National Texas Experience



Vera Jones
Vera Jones

They won't care what you know until they know you care." This is the inspiration behind Vera's "Six Principles of Empathic Leadership." A communication coach, certified mediator and trainer in workplace conflict resolution, and veteran women's basketball reporter for major networks, including ESPN, Fox Sport, and more, Vera stimulates empathy, higher thinking, and laughter with memorable stories like "I Got It!" and her own personal trials with a "bad boss." The presentation is designed to help participants explore opportunities for growth in their professional capacities by supervising, teaching, coaching, or simply relating with others.

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Scott Frankel
Scott Frankel

Scott is the President of Animatic Media, an industry leader in event production, technology trends and best practices With event technology evolving every day, Scott's 'Must See Event Technology Trends' helps meeting professionals will lend insight into the hottest trends in event-related technology. his comprehensive session will teach you what’s available, what technology to embrace and which ones to stay away from. See the technology in use at this session and takeaway action items you can implement TODAY!

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Sunday, June 25, 2023 - All Times Central

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm Guest Registration & Check-In
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Welcome Reception: Meet & Greet
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm General Session & Keynote Speaker
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Property Tour of the Hotel
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Kick off Celebration: Reception & Dinner

Monday, June 26, 2023 - All Times Central

6:30 am - 7:15 am Morning Wake Up Activity
7:30 am - 8:30 am Breakfast Buffet
8:30 am - 10:00 am General Session & Keynote Speaker
10:15 am - 12:30 pm Meet Your Matches - Business Appointments
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Luncheon
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Teambuilding Activity
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm #MeTime
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm Evening Dinner

Tuesday, June 27, 2023 - All Times Central

7:30 am - 8:30 am Breakfast Buffet
9:00 am - 12:00 pm Morning Welcome - Meet Your Matches - Business Appointments
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Luncheon
1:00 pm #Departures



Smart Meeting events are 100% complimentary for qualified meeting planners. Hotels and destinations, please contact your sales rep at for your best available rate.

We use a sophisticated software to custom match our planners with premier properties and destination partners that fit your 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.

Yes! Planners are welcome to attend a regional event and one national event each year. Hotels and Destination partners may attend unlimited events.