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Virtual Planner Master Class will feature roundtable discussions led by venues, planners, and event professionals. Over the course of the afternoon, you will meet a mix of event services, products, restaurants, attractions, special event venues, and more. Table topics will include some of the most top-of-mind trends, issues, and resources planners face today. We’ll cap off this high energy day with virtual networking.

Now Offering CMP CEU Credits to Attendees


Tuesday, February 16, 2021



Zoom Meeting with Breakout Rooms

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Virtual Planner Master Class will feature small group breakout discussions led by our event partners and fellow event professionals. Table topics will include some of the most top-of-mind trends, issues, and resources planners face today. We’ll cap off this high energy event with a virtual happy hour, bring your own beverage style.

Benefits of Attending:

  • Learn about industry trends, tactics, and resources
  • Learn and connect with venues, vendors, and event service providers
  • Network with fellow planners and industry professionals
  • Enjoy complimentary attendance thanks to our sponsors

Table Topics Include:

  • COVID-19 friendly food and beverage trends
  • The steps to a Spectacular Virtual Event
  • The new COVID-SAFE Floorplan
  • How to Tackle Registration Safely
  • How virtual entertainment can elevate your virtual and live programming

Final topics may fluctuate

Attendee Gift Box:

  • Garrett Popcorn Snack Size Bag of Garrett Mix
  • Garrett S’Mores Popcorn (now available at select Chicago grocery stores)
  • 6 Piece Frango Milk Mints
  • Build-your-own hand sanitizer kit with citrus scent from Live Art International
  • All shipped right to your door, available for the first 75 registrants


Moving from virtual back to face-to-face live meetings

The COVID-19 pandemic will undoubtedly change the process and checklist for meetings and events for the foreseeable future. It will be important to research and learn the many ways, innovative products, and socially accepted best practices for gatherings. To help you get equipped with some practical knowledge, we enlisted two event professionals from NHS Global Events who are producing events again safely in other markets. Allison and Matt will share with us how they organize events and ensure that all attendees and stakeholders are in a safe and clean environment while meeting or exceeding organizational event goals. Planners will walk away with ideas to create and implement their own health & safety plans, along with the Ateema’s Best Practices for Safe In-Person Meetings & Events list.

Course Objectives:

Learn about standard protocol to plan a safe and healthy meeting
Learn about resources to plan a safe and healthy meeting
Develop playbook to plan and host a safe and healthy face-to-face live meeting



Meeting & Event Planner

NHS Global Events

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Meet Allison

A graduate of Bowling Green State University where she studied marketing and international business, Allison discovered her love of travel while visiting 19 countries during her semester abroad in France, and now strives to visit a different country every year.

Allison cherishes her ability to connect with others and loves to listen and get to know everyone she interacts with. Outgoing and positive, Allison is active in MPI and currently serves on the MPI-Chicago Area Chapter Board of Directors. She brings her love of people to her role at NHS Global Events and is a testament that our clients aren’t getting just one person to work with when they partner with us, but a whole team of passionate people.


Director of Global Accounts

NHS Global Events

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Meet Matt

Matt joined NHS Global Events after spending over a decade in the hospitality industry with Caesars Entertainment Corporation, Starwood Hotels & Resorts and Visit Phoenix.

His passion for people allows Matt a great wealth of relationships both personally and professionally. He strives to be a person of unwavering integrity and treats everyone with the utmost level of dignity and respect. With his significant interpersonal relationship skills, Matt is truly a superlative player in the meetings and events industry.

Matt loves gaining experience through his travels and learning something from everyone he meets. He also strives to be a resource for others, sharing his breadth of knowledge when he can. His communication skills are fine-tuned and Matt challenges himself to ask questions that clients are not normally getting asked about for their meetings and events.

When he is not strengthening the relationships, he has with clients and colleagues, Matt enjoys a full life with his wife, Korin, and their boys, James and Martin. Apart from spending time with his family, Matt likes to cook and stay active with outdoor activities like golf and hiking.



Registration Sponsor - Expopass
Supporting Sponsors - Live Art International


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Learn from industry experts Matt Waltersdorf, Director of Global Accounts with NHS Global Events, and Allison Hines, Meeting & Event Planner with HNS Global Events. Today’s Virtual Planner Master Class is presented by Garrett Popcorn.

Planners will rotate between virtual breakout rooms that revolve around topics like social distant event layouts, new safe catering measures, virtual entertainment & activities, how to create great video for Zoom meetings.

Mix and mingle with your fellow meeting and event planners, as well as presenters you will have heard from throughout the day. Create valuable connections that you rely on for your future events!

Sponsorship Availabilities

Include opportunities to lead of roundtable discussions about timely industry topics to meeting and event planner and more. Contact for more information.

Want to showcase your business at PlannerPalooza?

Tell us a little more about you and your business and a member of our sales team will reach out to you directly to provide more information about PlannerPalooza and other opportunities to connect with Meeting & Event Planners.

Is Planner Master Class right for you?

For Planners

If you can say ‘yes’ to at least one of the following, you are qualified to attend:

  • You hold the title of meeting or event planner or the like
  • Your role requires you to plan or assist with at least three events per year
  • You have an annual event budget of $15,000 or more

Your registration is subject to review by Ateema Media & Marketing prior to attendance.

For Businesses

If you can say ‘yes’ to at least one of the following, you would qualify as a potential sponsor.

  • You sell your services, catering, venue, event assistance to meeting and event planners.
  • You are looking to grow your network of meeting and event planners to build your business

If you answered yes to the questions above, contact to learn how to get your business involved.