What to Expect at BizBash Live: Florida The Pop Up

The two-day show for event and meeting professionals boasts education sessions with top event industry experts, a networking lunch and happy hour, and an exhibit floor—plus a Q&A with featured speaker President Barack Obama.

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KISSIMMEE, FLORIDA—BizBash Live: Florida The Pop Up comes to Kissimmee, Florida, near Orlando for a two-day event February 19-20 at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center.

For the first time, BizBash will co-locate with parent company Connect to host this pop-up experience. With education sessions and interactive exhibits designed to educate and inspire event and meeting professionals, BizBash Live: Florida The Pop Up brings the top brands and event teams directly to the trade show floor for face-to-face interaction between planners and vendors.

The schedule—including morning and afternoon education sessions, a networking lunch and happy hour, and a Q&A with featured speaker President Barack Obama—is below. Registration is available here. Following Florida, BizBash's next live event is BizBash West in Los Angeles on June 17.

Wednesday, February 19

8:30 a.m.
Registration Opens

9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Education Session 
Embedding Innovation Into Everyone’s DNA 
Duncan Wardle, former head of innovation and creativity, Disney

2 p.m.
Exhibit Hall Opens

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Education Session 
The Event Organizer’s Role in Diversity, Inclusion, and Sexual Harassment
Natalie Bui and Veline Mojarro, co-founders, Shift

4 - 5 p.m.
Education Session
The Wow Factor: Travel Tech Tools
Deborah Elias, president, Elias Events

5:15 - 6 p.m.
Education Session 
The New Appreciated Power of Great Event Organizing
David Adler, founder and chairman, BizBash

6 - 8:00 p.m.
Opening Reception sponsored by Avenue Event Group

Thursday, February 20

8:30 a.m. 
Registration Opens

9 a.m. 
Exhibit Hall Opens

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Education Session
The Road Ahead: How Financial Experiences Are Evolving
Tracy Olenick, executive director/head of conferences and events, UBS
Danielle Purfey Wright, executive director of events and meetings, KPMG
Barry Ross Rinehart, global creative director, Genpact

11 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Education Session
RFP Challenge – Getting To Yes
Terri Woodin, vice president of marketing and global meetings, Meeting Sites Resource

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Networking Lunch

1:30 - 2:15 p.m.
Education Session
Creating Relationship Magic
Duncan Wardle, former head of innovation and creativity, Disney

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Education Session
Inside the White House: From State Dinners to Top-Secret Events
Deesha Dyer, former White House social secretary
Ambassador Capricia Penavic Marshall, former Chief of Protocol of the U.S.

4:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Live Entertainment

Blue Man Group

5 - 6 p.m. 
Q&A with Featured Speaker President Barack Obama

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