2017 Annual Education Conference and Awards Dinner

August 16, 2017 7:00 PM to August 18, 2017 2:00 PM
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Sheraton Virginia Beach Oceanfront
3501 Atlantic Avenue
Virginia Beach, VA 23451


August 16-18, 2017


Connect with meeting and event professionals from throughout Virginia as we Meet at the Beach for MPI Virginia’s 2017 Annual Education Conference!

Join us at the beautiful Sheraton Virginia Beach Oceanfront and learn from dynamic industry professionals on a range of CMP Domains in 8 different education sessions!

With the beautiful Atlantic Ocean and bustling Virginia Beach boardwalk right outside, you'll find no shortage of things to do in Virginia Beach and sights to see while we #MeetAtTheBeach!

Venue Address:
3501 Atlantic Ave
Virginia Beach, VA 23451

2017 Annual Conference Agenda

Wednesday, August 16   
6:00pm- 8:30pm Conference Registration  Ocean Grand Foyer 
7:00pm-9:00pm Welcome Reception /Activity  
Thursday, August 17  
8:30-10:30a BoardMeeting  
9:00-11:30a Professional Headshots Ocean Grand Foyer
9:30-11:30a Registration  
11:30a-1:30p Lunch and
General Session
Get Along with Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere
Speaker: Arnold Sanow
1:30-1:45p Break  

              Breakout 1: 

A Healthier Appetite for Meetings
Speaker: Tracy Stuckrath  CESP,CMM,CHC,CFPM


              Breakout 2: 

Negotiating Across Generations
Speaker: Timothy Moore

2:45-3:00p Break  
3:00-4:30p General Session:    

Risk Management:
Five Things You Can Do Right Now
Speaker: Tyra Hilliard,

4:40-5:30p Troopster Community Service Project  
5:30-6:00p Free Time  
6:00-6:30p Networking Reception  
6:30-8:00p Awards Dinner  
8:00-10:00p Awards After Party  
Friday, August 18  
7:15-7:45a   Rise & Shine Activity: Yoga with Charles. Location is the Holiday Inn North Beach Hotel 
8:00-8:45a Networking Breakfast  

          General Session

Food, Risk & Liability:
More Than Menu Planning
Tyra Hilliard
PhD, JD, CMP  
Tracy Stuckrath

10:15-10:30a Break  
10:30-11:45a Breakout 1: 

The Solution Circle
Speaker: Tara Liaschenko, CMM

10:30-11:45a Breakout 2: 

Strategic Meeting Managment

Program supported by MPI Foundation
Speaker: Ann Buhl, CMP, CMM

10:30-11:45a Breakout 3: 

Stop Selling and Start Listening

Speaker: Howard Feiertag

11:45-12:00p Break  
12:00-1:30p Closing Lunch 
and General Session
Generational Insights -
The Great Generational Shift 
Speaker: Timothy Moore

Parking: Complimentary parking and resort fees.  Please note, there is one parking permit per overnight room. 

Overnight Accommodations: $154 group rate, cut-off date is 7/17/17.  Rooms are first-come first serve so book early!  They will sell out! 

If anyone is interested in extending their reservation through the weekend, we can offer a discounted weekend rate of $249.00 per night. If interested in doing so, contact Kenyana directly at 757 905 6219 or via email kjackson@sheratonvirginiabeach.com.

MPI Virginia Chapter Attendance Policy

All Essential Level members or non-members are limited to no more than two events in one fiscal year and must pay the Essential Level/Non-member rate. MPI Preferred or Premier Level members are welcome to attend all chapter events at the Member Price.
Event Cancellations must be submitted in writing to: Cee Rivas, MPI Virginia Chapter Administrator

Cancellation penalties do apply:

Cancellation penalties outside 30 days from event date: $10
Cancellations within 30 days from event date: $25
Cancellations within 3 days of event date: No Refund

*No-Shows are responsible for full payment

Custom MPI-VA Reservation Website:  https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/events/start.action?id=1607211738&key=1E798CF  In addition, Holiday Inn North Beach is offering rooms for MPI-VA as well.  To make a reservation, please click on the appropriate link below.  
MPI Planner Rate Holiday Inn & Suites North Beach
MPI Supplier Rate Holiday Inn & Suites North Beach

Thank you to our Sponsors




$239.00 Member (Preferred/Premier level) Registration
$199.00 Earlybird rate before August 14

$299.00 Non Member and MPI Essential Member Level

$50.00 Student

$75.00 Non Member Student