MPI PHL Education Institute 2017
    Two keynote presentations, including a morning “State of the Meetings Industry” by Brian Stevens, Founding President and CEO, ConferenceDirect and Chair-Elect, Meeting Professionals International Board of Directors

    February 15, 2017
    8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

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    Chase Center on the Riverfront
    815 Justison Street
    Wilmington, DE 19801


    What is Education Institute?

    Two keynote presentations, including a morning “State of the Meetings Industry” by Brian Stevens, Founding President and CEO, ConferenceDirect and Chair-Elect, Meeting Professionals International Board of Directors and a lunch keynote by Jonathan Schroeder, The Wine Geek!

    View the full conference agenda here.

    The MPI PHL Education Institute is a full-day event providing the opportunity to network and learn from industry professionals. CE accreditation pending; attendees are anticipated to earn 4.5 CE credits towards your CMP or CMP recertification.

    Pay for one Education Institute Registration, bring a Planner Free! All MPI PHL Members who register for Education Institute can bring a Planner free!


    8:30 am - 9:00 am

    9:00 am – 10:15 am Breakfast and Keynote
    Industry Trends and MPI Update
    Brian Stevens

    10:15 am - 10:30 am

    Morning Break

    10:30 am – 11:45 am






    Concurrent Morning Sessions

    What Keeps You Up at Night Worrying About Potential Risks at You Meeting?
    Bonnie Walsh

    Visioneering the Meeting Room of the Future 
    Mark Cooper

    Audio Visual & Video Production Producing
    Neftali Nichols

    11:45 am – 12:30 pm  Lunch Break
    12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch Keynote
    How to WINE Friends and Influence People 
    with The Wine Geek Jonathan D. Schroeder
    1:30 pm - 1:45 pm Afternoon Break
    1:45 pm – 3:00 pm Concurrent Afternoon Sessions

    Beyond Hashtags: Social Media Trends You Can’t Afford to Ignore
    Alexander Plaxen, MTA

    Healthcare Meeting Compliance
    Erika Kain

    An Integrated Approach to Event Marketing 
    Chuck Salem
    3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Afternoon Break
    3:30 pm – 4:00 pm 30 Ideas in 30 Minutes:
    A Summary of the Day’s Key Ideas and Take-Aways
    4:00 pm – 6:00 pm IACC Copper Skillet Chef Competition and Cocktail Party

    About the Agenda:

    In addition to Opening and Lunch Keynote sessions, Education Institute will feature three morning and three afternoon concurrent sessions. Worried about missing something? You won’t want to miss the closing “30 Ideas in 30 Minutes”, where EI attendees will share key take-aways from the day’s sessions.

    View the full conference agenda here.

    Hotel Options:

    Extend your stay! Accommodations at area hotels are available - Please email at the Greater Wilmington CVB for more nearby hotels and rates.

    Complimentary transportation options are available at check-out.

    Advertise with Us: Education Institute Supplement:

    Interested in advertising in the 2017 EI Supplement? Click HERE before December 14th!  Last year's Education Institute Supplement was viewed by over 100 attendees and had over 22 pages of content and advertisements!

    Pricing Structure:


    Early  Bird

    After 3pm 12/16


    After 3pm 1/13

    Late/ Door

    After 3pm 2/13

    MPI PHL Member (Preferred/Premier Level) Ticket




    MPI PHL Non Member & Essential Level Members Ticket




    MPI Members Student/Faculty Ticket




    Non Member Student/Faculty






    Thanks to our Sponsors:

    Venue Sponsor:

    Chase Center on the riverfront

    Catering Sponsor:

    Sodexo - Quality of Life Services

    Exclusive Education Sponsor:

    Education Institute Sponsor:

    Audio Visual Sponsors:


    Look Who's Coming: 

