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September 2019 Chapter Meeting & Business XChange

26 September, 2019 - 27 September, 2019
2:00 PM - 12:00 PM
Hilton Raleigh North Hills
3415 Wake Forest Road
Raleigh, NC
MPI Carolinas Chapter

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Tentative Agenda

Thursday, September 26th




9:30am - 12:00pm   

Board of Directors Meeting


12:00pm - 6:30pm



12:00pm - 3pm

XChange Registration / Set-Up Open

2:00pm - 3:00pm  ISBO (Independent & Small Business Owners) Meet Up Dogwood
2:00pm - 3:00pm  Committee Meeting: Meeting Planning Congressional

2:30pm - 3:00pm

New Member / First Timer Mixer


3:00pm - 4:00pm

Education Session: Practical Communication Strategies for Navigating Networking Events and Trade Shows 
For Planners and XChange Exhibitors Only  
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Salon DE

4:15pm - 6:30pm

Business XChange
*Complimentary for Planners

Grand Ballroom 3-4

6:45pm - 8:45pm

Welcome Reception


Friday, September 27th




7:30am - 9:30am       



8:00am - 9:00am

Chapter Announcements begin at 8:45                        

Grand Ballroom 3-5

9:00am - 10:15am

Education Session: Practical Communication Strategies for Navigating Your Most Challenging Business Interactions
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Grand Ballroom 3-5

10:15am - 10:30am

Morning Break


10:30am - 12:00pm

Education Session: Part II
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Grand Ballroom 3-5

12:10pm - 12:40pm

CMP Exam Information Session



Thursday: Practical Communication Strategies for Navigating Networking Events and Trade Shows
For Planners and Exhibiting Suppliers Only

Does it drive you bonkers when they avoid eye contact or when they look like they’d rather be anywhere else in the world than here? Or how about when they seem to express genuine interest, but then you get ghosted? You invest valuable time, energy and resources attending networking events or trade shows.  You come with specific goals for your next event. Learn practical, tactical tips for making the most of interactions with buyers, sellers, colleagues, and customers in networking or exhibit hall environments. Meeting professionals will learn strategies for getting the information you need to effectively manage your event project plans and identify the best potential sites for your event. Suppliers will take away techniques for communicating your differentiators and asking the questions that help you identify whether they're a great match for you. 

CMP_PP Program LogoThe use of the CMP Preferred Provider Pre-Check logo is not an endorsement by the Events Industry Council of the quality of the session. This logo means that this session has met the criteria to be pre-approved for CMP certification credit.

Friday: Practical Communication Strategies for Navigating Your Most Challenging Business Interactions

As busy professionals, you simply don’t have time for inefficient or ineffective interactions that linger on for weeks (or months!). This session starts with a candid panel discussion of planners and suppliers who road-tested the networking and trade show strategies at the Business XChange. The panel is followed by a lively, spirited program that dives deep into your biggest communication/interaction challenges at work, in the chapter, and beyond. Based on your very own input, we’ll tackle the interactions that cause you the most strife and equip you with practical techniques for handling them. Meeting professionals will learn communication tactics for developing a stellar program with input from all stakeholders and for keeping stakeholders relationships strong and supportive. Suppliers will learn strategies for building even better relationships with buyers with a few simple shifts in communication.  

CMP_PP Program Logo The use of the CMP Preferred Provider Pre-Check logo is not an endorsement by the Events Industry Council of the quality of the session. This logo means that this session has met the criteria to be pre-approved for CMP certification credit.

Speaker: Wendy Gates Corbett

Wendy Gates Corbett is an author, speaker, and escaped global training executive with 20+ years of experience designing and delivering invigorating presentations. But, it was an experience she had with a professional speaker that led her to leave the safe, but stale corporate world in 2013 to embark on her mission: to rid the world of bad presentations and bad presenters (by making them both better and more engaging). She presented a breakout session, ‘The Latest Dish on Experiential Events from 5 Experience Master Chefs’ at WEC 2019 in Toronto.

Wendy is a sought-after leader in the training industry. She speaks at local, national, and international conferences on the power of engagement, creating visual learning, presenting with presence, and the power of belonging. She recently served on the ATD Global Board of Directors. She also served as a Speaker Coach and the Slide Designer for TEDxRaleigh 2016: she worked alongside each speaker and his/her coach to hone their message and designed the final slides for every speaker.

Wendy’s company, Refresher Training, LLC works with professional athletes, speakers, and business leaders to help them speak with confidence, authority, and impact.

Business XChange
Date: Thursday, September 26th
Time: 4:15pm - 6:30pm

Don't expect your typical trade show... get ready to engage with our Business XChange exhibitors on Sept. 26 at the Hilton Raleigh North Hills in Raleigh, N.C.
Our innovative format is effective, efficient and engaging!

