Wednesday, September 19, 2018
11:00am - 1:30pm

Hilton Minneapolis/Bloomington
3900 American Boulevard W.
Bloomington , MN 55437

Days left to register:


10:00 am – Membership 101 
11:00 am – Mentor Café 

11:00 am – Registration
12:00 pm – Lunch Served
12:30 pm – Presentation
1:35 pm – Event concludes

Early Bird Registration Rates

(Closes at 11:59pm CST on Sunday, September 9, 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, September 10, 2018 & closes at 11:59pm CST on Sunday, September 16, 2018)


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


Onsite Registration Rates

(Wednesday, September 19, 2018 )

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

A Holistic View – Making Meetings a Center Point

Don’t just be a cost center, be a value add center. We’re all “cost centers” supporting our companies and organizations. This Keynote looks at ways to have your company see your role / department as critical and irreplaceable. This discussion suggests that we don’t wait until we’re told to downsize or diminish our offering. Instead, you build your reputation to proactively be seen as a must have. How can you, as a team leader, position your group as an “uncuttable” partner. The keynote portion of the presentation explores multiple ways to increase your strategic positioning and elevate your craft within your company. Have you ever been asked: “Find us a great keynote speaker?” “How can we make this session more interactive?” “Can we use something other than PPT?” We will explore a few ways to solve these challenges more strategically and thoughtfully. Interactive There will be active Q&A throughout the keynote. Learner Objectives • Keep me inspired as a meeting planner • Show me how to up my game and deliver more value • Show me how to cleverly shift from tactician to strategist Takeaways The learner/audience will walk away with ways to make your meetings/events not just a spoke on the wheel but the CenterPoint to your internal comms program or your external marketing plan. Learn a few tricks to tighten budgets and continue to deliver your craft. Learn some strategic positioning tactics that will elevate your status to strategic and critical.



Chris Chambers, CEO MJM Creative

"Chris Chambers is not your average CEO, sitting behind a desk barking orders. He’s… how shall we say… a little more active than that. He’s in the field, totally involved in every detail of production. He takes full responsibility for everything the agency touches because he loves the entire creative and production process. Chris is passionate about the business of corporate assembly. Gathering people together to align towards a collective goal is serious business. Chris believes these gatherings have the ability to unlock the true potential within an organization. Through myths, symbols and stories, our audiences can be motivated, inspired and informed. Ultimately creating a transformative and meaningful behavioral change. Chris leverages his roots in theater, creating visual and interactive experiences to sculpt how his team delivers riveting creative. His BFA in Scenic Design from Purchase and MBA from Stern allows him to deliver impact at where it’s needed. Chris has over 30 years’ experience in the corporate meetings and events industry. Prior to MJM, Chris spent many years with MC2 and Exhibit-Group Giltspur designing and building trade show exhibits. Chris develops and presents unique experiences on specific industry topics at universities, client forums and industry events regularly. BFA Theater Design – SUNY Purchase MBA Business Communications – NYU Stern"

Hilton Minneapolis/Bloomington
3900 American Blvd West, Bloomington MN 55437
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We are excited to say that in June 2018 we completed a full renovation to emphasize a more modern décor and improve our overall guest experience. Enhancements include Queen/Queen or King with Pullout Couch room types, backlit mirrors in bathrooms, 49” televisions, updated fitness center, and a more sophisticated look in all of our public areas and meeting rooms. Since opening in 2008, our hotel staff has developed a company culture dedicated to our guest’s satisfaction, resulting in consistent rankings among the top 20 of 280+ Hilton Hotels in the America’s. We have also been ranked among the top hotels in the Twin Cities, becoming a TripAdvisor Hall of Fame recipient based on guest reviews. The Hilton Minneapolis/Bloomington can accommodate groups for up to 300 in our beautiful ballroom. We offer amenities such as complimentary shuttle service to the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport, Mall of America and Galleria.  


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.