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October Education Meeting

October 24, 2018
11:00 AM - 1:15 PM
Saint Louis Zoo
One Government Dr.
St. Louis, MO
MPI St. Louis
Phone: 314-416-2234

Diversity & Inclusion in the Meeting Planning Industry
Presented by:
Preethi Fernando
Hosted by:
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Increasingly, the leadership skills of a meeting professional are defined by their ability to work strategically with people of different ages, ethnic backgrounds, gender and sexual identities, religions, and more. The globally dynamic workforce of today requires meeting planners to stir multiple pots. Creativity and thinking outside the box are musts. An event planned in Dubai would be very different from one planned in St. Louis. In this dynamic presentation, Preethi Fernando will inspire and enlighten about skills needed in cultural competence.

Women are entering fields that were traditionally held by men; the eighty year old works side by side with the eighteen year old; events are held online; people from five different continents are working under the same roof; different dialects other than English are being spoken. This is diversity. How effectively are you handling it?

After listening and interacting with Preethi during her presentation, you will leave the meeting with ideas, inspiration, and the practical nuts and bolts of teamwork essentials while working through diverse events. In an interactive and energizing presentation, Preethi Fernando identifies seven characteristics of a culturally enlightened person. Which ones describe you? What are three vital steps of getting 125+ different people with 125+ different mindsets to work together in achieving common goals?

logo_cmpPPPThis program has been submitted to the Events Industry Council for CMP Preferred Provider Review and is pending approval for 1.25 CEU credit hours.

About Our Speaker
Preethi Fernando is the author of six books, including the popular "17 Women Who Shook the World." Preethi speaks on leadership, diversity, and winning attitudes, among other topics. She is a keynote speaker for conferences.

Preethi was the winner of Stephen King's Haven Foundation Award, given to one author in the USA every year. She also received the Carnegie Fund for Authors Award from New York. Originally from the exotic island of Sri Lanka, Preethi now calls Loveland, Colorado, USA her home. Preethi's life motto is: "KEEP IT SIMPLE. LESS IS MORE."

Saint Louis Zoo Logo_2018The Saint Louis Zoo provides an unforgettable setting for your special event - whether a wedding, corporate meeting or class reunion. Flexible in design and accommodating by function, the Zoo's event facilities can at once be the site of a Paris bistro, an exotic garden, a moonlit veranda or a business forum. Whether your event is for ten people or 10,000 the Zoo's superior services, meticulous planning and attention to detail will make your event a memorable one.

Interested in Being a Monthly Program Sponsor?
Would you like additional exposure within the MPI St. Louis Area Chapter? Have your logo proudly displayed (in our registration materials, via social media and at our meeting), and share a few words about your company to our membership at the podium. Contact Rob Brice for information on Monthly Program sponsorship opportunities at rbrice@meetprestige.com or (314) 719-9620.

Supplier Members have the option of sponsoring a table for $25. This is a great opportunity to capture the attention of your fellow tablemates (usually 5-6 people) and present collateral, giveaways or a brief overview of your organization. Feel free to ask attendees to join you at your table for lunch. Table Sponsors will be recognized at the event.

Are you willing to host a Meeting Planner at a Monthly Program? Are you a Meeting Planner who would like to be hosted by a Supplier? If so, we can help connect you! Contact Kaitlin Jakel, Vice President of Education for more information at kmjakel@express-scripts.com or (618) 567-8868.

11:00 a.m. Registration & Networking
11:30 a.m. Lunch
12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Program

$40 Members
$65 Non-Members/Guests**
Students - Call MPI St. Louis at (314) 416-2234 for rate and to register.

Walk-ins and meeting registrations not received by the cancellation deadline, October 21st, will be charged an additional $20 per registration.

**Meeting Attendance Policy: Per MPI Global all Essential Level Members or Non-Members will be limited to attending no more than two events in one fiscal year (July 1-June 30), and must pay the Essential Level/Non-Member Rate. MPI Preferred and Premier Level Members are welcome to attend all chapter events at the Member Rate. This new policy is required for all MPI Chapters. Please click here to familiarize yourself with MPI's membership levels.


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