“As I built my skills as a leader, I became part of a community, made lifelong friends, and understood the joy of serving others!”
iConnect is the innovation conference from the MPI Minnesota Chapter. Come experience innovation across all aspects of the meeting industry—including food and beverage, space and technology—and connect with people to build your professional network.
Not able to attend iConnect 2017 in person? Virtually view the MPI Live! option for both a Deep Dive Session and the General Session from your computer (total running time from 11:45 am until 2:30 pm). Register for MPI Live! by 11:30 am on Thursday, February 16, 2017
8:00am - 5:30pm
|8:00 – 9:00 AM||Registration and Light Breakfast|
|8:00 - 4:00 PM||Techno Lounge|
|9:00 – 9:30 AM||Welcome|
|9:30 – 10:30 AM||Opening Keynote|
|10:30 AM – 12:00 PM||Brunch & Networking|
|12:00 PM – 1:00PM||Deep Dive Sessions|
|1:00 – 1:15 PM||Break|
|1:15 – 2:15 PM||General Session|
|2:15 – 2:45 PM||Break|
|2:45 – 3:45 PM||Closing Keynote|
|3:45 – 4:00 PM||MPI MN Chapter Charity|
|4:00 – 5:30 PM||Reception/Networking Event|
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$125 MPI Premier or Preferred member*
$125 MPI Minnesota Chapter Affiliate member
$150 MPI Essential member*
$85 MPI Student member
$0 MPI Minnesota Chapter past president
Prices increase by $20 (except for MPI Minnesota Chapter Past Presidents) after pre-registration closes.
Not able to attend the event in person? Register for MPI Live! to virtually view one of the first Deep Dive Sessions and the General Session via your computer—only $30 for members and $45 for nonmembers.
*Effective July 1, 2016, MPI has instituted three tiers of membership with varying chapter-level benefits. Learn more about these membership tiers and their benefits here.
Cancellations received by the office at least two business days prior to the event are eligible for a refund of the registration fee. No refunds will be provided for cancellations received fewer than two business days prior to the event. No-shows will be billed for any unpaid registration fees.
iConnect Keynote Speakers
Disruptive Technology Trends Transforming Events and What It Means for You!
Corbin Ball, CSP, CMP
Technology will likely change events more in the next five years than it has in the past fifteen! This interactive and information-packed session will cover the major technology trends creating these changes and what you can do to prepare for them.
- Understand the important technology trends including social media, mobile technology, location-based
- Receive lots of links, apps, and ideas that you can put to use immediately.
- Learn steps to prepare for these changes to be able to work more efficiently and effectively.
Corbin Ball, CSP, CMP is an internationally recognized expert on technology. His articles have appeared in hundreds of national in international publications and he has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, USAToday and US News & World Report. He was recently named as one of "The 25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry" by Successful Meetings and MeetingNews magazines, the fifth time he has been so named. Corbin has spoken to groups in 33 countries, on five continents in a manner that is engaging, understandable and fun. Corbin is the only person to have received both MPI’s International Supplier of the Year and MPI’s International Chapter Leader of the Year award. He can be contacted at is extensive website: www.corbinball.com and followed on twitter.com/corbinball
CMP-IS Domain G: Meeting or Event Design, 1 CE
Roger Haskett, Engagement Expert
New studies in neuroscience have identified the Power of Play as one of the best methods to create engagement, increase performance and supercharge creativity and innovation. In a word, play is MAGIC. New studies suggest it’s directly tied to ROI. In this fun and interactive session, our expert proves that with permission (and gentle encouragement) to have more fun, participants become more engaged, connect with more people on a deeper level, retain more knowledge and find more creative ways to apply that knowledge. You’ll learn how to weave a playful approach into the content of your meetings by putting the participant experience first and making a few small but hugely powerful changes to your meeting program.
