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MPI Cascadia Educational Conference

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What is the Cascadia Educational Conference?

You spoke, we listened. Due to the ongoing pandemic, unemployment and tight budgets, the CEC team has made the difficult decision to postpone our traditional 3-day Cascadia Educational Conference until 2022. Instead, please join us March 17 for a collaborative “State of the Industry” event hosted by the Cascadia Educational Conference Committee.  

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Why Should I Attend the Cascadia Educational Conference?


Brought to you by the 2021 Cascadia Educational Conference Team

State of the Industry Update
Michael Dominguez, President & CEO, Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI)

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.

The short-term post COVID19 environment will require our ability to work together, pivot often and learn as a community.  This session will examine the anticipated experience and industry protocols that will be in place in 2021.

PNW Venue Managers: How We’re Moving Ahead


  • Chelene Potvin-Bird, Vice President of Sales & Servicing for Greater Tacoma Convention Center/Travel Tacoma (Moderator)
  • Sara Blayne, CMP, General Manager for the Lynnwood Convention Center
  • Sara Waltemire, CMP, CVP, Director of Sales & Events for Meydenbauer Center
  • Oliva Lofstedt, Senior Event Manager, Oregon Convention Center
  • Ali Ribordy, Director of Sales, Boise Centre

Learn more about the panelists

Interact with a panel of PNW convention center managers, as they share with us the steps their facilities are making to prepare for the return of in person meetings and events. Learn how each state differs in its live event parameters and how each facility is handling COVID safety precautions. Panelist will share how venues are responding to the pandemic with details highlighting venue upgrades, safety standards, food and beverage policies and physical distancing set-ups.


Meeting Planners

I am a planner, what are my options to attend?

Meeting planners may attend as a paid participant or as part of the popular hosted buyer program.


Committee Volunteers Needed

The best way to gain additional skills, enhance skills you already have, and to make new, long-lasting contacts and friends is to volunteer. The CEC planning committee is looking for volunteers to help plan and execute the 2022 conference.

     If you’re interested in volunteering, please contact Anne Hallinan, CMP,



    I am a supplier, how should I attend?

    Suppliers can attend as a standard attendee or by participating in the Supplier Experience.


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