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Educational Luncheon + Member Orientation

21 February, 2019
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Hyatt Regency DTC
7800 E Tufts Ave.
Denver, CO
MPI Rocky Mountain
Phone: 720-733-8000


Hyatt Regency DTC
7800 East Tufts Ave., Denver, CO 80237

Thursday, Feburary 21, 2019

9:30am – 11:00am: Board of Directors Meeting
11:00am – 11:30am: Member Orientation
11:30am – 12:00pm: Registration and Networking
12:00pm – 1:30pm: Lunch and Education

With women still pushing to reach the top, they are faced with a range of challenges that many of their male counterparts don’t have an understanding of.  Issues like being treated equally, being confident or not speaking up to make their voice heard, prevent many women from achieving their goal of becoming a company leader. 

The focus of this program is to bring together a diverse mix of successful women leaders who, through the discussion of topics relevant to today’s issues will educate, inspire and encourage women to reflect on their own goals and status.

Presented by an impressive panel of 3 of Colorado’s Most Respected Women Professionals including:

  • Rachel Benedick,  Vice President Sales & Services at VISIT Denver, The Convention & Visitors Bureau

  • Laura Stack, MBA, CSP, CPAE (Speaker Hall of Fame), Award-Winning Productivity Speaker and Bestselling Author: Laura will share Five Things Planners Should STOP and START Doing to Be More Successful in Business and Life

  • Debra Fine, Denver's own bestselling author, internationally recognized keynote speaker and trainer, and community activist:  Debra will help us learn how she went from former engineer to stay-at-home mom to being a successful entrepreneur of 28+ years.

Learning Objectives

  1. See Speaker info below

This program has been submitted to the Events Industry Council for CMP Preferred Provider review and approval.

EIC_143723-17_PP_Logo_Icon_Final_65The use of the CMP Preferred Provider Pre-Check logo is not an endorsement by the Events Industry Council of the quality of the session. This logo means that this session has met the criteria to be pre-approved for CMP certification credit. – CMP-IS Domain A: Strategic Planning, 1 CE Credit

Our Speakers


Rachel Benedick is the Vice President of Sales & Services for VISIT DENVER.  She has served as Vice President since 2008, and this year she will celebrate 21 years with the company!  Rachel received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Michigan State University and her Masters in Counseling Psychology from the University of Colorado Denver.  

Today, Rachel leads a team of 30 professionals and has played a key role in growing the city’s meeting and convention business, achieving many remarkable successes during her tenure. Among the most notable – she was instrumental in bringing the 2008 Democratic National Convention to Denver, which put The Mile High City on a national stage as a convention destination; and she recently worked closely with the Colorado Governor’s office to secure the three annual Outdoor Retailer conventions for 5 years – helping generate the largest trade show ever produced at the Colorado Convention Center and bringing the events to their first new location in 22 years.

Rachel is also an integral part in the development of Denver’s convention infrastructure, most recently providing strategic and first-hand insight to the expansion of the Colorado Convention Center. 

Learning Objectives

  1. Rachel plans to discuss her rise to leadership at VISIT DENVER and how it helped her define and ultimately determine what she feels are the keys to becoming and enjoying successful leadership at any level.
  2. Our members will learn how to make use of Rachel’s keys to leadership success in the corporate marketplace
  3. Learn from one of Colorado’s most successful women, the key skills needed to negotiate and win business at any level!

Laura Stack, MBA, CSP, CPAE, is best known by her moniker “The Productivity Pro®.” Laura is an award-winning keynote speaker, best-selling author, and noted authority on employee and team productivity. She is the president of The Productivity Pro, Inc., a boutique consulting firm dedicated to helping leaders increase workplace performance in high-stress environments. Laura is a past President of the National Speakers Association.

For over 25 years, Laura’s keynote speeches and seminars have helped associations and Fortune 1000 corporations improve output, increase speed in execution, and save time in the office. She is a high-energy, high-content speaker, who educates, entertains, and motivates professionals to deliver bottom-line results. Laura is a member of the prestigious CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame, which has fewer than 200 members worldwide) and holds the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation.
Laura is the bestselling author of eight books published by Random House, Wiley, and Berrett-Koehler, including her newest, FASTER TOGETHER: Accelerating Your Team's Productivity (Jan. 2018). Laura’s books have been published in more than 20 foreign editions and she is a featured columnist for the American Business Journal,, and LinkedIn. Laura has produced more than 50 online training programs.

Learning Objectives

Five Things Planners Should STOP and START Doing to Be More Successful in Business and Life

  1. STOP Allowing Undue Influence/START Loving Yourself
  2. STOP Putting Everyone Else First/START Setting Boundaries
  3. STOP Being a Martyr/START Asking for Help
  4. STOP Being Cheap/START Parting with Your Money
  5. STOP Picky Standards/START Letting Go
 debra_fine Debra Fine is keynote speaker, corporate trainer, and bestselling author Debra Fine. Debra’s education and previous career as an engineer inspire her programs focused on conversation skills, networking techniques and rapport building tools for developing relationships, cultivating membership organizations. and collaborating with community. Debra is a 20+ year member of the National Speakers Association presenting to audiences around the world that include Google, Proctor and Gamble, Arizona Bankers Association, American Bar Association, NASA, and the National Association of Electronic Distributors.

Her bestselling first book The Fine Art of Small Talk was joined by her second in the Fine Art series: The Fine Art of the Big Talk along with her recently released: Beyond Texting: The Fine Art of Face to Face Communication for Teenagers, all published and translated in over two dozen countries. A regular Huff Post blogger, Debra’s recent media appearances include The Today Show, The Early Show, NPR Morning Edition, Fox Business News and CNN.

Learning Objectives

  1. How and why we should take risks in business
  2. How to thrive in a chaotic environment

Event Pricing: 
Members Student Members Non-Members Non-Member Students
$35 until 1/21/19
$45 until 2/17/19
$55 after 2/17/19
$15 until 2/17/19
$25 after 2/17/19
$65 until 2/17/19
$75 after 2/17/19
$25 until 2/17/19
$35 after 2/17/19



7800 East Tufts Ave.
Denver, CO 80237

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EIC_143723-17_PP_Logo_Final_150MPIRMC is a CMP Preferred Provider. The use of the CMP Preferred Provider Pre-Check logo is not an endorsement by the Event Industry Council of the quality of the session. This logo means that this session has met the criteria to be pre-approved for CMP certification credit. – CMP-IS Domain A: Strategic Planning, 1 CE Credit

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In order for these records to be accepted by EIC, the email used for registration MUST match (case sensitive) the email provided to the EIC for your account.



Venue Details

Covered Self-Parking in Garage or Valet Parking Available
SELF PARKING FEES:  0-2 Hours: $7, Each additional hour: $1/hourly
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