AIBTM Doubles Education Program for 2012

The next Americas Meeting & Events Exhibition (AIBTM), taking place June 19-21 in Baltimore, will feature double the amount of education, according to organizer Reed Travel Exhibitions (RTE), which announced this week that the event will feature 30 concurrent sessions over the course of three days — most of them on AIBTM's Education Day, which takes place on the event's opening day.

AIBTM's education program will commence with a keynote presentation from Alexander Blass, an American innovator and entrepreneur whose speech, titled "Priceless Strategies From an Innovator: How to Thrive in Challenging Times," will focus on the continuing global economic challenges, how they may impact the meetings industry and what implications this may hold for business leaders in the future.

The program will end, meanwhile, with a keynote presentation from Dr. Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa — better known as Dr. Q — who will reflect on his experience as director of the Brain Tumor Surgery Program at Baltimore's Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in order to discuss what it takes to get ahead and beat the odds.

In between the two keynotes will be a series of tracks covering topics such as "Event Productivity and the Power of Connection" and "Transforming Teams into Customer Care Crusaders" from which attendees can learn how to make the most out of meetings and events. One noteworthy session, in particular, will be the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) Meetings Significance Forum. Moderated by Voices in Advocacy founder Roger Rickard, partner and chief advocate at Revent LLC, it will discuss the significant impact that face-to-face meetings have on the economy, business, science, technology, diplomacy and all forms of socio-economic relationships at the local, national and international level.

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