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Join MPI in association with Meetings Means Business for a very special Global Meetings Industry Day: Virtual showcasing how in-person events, with proper safety guidelines in place, can take place now and into the future.


Agenda

Broadcast Begins Thursday, April 8, 2021  |  6 am to 6 pm CDT

 

Exciting engagement activities for the day include PixiWeb Virtual Photo Booth, SongDivision creating a customized song for the day with the help of the audience, and surprise guests throughout the day.

 


Partner Associations Providing Content

National Coalition of Black Meeting Professionals (NCBMP), Destination International (DI), International Association of Conference Centers (IACC), International Association of Exhibitions & Events (IAEE), Events Industry Council (EIC), Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI)

 

TimeSession
6:00 AM – 6:15 AMWelcome and Highlights of the Day
6:15 AM – 6:45AM

Sun or Moon Chaser? Tales from the #EventCanvas Trenches of Hybrid Event Design


Speaker: Ruud Jansen, DES, CMM, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Event Design Collective GmbH

 

Anthony Vade, CED, Director of North America, Event Design Collective GmbH

6:45 AM – 7:00 AMIndustry Updates
7:00 AM – 7:30 AMInner Workout - MindfulLee Style
7:30 AM – 7:35 AMIndustry Updates 
7:35 AM – 8:05 AM

The Secret Sauce to Career Success- MENTORING


Session Brought to You by the MPI European Chapters

Speakers: Max Fellows, Co-Founder, ELEVATE Mentoring, Co-Founder, Virtual Events Directory

Dr. Özen Kırant Yozcu, visiting professor in ISAG (European Business School) and part-time instructor in Bogazici University Tourism Administration Department & Bilgi University, School of Tourism and Hospitality Department. Board Member & Director of Education of MPI Turkey Board member of TUED (Turkey International Event Association).

 

Amanda Fellov, Product marketing & Event manager, DFDS A/S


İlke Erçakar, Senior Student at Boğaziçi University

8:05 AM – 8:10 AMIndustry Updates and RISE Award Announcement For Industry Advocate and Membership Achievement
8:10 AM – 8:40 AMAffective Forecasting:  Understanding Behavioral Changes for the Meetings & Event Industry

Speaker: Michael Dominguez, President & CEO, Associated Luxury Hotels International
8:40 AM – 8:45 AMIndustry Updates
8:45 AM- 9:15 AM

The Post-COVID Jobs Landscape: New Roles & Responsibilities, and the Skills Employers Are Looking For Now

 

Howard Givner, Founder, Event Leadership Institute

9:15 AM – 9:25 AMIndustry Updates and Interview with Darren Temple, COO, MPI and Brad Dean, CEO, Discover Puerto Rico
9:25 AM – 9:55 AM

Incorporating Equity, Diversity & Inclusion into Your Business Event Strategies


Session Brought to You by Destinations International

Speakers: Greg Morris, CMP, Director of Meetings, Destinations International 

Antwone Stigall, CMP, DES, CED, Chief Events Officer, Antwone Stigall & Co.
9:55 AM- 10:00 AMIndustry Updates
10:00AM – 10:30 AM

Reimagining Conference Dining


Session Brought to You by the International Association of Conference Centres

Speaker: Mark Cooper, Chief Executive Officer, IACC

10:30 AM – 10:35 AMIndustry Updates and RISE Award Announcement for Marketplace Excellence and Innovative Educational Programming
10:35 AM - 10:55 AM

Trade Shows – The Recovery


Session Brought to You by the International Association of Exhibitions & Events

Speakers: Cathy Breden, CAE, CMP, CEM, Executive Vice President & COO, International Association of Exhibitions & Events (IAEE), CEO, Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CIER)

Randy Acker, CEM, President, EXHIBITOR Media Group, Adjunct Faculty at Bemidji State University

 

10:55 AM – 11:00 AMIndustry Updates
11:00 AM – 11:30 AM

The Sustainable and Equitable Path to Recovery


This Session Brought to You by the Events Industry Council

Speakers: Mariela McIlwraith, CMP, CMM, MBA, Vice President, Sustainability and Industry Advancement, Events Industry Council

Yalmaz Siddiqui, Vice President, Corporate Sustainability, MGM Resorts International

 

11:30 AM – 11:35 AMIndustry Updates and RISE Award Announcement for Young Professional Achievement 
11:35AM – 12:05 PM

