Connect Medical is an education conference and appointment-only trade show for the medical meetings and events industry.


The event brings together medical stakeholders with hoteliers and suppliers for prescheduled one-on-one meetings, continuing education sessions, keynote general sessions and quality networking with industry colleagues.

Who is Attending?

  • CME Providers
  • Meeting Planners for Pharmaceuticals, Biotech , Medical Associations and Medical Devices
  • Hotels & Resorts
  • Industry experts
  • Event Services

What People Are Saying!

"Connect has reinvented the old-fashioned industry trade show and supplemented it with great networking events, solid education and magnetic presenters and speakers.”

Alex Kaptzan

VP of Convention Sales

"The opportunity to meet one on one is more effective than the standard trade show environment and a much better use of my time."

Cheryl Bagby
Ventura Visitors & Convention Bureau

"Connect is definitely the best B2B channel for pre-qualified engagement between suppliers and planners in the industry today."

Sam Bhandarkar

LRP Publications


2017 Agenda


Subject to Change

Tuesday, Oct. 24
All DayArrivalsNote: Attendees are responsible to arrange their own transportation to and from the airport. Discounted shuttle transportation is available for Connect Medical attendees at this link ($22 one way and $34.00 round trip per person).
4-6 p.m.Regiception
Wednesday, Oct. 25
9:30-10:30 a.m.Connections Matter: How to Maximize Industry Networking
11 a.m.-12 p.m.Master Class: Dietary Restrictions Explanation
12:15-1:45 p.m.Dietary Restrictions: An Interactive Luncheon
2-3 p.m.Master Class: Global Compliance
3:30-5 p.m.Marketplace Appointments
6 p.m.Open Night for Supplier Events
Thursday, Oct. 26
9-11:30 a.m.Marketplace Appointments
12-12:45 p.m.Keynote Charles Duhigg
12:45-2 p.m.Networking Lunch
2:15-3:15 p.m.Medical Trends: A Conversation
3:30-5 p.m.Marketplace Appointments
6:30-8:30 p.m.Closing Reception at Marriott Kingsgate Transportation to and from Renaissance will be provided between 6:30-9 p.m.


2017 Keynote Speaker Charles Duhigg

Charles Duhigg’s “The Power of Habit” spent over 168 weeks on The New York Times best-seller list. His latest best-selling book, “Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business” is a fascinating exploration of the science of productivity, and why, in today’s world, managing how you think—rather than what you think—can transform your life. Duhigg's journalistic accomplishments have made him an in-demand speaker for organizations from the UCLA School of Management and Fortune 500 companies to The Johnson Foundation and the National Association of Science Teachers. His presentations are both descriptive and prescriptive, and speak to a wide range of groups from the fields of business, science, medicine and education. He is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter for the business section of The New York Times, where he contributes to the newspaper and the Times Magazine.


Education Sessions

2017 Education Credit

Wednesday, October 25: 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Connections Matter: How to Maximize Industry Networking Opportunities

Presented by Michael J. Lyons


Building strong relationships and friendships is crucial to our success in the meetings and events industry, and the art of networking is a skill all professionals should master. In this interactive session, you will learn how to make the most out of networking opportunities, as well as some dos and don’ts.


Wednesday, October 25: 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Dietary Restrictions: An Explanation

Presented by Tracy Stuckrath


From farm-to-table, gluten-free, allergy-free, vegan and paleo to kosher and halal, figuring out what to serve guests can be a challenging task. How do we have time to build menus around special dietary restrictions, let alone what each of them requires to be met correctly, safely and deliciously? In this interactive session we will arm you with know-how on creating menus to meet multiple needs and then taste what can be done.


Wednesday, October 25: 2-3 p.m.

Perspectives and Challenges of Healthcare Meetings Compliance

Presented by Jacqueline Beaulieu, HMCC


Compliance is the No. 1 issue healthcare meeting planners face. Each of us looks at that challenge through our own lens depending on our job function. During this session, we will discuss U.S. and global compliance challenges, and how they affect the various segments of our industry.


Thursday, October 26: 2:15-3:15 p.m.

Medical Trends: A Conversation

Moderated by Jeff Hurt


Event planning and execution is unique in medical meetings. From compliance to staying up on new trends and working through partnerships, all those involved with the events have many challenges to work through. In an ever-changing landscape, how does one stay on top of everything? Join colleagues for a candid conversation about the trends in our industry, including content, technology, international business, mergers and acquisitions, and what our industry looks like moving forward.



2017 Sponsors

Diamond Level
Meet AC Visit Aurora Colorado Visit Lex
Premium Level
Camelback Resort Minneapolis Northwest Pocono Mountains Sioux Falls Visit Springfield St. Petersburg Clearwater