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January 2020 Educational Program

January 21, 2020
10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
1919 Piedmont Rd.
Atlanta, Georgia

Shift into a New Year with Mental Health & Event Wellness

Happy New Year! Join us and our wellness experts as we discuss how to stay healthy while planning your events and traveling along with the necessary skills to improve your mental health and the use of technology to assist with your wellness in the New Year! 


10:15 AM - 11:30 AM:

Registration and Networking
10:45 AM - 11:30 AM:
The Exchange (planners only)
11:15 AM:
Doors open for Lunch
11:40 AM - 12:10 PM:
12:10 PM - 1:30 PM:

  Kelly Treadway: 

With two decades of experience in the events industry, Kelly Treadway is the owner and lead strategist for EventCurious, a digital marketing agency that services special event and hospitality companies across North America.

Passionate and driven – Kelly has a pulse on the events industry which allows her projects to excel in collaborative ways with those she works with. Not only an authority on marketing, Kelly has developed an affinity for promoting healthy living amongst her favorite people...event and meeting professionals!

Founder of ‘Event Professionals RUN The World' and a wellness coach at FitCurious, she is raising awareness and growing a worldwide community of health-minded professionals to combat the unique stressors of the events and meetings industry.




Meredith Martini:

Meredith Martini is the owner and creative force behind PlayWorks Group. With over 20 years planning, designing and facilitating, her passion for unique learning environments within meetings, conferences and retreats only continues to grow.

She began her career as a researcher and consultant at Deloitte and Touche and later began developing her skills at creating and executing programs and events at a wide variety of different organizations and facilities. She received her master’s degree from the College of Education at Georgia State University, focusing on group and play dynamics.

In 2002, Meredith launched PlayWorks Group, a niche planning firm, focusing on organizations’ interactive meeting design and team event needs. One of PlayWorks Group’s specialties is team building programs that give back to the community in some way. In 2012, Meredith also started meetingWorks in order to segment the meeting design portion of the business. Meredith’s dedication to creating engaging and entertaining experience and interactions for her clients has given her the opportunity to work with a broad range of companies and organizations including Wells Fargo, Home Depot, Merck Pharmaceutical, Chick-fil-A, Johnson & Johnson and Kimberly Clark.

Meredith is a graduate of the Disney Institute of Leadership Excellence and has been a panelist, speaker, facilitator and writer for a variety of organizations including Technology Association of Georgia, Meeting Professionals International, Plan Your Meetings, Senior Planners Industry Network, Cvent and others. Ms. Martini is a long standing member of Meeting Professionals International Georgia Chapter, serving five terms on the Board of Directors, including a year as President. She’s received both the Lifetime Achievement and President’s Awards from the organization. She is also a member of PCMA and SPIN.


Heather Herrig, CMP:

Heather Herrig, CMP, is the President & Chief Event Strategist of Every Last Detail, a full-service corporate events and meetings firm dedicated to high-touch, seamless, and strategic events. For Heather, it’s all about bringing people together, and helping organizations achieve more as a result.

In addition to event planning and management, Heather's diverse career includes work in marketing, corporate communications, and organizational strategy - allowing her to offer clients a comprehensive array of services.

Heather is deeply committed to the meetings and events industry and seizes every opportunity to give back. She has previously served on the Board of MPI Georgia for multiple terms, contributes to the SPIN Small Business Community, and is on the teaching team for Emory University’s Continuing Education Certificate in Event Planning, where she has discovered a deep passion for teaching and supporting the next generation of event professionals. Most recently, she has joined the Board of Advisors for the Alliance of Independent Meeting Professionals.

In addition, she has co-created The Business Bootcamp for Independent Planners, which builds on her dedication to this industry’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.

Heather’s achievements within the hospitality industry have been recognized by BizBash, as she was named to their list of the Top 1000 People in Events.


Tess Vismale, CMP, DES:

Tess thrives on-site executing events and tech merged with events. She is passionate about smart technology for hospitality professionals. She’s always on the road educating professionals on the latest and greatest technologies, as well as practical tech solutions that can make their lives easier and more efficient.