A Safety Perimeter Case Study - NCUCA (National Credit Union Collections Alliance) at Bellagio Resort and Casino in Las Vegas

 

Laurae Clifford, Senior Director of Convention Sales and Business Sales, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority

 

Art Sookazian, Vice President Collections & Risk Management, Los Angeles Federal Credit Union

 

Toria Chivers, CMP, Vice President of Catering & Convention Services, MGM Resorts International

 

John Flynn, VP of Health & Safety, MGM Resorts International


 

12:05 PM – 12:10 PM

Industry Updates

12:10 PM – 12:40 PM

The Path Forward: Best Practices to Managing Contracts


Speakers: Barbara F Dunn, Partner, Barnes & Thornburg, LLP 

Steve Rudner, Founder and Managing Partner, Rudner Law Offices

 

12:40 PM- 12:45 PMIndustry Updates
12:45 PM – 1:05 PM

Event Tech, From Virtual to Hybrid: Best Practices for 2021 and Beyond

 

Speakers: Joe Watkins, Chief Customer Officer, Socio

 

Ariel Cole, Special Events Manager, Reynolds Community College

 

1:05 PM – 1:10 PMIndustry Updates
1:10 PM – 1:40 PM

Dynamics of the New Hotel Sales Structure: What Every Planner Should Know

 

Session Brought to You by Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International

 

Speakers: Bob Gilbert, Bob Gilbert, Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International

 

Kaaren Hamilton, CMP, Vice President, Global Sales, RLH Corporation

 

Julie White, Vice President Commercial Europe, Middle East, Eurasia & Africa, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts

1:40 PM – 1:45 PMIndustry Updates and RISE Award Announcement for Meeting Industry Leadership
1:45 PM – 2:35 PM

State of the Industry Panel

 

Speakers: Annette Gregg, Senior Vice President of Experience, Meeting Professionals International (Moderator)

Paul Van Deventer, Chief Executive Officer, Meeting Professionals International

Julie Coker, President & CEO, San Diego Tourism Authority

Mike Massari, Chief Sales Officer, Caesars Entertainment Corporation


Carina Bauer, Chief Executive Officer, IMEX

2:30 PM – 2:40 PMIndustry Updates
2:40 PM – 3:10 PM

Meet the Masters

 

Speakers: Annette Gregg , Senior Vice President of Experience, Meeting Professionals International (Moderator)

Christine “Shimo” Shimasaki, Managing Director 2Synergize, a Simpleview Consulting Company

Dr. Amanda Cecil, PhD, CMP, Professor, Department of Tourism, Event and Sport Management, School of Health and Human Science, Indiana University (IUPUI)


Melissa Majors, CEO, Melissa Majors Consulting

3:10 PM- 3:30 PM

MPI Updates and Exclusive Interview with Steve D. Hill, CEO, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority 

 

Industry Updates, Interview with Stephen Revetria, 2021 MPI Board Chair

 

Interactive Musical Experience with SongDivision

3:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Personal & Professional Bliss Through Emotional Intelligence

Speaker: Rich Bracken, Keynote Speaker & Consultant

4:00 PM- 4:10 PMMPI Updates and Exclusive Interview with Steve D. Hill, CEO, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority
4:10 PM- 4:40 PM

Structure Follows Strategy: A Hybrid Conference Case Study


Speakers: Theresa Duncan, Senior Manager of Corporate Events, Kubota Tractor Corporation

 

Kelly Massey, Managing Partner, Grit Productions & Expositions

 

Moderator: Steven G. Foster, CMP, Managing Partner, Foster+Fathom


4:40 PM- 5:10 PM

Industry Updates and RISE Award Announcement For Member of the Year 

 

Interview with Anh Nguyen, B. Com, CMP, Board Member, Global Events Collective

 

Interactive Musical Experience with SongDivision

5:10 PM – 5:40 PM

 

WEC Grapevine: How We Did It or twine Networking Event

Speakers: Melinda Burdette, Director of Events, Meeting Professionals International

Drew Holmgreen, Vice President of Brand Engagement, Meeting Professionals International

Or 

Participate in a Virtual Networking Event with twine

 

5:40 PM- 6:00 PMIndustry Updates and Finale of Custom Global Meetings Industry Day: Virtual Musical Experience by SongDivision