CONFERENCE

Global Conference NYC

February, 17-20, 2023, NYC

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    Celebrating 50 years of Incentive Travel Excellence

    Global Conference is SITE’s signature event, the annual meeting point for the global community of incentive travel professionals to connect, learn and discover and collaborate to shape the future of the industry.

    In 2023, SITE Global Conference takes place in New York City, 50 years after SITE’s formation there at the city’s Americana Hotel.

    Join us and celebrate 50 years of incentive travel excellence.

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    Event & Location Details

    Event Dates: February 17-20, 2023

    Location: New York City

    Venue: New York Marriott Marquis

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    Host City: New York City

    In 1973 a small group of incentive travel specialists met at the Americana Hotel in New York City to discuss the launch of a new association dedicated exclusively to the art and science of incentive travel.

    Their discussion led to the foundation of the Society of Incentive Travel Executives which became the Society of Incentive & Travel Executives and finally the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence, always known by its acronym, SITE.

    New York City has always played a seminal role both as the birthplace of SITE and as one of the world’s most iconic, motivational incentive travel destinations.

    A word from your Co-Chair, Cosimo Bruzzese

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    Connect | Learn | Discover | Celebrate

    SITE events are built on 4 foundational pillars – connect, learn, discover, shape. In acknowledgement of our 50th anniversary, this year we are changing shape to celebrate. In NYC, you’ll connect with incentive travel professionals from all over the world, learn the latest from the greatest, discover a scintillating destination and, most importantly, shape the future of our industry by contributing to ideation and co-creation sessions.

    Join SITE’s global community in NYC and share your views on the future of our industry.

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  • Registration

    Pricing

    Regular (includes education sessions and evening events) 

    • Regular members: $1,295
    • Regular non-members: $1,595
    • Regular Joining Member $1,740 (waiving application fee)
    • Students: $995

    Evening events ONLY pricing 

    • 50th Anniversary Celebration event only – Saturday, February 18, 2023 at Edison Ballroom - $250.00 USD
    • Crystal Awards event only – Sunday, February 19, 2023 at New York Hilton Midtown - $250.00 USD

    Guest pricing

    Guests are permitted to attend SITE Global Conference for a fee of $750.00 USD. Registered guests of SITE Global Conference are invited to all evening functions, only.

    Gifts and airfare are not included in the guest fee. All guests are required to book flights on their own.

    If you are bringing a non-industry spouse, partner, family member or friend who will stay in your room with you, please enter their name in the appropriate section when registering.

    Registration Cancellation Policy

    If cancelled before December 15,2022 11:59pm EST - 100% of the registration fee is refundable.
    If cancelled from December 16, 2022 12:00 am EST to January 13, 2023 11:59 pm EST - 50% of the registration fee is refundable.
    No refunds are payable after January 14, 2023 12:00am EST onwards.

    Please note if you pre-register and do not attend the conference you will be charged your participation fee and will be required to settle any outstanding balances.

    Changes and substitutions of registration:

    Substitutions/replacements can be made up until February 6, 2023 11:59 pm EST and are subject to a $25 administrative fee.

    Notification of changes or cancellation must be made in writing and sent to the SITE Delegate Services Team at siteevents@conferencepartners.com

    Cancellation and refund policy:

    All applicable refunds will be made after the conference.
    Financial service charges and all administration fees will be deducted from all conference registration refunds.

    Hosted Buyer

    Submit your interest for our hosted buyer program.

  • Connect | Learn | Discover | Celebrate

    SITE events are built on 4 foundational pillars – connect, learn, discover, shape. For our 50th anniversary we’ll replace shape with celebrate.

    In New York City, you’ll connect with incentive travel professionals from all over the world, learn the latest from the greatest, discover a scintillating destination and celebrate SITE and the incentive travel industry.

    Please check out the agenda below!

    Have you heard about our coaching corner? 

    SITE has partnered with certified coaches to meet 1:1 with attendees interested in exploring the coaching partnership. Learn more.

    • Pre Conference Activities - Thursday, February 16

      11:00ET

      Transfer departs Marriott Marquis for Chapter Leaders Meeting

      12:00 - 17:30ET

      Chapter Leader Meeting - Invite Only

      19:30 - 22:00ET

      Leadership Dinner - Invite Only

      Sponsored by Highgate Hotels

      Park Lane

    • Friday, February 17

      09:00 - 17:00ET

      Registration

      Sponsored by Destination Vancouver

      Marriott Marquis, Level 6 Foyer

      09:00-14:00ET

      Relaxation Lounge

      Sponsored by IHG Hotels and Resorts

      Marriott Marquis, Level 6 Foyer

      10:00 - 12:00ET

      Strategic Partner Roundtable - Invite Only

      Gilbert, Marriott Marquis, Level 4

      13:00 - 14:00ET

      First Timers Reception - Invite Only

      TBD

      14:15ET

      Group Departures for Apollo Theater

      15:00 - 17:00ET

      AGM + Chapter Excellence Awards

      The Apollo Theater

      19:00 - 21:00ET

      Welcome Reception

      Sponsored by Marriott Marquis

      ATTIRE: Business Casual - Streets of New York City theme

      Marriott Marquis, Broadway Ballroom

    • Saturday, February 18

      07:00 - 07:45ET

      Wellness: Lessons from the Dojo

      Marriott Marquis

      09:00 - 17:00ET

      Registration

      Sponsored by Destination Vancouver

      Marriott Marquis, Level 6 Foyer

      09:00 - 17:00ET

      Relaxation Lounge

      Sponsored by IHG Hotels and Resorts

      Marriott Marquis, Level 6 Foyer

      09:00 - 10:15ET

      Own Your Airspace: How To Be Bold, Resourceful, and Agile In Uncharted Territory General Session

      There will be successful companies in 2023 and beyond. What's one thing these teams will need to have in common? A willingness to venture into uncharted territory. In the midst of professional and personal change, teams who take action on bold, resourceful, and never-before imagined solutions are the ones that will find growth. As a boundary-pushing around the world pilot, Amelia Rose Earhart knows exactly what it takes to venture into uncharted territory; now she's sharing her one of a kind perspective and strategy with the world. With the odds stacked against her, Amelia brought her own bold idea to life in 2014, piloting a small plane (Pilatus PC-12NG) 28,000 Nautical Miles around the globe. To accomplish this, Amelia self-funded her private, instrument and commercial flight training, went through open-water survival training, crafted a strategic business plan to design, fund and market her around the world attempt, help to design and build a custom auxiliary fuel tank for the trip, grew a large and passionate social following to spread the word, raised close to $2 million in partnerships with 28 corporations, founded and ran a charity organization to send numerous teenage girls to flight school, and more.

      In Amelia's keynote, she shares 3 non-negotiables that she used in her successful, uncharted trip around the globe, which is directly transferrable to the business world. Whether the attendees are CEOs/leaders, a sales team, or an entire team of an organization, Amelia's talk contains actionable takeaways that people can start implementing immediately.

      Broadway Ballroom, Marriott Marquis, Level 6

      Amelia Rose Earhart

      10:15 - 10:45ET

      Caffeinated Networking Break

      Sponsored by Banff Lake Louise Tourism

      10:45 - 11:45ET

      The Art of Badassery: Unleash Your Mojo With Wisdom of the Dojo Learning Lab: Social Responsibility

      In this engaging session, Jennifer uses the wisdom of martial arts to provide a framework for professionals to enhance their confidence and leadership skills. Through her six "belt levels", you will be given the tools to build resilience, block negativity, master your mindset, elevate your energy and unleash your leadership skills. You'll walk away feeling unapologetically confident and ready to take on any challenge that life throws your way!

      Marriott Marquis

      Jennifer Cassetta

      Defy Logic: The new way to win with pitching Learning Lab: Economic Growth & Innovation

      Whether you’re a buyer or supplier, do you have what it takes to succeed in delivering or receiving your next pitch?

      The real answer might surprise you.

      Join pitch master, presentation pioneer and events specialists Jason Thomson for the secrets, process, resources and "stop this right nows" of attracting and closing the business you want, and thinking about pitches from the buyer side.

      In this high energy session, you learn:

      • What actually wins pitches (hint: it's not just your idea)
      • Why (and how) to build a pitch "campaign"
      • How to use collaborative and consultative selling to increase your potential win - How do evaluate and choose great pitches
      • What should (and shouldn't) go in your pitch deck

      Plus more than 30 ideas on building trust, and winning that next event, incentive, recognition or conference program.

      Marriott Marquis

      Jason Thomson

      DMC Pricing Models - Fear or Logic Learning Lab: Economic Growth & Innovation

      This session is a panel discussion between a corporate end user, a 3rd party agency and Global DMCs. 3 panellists engage in an open conversation on the future of pricing models for the DMC industry. Especially over the last few years, it has become incredibly apparent that DMC earning models are not sustainable. Management % fees, project time calculated fees or combinations of both? Do planners accept potential changes in the way DMCs charge for their work? What are the pitfalls and what are the upsides? Can DMCs globally align or will DMCs find themselves divided. Let’s find out!

