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    1. Michelle Jolas and Bruce Gelman. 

    <p>1. Michelle Jolas and Bruce Gelman.&nbsp;</p>
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    2. Hilary and David Pisor.

    <p>2. Hilary and David Pisor.</p>
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     3. Chair Kristina Schneider and April Bridgeman. 

    <p>&nbsp;3. Chair Kristina Schneider and April Bridgeman.&nbsp;</p>
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    4. Guests of honor Vincent and Christine Floreani. 

    <p>4. Guests of honor Vincent and Christine Floreani.&nbsp;</p>
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    5. Dancers take on a retro theme, too. 

    <p>5. Dancers take on a retro theme, too.&nbsp;</p>
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    6. Honorary Chairman JeanPierre Ergas and wife Annie. 

    <p>6. Honorary Chairman JeanPierre Ergas and wife Annie.&nbsp;</p>
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    7. Elissa Lafeyette, Joanna Sevim and Beth Bennet Hebbeln. 

    <p>7. Elissa Lafeyette, Joanna Sevim and Beth Bennet Hebbeln.&nbsp;</p>
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    8. Jashin Gugnani and Camille Grand-Dewyse. 

    <p>8. Jashin Gugnani and Camille Grand-Dewyse.&nbsp;</p>
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    9. Libby and David Horn with Mary Ellen Connellan.

    <p>9. Libby and David Horn with Mary Ellen Connellan.</p>

At this year’s Alliance Française De Chicago gala, guests had a roaring good time taking in the whimsy of 1920s Paris. The biennial event benefits the nonprofit institution, founded 120 years ago, which has become the Midwest’s leading French cultural and learning center. It’s dedicated to studying the language and exchange of friendship between the two countries, and has one of the largest private French libraries in the area.

The black-tie event was held at Chicago’s Four Seasons Hotel in May and was organized by the Women’s Board who hired HMR Designs to execute all the authentic details, from the Parisian flowers and décor to French-inspired cuisine. Live and silent auctions included international travel excursions, jewelry and other luxury items, and further entertainment was provided by the Stanley Paul Orchestra. Here is a look at sights from the night.

Consumer behavior expert and author Shawna Suckow, CMP, shared her industry insights during the Meeting Planners International (MPI) Michigan Chapter’s annual Mid-Winter Symposium and Silent Auction in February.

Suckow’s “Meetings 3.0” session focused on the evolution of technology, culture and generations that have led to changes in what audiences now demand and how planners must react to those changes. Her afternoon presentation assessed event practices that need to be disregarded because many of them no longer effectively serve planners or their clients. shawnasuckow.com/blog

 

The 19th annual Meetings Industry Council of Colorado Educational Conference & Trade Show on March 12-13 was held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver and featured two days of networking, education and an expo. MIC of Colorado is a coalition of 13 professional organizations related to the meetings and events industry.

 

More than 500 representatives of the meetings and events industry gathered on March 11 at Mile High Station and Ironworks in Denver to celebrate the 13th annual Colorado Meetings + Events Best of 2019 readers’ choice awards and Hall of Fame induction. Thank you to our event sponsors and partners!