Meeting Professionals International (MPI) is delivering the educational programming at IMEX America, which runs October 10-12, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. This is the seventh year that MPI has served as the show’s education partner.
MPI will present the daily keynotes as well as power the Smart Monday program on October 9, 2017. In addition, the MPI Foundation will present its largest fundraising and networking event of the year—Rendezvous, the IMEX America Night.
“The feedback we have received on our education program for IMEX America continues to be overwhelmingly positive year after year,” said Paul Van Deventer, president and CEO of MPI. “If you have not attended our Smart Monday program before, I encourage you to join us as we will present a variety of timely and powerful education sessions designed for meeting professionals of all levels.”
“Year after year, MPI works closely with our team to find superb speakers across a wide range of subjects for both the education program and their daily morning keynotes,” said Carina Bauer, CEO, IMEX Group. “This year’s keynote speakers are particularly outstanding, industry leading experts who’ll be covering hot topics and emerging issues including purposeful meetings, current economic challenges and opportunities, and creating immersive experiences. We’re delighted with the program and are sure attendees will find it stimulating and a valuable contribution to their personal development.”
Smart Monday powered by MPI will feature nearly 30 education sessions covering topics such as risk management, medical meetings, contracts, strategic communications, and behavioural science. In addition, the association will offer education sessions in its booth facilitated by Jessie States, CMM, manager of professional development at MPI, who was recently recognized by Successful Meetings magazine as one of the “25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry for 2017” and by Meetings Today magazine for its “2017 Meetings Trendsetters” list. Most of the sessions are aligned to CMP International Standards and attendees can earn up to five clock hours.
Four keynote speakers will present at the show. They are:
Monday, October 9, 2017 – Janet Sperstad, CMP, “Purposeful Meetings – Driving Deeper Meaning and Insights”: An internationally-recognized meeting professional, teacher and speaker, Sperstad founded and currently leads the Meeting and Event Management Associate Degree Program at Madison College. In her presentation, she will leverage industry research to explore the five characteristics that define purposeful meetings: behaviour science, meeting design, technology, health and wellbeing, and leaving a positive legacy.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 – Juliet Funt, “Activity is Not Productivity”: Funt is the CEO of WhiteSpace at Work, a training and consulting firm that helps organizations, their leaders and employees flip the norms of business in order to reclaim their creativity, productivity and engagement. In her session, attendees will learn about the “WhiteSpace culture” and how to bring positive changes to the workplace by examining the critical difference between cramming in more tasks and selectively choosing to dive into the right ones with thoughtfulness.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 – Todd Buchholz, “Prosperity Ahead – or Not?”: Buchholz is a best-selling author, former White House director of economic policy, and co-founder and CEO of Sproglit, LLC, which develops software to teach mathematics to children. In his keynote, he will examine the forces that determine U.S. and world economic growth to help the audience develop a timely vision for the economy, the financial markets, and the political challenges ahead.
Thursday, October 12, 2017 – Brent Bushnell, “Creating Innovative Experience Through Interactive Experiences and Immersive Entertainment”: Bushnell is the CEO of Two Bit Circus, a Los Angeles-based experiential entertainment company building a network of permanent micro-amusement parks. He will review some of the latest approaches to creating innovative events and discuss what’s working and what needs work.
The MPI Foundation fund-raiser will be held Wednesday, October 11 at Drai’s, the indoor/outdoor club located on the rooftop of The Cromwell Hotel, a Caesars Entertainment property.