*There is a separate fee for the HMCC Workshop
8:00 am -
12:00 pm

*4 CE Hours

World Congress, in partnership with Meeting Professionals International (MPI), is pleased to offer Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate workshop. Every healthcare professional must balance unprecedented changes and demands when understanding the global impact of healthcare compliance. The four-hour Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate (HMCC) program provides healthcare meeting compliance stakeholders with the knowledge and experience they need to successfully navigate the increasingly complex pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device regulatory environment.

Participants will:
  • Gain healthcare compliance management skills
  • Recognize unique terminologies
  • Process reporting management with samples
  • Understand Transfers of Values
  • Learn the who, what, where and how of the Physician Payment Sunshine Act (Open Payments)
  • Obtain sales and marketing tips
  • Interact with peers to share success stories and challenges
The Benefits of Completing This Certificate:
  • Get up to speed in just 4 hours— This Certificate is valid for 2 years!
  • No test and no “pass/fail”— Our focus is on educating planning professionals
  • Increase credibility with clients and tap into new employment opportunities

To see a list of HMCC designees and their companies, please visit our link at: https://www.mpiweb.org/education/certificate-programs/healthcare-meetingcompliance/hmcc-designees

Please register using the following link:

MPI Member/Conference Attendee Rate - $499
Standard Rate - $699

Pat Schaumann
Pat Schaumann, CMP, CSEP, DMCP, HMCC
Senior Director, Healthcare Compliance
Maritz Travel – A Maritz Global Events Company

8:00 am -
12:00 pm

*4 CE Hours

During the first half of this workshop, pharmaceutical industry meeting veteran, Agnès “AC” Canonica will simplify the complex world of life sciences meetings and explain the opportunities and pressure points meeting planners face in this unique and dynamic space. With your Life Sciences 101 firmly in place, Barb Kardon will walk workshop attendees through how best to connect with meeting professionals during the conference. Take away great tips for networking, relationship building, lead generation and post-conference action.

Agnès  “AC” Canonica
Agnès “AC” Canonica, CMP, CMM, HMCC
Global Account Director, Corporate Meetings & Events

Barb Kardon
Barb Kardon
Executive Vice President
World Congress

1:00 pm

*2 CE Hours

As our job roles consistently evolve in an ever changing industry, it is up to each of us individually to take charge of our career advancement. That sounds easy enough, but we seem to put ourselves low on our priority lists, as managing through our day to day job responsibilities seems to take the top priority. Then there are mergers and acquisitions, out-sourcing and new bosses with different perspectives that impact our roles within the organization. With so much going on, it is critical that we all master the art of demonstrating our value in order to keep our careers moving forward.

In this interactive session we will examine several practical tools that will help ensure the positive movement of your career progression. We will explore the benefits of developing a personal business plan, review effective self-appraisal tools, discover the benefits of investing in yourself, and reaffirm the power of role models and mentors. As a result of this session, you will have a practical plan for advancing your career. This session is designed to be interactive. There are small group activities and large group discussions strategically placed throughout the presentation, so that the participants can hear best practices and different perspectives from each other; in addition to the content delivered by the presenter. Participants will walk away with a written outline to help guide their career progression:

  • Develop a personal business plan (goal setting, self-appraisal, accomplishments)
  • Identification of skill building resources
  • Mentor relationship plan
Betsy Bondurant
Betsy Bondurant, CMM, CTE
Bondurant Consulting

Hannah Kate McWilliams
Hannah Kate McWilliams
Senior Sales Executive Enterprise Solutions

1:00 pm

*2 CE Hours

How many meeting professionals have had the sinking feeling of an program failing due to circumstances beyond their control? This interactive session will look at real life examples of on-site crises that happened during events. Examples include outbreaks of food poisoning, multiple-day power outages, service failures, criminal activity and mechanical breakdowns.

The session will focus on asking if there is any way to pro-actively identify these issues, and more importantly how the meeting planner can address the issues with all stakeholders on-site to lessen the damage and mitigate further issues. The presentation will discuss managing the unknown, working outside your comfort zone and reacting to possibly life-threatening situations. Attendees are asked to bring their own examples of on-site crises from past events to share with fellow participants at table discussions and possibly with the full group. Attendees are also asked to share the guidelines their companies may have for on-site crises.

By the end of the session, attendees will have built up a set of practical tools to better equip themselves for dealing with unexpected issues at their events.

