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Laura Keynotes the Legendary Catersource + The Special Events Show in Austin

Chicago, IL — Laura Schwartz Live is proud to announce that Laura Schwartz, Professional Emcee and Keynote Speaker served as the Opening General Session Keynote at Catersource + The Special Event by Informa in Austin on 14 February 2024.


Laura presented her new ‘Interactive’ Keynote “Laura’s Common Grounds” to great reviews!

This new program, “Laura’s Common Grounds” is based on the research by Urban Sociologists in 1989 which coined the phrase the “3rd Place.” Laura uses this concept as a starting point to expound on the power of 3rd Places in all of our lives. Places and spaces where we have the extraordinary ability to turn relationships into partnerships and ideas into reality. Laura believes that we never know when the next conversation could be thee conversation to change our life or more importantly that of someone else but, if we are ready for it, we will seize that moment and turn the “optional” into “opportunity.”

An innovative reveal during Common Grounds is discovered in both its message and delivery.

Unique delivery and staging design for “Laura’s Common Grounds” in 3 parts:

1) Laura delivers a high energy 20minute keynote connecting Common Grounds to your company/association’s core message, mission and conference program goals in a traditional keynote setting on stage.

2) Laura cues a surprise physical change on stage transforming it into a 3rd Place such as: “Laura’s Common Grounds Café” with a coffee station and seats, a happy hour complete with a bar and stools, a break room with tables or any other relevant 3rd place to the audience.

3) Laura invites 4-6 attendees to the stage (pre-planned) orchestrating a conversation with them on stage, including audience dialogue when applicable, creating an engaging program through interaction highlighting the message and goals of the company/conference.


The "traditional" keynote stage setting for the opening of "Laura's Common Grounds" before it turned into a cafe!

The “traditional” keynote stage setting for the opening of “Laura’s Common Grounds” before it turned into a cafe!

Laura and leaders after the transition to a coffee shop named “Laura’s Common Grounds Cafe”

The Catersource + The Special Event Series with Laura

Prior to the show in Austin Laura hosted a special preview of Catersource + The Special Event highlighting Michael Cerbelli or Cerbelli Creative and creator of the “Hot List” and Mary Crafts of the legendary “Culinary Crafts” to discuss their leadership roles in teh world of catering and events.  You can watch their interviews here:

Michael Cerbelli, Cerbelli Creative and presenter of “The Hot List with Michael Cerbelli”

Mary Crafts of “Culinary Crafts” the 2024 Michael Roman Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient


To read an article on the conference click here!


About CSTSE by Informa Connect

Informa Connect delivers content-rich live and on demand events, training and specialist digital content to businesses and professionals. Catersource + The Special Event is the only annual event of its kind. A show of unrivaled influence and inspiration, it’s a spirited gathering of all the people, ideas, and trending innovations shaping the catering and events industry.

About Laura Schwartz

Professional Emcee, Keynote Speaker and Author Laura Schwartz knows how to make live events succeed.  Whether hosting a corporate event or delivering a keynote on stage, Laura brings the experience and energy to make your message resonate with any audience! Laura was voted yearly as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the International Events Industry 2023, 2022, 2021, 2020 and 2019. Along with her cast of ITV London, Laura and team won the prestigious Drum Awards “Podcast of the Year” in 2021.

For more information on or to schedule Laura to speak, please contact Ashley Brooks at or 312-767-7415.