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KEYNOTE ADDRESSES

GEO takes pride in partnering with keynote speakers that represent the most influential, forward thinking, and astute leaders from business, academia and everyday life to share their stories and ideas and make a difference to your work and personal life and enhance your conference experience.

Tuesday, 9 April 2024
13.30 - 15.00

Brian Solis
Digital anthropologist and futurist

BRIAN SOLIS

Hailed as 'one of the greatest digital analysts and one of the most creative and brilliant business minds of our time’ according to Forbes and acclaimed as a ‘world's top superforecaster’ by Entrepreneur, Solis stands as a luminary in the field.

For nearly three decades, Solis has been a dedicated researcher and influential figure in understanding the profound impact of emerging technology on both business and society. With his expertise in digital anthropology and futurism, he transforms complex subjects into actionable insights.

Through extensive research and authored works, he empowers not only executives but also everyday individuals to grasp the intricate relationship between technological evolution and its effects on people. Brian is passionate about highlighting the roles each of us plays in this ongoing evolution.

Prepare for a journey into disruptive trends and a glimpse into the future with Brian Solis!

Wednesday, 10 April 2024
09.00 - 10.30

Jimmy Yeary
Discover the power of songwriting in building lasting relationships

JIMMY YEARY

Grammy-winning songwriter Jimmy Yeary shares insights from his 30-year music career to highlight the importance of storytelling in forming meaningful connections.

Yeary's approach focuses on authentic, relatable stories that create instant emotional connections. Through song performances, he illustrates how these stories foster relatable feelings and build emotional bonds. The keynote emphasizes the link between effective storytelling, emotional awareness, and successful communication that contributes to personal and professional success.

You've never seen a keynote like Jimmy Yeary’s... until GEO Nashville!

Thursday, 11 April 2024
13.45 - 15.00

TOM
Emotion into art™ inspirational speed painter

TOM VARANO

Under the banner of Emotion Into Art™, Tom's shows take spectators on a thrilling journey of excitement, suspense, cheer, motivation, and surprise. He skillfully intertwines color, music, and action, inviting the audience into the immersive world of art, inspiration, and creativity.

Throughout the performance, Tom shares stories that have shaped his life, drawing connections between the extraordinary link of having a dream and using passion as its driving force.

YOUR HOST - GEO AWARDS AND ISSUER LUNCHEON

Mark Brown
Award-winning entertainer and professional magician

MARK BROWN

Mark Brown is not only an award-winning entertainer but also a magician extraordinaire captivating audiences worldwide. Mark's mesmerizing performances are a weekly highlight at the renowned House of Cards. 

With his enchanting talents, Mark has graced stages in 45 states, including headlining at the prestigious World Famous Magic Castle. Whether he's wowing crowds with world-class sleight of hand or leaving minds boggled with his mind-reading abilities, Mark's blend of comedy and magic guarantees an unforgettable experience at any event, meeting, or program.

From intimate close-up magic that delights and baffles to highly engaging stage shows that captivate audiences of all sizes, Mark brings an unparalleled level of entertainment to every performance. In today's fast-paced world, capturing and maintaining an audience's attention is crucial, and Mark possesses the charisma, discipline, and skill to ensure a seamless and memorable event.

SPECIAL NETWORKING SESSIONS

Join us for exclusive sessions tailored to bring together like-minded attendees for networking and enjoyment. 

Get ready to forge valuable connections, share insights, and have a great time in a welcoming and engaging atmosphere.

Don't miss out on this chance to elevate your conference experience!

MONDAY, 8 APRIL 2024

Monday, 8 April 2024
8.00 - 17.30

ECM
Pre-conference event, additional charges apply

EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION MATTERS

GERMANTOWN 1, LEVEL 2 (DOWN)

Our third edition of Executive Compensation Matters is coming to Nashville!

