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December 3, 2020
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MPI-CC Spark Sessions

3 December, 2020
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Zoom
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MPI-CC

Join us for an afternoon of Spark Sessions and in person Meet-Ups!

The Spark Sessions will be done virtually via Zoom. Then we will have the option to gather for in-person meet-ups in either Charlotte or Raleigh. 

There will be no fee to attend the meet-ups as we want to simply provide the opportunity for you to meet safely with your industry friends. Each meet-up will be held in an outdoor space (with heaters), practicing physical distancing and masks are required when not eating or drinking. 

Agenda

 12:15   Log on, open networking   Zoom 
 12:30 - 1:15pm       Spark Sessions - Round 1         Zoom 
 1:20 - 2:05pm   Spark Sessions - Round 2   Zoom 
 4:30 - 6:30pm  
Meet-Ups 
*Optional
 
 Raleigh - Marriott Crabtree
 Charlotte - Ballantyne Hotel 

 


Spark Sessions

We will repeat each topic twice so that you have a chance to attend two different spark sessions with your peers. 

Topic #1: Own Who You Are & Let Go of Who You're Not

In a world where everyone’s highlight reel is blasted over social media, it is more difficult than ever to feel confident in the way we were created, who we were designed to be and what we were put on this earth to do. If the comparison bug has ever bitten you, or if impostor syndrome seems to be a way of life for you, I would love to help you see breakthrough. Wouldn’t it be freeing to know that you don’t have to be great at everything and why? Using practical examples, I show you the power of operating in your natural gifts and talents, and just as importantly, how to release the pressure to be everything to everyone.

Facilitator: Kristin Frade is a wife, mom, business owner, and bundt cake lover. She’s also a sucker for some white queso! She has been teaching, training, and mentoring people for over a decade and built a business that landed her in the top 1% of her company. She is an expert in customizing communication and seeing people as individuals contributing to the betterment of the whole. Kristin thrives off of the "a-ha" moments people get when they hear her speak. Her coaching clients range from entrepreneurs to executives that are high performing, deeply committed individuals. They come to her to find clarity in where they are and where they want to be and then receive Kristin’s actionable items and accountability to get them there...faster. Kristin has a gift for seeing things that her clients don’t see for themselves and illuminating blind spots. Her life’s mission is to impact the masses, even if it’s one person at a time.

EIC_Preferred Provider Approved LogoMPI-CC is a CMP Preferred Provider. The program(s) identified with the CMP Preferred Provider logo meet the requirements to receive continuing education (CE) credit for the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) credential. The use of the CMP Preferred Provider Course logo is not an endorsement by the Events Industry Council of the quality of the session. For more information about the CMP credential or CMP Preferred Provider Program, please visit www.EventsCouncil.org.

Topic #2 Hidden in Plain Sight

Human trafficking is the second largest criminal industry in the world and has become a multibillion-dollar business from selling human beings. Learn the ins and outs of this atrocious crime on global, national, and local scales. Find out who is being trafficked and how, along with the warning signs. This industry is barbaric, but there are ways for you to help. Figure out what you can do to combat this crime in your own community!

Facilitator: Alexa Nagy is the community outreach and development coordinator with Lily Pad Haven. With a communications background and a passion to fight human trafficking, she made it her mission to enter the nonprofit world to help human trafficking survivors integrate back into society. Alexa started volunteering with the organization two summers ago and landed a full-time role in August 2018, in which she handles community outreach, volunteer efforts, fundraising events and donor relations.

EIC_Preferred Provider Approved LogoMPI-CC is a CMP Preferred Provider. The program(s) identified with the CMP Preferred Provider logo meet the requirements to receive continuing education (CE) credit for the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) credential. The use of the CMP Preferred Provider Course logo is not an endorsement by the Events Industry Council of the quality of the session. For more information about the CMP credential or CMP Preferred Provider Program, please visit www.EventsCouncil.org.

