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Two More Weeks of Early Bird CS+TSE Prices

Announcing the 2024 Opening General Session

If you missed our Super Early Bird registration cutoff, have no fear! We are still offering discounted Early Bird rates until January 19, 2024.

Don't miss your chance to register for Catersource + The Special Event 2024 at this discounted rate!

Coming to Austin, TX February 12-15, 2024, we promise a showstopping event with knowledgeable speakers, education sessions, networking with the catering and event planning industry peers, and cutting-edge suppliers—all in the Austin Convention Center.

More details are coming soon on our new evening events, keynote speaker, and everything you love about Catersource + The Special Event. Click here to view the released speaker schedule!

We are so excited to see you again in Austin!


Announcing Laura Schwartz as the 2024 Opening General Session Keynote

Named one of The 100 Most Influential People in the Global Event Industry by Eventex 2019-2023 and one of the top seven speakers in the United States, Laura Schwartz has been a Professional Emcee and Keynote Speaker since 2001. Schwartz began her professional career in 1993 as the youngest female presidential appointee in history serving as the White House Director of Events for the Clinton Administration. After which, in addition to speaking, published her first book Eat, Drink and Succeed and currently appears on television as the American contributor on Australia’s #1 Today Show. Schwartz has been featured by and is a published writer in Fast CompanyElle magazine, Marie Claire and other periodicals. In 2021, along with her cast from ITV News, was awarded the International Drum Award for Podcast of the Year.

Schwartz and her wife reside in Chicago where they are involved in civic and philanthropic endeavors. Schwartz is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago, the City Club of Chicago and the American Heart Association. Globally, Schwartz serves as an active board member on the Keystone Board of the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab and the WASH Foundation, an endeavor of Clean the World Global, a member of the United Nation’s WASH Cluster.

See Laura Schwartz live

At the Opening General Session on the Keynote Stage, Schwartz will kick off the 2024 Catersource + The Special Event conference and tradeshow on Wednesday morning, February 14 at 9:00 a.m. with her session Common Ground with Laura Schwartz. The Opening General Session is included in the purchase of any pass, from All Access to tradeshow only.


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