Whitley Lecture — Thursday, April 11, 2019

Events! What’s Working, What’s Not and What’s Next!

Thursday, April 11, 2019 Whitley Lecture Program

Registration, Breakfast & Networking : 8:00 – 8:30 am
Program :  8:30 – 10:00am
Mid-Morning Break : 10:00 – 10:15 am
Program :  8:30 – 11:30 am

Location: Park Avenue Club  |  Florham Park, New Jersey  |   Directions

Advance Registration Rates:   AFP Members | $90     Non-Members | $120
Final Registration Rates:          AFP Members | $100   Non-Members | $130


Advance registration is recommended so you pay the lowest rate and are guaranteed a seat. We cannot guarantee seats for walk-ins. Advance registration rates end at 5 pm on Monday, April 8. We must pay for No Shows, so you will be charged if you cancel after Monday, April 8. Cancellations must be via email.

Events! What’s Working, What’s Not and What’s Next!

Come to the Whitley Lecture on April 11, 2019 at the Park Avenue Club in Florham Park to learn how to make your next event fun and exciting for your guests ( . . . and possibly you!), as well as more profitable for your organization.

You’ll hear about the changing landscape in special event planning and management, including . . .

  • Current best practices
  • How technology is changing how we spend the dollars and how we collect the dollars
  • What the costs and benefits are of doing it all yourself versus hiring the “pros”
  • How you can grow an event that has been languishing for years at the same level but one that your members (or boss, or board) love

Come learn from our experts in event planning, implementation, and technology, as well as your colleagues who have successfully taken their events to new heights. You’ll come away with new ideas to implement and a new-found enthusiasm for the possibilities of special events.

Target Audience

New to the Profession | Mid-Level | Senior/Advanced | General Interest



Vicki Bixel
Semple Bixel Associates, Inc.
Sally Glick, MBA
Principle & Chief Growth Strategist


Vendor Panelists


Mary O’Mealia
O’Mealia Signature Events

Diana Fragnito-Cuevas
Regional Director, Business Development

Wendy Tait
Managing Director & Sommelier
Park Avenue Club

Non-Profit Panelists​


Nicole Hudson, MPA, CFRE
Director of Fundraising & Operations
Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation

Julia Bey Ahmet
Managing Director/COO
Jeffrey Sobel Consulting

Amanda Tibok
Senior Manager
NJ Sharing Network