Schedule at a Glance

 Monday, January 29
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM    Early Arriver’s Activity

You're invited to our Early Arrivers Event on Monday evening, January 29. If you’re participating in our Super Tuesday activities, you’ll likely arrive on Monday. Join us at 6:00 PM in the newly opened Omaha Marriott Capital District Hotel. Enjoy great food, networking and a chance to learn more about this new addition to the Omaha skyline.

 Tuesday, January 30
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM    Gaming for Good

Stop by and play giant Connect Four, Giant Jenga and enjoy a friendly Cornhole competition. If you can beat the host, a donation will be made to RCMA's local charity partner. Help us reach our goal of a $1,000 donation to a worthy cause.

Shreveport-Bossier Convention & Tourist Bureau

7:30 AM - 6:00 PM    Registration

Refreshment Break sponsored by Dayton CVB

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM    Breakfast - For the Professional Development Series and Community Service Projects
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM    Hilton Omaha Hands on Hospitality (Breakfast included)

Come travel behind the scenes of Hilton Omaha for a one of a kind experience! Learn how different departments of the hotel work together to execute events from start to finish. Enjoy a hot breakfast to get your day started!

Breakfast is included at the Hilton!

8:30 AM - 11:30 AM    Professional Development Series - Audio Visual Bootcamp

From rookies to experienced planners, comparing AV bids can make your eyes hurt. It’s time for a little AV 101 to help cut through the jargon and know what you’re getting- before you sign on the dotted line. Bring your toughest AV questions to this technological town hall!

8:30 AM - 11:30 AM    Community Service Project: Open Door Mission

A Gospel Rescue Mission founded in 1954 committed to breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty. Each day, Open Door Mission’s campus offers 816 safe, shelter beds to homeless men, women and children, serves over 2,000 hot, nutritious meals and provides preventive measures to more than 275 people living in poverty. The group will be divided into two areas:
1) Lydia House/Garland Thompson Men’s Center- Tour of Open Door Mission. Group will then assist with meal prep and assemble sack lunches. Sack Lunches are hand delivered by ODM staff to the homeless who are still on the streets.
2) Timberlake Outreach Center - Tour of Open Door Mission. Group will then help sort and display clothing, furnishings and personal items at the ODM Timberlake Outreach Center. The center offers these items at no charge for those living in the shelter"s housing units. Residents also work at the Timberlake center and will guide our volunteers.

8:30 AM - 11:30 AM    Community Service Project: Ronald McDonald House Charities

Onsite at Centurylink - Make Sibling Activity Bags for the brothers and sisters of hospital patients. This helps to keep them busy during long trips to the hospital. (items can include card games, coloring books, snack and/or juice box, small puzzles, activity books, travel size games, etc)

8:30 AM - 11:30 AM    Community Service Project: Salvation Army

This project is sorting jewelry donated to the Thrift Stores. The Adult Rehabilitation center is funded through these stores. Often jewelry is donated in bulk and it is kind of like looking for diamonds in the rough. Snacks will be provided and volunteers will see a short video explaining the program and the importance of their volunteering.

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM    Headshot Lounge
12:30 PM - 3:30 PM    Boys Town - Experience the History of Hope

When Father Edward J. Flanagan purchased the Overlook Farm in 1921, it became the new, permanent site of Boys Town. Over the decades that followed, schools, churches and homes were built, and tens of thousands of young lives were transformed. When you visit the Village of Boys Town, a National Historic Landmark District, you’ll get an unforgettable glimpse into the history of an organization that has given new hope to so many at-risk children over the past 100 years.

12:30 PM - 3:30 PM    Omaha City Tour

Enjoy a guided tour of Omaha’s past, present and future. Tour includes: Omaha’s historic Old Market Entertainment District with its cobblestone streets and unique boutiques; Lewis & Clark Landing, the historic spot where the exploring duo landed; billionaire Warren Buffet’s home (the flashing light in front warns of falling money); the Blackstone District, birthplace of the Reuben sandwich; St. Cecilia Cathedral, one of the largest cathedrals in the United States, TD Ameritrade Park Omaha, home of the annual NCAA Men’s College World Series; and the Omaha Community Playhouse, the largest community theater in the country and where actor Henry Fonda started his acting career.

