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Improving Your Event Industry Relationships, Cultural Awareness, and Event Day Logistics

Meredith Commender

October 18, 2023   -   Evening Activities 

October 19, 2023   -   Morning Education Program


Host:  SentryWorld

Stevens Point, WI




Meredith Commender

Meredith Commender




Join us at SentryWorld in Stevens Point, WI for an evening of fun, networking, and teambuilding and a morning of amazing industry education!

Arrive Wednesday, October 18, for a relaxing evening of activities in SentryWorld’s 50,000-square-foot Fieldhouse – their largest and most versatile event space! You’ll have the opportunity to network with peers, play a game of pickleball or cornhole, and enjoy a delicious spread handpicked by SentryWorld’s talented chefs.  Finish the evening with at the Mixology Bar of nearby Great Northern Distillery!  Transportation to and from the distillery available for all that want to socialize in the cozy confines of one of Wisconsin's great craft distilleries. 

Thursday, October 19, will feature a morning education program with a frequent and sought after presenter at MPI, NACE, and ILEA programs, Meredith Commender, CSEP. Meredith will share her experiences and expertise in her program Improving Your Event Industry Relationships, Cultural Awareness, and Event Day Logistics.  In this wide-ranging session, we’ll analyze many ways you can strengthen and enhance your role, processes, and knowledge in your area of the meetings and events industry. 

Following the education program, experience the best SentryWorld has to offer by touring the boutique hotel, championship golf course – recent host to the 43rd U.S. Senior Open – and multiple unique banquet spaces to meet all your event needs. Bonus: Participate in a course and facility tour and you’ll receive free swag!

Help us support the Cupboard Food Pantry and bring a needed item!  View needed items.  Thousands of students receive need-based financial aid, and hundreds are enrolled in food assistance and WIC programs. Many more students encounter short-term financial emergencies and find themselves choosing between buying food and paying other bills. The Cupboard was created to help students meet their basic needs so that they can focus on succeeding in school. 




Wednesday,  October 18, 2023    *Optional event

— PM —  
7:00 - 8:30 

SentryWorld  - Fun in the Fieldhouse!

  • Cornhole
  • Giant Jenga
  • Trenchball
  • Pickleball - Pickleball 101 Instruction available!

Great Northern Distillery Mixology Bar

Transportation provided with return times at 9:30 and 10:30.


Thursday, October 19, 2023

— AM —  
8:30 - 9:30 Registration and Breakfast 




Program -  Improving Your Event Industry Relationships, Cultural Awareness, and Event Day Logistics

   Meredith Commender



— PM —  
12:00 - 12:45 

Reception, Raffle, Tours

1:00 - 3:00 

Board of Directors Meeting




Event Pricing



Member:$60 ($75 after 10/14/2023) 
Non-Member:$95 ($115 after 10/14/2023) 
Student Member:  $30 ($40 after 10/14/2023) 


Pay it Forward Rate:  $0 - Available for registration to any current member that is currently "in between gigs" and without industry employment.  Please contact the chapter office to request this rate.

Improving Your Event Industry Relationships, Cultural Awareness, and Event Day Logistics




In this wide-ranging session, we will analyze many ways in which you can strengthen and enhance your role, processes, and knowledge in your area of the meetings and events industry. 

Meetings are an exercise in teamwork and collaboration, and that is why the relationships between event planners and the vendor team are so crucial. Meredith will discuss various ways to build these relationships and common mistakes that inhibit this teamwork as well as provide suggestions on how to cultivate referrals, use social media effectively for collaborative credit, build respectful working relationships, and collaborate effectively with your colleagues for smoother event day logistics.  

In regards to working with our clients, our industry provides the opportunity to produce events for various cultures and religious groups. Each group has certain cultural norms and business practices that we should be aware of and adjust to in order to best serve our clients and book their business. Meredith will provide experienced guidance on strategies you can use to make you a multicultural events expert. 


Learner Objectives:

1. Attendees will identify ways in which they are damaging their relationships with their colleagues and learn ways to improve event planner and event vendor relationships for better events. 
2. Attendees will learn characteristics of various multicultural groups for better understanding, more event sales, and better event execution. 
3. Attendees will learn strategies for improving event day logistics for smoother and more impressive events. 


Speaker Bio: Meredith Commender


Creative, meticulous, personable, and straightforward are all words that accurately describe Significant Events of Texas’s founder, Meredith Commender.  Meredith holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Stephen F. Austin State University and a Master’s Degree from Tennessee State University, graduating with honors from both institutions. Prior to opening Significant Events in 2007, she was a high school teacher which required her to be creative, energetic, and organized everyday while also managing several activities at once and working with many different personality types. Event coordination was a natural transition and is something she is truly passionate about. She is so proud of the successful reputation Significant Events has built and the incredible events we continue to produce for our clients year after year.  She is a regularly featured speaker at event industry conferences and organizational meetings, sharing her expertise on a variety of event related topics.  Meredith lives in Dallas with her husband Eddie and children Brendan and Kendall. When not planning events, she likes to spend time traveling, exercising, going to concerts, reading, watching movies, hiking, and doing fun activities with her kids.

SentryWorld-LogoLocation, Map & Lodging


601 N Michigan Ave
Stevens Point, WI

Room Rate:   $129

Room block Cut-Off: October 5, 2023


Reservations:  715-295-7301 - MPI Block




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