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WeConnect MPI MN Education Day

13 February, 2020
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The Graduate Hotel
615 Washington Ave SE
Minneapolis, Minnesota
MPI Minnesota

WeConnect is our one day annual education conference from the MPI Minnesota Chapter. Come experience innovation across all aspects of the meeting industry—including food and beverage, space and technology—and connect with people to build your professional network.


WeConnect Sponsorship/Exhibitor Opportunities

Sponsorships are available for keynote session, selfie station, breakout sessions, breakfast, reception and the three mini meals.

In addition to a variety of sponsorship opportunities, we are offering Hosted Buyer Exhibitor and Exhibitor opportunities! Please click We Connect Sponsorship Opportunities  to view the opportunities at WeConnect.

For more information or questions, please contact Pam Soules, Director of Sponsorships, at



Agenda - our sessions have been approved for EIC!

  7:30 AM Intro to Mindfulness & Meditation
(Lee Papa's Mindfulness Lounge)
  8:00 AM Registration, Light Breakfast, Hosted Buyer Exhibitor
Appointments, and Exhibitors
  9:00 AM Welcome
Joe Schmit, Emcee
  9:30 AM Opening Keynote
Joy DesMarais-Lanz "Where Do You Draw the Line?"
10:30 AM Exhibits + Break + Food/Bev + Hosted Buyer Exhibitor Appointments
10:45 AM Deep Dive Sessions*
11:30 AM         Deep Dive Sessions*
12:30 PM Lunch & General Session
Stephanie Hansen: "Hottest Food Trends for Minnesota Meetings"
  1:30 PM Break + Hosted Buyer Exhibitor Appointments
  1:45 PM Deep Dive Sessions*
  2:30 PM Exhibits + Break + Food/Bev + Hosted Buyer Exhibitor Appointments
  3:00 PM  Closing Keynote
Kat Perkins
  3:45 PM  Closing Remarks
Joe Schmit, Emcee
  4:00 PM Reception: Food/Bev, CSR, Networking, and Prizes

Deep Dive Sessions:
Justin Cox: "Why I am Obsessed With Name Tags and Why You Should be Too!" Participants will explore how to make their attendees first impression a positive interaction by making every name tag count.
Brad Penrith: The importance of keeping up with the latest technology as it relates to the meeting room environment and how to use this new technology.
Devin Henderson: "AV Psychology" If you have ever wondered what factors go into creating, designing and ensuring your content is remembered, this session is for you!

Lee Papa's Signature Mindfulness Lounge (tm) - first-come, first-serve (limit 20 per session):
7:30 – 8:00 am  Intro to Mindfulness & Meditation
10:45 – 11:05 am Waterfall Cleansing Wash Meditation
11:10 – 11:20 am Q & A with Lee Papa
11:30 – 11:50 am Nourish Yourself by the River Meditation
11:55 – 12:05 pm Q & A with Lee Papa
1:45 – 2:05 pm Crystal Cave of Rejuvenation Meditation
* sorry, the Mindfulness Lounge is not approved for EIC credit.


Event attire

Dress for the venue - let's take advantage of our location on the University of Minnesota campus. Wear your U of M apparel, alma mater logo wear, or whatever makes you feel best for this exciting day of learning!



Early Bird Registration Rates (Closes AT 11:59 pm CST ON February 2, 2020)
 $195  MPI Member 
 $100  MPI Student Member
 $245  Non-member

Regular Pre-Registration Rates 
(Begins at 12:00 am CST on February 3, 2020 & Closes at 11:59 pm CST on February 9, 2020)

$215  MPI Member
$100  MPI Student Member
$265  Non-member

On-Site Registration Rates 
(Thursday, February 13, 2020)

$235  MPI Member
$100  MPI Student Member
$285  Non-member

Cancellation/Refund/No-show Policy
Cancellations received by the office by Feb. 9, 2020, at 11:59 pm are eligible for a refund of the registration fee. no refunds will be provided for cancellations received after Feb. 9, 2020, at 11:59 pm. No-shows will be billed for any unpaid registration fees.

See "Who's Coming" by clicking here!
*This list displays registrants who have permitted their name to be listed - some registrants have chosen to opt-out and are not displayed.


Give Back

MPI_20_WeConnectSocksThe MPI Minnesota Chapter is proud to be partnering with Union Gospel Mission for our Community Outreach project for WeConnect.  Please bring NEW socks (children’s, women’s, men’s – all sizes) to WeConnect on February 13.  We have an aspirational goal of keeping feet warm this wintery/cold season. Join us on February 13, 2020 to hear how many socks we ended up collecting.

Room Block
The Graduate has graciously created a block of rooms for February 12 and 13.

Book your rooms now!


Parking is the responsibility of the registrant.

Thank You to Our Sponsors




Title Sponsor
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Photography Sponsor


Keynote and Breakout Session Sponsor

Mindfulness Lounge Sponsor


Event Sponsor



Breakout Session Sponsor

Breakout Session Sponsor


Breakout Session Sponsor

 Event Sponsor



Reception Sponsor


Breakfast and Mini Meal Sponsor
Mini Meal Sponsor


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Reception Sponsor

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Mini Meal Sponsor


Thank you to Our Hosted Buyer Exhibitors

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