Speaker/Presentation Proposals Due by February 15!

If you are planning to apply to be a speaker at this year’s MPI Southeastern Education Conference, the time to apply is NOW!  Speaker applications will be accepted to our Education committee through Sunday, February 15.  Selections will be made by April 30.  To apply please visit our Be A Speaker page today for information on speaker submissions and to fill out our online submission form.

Becky KellyMeet Our Featured Planner

Becky Kelly, Corporate Meeting & Events Planner

Crowley Maritime Corporation

As a planner, I am involved with the 2015 MPI Southeast Educational Conference because… I get a chance, not only to interact with industry experts and peers, but also to learn best practices and new ideas that I can implement into our meetings program when I return to the office.

I Unlock My Ingenuity by… experiencing the creative synergy with other planners, venue representatives, industry experts, and speakers at events like SEC. I also strive to carve out some time for myself, whether taking a walk on a lunch break or finding a quiet spot to escape for a few minutes; I use that time to reenergize, so I can put some of that inspiration to work.

Kim BrussowMeet Our Featured Volunteer

Kim Brussow, Group Sales Manager

Visit Vail Valley

As a volunteer, I am involved with the 2015 MPI Southeast Educational Conference because… MPI SEC provides amazing educational programs and is a great way for me to network with my peers and build lasting business relationships.

I Unlock My Ingenuity by… Volunteering. I get a chance to share my current skills, while also discovering new talents.  It makes me happy to be able to give back to an organization that I truly believe in!

201501-JMantheyMeet Our Featured Sponsor

Jill Manthey, VP of Sales

Yacht StarShip

As a sponsor, I am involved with the 2015 MPI Southeast Educational Conference because… I want to help showcase our beautiful city, Tampa. I want to help the MPI team make this an unforgettable experience for all attendees and help make it the best SEC to date!

I Unlock My Ingenuity by… surrounding myself with great people in all aspects of my life. My co-workers, my family and friends are truly the people that help me unlock my ingenuity. They help me to be more original, clever and more inventive in all I do!

Audrey Thomas, CSPMeet Our Featured Speaker

Audrey Thomas, CSP, President

Organized Audrey, LLC

As a speaker, I am involved with the 2015 MPI Southeast Educational Conference because… as a speaker during the 2014 MPI Southeast Education Conference, I enjoyed meeting dozens of Floridians involved with the meetings industry – either as planners or suppliers. Many have reached out to me since my appearance, and I am hoping for a return visit soon to the Sunshine State!

I Unlock My Ingenuity by… spending time in nature. It is my fuel for creativity and problem solving. I love to hike, bike, and fish, and in Minnesota I have plenty of opportunities for those things. But in winter months, I long for sunshine, warm weather, and walks along a beach, which allow me opportunities to dream up new ideas and goals.

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Collaboration: Always A Key to Success with the SEC

Vickie Corder

(Written by guest blogger, Vickie Corder, CMP)

Collaboration, Connection, Creativity and Caring are the four keys to UNLOCKING YOUR INGENUITY.  Today, I’m happy to share how collaboration has assisted me in my professional development.

Collaboration: the action of working with someone to produce or create something.

It seems I have always been an organizer of people, planning the Saturday afternoon movie excursions with my second grade friends, birthday, Halloween, and high school spirit club parties. Read More…