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      Rutger Hoorn, Lori Allen, Huw Tuckett, Christian Pardo, Tes Proos

      Future-Proof Passport: Driving Connection In This New World of Events Learning Lab: Relationships & Teamwork

      Join Oprah’s favorite community builder for this inspiring and actionable session that will help planners cultivate a stronger sense of community across their events. New disruptive business models, new flexible work arrangements, and new high tech innovation are all part of the future of incentive travel and events. Shifting perceptions of hospitality and moving beyond tech-fuelled hype, Shane Feldman will help you re-focus, re-connect, and elevate your impact.

      Having researched community leadership and human behavior on the ground across 6 continents, Shane will take you on a journey, illustrating the lessons learned interviewing leaders across the globe. Shane will decode how to empower human connection, future-proof your programming, and optimize people, planet, and profit through real-world examples and clear strategies you can apply right away.

      *This will be an interactive session with ample Q&A, ensuring you leave with relevant take-aways and action items.*

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      Shane Feldman

      Retalenting: Getting Back to Business Learning Lab: Relationships & Teamwork

      Andy Romeo is back and ready to workshop with YOU a plan for retalenting your business and our industry. What are the attitudes, traits and skills we need? What is nature, what can be learned or nurtured and where do we find them? There are many questions we continue to answer post-pandemic and as we rebuild, this toolkit will give you things to consider and blocks to build your talent pool on.

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      Andy Romeo


      11:45 - 12:00ET

      Break

      12:00 - 12:45ET

      Sustainability: Where do we Start? Dialogue Den: Social Responsibility

      Helping the hospitality industry to better thrive and flourish through a circular economy and understanding sustainability from a global standpoint is key to our recovery. Integrating inclusivity and accessibility and incorporating best practices in the planning and execution of your events will enhance and differentiate your company’s brand, increase your clientele, reduce your costs, and deliver exceptional experiences. Join us for a great and fun conversation!

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      Benoit Sauvage, Rachael Riggs

      What's next? Plan, prepare and future proof your employee retention and acquisition strategy Dialogue Den: Relationships & Teamwork

      Join this topic tournament of rapid idea sharing to discuss employees' new expectations and behavior patterns and the role that each team member plays on fulfilling the clients' expectations. Get a big-picture view of current trends that are affecting our industry in terms of employee engagement, new priorities, values and capabilities and discover their expectations and how to actively react on these new terms.

      Marriott Marquis

      Marina Parra-Flechsig

      How to Elevate your Incentive Program to Crystal Award Status Dialogue Den: 50 Years Forward

      The SITE Crystal Awards are regarded to be the Oscars of the global incentive travel industry. The prestige of a win, the enhancement of the credibility it brings, and most importantly, the morale boost it achieves can be very exhilarating. But win or not, the mere thought process of taking your program to a level that makes you feel proud & confident enough to apply for an award is a professional journey worth taking. Listen to self-proclaimed Crystal aficionado, Rajeev Kohli, share his learnings that have helped him produce incentive programs that have exceeded expectations.

      Marriott Marquis

      Rajeev Kohli

      Playing Nice in the Contracting Sandbox: 3 Perspectives Dialogue Den: Relationships & Teamwork

      From building the best future-proofed RFP to negotiating mutual wins, the stakes are higher than ever and our demand and supply is ever shifting as we settle into 2023 and beyond in a re-opened world. In this facilitated session a hotelier, a sourcing agent and a planner will bring their perspectives and invite your questions and ideas on creating wins.

      Marriott Marquis

      Anne DiGregory, Meg Pisani, Jenn Glynn

      Help me, I’m New Here Dialogue Den: Relationships & Teamwork

      It is not always easy to step into a conversation with a stranger, and events can feel a bit overwhelming. In this smaller dialogue-based session you will learn more about SITE and have the chance to meet in small groups and learn a little more about the humans here. So begins the friendships that will extend through the industry.

      Marriott Marquis

      Rebecca Wright, Lorraine Mahoney

      Ready to Fly? Dialogue Den: 50 Years Forward

      Join the After Chat with Amelia if you still need to know more about how you can soar!

      Marriott Marquis

      Amelia Earhart

      Hunger Pangs: Managing F & B Today Dialogue Den: Incentive Travel Basics

      The supply chain, the staffing, the exponentially rising costs. The struggle is real. In this DEEP DIVE Dialogue we are inviting you to share your struggles, your wins, your ideas and collectively look at how we best feed our participants in this new world.

      Marriott Marquis

      Courtney Lohmann, Natalie Fulton


      12:45 - 13:45ET

      Lunch

      Sponsored by Abu Dhabi Convention & Exhibition Bureau

      Broadway Ballroom, Marriott Marquis, Level 6

      14:00 - 14:20ET

      Global Industry Viewpoints Industry Stage: Economic Growth & Innovation

      Hear from the leader of Hilton’s data and analytics team responsible for preparing their CEO and CFO for the Wall Street quarterly earning calls. Becky will walk you through the recovery by global travel verticals, 2023 forecast, the real driver and impact of inflation, and traveler expectations.

      Marriott Marquis

      Becky Polebaum

      14:00 - 15:00ET

      Maximize Performance & Well-being with Mental Fitness Learning Lab: Health & Wellbeing

      Balancing work and life while staying positive during the chaos of running an incentive can be tough. Getting mentally fit provides us with the capacity to handle these challenges with a positive rather than a negative mindset. Positive Intelligence is how we will manage the next 50 years of challenges in the Incentive Travel industry. By learning to quiet our saboteurs we can more quickly tap into our creativity, innovation, and big-picture thinking to create experiences that truly impact people's lives - without stress and anxiety. Bring your free saboteur assessment results to this interactive session to learn how to navigate away from what keeps you from peak performance and well-being.

      Marriott Marquis

      Rachelle Stone, Vimari Roman

      Safety & Security: Are Your Attendees at Risk? Learning Lab: Incentive Travel Basics

      The world is uncertain, but when a crisis happens at your next event, you custom image don’t need to be. Discover best and next practices for preparing your team for security or safety risks—be they natural or not. Review what aspects you need to consider when conducting your risk assessment, what you need to prepare for onsite, how to unfold your crisis plan and the ways you can communicate out to your attendees. Review several best-in-class, real-life case studies of how meeting professionals and venues have responded to crises. Then, deep dive into several “fire drill” scenarios and work with your peers on what your response and critical path should be in the case of an emergency onsite.

      Marriott Marquis

      Jessie States

      Incentive travel as the new driver to social change - from vision to practice Learning Lab: Social Responsibility

      Traveling means creating a link between cultures, where prejudices might affect or even compromise any relationship.

      We have approached the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) era, thus aiming to ensure the fair treatment, access, equality of opportunity and advancement for everyone. I have invited Stefano - the most famous Italian crossdresser- so that he shares with us his experience as a professional traveler: which difficulties did he have to face? and, which is more, how did our industry help him overcome it all and set new positive and inclusive trends?

      I believe we are the greatest world trendsetters, and it’s about time we encourage our clients to create change beyond our own walls.

      Marriott Marquis

      Annamaria Ruffini, Stefano Ferri

      Self- Advocacy: A Young Leaders Workshop Learning Lab: Relationships & Teamwork

      Do you believe in and champion yourself as much as you should? This session has been designed by those who grew their careers the ‘hard way’ to help you on your fast track. If you are just getting started in the industry or are part of a younger generation, this session will provide tips and tricks from Incentive Travel experts to help you get the results you want in your career.

      Marriott Marquis

      Heidi Dillon, Ashley Kruger, Marcella Zuniga, Freddy Muller, Jessica Loesch

      Partnering Through the Comeback: Keeping a Consultative Mindset in a Transactional Environment Learning Lab: Relationships & Teamwork

      As in-person events have roared back, no one has been spared from the environmental headwinds of talent turnover, supply chain issues, inflationary pressures, accelerated event timelines and more. These challenges, however, emphasize the need for transparent, collaborative and empathetic partnership among buyers and sellers — the foundation for Financial and Insurance Conference Professionals’ (FICP) One Community perspective.
      In this special FICP session, hear from a panel of industry leaders — two meetings professionals and two hospitality partners — who radiate the One Community mindset and will share best practices and practical recommendations regarding:

       

      • Building new, powerful relationships in a high-pressure environment
      • Managing environmental factors (e.g., inflation/pricing, staffing) that impact the decision making
      • Communication and expectation setting, including service delivery transparency

      Marriott Marquis

      Lori Allen, Matt Schechter, Cathy Diem, Amy Somer, Meg D’Angelo


      14:30 - 14:50ET

      Events + Climate Change - Strategic Design for our Future Industry Stage: Social Responsibility

      Events create a footprint on our environment and in our communities. Very often, it’s not a positive footprint. This session will blend a strategic and holistic approach to sustainability, event design and how we positively impact the communities where our events take place. We must design better events for the future of our industry. With real event examples, we will showcase how we can move the needle towards NetZero carbon and zero waste events. We will provide a pathway to success through a strategic design focus that will ultimately make the implementation of these strategies more consistent and seamless.