Topic #3 Journey of a Successful Event Planner

What opportunities are there for a career in the events industry? What certifications and professional development opportunities should one seek? In this session, we’ll discuss career paths, opportunities for growth and advancement, and overcoming challenges.

Facilitator: Nancy Lowe, CMP, has been in the meetings industry for nearly 30 years, including working on the hotel side in catering and convention services, and more recently serving as meeting planner for 11 medical associations with the North Carolina Medical Society. In August of 2019, Nancy joined FirstPoint Management Resources as senior account manager and meeting planner, where she currently serves as Director of Meetings for a national association.

Nancy earned her CMP designation in 1998 and has served on the boards of both Meeting Professionals International – Carolinas Chapter and AENC. She currently chairs AENC’s Professional Development Committee and serves on MPI-CC’s Nominations Committee and on the Blitz editorial team. She has been recognized for her service to the industry, by MPI-CC with its Planner of the Year and Hall of Fame Awards, and by AENC with its Distinguished Service Award.

EIC_Preferred Provider Approved LogoMPI-CC is a CMP Preferred Provider. The program(s) identified with the CMP Preferred Provider logo meet the requirements to receive continuing education (CE) credit for the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) credential. The use of the CMP Preferred Provider Course logo is not an endorsement by the Events Industry Council of the quality of the session. For more information about the CMP credential or CMP Preferred Provider Program, please visit www.EventsCouncil.org.

Topic #4 Start Here: Assessing Your Company's Role in DEI

Diversity is not a buzz word. This session is meant to spark deep conversation about why and how you and your organization can contribute to meaningful and sustainable diversity equity and inclusion efforts in your industry. Zoe Moore and Tanida Mullen have served alongside each other in 2020 to help promote sustainable practices of diversity equity and inclusion within the hospitality industry. It is safe to say that coming up with a strategy that is sustainable can be a little daunting if you don’t know where to start. This session is designed to help attendees get comfortable with conversations that lead to sustainable action.

1. How to assess where your organization is at it relates to Diversity Equity & Inclusion
2. How to create a missions statement that is sustainable and makes clear your commitment to Diversity Equity and Inclusion.
3. How to create an internal strategy for long term DEI success.

Facilitator: Tanida Mullen, CMP, CTE, TDM, has a proven track record of excellence and has been a trainer in the hospitality and restaurant industry for over 14 years. Tanida has been selected to facilitate customer service programs for several divisions within her company and has created and led leadership and sales classes to promote employee development. Her success in working with teams has been the result of her creativity and thirst for knowledge.

Tanida is a member of MPI Texas Hill Country Chapter and has served on the board for MPI THCC in communication & membership positions. Tanida has served as chair for the Global MPI Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Committee. Curator at The Savvy Young Professional, Tanida has built a platform for young professionals to garner career advice With a passion for helping teams build camaraderie and focus on creating the best experience for their target customer, Tanida focuses on using custom strategies for the unique needs of her clients.

EIC_Preferred Provider Approved LogoMPI-CC is a CMP Preferred Provider. The program(s) identified with the CMP Preferred Provider logo meet the requirements to receive continuing education (CE) credit for the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) credential. The use of the CMP Preferred Provider Course logo is not an endorsement by the Events Industry Council of the quality of the session. For more information about the CMP credential or CMP Preferred Provider Program, please visit www.EventsCouncil.org.


Registration

Members

$20 (includes spark sessions and meet-up)

Non-Members

$30 (includes spark sessions and meet-up)

Meet-Up only

Complimentary


Venue Details

Spark Sessions - we will send out a zoom link as we get closer to the event

Ballantyne Hotel
10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway
Charlotte, NC 28277

Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley
4500 Marriott Drive
Raleigh, NC 27612
The hotel will be offering a $99 group rate for anyone who is interested in staying overnight. Please contact Christine Irwin for more information. 

As we are just facilitating a gathering, any drinks or food will be purchased on own.

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