Overall Excellence Chapter Award



December Signature Series and Silent Auction

December 7, 2023
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest
1275 South Huron Street
Ypsilanti, Michigan
United States
MPI Michigan Chapter


11:00 AM - 11:30 PM: Registration& Silent Auction

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM: Networking Activity

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM: Strolling Lunch

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM: Fireside Chat Featuring Facilitator & Speaker, Heather Hansen O'Neill

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM: Live Auction

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM: Collective Insights Roundtable Discussion

*The silent auction will take place online before the event and throughout the duration of the program*


MPI Member Planner - $25 Early Bird, $35 after November 10th

Supplier - $40 Early Bird; $50 after November 10th

Students - $20 Early Bird; $25 after November 10th

Non-Member - $80 Early Bird; $90 after November 10th



Booking Website: https://book.passkey.com/e/50681409



Bridging the Generations Gap: Secrets for Emerging Leaders in the Meeting Industry

The initial stride in constructing a stronger and more inclusive team involves comprehending the disparities between generations. Baby Boomers, Gen X, Millennials, and Gen Z each contribute distinct perspectives, values, expectations, and benefits. By understanding these differences, leaders can effectively bridge the gap and empower the next generations of talented individuals in the meeting and event world.

This dynamic program will include an inspiring keynote with actionable takeaways, engagement, and a panel of experts to share industry specific examples.


1. Learn the differences of the generations and the benefit they bring to the table
2. Appreciation of the generational context of organizational diversity and inclusion

3. Discover top strategies on how to adapt communication for optimal team development, productivity, and wellness for all.

The generation gap impacts all industries because it’s a human issue. However, this program will provide meeting and event stories and examples benefiting both planners and suppliers.


Heather Hansen O'Neill : President, From Fear to Fire

Heather Hansen O’Neill is an international keynote speaker, behavioral expert, author of Find Your Fire, Teams on Fire! and coauthor of the new Amazon best seller- Where’s the Office? Moving Today’s Leaders from What IS to What CAN BE. Heather is also a 2x TEDx speaker, host of the popular podcast From Fear to Fire, and creator of L-FOCUS (Leadership For Our Children’s Ultimate Success). She stimulates vibrant energy, focus, and action for those who want to collaborate effectively, lead change, and achieve massive results.  Heather’s mission is to open leaders’ minds and hearts to the possibility within them.

Ryan Hundt: Chief Executive Officer, Michigan Works! Association 

In his role as Chief Executive Officer, Ryan connects with various stakeholders to generate enthusiasm for workforce development policies and priorities that will positively impact Michigan businesses and workers. To accomplish these objectives, Ryan focuses on building cooperation across the state, while orchestrating the efforts of the Michigan Works! staff, board members, and other stakeholders toward common goals that reflect the needs of the workforce development system. 
Prior to joining the Michigan Works! Association, Ryan spent eight years with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. Most recently, Ryan served as a Regional Director of Growth & Development at the MEDC, where he led a team focused primarily on business retention and expansion.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Oakland University in 2011.
Ryan believes that anything can be accomplished through teamwork, dedication, and a positive attitude. He uses these characteristics to build strategic working relationships, using a collaborative atmosphere as the foundation for success.


Olivia Cannella:  Student, Michigan State

Olivia Cannella is a senior at Michigan State university studying hospitality business with a focus on events management. She has over seven years of extensive experience in the hospitality business industry including guest services, food and beverage, and event management. Olivia is an active leader in the school of hospitality business as the president of the meeting and events club.

Jane Lloyd: Student, University of Michigan


Venue Details

Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest sits on the shore of Ford Lake and offers easy access to Eagle Crest Golf Club and Eastern Michigan University's Rynearson Stadium.  Downtown Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan are a short drive away.

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