Innovation Experience

  • Irving, Texas

  • February 25-27, 2024

  • Ritz-Carlton Dallas, Las Colinas

Meet at an All-New Luxurious Texas Resort

Welcome to The Ritz-Carlton Dallas, Las Colinas! This sprawling and sophisticated resort is spread across 400 breathtaking acres and offers a range of desirable amenities and experiences for the discerning traveler. Whether you’re planning a boardroom meeting, a company-wide conference, or an intimate breakout session, this resort has you covered with its 84,000 square feet of space across its two-level Conference Center. And with state-of-the-art conference calling systems and fully customizable mobile LED presentation walls, you can harness the power of technology to connect with your entire organization at once.

But it’s not all work and no play at this resort. This resort offers indulgent comfort and understated luxury in a collection of refined retreats, from tower accommodations with sweeping views to private villas fit for intimate escapes. And with 400 acres of exploration, you can let your desire for adventure guide you through days of recreation, restoration, reconnection, and relaxation.


Innovative Ideas

Ryan Dohrn: Embrace the Art of Growth and Innovation
Ryan Dohrn: Embrace the Art of Growth and Innovation

Emmy-winning business speaker and coach Ryan Dohrn will share seven proven motivators to unlock and drive unrelenting innovation and growth within you and your team. Learn strategies to get unstuck, innovate, solve challenging problems, and reach seemingly impossible goals. Ryan speaks 40 times yearly to business professionals looking to take their lives and companies to the next level. His talks are both practical and actionable. Come prepared to learn, laugh, and grow. Change your mindset, change your world.

Tara Thomas: Polish Your Event Tech Cred
Tara Thomas: Polish Your Event Tech Cred

Tara is chief marketeer and co-founder of The Meeting Pool. She is a proponent of all things marketing, including strategy, product, branding, events, social media, public relations, communications and operations. She has over 20 years of expertise managing strategic programs for companies focused on technology including The Television Bureau, Oracle, 3Com, Visa, RightWorks, IPIX, Certain Software and The Cobalt Group, a leader in the automotive marketing space. In a fast-paced, interactive format, she will share the event technology tools that will improve your life and workday so you can leave wired for performance.

Nick Borelli: How to Harness the Career-changing Power of AI
Nick Borelli: How to Harness the Career-changing Power of AI

Nick Borelli has spent two decades bringing the world together through digital marketing for intentionally designed events. As an instructor at PCMA Event Leadership Institute and marketing director with Zenus Inc., a leader in ethical AI, he helps event organizers bring the power (and magic) of artificial intelligence to their work. This is your chance to get hands-on to understand the benefits and precautions required to move into an AI future.

Elevated Experiences Schedule

Sunday, February 25, 2024 - All Times Local Standard Time

12:00 pm - 4:00 pm White Glove Welcome: Guest Registration & Gifting Lounge & Check-In Cottomwood
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm Idea Exchange - Keynote Speaker Ryan Dohrn: Embrace the Art of Growth and Innovation
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Explore the Floor: Property Tour Depart From Lantana
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Networking Celebration: Reception & Dinner Pavilion

Monday, February 26, 2024 - All Times Local Standard Time

6:30 am - 7:15 am Seize the Day: Wake Up Activity
7:30 am - 8:30 am Breakfast Social Pavilion
8:45am - 10:00 am Instant Start to Smart - Keynote Speaker Nick Borelli: How to Harness the Career-changing Power of AI
10:15 am - 12:30 pm Meet Your Matches Lantana
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Luncheon Pavilion
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Build & Bond Brilliantly: Team Activity Salon A&B
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm #MeTime
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm Ms. B’s Offsite Bash The Rayleigh Underground

Tuesday, February 27, 2024 - All Times Local Standard Time

7:30 am -9:00 am Breakfast Social Las Colinas Ballroom
9:00 am - 12:00 pm Meet Your Matches Lantana
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Seal the Deal Feast: Luncheon Las Colinas Ballroom
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm #Departures Depart From Ballroom Drive

The Details

Smart Meetings Hosted Buyer Experiences are 100% complimentary for qualified meeting planners. Hotels and Destination Partners, please contact our sales team at for your best available rate.

We use a sophisticated software to custom match our planners with premier properties and destinations that fit your business needs, region, budget and venue preferences. As the event nears, planners and suppliers will have the opportunity to select their appointment preferences to ensure their highest attendee satisfaction.

A qualified Meeting Planner can attend (1) one hosted buyer experience annually based on business needs. Hotels and destination partners may attend unlimited events. Contact our Sales Team for more information at




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