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Talent Development Strategies for 2017
Roundtable for Heads of In House Event Teams
January 11, 2017 | NYC
Invitation only. For more information on joining this group, click here.

The roundtable is an invitation-only forum restricted to a vetted group of senior industry leaders who run in-house departments or event teams. The group meets several times during the year to exchange ideas, share best practices, brainstorm solutions to common problems and network with true industry peers, in closed-door sessions.

The main topic of this meeting will be: Talent Development in 2017

  • How to nurture high performers
  • Challenges of managing remote workers
  • How to reward staff when raises and title bumps are restricted
  • Pros and cons of cross-functional training and assignments
  • Differing needs of Millennials, Gen-X, Baby Boomers, etc. 


2017 Forecast: Disruptions Facing the Events & Meetings Industry
Presentation by Howard Givner
MPI Washington State Chapter
January 24, 2017

The meetings and events industry is at a major inflection point, amplified by a new President likely to usher in more change. What are the key technological developments that present opportunities and challenges? What security issues pose a threat? How should industry professionals deal with the fallout from ethically controversial state laws that may be passed? From drones to live streaming, data integration to virtual reality, gun laws to anti-LGBT regulations, this session will examine the potential forces of disruption to the industry, and the threats and opportunities they may present.


  1. Identify and explain key technological developments with the potential to impact the meetings industry.
  2. Describe the ramifications to controversial (and possibly discriminatory) state or local legislation, and ways to protect and mitigate these effects on your events.
  3. Define potential security threats to meetings, and evaluate possible responses.
  4. Examine the impact of a potential economic recession, and describe ways to protect your event and your job in a down economy.

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