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Join MPI in association with Meetings Means Business for a very special Global Meetings Industry Day: Virtual designed specifically to “Meet Safe.”


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


Partner Associations providing content include 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)


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


Time                                             Session


6:00 AM – 6:15 AM                Welcome 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


6:45 AM – 7:00 AM                Industry Updates


7:00 AM – 7:30 AM                Inner Workout – MindfulLee Style

Speaker: Lee Papa, Mindfulness & Well-Being, Speaker, Trainer & Author


7:30 AM – 7:35 AM                Industry Updates


7:35 AM – 8:05 AM                Session brought to you by the MPI European Chapters  (Details coming soon)


8:05 AM – 8:10 AM                Industry Updates


8:10 AM – 8:40 AM                Session by Michael Dominguez (Details coming soon)



8:40 AM – 8:45 AM                Industry Updates


8:45 AM- 9:15 AM                  Session by National Coalition of Black Meeting Professionals  (Details coming soon)


9:15 AM – 9:25 AM                Industry Updates


9:25 AM – 9:50 AM                Session by Destinations International  (Details coming soon)


9:55 AM- 10:00 AM                Industry Updates


10:00 AM – 10:30 AM             Reimagining Conference Dining

Speaker: Mark Cooper, Chief Executive Officer, IACC


10:30 AM – 10:35 AM            Industry Updates


10:35 AM - 10:55 AM             Session by International Association of Exhibitions & Events

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 AM            Industry Updates


11:00 AM – 11:30 AM            Session by the Events Industry Council  (Details coming soon)

11:30 AM – 11:35 AM            Industry Updates


11:35AM – 12:05 PM             Case Study on Hybrid Events  (Details coming soon)


12:05 PM – 12:10 PM             Industry Updates


12:10 PM – 12:40 PM             Contracting Session  (Details coming soon)


12:40 PM- 12:45 PM              Industry Updates


12:45 PM – 1:05 PM               Case Study on Technology for Hybrid Events  (Details coming soon)


1:05 PM – 1:10 PM                 Industry 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: Kaaren Hamilton, CMP, Vice President, Global Sales, RLH Corporation

Juli Jones, CAE, Vice President, Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International


1:40 PM – 1:45 PM                 Industry Updates


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


2:35 PM – 2:40 PM                 Industry 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                  Industry Updates


3:30 PM – 4:00 PM                 Personal & Professional Bliss Through Emotional Intelligence

Rich Bracken, Keynote Speaker & Consultant


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


4:10 PM- 4:40 PM                  WEC Grapevine: How We Did It


4:40 PM- 5:10 PM                  Industry Updates


5:10 PM – 5:40 PM                 Case Study from a Hybrid Event

Or Virtual Networking Event with twine


5:40 PM- 6:00 PM                  Industry Updates