      Marriott Marquis

      Courtney Lohmann

      15:00 - 15:30ET

      Caffeinated Networking Break

      Marriott Marquis, Level 6 Foyer

      15:30 - 16:20ET

      The challenges we have faced over the last 50 years and how we continue to thrive! Industry trends for 2023 & beyond! Industry Stage: 50 Years Forward

      Over the last 50 years, we have been through wars, market crashes, recessions, natural disasters, technology introductions, and more! But each time, we come back a bit different, and even stronger. Join this expert panel as they discuss 2023 (and beyond!) projections, as well as ways to become more adaptable with the ever-shifting market conditions we live in.

      Marriott Marquis

      Anne Marie Rogers, Rhonda Brewer, Cosimo Bruzzese, Kim Napolitano, Stacie Nerf

      15:30 - 16:30ET

      A Legacy: Inheriting, Adapting, Re-shaping Learning Lab: 50 Years Forward

      In this 50th year conference of SITE Global there will be a lot of focus on “legacy”. Us four, being 2nd or more generation of business leaders, will discuss what it has meant to inherit a legacy, how we've come to define it, how much we've (failed to) re-shaped it. We'll have a frank discussion about the emotional and professional implications this "legacy" has brought forth and how we've come to deal with it. The goal would be to bridge the gap between generations of owners and employees, help facilitate a dialogue and inspire the upcoming leaders. Our session will be cautious to keep the conversation at an executive level hope to be an inspiration to all those who work for legacy brands.

      Marriott Marquis

      Eda Ozden Gunyuz, Lindsay Adams, Dhruv Razdan, Maoreen Every

      How to Design a Performance-Based Incentive Travel Program Learning Lab: Incentive Travel Basics

      In this panel discussion focused on Program Design and ROI, we’ll get down and dirty with connecting client goals to Incentive Travel success. This panel of experts will show you how to connect key expectations, audience demographics, desired behaviors, and excitement about the Travel Reward. You’ll also hear about how to track and communicate your programs in order to provide the best business results.

      Marriott Marquis

      Peter Cannon, Lincoln Smith, Lorraine Tillie, Ben Levenbaum,

      The new WOW: The power of creating memorable experiences in the evolving incentive panorama and with limited tools Learning Lab: Economic Growth & Innovation

      Although there is a shorter/faster decision-making period for the execution of incentive trips, the clients' expectations are rising, the budgets are shrinking, and our vendors are taking longer to respond, we still have a commitment towards our client to provide the most appropriate proposal that encompasses with their expectations and budgets, and that outshines our competitors. But how should we do it with "only" an 8-hour work day?

      Marriott Marquis

      Marina Parra-Flechsig, Rajeev Kohli, Rutger Hoorn, Patricia Sahin,

      The Secret Sauce of Transformative Design Learning Lab

      Sponsored By Meet In Ireland

      Experiences and time are the new currencies and when incentive travel becomes transformative travel, we have magic. Ireland is a country that delivers majesty and magic and leaves a person different than they arrived. Creating transformative experiences is part art and part science and Ryan will bring his knowledge freshly honed from his recent visit to the College of Extraordinary Experiences to build the bridges to understanding. When participants leave they will understand how our hearts and minds when touched with meaningfully designed experiences can forever alter our loyalties and our perceptions and how you can use incentive travel experiences to create this magic for your organizations.

      Marriott Marquis

      Ryan Hill

      What Can You Learn From Rock Stars To Celebrate More and Drive Your Business Learning Lab: Economic Growth & Innovation

      50 is a big number. We must start 10xing our thinking so our best years are ahead of us not behind us. To grow and survive in our industry we have to change the traditional ways of thinking. We have to daily re-charge, re-energize, and re-engage ourselves all while re-building our teams. That means celebrating the small wins with the big wins. Learn from your favorite rock stars how celebration fuels your success. We will flood your bodies with the feel-good chemicals dopamine and oxytocin and unleash your inner rock star. Walk away with 4 rock solid success principles that if immediately applied will change the trajectory of your business. Plus receive your very own SITE Global Drumsticks.

      Marriott Marquis

      Marvelless Mark Kamp


      16:30 - 17:30ET

      Sponsor & Hosted Buyer Cocktail - Invite Only

      Sky Lounge, Marriott Marquis

      18:30 - 19:00ET

      Special Receptions: Chapter Excellence Award Winners, Young Leaders, Past Presidents - Invite Only

      Edison Ballroom

      19:00 - 21:30ET

      Off-Broadway 50th Anniversary Celebration

      Sponsored by PRA Business Events

      ATTIRE: Gatsby Theme - Think golds, silver, etc.

      Edison Ballroom

      21:30 - 23:00EST

      Speakeasy Afterglow

      Sponsored by Hard Rock

      Hard Rock New York

    • Sunday, February 19

      07:00 - 07:45ET

      Morning Yoga with Aoife Delaney

      Sponsored by Silversea

      09:00 - 17:00ET

      Registration

      Sponsored by Destination Vancouver

      Marriott Marquis, Level 6 Foyer

      09:00 - 10:15ET

      Authentic Leadership, Authentic Connection General Session

      Experience Andre Norman’s journey from an illiterate child to a high-ranking gang member in federal prison. While in prison, he had an epiphany that he was the "King of Nowhere" and from that moment forward, set his mind on becoming successful and going to Harvard University. Learn the authentic leadership and genuine connection that kept Andre thriving no matter the circumstance. His story will help you excel in adapting to change in difficult times and become successful in every aspect of your business and life.

      Broadway Ballroom, Marriott Marquis, Level 6

      Andre Norman

      09:00 - 12:30ET

      Relaxation Lounge

      Sponsored by IHG Hotels and Resorts

      10:15 - 10:45ET

      Caffeinated Networking Break

      Sponsored by Monterey County CVB

      Marriott Marquis, Level 6 Foyer

      10:45 - 11:05ET

      Impact Driven Incentive Travel - Shaping the Next 50 Years of Incentive Travel Excellence Industry Stage: 50 Years Forward

      We have more power than we think - unlocking that power is key to creating a positive impact within incentive travel programmes. This session explores the power of our choices when sourcing, designing and executing incentive travel programmes. It will challenge the audience to review its business practices, and it will highlight the many ways that incentive travel excellence can be used to support destinations, businesses, communities, individuals, and even the physical and mental well-being of programme attendees. It will ask the audience to adopt a social and environmental sustainability perspective throughout their work to promote flourishing within and outside the industry.

      Marriott Marquis

      Ken Lyons

      10:45 - 11:45ET

      Building a Better Site Visit, A Panel Discussion Learning Lab: Incentive Travel Basics

      Site visits are a critical piece of our business. There are different ways to approach a site to make it the most productive for all parties. You want everyone to walk away saying "that was 100% a good use of my time." Unfortunately, that doesn't always happen. We're bringing together a panel of experts to discuss successful strategies in building site visits that are engaging, informative, and productive. You'll be able to interact with the panel to discuss best practices, avoid common-place pitfalls and learn tips to make the ordinary site visit - memorable.

      Marriott Marquis

      Tiffany Cohen, Heidi Stevenson, Jennifer Attersall, Fiona McGrory, Kelsey Nicol

      Mitigate cost rises and keep your incentive in play Learning Lab: Economic Growth & Innovation

      With global economic challenges on the horizon how do you ensure the value of incentives is seen in the clients mind and how do you practically mitigate against rising costs. Learn from leaders in the sector from a client, agency and supplier perspective to ensure that your incentive programme still runs. To open the session, we will be asking the tables to answer a client cost concern about their upcoming incentive and present this back. This would then open the debate to the panel who will share their practical types to answer these concerns.

      Marriott Marquis

      Chetan Shah, Leigh Butterfield, Cate Banfield

      Future Proof Incentive Travel as a Reward Learning Lab: 50 Years Forward

      Demand for Incentive Travel as a reward is at an all-time high, but much of this is in response to unprecedented limitations over recent years. Together with our experienced panel of Incentive Agency and DMC practitioners and acknowledging inSITEs - the SITE Foundation research - let’s create a path to future-proof our industry.

      Marriott Marquis

      Colette Baini, Nicole Tingey, Belinda Ramanauskas

      How to Increase the Incentive Power of Incentive Travel Learning Lab: Incentive Travel Basics

      The purpose of incentive travel is to incentivize people. This session shows you how to make any trip as much as 8X more appealing by tapping into the hearts of your participants and giving them more of what they value most of all. Because the more people see their own values – in the choice of destination, the activities, and how it is described – the more excited they will become. They can’t help it, we are neurologically hard-wired to chase our values. It’s what being human is.

