Program Description
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Program Description

MPIKC’s PEC 2017 is for meeting planners, suppliers, students, and hospitality faculty who are struggling to keep apprised of the fast paced changes taking place in the meetings industry. PEC is designed to focus on connecting you with industry experts through keynote, creative breakout and panel discussions as well as rewarding networking sessions.

This year features some special program enhancements:

  • “Globalize” – Wind down with an International Wine Tasting and a few delectable morsels, led by Major Brands.
  • “Energize”– Kick start the day with a Coffee Tasting led by The Roasterie. Continental Breakfast is available until 9:00am
  • “Mobilize” – Downtown parking made easy! Barney Allis Garage Discount Parking Pass for April 4.
  • Complimentary Puppy Lounge available during the conference with dogs and puppies provided by the Great Plains SCPA.

Click here for more information on these enhancements.

MPIKC – PEC has gone mobile!

We’re excited to announce we have a brand new mobile guide for you to use on PEC day!

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Kansas City Convention Center
(816) 513-5000
301 W. 13th Street
(13th & Central)
Kansas City, Missouri 64105


PEC Preferred Hotel Information
Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center
2345 McGee St., Kansas City, MO 64108
Phone: (816) 841-1000

Discounted Guestroom Rate:
$139.00 plus tax this rate is available until March 4, 2017 if rooms are still available in the room block.

Reservation Method:
Click Here to Book Online or call the hotel directly at (816) 841-1000 and ask for the MPIKC group rate when making reservation.

Speaker Info/Bios/Photos

Lauren Schieffer

Emcee Topic: Finding Significance

SIGNIFICANCE is making every part of the world you touch better for having interacted with you. It’s about creating a lasting impact and a positive legacy. You don’t have to change the world – only the world around you. Throughout the day, master storyteller, Lauren Schieffer will highlight keys to creating that lasting impact for yourself.

Jessie States, CMM

Opening Keynote Topic: Meetings Outlook: Deep Dive into the Industry’s Business

Meeting professionals are so over-taxed in the present, they often forget—or don’t have the time—to look ahead. Take a moment to preview the future of business, attendance, budgets and more based on MPI’s most recent Meetings Outlook research, published quarterly in The Meeting Professional magazine and then discuss the trends that are most affecting you and your peers. Brainstorm ways to start planning for the uncertain future with case studies and best practices from around the globe.

John Kreicbergs

Globalize Breakout: Event Apps, the Dos and Don’ts of Tech-based Engagement

Without a doubt, events, conferences, venues and destinations have become a boon for technology-based guest and attendee engagement. Web, social media, email, apps, onsite installations, and more are transforming these experiences. This session will provide both up-to-date information and hands on instruction on how to research, plan and execute your digital efforts with maximum efficiency and impact, especially for those who are time-pressed and short-staffed. Join John Kreicbergs, one of the co-founders of the event-based technology platform AppTapp, as he highlights the hows and whats/dos and don’ts of tech-based engagement for events.

Jessie States, CMM

Energize Breakout: Certifications and Designations in the Meetings Industry

CEM, CMP, CMM, CSEP . . . OMG! Your role as a meeting professional is changing quickly – and so are the professional designations available to you as a new industry landscape takes shape. If you are looking to enhance your career with professional development that is globally relevant and aligned with the latest standards, this session will introduce you to designations and certifications you need to find success. Learn about the global Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) program, including the newly developed healthcare subspecialty, the Certificate in Meetings Management (CMM) and many many more.

Tasha Fulkerson, Moderator

Mobilize Breakout: Crushing It: How to Win Business AND Design Experiences that Inspire

Moderated by Tasha Fulkerson

Standing out from the crowd is hard, whether you are a supplier or a planner. In an increasingly commoditized world, how do you show up in ways that grab attention and bring it home, not just for you but for the event stakeholders and attendees? A planner and supplier panel of industry experts will discuss how to win in both the proposal and execution stage of the meeting and event experience process.

Lulu Stribling, Director of Global Accounts at Ritz Carlton Hotel Company
Lynda Baum, President of Exclusive Destinations

Teresa Hellman

Globalize Breakout: How to negotiate a great contract? It all starts with a strong RFP!

Reaching an agreement on a great hotel contract starts with the creation of a detailed meeting RFP. This session will identify the key aspects you want to address in your meeting RFP. Details that will communicate your meeting goals, and requirements financially and experientially.

Tessa Todd-Morgan

Energize Breakout: Stress Relief: Breathing, Stretching and Meditation for You and Your Attendees

Research has shown that stress is the basic cause for 60% of all disease and 3 out of 4 doctor’s visits are related to stress, it’s time we understand how critical it is to get a handle on our stress levels! Managing our stress is something that takes daily practice. We need to allow ourselves to take reset breaks to reboot our body, mind and spirit to be more productive and most importantly, be well!

Barb Teicher

Closing Keynote: It’s How You Say It

Based on Barbara’s first book, It’s HOW You Say It® – Effective Business Communication Skills- Words are powerful tools. Often, the WAY you say something is more important and has greater impact than the words you actually use both in business and personal relationships. Discover the secrets of the messages you’re really sending and how to change perceptions. This can improve productivity, shorten project timelines, increase revenue and strengthen relationships because, “It’s Not Just What You Say, It’s HOW You Say It. ®”

Sponsorship Information

Interested in showcasing your company at PEC? Download a copy of the MPIKC PEC 2017 Sponsor_Prospectus FINALPDF document (image) for a list of available sponsorships or contact:

Contact MPIKC at for more details or to request your sponsorship today!

Registration Fees

Registration Type Fee
Exhibitor $799
Infomercial $550
Member Early Bird (until March 17) $99
Non-Member Early Bird (until March 17) $129
Member Regular (after March 17) $129
Non-Member Regular (after March 17) $149
Students $25



Agenda (subject to change)

7:00 AM Exhibitor Set Up
8:00 AM Registration/Continental Breakfast/Exhibit Tables
8:15 AM Energize: Optional Coffee Tasting with The Roasterie
9:00 AM Welcome and Opening Keynote Sessions

  • Emcee Lauren Schieffer, CSP, Finding Significance
  • Jessie States, CMM, Meetings Outlook: Deep Dive in to the Industry’s Business
10:30 AM Networking Break
11:00AM Breakout Sessions

  • Globalize: Event Apps, the Dos and Don’ts of Tech-based Engagement
  • Energize: Certifications and Designations in the Meetings Industry
  • Mobilize: Crushing It: How to Win Business AND Design Experiences that Inspire
12:00 PM Lunch Program
1:30 PM Breakout Sessions

  • Globalize: How to negotiate a great contract? It all starts with a strong RFP!
  • Energize: Stress Relief: Breathing, Meditation and Stretching for You and Your Attendees
  • Mobilize: Audio Visual – What Keeps You Up at Night?
2:30 PM Closing Keynote

  • Barb Teicher – It’s How You Say It
4:00 PM Closing
4:00 PM Globalize: Optional International Wine Tasting with Major Brands


Thank You!

This event is made possible in part by our many sponsors and partners!