Becky Cavanaugh
Becky Cavanaugh, HMCC
Associate Director, Global Clinical Education and Strategic Programs
Syneos Health

Piers Dooley
Piers Dooley, CMP, CMM
Event Management Department
Boston College

Danielle Restaino
Danielle Restaino, CMP
Senior Professional Meeting Partner

Jonathan Spero
Jonathan Spero, MD
InHouse Physicians

1:00 pm

*2 CE Hours

During this group discussion, have a unique opportunity to candidly discuss current industry hot topics and benchmark with your peers. Suggested topics include:

  • AdvaMed Code of Ethics
  • Attracting Surgeons to your Meetings
  • Business Acumen
  • Professional Development
  • Team Management and Training
  • Compliance
  • Upcoming changes on hosting restrictions on medical device events in Europe
  • Spend Reporting and Data Tracking
  • Prior to the conference, attendees will be surveyed on what they would like to discuss. World Congress will then work with the moderators to develop the ideal environment and round table meeting agenda. Come prepared to participate, learn and network with the best in the industry.

Kelly Sophy
Kelly Sophy, CMP, CMM, HMCC
Manager, Aesculap Academy, Conventions & Meetings
Aesculap, Inc.

Denise Torcivia
Denise Torcivia, CCEP, LPEC
Corporate Vice President - Prof. Services, Corporate Compliance Officer
Aesculap Inc

3:30 pm

*2 CE Hours

This session is for planners and suppliers to receive advice and tips on medical meeting issues and challenges. The session will address topics that will help medical meeting professionals deal with compliance, political factors, global and cross-border regulations, hotel medical meeting trends, meal and hotel caps and other relevant issues. The presentation will be a participatory format offering open communication between industry subject matter experts and attendees. This session is open to all levels of experience.

Steve O'Malley
Steve O'Malley, HMCC
Division President

Industry Experts:
Jackie Beaulieu
Jackie Beaulieu, HMCC
Director, Strategic Marketing & Client Engagement
Poretta & Orr, Inc.

Mozelle Goodwin
Mozelle Goodwin, CMP, HMCC
Meeting Planner, Global Clinical Meeting Planning, Corporate Operations
Eisai Inc.

Bonnie Grant
Bonnie Grant, HMCC
Executive Director
PHL Life Sciences

Susan Lejeune
Susan Lejeune, HMCC
Vice President, Operations
Maritz Travel

Diana McClure
Diana McClure, CMP, HMCC
Director of Sales, Worldwide Accounts
Hilton Worldwide

Taya Paige
Taya Paige, HMCC
Business Development Manager
ITA Group

Christian-Claus Roth
Christian-Claus Roth
Head Scientific Engagement Governance
Novartis Pharma AG

Cheryl Smith
Cheryl Smith, MA, CMP, HMCC
Specialty Markets Manager
Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority

Kelly Sophy
Kelly Sophy, CMP, CMM, HMCC
Manager, Aesculap Academy, Conventions & Meetings
Aesculap, Inc.

Michael Varlotta
Michael Varlotta
Senior Director Medical Education
Janssen Immunology

Bonnie Weiss
Bonnie Weiss, HMCC
Global Pharma/ Life Sciences Sales Director – Americas, Hyatt Sales Force
Hyatt Hotels Corporation

Maggie Young
Maggie Young, CMP
Meetings and Events Group Manager

3:30 pm

This working group has been canceled due to the speaker having a last minute emergency.

You are invited to attend either of the other working groups taking place at this time.

  • WORKING GROUP A: Open Forum Educational Session: Ask the Experts
  • WORKING GROUP C: The Event of the Future
3:30 pm

*2 CE Hours

Following years of stagnation where all meetings took place in classroom or theatre configurations and power rested with the presenter who dispensed knowledge from the top of the room, we’ve transitioned into a new phase of meetings and events characterized by extensive use of technology, greater audience engagement, more flexible learning environments and better measurement of learner outcomes. But what’s next for meetings and events? What will the meeting or event of the future look like?

This session starts with a facilitated discussion on the future of venues, technology and meeting design before breaking into smaller, hands-on workshops on these topics each one led by an industry expert in the area.

Business Round Table Moderator:
Padraic Gilligan
Padraic Gilligan
Managing Partner

Industry Experts:
Zuzana Bozikova
Zuzana Bozikova
Head of Education & Creative

Niall O'Connor
Niall O'Connor
Managing Director

Adam Winski
Adam Winski
Innovation and Design Strategist

5:30 pm -
7:00 pm
All Summit delegates are invited to this exclusive reception for hors d’ouvres, cocktails and networking.