      Marriott Marquis

      David Allison

      We are NOW CRUISING…..And Pioneering the FUTURE Learning Lab: 50 Years Forward

      The Glamour and Prestige of cruising was paramount back in the 40’s and 50’s. The desire and ability to cruise back in those days was one of luxury and prestige. The thought of planning, packing your trunks and suitcases and pulling up to the gangway of your cruise ship was an exhilarating experience, and still is today! In today’s world – this exact same excitement continues. The announcement and combination of receiving your award-winning information and or meeting destination, all the way to the arrival at the ship, still provides that feeling of ‘we did it and I made it’ for a pure experience for the Highest of an Incentive Quality Experience! A lot of time has passed, and we find ourselves with all manner of cruise options and possibilities at our fingertips. The industry is now evolving to “the next level of cruising” not only for pleasure, but for the multi-billion-dollar travel and incentive industry where every option for the very best ROI is paramount. Join us as we pioneer the way we used to cruise > we then took a “break” > now onwards to the future of cruising in the language of groups and charters. With high emphasis being placed on the Glamour and Prestige that one felt decades ago being translated into those “Ah – HA” moment of today and tomorrow. From leisure luxury – to meetings – to events – to groups and charters, we will present the ever “changed” world of cruising and how this industry is bringing a “next level” platform for new experiences / design and their approach to making those magical moments – Memorable.

      Marriott Marquis

      Karen Devine


      11:15 - 11:35ET

      Open for Business: Incentive Expectations and Reality in the Hospitality Industry Industry Stage: Relationships & Teamwork

      This new study produced by the Incentive Research Foundation and Questex LLC examines how ready the industry is to meet this renewed demand for incentive travel. 'Open for Business' explores how staffing shortages, service levels, and cost increases impact the planning and execution of incentive travel programs. The study also reveals the expectations of the suppliers and incentive planners as they navigate the current realities of the industry. The session will include Q&A focussed on stimulating feedback from the audience.

      Marriott Marquis

      Andrea Hutchinson, Richelle Suver

      11:45 - 12:00ET

      Break

      12:00 - 12:45ET

      The Heart Remembers...Event Design that Embraces Attendee Wellness Dialogue Den: Health & Wellbeing

      A Hilton study recently concluded that 98% of leisure travelers are incorporating wellness into their travels, so why aren’t event planners doing a more thorough job incorporating wellness into events? Is it a lack of ideas, a lack of understanding what participants want around wellness or are we presenting the ideas and not getting stakeholder buy-in? This conversation goes beyond yoga or a traditional early morning fitness session to take a deeper dive into what wellness truly looks like in an event and how to convince event stakeholders that Return on Wellness directly impacts ROI. Combining scientific and philosophical research, incentive and wellness industry knowledge, engaging hands-on activity, we will provide ideas to integrate wellness and overcome common objections in event design. By being intentional and addressing the physical aspects (ie. food, movement, location, spaces) to the more intangible aspects (ie. senses, emotions) of event design, it is possible to reach the objectives of the program and reach attendees on a whole new level.

      Marriott Marquis

      Jennifer Brown, Maura Zhang

      Thriving in the Future of Work: How to Build Incredible, Resilient Teams Industry Stage: Relationships & Teamwork

      If there is one thing we’ve all learned in the past years, the future is impossible to predict. Knowing that, how do we build teams that thrive in the weeks, months, and years to come? The answer lies in one-degree shifts: small, consistent changes that enable teams to build trust, remove friction, and build a culture of innovation. In this engaging discussion, workplace expert Eric Termuende shares what years of research and insights uncover about the one-degree shifts leaders use to adapt to an ever-changing world around them and build incredible teams. Discover how the consistent application of small, incremental changes improves camaraderie, belonging, psychological safety, and engagement. While the future of work is certain to be uncertain, there is nothing to say we can’t still thrive in it.

      Marriott Marquis

      Eric Teremunde

      Building Inclusive Events: A dialogue on Speaking Up Dialogue Den: Social Responsibility

      What are all the ways we can reimagine safe and engaging experiences for everyone? What are the attitudes and beliefs we need to keep our participants feeling safe and included? This is not only an opportunity to hear ideas, it is the time to bring your own.

      Marriott Marquis

      Tim Mousseau

      Designing for XYZ and an Astronaut Dialogue Den: Economic Growth & Innovation

      The generations, changing space use, revised expectations, and a desire for transformative experiences. Oh, my what is a planner, or hotelier, or DMC to do? This facilitated session will bring out the best from all of you as we look at what we need to be thinking about today to design the experiences of tomorrow. Led by presenters working on designing for space stations and meeting planners, there is no idea too wild to share!

      Marriott Marquis

      Leo Eskenazi, Ryan Hill, Megan Zimmer

      Young Leaders: Successes and Learnings Dialogue Den: Relationships & Teamwork

      The biggest successes come from collaborations and there is no better place than SITE to build global relationships that last a lifetime. This is a time for candid conversation and questions about what it takes to build a career as we grow forward together, the mistakes made and the moments that changed us.

      Marriott Marquis

      Melissa Moten, Nitin Sachdeva

      Perfect your Pitch with Precious Williams Dialogue Den: Economic Growth & Innovation

      In this Ride and Talk Dialogue you will learn how to take your ‘escalator pitch’ and make it snappier, targeted and all about you, all in the space of going between the 6th and 7th floors. 13-time National Pitch Champion Precious Williams is on the ride with you giving you tips and tricks that will change how you sell. Do not miss this opportunity waiting just around the corner, literally!

      Marriott Marquis

      Precious Williams,

      Running as Fast as We Can: Secrets to Self Care Dialogue Den: Health & Wellbeing

      Stop the merry-go-round I want to get off. Oh, I am off but have to get the kids, walk the dog, make dinner and lunches and…. Wait a minute! Taking care of ourselves has never been more critical or seemingly more difficult, so what can we do? Come and share your questions with our facilitators and your tips and tricks with each other. And yes, for those comfortable with it, we will probably end this with a hug.

      Marriott Marquis

      Ken Lyons, Eda Ozden Gunyuz, Julia Endean


      12:45 - 14:00ET

      2024 Destination Lunch

      Broadway Ballroom, Marriott Marquis, Level 6

      14:15 - 14:35ET

      Hard Reset Industry Stage: Health & Wellbeing

      "Busy" should not be worn as a badge of honor, yet here we are still ranking in the Top 5 Most Stressful Jobs in the world. Life events have caused us to become reactionary, when we should really be setting the gold standard in time management, planning and proactivity to achieve our goals. By continuing to allow clients to make their lack of planning our emergency we a perpetuating this practice and it's going to take a lot of raw conversations and hard work to come together and combat this together, but it's doable. Let's begin.

      Marriott Marquis

      Kate Patay

      14:15 - 15:15ET

      Rules of Engagement - the hidden truth behind creating remarkable interactions Learning Lab: Incentive Travel Basics

      Engagement is the Holy Grail of the whole event industry!

      Exploiting and celebrating the last 50 years of discoveries and the collective wisdom of neurosciences, marketing, advertising, art, cinema, and - of course - the meeting industry, you will explore the 6 Principles of Engagement and learn how to maximise their impact in your work.

      Highlighting best practices, ideas and dozens of case studies from all over the world, you will enjoy a dopamine-loaded journey that will make you also explore the latest trends and technologies (including AR, VR and the bespoken metaverse), so to create remarkable interactions, motivate people, establish meaningful connections and inspire people to act!

      Marriott Marquis

      Dario Cherubino

      Space: Designing for the Next Frontier Learning Lab: 50 Years Forward

      Incentive programs of the future will challenge us to impress travelers whose values range from Experience Seekers to Sustainability Heroes and this session looks at how we are designing for the human needs of the future. This session will bring together a seasoned travel writer with a designer of innovative hotel experiences and the next space station. Learn about how you sleep through 16 sunrises in a 24 hour orbit and the moon shots being developed now. How will you include these in your future programs?

      Marriott Marquis

      Leo Eskenazi, Daniel Scheffler

      Who is your audience? A panel discussion Learning Lab: Incentive Travel Basics

      As the incentive landscape becomes increasingly competitive, how do you set your destination/product apart from the rest? Who is your audience and why? What is the best way to reach your audience in a broader more focused way? This interactive discussion will share ideas on strengthening sales strategies within this industry.

      Marriott Marquis

      Jennifer Attersall, Cate Banfield, Holly Mills, Bronwyn Slade

      Web3: The Great Debate Learning Lab: 50 Years Forward

      Join these Eventtech leaders as we delve into events in the Metaverse, what is the impact of Web3 and how are we going to use cryptocurrency, NFTs and other digital rewards into the future of reward, recognition and brand forward events.

      Marriott Marquis

      David Becker, Michael Alshooler

      Alone In A Crowded Room: How Toxic Behaviors Create Isolation and How Overcoming These Create More Inclusive Events Learning Lab: Social Responsibility

      Toxic acts have no place at events, yet too often, people experience harm. Without the right mindset, leaders and planners overestimate or struggle to connect with the problems their attendees face. Preventing harm takes more than only focusing on the most severe behaviors. Unaddressed, violations at any level foster isolation and drive disconnect.

