Better 4 Business
Designing the Future of Work 2022


This exclusive experience is limited to 40 industry thought leaders.

Sponsored by

Marriott Renaissance


Visit Mobile


Marriott International

TLS Hosted by Visit Mobile

What do the workers of today and tomorrow want and need, and how can we create environments that attract, retain and inspire professionals—both new and tenured—who are passionate and fulfilled? 

How can we help emerging professionals see a future career in the meeting and event sector, regardless of where they begin their journey?

How do we define the empowerment of today’s workers and embrace it—be it the Great Recession or its fashionable variants (Reshuffle, Reprioritization, Realization, Reimagination)?

MPI’s 2022 Thought Leaders Summit will be the first industry event to answer these questions. Through a series of micro-keynotes, to deep discussions, to tell-all conversations about what makes a workplace attractive and a job unleavable, we’ll curate a series of actionable takeaways that individuals, organizations, and associations can use to create future-ready environments and workplaces that help our industry thrive!

VIP Experience

  • VIP experience throughout the summit, including subsidized airfare for qualified planners, airport transfers, accommodations, private receptions, and hotel amenities.

  • Exclusive excursions throughout the coastal area, sampling everything from the funky and festive to the cool, colorful and cultured — you'll find an authentic experience like nowhere else in the southern United States.

  • Reserved networking experience with the most strategic leaders in the industry.

Education Information

9:00 AM

Introduction & Welcome Day 1

9:15 AM

Valerie-GrubbCreating a Values-Driven Work Environment that Matters to Employees

As business leaders, we’re all too aware it’s a bold new world; Competition for talent has never been fiercer and expectations for people leaders have grown exponentially. Learn the secret sauce for keeping employees engaged and retained by creating a values-driven culture that matters to your employees.

Valerie Grubb

Keynote speaker, trainer and executive coach Valerie Grubb helps companies grow their bottom lines by elevating employees from tactical thinkers to strategic leaders. With extensive corporate experience including founding the Oxygen channel and InterActiveCorp (parent company to Expedia, Home Shopping Network and Ticketmaster), and senior leadership roles at NBC Universal and Rolls-Royce, she can translate complex skills such as leadership, inspiring accountability and motivating others into actionable steps that resonate with new managers to senior executives.

10:00 AM

gina-samciLive Fully: Putting People First

The pandemic rocked the hospitality and event industries in multiple ways. Coupled with changes in the wants and needs of a diversifying and empowered workforce, an emergent talent crisis continues to impact all aspects of business. Marriott International has a reputation for putting people first as a longstanding top priority. Learn the measures it has taken for years to prioritize the safety and wellbeing of its staff. Recognizing that people are the backbone of its rich, 94-year history, gain insights into how Marriott attracts and retains talented, passionate and loyal employees.

Gina Samci

Gina Samci is Senior Director of Global Sales, US & Canada at Marriott International. In this role, she leads a world-class global sales team responsible for driving profitable market share and revenue globally through strategic B2B relationships for Marriott International’s top corporate accounts. Gina has lived and worked in both North America and Africa during her 24-year hospitality career. Gina is an active member of Meeting Professionals International and currently serves as Vice Chair of Programs for the MPI Foundation’s Global Board of Trustees.

10:15 AM

Mathur2022 Employee Experience Trends

2022 Employee Experience Trends Discover four trends in employee experience that directly impact how you hire and retain top individuals. From pandemic considerations to the future of work, learn how your organization can excel in the way it embraces employees and prepares them for the future. You will be able to apply the following lessons.

Global EX: The changing nature of employee attitudes and expectations

  • Pandemic: Organization response and its impact on employees
  • Remote & Hybrid: Remote, hybrid and onsite work arrangements
  • Future of Work: What employees need and expect in the future

Somya Mathur

Somya Mathur is the EX solution strategist at Qualtrics, where she helps clients understand the criticality of managing employee experience and how it can cultivate exponential growth when relevant investments are made in the areas of focused listening, intentional development and iterative learning. With a master’s degree in Organisational and Social Psychology from the London School of Economics, I am a lifelong student of human behavior and how it may drive enhanced business outcomes when leveraged correctly.

11:00 AM


11:30 AM


A Tip Jar Culture: How Piano Bar Secrets Can Improve Your Employee Experience

Gregory Offner is a globally recognized expert on performance; the Founder and CEO of Global Performance Institute; and an award-winning, international keynote speaker. His Performance Agreement methodology has helped organizations around the world develop the skills necessary to thrive under pressure and create cultures of high-performing, highly fulfilled people.





12:00 PM

Discussion: The Future of Work in Hospitality & Events

12:50 PM

Close Day 1

9:00 AM

Introduction & Welcome Day 2

9:15 AM


Labor Crisis in Hospitality, Tourism & Event Industry: Solutions for Recruitment & Retention of Millennials 

Pre-pandemic, discussions centered on labor shortages; now the hospitality, tourism and event industry faces a labor crisis. The silver lining is that organizations have been forced to adopt innovative practices, particularly those that attract and retain Millennials, who will constitute 75 percent of the workforce globally by 2025. Discover recent research on eight key factors that can lead to attracting and retaining more critical talent.

Altaf Sovani

The founder and CEO of Alzen Consulting Inc., Altaf Sovani has taught at prestigious institutions such as the Glion Institute of Higher Education (Switzerland); the University of Guelph, School of Hospitality, Food & Tourism Management; and the Conestoga School of Hospitality & Culinary Arts. Formerly, he was the chairperson for the School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at Algonquin College as well as past chairperson of Heads of Hospitality & Tourism Ontario (HOHTO). Altaf earned the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his exemplary work in education. 


Storyslam Feat. Industry Leaders

Hear from hospitality and meeting sector leaders who are working to attract and retain the critical talent necessary to help the industry not only recover, but truly thrive. Given the Great Resignation’s impact on business—particularly in the hospitality, tourism and service industries—what are organizations doing to upskill new talent and reskill professionals for the jobs of today and tomorrow. And how can industry associations and businesses work better together for the good of everyone, and the sector’s future.

Fran Brasseux (ICHRIE)

Debra Zabloudil (ASAE)

Jennifer Clark Fugolo (AHLA Foundation)

Annette Gregg (MPI)

David Clark (Visit Mobile)

11:00 AM


11:30 AM

Discussion: The Future of Workforce Development in Hospitality & Events

12:50 PM

Close Day 2

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