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GPPCMA Education Day

September 13, 2018 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm EDT

Please join us for this year’s GPPCMA Education Day on Thursday, September 13th at The Study at University City. This year’s programming is built to provide educational opportunities for planners and suppliers, offering up to 5 education credits, with brunch and breaks to network and refuel.

Agenda and Program
8:30am-9:15am, Registration & Coffee/Pastries
9:00am -9:15am, Welcome & Opening Remarks

9:15am – 11:00am, Session I
Legal Challenges & Solutions

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Confused about what you should do with all of the political disrupters impacting your meeting? This dynamic session will give you key legal clauses and guidelines that you can implement right away to protect yourself and your organization. Our speaker will be Joshua Grimes, Attorney & President of Grimes Law Offices, LLC. Joshua has an extensive background in hospitality and meetings, and will cover hot topics such as sexual harassment and codes of conduct, discrimination clauses, travel bans and the ever-evolving force majeure & cancellation clauses.

Learning Objectives:
1. Gain knowledge of legal clauses and guidelines that can better protect you and your organization
2. Learn about the legal ramifications that politics play in meetings

11:00am-11:45am, Brunch

11:45am–2:00pm, Session II
Design Thinking Crash Course
Design Thinking is an empathy driven, human-centered approach that is used to solve the world’s most difficult challenges as well as some of our simpler problems — the kinds of problems that drive us crazy! The process has been applied at the world’s most innovative firms such as Google, Apple, Samsung, and Disney. And it’s more than a process — it’s a mindset that we can carry forward in our daily lives.

In this session Lee-Jung Kim, you will fully immerse yourself into the Design Thinking process by empathizing with your users, coming up with awesome (or weird and wild) ideas, building prototypes, and testing them. There will not be any idle time. You will be PLAYING for the full duration of the session.

Learning Objectives:
1.  Apply the principals of Design Thinking to empathize with users, build prototypes, and test them
2.  Review the Design Thinking process

2:00pm – 2:15pm, Break

2:15pm-3:30pm, Session III
Design Thinking Podium Pearls
Now that you’ve learned and applied the basics of Design Thinking, hear from your own colleagues about how they have redesigned their meetings and events.  This session will focus on the real world application of Design Thinking and Meeting Design, and take home actual examples of how planners have changed their events. This fast paced, fun session will give you ideas that you can apply right away.

Learning Objectives:
1. Identify new and innovative meeting designs that can be applied right away
2. Plan and integrate new meeting designs into your events

Special thanks to our sponsors and host!
Tourism Vancouver – Event Sponsor
The Study at University City – Host
PSAV – Speaker Sponsor
Melbourne Convention Bureau – Speaker Sponsor

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The GPPCMA Community Service Committee will be hosting a School Supply Drive. This year we will support the KIPP Philadelphia Preparatory Academy, grades 5-8. Pencils, markers, folders, paper, notebooks, erasers, scissors and all new school supplies will be accepted.

Parking – The hotel will offer discounted valet parking for $10.00. Enter at the hotel’s main entrance, which is on 33rd Street (mid-block between Chestnut and Market Streets). Self parking is available nearby at Penn Parking, behind the hotel at 34th and Chestnut Streets. Posted rates will apply.



September 13, 2018
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
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The Study at University City
20 S 33rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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