Thursday, September 26, 2019 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM CDT
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The Pershing 
2415 E 5th Street
Austin, TX 78702

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September Lunch + Learn

Thursday, September 26, 2019

11:30 am Registration | 12:00 pm Session

Parking lot available on site 

Be More Than Dates, Rates and Space! Emily Kratt, CIS, CITP, founder of INNOVATX Events, will speak with our Sales Teams about how to sell beyond our digital world. Want to know how you can stand out among your competitors? Learn how to make an impression on a customer by providing what they need outside of the box.

Emily a New York City native, has been passionately working in the meetings, incentives and events industry for the last 15 years. Emily has worked at some of the nation’s premier event management companies since studying Special Event Management at New York University. Emily started her career working for David Stark in New York City on a variety of elite cultural and corporate events. She later worked at two of the largest Destination Management Companies in New York City, working with hundreds of international Fortune 500 clients managing a variety of meetings, incentives, product launches and special events with multi-million-dollar budgets.

In the summer of 2011 Emily traded in her stilettos for a pair of cowboy boots and relocated out to Austin, Texas where she continues to work with corporations producing award winning events.  In 2014 Emily launched INNOVATX Events, a full-service global Meeting, Incentive and Destination management agency where her team services mainly Fortune 2000 clients. From 2013-2019 Emily has served on the SITE Texas Board of Directors and is currently the Vice President of Strategy.  Emily has also been nominated for best CEO in Austin from the Austin Business Journal in 2017 and 2018. When Emily is not managing world class events, she is typically found cuddling on the couch with a glass of California Cabernet and her two mini Aussiedoodles.