National Northern California Experience

Meet in the Heart of Monterey!

Experience the best of the central California coast at the AAA Four Diamond Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay. Located near downtown Monterey and Fisherman’s Wharf, our bayfront hotel is a luxury escape for families, romantics, and adventurers. Voted among the Top Twenty Hotels in Northern California by Condé Nast Traveler’s readers, Portola Hotel is the ultimate vacation destination.



Connor Fields
Connor Fields

A three-time Olympian, two-time World Champion, and the first American to win Olympic BMX Gold. As one of the world's all-time greatest BMX racers, Connor has represented the United States 50+ times in 25+ countries. At 17-Years-Old, Connor became the youngest rider to ever podium a BMX World Cup. From “choking” at the 2012 Olympics to being “clutch” in 2016 to nearly losing his life at the Tokyo 2021 Olympics, GOLD Rush takes audiences on a roller coaster of emotions, peeking behind the curtain to the rarely-seen journey from overcoming extreme adversity to winning sport's greatest prize. Connor shares with audiences his ride through recovery and self-discovery. With authentic and engaging storytelling, GOLD Rush inspires resiliency, hope, and optimism.

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Corrisa Saint Laurent
Corrisa Saint Laurent

VP, Marketing & Business Development for Heart Water, LLC Over 30 years of Marketing and Business Development for Fortune 100 companies sharing insight and awareness on sustainability efforts that you will be able to implement in your personal and professional lives to make a difference worldwide. Learn about Insider tips and trades to keep your events sustainable and reduce the overall carbon footprint and waste that our industry produces.

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Sunday, November 5, 2023 - All Times Pacific Standard Time

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm White Glove Welcome: Guest Registration & Check-In
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Welcome Reception: Meet & Greet
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm Step up your Smarts - Keynote Speaker
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Explore the Floor: Property Tour
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Kick off Celebration: Reception & Dinner

Monday, November 6, 2023 - All Times Pacific Standard Time

6:30 am - 7:15 am Seize the Day: Wake Up Activity
7:30 am - 8:30 am Ms. B’s Breakfast Social: Breakfast Buffet
8:30 am - 10:00 am Instant Start to Smart - Keynote Speaker
10:15 am - 11:30 am Meet Your Matches
11:30 am - 12:00 pm Refresh & Rejuvenate: Morning Break
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Meet Your Matches … Continued
1:30 pm - 2:45 pm Luncheon
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm Build & Bond Brilliantly: Team Activity
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm #MeTime
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm Ms. B’s Bright Bash

Tuesday, November 7, 2023 - All Times Pacific Standard Time

7:30 am - 8:30 am Ms. B’s Breakfast Social: Breakfast Buffet
8:30 am - 9:45 am Instant Start To Smart - Keynote Speaker
10:00 am - 12:30 pm Meet Your Matches
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Seal the Deal Feast: Luncheon
1:45 pm #MeTime



Smart Meeting events are 100% complimentary for qualified meeting planners. Hotels and destinations, please contact your sales rep at for your best available rate.

We use a sophisticated software to custom match our planners with premier properties that fit your region, budget and venue preferences. As the event nears, planners and suppliers will have the opportunity to select their appointment preferences to ensure their highest attendee satisfaction.

Yes! Planners are welcome to attend one regional event and one national event each year. Hotels and destinations may attend unlimited events.