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February Signature Series

February 1, 2024
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
AC Hotel by Marriott Lansing University Area
3160 E Michigan Ave
Lansing, MI
MPI Michigan Chapter

Save the Date for our February Signature Series!

More information and registration coming soon.




11:30 AM - 12:00 PM - Registration & Networking

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM - Networking Lunch

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM - Sustainability  and Meetings - Dr. Jonathon Day

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM - TBD



Sustainability has never been more important to the meetings industry. Yet sustainability can be a complicated and confusing topic. In this presentation, we’ll cover a range of topics designed to help meeting planners and tourism industry partners implement sustainability programs that improve participant satisfaction, support clients’ corporate social responsibility goals, and contribute to your destination community’s quality of life.

In this session, we’ll cover big-picture issues and provide practical tips that can be applied to your next meeting.

We’ll cover the following:

  • What is sustainability, and how can meeting planners contribute in a meaningful way to sustainability goals?
  • The Triple Bottom Line (Environment, Society, Economy) and what it means for meetings.
    • Impactful ways to contribute to a better environment.
    • Beyond the environment – positive social impacts of meetings.
    • Making your money work for sustainability.
  • Creating better meetings with sustainability.
  • Lasting legacies and enriching your community through meetings
  • What’s next?  We’ll wrap up the session by examining the emerging trends in sustainability that may influence meetings and tourism.


Jonathon Day, PhD

Associate Professor - School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Purdue University

Dr Jonathon Day, an Associate Professor in Purdue’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, is committed to ensuring tourism is a force for good in the world. In addition to over 50 academic articles and chapters, he is the author of “Introduction to Sustainable Tourism and Responsible Travel” and co-author of “The Tourism System 8th Edition”.  Dr Day’s research interests focus on sustainable tourism, responsible travel, and strategic destination governance within the tourism system. He is the lead researcher and director of the Sustainable Tourism and Responsible Travel Lab and the chair of the Travel Care Code Initiative. 


Shari Montgomery

Founder of The House of Promise

The House of Promise is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that provides survivors of sex abuse and sex trafficking unconditional love, acceptance, and a place to heal. Our goal is to disrupt the destructive patterns of slavery through education and care for the survivors. We do this through training, counseling, and helping the young girls/women relearn basic skills, so that they can rebuild their lives and reintegrate into society.

Human trafficking is a major issue in the world, with not enough being done to fight it or help its victims. With statistics at 1 in 3 women being sexually abused in their lifetime, the work that we do is incredibly important.






Venue Details

Step into modern design with a European vibe at the brand new AC Hotel Lansing, ideally located near Michigan State University (MSU) campus and just minutes to downtown Lansing and Eastwood Towne Center. Located within the Red Cedar development which includes restaurants, retail space, public park space and a connection to the Lansing River Trail. A refined design with an emphasis on technology brings 55" flat-screen Smart HDTV’s to each room and complimentary high-speed WiFi throughout. Our daily breakfasts at AC Kitchen will kick-start your morning with freshly baked croissants, artisan cured meats and assorted quiches. Maintain your healthy lifestyle in the heated Indoor Pool and the Fitness Center. We offer a Spanish twist with our breakfast and serve up tapas and expert local knowledge at our AC Lounge, featuring handcrafted cocktails and craft brews. Grab a glass of wine at Toscana kitchen & wine market. Host your next successful meeting for up to 200 in our 3,796 sq ft of event and meeting space.

Thank you to our Diamond Partner!

AC Hotel Lansing

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