Keynote Speakers 2022-06-03T13:30:27-04:00

NEC Keynote Speakers

Be Inspired and Learn from Industry Experts

Our keynote addresses will inspire and share trends that government meeting professionals need to know. See the full conference schedule and educational session speakers. Special thanks to IHG Hotels & Resorts for their sponsorship of the opening keynote!

Shawna SuckowOpening Keynote: Your Best Year Starts Today

Shawna Suckow, CMP
Wednesday, June 15, 2022
8:30 am – 10:00 am ET

Shawna Suckow, CMP, will present the opening keynote, “Your Best Year Starts Today,” to reframe the challenges of the last few years and give you the inspiration and clarity needed to achieve your personal and professional goals.

Let’s face it, the world is full of social and political upheaval, the effects of the pandemic, and other issues that are anything but inspiring these days. We’ve all been through a lot, and we’re exhausted. How about we take a break from that for a hot minute? Let’s open this conference with some good news, some great conversations, and some commitments to our future success. Sound good? Join Shawna Suckow as she kicks off the conference and discusses the theme and goals of the hosts. She’ll then lead us in small-group discussions where you’re guaranteed to get new inspiration, share some of your own brilliance, discuss current challenges, have a few laughs, and walk away with new connections. You’ll also create action steps and accountability to put your best conference takeaways to work in the upcoming year. She’ll then close the conference with a self-assessment to ensure that every day throughout the next year is the best it can be under your own circumstances. Put your conference investment to work – don’t miss this!

Shawna Suckow was a million-dollar B2B buyer in the hospitality industry for more than 20 years. In 2008, she founded an association of B2B buyers which has more than 2,500 members across North America. She is a sought-after speaker with serious knowledge of consumer behavior and an author of five books, including The Roaring 20s: Marketing and Selling Better in the Post-Pandemic Decade.

Closing Keynote: Brand Like a Rock Star

Steve Jones, Keynote SpeakerSteve Jones
Thursday, June 16, 2022
2:45 pm – 3:45 pm ET

Keynote Speaker Steve Jones will close the conference with an energizing presentation, “Brand Like a Rock Star.” He will be sharing lessons organizations of any size can learn from the legends of rock n’ roll.

Music industry veteran Steve Jones takes you backstage to show you how the core strategies of AC/DC, Bob Marley, U2, Fleetwood Mac, and Run DMC can help you create a stronger, leaner and more successful business or organization. You’ll learn:

  • The one thing even more important than quality to your business
  • The secret to staying consistent in changing times
  • How your company’s goals could be putting your success in jeopardy
  • How to use your competitor’s strengths against them in order to fuel success

Steve Jones is the author of Brand Like a Rock Star and Start You Up. He is based in Toronto, Canada, where he oversees brands and content for Stingray Radio, a global music, media and technology company.