    Number # Name Company
    1 Jordan Abada University of Delaware - Hospitality
    2 Christa Marie Adkins, CMP
    3 Gabrielle Alicea University of Delaware - Hospitality
    4 Odalys Alvarenga University of Delaware - Hospitality
    5 Lindsay Ancarrow Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board
    6 Allen Anderson Anderson Hospitality Services
    7 Debrah Anmuth Eventive Productions, Inc
    8 Kennedy Arnold University of Delaware - Hospitality
    9 Taylor Austin University of Delaware - Hospitality
    10 Courtney Babcock Chester County Convention & Visitors Bureau
    11 Jennifer Barcaro DoubleTree Downtown Wilmington Legal District
    12 Craig Batten
    13 Lori Battista Professional Management Associates
    14 Kathleen A Baumer, CMP Talley Management Group, Inc.
    15 Dina Beck Corporate Synergies
    16 Sri Beldona University of Delaware - Hospitality
    17 Nicole R Benner, CMP Blank Rome LLP
    18 Allison Bishop Stockton & Partners, Meetings and Events
    19 Jessica Bittmann, CMP Greater Wilmington Convention and Visitors Bureau
    20 Kate Blunt, CMP The Logan Hotel
    21 Rachel Bova University of Delaware - Hospitality
    22 Michelle Broitman University of Delaware - Hospitality
    23 Meredith Brusca Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
    24 Shellee Buchanan Pennsylvania Convention Center
    25 Linda Burley The Westin Las Vegas Hotel, Casino & Spa
    26 Linda Burley, CMP The Westin Las Vegas Hotel, Casino & Spa
    27 Julia Byrnes University of Delaware - Hospitality
    28 Gwen Cantarera, CMP Pursuit Healthcare Advisors
    29 Nicole A Carney, CMP Event Strategy Group
    30 Danielle Caserta Meetings & Incentives Worldwide HQ:UK
    31 Maggie Cashman University of Delaware - Hospitality
    32 Jonathan Cavaliere University of Delaware - Hospitality
    33 Emily J Ciancio, CMP Nemours
    34 Jim Cohn Mid-Atlantic Events Magazine
    35 Susan Corrigan Skytop Lodge
    36 Hailey Costarella University of Delaware - Hospitality
    37 Layla Covington University of Delaware - Hospitality
    38 Erica Critzer Visit Dallas
    39 Camilla Daniel University of Delaware - Hospitality
    40 Nicole Di Mattia Courtyard Philadelphia City Avenue
    41 Catherine L Diem Hilton Worldwide
    42 Jess Donlon University of Delaware - Hospitality
    43 Caitlin Druding University of Pennsylvania Hospitality Services
    44 Erin Duque Sheraton Wilmington South
    45 Laila Ea, CMP HMCC The SOSI Events
    46 Emily Evans The American College
    47 Jenna Even Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs
    48 Amy Falter Choose Chicago
    49 Allison Faulconer SEI Investments
    50 Dan Freeman University of Delaware - Hospitality
    51 Troy  Gallen University of Delaware - Hospitality
    52 Carla Gimm Normandy Farm Hotel & Conference Center
    53 Kristine G.P. Golden, CMP The Glenmede Trust Co. N.A.
    54 Maya Goldstein University of Delaware - Hospitality
    55 Andrea Gonzalez University of Delaware - Hospitality
    56 Erin Grady University of Delaware - Hospitality
    57 Samantha Grant University of Delaware - Hospitality
    58 Megan Gray Albrecht Events
    59 Jiaqing Han University of Delaware - Hospitality
    60 Ashley M. Hardison Nittany Lion Inn|Penn Stater Conference Ctr. Hotel
    61 Gina Harrigan Caesars Entertainment
    62 Heather Harrison University of Delaware - Hospitality
    63 Abby Hauser University of Delaware - Hospitality
    64 Mengyin He University of Delaware - Hospitality
    65 Maureen Hennessey Pennsylvania meetings + events & New Jersey meetings + events
    66 Kristen Henry SEI Investments
    67 Michael Hochman Caesars Entertainment
    68 Lisa Hoosier Clarion Hotel - The Belle
    69 Brett Hyman University of Delaware - Hospitality
    70 Stephen Jackson, CMP Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau
    71 Joann Jacobs Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond
    72 Elisa L. Jaworski The Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation
    73 Yushan Jia University of Delaware - Hospitality
    74 Lee Johnson-Lowe Lord Balitmore Hotel
    75 Kristy Jones Eventive Productions
    76 Shira Jones SEI Investments
    77 Linda M. Jones, CMP HMCC Pennsylvania Convention Center
    78 Eleni Kalaitzoglou University of Delaware - Hospitality
    79 Greg Kamprath IMS Technology Services, Inc
    80 Lisa Karl Valley Forge Tourism and Convention Board
    81 Christopher Keane, CMP Omni Hotels & Resorts
    82 Steve Kearney PSAV
    83 Sean Keffer SEI
    84 Grant Kehler Caesars Entertainment, Inc.
    85 Sam Kinnard Hilton Wilmington/Christiana Hotel
    86 Ilene Kirby, CMP
    87 Sheryl Kline University of Delaware - Hospitality
    88 Molly Hess Knodel CSL Behring
