How to Take Your Meetings from “Decentralized to Centralized” Without Incurring Costs!

Wed. April 20| 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM | Room 803

Join meetings & events industry thought leaders to learn how the meetings arena is changing & how companies are employing creative ways to understand their spend without having to incur costs. Engage with CWT Meetings & Events experts,Canadian clients & suppliers as they discuss best practices & how successfully centralized meetings through a self funding approach is a "win, win" from both a client & a supplier perspective. The session will be targeted to both buyers & suppliers & will feature a panel of meeting professionals from the industry. The session will open with a welcome & brief overview of: Current state of the meetings industry as each of our panel perceives it Understanding the benefits of centralizing your program Utilizing technology to gather data to achieve results How to increase productivity without increasing head count Each panelist will share with the audience: Why their company centralized their meetings The benefits they are seeing Lessons learned through the process Attendees will better understand: •How meetings management components are virtually the same as travel management & when deployed successfully, can increase risk mitigation, data quality, supplier leverage, return on spend cost control/savings, service excellence & stakeholder engagement. •Benefits of meetings management & tips on how to make the program pay for itself. •Learn the benefits of marrying corporate hotel spend with meeting spend

Type: Education Session

Track: Meetings


Terry Sloan Director of Business Development, carlson wagonlit | Moderator
Debbie Crossling Barker Implementation Consultant, Enterprise, Cvent | Panelist
Linda Lee Executive Assistant & Corporate Travel Coordinator, Transcanada Pipeline Ltd | Panelist
Mo Haas Manager, Sourcing Services, North America, CWT M&E | Panelist
Vito Curalli Executive Director, Canada, Latin America & Int'l Sales, Hilton Worldwide Sales | Panelist