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5 Critical Recovery Conversations for Meeting Industry Leaders

The 2021 Thought Leaders Summit benefiting the MPI Foundation is an invite-only exclusive experience for the meeting and event industry’s top leaders. During this year’s retreat, attendees will join five critical conversations that will inform the coming renaissance of the meetings sector on the topics of innovation, inclusion, sustainability, wellness and community-building.

Inspired by the City of Tampa and experts from within and throughout the meeting and event space, industry leaders will focus on next practices that will make us more resilient, welcoming and strong in our recovery.

Thought Leaders Summit participation will include:

  • VIP experience throughout the summit, including subsidized airfare, airport transfers, accommodations, private receptions, and hotel amenities.
  • Exclusive excursions throughout the Bay area, sampling everything from the exotic to the historic — interacting amidst the vibrant backdrops of the city of major league sports champions!
  • Reserved networking experience with the most strategic leaders in the industry.

This exclusive experience is limited to 40 industry thought leaders. Apply today!





Jessie States, CMP, CMM

Your Emcee

Jessie States, CMP, CMM, is the Vice President of the MPI Academy for Meeting Professionals International, where she leads and advances MPI’s professional development strategy, developing and managing MPI’s portfolio of educational products including live and digital events, educational experiences, professional certificate programs and educational partnerships.

Jessie has received the Pacesetter Award from the Events Industry Council, an honor that recognizes emerging leaders and industry supporters. She has also earned spots on the lists of 25 Most Influential People in Meetings and Events (Successful Meetings magazine) and Trendsetters (Meetings Today magazine).


Monday | September 13

LaKendria Robinson

From Intent to Impact: How to Implement a More Effective Supply Chain Model

Discover new and unique ways to connect with more local diverse vendors in the local marketplaces of the events you plan, manage and support, and learn how to engage vendors in your procurement process. Find creative ways to elevate your reputation by leveraging your diverse business usage.

LaKendria Robinson is the Founder + CEO of The Orenda Collective, a social impact strategy firm that works with corporations to create groundbreaking diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives in the communities they live, work, and play. The Orenda Collective’s mission is to shift the focus of antiquated ideals to more deliberate and progressive actions. By challenging clients to view their community through a more diverse, equitable and inclusive lens, The Orenda Collective delivers innovative solutions that live on in perpetuity.

Launched in March 2021, The Orenda Collective is creating dynamic social impact programs for The Tampa Bay Sports Commission, Visit Tampa Bay and the Tampa Bay Partnership. LaKendria served as the first Director of the Minority Business Accelerator & Economic Inclusion for the Tampa Bay Chamber, where she spearheaded the Minority Business Accelerator to help minority-owned businesses grow and thrive in Tampa Bay.

She was named a 2020 Forty under Forty recipient for the Business Observer. LaKendria was also named a 2019 Forty Under 40 recipient by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives for her meaningful involvement in the advancement of the Tampa Bay community.



Courtney Lohmann, CMP, CSEP

Sustainability as a Business Practice

In today’s environment of reducing as much waste as we can, yet there being a need to increase attendee safety, we have to think about how we best support the natural environment through sustainability practices that maximize our efforts and the attendee experience. 

In this session, we will set up and then solve some of the biggest environmental-related sustainability issues we face in our industry. We will discuss topics like material waste, carbon footprint, food, and beverage strategies, and then narrow down in a workshop setting to find some solutions that our industry can implement. 

Courtney Lohmann, CMP, has 20+ years of experience in the meeting and event industry with a varied background and has become passionate corporate sustainability and social responsibility expert. She is a Certified Sustainable Events Professional and currently serving as past-chairperson of the Events Industry Council’s Sustainability and Social Impact Committee.

As Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at PRA Inc., she is leading the company’s CSR and sustainability programs including internal business operations and client events. She leads the company’s Equity, Diversity + Inclusion Council and the company’s membership in ECPAT USA. Lohmann has been a speaker at many top conferences and recognized for her sustainability leadership by being named to BizBash’s Top 1000 and 500 People in Events lists, Meetings Today Trendsetters list and a MeetingsNet ChangeMaker.


