Thursday, March 22, 2018
1:30pm - 4:45pm

Hewing Hotel
300 Washington Ave North
Minneapolis , MN 55401

1:30 Registration Opens 

2:00-3:45pm Announcements & Program

3:45-4:45pm Happy hour

Start Time for MPI Live! Livestream 1:45pm

Early Bird Registration Rates

(Closes at 11:59pm CST on Sunday, March 11, 2018)

$40 MPI Premier and Preferred Members
$60 MPI Essential Members
$30 Students
$0 Past Presidents
$60 Nonmembers

Regular Registration Rates

(Begins at 12:00am CST on Monday, March 12, 2018 & closes at 11:59pm CST on Sunday, March 18, 2018)


$50 MPI Premier and Preferred Members
$70 MPI Essential Members
$40 Students
$0 Past Presidents
$70 Nonmembers


Onsite Registration Rates

(Thursday, March 22, 2018 )

$60 MPI Premier and Preferred Members
$80 MPI Essential Members
$50 students
$20 Past Presidents
$80 Nonmembers

Join your local peers for an action packed 90-minute hands on simulated experience facilitated by Joy DesMarais-Lanz.  Participants are the meetings & event management team of their trade association’s three-day annual conference. The meeting has an unfriendly demonstration, looming severe weather threatening all outside activities, loss of the keynote speaker, conference attendees complaining of a stomach illness and the news media begin to swarm. How would a team handle such a disaster, especially with your Senior Meetings Director injured and a drunken board member arrested?  See how your meetings management staff will respond.


From this hands-on approach, you’ll be able to identify and assess your preparedness and response in these disruptions that fall under: media and public relations, natural disaster, legal issues, employee relations and terrorism.  Take the process you and your team considered and bring those considerations to review and add to your emergency preparedness plans.


Not able to attend the event in person?
Register for MPI Live! to virtually view the presentation via your computer--only $20 for members and $30 for nonmembers.
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Event Facilitator- Joy DesMarais-Lanz

Joy DesMarais-Lanz is the MPI Minnesota Chapter Administrator and Chief Operations Officer of Synergos AMC. For the March Monthly Meeting, she will be facilitating the disaster preparedness scenario from start through debrief.


An award-winning educator whose facilitation style is grounded in the work of John Dewey and David A. Kolb (experiential education) and Paulo Freire (critical pedagogy). Joy has created and facilitated experiential and simulation activities for groups from ten to one thousand. Most recently, she designed and piloted the experiential elements of HOBY International’s Advanced Leadership Academy. While the vice president of the National Youth Leadership Council, she facilitated city-wide intergenerational immersions and simulations for the National Youth Leadership Training, National Service-Learning Teacher Institutes and the National Service-Learning Conference. She earned a BA in speech communication and a MA in organizational leadership from St. Catherine University

Welcome to the Hewing Hotel. This century-old brick-and-timber warehouse in Minneapolis’s historic North Loop neighborhood has been reshaped into a truly unique, independent 124-room and 14-suite hotel. Neighbors and travelers can expect an authentic Minneapolis experience and a gathering place with unrivaled service. A cornerstone of the North Loop, the Hewing Hotel is close to it all but far from ordinary.

Parking: Valet service is available at $12 per car. 

Self-Parking is nearby in the ABC ramps, near Target Field. C Ramp is the closest to the Hewing Hotel, more information can be found here


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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.