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    1. The event’s theme was “Soirée: An Evening Paris.” 

    <p>1. The event’s theme was “Soirée: An Evening Paris.”&nbsp;</p>
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    2. Sweets were served in martini glasses. 

    <p>2. Sweets were served in martini glasses.&nbsp;</p>
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    3. MPI MN member and Past President Robert Payne emceed the event. 

    <p>3. MPI MN member and Past President Robert Payne emceed the event.&nbsp;</p>
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    4. EMPI winner Meghan Likes. 

    <p>4. EMPI winner Meghan Likes.&nbsp;</p>
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    5. The new Board of Directors takes a pledge. 

    <p>5. The new Board of Directors takes a pledge.&nbsp;</p>
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    6. Susan Bormann and Steph Pfeilsticker, 2016-17 president. 

    <p>6. Susan Bormann and Steph Pfeilsticker, 2016-17 president.&nbsp;</p>
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    7. Michelle Emberley, Debbie Friedman-Hueller, Bridgette Sobraske, Jen Ruthig, Holly Bowman and Steph Pfeilsticker. 

    <p>7. Michelle Emberley, Debbie Friedman-Hueller, Bridgette Sobraske, Jen Ruthig, Holly Bowman and Steph Pfeilsticker.&nbsp;</p>
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    8. Nicole Coon and Jen Ruthig, the association’s new president. 

    <p>8. Nicole Coon and Jen Ruthig, the association’s new president.&nbsp;</p>
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    9. Back row, left to right: Katie Numedahl, Dirk VanderBent, Jill Blihovde, Amy Beilke; front row, left to right: Rondi Pacheco, Monique RochardMarine and Debbie Friedman-Hueller; all with Land O’Lakes

    <p>9. Back row, left to right: Katie Numedahl, Dirk VanderBent, Jill Blihovde, Amy Beilke; front row, left to right: Rondi Pacheco, Monique RochardMarine and Debbie Friedman-Hueller; all with Land O’Lakes</p>

On May 10, the MPI Minnesota chapter celebrated its members and the successes of its 2016-17 year at Union Depot in St. Paul. The theme was “Soirée: An Evening in Paris,” and attendees dined on French-inspired food from Crave. The 2017-18 Board of Directors and incoming president, Jen Ruthig, CMP, were welcomed, and EMPI awards and scholarship recipients were announced.

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!