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Educational Luncheon + Member Orientation

17 October, 2019
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Origin Hotel
18485 W. Colfax Ave.
Golden, CO
MPI Rocky Mountain Chapter
Phone: 720-733-8000

Origin Hotel
18485 W. Colfax Ave.
Golden, CO 80401
Complimentary Parking

Thursday, October 17, 2019
9:30am – 11:00am: Board of Directors Meeting
11:00am – 11:30am: Member Orientation
11:00am - 12:00pm: Volunteer Recruitment Event*
11:30am – 12:00pm: Registration and Networking
12:00pm – 1:30pm: Lunch and Education

The Meetings Industry has made significant efforts through many corporations and industry associations signing the Code with EPCAT to train their employees into the seriousness of this problem globally and sharing ways to notice where victims may be at risk. Join us for an interactive session that will help attendees understand the many dark parts of human trafficking and how we as an industry are helping to fight these unbelievable crimes against people that can’t fight back. 

Learning Objectives

  1. Review the scope of the problem within Colorado, the US and Globally. We will share data that helps to understand the seriousness of modern slavery to our world
  2. What are the different types of trafficking? Which ones are prevalent within the travel and meetings industry?
  3. How can a hotel or supplier get involved with the fight? Which organizations are doing the most to create awareness and tools to aid in the fight?
  4. Get an overview of the depth of discussions and actions that go into today’s social work career path that are specific to human trafficking?
  5. Tips on how to spot situations in your daily life that may involve victims of trafficking
  6. Live Online Q&A and polling for attendees will lead to opportunities to engage crowd sourcing into the session

This program has been submitted to the Events Industry Council for CMP Preferred Provider review and approval.

EIC_143723-17_PP_Logo_Icon_Final_65The use of the CMP Preferred Provider Pre-Check logo is not an endorsement by the Events Industry Council of the quality of the session. This logo means that this session has met the criteria to be pre-approved for CMP certification credit. – CMP-IS Domain: Strategic Planning & Project Management, 1 CE

Our Speakers: 

Dr. AnnJanette Alejano-Steele (A.J.) is an Associate Dean in the College of Professional Studies, and professor in the departments of psychology and gender studies at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She is also the co-founder and Research and Training Director for the Denver-based Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking. Her educational background includes a Ph.D. in psychology from Michigan State University and NIH-supported postdoctoral work in psychology and medicine from the University of California, San Francisco.  Her health psychology expertise has focused on local and global multicultural issues, including reproductive health access for low-income populations, and comprehensive health services for victims of human trafficking
Dr. Alejano-Steele has taught about human trafficking since 2000 and researched and trained on the subject since 2005. Her expertise has focused upon multicultural psychology; health access for vulnerable populations; and comprehensive services for victims of human trafficking. She currently serves on five national working groups focusing on trauma and human trafficking--three for the Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health on Trauma-informed care, Administration for Children and Families and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; one for the American Psychological Association Task Force on the Trafficking of Women and Girls and the U.S. Bureau of Justice National Institute of Justice Expert Research Working Group on Human Trafficking.
 Schirmacher    Gary Schirmacher, CMP, Senior Vice President, Industry Presence and Strategic Development
With 33 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Schirmacher leads Experient's strategic plan development and implementation, as well as industry presence for Maritz Global Events. He was awarded the company's highest honor, the Pinnacle Award, in 2005, and was inducted into the Colorado Meetings Hall of Fame in 2011 with the Lifetime Achievement Award. He served as Chairman of the Meetings Industry Council of Colorado from 2002-2007. Schirmacher is a Trustee on the MPI Global Foundation Board. He serves as Chair of the Meetings Industry Fund. Gary is a member of PCMA, MPI, ASAE and CSAE. Schirmacher is a Past Chair of the PCMA Education Foundation Board of Trustees and a frequent speaker at major industry meetings and events. Schirmacher is a graduate of the Worldwide College of Auctioneering.
Abbrecht-Brian-P   Brian Abbrecht is a Trooper with the Colorado State Patrol’s Smuggling and Trafficking Interdiction Section (STIS). He became a Trooper in 1996 and was initially assigned to the Colorado Springs office. In 2003 he left the State Patrol to serve for 20 months in the United Nations peacekeeping force in Kosovo as a Civilian Police Officer, assigned to a Human Trafficking unit as an investigator and supervisor. Trooper Abbrecht returned to the State Patrol in 2006, and was assigned in 2007 to the STIS.  From 2014-2019 Trooper Abbrecht also served as a Task Force Officer with the FBI sponsored Colorado Trafficking and Organized Crime Coalition (CTOCC) assigned to investigate cases involving the trafficking of adults for labor and commercial sex.

Event Pricing: 

Members Student Members Non-Members Non-Member Students
$35 until 10/3/19
$45 until 10/13/19
$55 after 10/13/19
$15 until 10/13/19
$25 after 10/13/19
$65 until 10/13/19
$75 after 10/13/19
$25 until 10/13/19
$35 after 10/13/19

*Volunteer Recruitment Event 

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Before the October Educational Luncheon

Hear about all the committee volunteer opportunities available at MPI Rocky Mountain Chapter by participating on our “speed dating” event! Meet the committee leaders that make our chapter successful and find a position that best fits your interests and schedule.
Visit with each committee to be entered into a drawing that will be presented at the luncheon.


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MPI Rocky Mountain Chapter is a CMP Preferred Provider. The use of the CMP Preferred Provider Pre-Check logo is not an endorsement by the Event Industry Council of the quality of the session. This logo means that this session has met the criteria to be pre-approved for CMP certification credit. – CMP-IS Domain TBD             

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Venue Details

Origin Hotel
18485 W. Colfax Ave.
Golden, CO 80401
Official Hotel of Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Where the Great Plains meet the Rocky Mountains. Here our rocks are red, our outlook is sky high, and our beer is ice cold. In fact, here in Golden, Colorado more beer is brewed than any other town in America. Come for a concert at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre or for the authentic Colorado experience: hiking, biking, skiing, or just being.

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