    89 Tammy Kockaya KPMG LLP
    90 Lynne Kopchains, CMP
    91 Michele Lakos University of Delaware - Hospitality
    92 Allison Lamb University of Delaware - Hospitality
    93 Danielle Laws American Board of Internal Medicine
    94 Samantha Laws, CMP American Board of Internal Medicine
    95 Elaine Leies, supplier Camelback Lodge & Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark
    96 Scott Lewis Sands Bethlehem
    97 Raven Luckett University of Delaware - Hospitality
    98 Terrie Lyon Blank Rome LLP
    99 Anne M Madden, CMP HMCC Maritz Travel Company
    100 Susan Mahoney Chubb Hotel & Conference Center
    101 Sarah Mainhart, Supplier Cort Event Furnishings
    102 Karen Mandel Normandy Farm Hotel & Conference Center
    103 Jodi Markizon, CMP Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
    104 Kelly Marzoni University of Delaware - Hospitality
    105 Erica Mason Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel
    106 Kellie Mayrides, CMP Dyventive
    107 Richard J. McCadden Kalahari Resort & Convention Center
    108 Tracey  McCloskey Philadelphia Bar Association
    109 Alyssa McDermott DoubleTree by Hilton Philadelphia Center City
    110 Gretchen M. McHale Live Nation
    111 Christine McNichols Visit Annapolis and Anne Arundel County
    112 Joseph Mezzatesta University of Delaware - Hospitality
    113 Brian Miller University of Delaware - Hospitality
    114 Martin H Milligan Destination Delco
    115 Aaron Missner Wynn Resorts
    116 Ellie Molwitz University of Delaware - Hospitality
    117 Jamie Montgomery University of Delaware - Hospitality
    118 Meghan Mriss University of Delaware - Hospitality
    119 Carolyn Muldoon
    120 Deborah Murray Dave & Buster's
    121 Christy Myers Meetings & Incentives Worldwide
    122 Robert  Nelson University of Delaware - Hospitality
    123 Frank Nolan Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board
    124 Frank Nolan Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board
    125 Maria Ockenhouse Fox Rothschild
    126 Marnie Oswald, CMP CSL Behring
    127 Elaina Ovelman Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs
    128 Nick Palmer University of Delaware - Hospitality
    129 Camela Pastorius, CMP Bryn Mawr Communications
    130 Christine Patterson The Siegfried Group
    131 Guillaume Perrin Sun Center Studios
    132 Tyler Perry University of Delaware - Hospitality
    133 Viveca Phatak Doubletree Philadelphia West
    134 Ashley Phillips Event Strategy Group
    135 Linsey Poletti SEI Investments
    136 Larkin Porter University of Delaware - Hospitality
    137 Susan Powell
    138 Victoria Regan
    139 Megan Reimer Corporate Dimensions LTD
    140 Jazmin Rivera Interstate Hotels & Resorts
    141 Casey Rock Mid-Atlantic Events Magazine
    142 Victoria Rogers Hilton Scranton & Conference Center
    143 Huan Rui University of Delaware - Hospitality
    144 Ann Ryan University of Delaware - Hospitality
    145 Joan Ryan Liberty Property Trust
    146 Jordan Sanders Hollowsands Luxury Limousines
    147 Anthony Sassano University of Delaware - Hospitality
    148 Alyssa Schaffer
    149 Katie T Schultz Chubb Hotel & Conference Center
    150 Susan Schwedock Cozen O'Connor
    151 Reilly Scott University of Delaware - Hospitality
    152 Nashe Scott, MBA Hilton Worldwide Corporate Headquarters
    153 Heather Seasholtz Talley Management Group, Inc.
    154 Anita Sequeira Radisson Hotel Philadelphia Northeast
    155 Jennifer Shipman DoubleTree by Hilton Philadelphia-Valley Forge
    156 Raymond F Smith, CMP Vanguard
    157 Jennifer Sorrell The Leading Hotels of the World 
    158 Natalie Spacco, HMCC Meetings & Incentives Worldwide, Inc.
    159 Lauren Spinelli McConnell Johnson Real Estate
    160 Karen  Staples Visit Salt Lake
    161 Suzanne Stianche Discover Lehigh Valley
    162 Gail Sullivan Maritz Travel
    163 William Sullivan University of Delaware - Hospitality
    164 Wendy Sutowski, CMP The American College of Financial Services
    165 Lisa M Taulane, CMP
    166 Catherine Thayer Mt. Airy Casino Resort
    167 Kelley Thwaite Experient
    168 Jennifer Todd Eventions Productions
    169 Jennie Udell Stockton & Partners, Meetings and Events
    170 Kathy Van Brunt Dover Downs Hotel & Conference Center 
    171 Gianna Verri University of Delaware - Hospitality
    172 Marci Warhoftig
    173 Katelyn Weeks, CMP DCAT
    174 Ashlee Whelan Corporate Synergies
    175 Cameron R Wicks Cenero LLC
    176 Beverly R Wise George Washington Event Management Certificate Program
    177 Xue Xiang University of Delaware - Hospitality
    178 wanlin Yang University of Delaware - Hospitality
    179 Yuling Yao University of Delaware - Hospitality


    2017 Education Institute Agenda