      Your attendee's unfiltered opinions and creative ideas are your greatest assets in reimagining engaging experiences. How can you be sure they feel safe enough to speak up? Explore a systemized approach to label rooted issues, identify tools creating attendee buy-in, and reinforce organizational efforts that build more welcoming spaces for all.

      Marriott Marquis

      Tim Mousseau


      14:45 - 15:05ET

      Research Meets the Real World: What Actually Works? Industry Stage: Relationships & Teamwork

      There are countless data points, reams of evidence, and theoretical debates, discussions, and best practices for eager incentive leaders to sift through and learn from, as they shape and manage their teams. What actually works though, to meet the day-to-day realities we're all facing in our workplaces today? Building on recent SITE Foundation research, this expert panel will continue a conversation about how incentive travel leaders are putting their own Leadership inSITEs into practice. Speakers will share how they've used SITE Foundation research findings to retain and recruit top talent, expand the use of incentive travel beyond sales teams, and add new creative elements to their own incentive offerings.

      Marriott Marquis

      Padraic Gilligan

      15:15 - 15:45ET

      Caffeinated Networking Break

      15:45 - 17:00ET

      Closing General Session: 50 years of Incentive Travel Excellence General Session

      Join a very special session hosted by a cohort of esteemed Past Presidents during which we’ll consider SITE’s contribution to the Business Events industry via a dozen milestones that have made SITE the unique organisation that it is today.

      Broadway Ballroom, Marriott Marquis, Level 6

      18:00 - 21:00ET

      SITE and the City Crystal Awards Closing Reception

      Crystal Awards Sponsored by IMEX Group

      ATTIRE: Black Tie optional

    Pillar: CONNECT

    Networking at SITE Global Conference, New York City

    Building enduring relationships and connections, networking and increasing your global reach, these are core benefits that stem from attending SITE’s global conference.

    The inspirational backdrop of New York City enriched by the secret sauce of SITE’s event management will ensure that you share a memorable experience with your new connections.

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    Pillar: LEARN

    SITE Global Conference: Educational Program

    Education at SITE Global Conference involves keynotes and plenaries, peer-to-peer learning, case studies, updates on shifts and trends, presentations on the latest research using traditional, experiential and experimental formats.

    Our educational program is pertinent and relevant both personally and professionally.

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    Pillar: DISCOVER

    Destination immersion at SITE’s Global Conference, New York City, Feb 2023

    SITE events immerse you deeply in destinations, connecting you with authentic, local experiences that reflect the true heart and soul of the destination.

    With our local partners, we have curated a series of engaging “deep dives” channelling the robust socio-cultural ethos of New York City, introducing you to creative people, cool places and things you’ve never seen or done before.

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    Pillar: CELEBRATE

    Celebrating 50 years of incentive travel excellence

    In 1973 a small group of incentive travel specialists met at the Americana Hotel in New York City and, as a result, SITE was born.

    This year at Global Conference we’ll launch a year-long series of initiatives to celebrate 50 years of incentive travel excellence.

  • Pre & Post Conference Tours

    On Thursday, 16 FebruaryFriday, 17 February and Monday, 20 February, we have created an array of wonderful “discover NYC” opportunities for you.

    If you have already registered for Global Conference, simply go back into your registration via your confirmation email to add an activity!

    If you haven’t registered yet, you can add activities when you register.

    Thursday, February 16

    • Flatiron District Progressive Meal Experience

      Time: 16:00-19:00

      Description: Join us on our NYC Flatiron Food Tour, right out of the Gilded Age entertainment mecca, the Flatiron retains its modern day reputation as a center for some of NYC's best high-end restaurants. Enjoy our fully curated 4-course, prix fixe meal with a sprinkling of history along the way.

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    Friday, February 17

    • Times Square Walkabout

      Time: 09:00-10:00

      Description: Get your bearings in the “Crossroads of the World.” From the oldest Broadway theater to the NY Public Library, we take it all in. Learn the fascinating history of the world’s most famous public plaza.

    • Hudson & High Line 5K Fun Run

      Time: 09:00-10:00

      Description: Get your sweat on ahead of Global Conference with this non-competitive, casual pace running tour of Manhattan’s West Side. Features include Hudson Yards, the Intrepid Aircraft Carrier and New York's newest elevated outdoor Green Space, the High Line!

    • Radio City Stage Door Tour

      Time: 10:30-11:30 OR 10:45-11:45

      Description: Go behind the scenes of the Showplace of the Nation! Explore the history and beauty of Radio City Music Hall on this 60-minute guided tour. Discover art deco masterpieces including the palatial 60-foot high foyer and visit Radio City’s secret apartment The Roxy Suite. Get exclusive views of the majestic auditorium and learn the history of the iconic Great Stage. Plus, complete your tour by meeting a Radio City Rockette.

    • The Madison Square Gardens All Access Tour

      Time: 10:30-11:30 OR 10:45-11:45

      Description: Rock stars. Sports Legends. Cultural Icons. And now you. The Madison Square Garden All Access Tour takes you behind the scenes of The World’s Most Famous Arena on a 60-minute guided tour. As home to some of New York’s favorite pro sports teams – NBA’s New York Knicks and NHL’s New York Rangers – and host to scores of legendary boxing matches, concerts, and live events, discover what has made The Garden the mecca of sports and entertainment.

      • Get the chance to access exclusive, backstage areas of the arena, visit a luxury suite and get an up-close view of the iconic concave ceiling from the Chase Bridge.
      • Learn about The Garden’s nearly 150-year history from an expert tour guide who knows every iconic story and defining moment.
      • Plus, there’s always a surprise! Will you see the basketball court of the ice? A stage being built? Take the tour to find out!
    • The Fifth Avenue Club: Personal Shopping Experience at Saks Fifth Avenue

      The Fifth Avenue Club is the crown jewel of Saks Fifth Avenue stores. Tucked away in private enclaves, live luxurious suites catered to service any client’s personal shopping needs. Coupled with expert stylists, The Fifth Avenue Club not only embodies the private client experience, it defines it. Included: Pre-consultations for personalized service ahead of your arrival in NYC. Full wardrobe curated by expert consults just for you.

    • East Village Progressive Meal Experience

      Time: 11:00-13:00

      Description: Join us on our NYC East Village Food Tour as we explore one of New York City’s hottest restaurant and craft cocktail scenes – known for its role as the birthplace of punk and artist hangouts. Hear the stories of restaurant owners and chefs as you enjoy our 4-course progressive meal. Taste incredible ethnic cuisines from immigrants who have made the East Village one of the most diverse eating grounds!

    • Early Access SUMMIT One Vanderbilt

      Time: 08:30-10:00

      Description: "Recently named the ‘2022’s Most Instagramable Place in the World’ by Elle Magazine, SUMMIT One Vanderbilt blends elements of art and technology within three levels of mind-bending multi-sensory immersive experiences, set against the backdrop of the New York City skyline- taking the concept of an “observation deck” to entirely new heights.

    Monday, February 20

    • Times Square Walkabout

      Time: 09:00-10:00

      Description: Get your bearings in the “Crossroads of the World.” From the oldest Broadway theater to the NY Public Library, we take it all in. Learn the fascinating history of the world’s most famous public plaza.

    • Hudson & High Line 5K Fun Run

      Time: 09:00-10:00

      Description: Get your sweat on ahead of Global Conference with this non-competitive, casual pace running tour of Manhattan’s West Side. Features include Hudson Yards, the Intrepid Aircraft Carrier and New York's newest elevated outdoor Green Space, the High Line!

    • Radio City Stage Door Tour

      Time: 10:45-11:45 OR 11:00-12:00

      Description: Go behind the scenes of the Showplace of the Nation! Explore the history and beauty of Radio City Music Hall on this 60-minute guided tour. Discover art deco masterpieces including the palatial 60-foot high foyer and visit Radio City’s secret apartment The Roxy Suite. Get exclusive views of the majestic auditorium and learn the history of the iconic Great Stage. Plus, complete your tour by meeting a Radio City Rockette.

    • The Madison Square Gardens All Access Tour

      Time: 10:45-11:45 OR 11:00-12:00

      Description: Rock stars. Sports Legends. Cultural Icons. And now you. The Madison Square Garden All Access Tour takes you behind the scenes of The World’s Most Famous Arena on a 60-minute guided tour. As home to some of New York’s favorite pro sports teams – NBA’s New York Knicks and NHL’s New York Rangers – and host to scores of legendary boxing matches, concerts, and live events, discover what has made The Garden the mecca of sports and entertainment.