Cindy Montgenie

Cindy Montgenie

The Future Is Next, Are You Ready?

The pandemic has unveiled the vulnerability of the event industry. Now that recovery is on its way, there is still an open question: Are you ready for what is next? How can the event industry be stronger and not blindsided by future events? While no one can predict the future. You can still prepare for it. Indeed, the future does not just happen. The future is created. In this dynamic and content rich keynote, led by Cindy Montgenie, future of work expert and international keynote speaker, you will discover a practical and immediately actionable 3-step process to increase your confidence in not being blindsided by future events, avoid the top three traps that lead organizations and leaders to excruciating decline and fatal irrelevance and stay ahead of the game.

Cindy Montgenie, former award-winning Fortune 50 executive, is a future of work expert, international keynote speaker and high-performance strategist. She works with leaders and organizations that want to profit from the future of work trends to build and sustain high-performance teams so they can keep winning, without burning out employees, in an ever-changing world.

Her clients include global companies like Intel, Microsoft, small and medium companies and nonprofit organizations. Montgenie has equipped thousands of leaders throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa with the tools they need to be successful in a rapidly changing marketplace. She has lived in Europe, Latin America, and the U.S. and holds an MBA from Grenoble Ecole of Management, France. Montgenie speaks fluent English, French and Spanish. She is currently based in the sunny city of Miami.


Gina Samci

Gina Samci

Serve360: Marriott’s Commitment to Serve Well

Gina Samci is Senior Director of Global Sales, US & Canada at Marriott International. In this role 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 22-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. 


Lakshmi Shenoy

Lakshmi Shenoy

Surrounded by Yes: A Conversation on Innovation

What happens when you build a dense hub of startups in one physical place? You foster a community that leads with “yes!” Learn about Florida’s fastest growing startup hub, Embarc Collective, and how density can unleash what’s possible. 

Lakshmi Shenoy is the CEO of Embarc Collective, the innovation hub in downtown Tampa that helps Tampa Bay’s startup talent build bold, scalable, thriving companies. Before moving to Tampa Bay, Lakshmi was in Chicago and served as the Vice President of Strategy & Business Development at 1871, the #1 university-affiliated business incubator in the world. Prior to 1871, Lakshmi worked at Prophet Brand Strategy, Time Inc., Procter & Gamble and Leo Burnett. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Chicago and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. Lakshmi currently serves on the board of The Florida Aquarium and Junior Achievement Tampa Bay. 

Zoe Moore

Zoe Moore

DEI Workshop: Data-Driven or Data-Informed?

An organization’s competitive advantage is made possible by data. Primarily leaders are familiar with analyzing revenue, heads in beds, butts in seats, KPIs and success metrics to support their decision-making. However, what happens when they challenge typical measurements and learn how to leverage more people centered data to implement more inclusive and equitable experiences that involve the local community?  Exploring the difference between being data-driven and data-informed, participants will assess their Gains, Risks, Opportunities and Weaknesses (GROW) in using data to reach more diverse targeted audiences, recognize inequitable trends and improve inclusive language in marketing campaigns. Learn to think critically about how you use data in order to make recommendations to clients seeking to implement equity, diversity and inclusion strategies. 

Honorably discharged from the United States Army following 12 years of service, Chiriga Moore, affectionately known as Zoe (pronounced ZOH) completed an M.S. in Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism then started an event planning company in Oakland, CA. Learning that Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) were not prioritized in the meetings, events and tourism industry, she became an advocate to help improve dialogue and action in the areas of supplier diversity, organizational culture and diverse representation in leadership. 


Initially, spearheading the formation of an Inclusion & Diversity committee with MPI’s Northern California Chapter, she decided to become a Certified Diversity Practitioner (CDP) to deepen her knowledge. Having dissolved her company, LB Alliance due to COVID 19, she became the co-founder of CADAZO Consulting Group, a women owned business that sought to evolve the hospitality industry through training, workshops and consulting. Needing to pursue her personal endeavor, Zoe is doing business as Grow with Zomo, an affiliate of her parent company Moore Enterprises Ltd. 


