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MEET MidAmerica offers a robust hosted program as well as educational conference sessions that lead to CEU hours!


Monday, February 2nd
  8:00 - 9:00 AM Registration and Breakfast
  9:00 - 10:00 AM  Keynote Speaker: DeDe Murcer Moffett, Speaker, Author, Trainer
  10:15 - 11:15 AM

Session 1: Event Technology - Harnessing the Power of Your Mobile App

  • Daniel Kang, Enterprise Account Executive, Guidebook
  11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Session 2: Time Mastery & Stress Management: 1,440 Minutes … Use It or Lose It!

If time was a bank, then who would manage it—you or time? Every morning we are credited with a 480-minute workday and a total 1,440-minutes. Each night, what we don’t invest in good purpose is written off as a loss. In this session you will discover your habits of self-management, and develop strategies to maximize time and minimize stress. Are you in time, on time or out of time?  This session is presented by MPI

  • Gayle Cotton, President,  Circles of Excellence Inc.  
  12:30 - 1:45 PM Lunch
  1:45 - 5:00 PM One-on-One Appointments
  6:00 - 8:00 PM Networking Reception
Tuesday, February 3rd
  8:30 - 9:30 AM Breakfast
  9:45 - 10:45 AM

Session 3: Contract Negotiations: How to Create a Win-Win Situation

The session will focus on contract negotiations with a panel discussion that includes event planners, a hotel industry representative and a cruise industry representative. The panel will discuss perspectives from both sides of contract negotiations and how to create a win-win scenario for the venue and the planner.        

  • Robert Heard, Associate Executive Director, American College of Emergency Physicians
  • Ron King, Executive Director, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas
  • Pamela Kressley, Corporate Sales Manager, Midwest, Royal Caribbean International
  • Jake Medlen, Global Account Director, Starwood Hotels & Resorts
  • Monica Palacios, Associate Regional Vice President, HelmsBriscoe
  • Marilyn McHugh (Moderator), VP Global Events, Questex Hospitality + Travel
  11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Session 4: Event Technology - Planning with the Coolest Tools

  • Sabba Nazhand, Team Lead, Corporate Meetings and Events, Social Tables
  • Alec Sonenthal, Manager, Strategic Business Development, Centium Software
  • Marilyn McHugh (Moderator), VP Global Events, Questex Hospitality + Travel
  12:15 - 1:15 PM Lunch
  1:30 - 4:00 PM One-on-One Appointments

Keynote Speaker:  

DeDe Murcer Moffett:  Speaker. Author. Trainer

DeDe Murcer Moffett

DeDe Murcer Moffett, aka “The Snap Out of It! Woman” who was recently voted “Meeting Planners Favorite Speaker of 2014”is an enthusiastic larger-than-life speaker and trainer who grabs the hearts and minds of audiences through powerful content and high-energy Broadway-style entertainment.

DeDe a master storyteller, draws upon her extensive career in corporate sales, her own journey of overcoming a major addiction and her in-depth research into breaking free of limiting habits that kill creativity, cripple drive and derail dreams.  She inspires audiences to become powerful leaders by taking personal responsibility, committing to change and living fully alive by consciously applying their strengths and talents.

As a recording artist DeDe has performed in front of over 100,000 people and has been seen by over 3 million television viewers.  DeDe has shared the stage with celebrities like Lisa Oz, wife of Dr. Oz of the Dr. Oz Show, Good Morning America’s Tori Johnson, and Dr. Fab Mancini a regular guest on The Doctors and the Dr. Phil Show.  DeDe shares the last name of another famous celebrity, her uncle the late great Bobby Murcer former New York Yankee baseball player and Emmy Award winning Television announcer.