GMID 2018
    Global Meetings Industry Day 2018

    April 12, 2018
    1:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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    Pennsylvania Convention Center
    1101 Arch Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19107


    Event Description:

    Make Your Voices Heard!
    MPI Philadelphia Area Chapter and the Greater Philadelphia chapter of PCMA are thrilled to co-present Philadelphia's Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) on Thursday, April 12, 2018.

    Meetings are important, and GMID is our chance to come together as an industry to have our voices heard! The conference not only spotlights our Philadelphia-area leaders advocating for meetings business, but also includes a disaster-preparedness workshop, followed by a networking reception. Come show your support for our industry with your industry peers and fellow PCMA and MPI members; you will not want to miss this annual event.

    In addition to our Philadelphia meeting, hundreds of industry events will be held across 6 continents on April 12 to recognize and promote this international day of advocacy. This year's tagline is "Real results, real impact, all around the world."

    GMID is organized by Meetings Mean Business, an industry-wide coalition comprised of leaders across the meetings and events industry. MMB focuses on focuses on three themes year-round: Creating Personal Connections; Driving Positive Business Outcomes; and Building Strong Communities.
    Global Value of Business Events and their Impact of Cities and Venues
    Join Julie Coker Graham, President and CEO of the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) and co-chair of Meetings Mean Business as she shares how event organizers, venues, vendors, and destinations better understand the value and role face-to face events play worldwide.

    John J. McNichol, President and CEO of the Pennsylvania Convention Center talks about about the convention center impact and emergency preparedness for conventions.

    The Honorable Mayor Jim Kenney discusses the impact meetings have economically to Philadelphia, and also the impact from an emergency management perspective for big events.

    The Disaster Experience
    The Disaster Experience, is an immersive and hands-on risk management session with Bob Mellinger - improve your crisis communications and decision-making skills; identify gaps in your event crisis planning and response; and discuss best practices for handling event disruptions, disasters, and crises

    Event Agenda:

    Time Event
    1:00pm - 1:45pm Registration
    2:00pm - 3:00pm            Opening Celebration
    • Meetings Mean Business -
      Impact on the Philadelphia Region with Julie Coker Graham
    • Meetings Economic Impact and Emergency Management
      of BIG Events with Mayor Kenney
    • Impact of the PA Convention Center and
      Convention/Events Emergency Preparedness with John McNicholl
    2:50pm - 3:00pm Q+A for Panelists
    3:00pm - 3:20pm PM Break
    3:20pm - 4:50pm The Disaster Experience with Bob Mellenger
    4:50pm - 6:00pm               Reception


    Venue Host:


    1101 Arch Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19107

    Parking & Special Instructions:

    Parking: Visit the Pennsylvania Convention Center website for parking and transportation details.
    Special Instructions: GMID 2018 Philadelphia Supports Back on My Feet

    GPPCMA and MPI PHL want to give back to Philadelphia; to help support the city that supports us, we will be collecting gift cards for Back on My Feet.

    Back on My Feet was started in Philadelphia and they seek to revolutionize the way our society approaches homelessness. Their unique running-based model demonstrates that if you first restore confidence, strength and self-esteem, individuals are better equipped to tackle the road ahead and move toward jobs, homes and new lives. The organization uses running to build accountability and help those in homeless shelters get back on their feet. Through attending runs and accruing miles, members gain access to job and housing services.

    How You can Help:
    Bring a gift card for a sporting goods store (Modell’s, Dick’s, Target) or a Visa/ Mastercard Gift Card that would help cover the costs of running shoes for Back on My Feet participants!

    Contact Sharon Goodspeed, Community Service Chair for GPPCMA at if you have any questions.


    Event Pricing:

    Planner, Supplier or Faculty Member of MPI PHL or GPPCMA $65.00
    Non-Member Planner $75.00 
    Non-Member Supplier $90.00
    MPI PHL or GPPCMA season pass holder  
    Students - Members & Non-Members $25.00




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    Event Sponsors:

    GMID 2018 Philadelphia is sponsored by: 

    PCMA Education Foundation

    Pennsylvania Convention Center

    Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau


    AIC Hotel Group

    San Francisco Travel

    Endorsed by:

     Look Who's Coming:

    Name Company
    Michele Albert University of the Sciences
    Allen Anderson Anderson Hospitality
    Kathy Baumer Talley Management Group, Inc.
    Leila Beltramo Visit Montgomery
    Susan Benedetti DIA
    Nicole Benner Blank Rome LLP
    Stephanie Boyd Pennsylvania Convention Center
    Meredith Brusca Drinker Biddle
    Dawn Bundick Hard Rock Cafe Philadelphia
    Susan Carlson Discover The Palm Beaches
    Heather Caviston Sheraton Suites Philadelphia Airport
    BreAnne Clark AH - Front Fow Meetings and Events Division
    Kacie Corbitt Healthcare Businesswomen's Association
    Cathy Diem Hilton
    Dawn Eagleton Tourisme Montreal
    Vincent Elorza AIC Hotel Group
    Shannon Fagan Association Headquarters, Inc.
    Cheryl Gallagher Talley Management Group, Inc.
    Jake Gaspari Hilton Garden Inn Valley Forge Oaks
    Bonnie Grant PHL Life Sciences, a division of the Phila. Convention & Visitors Bureau
    Megan Gray Gray Albrecht Events
    Kelly Groff Visit Montgomery, MD
    Ashton Hald AH - Front Row Meetings and Events Division
    Christina Harris Pennsylvania Convention Center
    Sarah Hart Meetings & Incentives Worldwide
    Belinda Harvey Produce Marketing Association
    Mimi Hudachek Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts
    Elisa Jaworski Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation
    Linda Jones Pennsylvania Convention Center
    Greg Kamprath IMS Technology Services
    Kevin Kelly ASTM International
    Russell Kice Pennsylvania Convention Center
    Pat Kraft Hilpl Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau
    Elizabeth LaChall PSAV
    Beth Lawrence Beth Lawrence LLC - Events, Marketing, PR
    Karen Lennert PSAV
    Daniel Love In Your Service Events
    Jose Martin del Campo Hard Rock Hotel Cancun
    Jenny Mejia University of Delaware
    Brendan Morrissey The Study at University City
    Emily Nichols Science History Institute (formerly Chemical Heritage Foundation)
    Linda Pond Rindos Boston Park Plaza Hotel
    Diane Rehiel ASTM International
    Julie Rice Visit Anaheim
    Katie Schultz Chubb Hotel & Conference Center
    Susan Schwedock Cozen O'Connor
    Ilyse Shapiro Avalon Association Management
    Jade Soto Dave & Buster's
    Natalie Spacco Meetings & Incentives Worldwide
    Greg Stevens Kimpton Hotel Palomar Philadelphia
    Sophia Talbot Cozen O'Connor
    Kelley Thwaite Experient/ KM Event Productions
    Barbara Ward Homewood Suites Valley Forge
    Matthew Wilson foodwerx
    Paul Wong DIA
    Donna Young Emeritus