Best Practices Summit Wraps Up in Plano

Best Practices Summit
Back to live events and loving it!

Prevue’s Best Practices Summit kicked off our live event series for 2021 this week at the Dallas/Plano Marriott at Legacy Place.

Educational sessions at the Best Practices Summit focused on 5 areas of meeting planning: negotiating, contracting, data, safety and security, and ethics. Attendees had a chance to learn from their peers who have restarted in-person meetings about their challenges and to learn from the Summit itself, which was designed to be a model for safety.

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Incident Commander Brian Read

The experts at Emergency Concierge International created a master plan that included a daily health questionnaire and temperature check, as well as an on-site “Incident Commander” who was available 24 hours a day. All attendees submitted to “proximity tracing” provided by Vital Circle, which monitors how close they are to each other and for what period of time—information that can then be used in the event that an attendee turns positive for COVID-19. ECI’s Co-founder Desi Whitney also headed up one of the sessions.

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Creative Group’s Melissa Van Dyke took a deep dive into data analysis during her session.

Many thanks to our partners—Alan Paoletti of AP Magic; International Gifting Company, who provided Texas-themed amenities; Your Social Mask for their “cocktail masks” with room for a straw; Vital Circle, who managed our “proximity tracing”; SpeakInc; and the Dallas/Plano Marriott at Legacy Place, who rolled out the red carpet for our guests—as well as our speakers: Creative Group’s Melissa Van Dyke, Meeting Sites Resource’s Katie Muck, and Linda Swindling, who taught the group how to be “Master Requesters.”

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The opening cocktail reception did not include food and attendees sipped their drinks through specially designed masks that fit a straw. They left with a lovely selection of charcuterie and raspberry cheesecake for dessert.

Last but not least, a big Texas thank you to our sponsors: Visit Plano, Visit Frisco, Destination El Paso, South Padre Island CVB and Caesars Entertainment!

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The host hotel, Dallas/Plano Marriott at Legacy Place, sources many F&B items locally, including cheeses, meats and even ice cream.

Our next Prevue Visionary Summit is the Innovate! Summit June 27-28 at Eau Palm Beach. Learn more here.

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Barbara Scofidio is editor of Prevue and heads up the Visionary Summits, our exclusive conference series targeting senior-level meeting and incentive planners. In 25 years of covering the industry, her articles have spanned topics ranging from social media to strategic meetings management. She is currently the media liaison for FICP's Education Committee and was the first member of the media ever to be invited to sit on a committee by GBTA, where she spent three years on the Groups and Meetings Committee. She has also been an active member of Site, chairing its Crystal Awards committee and acting as a judge. A familiar face at industry events, Barbara often leads panel discussions or speaks on topics close to her heart, such as green meetings or how the industry can help combat human trafficking. She is also on the board of ECPAT USA, the human trafficking organization. Barbara is based outside Boston, in Groton, Mass.

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