The setting in the Central Park Room of the JW Marriott Essex House
Gregg Talley, president & CEO, Talley Management Group, kicks off the event by talking trends
Chaz Poppa, director, meetings management, The Nature Conservancy, shares stories of the events he's planned around the world
Karen Tucker, director, conferences and events, Commonwealth Financial, takes the floor
An amused Allison Black, global event Planner, MetLife
VAT expert Martin Pinsonnault, TaxPort International Inc., offers tips to Deborah Taylor, president, The Planner's Planner (left) and Sue Alexander, director, education, International Society for Clinical Densitometry
Andrea Pedemonti, senior manager, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Services
Michael Cerbelli, partner and president of special events, Go West Creative Group, presents dozens of creative ideas for events around the globe
Angela Giovine, event planner, Vertex Pharmaceuticals
The meeting rooms at the Essex House are all about elegance.
Event sponsors Joshua Novick, London and Partners (far left), and Sung Kim, Korea Tourism Organization (far right), have some fun
Cindy Yuan, assistant manager, The Estee Lauder Companies
Rosaelena Bernaducci, senior meeting professional and compliance manager, Bernaducci & Assoc.
Arabella Bowen, editor-in-chief of Fodor's Travel, offers an inside look at how her organization's writers evaluate hotels
Michelle Heller, executive vice president, strategic meetings management, McVeigh Associates, and Johanna Belsuzarri, meeting planner, Apple, Inc. check out their new Fodor's guidebooks
Kennifer Langowski, meeting planner, Daiichi Sankyo
Final speaker Ulla Buchner-Howard is used to taking questions from the room, as an adjunct professor at New York University's Tisch School
April Orr, assistant director, American Chemical Society, and Johanna Belsuzarri, meeting planner, Apple, Inc., compare notes
Corinne Bibbo, director, meeting services, Phoenix Marketing Solutions
The date: July 14, 2014. The place: JW Marriott Essex House in New York. Go behind the scenes at MeetingsNet's premier conference for meeting managers who plan events outside the U.S.