August 20, 2020
August Virtual Meeting
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Meetings
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August 2020 Virtual Meeting

20 August, 2020
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Virtual
Virtual
Organizer
MPI-CC

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Meeting Agenda
Thursday, August 20th  

 Time

 

3:00pm 

 Welcome 

3:00pm - 3:30pm

General Session: "Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Meetings"
   Speaker: Antwone Stigall, CMP, DES, CED

3:30pm - 4:00pm

Spark Session Breakouts (Choose One)

  Topic 1: "Best Practices for Implementing a D&I Process" 
               Led by: Antwone Stigall, CMP, DES, CED

  Topic 2: "Best Practices for F&B and Room Sets with Social
                 Distancing"
               Led by: Joe Barrow, Director of Hotel Sales at Colonial
                           Williamsburg Resorts
                            Lynn Skinner, Sales Manager at Rizzo Center

 Topic 3: "Virtual Meetings: A Deeper Dive"
               Led by: Ricardo Hicks, Owner, Tech Factory Productions
                           Amelia Hodges, CMP, CMM, Director of Professional
                           Development, NC Association of CPAs
 
  Topic 4: "Mindfulness and Self-Care during a Pandemic"
              Led by: Rosy Crumpton, Certified Integrative Health Coach 

4:00pm - 5:00pm

 Virtual Happy Hour – "Chat, Relax and Sip"
   Hosted/Bartended by: Ashley Owens, Visit Greenville, SC


General Session

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Meetings

This session will include: 

  • Antwone will speak about his experience as the International Chair of the MPI Diversity & Inclusion Task Force.
  • Address challenges that organizations experience when it comes to diversity and inclusion (Ex. Lack of commitment, funding, lack of support from leadership) & strategies to help overcome these challenges.
  • How do we define Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion?
  • Why is this topic so important in the meeting industry and what’s the ROI?
  • How can we measure our D&I initiatives?

EIC_Preferred Provider LogoThis program has been submitted to the Events Industry Council for CMP Preferred Provider review.

Speaker

Antwone Stigall CMP, DES, CED

Chief Events Officer, Antwone Stigall & Co. | Event Management & Production

Antwone

Antwone Stigall leads the Antwone Stigall & Co team with over 10+ years of industry experience. A champion for event industry diversity & inclusion and the educational advancement of his colleagues, he Known for his transparent and vibrant persona. Antwone is an innate leader with a keen eye for strategic planning, meetings execution and destination management.

Antwone brings event production experience so matchless that he can plan a program and a production in his sleep without a toss or a turn. His experience ranges from elaborate and broadcasted productions at mega churches of 20,000+ members, nonprofit creatively budgeted event experiences to custom event services at event agencies. Antwone eats, drinks, lives, and breathes events.

Antwone is a dedicated meeting professional who serves his industry unapologetically. He has served as a Two Term Vice President for the Tennessee Chapter of Meeting Professionals International, an International Chair for the Meeting Professionals International Diversity & Inclusion Task Force, chartered the first Student Chapter of MPI:TN, speaks at industry global events, and has been featured in several global event industry publications.

An industry leader and elaborately decorated professional, Antwone is a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP), Digital Event Strategist (DES) and doesn’t plan to stop there. Antwone is also a proud member of Meeting Professionals International (MPI), Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), and American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). When he not planning strategic meetings and events, you can find Antwone spending time with his family, being an amazing Godfather, and somewhere in an open field horseback riding.



Spark Sessions

Back by popular demand! Join us for a series of focus groups to spark meaningful conversations with each other on specific topics. Connect with others to share ideas and collaborate on solutions.

Topic 1: "Best Practices for Implementing a D&I Process" 
              Led by: Antwone Stigall, CMP, DES, CED

Topic 2: "Best Practices for F&B and Room Sets with Social Distancing"
              
Led by: Joe Barrow, Director of Hotel Sales at Colonial Williamsburg Resorts
                           Lynn Skinner, Sales Manager at Rizzo Center

Topic 3: "Virtual Meetings: A Deeper Dive"
              Led by: Ricardo Hicks, Owner, Tech Factory Productions 
                           Amelia Hodges, CMP, CMM, Director of Professional Development, 
                          NC Association of CPAs

Topic 4: "Mindfulness and Self-Care during a Pandemic"
               Led by: Rosy Crumpton, Certified Integrative Health Coach 

Rosy is a Certified Integrative Health Coach and a published writer. She has 15 years of professional experience in behavioral healthcare and has helped clients focus on their health journey: Nutrition, Exercise, Personal and Professional Development, Stress Reduction and Mindfulness Practice Exercises, Relationships, Communication, and Spirituality.  http://rosycrumpton.com/ 



Feedback from our first Spark Sessions:

  • Great information sharing and interaction. I would highly suggest we continue. Thank you! - Lisa Gallo, Daimler Truck Financial  
  • The small group setting made the session flexible and welcoming for questions and discussion. We got to ask all of our questions and share experiences with each other. Very productive. Nice chance to connect with members, too. - Elizabeth Peeler, D-P Planning Meetings & Events
  • The spark session I attended was hugely beneficial and the time flew by. While I`m glad it was just an hour out of my day, I left wanting to know more. Let`s do it again soon! Thank you!!

EIC_Preferred Provider LogoThis program has been submitted to the Events Industry Council for CMP Preferred Provider review.


Virtual Happy Hour: Chat, Relax & Sip!

Hosted/Bartended by: Ashley Owens, Visit Greenville, SC

Ashley will do an instructional cocktail making mini- class as part of the happy hour! If you'd like to participate, look out for an ingredient list to be sent out ahead of time so you're prepped to make your cocktail with your MPI-CC family! 

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