Paul VanDeventer Takes MPI’s Own Advice
Paul VanDeventer, CEO and president of MPI, discussed how MPI has always encouraged other companies’ meetings and events to try something new—and believed it was time for MPI to follow their own advice. He acknowledged the risks and challenges that come with trying something new, but has been proud of the result. “It’s all about designing experiences,” he explained.
Mike Dominguez Advocates for Authenticity in Leaders
Mike Dominguez, chief sales officer of MGM Resorts, gave a speech on leadership, a topic he is passionate about. Take-home messages to leaders include putting yourself second to your team, providing a sense of hope and delivering authenticity—people will connect with humanity more than perfection.
Visit Indy CEO Leonard Hoops Takes Pride in his State
President and CEO of Visit Indy Leonard Hoops talked about the success of Indianapolis, which is a dream city for planners for a multitude of reasons: USA Today named it as their number one convention city; Indianapolis International Airport was named best in North America for the sixth year in a row by Airports Council International; there are 12 hotels that are connected to its convention center; and there are currently 11 hotel projects in the works.
Amanda Armstrong on MPI’s New Certification Program
In her new role as chair of the international board of MPI, Amanda Armstrong, CMP and CED, spoke about the exciting new Event Design Certificate Program from MPI, which “is about managing stakeholders,” and goes in depth on how to make sure everybody comes away from an event feeling satisfied. She also spoke of #MeToo and commission cuts within major hotel groups, and how it’s critical to connect with chapters’ leaders to create a strong community.
MPI’s Innovation Impresses Smart Meetings’ Marin Bright
With risk-taking and reimagination coming to the forefront to create a strong, fresh event, Marin Bright, CEO of Smart Meetings, acknowledges all that has gone into building this. The creativity does not go unnoticed or unmentioned by Bright, who applauds their risk-taking.
Cruising Around Visit Indy’s Indy 500-Inspired Booth
Mike Lyons is thoroughly enjoying himself in the Visit Indy booth, which features a neon green and blue racecar decked out in Visit Indy’s website.
Scott Feight: “All Attendees are Artists”
Scott Feight, executive director of Foundation for Hospital Art, has set up the foundation’s shop on the tradeshow floor, with plenty of participants sitting down to paint in between sessions. They aim to “change the way hospitals look and feel,” and attendees’ paintings will help to decorate hospital walls in Indianapolis.
Puppies Warm Hearts and Hands of WEC18 Attendees
Mike Lyons handed over treats to a puppy named Macy (who politely refused to perform tricks) on the floor of MPI WEC.
Paws for a Cause Sets Up (Pet) Shop on the Floor
Kara and Katie spoke about how they have been working with Paws for a Cause with the past five years. Paws for Cause partners with TheraPets, a local organization which connects emotional support animals with those who need them, in hospitals and offices alike.