California Means Business.

Enhance your skills, network with industry leaders and drive more business at Connect California—the event for planners and suppliers focused on national association, corporate and international meetings and events in California. Experience a quality packed day of general sessions, roundtables, preset appointments and networking.







Connect California is the business marketplace where RFPs are placed, dates are secured and relationships are developed for future business.



2019 Agenda

Subject to Change

Monday, April 22
1-3 p.m.Registration
2-3:15 p.m.Orientation and Opening Session
3:30-5:30 p.m.Marketplace appointments
5:45-6:30 p.m.Wine Education
7-9 p.m.Opening Reception
Tuesday, April 23
8 a.m.Grab and Go Breakfast
8:30-9:30 a.m.Marketplace Appointments
10-10:45 a.m.Round Robin Education Sessions
11-11:45 a.m.Round Robin Education Sessions
Noon-1 p.m.Networking Lunch
1:30-2:30 p.m.Marketplace Appointments




2018 Speakers (2019 Coming Soon)

Rick Altman
Darrell Hammond, Sr.
Rick Altman has been hired by hundreds of companies, spoken before tens of thousands of professionals and read by millions of people—all of whom seek better results with their presentation content and delivery. He covers the whole presentation industry, from message crafting and design to slide creation, software technique and delivery. He is the host of the Presentation Summit, now in its 15th season as the most prominent learning event for the presentation community. Away from the conference, he regularly leads private workshops within organizations. Darrell’s 30-year career in human resources led to many years in increasingly responsible executive positions. He has over 15 years as a master trainer and executive coach. As an advisor and consultant to boards, executives, teams, corporations, numerous government agencies, elected officials and nonprofit leadership teams, Darrell has expertise and passion for teambuilding, leadership and organizational effectiveness. He is known for his energy, humor, analogies and straight-talking style.

2018 Education (2019 Coming Soon)

Subject to Change

Tuesday, March 13
4-5 p.m. | General Session

Presented by Darrell Hammond, Sr.

Difficult people are everywhere. Don’t believe it? Just look in the mirror. We all come from different backgrounds and possess different values, perspectives and opinions. This workshop explores how we can develop a shared communication model with others. We will learn about communication styles and how best to listen and speak to those who appear to be critical and confrontational.

Wednesday, March 14
10:45-11:45 a.m. | Round-Robin Education 1 Class

Presented by Darrell Hammond, Sr.

Personal, professional and political values are creating titanic relational and culture clashes. Because values are titans in today’s economy, we all wrestle with what is being said and done on a daily basis. We need some tools and perspectives on how to eliminate, prevent or at least reduce titanic clashes and responses. Learn tools for staying engaged, professional and sane, explore ways to examine the truth behind statements—yours and theirs—and find ways to practice self-awareness skills when incompatibility slaps you in the face.

Presented by Rick Altman

There is inherent conflict in the relationship between meeting planner and meeting speaker. The former values information and preparation while the latter seeks authenticity and audience engagement. It's as if the two live on different planets. This hour will bridge this cultural gap and help both sides play nicely in this sandbox.

12-12:45 p.m. | Round-Robin Education 2

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