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Meetings Mean Business: Lobbying for Recognition – Episode 156

Meetings Mean Business: Lobbying for Recognition – Episode 156

March 29, 2019

Today is all about Meetings Mean Business. How do you prove the real worth of your multi-million industry to your local newspaper? How can you make a small community understand that your ventures in the event business aren’t a colossal waste of money, but rather a contribution to the economy? In today’s episode, we explore the campaign Events Mean Business and how professionals can work together to show the world – and every single stakeholder! – the full positive impact of the industry.

Meetings Mean Business unites over 60 professionals from across the business in the United States, with global partnerships that include Canada and, soon to be, India. The alliance seeks to engage with outside parties in an effort to bring the Event industry the recognition it truly deserves as a value creator.

Our very special guests today bring decades of experience and some incredible insights into the right path to recognition. Michael Owen is a true veteran of corporate entertainment and event management services. Michael is a frequent presenter at industry conferences and learning institutions, speaking on what’s now and what’s next in meetings and events. Heidi Welker joins us with over 35 years of experience in the meetings and events industry and an extensive background in operations, sales, business development, and industry partnerships. 

Both will guide us through the genesis of Meetings Mean Business in the United States and Canada and tap into the problematics and solutions of harnessing recognition for the industry.

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The Story Behind the Redesigned World Education Congress – Episode 155

The Story Behind the Redesigned World Education Congress – Episode 155

March 29, 2019

Today we are diving into MPI’s World Education Congress. The World Education Congress (WEC) is a gathering where both MPI members and non-members alike come to gain education, network and more. The event has grown to about 2500 attendees and each year MPI is working to raise the bar. They strive to change the way we meet and it’s working!

In 2018 MPI’s World Education Congress had a complete overhaul. The World Education Congress went through the event design canvas process, where all stakeholders needs were considered and the event was completely redesigned to be in line with what their needs were. There was a lot of blood, sweat, and tears that went into the planning and redesigning and it really paid off. The hard work resulted in an even better World Education Congress. No detail was too small, MPI really kept in mind the needs and desires of attendees during overhauling the event. Changes were made to allow attendees more flexibility, open floor concept that allows attendees to choose and customize their experiences, keynotes were called Pep Rallies, and they even had welcoming airport lounges (yes, you read that right!). It’s safe to say the World Education Congress breaks the traditional conference mold and will push the rest of the industry forward.

Joining us today are the iconic Crystal Shipps MPI’s talented Program Manager, and Lori Pugh Marcum MPI’s Manager of Global Education & Event Production. This dynamic team will take you through the stories behind this change. Crystal and Lori will also talk about the changes they made, the feedback they received after making major changes, what they learned during the overhaul process, and well as what the future holds for MPI’s World of Education Congress 2019 in Toronto. Let’s jump in!

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The Biggest Takeaways from the Global Event Forum –  Episode 154

The Biggest Takeaways from the Global Event Forum – Episode 154

March 20, 2019

For the second time ever, the International Live Event Association (ILEA) held the Global Events Forum in August 2018 in Denver, Colorado. The forum brought together 30 of the brightest and biggest influencers in the events industry to delve deep into issues, challenges, and opportunities facing the event industry today. The influencers who were a mixture of partners, producers and planners took a hard look at issues such as commodity pricing, education within the industry, data security and much more.

Joining us today are our iconic guests Kevin White of XPL, Keri Miller of e=mc² events, Sara Grauf of Giants Enterprises, and Christian Seidenstuecker of JOKE Event AG. They will be discussing their findings from the Global Events Forum and even give you a sneak peek at the topics we might see at the 2019 Global Events Forum. Listen below to hear what these brilliant minds have to say about the opportunities, as well as challenges facing our industry and their unique perspectives on the Global Events Forum!

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GameStop –  Episode 153

GameStop – Episode 153

March 12, 2019

Today we are joined with a dynamic duo Samantha Vogel and Judy Payne of GameStop. Together their event department raises millions of dollars in sponsorships and create an event that crosses generational boundaries, uses creative ideas to engage their audience, all while meeting stakeholder objectives.

For those not familiar, GameStop is a worldwide retailer and the largest selling retailer in the video game industry. They also own ThinkGeek. On top of these impressive facts, they hold an annual trade show and conference with approximately 5000 store owners, 100-200 international partners, 150 different vendor companies and 2000 vendor staff. There are over a quarter million square feet of exhibit space, yes, you read that right. If that wasn’t impressive enough, occasionally they open the tradeshow portion of the conference up to the public which adds roughly an additional 5000 attendees.

In this episode, our iconic guests Samantha Vogel and Judy Payne will answer your burning questions about this truly inspiring event. They will discuss a wide variety of topics including the best out of the box ideas for their events in the past, how they work with their sponsors as partners, ways GameStop creates unique immersive experiences and so much more. This is a truly inspiring episode you do not want to miss.

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