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January CAP’D Luncheon @ The SAM Houston Hotel
Jan 24 @ 11:00 am – 1:30 pm
January CAP’D Luncheon @ The SAM Houston Hotel | Houston | TX | United States

Kick off 2018 with career advancing professional development from MPI Houston!

Our speaker, Tyler Enslin, is dedicated to providing tailor-made trainings to assist business and individuals to thrive like never before. In this program, you will learn about embracing candid feedback including how to give and receive effective constructive feedback to create a successful company culture. Tyler will discuss specific techniques for being both the giver and the receiver of feedback and how both can affect your work life. The program is full of nuggets of wisdom that will allow you to take your interpersonal skills to the next level!

WIPA SF Bay Area Meeting with Sean Low @ Solage, an Auberge Resort
Jan 24 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
WIPA SF Bay Area Meeting with Sean Low @ Solage, an Auberge Resort | Calistoga | CA | United States

Join us as we discuss the 4 P’s of creative business in the event industry – Passion, Philosophy, Platform & Process. We will focus on the importance of process to ensure your event business stands out by being the truest version of itself!

Member – $55 Until January 17th, $65 after
Nonmember – $65 Until January 17th, $75 after

Register Now:

Coming from the East Bay and looking for a ride? Black Tie Transportation has you covered! For only $10, hop on the party bus and have that second glass of wine!

We will have two pickup locations:
Stop #1 at 8:15am –
DoubleTree by Hilton
7050 Johnson Drive, Pleasanton

Stop #2 at 8:45am –
Hilton Concord
1970 Diamond Blvd, Concord

Please RSVP to Stephanie at Black Tie Transportation!

Smart Meeting Northern California @ Palace Hotel San Francisco, A Luxury Collection Hotel
Jan 25 @ 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Smart Meeting Northern California @ Palace Hotel San Francisco, A Luxury Collection Hotel | San Francisco | CA | United States

Accelerate your planning in 2018! Join us and receive powerful 1:1 business appointments with custom-matched hotels and destinations of your choice, earn valuable CEUs, network with your highest-caliber peers, take home your free swag bag filled with the latest corporate incentive giveaways and so much more! The best part? It’s 100% complimentary for qualified meeting planners—learn more today!

January Beer Brew Networking and Education
Jan 25 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
January Beer Brew Networking and Education

Learn the history of beer brewing, the ingredients, equipment, and general beer trivia with Meredith from Home Brewed Events

Freelance session @ Ductac
Jan 29 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Freelance session @ Ductac | Dubai | United Arab Emirates

Insurance for Freelancers

Mark Scott & James Johnston from Al Futtaim Willis will lead a session specifically focused on insurance for freelancers and personal indemnity insurance.

MPI SCC 2018 State of the Industry @ Pasadena Convention Center
Jan 30 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
MPI SCC 2018 State of the Industry @ Pasadena Convention Center | Pasadena | CA | United States

Join us for our Annual State of the Industry Event, to network with industry peers, gain valuable business insights and hear from our keynote speaker on important issues facing our industry today.

Speaker: Amanda Armstrong, CMP, Corporate Travel & Meetings Director, Enterprise Holdings Inc.

Amanda was named one of the 25 Most Influential People in the Meeting Industry in 2017 by Successful Meetings Magazine.

She is also the 2018 Chair of the International Board of Directors for MPI Global.

Disaster Preparedness: Are You Ready?
Jan 30 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Disaster Preparedness: Are You Ready?

Chances are that while you read this, an unexpected disaster is causing a meeting management team stress and confusion and is affecting its ability to produce an event. Are the meeting managers prepared to handle it? Will they be able to recover? Disasters of every shape, size, look and feel happen all the time, affecting businesses, people’s jobs, lives and families.

This session has been designed to put you in the throes of a real-life event disaster situation, as it unfolds. You will make the critical decisions any meeting manager may have to make – and deal with the consequences of those decisions! After you’ve finished, you’ll understand the importance of planning in advance for a disaster and event continuity planning.

Join us for this interactive workshop!

Learning Outcomes:
Understand the principles of disaster management and how they apply to meeting and event continuity planning and effective risk management;
Improve your crisis communications and decision-making skills;
Share personal experiences regarding event challenges and disruptions they’ve experienced;
Discuss lessons learned and best practices.

Jan 30 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm


Work in the event, entertainment, creative, media & production industries in the Middle East?

ILEA Middle East are hosting an event where we would like to meet non members and discuss ways the association can benefit you and your business through our collaborative approach.

As the only live events trade association which is pro actively working to support the evolution of the regions industry & SME’s, we are keen to meet new people who are not members of ILEA.

This is a free event and for further details please email or see the website

More details & venue coming soon.

The Special Event 2018 @ New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Jan 30 @ 7:00 pm – Feb 1 @ 11:55 pm
The Special Event 2018 @ New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center | New Orleans | LA | United States

The Special Event 2018 (TSE) is the industry’s largest tradeshow and conference for event professionals. You’ll connect with over 5,000 event colleagues, exhibitors, and mentors. During your time at TSE, you can select from over 100 education sessions, attend eight showcasing events, network with fellow event pros, and browse through thousands of products and services on the exhibit hall floor.
For more info visit: www.TheSpecialEventShow

Quarterly Event: Mastering The Chaos @ The Revere Golf Club
Feb 1 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Quarterly Event: Mastering The Chaos @ The Revere Golf Club | Henderson | NV | United States

Coming soon! Mark your calendar and we will update here!

As a bullied kid who never quite felt that she belonged anywhere, Dawn soon relished connecting with any and all on the ‘fringes’. She, among other things, ran Vermont’s first internet cafe and community center, directed and edited a documentary on the New York City hot dog vendors, and launched a successful hip-hop focused violence prevention youth center in Los Angeles.

But all the changes left her exhausted and needing to face the ADD, anxiety, and lack of confidence that held her from pushing beyond mediocrity. She delved into research on how humans have successfully navigated decision-making and change, and learned the importance of embracing risk and boundary-pushing in a strategic way to get out of the sometimes paralyzing captivity of the status quo.

Now she runs two successful small businesses, Seventh Sense Weddings & Events and Whole Life Solutions. She serves as a professional speaker on living fiercely with purpose, intention, and clarity, and a coach for professionals at a turning point as well as a trilingual interfaith minister, and premarital counselor. Dawn has officiated over 550 ceremonies and has spoken at conferences, panels, churches, and events on both coasts.

Dawn is the recipient of:’s Ten Best Award 2016, WeddingWire Bride’s and Couple’s Choice Awards 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, The Knot Best of Weddings Award 2016 and 2017, Wedding Industry Experts award 2012, Recipient of Steve Harvey Morning show Angel Award, and is grateful both businesses are 5-star on Clients include the Los Angeles Police Department, Intrepid Health, UNICEF, NACE, ILEA, UCLA, USC, and the City of Los Angeles.

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