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September Educational Program

September 23, 2021
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
The Curtis – a DoubleTree by Hilton
1405 Curtis Street
Denver, 80202
MPI Rocky Mountain
Phone: 720-733-8000

9:30am – 11:00am – Board of Directors Meeting
11:00am - 11:30am - Member Orientation
11:30am – Registration and Networking
12:00pm – 1:30pm – Announcements and Education Program

The business of meetings has changed over the last couple of years, and so have contracts.  If you are still using 2019 contracts, it is time to review and revamp!  From the tried and true performance clauses like rooms and F&B attrition to determining whether the cancellation of an event triggers the cancellation or force majeure clause, contract clauses have been under extreme scrutiny.  There is COVID-19 language that is becoming common in contracts and some that may be too narrow.  In this session, two lawyer-educators talk about the finer points of contracts, legalease, and the practical and legal impacts of changes.  Bring your questions, your scenarios, and your open mind to this session to become prepared for the new and different way of contracting for meetings. 

Learner Objectives:

  • Restate force majeure language so that it is amenable to both parties.
  • Contrast different approaches to performance clause language in attrition clauses depending on booking windows.
  • Defend contract terms with the legal meanings and practical implications behind the terminology.

A Note from MPIRMC President, Stephanie Sadri, CMP
MPIRMC is so excited for this upcoming program. I know all of us have seen a shift in contracts, addendums, expectations and overall business practices. We really wanted to bring in some experts to explain how these changes affect you and I. During this program we get to sit down with two leading legal hospitality experts to really breakdown what these clauses and conditions mean for us, our clients and our events. I encourage you to please send any questions, examples, need for clarification, etc. to me at We want everyone to be able to walk away with a feeling like they have one more tool in their toolbox. MPIRMC is here to support everyone to be the best advocate and asset for their team, clients, events and hopefully this time together will give us all some key takeaways. This won’t be seeking out legal advice as much as a legal education for attendees. I look forward to seeing you there! 

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: C - Risk Management

Speaker Bios

MPI 1120Tyra Warner, JD, PhD, CMP
Chair, Dept of Hospitality, Tourism, and Culinary Arts
College of Coastal Georgia

Tyra Warner, PhD, Esq, CMP is an attorney and professor whose expertise is in legal and crisis preparedness issues for the meetings, events, and hospitality industries. She is a professor of Hospitality and Tourism Management at the College of Coastal Georgia, teaching courses in law, crisis management, and meetings and events. She is published and widely quoted on legal and crisis management issues in academic and trade publications.

Tyra has received national recognition for her contributions to industry best practices initiatives with the Events Industry Council and Meeting Professionals International. Her 25-year meetings industry career has included management roles in hotels, travel, destination marketing, associations, catering, law, and academia. She is one of only two people in the world who is a practicing attorney, has a Ph.D. in Hospitality, and has earned the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation.

HardigreeHMNI500Christian Hardigree, JD
Dean, School of Hospitality
Metropolitan State University of Denver

She served as founding director and professor of the Michael A. Leven School of Culinary Sustainability and Hospitality at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia from 2012 to 2018. Hardigree oversaw more than 260 majors with a total enrollment of more than 1,500 students. She also worked for Parnell & Associates as a senior litigation attorney and partner focusing on employment discrimination, arbitration, mediation and labor-management relations. Hardigree serves on a number of industry committees and advisory boards. In 2012, she was selected as a faculty institute senior teaching fellow at UNLV, where she also received the Sam and Mary Boyd Distinguished Professor for Service Award in 2011 and the Boyd Distinguished Professor for Teaching Award in 2010.

Hardigree is a researcher and frequent conference presenter. Her areas of expertise are in food safety, risk management, sustainability, workplace violence, bedbug litigation and employment/management issues.

Hardigree received her Juris Doctorate from Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University and a Bachelor of Science, cum laude, from William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration at University of Nevada Las Vegas.

Event Pricing: 

Members Student Members Non-Members Non-Member Students
$35 until 9/09/21
$45 until 9/20/21
$55 after 9/20/21
$0 until 9/20/21
$0 after 9/20/21
$65 until 9/20/21
$75 after 9/20/21
$25 until 9/20/21
$35 after 9/20/21


The Curtis will provide
discounted parking of $10

EIC_143723-17_PP_Logo_Final_150MPI 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: C - Risk Management

This events attendance roster will be uploaded to the EIC for CE credits tracking (if applicable).If you do not have a EIC account, you can create one

In order for these records to be accepted by EIC, the email used for registration MUST match (case sensitive) the email provided to the EIC for your account.



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