As an independent Inclusive Hospitality Consultant & Strategist she is helping leaders of organizations define their strategic commitment to EDI through her speaking, writing and consulting. The outgoing co-chair for MPIs Global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Advisory Committee, Zoe is committed to holding industry leaders strategically accountable and ensuring that their commitment to change is both measurable and sustainable. A contributing writer to The Meeting Professional and Meetings Today and GRIT Hospitality. Zoe Moore resides in Marietta, GA with her 16-year-old son, Jourden Moore. She loves homemade chocolate chip cookies, photography and traveling.  


Tuesday | September 14

Dorothéa Bozicolona-Volpe

Building Bold & Active Communities

Discover how one individual built community during a pivotal life event utilizing guiding principles to effectively build and maintain community, and learn how seven guiding principles can lead you to faster and stronger recovery and business continuity in today's ever-changing environment. Explore how core values, affinity groups, reviews, references, social media, content and vulnerability/authenticity all play key roles in building communities that support, nurture, care and grow individuals and organizations.

Dorothéa Bozicolona-Volpe is the principal and founder of the Social Espionage consultancy. She was born in New York City to French and Italian parents. She has lived in Italy, France, Germany, Japan, Sweden, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Bozicolona-Volpe is a strategic digital marketing executive who is fluent in four languages and specializes in developing business through digital, influencer and social media marketing for the world’s most memorable brands.

She teaches marketers and business leaders how to increase value and develop strong relationships between brands and fans.  She specializes in eCommerce, employer and personal branding, enterprise social networking and marketing strategy. Bozicolona-Volpe has appeared as a social media strategy subject matter expert on CBS and CNN. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @socialespionage.

Santiago C. Corrada

Santiago C. Corrada

Diversity & Inclusion: Forward Thinking, Forward Moving

Suddenly everyone is unveiling multicultural programs that they should have been working with for years. Impactful diversity and inclusive programs require a balance of bold initiatives and sweating the details. But we tend to only hear about the big ones and not so much about the day-to-day efforts. So, instead of seeing diversity and inclusion as “all or nothing,” you should build momentum by tackling ongoing initiatives. Visit Tampa Bay is continually moving forward, promoting change, and constantly improving our D&I efforts. We have always embraced our different leadership backgrounds, cultures, experiences, and ways of thinking. Join us as we share our top-down approach to inclusion and diversity marketing.    

Santiago C. Corrada is an accomplished, recognized leader with more than 25 years of public service experience, with proven success in effectively and efficiently transforming the professional culture of many diverse institutions. His outstanding relationship-building skills result in the resolution of highly complex issues through consensus. Corrada has the demonstrated ability to soundly and fiscally manage a convention center resulting in record surplus revenues. He has consistently elevated organizations to higher levels of productivity by empowering team members and stakeholders.


Corrada is an intelligent, articulate, dedicated, loyal individual, driven to serve and deliver the highest quality services. Santiago officially began his position as President and CEO of Visit Tampa Bay in May 2013, where he is responsible for providing oversight of all agency activities, managing day-to-day operations, and assures a smoothly functioning, efficient organization. He serves as main spokesperson for the tourism and hospitality industry; ensures stakeholders coordinated efforts in collaboratively increasing visitation to the destination while maintaining open lines of communication with all industry stakeholders. Corrada coordinates effective marketing and sales strategies ensuring maximum return on investment.

The organization has been awarded numerous marketing awards over the past several years including four HSMAI Platinum Adrian Awards and most recently we were awarded four Henry Awards at Visit Florida’s Flagler Award Ceremony. During this time, the industry has experienced three consecutive record-breaking bed tax collection years. Corrada received HSMAI’s Top 25 Award for Extraordinary Minds in Hospitality, Sales and Marketing. He was also recognized as Hillsborough County’s Hispanic Man of the Year in 2013.   



Amy Bourne

Amy Bourne

Sustainable Meetings for a Sustainable Future

Amy Bourne is the Senior Manager of Sustainability & Supplier Diversity at Marriott International in Bethesda, MD. In this role she develops and manages global programs in areas such as responsible sourcing and food waste reduction for 7,500+ hotels in 130+ countries.