Discover invaluable insights from our expert-led agenda, guiding you through navigating executive compensation in corporate transactions. Learn strategic approaches to optimize golden parachute payments, boost synergy, and retain top talent effectively.

GEO Nashille conference attendees receive a 30% discount - REGISTER TODAY!

Monday, 8 April 2024
17.00 - 18.00

happy hour
GEO Chapter leaders and co-ordinators only

CHAPTER HAPPY HOUR

MUSIC CITY BALLROOM, HOTEL LEVEL 2 (UP)

Come join us for a happy hour event and connect with other Chapter Leaders!

We want to say thank you for all your hard work organizing GEO events in your area, and we're excited to meet leaders from around the world.

Monday, 8 April 2024
18.00 - 19.30

fellows drinks
GEO Fellows only

GEO FELLOWS NETWORKING DRINKS

MUSIC CITY BALLROOM, HOTEL LEVEL 2 (UP)

Join us for an exclusive networking drinks event designed for Fellows of Global Equity! This is your chance to connect with industry experts from around the world before the conference kicks off.

During this gathering, you'll be among peers eager to share best practices, delve into industry trends, and welcome the latest additions to our esteemed Fellows community.

It's an opportunity not to be missed!

TUESDAY, 9 APRIL 2024

Tuesday, 9 April 2024
8.00 - 10.00

issuer council
GEO's Issuer Council members only

ISSUER COUNCIL MEETING

MUSIC CITY BALLROOM, HOTEL LEVEL 2 (UP)

GEO Issuer Advisory Council members are invited to discover the power of in-person collaboration before the doors open to conference attendees.

Proudly chaired by the GEO Board Issuer Committee, the agenda is thoughtfully designed to cover a spectrum of topics. This is your chance to actively contribute to the global dialogue surrounding GEO's mission.

If you have specific topics you'd like to see on the agenda, we welcome your input in advance.

Mark your calendars, pack your ideas, and let's shape the future of GEO together at this not-to-be-missed in-person meeting.

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The Issuer Advisory Council of GEO convenes regularly, fostering a dynamic and engaging dialogue among its members on a global scale.

This important group collaboratively addresses a spectrum of issues, ranging from intricate matters concerning GEO's strategic trajectory to advisory decisions regarding GEO's content and events.

Participation in these discussions is open to all interested issuer members, ensuring a diverse and comprehensive exchange of insights from around the world.

Tuesday, 9 April 2024
10.30 - 13.30

handshake
Conference issuer attendees only

ISSUER-ONLY FOCUS SESSIONS AND LUNCHEON

MUSIC CITY BALLROOM, HOTEL LEVEL 2 (UP)

Get ready to kick off the conference in style! Connect with your global peers at an exclusive Issuer-only learning and luncheon event.

Mark Brown, renowned for his expertise in facilitating authentic connections, will be hosting a session on how to connect with someone quickly and authentically, filled with practical tips and techniques for effective networking.

Reconnect with familiar faces and forge new connections with colleagues from around the world—all while enjoying a buffet lunch.

Tuesday, 9 April 2024
18.00 - 19.30

opening reception
All conference attendees welcome

GEOWESTERN: OPENING RECEPTION

EXHIBIT HALL, LOBBY LEVEL

Join us at the GEOwestern Opening Reception as we celebrate GEO's 25th anniversary.

Thanks to our sponsor, Morgan Stanley at Work, you can enjoy delicious 'Taste of Nashville' food and drinks, enjoy country music and even get a chance to meet 'Dolly' and 'Garth'! 

Don't miss this exciting kickoff to the GEO conference! 

Tuesday, 9 April 2024
19.30 - 22.00

pins venue
All conference attendees welcome

OPENING NIGHT PARTY

Step back in time for a night of classic fun hosted by Morgan Stanley at Work.

Challenge your global share plan colleagues to a friendly competition in your game of choice: foosball, pinball, duckpin bowling, ping pong, or bocce.

It's a night of vintage entertainment you won't want to miss!

