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NSA Houston Professional Workshop - October 2018 - Meeting Industry News - Future Trends, Challenges & You!


October 20, 2018
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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The United Way
50 Waugh Drive
Houston, TX 77007


LISTEN UP SPEAKERS, AUTHORS, CONSULTANTS, TRAINERS AND COACHES! There are so many factors, from economic and political, to technological that are changing the way you do business. If you think you can go it alone and can out-smart and out maneuver others so you own your speaking space. You're wrong. If you want to find out how to navigate your speaking future successfully, you must attend this jam-packed information session and find out the real facts about those who have the power to hire you.

If you’re serious about being successful today, hear the truth straight from the horse’s mouth, someone who lives in the meetings world and directly understands the relationship between you and the decision maker. In this program, we will:

  • Explore the internal and external factors that are impacting the economic environment, meeting design, and content delivery.
  • Take a look at why knowing more about the meetings industry is important to your career and how to get involved in the process.
  • Discover how to modernize your business strategies from Deborah’s on-going extensive meeting industry interview process and insightful perspective from those who hire you.   


Disclaimer: There’s no fake news here. Realize those who hire you are NOT meeting planners! Instead, this is about real people with real stories and real situations that deal with you. No techniques, no strategies, just straight answers delivered on red bull and a double espresso.


  • Grasp new ways to better understand your client's job duties to greatly enhance your relationships
  • Learn about the most up-to-the-minute meeting industry studies, data, and developments that will blow your mind
  • Strategize your business to help you communicate the value of meetings


About Deborah Gardner

A swimming champion turned author & competitive breakthrough expert, Deborah Gardner, CMP, helps companies and organization professionals advance to new levels of success by streamlining their goals for maximum winning results. 

With a lifetime of experience, Deborah has a wealth of practice being a Marine Brat, an Olympic Trials swimmer, a ground-breaking leader, and as one of the first female broadcasters with CBS Sports and WHO-Radio. She is also a 28-year hospiltality sales veteran.  Today, Deborah is rising to international prominence with an entertaining, humorous, and sassy presentation approach by proving to help hundreds of people worldwide to discover their competitive breakthrough spirit. 

Deborah is a Certified Meeting Professional recipient. Actually, she is 1 of only 7 CMP speakers globally that has received this prestigious credential. She is also a “Meetings Mean Business” advocate and the most requested speaker by Meeting Professional International. Additionally, Meetings & Convention Magazine meeting planners voted Deborah as one of the best speakers heard, she's the Event Industry Council’s Top 30 Influential Meeting Professionals, and was named the Top 50 Smart Women Leaders by Smart Meetings Magazine.

Whether keynoting or consulting, Deborah believes in mastering her craft on the platform by doing television commercial work as an actor, conducting voice-overs,and runway modeling. Deborah lives in Arizona with her husband, Jerry and her lover boy, Chief, the dog. 


8:15 – 8:45 am  New Member Guest Orientation

(If you want to learn more about NSA and NSA Houston, be sure to indicate on your registration that you plan to attend this free, pre-program event.)

8:30 – 9 am  Check In, Networking, Breakfast

9:00 – 10:30 am  Featured Program

10:30 – 10:45 am  Networking Break

10:45 – 11:45 am  Featured Program Continues

11:45 am – 12 pm Closing Exercise/Announcements


Be sure to pre-register for this popular program!  Deadline for pre-registration is Friday, October 19 at 8:30am.  After that, late registration and at-the-door prices are $10 more!


$47.00 NSA Houston Member
$57.00 after 09:00 am October 19

$0.00 All Access Pass Member Ticket

$39.00 First Time Guest

$59.00 Non-Member / Return Guest
$69.00 after 09:00 am October 19

$47.00 NSA Houston Member
$57.00 after 09:00 am October 19