Previously, Amy managed sustainability programs for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the General Services Administration (GSA) where she focused on high performance and healthy buildings, sustainable building operations and waste diversion. Amy holds an MA in Energy and Environmental Analysis from Boston University and is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM), LEED Green Associate and TRUE Zero Waste Advisor. 


Todd Marinko

Todd Marinko

Indoor Air Quality: Why It Matters

A recent Harvard study conducted in more than 3,000 US counties revealed a clear and strong correlation between higher levels of particulate air pollution and higher mortality rates caused by COVID-19. Improving air quality, or avoiding air pollution will become not only a performance/productivity enabler but an explicit wellness offering.   

Todd Marinko is extremely good at helping small-to-large-sized businesses grow revenue and profitability. Marinko founded Red Fox Consulting, a management consulting firm with a business development focus which identifies commercial weaknesses and challenges, determines relevant solutions, and facilitates implementation. Companies supported include IT outsourcing, IoT startup, industrial technology, real estate, and advertising. 

He also founded Epeius Consulting, a disruptive provider to the meetings and events industry providing client consultation and dedicated software developers to deliver innovative and unique solutions for venue owners and management companies. Previously, he spent 13 years at PSAV/Encore, in marketing, strategic account management and operations positions. 

Marinko hails from Australia is a business graduate from Swinburn University, and previously held sales, marketing, and business development positions in industries including medical and surgical devices and consumer-packaged goods. He has developed CE-certified training programs and personally facilitated over 100 sessions. Todd is a member of several industry organizations and is currently Chair of the Global Board of Trustees for the MPI Foundation. 


Nancy Snowden

Nancy Snowden

The Transformative Power of Wellness

The concept of wellness is not a new topic in the meeting and event sector. However, the expectations around how we transform the eight dimensions of wellness into experiential activations has changed over the last two years. Now more than ever, attendees expect to be engaged not only physically, but emotionally, socially and even spiritually.

This is reflected in the new norms associated with organizational culture, too. How are we nurturing the holistic self of each team member? How does our view of wellness as a company shape our brand alignment with critical stakeholders? Discuss what the eight dimensions of wellness look like today, and how we can capitalize on their ability to transform the lives of others.

Nancy Snowden serves MPI as the Manager of Educational Experiences. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in English and Master of Arts in Adult Education and has worked for nearly a decade creating meaningful developmental experiences for students and adult learners. She loves connecting individuals with the resources they need to maximize their potential and is excited by the opportunity to bring fresh and innovative learning experiences to the meetings and events industry.



Annette Gregg, CMM, MBA 

Innovation as a Cultural Imperative

Why do so many organizations strive to be innovative but fall short? Cutting edge companies embed innovation in the way they work every day. More than a visionary leader or creative setting, design thinking is foundational to creating this culture. We will discuss how to create an environment that embraces risk-taking, leverages empathy and prototyping create a forward-thinking culture for all to participate and thrive.

Annette Gregg, CMM, MBA is Senior Vice President, Experience for Meeting Professionals International (MPI), leading its community engagement, events and education teams and delivering programs for its 13,000 members worldwide. She has an extensive background in the meeting and hospitality industry, serving in executive level positions for corporations, associations and non-profits. She regularly delivers keynotes on topics including diversity and unconscious bias, promoting women in the workplace, and a variety of professional development topics, Annette has taught at several universities including leading San Diego State University’s Meeting and Event Certificate Program, and is currently instructor in Leadership for their Masters in Meeting and Events Program.

She was elected Instructor of the Year at SDSU, and inducted into the Center for Business Intelligence’s Circle of Excellence for her training and speaking. She is an honoree for Women in Tourism and Hospitality, and has won the Coach Award for the Association of Women in Events and Planner of the Year for MPI San Diego.

Annette served on MPI’s Board of Directors, the board for the Kim Center for Gender Equity, and San Diego Commission for Women and Girls. She was named to the MeetingsNet Changemakers list for her work in women’s empowerment. Annette received her undergraduate degree in International Relations at the University of California, Berkeley and later received her MBA from California Miramar University in San Diego. She lives an active life with her husband and college-aged son in San Diego.