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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

2021 Annual Conference

Start Date: 4/19/2021 1:00 PM EDT
End Date: 4/21/2021 10:00 PM EDT

Venue Name: Boston Park Plaza

50 Park Plaza
Boston, MA  United States  02116

Organization Name: ABPM

Email: info@abpm.com
Phone: +1-214-389-0994

Boston, MA April 19-21, 2021


2021 Annual ABPM Conference Agenda will be available the 2nd week of January, 2021

Comments and Ratings from the
2020 Spring Conference evaluation
will be available in January 2021

ABPM conferences are excellent professional development venues. And with so many ideas being shared, so much creativity being generated, and so many connections being made, attendees will inevitably leave energized and ready to implement new initiatives that will take their programs to the next level. Maximum attendance for this event is 300 people and last year's conference sold out so register early! Due to reduced conference capacity, registration is limited to four Supplier Members per company. Briefing professionals will take registration priority.

Monday, April 19
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Opening General Session

  • ABPM President Elizabeth Simpson will kick off the conference by sharing her thoughts on the conference theme and how it relates to her observations about current trends in the briefing profession.

  • Keynote TBD

5:00 pm - 7:30 pm: Supplier Celebration Reception

  • Enjoy food and refreshment during this heavy hors d'oeuvres reception while you get to know the ABPM supplier members who add so much value to the briefing profession. Whether you're in the market for products and services now, or whether you want to collect collaterals for future reference, this celebration of the ABPM supplier members is designed to meet your information needs! During the Supplier Celebration game, briefing professionals will collaborate with Suppliers to solve their top challenges and become eligible for prizes in the process! A list of game prizes will be available in February 2021.

Tuesday, April 20

8:30 - 4:30 pm Breakout Sessions

Detailed session descriptions will be available in January's Preliminary agendaConference participants will not sign up ahead of the conference for Tuesday breakout sessions; they are first come, first served.  

"Briefly" Breakout Session Format:
Because of your feedback, session formats are evolving this year! With so many great breakout session topics in each time slot, we often hear from conference participants that it’s difficult to choose which one to attend. To give you a chance to get even more out of the conference, we are introducing a “Flash” session for each breakout. The sessions will be divided into 2 segments: the first 60 minutes will be the Primary session for content and collaboration followed by 10 minutes to switch rooms, and then a second 20 minute “flash” session.

  • Primary Session:  The first 60 minutes will be a conversation between session leaders and the participants. Session leaders will provide a short presentation to set the context and share their knowledge on the topic. This will get the conversation going and the session leader will facilitate a conversation among participants for the remainder of the 60 minutes. This approach uses as its model the increasingly collaborative formats we are seeing in today’s briefing programs.

  • Flash Session:  After the first 60 minutes, session leaders will remain in their rooms while conference participants have 10 minutes to move to another breakout room for a “flash session” on any of the other sessions offered during that time slot. In this 20 minute segment, session leaders will provide high-level talking points as well as relevant points from the collaborative portion of the 60-minute segment.

5:00 Free Night 

Wednesday, April 21

9:00 am - 3:00 pm Tour Day

  • Returning this year, conference participants may choose from two briefing program tracks, an Experiential Track, or a Leadership Day track. Assignments will be made on a first-come, first-served basis. See the Preliminary Agenda (available January, 2021) for tour day groups and descriptions.

6:00 pm - 10:00 pm: 20th Annual Awards Program and Gala Dinne

Need more justification as you work to get approval to attend?
In addition to the conference brochure, show your management some quotes from attendees and ratings from the Spring 2020 evaluations will be available in January.
Lodging: The Boston Park Plaza located at 50 Park Plaza in Boston, is the primary location of the 2021 ABPM Spring Conference. The ABPM Block at the Boston Park Plaza will available in January. The $249 plus tax ABPM room block rate is available on a first-come, first-served basis and is based on availability. Once all rooms at the conference rate are booked, regular rates will be charged. Book early!
Conference Fee: The price for Spring Conference registration is $1095 for members, $1345 for non-members (briefing professionals or employees of Supplier Member companies only - vendors must be recommended Supplier Members to attend ABPM events). Four Plus Discount: Plan to register 4 or more attendees from one company? Email info@abpm.com to receive a 10% off discount code to use during the registration process. All prices are Early Bird prices. After February 26, the member rate will increase to $1245 and the non-member rate will increase to $1495. During registration, you can pay with credit card (ABPM accepts Mastercard, Visa, American Express or Discover) or you can create an invoice to submit to your AP department.
New Membership/Registration Bundle Deal: Receive the first year of membership free with non-member rate conference registration! This offer is only available to those who have never been ABPM members.
Dress: All activities are business casual with the exception of the Gala Awards Dinner which is cocktail. Layering during conference sessions is recommended.
Payment & Cancellation Policy: To receive the Early Bird Rate, registration fee must be paid by Friday February 26, 2021. All other registration fees must be paid prior to Friday, April 16, 2021. You are registered at the time you receive a conference confirmation email from ABPM.  Due to commitments for catering and transportation, we regret that we are unable to issue refunds/credits or void outstanding invoices for cancellations received after Friday, March 19, 2021. However, substitutions may be made at any time. Cancellation and substitution notices must be received via email to info@abpm.com.

Online Registration

Registration Opens
1/12/2021 12:00 AM

Early Bird Discount Ends
3/12/2021 11:45 PM

Registration Closes
4/13/2021 11:45 PM

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