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November 8, 2022 @ 1:30 pm7:00 pm EST


Why are human connections so powerful, and what is the role of business events?

Human connections are the gateway to new experiences, stories, adventures, social progress, and they allow communities to engage in idea exchanges. It fosters an understanding of each other’s differences and acts as a bridge toward a kinder world.

Over time, it has been demonstrated that face-to-face events remain an essential element of connection. As leaders in business events, our industry cultivates these environments and opportunities for attendees to share experiences and form deeper connections through face-to-face events.

Join NYPCMA and our business event professional friends in NYC on November 8, 2022, for an epic in-person event! Live sessions will be action-packed with strategies, ideas, a memorable storytelling exercise, and hands-on activities to make us better catalysts of human connection.


  • Date: November 8, 2022
  • Time: 1:30 – 7:00 pm ET
  • Location: New York Marriott Marquis, 1535 Broadway, New York, NY 10036
  • Room Reservations: Overnight accommodations are available for $349/night. Click here to make a reservation.


  • 1:30 – 2:30 pm – Registration + Networking
  • 2:30 – 4:45 pm – Main Session – Click HERE to learn more about our speakers
  • 4:45 – 5:40 pm – ACE Awards 
  • 5:40 – 7:00 pm – Networking Reception & Activity



NYPCMA has been accepted by the Events Industry Council (EIC) as a Preferred Provider of the below-listed continuing education courses, which courses qualify for CMP continuing education credit. Determination of continuing education credit eligibility or Preferred Provider status does not imply EIC’s endorsement or assessment of education quality.

Fresh Formats as a Connection Catalyst 

Speaker: Beth Surmont CAE, CMP, Vice President, Event Strategy & Design, 360 Live Media 

This is NOT your typical lecture. This high-energy, interactive session features three new learning styles that you can steal for your own events. You will experience fresh formats while connecting with your peers, all while learning about some of the most important challenges facing events right now. Come to learn about trending issues, leave with a new setup you can implement in your events. 

What You’ll Learn:

  1. Three new interactive formats that you can immediately incorporate into your events
  2. The top-of-mind trends that planners should be aware of
  3. Be able to make smarter decisions for your upcoming events

Special guest Sherrif Karamat, CAE, President & CEO, PCMA and CEMA, is attending and will introduce Beth Surmont, PCMA Best in Class Speaker.

This session is eligible for 1.0 CEs toward your CMP or CMP-HC certification or re-certification.

The Dear World Brain Tattoo Experience

Speakers: Ethan Butler, Storyteller, Dear World and Benjamin Reece, CEO, Dear World

You might have seen Dear World photos; sweet, inspiring messages written on the faces, arms and hands of everyone from Coach K, college first years to Syrian Refugees. But the journey to the message on skin is interactive, reflective and rooted in your personal narrative.

Be an active participant as you craft your own story and listen to the stories that others have to share. Don’t think you have a meaningful story or that you must pour your heart out? Fear not, Dear World has designed the experience to meet each participant where they’re at.

During this session, participants will:

  1. Develop a meaningful story from their life using the Dear World Brain Tattoo storytelling method
  2. Reflect on why that story is aligned with the theme of the event or the values of the organization
  3. Listen to the meaningful stories of their colleagues and debrief their experience

This session is eligible for 1.0 CEs toward your CMP or CMP-HC certification or re-certification.


Spread the word! We’re giving away two tickets to non-member event planners from the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color community to join NYPCMA and our business event professional friends for this event! Please email [email protected] by November 2 for your registration.

Accessibility Information: For more information about the physical features of the venue’s accessible rooms, common areas, or special services relating to a specific disability, please call +1 212-398-1900.

Your Vote, Your Voice! All eyes are on the 2022 midterm elections, scheduled for November 8, 2022. Please remember to vote before attending Education Day and ACE Awards.

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Thank you to our host and sponsors!

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November 8, 2022
1:30 pm– 7:00 pm EST
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New York Marriott Marquis
1535 Broadway
New York, NY 10036 United States