A keynote address by Darryl Hartley-Leonard, chairman and CEO of PGI, the Arlington, Va. — based event and communications agency, kicks off this year's New England Meetings Industry Conference & Exposition at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston April 2.

NEMICE also features an exhibition that will showcase more than 300 meeting industry suppliers from around the world and is expected to attract about 600 meeting planners.

Educational topics include hotel negotiation, events as brand marketing, time and technology management, and Internet meeting management solutions.

A lunch for meeting planning “rookies” is set to feature a panel on career development, while a lunch presentation for senior meeting managers is called “Harnessing the Wow.” New this year is an after-hours event beginning at 5:30 p.m.

NEMICE is sponsored by the New England chapter of Meeting Professionals International, in cooperation with The New England Meetings Industry Council. The event is free to meeting professionals.

For details, check out www.mpine.org or call (978) 739-1434.