      • Get the chance to access exclusive, backstage areas of the arena, visit a luxury suite and get an up-close view of the iconic concave ceiling from the Chase Bridge.
      • Learn about The Garden’s nearly 150-year history from an expert tour guide who knows every iconic story and defining moment.
      • Plus, there’s always a surprise! Will you see the basketball court of the ice? A stage being built? Take the tour to find out!
    • The Fifth Avenue Club: Personal Shopping Experience at Saks Fifth Avenue

      The Fifth Avenue Club is the crown jewel of Saks Fifth Avenue stores. Tucked away in private enclaves, live luxurious suites catered to service any client’s personal shopping needs. Coupled with expert stylists, The Fifth Avenue Club not only embodies the private client experience, it defines it. Included: Pre-consultations for personalized service ahead of your arrival in NYC. Full wardrobe curated by expert consults just for you.

    • Early Access SUMMIT One Vanderbilt

      Time: 08:30-10:00

      Description: "Recently named the ‘2022’s Most Instagramable Place in the World’ by Elle Magazine, SUMMIT One Vanderbilt blends elements of art and technology within three levels of mind-bending multi-sensory immersive experiences, set against the backdrop of the New York City skyline- taking the concept of an “observation deck” to entirely new heights.

  • Hotels

    Our host hotel for SITE Global Conference is the New York Marriott Marquis, located on Broadway, one minute from Times Square.

    You’ll find details on rates and how to book below.

    Host Hotel + Other Recommended Hotels

    • New York Marriott Marquis (host hotel)

      535 Broadway, New York City, 10036, United States

      Description

      The newly reimagined New York Marriott Marquis is a contemporary hotel in the heart of NYC's Times Square. Located on West 46th Street and Broadway, discerning travelers admire the hotel for its close proximity to Broadway theaters, diverse culinary experiences, and famous attractions. Enjoy a leisurely meal overlooking Times Square in our redesigned Broadway Lounge, clink glasses on our Perch outdoor terrace, or escape the hustle and bustle with an intimate dining experience in our Revel & Rye Bar and Restaurant. With its modern design, iconic soaring atrium, 24-hour fitness center, spacious accommodations and unparalleled views of Manhattan, relish in the quintessential New York experience it’s inspired by—and inspires.

      Rates

      The New York Marriott Marquis is offering a room rate is $245 per room per night.

    • The Langham

      400 5th Ave, New York City, 10018, United States

      Description

      The Langham, New York, Fifth Avenue is a modern oasis exuding serenity amidst the hustle and bustle of New York City. Focusing on contemporary elegance (with a playful touch of pink), The Langham, New York, Fifth Avenue provides a luxurious getaway for each and every traveler alike. Located in the heart of Manhattan, The Langham, New York, Fifth Avenue is advantageously situated between Bryant Park and the iconic Empire State Building. The rooms and suites are some of the largest in the city and are designed with a refined, subtle color palette featuring chic, modern furnishings and works of art by contemporary American artist, Alex Katz. The hotel is also home to the new Langham Club, an urban oasis where Club guests can enjoy culinary presentations throughout the day, including breakfast, free-flowing Champagne, cocktails, and hors d’oeuvres as the day turns to evening and the city that never sleeps beckons.

      The Langham is approximately a 0.7 mile walk to our host venue, the New York Marriott Marquis.

      Rates

      The Langham is offering a special rate of $395 per night + tax for Superior King Rooms

    • Park Lane

      36 Central Park S, New York City, 10019, United States

      Description

      There’s something irresistible at 36 Central Park South. The view, a scent, feelings, faces. Winters that lead to Spring. And if we go, and we absolutely must go, we will find something beautiful and new, every time, unfamiliar but so alive, born not of old-money prescription, but of ambitious departure, and, just maybe, the right amount of mischief. Park Lane New York has recently re-emerged from an $80M+ transformative renovation that will put this Billionaire's Row mainstay back on the NYC luxury hotel map, for all the right reasons. With 610 rooms inclusive of 80 suites along with 11,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor event space across the street from Manhattan's largest front yard, we are excited to re-introduce Park Lane to attendees of SITE Global Conference.

      Park Lane is approximately a 0.9 mile walk to our host venue, the New York Marriott Marquis.

      Rates

      Delegate Rate

      • City View King $319
      • Park View King $369
      • Park View Studio Suite $499
    • CIVILIAN Hotel

      305 West 48th Street, New York City, 10036, United States

      Description

      A Stay With New York Soul. More than a design-forward hotel, CIVILIAN is a microcosm of the Theater District, abuzz with creativity and innovation. Inspired by New York soul and the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood we call home, CIVILIAN brings the energy of the city indoors. Artists and audiences converge in spaces that have been dreamed up by architect David Rockwell—each room, restaurant, and outdoor hangout curated to reflect the spirit of the city we love. Designed for you and directed by you, this is a place to customize your own stay, rub shoulders with the city’s creative class, and unwind in style.

      Rates

      Access the special rates available here or use the promo code site2023 at checkout.

  • Education at SITE Global Conference

    SITE’s mission is to advance the business case for incentive travel & motivational experiences through global connections, education and advocacy.

    Thus education is very much a cornerstone of who we are and global conference is our annual opportunity to access quality speakers and sessions.

    Over the next number of weeks, we’ll add details of the speakers and sessions that’ll guide our learning in New York City.

    Keynote speakers

    Amelia Rose Earhart

    Keynote speaker, podcast host, and artist

    With the odds stacked against her, Amelia not only trained to become a pilot, but to become the type of pilot to choose honor the person she was named after, Amelia Mary Earhart, by piloting a single-engine airplane (Pilatus PC-12NG) 28,000 Nautical Miles around the globe.

    Andre Norman

    Founder, Academy of Hope

    International speaker and change agent Andre Norman is the founder of The Academy of Hope, a program designed to reduce institutional violence in prisons by providing an intense level of intervention while also creating a positive environment for the inmate population and staff.

    Featured Session | Amelia Rose Earhart

    Own Your Airspace: How To Be Bold, Resourceful, and Agile In Uncharted Territory

    There will be successful companies in 2021 and beyond. What's one thing these teams will need to have in common? A willingness to venture into uncharted territory. In the midst of professional and personal change, teams who take action on bold, resourceful, and never-before imagined solutions are the ones that will find growth.

    As a boundary-pushing around the world pilot, Amelia Rose Earhart knows exactly what it takes to venture into uncharted territory; now she's sharing her one of a kind perspective and strategy with the world.

    With the odds stacked against her, Amelia brought her own bold idea to life in 2014, piloting a small plane (Pilatus PC-12NG) 28,000 Nautical Miles around the globe. To accomplish this, Amelia self-funded her private, instrument and commercial flight training, went through open-water survival training, crafted a strategic business plan to design, fund and market her around the world attempt, help to design and build a custom auxiliary fuel tank for the trip, grew a large and passionate social following to spread the word, raised close to $2 million in partnerships with 28 corporations, founded and ran a charity organization to send numerous teenage girls to flight school, and more.

    In Amelia's keynote, she shares 3 non-negotiables that she used in her successful, uncharted trip around the globe, which is directly transferrable to the business world. Whether the attendees are CEOs/leaders, a sales team, or an entire team of an organization, Amelia's talk contains actionable takeaways that people can start implementing immediately.

    Featured Session | Andre Norman

    Authentic Leadership, Authentic Connection

    Experience Andre Norman’s journey from an illiterate child to a high-ranking gang member in federal prison.

    While in prison, he had an epiphany that he was the "King of Nowhere" and from that moment forward, set his mind on becoming successful and going to Harvard University.

    Learn the authentic leadership and genuine connection that kept Andre thriving no matter the circumstance.

    His story will help you excel in adapting to change in difficult times and become successful in every aspect of your business and life.

    Speakers

    Cate Banfield

    Wynford

    COO

    Results-driven, accomplished event and experience Executive with 20+ years of extensive agency experience in optimizing business development, fostering client relationships and brand experience design. Keen focus on designing and developing integrated experiential event marketing and incentive travel solutions to drive brand engagement - across live, hybrid and digital channels. Passionate ab...

    Lorraine Tillie

    Travel+Leisure Co.

    Sr. Manager

    Lorraine Tillie is the Senior Manager, National Accounts for Strategic Partnerships and Resort Vacation Certificates (RVC), which is an incentive travel program within Travel + Leisure Co. She has dedicated the last 16+ years helping people build and grow their business and relationships with their clients through the RVC program. Lorraine is an energetic professional who is self-motivated, a...

    Ben Levenbaum

    Xceleration

    CEO

    Ben Levenbaum is the founder and CEO of Xceleration, a leader in reward and recognition technology driving business performance and strong company cultures. Mr. Levenbaum's career in rewards and recognition started at MCI Telecommunications in 1994, where he was responsible for designing one of the very first web-based sales incentive programs. Seeing a need in the market, Ben leveraged his e...

    Jessica Loesch

    Effetto Italy, DMC

    VP Business Development

    Sharing her warmth and big laugh with everyone she meets, Jessica has been in the MICE industry for over 20 years, since she first moved to Rome. As an ex-pat (born and bred in Brooklyn, NY!), she deftly helps clients navigate through the multifaceted world of Italian culture with the sensibility of an American. She is responsible for Sales, Marketing and Development for programs all over the...

