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September Education Program & Networking Luncheon

September 27, 2022
10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Hyatt Regency Atlanta Perimeter at Villa Christina
4000 Summit Blvd
Atlanta, Georgia
MPI Georgia

Registration for this event is now closed. Please email info@mpigeorgia.org with any questions. 

The Need to be Decisively Indecisive:  Understanding Behavioral Changes for the Meetings & Event Industry

The Pandemic forced all of us to experience so many learnings, twist, and forks in the road.  As we start to emerge into a clearer future, there has never been a greater need for you to be Decisively Indecisive.

“Affective Forecasting”, the psychological study of how one feels into the future is front and center after 2020.  The experience of 2020 has absolutely been unexpected, uncertain, and devastating in many ways.  We now face a world, country, economy, and industry traveling a road much less traveled as we begin to restart our global commerce engine and hospitality industry.

What will be the long-term changes in our industry?  What were the silver linings to come out of this challenging time?  It is important to know where to look and more importantly to not overthink what may or may not be structural in change.

This session will help identify the questions we should be asking as we know the next 18 months will set the course on where end up with permanent behavioral changes to the Meetings & Events Industry.

Learning Objectives:

  • Update on the current situation regarding the Global state of COVID19 and Vaccine distribution
  • Meeting environment expected changes for the remainder of 2022
  • Current state of the economy and expectations for 2022 and 2023
  • A review of travel experience changes and expectations
  • The need to engage – still ever present
  • Adoption of technology and process in a “Fast Forward” society

    Keynote Speaker: Michael Dominguez
President & CEO for Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI)



Dominguez serves as the President & CEO for Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI).   ALHI is the largest Global Sales Organization with a team of nearly 80 professionals located among 26 offices across North America and Europe, ALHI’s serves a membership group of hotels that are Independent Hotels & Independent Brands that are an exclusive luxury collection.   Prior to joining ALHI, Michael served in executive sales leadership roles with MGM Resorts and many brand and independent branded companies.

Michael is actively involved in leadership roles in the Meetings and Events Industry and serves as a Past Chairman of the International Board of Directors for MPI.

Michael speaks in the industry often on topics of disruption, the state of the industry, the economy, behavioral lessons.  Michael was recognized in M&C Magazines survey of top industry speakers and was an invited speaker at South by Southwest in 2018.

Michael's other industry leadership involvement includes board positions with:

  • US Travel Association (Executive Committee)
  • Meetings Mean Business Coalition (Executive Committee)
  • Co-Chair EIC’s Taskforce on COVID Recovery
  • AMCI’s Board of Directors
  • ASAE’s Board of Directors
  • FICP’s Influence Committee
  • APEX Standards Committee
  • GBTA Foundation Board
  • HSMAI Foundation Board
  • Co-Chair APEX Room Piracy Taskforce
Michael was recently recognized in the industry for numerous honors including: 
  • HispanicBusiness.com’s “50 Most Influential Hispanics in the US”.
  • MPI’s 50th Anniversary – “50 Most Influential”
  • MeetingsNet – 2022 Changemakers
  • HSMAI Lifetime Achievement Award in Sales 2021
  • BizBash 500: Must Know Event Pros of 2020
  • M&C Magazine’s Top 25 Influencer of 2020
  • Induction in the EIC’s Hall of Leaders in 2019
  • Successful Meetings Top 25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry 2013 -2015
  • Smart Meetings 2015 Smartest Industry Leaders
  • HSMAI’s 2014 Top Minds in Sales and Marketing
  • Meetings Focus 2014 Trendsetter
  • MeetingsNet 2014 Changemakers

Schedule of Events: 

 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM ~   Registration & Networking 
 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM ~   The Exchange (Planners Only) 
 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM ~   Committee Volunteer Fair 
 11:15 AM - 11:30 AM ~   Doors Open & Seating for Program
 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM ~   Lunch 
 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM ~   Program and Presentations 

Registration Rates: 
Member: $50
Non-Member: $70
Note: Onsite registrations will incur an additional $10 fee

Cancellation Policy:
If you need to cancel your registration a full refund will be granted if cancellation is received in writing before 5:00 PM on September 21. 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.

Substitution Policy:
If you have registered but are unable to attend the meeting, you may substitute another employee from your company at no additional charge. Please send written notification of this change before 5:00 PM on September 21 to info@mpigeorgia.org. After that time, substitutions will need to be made onsite.

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