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2021 Roundtables: Lessons from WEC

February 25, 2021
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Desmond Lomas

The “Round Tables”, one of the most popular MPI Ottawa educational sessions, won’t be stopped by this pandemic! The proven format for success of small-group dialogues on key industry topics will be transferred online. Join us on Zoom for round tables that promise to drive knowledge, while building networks and capacity.

Each table will be led by an industry specialist who attended WEC and feature a topic which the expert feels well-versed and ready to lead through dynamic discussions.

Participants will have an opportunity to participate in two round table discussions/lessons from WEC. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to connect in smaller groups, on current topics, and share best practices.


Thursday, February 25, 2021

Event Timing:

12:30pm - 12:45pm – Welcome/Opening Remarks

12:45pm - 1:25pm – Roundtable Topic #1

1:30pm - 2:10pm – Roundtable Topic #2

2:10pm - 2:15pm – Closing Remarks

2:15pm - 2:30pm – Optional Networking




Business Casual

Registration Fees *
Member - $30.00
Non Member - $40.00
Student - $15.00

Roundtables Speakers-LI-FB-3 (4)
Was holding an in-person WEC a mistake? – Ashley Craven

Learn how Ashley’s point of view quickly changed about MPI holding an in-person portion of the 2020 WEC in Grapevine, Texas.  Ashley attended the conference virtually and was thinking MPI had made a reckless decision by holding an in-person portion of the conference however it became clear to her that they had done this well and safely, she was even wishing she were there! Join Ashley’s table to hear the details. 

Job search savvy – Janet Maslin and Susan Dallin O’Grady
How do you tap into the hidden job market and leverage your LinkedIn account to amplify your job search? How do you transfer your event/meeting planning experience into other sectors? Janet and Susan will lead a discussion and share their top tips to take your job search skills from so-so to savvy!

How to influence your brain to learn – Jennifer McGregor
Different learning styles is always something to consider when planning educational events.  Come discuss the various learning styles and the seven brain principles of learning.  What do we need to create an engaging event and how can we focus on the different ways people learn?

Is online engagement really necessary for virtual events? – Karen Norris
Registration numbers have gone down for (live) virtual events, but interest in on-demand videos and audio only sessions (podcasts/Clubhouse etc.) has increased. What does this mean? Have we overestimated the amount of interest in online engagement? Have we just not found the right medium/platform to do it correctly? Can we even create meaningful engagement with thousands of people online? How can we overcome this? Should we try to overcome this or just leave engagement to in-person events? Bring your arguments, bring your recommended platforms you have had success with, bring your thinking caps to help redesign the future of virtual/hybrid events. 

Lessons learned from hybrid events. Sharing what’s worked, what hasn’t and what’s next – Nancy Bradshaw
WEC 2020 Hybrid event to jump start our conversation we will dive into what it takes to successfully and safely host a hybrid event.  We will Share our successes and failures; Share our participant experiences; Share what we are going to try next. 

The truth and myths about working with indigenous people – Marc Forgette 
Come learn about the proper protocols in working with indigenous people.  Learn the difference between cultural appropriation vs. Cultural appreciation 


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