    Freddie Muller

    Royal Caribbean International

    AVP, Coporate Meetings Incentives & Charters

    Marcella Zuniga

    The Langham New York

    Director of Sales

    Based in New York, Marcella brings 20 years of industry knowledge and expertise to her role of Director of Sales at The Langham, New York, Fifth Avenue. Throughout her career, Marcella collected several sales awards for outstanding performance, from President’s Club to Leaders Circle, yet most proudly she serves on the International Board of Directors for SITE. As a passionate member of the i...

    Ashley Krueger

    American Express Meeting & Events

    Account Director

    Ashley Krueger is a Manager of National Accounts at American Express Meetings & Events and a member of the SITE Minnesota Chapter. She has 8+ years of experience in the incentive industry working in operations purchasing, and online incentives. She’s passionate about SITE Young Leaders and mentoring our next generation of incentive leaders. When she's not working you can find her soaking ...

    Heidi Dillon

    One10

    Manager, Event Operations

    Heidi Dillon, the first Young Leaders liaison on the SITE International Board of Directors, has 10 years of experience in incentive travel. She is currently a Manager of Event Operations at One10, and has been active in SITE for 5 years. When not traveling for clients or herself, you’ll find Heidi on a hike with her dog, Dobby, and husband, Freddie, or getting lost in a good novel.

    Stacie Nerf

    Delta Air Lines

    MICE Manager

    Dhruv Razdan

    Razdan Holidays

    Director

    At the 50th-year conference, there will inevitably be a lot of focus on “legacy”. Being 2nd (or more!) generation of business leaders we will discuss what it means to inherit and re-shape a legacy. Our goal will be to bridge a gap between generations of both owners and employees.

    Tes Proos

    Crystal Events Africa

    Founder

    Resource management is a factor that has affected our businesses for the longest time - now, more than ever in the world of post-COVID survival. What is our ratio of proposals vs conversions? How many RFP's are a waste of time? How do we justify the work we/our teams do for potentially no return? What are the pros and cons, should we charge a fee for RFP's that amount to naught?

    Jess Petitt

    Hilton

    Senior Vice President – Commercial Strategy, Insights & Analytics

    From the economy to the pandemic environment, establishing the right context for the recovery of the global travel industry is extremely challenging. Jess Petitt, SVP of Commercial Strategy, Insights and Analytics will join to share a view of what to expect for the year ahead.

    Kate Patay

    Terramar

    Director of Engagement

    Real talk: we're not all walking our talk. Working towards healthy boundaries and work/life balance is the goal, but we aren't even pretending to be achieving this right now. This is our time to reset our client's expectations and work towards a stronger future with a mentally sound work force and stop the glorification of "busy".

    Marina Parra-Flechsig

    Weichlein Tours + Incentives

    Managing Director

    Marina is an experienced Incentives and Meetings professional, providing exceptional DMC services in Germany for over 20 years. Marina comes from Dominican Republic and has worked for different hotel chains and DMCs in her 30 years of career. She is strongly engaged in SITE as President of the Germany Chapter since 2015 and is proud SITE Member of the year for 2021.

    Christian Pardo

    Canvas Meetings + Incentives

    Vice President, Operations

    Christian is a highly organized and tenacious hospitality individual with over a decade of experience in meeting design, management and production. She is grateful to be surrounded by a team of hospitality professionals and lead them through a changing industry. She brings a well-rounded perspective on meetings and events based on her experience as a corporate event professional and her passi...

    Eda Ozden Gunyuz

    MEP DMC

    Managing Director

    At the 50th-year conference, there will inevitably be a lot of focus on “legacy”. Being 2nd (or more!) generation of business leaders will discuss what it means to inherit and re-shape a legacy. Our goal will be to bridge a gap between generations of both owners and employees.

    Kim Napolitano

    Hilton

    Executive Director, Industry Relations and Intermediary Group Sales

    Kim Napolitano oversees the HWS Industry Relations and Interm Group Sales team, department revenue generation & group preferred partnerships. She is passionate about filling the earth with the light and warmth of hospitality as she builds tomorrow's leaders today. She is married to her HS sweetheart, has three adult children, loves her Peloton & is a Practitioner of Energetic Medici...

    Tim Mousseau

    Create Safe

    Speaker & Researcher

    Tim Mousseau, the founder of Create Safe, has partnered with over 400 global organizations to make work feel safer. A survivor of workplace sexual harassment, Tim’s mission centers on the belief that everyone deserves to feel safe. Building off research with 97 organizations, Tim designed the Four Pillars of Safety to prevent neurologically-based disconnect and combat isolation.

    Fiona McGrory

    IHG

    Director of Sales

    As a MICE expert, Fiona has developed one of the most influential client networks across North America in her field. In addition to her role, Fiona serves on the Board of Directors for SITE GB. Fiona lives on the coast of England in Kent with her husband, 2 children and newly acquired four-legged friend George. Fiona enjoys family time and travelling.

    Ken Lyons

    KL Communications

    Director

    As SITE celebrates its Golden Anniversary in 2023, Ken seeks to reimagine the role of incentive travel, unleashing its full potential. He is a salesperson, marketer, business owner, communications specialist, brand publisher, sustainability advocate, educational programme developer, radio broadcaster, speaker, son, brother, nephew, uncle, Godfather, colleague, friend, and global citizen. ...

    Courtney Lohmann

    PRA

    Senior Director, Corporate Social Responsibility

    With 20+ years in the industry, I have grown from an event coordinator to a corporate sustainability & social responsibility expert. Leading with a personal passion that has influenced my professional life, I pursue a sustainable future for the event industry as a Certified Sustainable Events Professional & former EIC Center for Sustainability & Social Impact Committee member (6 y...

    Rajeev Kohli

    Creative Travel

    Joint Managing Director

    I have spoken for SITE for the past 10 years around the world. Also, Past President 2016 & 2017.

    Marvelless Mark Kamp

    Marvelless Mark Speaks

    Chief Executive Rock Star

    Mark brings Rock Concert Energy & Celebration to the Meeting & Event/Travel & Incentive stages for 20 years. WEC, ILEA, NACE, and SITE SE in over 24 countries has experienced Marvelless Mark. He is a Las Vegas Headliner, reality tv star, radio personality CEO, Best Selling Author, Sales Professional, World-Class Performer and has been featured on ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, &HBO Max. ...

    Rutger Hoorn

    Ovation Global DMC

    VP Global Sales & Strategic Partnerships

    Rutger Hoorn’s passion has always been connecting people. Having lived in 4 different countries, he can certainly be identified as an international, cultural animal. Rutger loves to strategically develop new ideas and define new ways of stakeholder engagement. Rutger now runs Ovation Global DMC from out of New York City after having held several positions in the company for over a decade. ...

    Stefano Ferri

    Stefano Ferri Communication & Marketing

    Owner

    He has been a communication specialist in the MICE industry for thirty years. He won the Hilton Award in 2005 and the Italia for Events Award in 2006 as the best Italian journalist for the industry press. He is the author of four novels, the latest of which (Crossdresser-Stefano and Stefania, the two sides of me) tells about his story as a crossdresser in both job and private life.

    Shane Feldman

    ShaneFeldman.com

    Keynote Storyteller, Community Researcher, Serial Entrepreneur

    We've entered an age of distraction and disconnection. The solution? Community. Shane Feldman has researched community leadership on the ground across 31 countries and 6 continents, uncovering universal strategies that help leaders create engaged communities. Celebrated by the White House, UN, and Oprah herself, Shane has also been named one of North America's Top 40 Under 40 LGBTQ+ Leaders. ...

    Maoreen Every

    ECO Destination Management Services of Aruba & Curacao

    Managing Director & COO

    Experienced Managing Director with a demonstrated history of working in the hospitality industry. Skilled in Catering, Food & Beverage, Hotel Management, Hospitality Industry, and Event Management. Strong operations professional with a Associate of Arts (A.A.) focused in Graphic Design from The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale.

    Leo Eskenazi

    Hilton Worldwide

    VP of Architecture and Design

    Leo Eskenazi is an architect with 30 years of experience in architecture, construction and Interior design leading hospitality, gaming and mixed-use projects in the US and internationally. In his role of Vice President of Architecture and Design at Hilton Worldwide, he manages the design process of all new development, conversion and renovation projects in Latin American and Caribbean includi...

    Karen Devine

    3D Cruise Partners

    CEO & Founder

    With almost 40 years in the travel industry, Karen brings a wealth of knowledge with a combined buyer and supplier experience After 10 years working for incentive travel companies, Karen worked in the Worldwide Sales Office for Four Seasons/Regent Hotels Resorts, then joined Rosewood hotels and Resorts as Regional Director of Sales representing the entire collection of luxury hotels and resor...

    Tiffany Cohen

    MCW Events

    Sr. Director, Client Engagement

    Strategic event professional with more than 25 years of specialized experience in event strategy and design focusing on high-end incentive programs. Passionate about building strong client relationships. Articulate communicator with a proven ability to plan and synchronize the essential details of multiple events in an efficient and resourceful manner.

