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February Education Luncheon

  • Best Western Plus Westwood Inn 18035 Stony Plain Road Northwest Edmonton, AB, T5S 1B2 Canada (map)

Please join us on Wednesday February 8th at the Best Western Plus Westwood Inn for our MPI Greater Edmonton Chapter luncheon. Members and non-members are welcome!

Both planners and suppliers will take away a great deal of useful information from this session. SMM (or Strategic Meetings Management) seems to be all the rage in the event industry these days. If you know anything about strategic meetings management programs (or especially if you don’t) this session is for you. Betsy will explain what Strategic Meetings Management (SMM) is and how it can benefit your business, whether you work for a large company, small association or are on your own.

You may think that strategic meeting management programs have little to do with the end experience. After all, the main goal is to save money, right? SMM is more than just cost savings. In this session, consider how strategic meetings management can help enhance the experience of all meeting participants and discuss strategies for capitalizing on these efforts with your peers. In addition to the planner perspective, this session will address supplier concerns and teach them how knowing about SMM will help to increase their business by speaking the same language and effectively connecting with planners to create a successful event.

Learner Outcomes:
1. Understand the value of SMM and its relationship with the participant experience
2. Identify three ways you can enhance the attendee experience through SMM
3. Recognize ways these methods can be implemented at your (or your clients) organization

Members $42
Non-Members $62

Event timeline:
11:00am – Networking
11:30am – Lunch
12:15pm – Presentation and Q&A
1:30pm – Closing Remarks

with Betsy Bondurant, CMM, CTE

President of Bondurant Consulting, Betsy Bondurant, CMM, CTE, HMCC offers a unique 360o perspective with over 30 years industry expertise in hotel sales, meeting & trade show management. In addition to her current work with Fortune 500 companies, Betsy is considered a Subject Matter Expert in the area of Strategic Meetings Management and as such, has authored many articles, developed educational content, and presented to audiences in North America, Europe and Asia.
Betsy holds a Bachelor of Science in Hotel Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She has been an active member of Meeting Professionals International (MPI) since 1994; and served as a member of the International Board of Directors. Betsy is also a volunteer leader in GBTA, PCMA and is a member of the Convention Industry Council APEX Standards Committee
Betsy was recognized as a 2016 Top 25 Women in the Meetings Industry by Meetings and Conventions Magazine. In the past she has been honored as one of Business Travel News “Best Practitioners” a Meeting News “25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry”, and was awarded the MPI “Chairwoman’s Award”. In 2009, Betsy was one of the first to achieve MPI’s Accredited Trainer designation.

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This session is brought to you by the MPI Foundation. Thank you from MPI GEC!
The MPI Foundation fuels the growth and advancement of MPI members by providing them professional development and career opportunities through grants and scholarships. The MPI Foundation propels the meeting and event industry forward by funding research initiatives that support the strategic plan of MPI.

The mission of the MPI Foundation is to fund education and pan-industry research that drive the success of meeting professionals.

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