WEDNESDAY, 10 APRIL 2024

Wednesday, 10 April 2024
08.00 - 08.45

breakfast
GEO Fellows and attendees new to GEO's conference only

FELLOWS AND FIRST TIMERS' BREAKFAST

MUSIC CITY BALLROOM, HOTEL LEVEL 2 (UP)

New to the GEO community? Come join us for a delightful mimosa breakfast event where you'll have the chance to network with GEO Fellows and fellow first-time conference attendees.

Don't miss out on this opportunity to expand your network and exchange ideas with fellow professionals. See you there!

Wednesday, 10 April 2024
18.00 - 19.30

museum
Limited tickets available - additional charges apply

PRIVATE SELF-GUIDED MUSEUM TOUR

COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME MUSEUM

Gain VIP access to the museum’s galleries, explore the stories and stars that shaped country music history. Filled with personal artefacts, instruments, stage wear, and more, the exhibitions span from country music’s pre-commercial roots through to its vibrant life today.

This self-guided tour includes transport from the Renaissance Hotel and is held for just over an hour before the start of the GEO Awards event.

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Wednesday, 10 April 2024
19.00 - midnight

GEO awards
Free for conference attendees - additional tickets available for purchase

THE 2024 GEO AWARDS

COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME
DRESS CODE: DENIM AND DIAMONDS

Attend the highly anticipated GEO Awards gala, where you'll join the industry's most prestigious global representatives in recognizing the best of the best in global share plan design and administration.

This exclusive event is not only an opportunity to celebrate excellence and network with industry leaders, but also a chance to show your team how much you appreciate their hard work and achievements.

Enjoy an evening of entertainment, special guests, and magical moments as you unwind with friends and peers in an unforgettable setting.

As we are celebrating in Music City this year, the dress code is Denim and Diamonds!

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THURSDAY, 11 APRIL 2024

Thursday, 11 April 2024
15.00 - 17.30

downtown nashville
Limited tickets available - additional charges apply

BACKSTAGE OPRY AND DOWNTOWN NASHVILLE TOUR

EVENT FOYER COLLECTION POINT

Go behind the curtain at Nashville’s premier country music stage, the world-renowned Grand Ole Opry, on this guided backstage tour.

Walk in the footsteps of countless country music superstars and get an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at this legendary venue and show that made country music famous.

  • Go backstage at one of country music’s most famous concert halls
  • Hear stories about what happens behind the curtain at the Opry
  • Walk on the same stage where legends from Garth Brooks to Carrie Underwood have performed
  • Get a glimpse of the artist’s dressing rooms and green room
  • Watch video hosted by renowned musicians who talk about the Opry’s history and musical importance
  • Hop on a famous trolley bus for a private tour of Downtown Nashville

This is a bucket-list item experience for all fans of country music and your chance to see the sights and sounds of Nashville.

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TICKETS LIMITED - BOOK NOW!

Thursday, 11 April 2024
18.00 - 22:30

opry
Limited tickets available - additional charges apply

EXPERIENCE THE OPRY COUNTRY CLASSICS SHOW

EVENT FOYER COLLECTION POINT
ON SALE UNTIL 23 FEBRUARY - LIMITED TICKETS AVAILABLE

Experience the thrill of an Opry show! This is a must-do Nashville attraction for all music lovers. GEO has secured top seats at the show that celebrates the classic songs that made Nashville ‘Music City’.

A celebrity host will share stories and songs; guests will sing their own hits as well as timeless favorites by the likes of Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash; and a spotlight artist will headline the show with several of his or her memorable classics. The show’s line-up will be announced closer to the event.

Your ticket includes transport to and from the Grand Ole Opry and the Renaissance hotel.

Join GEO for a classic night of country music!

BOOK TICKETS

Already registered for the conference? Just visit the reservation page and 'MODIFY' your booking

TICKETS LIMITED - BOOK NOW!