Conference and Meeting Management Online - 10 August - 7 September 2021

Learning has become a vital part of most meetings, events and exhibitions. Whether formal, such as credit granting continuing education programs, training sessions or seminars, or informal, such as exhibitor-provided demonstrations, presentations or networking, they add significant value to the face-to-face experience. While planning and managing exhibitions and meetings share some common aspects, competent planning and management of meetings requires special knowledge and skills. Exhibition managers may be called upon to work closely with their organization’s meeting and education manager and should be knowledgeable about the essential aspects of meetings in all of their various formats. 

After completing this course, the participant should be able to: 

  • Identify different types of meetings
  • Compare education and programming formats
  • Explain adult learning theory
  • Select appropriate speakers for a program
  • List common room set-ups based on meeting type and size
  • Describe basic requirements for conference related housing, travel and transportation
  • Prepare Event Specification Guides and Function Set-up Orders
  • Develop strategies for environmentally friendly meetings and events
  • Organize ADA- compliant and accessible meetings (U.S. only)
This content will not be available until 08/09/2021 at 11:59 PM (CDT)

Cookie Walner, CMP, CMM, CAE, CEM, HMCC is the Global Project Manager at ConferenceDirect. Her professional career includes association and corporate experience orchestrating meetings, events and international tradeshows of 10 with up to 16,000 attendees. She strategizes with her clients for success and designs the programs to achieve their goals.

Cookie has over 20 years of experience in the industry. Presented with the opportunity to plan and execute tradeshows after a long career focused on meetings and events, she knew that IAEE and the CEM certification was the path to learning best practices. She received her CEM designation in 2013 and became a CEM faculty member in 2014.

You can find her teaching online, in-person and virtually for courses internationally and in the US. A lifetime learner, Cookie shares her knowledge, experience and curiosity to teach and learn with and from the CEM candidates.

Active in the meeting industry, she has served IAEE on multiple national committees. Cookie chaired the CEM Commission in 2018 and was recognized by IAEE as the 2018 Volunteer of the Year.