Feb12

Smart Meetings Presents the 2016 Smart Women in Meetings Awards

Smart Meetings is celebrating influential women in the meetings industry and we want your help! Nominate a talented, successful Smart Woman who embodies leadership, vision and progress to acknowledge her hard work and accomplishments. From leaders and innovators to entrepreneurs, doers and rising stars, together, let’s recognize the top women in the meetings industry who…

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Feb11
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MPI Recap: Engaging Every Type of Meeting Attendee

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A podium front and center; row after row of theater-style seating; the welcome page of a PowerPoint presentation projected onto a giant pull-down screen. Sound familiar? A workshop held at the 2016 Meeting Professionals International Northern California chapter started out just like any other. But that’s where the monotonous routine ended. Titled “Devices Down! Engaging…

Feb11

Kate Patay

About Kate: Kate Patay, executive director of Creative Coverings Specialty Linens, brings 15 years of experience to the table in F&B, event design, hotel and casino catering sales, special events and convention services. She oversees the growth of the rental and sales divisions as well as brand integrity through marketing initiatives, customer relations, company trainings…

Lonely Planet named Philly
Feb11
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Lonely Planet named Philly Best Place to Visit in the U.S.

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Pennsylvania Convention Center Philadelphia is certainly an apropos destination for medical meetings, with stellar universities that help contribute to research and provide access to experts and speakers. The region is also home to numerous pharmaceutical companies that are critical to well-being and host conferences, which demand accurate reporting about compensation and travel awarded to medical…

Feb11

Mike Staver

About Mike Mike Staver is an internationally recognized coach and speaker who has gained popularity and success from his signature speaking and writing topics, “Leadership Isn’t for Cowards” and “How to Build High Performance Firms.” Holding a master’s degree in counseling psychology and a bachelor’s degree in business administration, Staver has mastered the art of…

Feb11

Natalie Stavas

Learn how to find meaning in a chaotic life with Boston Marathon bombing first responder Dr. Natalie Stavas. Determine how to embrace chaos, examine how humans are genetically predisposed to be selfless, and understand how internal noise can paralyze you and prevent you from achieving your full potential. Dr. Stavas will share her incredible story…

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Feb10
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Live Updates: MPI Northern California’s Annual Conference Kicks Off

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The Meeting Professionals International Northern California Chapter is hosting it’s annual conference and expo Wednesday, Feb. 10 in San Francisco, and the Smart Meetings team is onsite to learn about everything new the industry has to offer. The conference, held at Moscone West, features 17 professional development sessions for meeting planners at every level –…

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Feb10
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Airbnb Targeting Meeting Groups

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After establishing itself as a force to be reckoned with by the hospitality industry in general, Airbnb is increasingly targeting business travelers, including meeting groups. Airbnb and meetings industry organizations are formalizing products and partnerships to enable planners to incorporate Airbnb listings into their programs. This is a significant development, because most planners and conference organizers have…

Dengue Fever Outbreak
Feb10
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Hawaii Island Declares State of Emergency for Dengue Fever Outbreak

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Hawaii Island Mayor Billy Kenoi declared a state of emergency this week regarding reports of dengue fever. Since last October, more than 250 people have tested positive for the mosquito-borne disease. Despite the high number of confirmed cases, Hawaii Tourism Authority and Hawaii State Department of Health have stated that travel plans to the islands…

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Feb10
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9 Tips For Building Great Teams

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The strongest organizations excel at building great teams. While there is no set formula for building great teams, there are certain tips planners can use to improve their chances. A recent blog posting on HubSpot offers the following 9 hints: 1. Seek out potential stars in your organization that have high standards and want to…