12:30 PM - 3:30 PM    Omaha’s Old Market Culinary Tour

Get to know Omaha one bite at a time during a walking tour of the Old Market Entertainment District, the birthplace of Omaha’s culinary scene. Learn about the city’s rich history and culture while sampling a selection of Omaha favorites. These signature tasting tours include stops at 5-7 locally-owned culinary establishments where you’ll be able to meet the chefs and owners behind the delicious creations.  (This tour is not suitable for guests with dietary restrictions.)

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM    Planner Overview

This session is intended for all planners! We’ll cover the don’t-miss opportunities coming your way, last minute changes, important introductions and tips for making the most of your time at Emerge! (Required for hosted planners.)
Sponsored by:  LifeWay Ridgecrest Conference Center

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM    Supplier Overview
This session is designed for all suppliers attending the Emerge Conference. We'll cover tips for a successful tradeshow experience, important introductions, navigation ideas and any last-minute schedule and appointment changes.
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM    Opening Reception

Join the RCMA community at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo. Home to more than 17,000 animals, you’ll experience largest geodesic dome in the world, containing largest indoor desert, and they also boast the largest indoor rainforest. You’ll be free to roam around the desert, jungle and aquarium, while enjoying come great Omaha cuisine. Buses depart at 6:15 pm from the Hilton Omaha (Cass Street/North Side) and the Omaha Marriott (Capitol Avenue/South Side – near Starbucks).
Sponsored by:  Visit Omaha

 Wednesday, January 31
7:45 AM - 8:15 AM    Morning Devotion
8:00 AM - 8:45 AM    Buffet Breakfast
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM    Opening General Session

Innovative violinist, composer, and speaker Kai Kight will share his story and leave you with ideas that you can take to compose your own breathtaking creations.
Sponsored by:  Visit Omaha

10:15 AM - 12:30 PM    Emerge Expo

Expo Lounge sponsored by:  Hilton Hotels & Resorts

Wednesday afternoon Expo features a unique Dessert Course and is hosted by the Colorado Springs CVB.

12:45 PM - 1:30 PM    Lunch
1:40 PM - 2:30 PM    General Session

Hear the remarkable story of Rwandan genocide survivor and New York Times Best Selling author Immaculee Ilibagiza.
Sponsored by Columbia Metropolitan CVB
Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board

2:45 PM - 4:15 PM    Emerge Expo

Expo Lounge sponsored by:  Hilton Hotels & Resorts

Wednesday afternoon Expo features a unique Dessert Course and is hosted by the Colorado Springs CVB.

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM    Educational Breakout Sessions
5:30 PM - 11:59 PM    Free Night - Dinner with Friends
8:30 PM - 10:00 PM    Have S'More Fun with Team Texas (Planner Only Event)

Sponsored by Team Texas

 Thursday, February 1
7:45 AM - 8:15 AM    Morning Devotion
8:00 AM - 8:45 AM    Buffet Breakfast
9:00 AM - 9:50 AM    RCMA Business Session

Sponsored by Hyatt Hotels and Resorts

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM    Educational Breakout Sessions
11:00 AM - 11:15 AM    Refreshment Break

Sponsored by Jamaica Tourist Board

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM    Educational Breakout Sessions
12:30 PM - 1:20 PM    Lunch
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM    General Session

Sponsored by Greensboro Area CVB

2:45 PM - 4:45 PM    Emerge Expo

Expo Lounge sponsored by:  Hilton Hotels & Resorts

Wednesday afternoon Expo features a unique Dessert Course and is hosted by the Colorado Springs CVB.

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM    Closing Event
 Friday, February 2
6:00 AM - 9:00 AM    Grab n Go Breakfast (voucher required)


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