For the first hour of the program, planners will have time to meet with the exhibitors…then comes the real fun! Get ready for one-on-one discussions, exhibitor to planner. With timed networking, each planner will have the chance to meet each exhibitor.

Come prepared to learn more about a property/region or bring business ready to go!

We hope this experience will give planners and XChange exhibitors the opportunity for evolved relationships, from introduction of the property/region to future business and support, as well as inspire you for the rest of the year and beyond!

All XChange exhibitors & planners will receive exclusive access to personalized profiles, including contact information, for each participating company or planner. 

  Exhibitor Registration   Late Rate
  (After Aug. 16th)
  Member   $500   $600
  Non-Member   $650   $750
  Annual Sponsor   $450   $550

Business XChange Program Sponsor
 - $1,000
Two Available

Business XChange Break Sponsor -Tech Factory 

Business XChange Bag Sponsor - Spartanburg CVB

List of Giveaways for Planners:

Bay Watch Resort (North Myrtle) - 1 night stay in oceanfront 1 bedroom suite w/ tickets to Alabama Theatre
Blockade Runner - Sunday brunch for (4) in the Oceanfront East Dining Room
Cabarrus County CVB - 4 tickets to the NHRA Carolina Nationals (Oct 11-13, 2019)
Chapel Hill CVB - Basket of Chapel Hill goodies
Harrah's Cherokee - 2 night stay (Sunday-Thurs), 1 spa service, dinner for 2 at Chef's Stage and breakfast for 2 at Selu Garden Cafe
Holiday Inn Resort Wrightsville Beach - Beach bucket w/ a one night stay
Hotel Ballast - 2 night stay with breakfast
Johnston County CVB - Beer, Wine & Shine Trail basket: Enjoy this Johnston County Beer, Wine & Shine Trail themed gift basket that includes a sample from some of the 7 stops on the trail as well as multiple items from the Johnston County Visitors Bureau.
Memphis Tourism - $100 gift certificate to Corky's BBQ
Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley - Overnight stay w/ breakfast
Rizzo Conference Center - 10 person day meeting
Rizzo Conference Center - 2 night stay
Sanderling Resort - 1 night stay
Sheraton Imperial - 1 night weekend stay w/ breakfast for 2
Virginia Beach Gift bag with a beer glass, notebook and snacks and overnight stay from The Founders Inn and Spa, Tapestry Collection by Hilton Virginia Beach
Virginia Beach Gift bag with a beer glass, notebook and snacks, Overnight stay, breakfast for two from Hilton Garden Inn Virginia Beach Oceanfront.
Visit Winston Salem - basket with local treats and an overnight stay at the Marriott

Current Exhibitors:

Alabama Theatre
Blockade Runner Beach Resort
Blue Diamond Transportation
Cabarrus County Convention & Visitors Bureau
Chapel Hill/ Orange County Visitors Bureau
Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
City of Virginia Beach
Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
Courtyard Carolina Beach Oceanfront
Crowne Plaza Greenville, SC
Discover Burke County
Discover Durham
Drum Team Collective
Durham Convention Center
Embassy Suites Orlando Lake Buena Vista South
Experience Columbia SC
Fayetteville Area CVB
Grandover Resort and Conference Center
Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau
Harrah's Cherokee Casino & Hotel
Holiday Inn Resort Wrightsville Beach
Hospitality of BlueGrass Management LLC
Hotel Ballast, Tapestry Collection by Hilton
IWP Photography
Johnston County Visitors Bureau
Memphis Tourism
Myrtle Beach Convention Center
New Bern Riverfront Convention Center
Oceana Resorts
Pinehurst Resort & Spa
Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley
Sewa Beats
Sheraton Imperial Hotel Raleigh-Durham Airport at Research Triangle Park
Spartanburg Marriott
The Ballantyne
The Francis Marion Hotel
The Rizzo Center
The Sanderling Resort & Spa
The Sheraton Charlotte
Village at River Landing
Visit Winston-Salem
Visit Greenville NC
Walnut Hill Events
Wilmington and Beaches CVB


Are you a freelancer, independent planner or small business owner? If so, you are invited to attend a first-ever meet up with your peers!

  • Thursday, Sept. 26 from 2 to 3 PM @ Hilton Raleigh North Hills

MPI Global has created an Independent/Small Business Owners Community and selected the Carolinas Chapter as one of the Pilot Test Chapters to gain input from to help shape its services and programs. The networking session will be led by the ISBO community co-chair Rod Abraham.


Late Rate Incurred after September 16th. No refunds given after September 20th.

Full Meeting Registration         Late Rate
Member $90 $105
Non-Member $125    $140


Education Only Registration   Late Rate
Member $75      $90
Non-Member $95 $110


Welcome Reception Only Registration   Late Rate
Member $65      $80
Non-Member $85 $100


Other Registration Late Rate
Student $60      $75
Spouse / Non-Industry Guest     $80 $95

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