MPI Philadelphia Education Institute 2019
    Full-day event providing the opportunity to network and learn from industry professionals while earning CEU credits.

    February 20, 2019
    8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

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    Convene CityView
    30 South 17th Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19103




    Wednesday, February 20, 2019
    8:30AM - 5:00pm

    Convene Cityview
    30 South 17th Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19103

    Event Description:   Full-day event providing the opportunity to network and learn from industry professionals while earning CEU credits.

    Keynote Speakers:    
    Mike Lyons




    Michael Lyons is a Professional Speaker, Actor and Hospitality IndustryConsultant.

    Most recently, he served as Exhibition Director for Reed Exhibitions, the world’s largest trade show organizer, responsible for the management of IBTM America, a global exhibition which takes place each June. Mike is a highly respected veteran of the meetings/travel industry. His diverse background, spanning more than four decades, includes senior level posts with some of the industry’s best known names.

    Besides Reed Travel Exhibitions, he has worked for the likes of Carlson Wagonlit Travel, EGR International and McGettigan Partners (now Maritz). He was also the President and CEO of Global Events Partners, Philadelphia, the premier Destination Management Company (DMC) in the greater Philadelphia region which he cofounded and ran from 2002 through 2009

    Over the years Lyons has been an active participant in hospitality industry organizations including PCMA, MPI, GBTA, ISES, HSMAI, SITE and ADME. He served two terms on the Philadelphia chapter of MPI’s board as VP Finance, and was named Supplier of the Year in 2006, and also received the chapter’s Partner Award in 2006 and 2008. He served on the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia CVB from 2004-2012 as well as their Marketing and International committees. During those years he was also a member of the Advisory Board of Visit Philadelphia. On the academic front, he was an adjunct professor at Temple University from 2010-2012, teaching in their Event Leadership Executive Certificate Program. Mike earned industry certification as a Destination Management Certified Professional (DMCP) and has spoken at dozens of industry events.

    Heather Hanson O'Neill




    Heather Hansen O’Neill is an award winning speaker, author, and coach presenting to organizations and corporations on transition, relationships, and joyful living. Heather walks her talk everyday by living a life she loves... rock climbing, skydiving, fire eating/walking, wind surfing, hang gliding, and professional dancing.

    Heather is a:

    • Certified DiSC facilitator
    • Author of Find Your Fire and Teams On Fire!
    • Certified Corporate Success Coach
    • Host of Community Forum TV show
    • Co-host of The Inspired Team Leader radio show


    This program is approved for more than 1 Continuing Education Unit. Additional information will be provided as the date approaches.

    Program Agenda
    Start End Session
      8:00AM   9:00AM Headshots
      8:30AM   9:00AM Registration & Continental Breakfast
      9:00AM 10:15AM Breakfast Keynote with Mike Lyons
    10:15AM 10:30AM Morning Break
    10:30AM 11:45AM Concurrent Morning Sessions
    11:45AM 12:30PM Lunch Break
    12:30PM   1:30PM Lunch Keynote with Heather O'Neil
      1:45PM   3:00PM Concurrent Afternon Sessions
      3:00PM   3:30PM Afternoon Break
      3:30PM   4:00PM 30 Ideas in 30 Minutes
      4:00PM   6:00PM Cocktail Party & Headshots

    Parking Information

    The Liberty Place Parking Garage, 99 South 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (located under The Westin Philadelphia)
    •A 20% parking discount is available. Tickets can be retrieved at Convene’s front desk.
    •Rates: 30 mins/$8 | 1 hr./$16 | 90 mins/$24 | 12 hrs./$32 | 24 hrs./$38
    •Early Bird: $24 (Monday – Friday | In by 9am; Out by 7pm)
    •Garage is open 24/7

    Bus Market Street & 18th Street, or Chestnut & 17th Street
    Train Suburban Station

      Early Bird
    before 3pm
    January 19, 2019
    after 3pm
    January 19, 2019
    after 3pm
    February 19, 2019
    MPI Member, Preferred & Premiere $149 $169 $189
    Non-Member & Essential $175 $195 $215
    MPI Student & Faculty Member $30 $40 $50
    Non-Member Student & Faculty $50 $60 $70





    November 23

    Register using the code



    December 6 @ 5pm through December 14 @ 3pm

    Register by purchasing the




    You will have the option at check-out to add an additional $10 or $20 dollars to help offset the cost for a student to attend Education Institute.



    # First Name Last Name Company
    1 Debrah Anmuth-Hunt Eventive Productions,  Inc
    2 Nicole Benner Blank Rome LLP
    3 Jessica Bittmann Greater Wilmington Convention and Visitors Bureau
    4 Kate Blunt The Logan Hotel
    5 Rebecca Boulay  
    6 Meredith Brusca Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
    7 Nicole Carney KCI Management
    8 Caitlin Casey Sofitel Philadelphia
    9 Jim Cohn Mid-Atlantic Events Magazine
    10 Lauren Curtolo Jack Miller Center
    11 Sharon DeFelices  
    12 Catherine Diem Hilton Worldwide
    13 Amy Cem Drum Meeting Planning & Event Consultants
    14 Kristin Eichengreen The Study at University City
    15 Theresa Fera Chase Center on the Riverfront
    16 Theresa Fera Chase Center on the Riverfront
    17 Kristina Furner Change Healthcare
    18 Alayna Gardner Richard Sandoval Restaurants
    19 Jenny Girvin Vanguard
    20 Kristine Golden Bryn Mawr Communications Group
    21 Jackie Hasson Maritz Travel
    22 Nora Jenkins Lincoln Financial Group
    23 Tracy Kowall The Logan, Philadelphia's Hotel
    24 Anne Madden Maritz Travel Company
    25 Karen Mandel Normandy Farm Hotel & Conference Center
    26 Jodi Markizon Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
    27 Chris Petrucci Destination DC
    28 Genna Viozzi 12th Street Catering
    29 Vicki Pohl 12th Street Catering
    30 Victoria Regan Lincoln Financial Group
    31 Julie Rice Visit Anaheim
    32 Miriam Rosenbaum Lincoln Financial Group
    33 Monica Mobley Lincoln Financial Group
    34 Ilyse Shapiro Avalon Association Management
    35 Raymond Smith Vanguard
    36 Suzanne Stianche Discover Lehigh Valley
    37 Gail Sullivan Maritz Travel
    38 Kristin Szaro  
    39 Jennie Udell Stockton & Partners, Meetings and Events



    Thank You to our Sponsors

    Venue Sponsor
    Meeting Sponsor

    Sponsorships are available to support the 2019 Education Institute. Contact Director of Sponsorships, Anne Madden, CMP, for more information at

    Advertisements in the 2019 Education Institute Supplement are available! Read more here and download the order form:

    Headshots This year we are offering complimentary professional headshots by Photography + Motion. Sign up early to reserve your spot as space is limited! Photos will be scheduled during breakfast, breaks and reception.