The European Meetings & Events Conference (EMEC) is quickly approaching (still time to register!), and I thought it would be interesting to learn why certain speakers were chosen for the event.
The opening general session, for example, features two great speakers: Bertrand Piccard and Doug Keeley.
"When we were going to Switzerland, his [Piccard] name came up right, front and center as the person everyone would really like to see as the keynote speaker of EMEC13," said MPI Knowledge Manager Miranda van Brück. "I personally missed seeing his speech when I attended EMEC in Brussels (MPI’s PEC-E was what it was called back then) and started to check videos on him online and read interviews with him and articles about him and was sold immediately."
She says that Doug Keeley was introduced through networking.
"Samme Allen (our U.K. and Ireland Chapter president) had seen him speak at the introduction of the Mark of the Leader in the U.K. and enthusiastically introduced us, and the rest is history," van Brück said.
EMEC also offers several sessions that will elevate your professional and personal lives.
"I am enormously looking forward to so many of the sessions," van Brück said. "It is hard to put a spotlight on some when one has been so closely involved in the whole process. I am really happy that we have been able to persuade Alexander Osterwalder to join us in Montreux. I had try to bring him to one of our conferences in the past, but agendas never matched, till now!
"I am also very happy that Alise Long and her husband Roger will be presenting the session 'Connecting Your Global Company in One Single Event'," she continued. "Alise is a long-time MPI member and the 2012 RISE Award winner, and I find it fantastic that we can feature Alise, who is a corporate planner for DSM in her daily life at our conference. And again the power of connectivity. The connection with Alise goes back many years, when I worked as a sales manager for a conference hotel in the Netherlands and Alise was one of my main clients. We have delivered many great events together in the past, so I know how valuable it will be for our audience to hear her story and be able to learn from her."
There are also some chapter sessions that are sure to spark engagement.
"I am very proud that we will be able to feature some of the Best of the Best education of our chapters," van Brück said. "MPI The Netherlands and MPI Spain are sending their top scoring speakers to Montreux to have the EMEC13 participants experience where their local community back home was raving about. And to see the creativity that one of these chapters will be putting into the onsite promotion of this session is truly amazing. What a passion for MPI and their chapter!"
As I mentioned, there is still time to register for this great conference, and as a bonus, check out this video from 60 Minutes about Bertrand Piccard and his goal of flying a solar-powered plane around the world.