Continuing Education a Key Component of Event Service Professionals Association Conference


2015 Event Service Professionals Association conference is Jan. 9-11

Meeting professionals overwhelmingly believe continuing education is important, according to a recent survey conducted by the Event Service Professionals Association (ESPA). The survey revealed that 81 percent of meeting planners feel continuing education is extremely important to help stay on top of industry trends, compliance and best practices.

As ESPA inches closer to its annual conference Jan. 9-11 at the Sheraton Chicago Towers & Hotel, the association is expecting a 10 percent increase in attendance thanks to educational content that caters to the unique and challenging roles of event service managers.

“It’s rewarding to see the meetings industry put a stronger emphasis on event services and the importance of continuing education,” said Julie Pingston, ESPA president. “Each year, we provide attendees with dynamic speakers, comprehensive educational sessions that discuss the latest industry trends, and valuable tools to improve their professional development.”

Attendees may earn up to 8.75 hours of continuing education credits during the conference. Topics will include “Overcoming Room Block Poaching & Pirating,” “Risk Management –New Challenges for Venues and Destinations,” “Q&A with the Planners” and “Five Apps on-the-Go: Keep on Top of Things Even When You’re Out-of-Office.”

Keynote speakers include Johnny Campbell, whose presentation is entitled “The 21st Century Leader: How to Lead, Manage and Influence Others When You’re not in Charge,” and Nancy Friedman, whose presentation will be “Are you Really Engaged? Golden Nuggets of Client Service.”

For more information on ESPA and to register for its annual conference, visit