The fifth annual Global Pharmaceutical Medical Meetings Summit will take place at Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Jan. 31−Feb. 2.

The boutique conference has built quite the following, drawing the most influential managers in the medical meetings market. Not only does the event provide ample time for peer networking, but it’s also a great way to get updates on compliance regulations, share best practices, and learn about venues and properties that cater to the industry.

The speaker list reads like a who’s who of the entire meeting industry, not just medical meetings. Michael Dominguez, senior vice president and chief sales officer for MGM Resorts International, is one of the headliners. Dominguez’s presentation on Feb. 1 is entitled “Demand, Drones & Disruption-Driving Forces in Meetings & Events.” Dominguez also will deliver the closing keynote on Feb. 2.

Presenters will include meeting management thought leaders from Bayer, Boehringer Ingelheim, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Eisai, Eli Lilly and Company, Genentech, Medtronic, Merck & Co., Novartis and Pfizer.

There’s an opportunity for planners to earn the Meeting Professionals International (MPI) Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate (HMCC) through a four-hour educational and training program on Jan. 31. The workshop will be led by Pat Schaumann, CMP, CSEP, DMCP, HMCC, senior director of health care compliance for Maritz Travel. Schaumann, chairperson for the summit, will lead a medical meetings webinar for Smart Meetings on July 25. To register, go to

Use promo code SMARTM to get a $200 discount on registration for the Global Pharmaceutical Medical Meetings Summit.