- Tangible strategies to incorporate play into the most important aspects of work and life
- Design your work environment, training sessions, and meetings to encourage knowledge retention and create a safe environment to share new ideas
- How to reverse society’s concept of play so that you can use play to create power
Roger consistently delivers entertaining, interactive, and relevant experiences that help participants learn and network to their full potential. His unique storytelling style and incredible energy foster interactive, positive, and thought-provoking experiences.
As the owner of Engagement Unlimited, Roger leads an event supplier/planner team with a focus on team building, education and entertainment. He is an iconic thought leader in the meetings industry and regularly donates his time and talents to meeting associations (MPI, PCMA, ISES, etc.) Roger holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting and a Master of Arts in Education. He has acted in over 150 films, TV shows and commercials. You might have seen him in shows like X-Files, Supernatural, Stargate, I Robot, or Wayward Pines.
CMP-IS Domain G: Meeting or Event Design, 1 CE
Theresa Rose, Business Motivational Speaker & Mindfulness Expert
Things are changing. Too fast. Every day brings with it another challenge that is pushing you to the brink. It’s hard to keep up. You know that if you don’t get on board soon, the train may leave the station without you.
Leaders and top performers know that they can’t stop change; instead, they turn change on its head to benefit from it. Instead of complaining about how hard it is, they dive right into the unknown with guts and gusto.
You can shift your mindset and take smart, strategic action that can catapult you to success both at work and at home. When you jump into change like doing cannonballs in the pool, you will be the envy of those sitting on the sidelines, timidly wading into the frigid waters of the unknown.
Personal development expert Theresa Rose will share the secrets on how to embrace change instead of cringing from it. In this energizing, content-rich program you will learn:
- Discover mindful productivity secrets that will give you more time and energy every single day
- Keep work at work so you can really be present for the important moments of those who love you
- Learn the two words that will turn you from a whiner to a winner in the hearts and minds of everyone around you (including your boss)
- Make friends with discomfort, fear and loss of control so you can sleep at night
Theresa Rose is a savvy, persuasive, tell-it-like-it-is business and motivational speaker, award-winning author, former sales and marketing executive, and sought-after expert on strategic planning and management consulting. Theresa taps into her depth and breadth of experience as an organizational leader, successful businesswoman, and whip-smart comedian to provide unforgettable programming that combines growth-focused, practical business content, hilarious audience interaction and actionable takeaways designed to help you sell more, lead stronger and live better. Theresa lives in Minneapolis and was honored to serve as the President of the Minnesota Chapter of the National Speakers Association. She was a Top Five Finalist in the “So You Think You Can Speak?” competition and delivered an electrifying TEDxTalk on the power of joyful movement. Theresa loves dancing, yoga, and getting pedicures with her teenage daughter Emma.
Chad McCauly, VP of Strategic Partnerships, Street Factory Media
You will see firsthand how experiential marketing encourages two-way interaction and immersion with companies, brands, and events. As a cross-media promotional activity, experiential marketing offers a wide spectrum of capabilities that can help ensure that your meetings and events are well integrated to support your event objectives and overall marketing campaign. This session will highlight the theory behind the concept and allow you to discover experiential marketing capabilities you can incorporate into your meeting and event design and marketing strategies.
- Learn about experiential marketing and its impact to consumers and event participants.
- Gain a basic understanding of experiential marketing’s wide spectrum of experiential marketing techniques.
- Discover which elements of experiential marketing can be applied to your meetings and events.
Chad McCauley is the Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at Street Factory Media, with responsibility for integrated marketing programs, brand management, and experiential activations. Prior to joining Street Factory Media, he worked in various parts of the business for Target including Marketing, Market Analysis, Finance and Negotiations. Notable is his oversight of major experiential campaigns for General Mills brand’s, Totino’s and Reese’s Puffs Cereal where he directed comprehensive marketing campaigns including sponsorships, production/fabrication, social media content and event activation.
Chad’s greatest strengths are his creativity, drive and leadership. He thrives on challenges, particularly those that expand his firm’s reach. His most recent project involved a strategic partnership with Polaris in helping them to bring their brand to life at various International Motorcycle Show’s being activated throughout the country.
