Program Description

Mapping your future success: KCMPI 2014-2015PEC 2015 is for meeting planners, suppliers, students, and hospitality faculty who are struggling to keep apprised of the fast paced changes taking place in the meetings industry. This event will bring together seasoned meeting professionals, and the next generation, to “map” together the future successes of attendees and the industry as a whole. Unlike similar education programs, PEC 2015 is designed to focus on connecting educational institutions with industry experts by combining traditional keynote, panel discussion, and networking sessions.

Speaker Info/Bios/Photos

KCMPI is proud to have the following speakers for the 2015 Professional Education Conference. Click on their names below for more information!


Interested in showcasing your company at PEC? Click here for a list of available sponsorships or contact Jennifer Gamble, 816.795.6616,


Registration Fees

Exhibitor – $700

Infomercial – Sold Out

Combo – Exhibitor & Infomercial – Sold Out

KCMPI or MPI Members:
Until March 23 – $99;
March 23 or after – $125

Students – Complimentary

Non Members:
Until March 23 – $125;
March 23 or after – $150

Students – $25


Thank you to our current PEC sponsors

This event is made possible in part by an MPI Foundation Grant.

Agenda (subject to change)

7:30 am 5:00 pm Registration/Attendee Support/Vendor Support
7:30 am 11:30 am Exhibitor Setup
7:30 am 9:00 am Breakfast Buffet
8:00 am 9:40 am Opening Welcome(GS) Live Like a Child, Succeed Like a Child (Jim Cosgrove)

Sponsor Infomercials

9:40 am 9:50 am Break
9:50 am 10:50 am Concurrent Breakout Sessions
BO 1.1 – Preparing for the Future – Where to start (HR panel)
BO 1.2 – Wi-Fi in the Industry (John Kirby, PSAV)
BO 1.3 – Being Better Partners – Maximize ROI (Bob Compton)
10:50 am 11:00 am Break
11:00 am 12:00 pm Concurrent Breakout Sessions
BO 2.1 – The Future of Meetings – Talking ‘Bout Our Generations (Deborah Gardner, CMP)
BO 2.2 – Linked In (Terry Erisman)
BO 2.3 – Kansas City – Industry Update (Ronnie Burt)
12:00 pm 1:30 pm Networking Lunch / Tradeshow / Headshots
1:30 pm 2:40 pm (GS) Human Trafficking in the IndustrySponsor Infomercials
2:40 pm 2:50 pm Break
2:50 pm 3:50 pm Concurrent Breakout Sessions
BO 3.1 – Human Trafficking Round Table – The Local Update (keynote speaker, PD/FBI, Stop Trafficking Project rep)
BO 3.2 – Online Branding (Terry Erisman)
BO 3.3 – Innovative Thinking: Staying Relevant in the Ever-Changing Industry (Devin Henderson)
3:50 pm 4:00 pm Break
4:00 pm 5:15 pm Sponsor Infomercials(GS) Closing General Session – Mapping Your Success To Win! (Deborah Gardner, CMP)