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Diversity & Inclusion:  What's F&B Got to do With it? 

Thursday, May 16, 2019
Crowne Plaza Milwaukee Airport
Milwaukee, WI


MPI-Wisconsin Chapter Education








Step up to the plate and swing into Spring and join us on May 16th at the Crowne Plaza Milwaukee Airport.  This is a baseball themed event so please dress casual and wear your favorite team (Brewers) gear!   Tracy Stuckrath will get us thinking about how menu selection can unconsciously impact diversity and inclusion in our events. 

Prior to Tracy’s session, the Crowne Plaza will provide us with a delicious lunch and host a networking reception immediately following the session.

During the reception, we will also have our Chairman’s Challenge presented by our President-Elect, JoEllen Graber. This event raises money for the MPI Foundation, and the activity for this year’s Chairman’s Challenge is a wine and beer pull…sounds like the PERFECT MPI-WI activity! The money raised by the MPI Foundation provides professional development and career opportunities through grants and scholarships. The MPI Foundation also propels the meeting and event industry forward by funding innovative research and pan-industry initiatives that support the strategic plan of MPI. To participate in the Chairman’s Challenge, attendees can purchase a numbered cork to have the chance to win a bottle of wine, a growler or six pack of beer with each cork pull.

Don’t forget to visit one of our complimentary 101 session before lunch! 

CMP 101

This session will be a summary of process and content and will cover the application process, taking a sample test, clarification on test materials and advice on "day of" expectations.


Tracy Stuckrath



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Thursday, May 16, 2019
Crowne Plaza Milwaukee Airport
Milwaukee, WI

— AM — 
8:30 - 10:30Board of Directors Meeting 
10:30 - 12:00Registration  
10:45 - 11:45CMP 101
— PM — 
12:00 - 1:15Lunch and Networking 
1:15 - 4:00Diversity & Inclusion:  What's F&B Got to do With It?
Tracy Stuckrath
4:00Reception - Sponsored by Crowne Plaza Milwaukee Airport
 Chairman's Challenge 


Event Pricing

Member:$55 ($75 after 5/13/2019) 
Non-Member:$75 ($95 after 5/13/2019) 
Student Member:  $30 ($40 after 5/13/2019) 


Diversity & Inclusion:  What's F&B Got to do With it?

Well planned and executed events should be effective and essential to an organization’s success.  They should also host and drive diverse and inclusive experiences for everyone. Yet often they either fail or result in less than desired outcomes for some participants who have special dietary needs and/or other disabilities.

Event professionals must regard diversity and inclusion as a strategic and logistical approach in the planning process and should consider all facets of the event, including the food and beverage being served. In this session, we will learn how to create more inclusive food and beverage environments, manage for diversity and capitalize on the unique perspectives of a diverse participant base.

Attendees of this session will:

  • Discover how diversity and inclusion are related to food and beverage.
  • Learn how disability laws apply to event participants.
  • Set forth a framework to manage for diversity and inclusivity.

Speaker Bio:

Tracy Stuckrath is a professional speaker, published author, award-winning meeting industry consultant and food allergy expert. With a 27-year career in corporate, association and private event planning, she is known for creating unforgettable events.  She is the founder and president of thrive! meetings & events, a first-of-its-kind company that specializes in accommodating the diverse dietary requirements of employees, clients and patrons in safe, yet deliciously satisfying ways. By understanding the wide range of food restrictions and how to manage them, Tracy delivers an unrivaled guest experience in which everyone feels valued.

As an expert on the topic of inclusive event planning, Tracy has delivered over 160 talks and spoken to more than 100 companies, corporations and member associations across five continents. Her talks explain how to create a culture of inclusion, how choose
meal options that everyone can enjoy and the extraordinary benefits of both, which include successful event outcomes, high satisfaction ratings and the reduced risk of allergic reaction, illness or legal liability.

Tracy has an incredible ability to customize each talk for her particular audience and their industry. Incorporating a rare blend of relevant insights, practical concepts and surprising passion, she presents strategies that audience members can understand
easily and apply immediately.


CMP 101

This session will be a summary of process and content and will cover the application process, taking a sample test, clarification on test materials and advice on "day of" expectations.


Community Outreach


WIHUMANESOCPlease help support our 2018-19 Community Outreach Partner, the Wisconsin Humane Society.

This month we are not collecting donations but please consider contacting the Wisconsin Humane Society to make an individual donation!


Location, Map & Lodging

Crowne Plaza Milwaukee Airport
6401 South 13th Street
Milwaukee, WI

Room Rate:  $99

Room block Cut-Off:  5/9/2019

Reservations: 414-563-4075

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