March 25, 2020
Jan. 17th Meeting Rescheduled for March 25th!
Don't Miss "Stop Calling Me a Meeting Planner" with Deborah Gardner.
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February 28, 2020
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March Education Luncheon - "Stop Calling Me a Meeting Planner"

25 March, 2020
11:00 AM - 1:15 PM
Hilton St. Louis Frontenac
1335 S. Lindbergh Blvd.
St. Louis, MO
MPI St. Louis
Phone: 314-416-2234

The January 17th Meeting has been rescheduled for March 25, 2020.

Stop Calling a Meeting Planner

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Meetings and events are the back bone to any business worldwide. Yet, where is the recognition or payoff for those that are under-appreciated and over-worked yet absolutely vital for any company or organization?

WAKE UP MEETING & EVENT PROFESSIONALS! No matter what role or title you hold in the meetings industry, you are empowered to thrive in an industry that needs you. Whether it's to provide better meetings or customer solutions, enhancing relationships, reach a higher end result, crush it when selling or leading, get ready to grasp new innovative ideas to implement immediately. Hear from longtime hospitality veteran and meeting industry researcher, Deborah Gardner, CMP in this extremely transparent and fast-paced program that involves a "real-time", "talk-back" interactive format where YOU participate in an open discussion while learning from others.

The time has come to put YOU into action. Up for the challenge?


  • Realize 3 essential reasons to celebrate YOU while working and living in the fast lane
  • Participate and find out your "true" role to help elevate your career starting today
  • Discover the best solutions to today's meeting and event challenges directly from your peers

DeborahGardner_2020A swimming champion turned author and competitive performance expert, Deborah Gardner, CMP helps companies and organization professionals advance to new levels of success for maximum winning results. Better known by many Fortune 500 companies as the Pit Bull in a Skirt, Deborah is rising to international prominence with a captivating, entertaining and humorous sassy presentation style. With a lifetime of competitive experience, Deborah has a wealth of practice being a Marine brat, to life growing up in a double-wide, a real-life wedding crasher, to an Olympic Trial swimmer, a ground-breaking leader as one of the first female broadcasters with CBS Sports, a 28-year hospitality veteran, ambassador for Meetings Mean Business and just crowned Mrs. Arizona 2020. Along with a laundry list of awards, a Meetings & Convention Magazine recent poll by meeting planners voted Deborah as one of the best speakers heard in the last two years, putting her in the category with Bill Clinton, General Collin Powell, Barbara Corcoran, Tony Robbins, Les Brown, Magic Johnson and Tom Brokaw. Deborah believes in mastering her craft on the platform by doing television commercial work as an actor, conducting voice-overs and runway modeling. Deborah lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her husband and her lover boy, Chief, the dog.


This program has been approved for 1.25 CE credit hours under Domain A: Strategic Planning.     

MPI St. Louis Area Chapter is a CMP Preferred Provider. The program identified with the CMP Preferred Provider logo meets the requirements to receive continuing education (CE) credit for the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) credential. The use of the CMP Preferred Provider Pre-Check logo is not an endorsement by the Events Industry Council of the quality of the session. For more information about the CMP credential or CMP Preferred Provider Program, please visit

hilton_frontenac_logoWith a touch of French influence from its surrounding locale, Hilton St. Louis Frontenac combines comfort, style and impeccable service for a truly memorable visit. Business and leisure guests alike will delight in the many restaurants, shops and attractions within easy reach.

Host an intimate gathering for a few or a glamorous event for 1,000. The 25,000ft of flexible event space at Hilton St. Louis Frontenac has 19 meeting rooms, including two elegant ballrooms. Our highly trained Sales and Catering Team stands ready to assist you with every aspect of your event to make planning a breeze.

Interested in Being a Monthly Program Sponsor?
Would you like additional exposure within the MPI St. Louis Area Chapter? Have your logo proudly displayed (in our registration materials, via social media and at our meeting), and share a few words about your company to our membership at the podium. Contact us at or (314) 416-2234 for information about Monthly Program sponsorship opportunities.

Supplier Members have the option of sponsoring a table for $25. This is a great opportunity to capture the attention of your fellow tablemates (usually 5-6 people) and present collateral, giveaways or a brief overview of your organization. Feel free to ask attendees to join you at your table for lunch. Table Sponsors will be recognized at the event.

11:00 a.m. Registration & Networking
11:30 a.m. Lunch
12:00 p.m. Program

$40 Members
$65 Non-Members/Guests**
Students - Call MPI St. Louis at (314) 416-2234 for rate and to register.

**Meeting Attendance Policy: Per MPI Global all Essential Level Members or Non-Members will be limited to attending no more than two events in one fiscal year (July 1-June 30), and must pay the Essential Level/Non-Member Rate. MPI Preferred and Premier Level Members are welcome to attend all chapter events at the Member Rate. This policy is required for all MPI Chapters. Please click here to familiarize yourself with MPI's membership levels.

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