Past Events

March 23, 2018: Educational Luncheon Featuring Judy Ringer

Friday, March 23, 2018
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Pendry San Diego

Pendry San Diego

Join SITE SoCal for Finding Connections in Conflict with Instructor Judy Ringer.

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This program will be a creative take on professional development as guests will experience how the martial art Aikido uses the energy of conflict to connect in more compassionate ways.

Most of us see conflict as a negative, a perception that has a profound impact on how we manage it. In addition, although we may be skilled at managing other resources, sometimes we do not manage ourselves very well. We get hooked by the stress of working in a busy industry and at times may find ourselves becoming driven by emotion. We become defensive and lose power. We act out feelings instead of directing their vital energy toward purpose.

This experiential, interactive program uses principles from Aikido, the Japanese art of reconciliation. You’ll learn to utilize and re-direct the energy of conflict, reduce stress, and acknowledge and reinforce connection.

Guests will discover how to increase awareness of habitual reactions to conflict, replace them with more intentional ones, and feel more confident in moments of heightened tension and anxiety.

Don’t worry, this will all be done in business casual attire!


Young Leaders Workshop 9:30 – 11:00AM Parlour 2 & 3
Registration & Networking Reception 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Grand Ballroom Foyer
Networking Luncheon Presentation 12:00 – 2:00 PM Grand Ballroom

About our Presenter

Instructor Judy RingerJudy Ringer is the author of Unlikely Teachers: Finding the Hidden Gifts in Daily Conflict. She provides conflict and communication training intentionally with unique workshops based on mind/body principles from the martial art Aikido, in which she holds a third degree black belt.

Employing best practice communication models, Judy brings to life key concepts such as self – management under pressure and appreciation of other viewpoints. Her programs are interactive, experiential and energetic. She has written articles on the relevance and appreciation of the Aikido metaphor for Aikido Today Magazine and The Systems Thinker and is the author of the award-winning e-newsletter, Ki Moments.

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Young Leaders Program – Powerful Presentations with Judy Ringer

Registration Notes: *This session is limited to 40 guests and open to all Young Leaders and SITE SoCal Members. Young Leaders are developing professionals who have 2 or less years of experience in incentive travel and/or are 35 years of age or younger. Young leaders do not have to be SITE SoCal Members to attend this session, and all current SITE SoCal Members of any age or level of experience are welcome to join this session as capacity allows.

In first quarter, SITE SoCal is focused on the core value of CONNECTIONS. This empowering workshop, presented by SITE SoCal Young Leaders, is a small group session with our speaker, Judy Ringer, with a purpose to help participants acquire the tools for increased confidence and presence speaking before large or small group. As a guest, you will practice skills to develop a more powerful voice to connect with your audience when giving a presentation.

Objectives of this session will be to:

  • Enhance awareness of the vocal mechanism, including breathing and voice projection.
  • Ability to put into practice the Four Defining Characteristics of a Powerful Presentation.
  • Group learning through kinesthetic exercises, simulation and discussion.
  • Fun and Connecting with your SITE SoCal colleagues!

Give Back Get Back

At our March event, we will be hosting a “give back” component to help create baby blankets and design bags for the recipients of Gently Hugged.

gently hugged logoGently Hugged is our Charity of the Meeting. Gently Hugged was formed by a group of nurses that witnessed more and more families struggling to acquire the necessities of life in today’s economy. Many babies are fortunate to have an excess of clothing during their first year and some items are worn only once or twice or not at all before they are outgrown. The goal of Gently Hugged is to provide a way to get items into the arms of mothers with babies in need. Donation items are assembled in bags, then distributed by nurses and social workers to low income, military, immigrant, and foster families in need and within under-served areas such as hospitals, prenatal clinics, social service agencies, and homes.


  • Gently Used or New Clothing in Newborn to 12 Months
  • New Baby Blankets (45” x 30”, 34” x 30” or 44” x 44”)
  • Books for Infants (Hard and/or Washable)
  • Gift Cards to Target, Walmart, Carters, Buy Buy Baby, etc.
  • Cash Donations


Pendry San DiegoSan Diego is a sun-kissed, seaside California city with a thriving culture and year-round temperate climate. Located downtown in the heart of the Historic Gaslamp Quarter, Pendry San Diego is just blocks from the San Diego Convention Center and Petco Park, as well as dozens of bars and eateries, vibrant nightlife, beaches, shopping, and more. Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, you’ll be inspired by San Diego’s creative, welcoming culture.



  • Complimentary for planners for the day
  • $10 valet for suppliers
  • Overnight parking is $49 for all.

Thank You to our Sponsors!

Table Sponsors

Loews Hotels & Co
Meritage Collection

Event Sponsors

Hello California Destination Management
Innovative Entertainment
John Wolfsohn Photography & Video
MG Consulting
Signature Hand Engraving
When Friday, March 23, 2018 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where Pendry San Diego
550 J Street
San Diego, CA 92101
Dress Code Business Casual Attire

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