    Dario Cherubino

    Eclittica.events

    Creative Director

    Creative director of Eclittica, one of Italy's most relevant creative production companies, winner of a Crystal Award, worldwide speaker, with over 500 corporate and luxury events planned, Dario made his mission to understand the hidden mechanism behind human engagement and the production of relevant interactions between brands and humans (as well as humans and humans).

    Jennifer Casetta

    Jenn Cassetta Speaks

    Speaker & Coach

    Hi - I'm a speaker, empowerment coach and self defense expert with the mission of helping people feel strong, SAFE and powerful from the streets to the boardroom.

    Jennifer Brown

    Hilton Worldwide Sales

    Director Incentives & Meetings, All-Inclusive

    I am a 25+ year veteran of the Incentives Industry having been blessed with experiences on both the buyer and supplier sides of our amazing industry. SITE Midwest is my "home" chapter where I am on year 2 as our VP of Communications. I am also a dedicated member of the SITE TX chapter and always work to support SITE wherever possible as a supplier. I am a friend and mentor to all!

    Rhonda Brewer

    Motivation Excellence

    VP Sales

    Her extensive experience includes, Project Mgmt, Ops, Business Development, Industry Relations, Strategy, Communications, Business Solutions, Creative Services, Sales, Mktg and Leadership. Brewer is VP of Sales at Motivation Excellence, past Pres of SITE & Board of Directors for 6 years . She is involved in SITE at both the global and chapter level & is a SITE Foundation trustee. ...

    Jennifer Attersall

    Destination Canada

    Director, Incentive Travel

    Jennifer joined Destination Canada in 2020 as the Director of Incentive Travel. She joined the Business Events Team with credibility and a proven track record of building relationships and driving revenue. Recently, Jennifer led the developed and implementation of a global incentive strategy, and assisted in integrating the incentive segment under the Successful Economic Sector Strategy. ...

    Lori Allen

    Metlife

    VP Global Event Operations

    Lori Allen is Vice President, Global Event Operations at MetLife. She is responsible for the execution of the highest profile events across the firm and leads a team of event professionals who specialize in planning, meeting technology and audiovisual production. She also is the head of MetLife’s Global Planning Community, connecting event management teams in key markets outside of the global...

    Lindsay Adams

    Performance Strategies, Inc.

    President

    At the 50th year conference, there will inevitably be a lot of focus on “legacy”. Being 2nd (or more!) generation of business leaders will discuss what it means to inherit and re-shape a legacy. Our goal will be to bridge a gap between generations of both owners and employees.

    Maura Zhang

    Synergy-Connect

    Co-Founder & Managing Partner

    I'm a certified yoga teacher in several modalities and certified in Event Wellness Design. Wellness is a must! It goes well beyond a morning yoga class; I want to showcase how being mindful & intentional w/event design can create more inclusive, transformative experiences that are life changing & long lasting. How conscious decisions in events can lead attendees to self-realized goals...

    Huw Tuckett

    Euromic

    Executive Director Global MICE DMC Sales & Marketing

    Huw Tuckett CITP is a crystal award winning incentive specialist, currently the executive director of euromic, a global association of the world’s leading MICE DMCs. His previous roles and experience include leadership skills consultant, chief operations officer of a full-service incentive house, and before that, the inbound incentives manager for Southern Africa for A&K. With over 20 yea...

    Jason Thompson

    SpeakUp Get Results

    Instigator

    Win. For more than two decades and a thousand projects, speechwriter, storyteller and pitch specialist Jason Thomson has been hired to passionately win over audiences and sell ideas through content, writing and storytelling. As a professional thinker, copywriter, coach, radio host and speaker, Jason has fueled the trajectory of the world’s most important brands.

    Eric Termuende

    NoW of Work

    Co-founder

    Eric Termuende is a small-town Canadian that spends his time either outside, on a stage, or learning more about what qualities separate great leaders apart from the rest. On a mission to give the his audience members a roadmap to the future of work, Eric is here to make us laugh, scratch our heads, and prepare for a world of work that has yet to be created.

    Richelle Suver

    One10

    Chief Revenue Officer

    IRF Board Trustee, the Chair of the IRF Research Committee and acting Chief Revenue Officer of One10, a performance improvement company.

    Rachelle Stone

    R Stone Consulting

    Executive Leadership & Mental Fitness Coach

    I'm a recovering DMC leader turned coach who now helps those in events save their careers and thrive in their lives. Building on 25+ years in the industry, I specialize in leadership coaching for burnout prevention across the industry through 1:1 engagements and mental fitness training. My burnout didn’t break me; in fact, it made me love and respect those working in events even more. ...

    Heidi Stevenson

    Prestige Global Meeting Source

    Director, Regional Sales

    Connector of people, a dynamic and experienced Certified Incentive Travel Profession (CITP) and Certified Incentive Specialist (CIS) and travel professional focused on corporate meeting and incentive travel and events worldwide. Accomplished in management, sales, marketing, and event planning.

    Jessie States

    MPI Academy Meeting Professionals International

    Vice President

    Jessie States, CMP, CMM, is the Vice President of the MPI Academy for Meeting Professionals International, where she leads and advances MPI’s professional development strategy, developing and managing MPI’s portfolio of educational products including live and digital events, educational experiences, professional certificate programs and educational partnerships. Jessie has received the Pacese...

    Chetan Shah

    micebook

    CEO & Founder

    Mitigate cost rises and keep your incentive in play. With global economic challenges on the horizon how do you ensure the value of incentives is seen in the clients mind and how do you practically mitigate against rising costs. My experience is from Grass Roots and Black Tomato delivering incentives across the world and I set up micebook.com to inspire global event planners.

    Benoit Sauvage

    Connect DMC

    CEO

    Sustainability, Circular Economy and Travel to Space : what the future holds - Understand where sustainability stands in the world and its special place and role for our industry - Learn how to best navigate, use and apply sustainability certifications - Nurture from success stories of innovative players from some of the most unexpected sources

    Patricia Sahin

    LatinPlus DMC Group

    Managing Partner

    I am a business owner, and founder of LatinPlus DMC Group, a regional network of DMCs in LATAM. Most recently I launched my own DMC in the Dominican Republic, where I am actually from. My passion for this business is so strong that I can light a room "on fire" with my enthusiasm. I am all about face-to-face, and engaging experiences, with an unconventional approach.

    Annamaria Ruffini

    Events In & Out

    President & Ceo

    I am the founder, president and CEO of the Incentive House & DMC Events In & Out. I have been a SITE member since 1996 and chaired the Italy Chapter in 2009-2010. I was given both the SITE Master Motivation Award and the Global Award of the WTM in 2011. In 2018 I served as SITE President. That same year I was recognized among the 25 most influential people in the incentive industry. ...

    Vimari Roman

    Be Productive Coaching

    Executive Career Strategist and Certified Leadership and Mental Fitness Coach

    I am a MICE industry leader turned coach with over 20 years of experience at Sonesta, LXR Luxury Resorts, Hilton Hotels, and Accor. As a change agent, I am now combining my CMM & CIS experience with my passion for empowering leaders. As an expert in career strategies, leadership, and human behavior, I help industry professionals find purpose and career satisfaction.

    Rachael Riggs

    Maritz Global Events

    Wellbeing Leader

    For more than 25 years, Rachael Riggs has been dedicated to creating holistic event experiences that motivate people to be the best versions of themselves. As a member of the Design Studio team, Riggs works with clients to design experiences that care for the whole person with the least impact on the environment. Riggs co – created a carbon footprint measurement tool that measures the footpri...

    Annemarie Rogers

    Direct Travel

    Director of Meetings,Incentives & Events

    Direct Travel’s Director of Meetings, Incentives & Events. An active meeting planner, overseeing all aspects including sales, procurement, planning and operations for the Direct Travel meetings, incentives & events. A board member of the Intl Board of Directors of SITE, & serves as a member of the executive committee. A former chapter president and Member of the SITE MN chapter. ...

    Lincoln Smith

    HMI Performance Incentives

    Chief Strategy Officer

    Lincoln Smith is Chief Strategy Officer at HMI Performance Incentives and President of the Incentive Marketing Association’s IESP Board. Lincoln has over 20 years of experience helping manufacturers, distributors, and service companies design award winning performance incentive strategies that motivate sales organizations and channels to accelerate growth and enhance customer engagement. ...

  • Thank you to our 2023 Sponsors

    Our industry has a compelling story and so does your organization; SITE can serve as your partner in telling your story and achieving your sales and marketing goals. 

    Contact our Head of Business Development, Samantha Nicastro, to access our Global Conference Prospectus and learn more about available opportunities to achieve your marketing goals in 2023 and beyond.

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    Samantha Nicastro

    Head of Business Development

    SITE Global

    Email: snicastro@SITEGlobal.com

    Telephone: +1 516 467 6982

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