This combined event includes a conference and tradeshow for event and catering professionals. This combination of groups across the industry is not to be missed!

Highlights:

  • Over 500 suppliers and 8,500 professionals
  • 15 education tracks from over 200 people across the events industry
  • Parties and celebrations throughout the week at the best venues in Vegas

Come see us! We’ll be joining US Foods at their booth.

National Restaurant Association Show

May 16-19, 2020 in Chicago, IL

If you work in private dining or catering, the National Restaurant Association Show is a four-day focus on food. With exhibit halls featuring food trends, products, and emerging technologies, you’ll know the latest and greatest of the industry before you leave. While not specific to events, you’ll get an education on all the hot topics that are transforming the industry to bring back to your venue.

Highlights:

  • See demonstrations from celebrity chefs like Rick Bayless, Gerry Garvin, and Kari Underly
  • Attend special events like Young Professional Networking and Star of the Bar mixologist competition
  • Thousands of attendees with five different education tracks and workshops for everyone

We’ll be there! Make sure to follow us on Instagram to find out more about our booth.

MPI WEC

June 6-9, 2020 in Grapevine, TX

This year, MPI WEC is meeting in Grapevine, TX. Their World Education Congress is known as a premier education and networking conference for event professionals, and this year, the theme is authentic events.

Highlights:

  • Attend a conference focused on career-enhancing education
  • Locally sourced food just outside of Dallas, TX
  • Past events have included live musical entertainment

IMEX America

September 15-17, Las Vegas, NV

In September, IMEX is at the Sands Expo in the Venetian. This tradeshow and conference allow vendors to exhibit as well as network and learn on a global scale. If you help plan or host global business meetings — this conference is for you.

Highlights:

  • Ten education tracks depending on your interest
  • Over 150 countries represented
  • Learn the latest from on event tech

Event Planner Expo

October 13-15, 2020 in New York City, New York

For those on the East coast, the Event Planner Expo has three action-packed days. With a focus on building relationships, this conference will help you network and meet influencers within the industry.

Highlights:

  • Bolster your business with tips from experts across marketing, branding and event technology
  • With past speakers like Gary Vaynerchuck and Barbara Corcoran, you’ll learn business insights from entrepreneurs across industries
  • Exclusive parties and cocktail hours for networking with other attendees

Wedding MBA

November 17-19, 2020 in Las Vegas, NV

As the largest wedding conference for wedding professionals, this two and a half-day meetup is a can’t miss. With education on the latest in wedding trends, technology and more, seminars are focused on taking your business to the next level.

Highlights:

  • 5,000+ attendees to network with
  • Over 120 seminars with speakers from across the industry
  • Parties and events held by companies like The Knot

Now that you’re working on your professional development don’t forget to set new goals for your events program too. See how Gather can help you can bring your team into the new decade with more team transparency and insights that drive future business.

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Katy Mullet
Content Marketing Manager

I'm the Content Marketing Manager here at Gather. Outside of writing and creating campaigns, I love to try new restaurants here in Atlanta or wherever I'm traveling.

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