What’s on

Much more than just a trade show, we offer brilliant speakers, fresh ideas and continuous inspiration at 180-plus educational and networking events over four days.


Whether you want to tap into event tech, polish your professional skills, spark your imagination at a ground-breaking keynote, or have one-on-one time with experts, our unique education program has it covered. From Smart Monday, powered by MPI, through PCMA's Business School to our brand new Association Leadership Forum, our program offers inspiration and advice to meetings industry veterans, those about to enter the industry and everyone in between.

With a special emphasis on Purposeful Meetings, our 2017 talking point, the program is supported by our partners, from industry leading associations to green meeting experts.

Schedule at a glance

Starting with Smart Monday on October 9, there's a lot happening at IMEX America. We'll publish a detailed program soon—in the meantime, view our schedule at a glance.

Smart Monday

Smart Monday on October 9 is your opportunity to immerse yourself in a full day of complimentary cutting-edge professional development, powered by MPI. Open to everyone coming to IMEX America.

At the show

Education sessions

Education at IMEX

However you prefer to learn, and however much time you have, we have the format for you.


The chance to interact with the speaker and your peers in small group sessions based on informal discussion.

Hot topic tables

Take advantage of valuable peer-to-peer learning at small, moderated discussions with your peers on topics relevant to you.

Expert clinics

Ask more in-depth questions at one-to-one sessions with IMEX speakers on one of the topics offered at the show.

Research pod

Get the lowdown on the latest industry research from industry experts in small group sessions. Your opportunity to keep up to date with fast-changing trends.

Play room

Experience and play with a variety of tools and techniques designed to make meetings more interactive. Powered by Play with a Purpose.


Absorb the vision and expertise of our industry experts at classroom-style learning sessions.

Celebrating and networking

There’s no excuse for coming home without a plethora of new contacts with opportunities to click over cocktails at Association Evening or MPI Rendezvous, gather on the golf course for the Shamrock Shootout or ‘sweatwork’ along the Strip on the IMEXrun. From glamorous after-show parties to drop-in booth events, IMEX America is the place to make those all-important connections. 

I got to catch up with some great old friends, make new ones and have lots of fun doing business. A great show

Donna Abberley