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Meeting Planning is a Marathon

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Host:  Grand Geneva

Lake Geneva, WI


MPI-Wisconsin Chapter Education









2020 is officially upon us, and you won't want to miss the first MPI Wisconsin of the decade! Come join us on January 23rd at the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa in Lake Geneva to hear Matt Jones present about developing a "Marathon Mentality" in our meeting planning.

In this session, Matt will help us learn about stopping stress before it stops us, developing “bulldog” persistence, creating effective relationships and more!  Matt’s presentation is sure to inspire us all as he reflects on how he overcame cancer three times, relearned how to walk, and went on to thrive and run in marathons around the world.  Meeting planning is a marathon, and we are going to learn how to achieve a marathon mentality and cross the finish line with success!

See Matt's TV interview here!

Plan on giving yourself a getaway for the night – special rates are available for attendees at the Grand Geneva!  You won’t want to miss out on this chance to enjoy the spa, fine dining, and even outdoor winter snow sports at this beautiful resort!


CMP 101

Considering your CMP?   Don't miss the CMP 101 program before lunch!   In this 90-minute session the following domains will be covered:

Strategic Planning
Financial Management
Site Management
Stakeholder Management
The session will include presentations on the above topics, as well as handouts and sample test questions only available to session attendees.

MPI 101

Are you new to MPI or would like to learn more about MPI and how to get involved? MPI 101 is the right place for you to be! New and veteran members welcome! Join us before lunch at 10:45am for this complimentary informative session!


Matt Jones



Thursday, January 23, 2020

— AM — 
10:30 - 12:00Registration  
10:15 - 11:45CMP 101 
10:45 - 11:45MPI 101 
— PM — 
12:00 - 1:15Lunch and Networking 
1:15 - 4:00Meeting Planning is a Marathon
Matt Jones
5:30Board of Directors Meeting 


Event Pricing

Member:$55 ($75 after 1/17/2020) 
Non-Member:$75 ($95 after 1/17/2020) 
Student Member:  $30 ($40 after 1/17/2020) 


Meeting Planning is a Marathon


Matt's Talk, "Meeting Planning is a Marathon-Developing Your Marathon Mentality" shows Meeting Planners how to attain VICTORY by developing their "Marathon Mentality" and crossing their Finish Line!  Gain inspiration, motivation, and skills designed to boost your career to new heights! This talk offers the following benefits for those involved in meeting planning:
  • Connecting to your Passion and Purpose for Meeting Planning
  • How to Stop Stress before it Stops You
  • Developing Bulldog Persistence
  • How to Operate at a level of Excellence
  • Creating more Effective Relationships among staff, management, and coworkers
  • Thriving in the midst of Adversity, Setbacks, and Failures
  • Living a life of Significance 
Meeting Planning like a marathon is an endurance event. In order to achieve VICTORY and cross the finish line you must stay energized, push through the wall of adversity, and preserve until the end. Through Matt Jones' experiences of overcoming major adversity and insurmountable odds, you will be inspired and learn strategies to achieve VICTORY as a Meeting Professional by developing your "Marathon Mentality" and cross your Finish Line! Matt's talk is based on his inspiring life experiences of overcoming cancer three times when doctors did not think he would live, relearning how to walk, and running marathons around the world including San Diego, Rome, Tokyo, Australia, Cape Town, Antarctica, and Chile. As an added bonus, Matt also shares the most current and ground breaking research in the science of success and leadership from his research as a PhD student in Organizational Leadership. 

Speaker Bio:


Matt Jones is known as the “Eight Continent Marathon Man.” He went from being a three-time cancer conqueror to relearning how to walk, to going through a bone marrow transplant, to completing eight marathons on eight continents. This includes Antarctica and the and yes that includes Antarctica and the newly discovered continent of Zealandia. Matt was diagnosed with cancer on September 11, 2002. After spreading to the fluid in his brain doctors did not think he would live. After victoriously conquering cancer, he was told by his doctor, no one has gone through what he did and be alive one year later. Baseball Hall of Famer George Brett said, “Matt is a true champion and his story inspires others to be a true champion.” Olympic Gold Medalist Scott Hamilton said, “Matt Jones has done what anyone would consider impossible. Conqueror. Overcomer. Champion. Superhuman. None of those words do him justice." Matt is the author of numerous books and travels around the world sharing his inspiring story and message. For more information about Matt please visit his website at 


Location, Map & Lodging

Program Location:  Grand Geneva
7036 Grand Geneva Way
Lake Geneva, WI
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Hotel Host: Grand Geneva

Room Rate:   $109

Room block Cut-Off:  01/15/2020 

Reservations:  877-741-9598

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