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MPI Michigan Chapter Events

Fall Symposium

September 27, 2023
9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Saint John's Resort
44045 Five Mile Road
Plymouth, MI
MPI Michigan Chapter Admin


9:30 AM – 10:00 AM - Registration & Networking

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM - Session I: Back to Basics

Learn the best practices for writing a Request for Proposal (RFP), crafting a compelling proposal, and understanding the basics of event budgeting. These skills will greatly contribute to your success in the industry if you are a planner or supplier! Learn how to apply the event canvas methodology and templates to visually articulate the value of an event.

11:30 AM - 11:45 AM - Networking Break

11:45 AM -1:00 PM - Event Design Lab

This workshop is for change-makers who want an introduction to a new and different hands-on approach to understanding, designing, and delivering events that matter. The Event Canvas ™️ is being used by leading organizations like the UN, International Olympic Committee, and Google as a visual strategic management template for developing new innovations. We’ve adapted this process, based on stakeholder needs to develop and document successful event and conference models. The canvas enables teams within organizations to align their activities and get leadership aligned with the intended outcomes of the event. Building a thorough Event Canvas is achieved through a sequential, 10-stop methodology that employs a range of visual thinking techniques, including empathy mapping, experience journey, and instructional design modeling.

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM - Lunch & Networking

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM - Session II: Negotiations, Contracts and Community Partnerships

Sit down with planner and supplier colleagues to discuss the latest in contract negotiation best practices, share insights on the current state of contract clauses, and working together to minimize risk on both sides of the table.


 Early Bird After September 5th

MPI Member Planner



MPI Member Supplier (or staff of Member Supplier)






ILEA or NACE Member







This program has been approved for 4 hours of continuing education credit with the EIC.


Don't let your taste buds miss out! ARUBA Freeze Nitrogen Ice Cream is available: $10 for a flight of ice cream! Cash or credit at the door, all proceeds to benefit your MPI Michigan Chapter.

You can also pre-purchase your flight here.


Our room block at St. John's Resort is full!  Looking for another great place to stay?  Check out one the hotels listed below (all are within a 2-5 minute drive):

Hilton Garden Inn
14600 Sheldon Rd, Plymouth, MI 48170•(734) 354-0001

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Plymouth
15100 Beck Rd, Plymouth, MI 48170•(734) 969-8100

Home2 Suites by Hilton Northville Detroit
47450 Five Mile Rd, Northville, MI 48168•(734) 264-9500


Venue Details

An iconic landmark surrounded by natural beauty on our 200 acres, Saint John’s offers an idyllic setting for moments in life that matter most—the wedding of your dreams, your next corporate event, family holiday, or relaxing getaways. Saint John's expansive grounds and luxurious accommodations offer the perfect escape from the ordinary. We invite you to experience genuine hospitality at our legendary resort. 

Saint John’s Resort is also home to Five Steakhouse, where world-class cuisine is served in our elevated contemporary dining room and lounge. Delight your palate with menu options that include both traditional and unique fare.  

Resort amenities encompass a full fitness center with Peloton bikes and pool/jacuzzi/cold-water bubbler for kids, a four-season heated Trackman driving range and short-game practice area, and an all new golf complex opening in fall 2023.  Perfectly situated 24 minutes from the Detroit Metro Airport, Downtown Detroit and Ann Arbor, our hotel and resort has everything you need to make every moment of your stay worthwhile.

Make sure to visit our website at: https://www.saintjohnsresort.com/




Thank you to our event partners!

6.11.24 Save the Date

Persons with disabilities needing of other accommodations for effective participation in our meetings should contact info@mpimichapter.org 12 days prior to the event to request visual, hearing or other assistance. Requests received after the date cannot be guaranteed, but efforts will be made to provide the accommodations.

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