Tess is Tech Whisperer with DAHLIA+ AGENCY; Chief Event Executioner for iSocialExecution, Inc. and Speaker. She is the former Senior Event Lead, Atlanta Botanical Garden, and Conference Center Manager, Atlanta Technical College; where she served on the President’s Leadership Team.  Tess is a CMP (Certified Meeting Professional), stage manager for TEDxPeachtree (9yrs); “Meetings Trendsetter” & awarded the GaMPI Shining Star Award. She was featured in the Connect Meeting Intelligence Magazine’s article, entitled “How I Work: Tess Vismale on Executing Events.

A native Chicagoan by way of Atlanta, she holds a BA from Spelman College enjoys social media, creative visionary thinking, tennis & watching mixed martial arts (MMA).


Dr. Josue Andino:
Dr. Josue Andino has been a Clinical Therapeutic Massage Therapist and Clinical Sports Massage Therapeutic Specialist since 1993. He is a Board Certified and Licensed Chiropractor since 2000.

Dr. Andino has traveled the world training in many wholistic techniques, including training in the healing art of Qi Gong, Beijing China. He owns and operates Tired Soles, LLC, a clinic that specializes in healing of the feet, body and soul. 

Dr. Andino has been studying the effects of oils, CBD products and utilizing them with his patients for the past five years. 

He created and owns a product line of CBD products named Tired Soles CBD.

Thank You to Our Event Sponsors:

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Registration Fees:

Early Registration Fees (Before 5:00 PM on Friday, December 27, 2019):
Early Bird MPI Georgia Member - $45
Early Bird MPI Georgia Non Member - $70

Standard Registration Fees (After 5:00 PM on Friday, December 27 thru 5:00 PM on Thursday, January 17):
MPI Georgia Member - $55
MPI Georgia Non Member - $80

Student Registration Fees:
MPI Georgia Student Member - $20
MPI Georgia Student Non Member - $30

Online registration will close at 5:00 PM on Thursday, January 17, 2020. Please register before this time to ensure that we have space for you!

Onsite Registration Fees:
Please note that MPI Georgia charges an additional $5 onsite fee for any registrations completed after the close of online pre-registration for the event. Note: Onsite registration may not be available. Please check the website the day prior to the event to confirm availability.

MPI Georgia Chapter Attendance Policy:
All Essential Level members or non-members are limited to no more than two events in one fiscal year and must pay the Essential Level/Non-member rate. MPI Preferred or Premier Level members are welcome to attend all chapter events at the Member Price. 

Cancellations: If you need to cancel your registration a full refund will be granted if cancellation is received in writing before 5:00 PM on the Thursday before the event. After that time there will be no refunds. Please send cancellation notice to info@mpigeorgia.org. 

Additionally, registration fees may not be applied or transferred to future events.

Substitutions: If you have registered but are unable to attend the meeting, you may substitute another employee from your company at no additional charge.

Don't Miss The Exchange, MPI Georgia's Planner Only Interactive Session.

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This free session takes place from 10:45 AM - 11:30 AM, preceding the educational program. Please indicate your participation during registration for the educational program.

The Exchange is designed to provide a casual environment for planners of all experience levels to interact and discuss "topics of the day" interests, as well as allow for spontaneous interactions/discussions.

Since all planner members have a unique combination of skills and experiences; The Exchange provides an opportunity for all participants to share, question, and contribute to enhancing their knowledge and planning skills. Don't miss this exciting opportunity to participate in this unique "planner only" experience!

WHAT: The Exchange - Planner ONLY Sessions (Scheduled just prior to the January 2020 Educational Program)

DATE: January 21, 2020

TIME: 10:45 AM - 11:30 AM

COST: FREE (please indicate your participation during pre-registration for the January Educational Program)


Special Thanks to The Exchange Sponsor:


Thank You to Our Annual Sponsors:


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Venue Details

The Carlyle
1919 Piedmont Road NW
Atlanta, GA 30324

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