MPI to Deliver 35 Sessions, Four Keynotes at IMEX America 2014

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IMEX America's education provider, Meeting Professionals International (MPI), will deliver 35 education sessions and four keynotes during the trade show's fourth edition, taking place Oct. 14-16 in Las Vegas, it announced yesterday.

"We have received overwhelmingly positive feedback from attendees on our education sessions at IMEX America for the past three years and look forward to presenting the keynotes and Smart Monday, powered by MPI, again this year," MPI President and CEO Paul Van Deventer said in a statement. "MPI has a strong partnership with the IMEX Group, so our teams are diligently working hand-in-hand to provide another robust program for the trade show's thousands of attendees."

The bulk of MPI's programming -- 31 education sessions, including one keynote, four "deep dives" and MPI's Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate (HMCC) Program course -- will take place during "Smart Monday," which takes place on Oct. 13, immediately prior to IMEX America. Presentation topics will include hotel and incentive travel trends, risk management and contracts, technology, green and socially responsible meetings, and meeting design, among many others.

"I'm delighted that Smart Monday has become such an asset for the meetings and events industry and is established as a high-value attraction in its own right," said IMEX Group CEO Carina Bauer. "MPI has taken a lead role since the launch of IMEX America in producing the Smart Monday program, as well as collaborating with a host of additional trade associations to ensure the broadest possible curriculum for buyers and suppliers on the day. With more than 200 education sessions also happening at IMEX America across four days, the show is set to combine business, networking and education on a larger scale than ever before."

MPI also will deliver education during the trade show at its booth, and will present the following keynotes during the event:

Oct. 13: Steve Gross - How Joy and Optimism Ignite the Best in Us
An expert in utilizing joyful play to promote resiliency, Gross will teach attendees how to use playfulness to energize individuals, teams and organizations, and help them reach their full potential.

Oct. 14: James Sun - Color Does Matter: The Truth About Diversity in the 21st Century
A former finalist on Donald Trump's The Apprentice and co-founder of the start-up that created the social media app Anomo, Sun will discuss his philosophy about the need for diversity and its impact on ethnic social dynamics.

Oct. 15: John Spence - The Fundamentals of Excellence
Spence will present tips for creating a competitive business strategy and transforming staff into a high-performance team based on his book, Awesomely Simple, and his work at more than 300 organizations worldwide. 

Oct. 16: Wendy Booker - I Get By With a Little Help From My Friends
Booker, a multiple sclerosis survivor who has climbed mountains on six continents, shares insights on the value and power of teamwork and how to leverage connections to accomplish goals.

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