Chad holds a bachelors degree from Ramapo College of New Jersey and a Master’s Degree from The University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. He lives in St. Paul with his wife and their two children. In his free time, Chad likes to snowboard, coach basketball and baseball in between finding a good book to read.
CMP-IS Domain 1: Marketing, 1 CE
Presented by Elan Speakers Agency
Spin stress into success with a fresh perspective on the work/life balance myth and what you should do instead to amp up your personal and bottom-line growth. Your physical and emotional reactions to the stressors in your life impact how your co-workers and clients perceive you, whether you’re seen as a leader, and if someone wants to work with you or not. Kristen will use her Happy Hour Effect framework to help you gain perspective on the many moving pieces of your life so you make better decisions, amplify your leadership, and boost your performance even when the pressure is on.
- Understand how stress impacts your performance at work and home.
- Build a customized Life Map to identify your personal and professional stress cues and cures.
- Identify your individual key characteristics that will enable you to put your best self forward to maximize team dynamics, leadership, and client relationships.
Recently named a top 20 trailblazer in the meetings industry by Meetings Today magazine, Kristen Brown helps busy professionals transform their goals into productive leadership, sales and personal growth strategies despite the stresses we face every day.
She is a keynote speaker and bestselling author who partners with people-centered organizations around the U.S. to boost market share and the bottom line including General Mills, PCMA, Cargill, Boston Scientific, Cox Automotive, Retail Value Chain Federation, Target, and more.
Kristen spent 15 years in corporate leadership roles before a personal tragedy prompted her shift to starting her own business. She has shared her expertise extensively in the media including Live with Kelly, Inc. magazine, Forbes, Fox, BBC, Psychology Today, and many more.
She lives in Minneapolis with her daughter and will do just about anything for bacon or an extra hour of sleep.
To learn more, visit KristenBrownPresents.com
CMP-IS Domain J: Professionalism, 1 CE
Thomas Mynsberge, President / Founder, Critical Incident Management
In today’s world, managing risk is a key competency in our meetings & events industry for both planners and suppliers. Industry professionals must understand their roles and responsibilities in preparing for and responding to crisis. This session will explain the Critical Incident Management program which defines practical responses to violence, lockdowns, bomb threat reactions and shelter-in-place for chemical incidents. Additional responses such as enhanced roles for business response and large event security, as well as coordinated training for responders will be introduced. These practical procedures can be easily implemented and used immediately.
- Learn to practical solutions to crisis management.
- Realize the legal and moral obligations as industry professionals.
- Understand what steps you need to take in order to be prepared to protect your participants and guests when an emergency occurs.
Thomas Mynsberge, President of Critical Incident Management, Inc. specializes in school/business/responder crisis training. Tom retired from the Michigan State Police as a Specialist/Sergeant with the Fire Marshall Division after 27 years of service with the Department. He was a Senior 6 Last updated 2/1/2017 Sergeant and Tactical Member of the Emergency Support Team (SWAT), responding to hundreds of calls in hostage situations, barricaded gunman, VIP security, civil disorder and high risk search warrants.
Tom has trained over 400 public and private schools, many business, hospital and government entities in crisis reactions as well as hundreds of police/firefighter responders in coordinated response. This practical training is a direct result of personal response experiences. Tom has written two articles for the Campus Safety Journal, is a member of the Michigan Safe School Initiative, and testified before the Michigan House and Senate committees on school safety legislation. He taught continuing education programs in school/police crisis response for the University of Michigan-Flint. He has addressed many other professional organizations in school and business crisis response.
Mynsberge is responsible for county-wide coordination of school responses and training of school/responders to respond to incidents in Saginaw, Midland, Lapeer, Shiawassee, the Thumb Region of Michigan and Region 7 Homeland Security. Tom trains both police and fire response to critical incidents for a unified response. He also maintains a liaison with Emergency Management for school resources in these communities. He is a strong proponent of a statewide initiative to create consistency throughout the state in responses for schools, businesses, and government agencies.
CMP-IS Domain C: Risk Management, 1 CE