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February 21, 2013

MeetNow 2013: Build Your Future
February 21, 2013
11:30 AM - 7:30 PM
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Dolce Norwalk
32 Weed Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06850
MeetNow 2013 – Build Your Future. In these uncertain times, learn how you can take control of your destiny – professionally and personally. MeetNow 2013 is a day of superb educational content and vast networking opportunities.

$75.00 Meet Now Registration - MPI WestField Members

$75.00 Non-WestField MPI Member

$85.00 Non-MPI Member - Meet Now Registration

$50.00 Student Registration

$50.00 MPIWC Past President

Join us for our day-long education program...enjoy superb content...connect with exhibitors and sponsors!  See who's coming!

MeetNow! Build Your Future
Thursday, February 21, 2013
11:30 AM – 7:30 PM

DOLCE Norwalk Conference Center, Norwalk, CT


11:30 AM - 3:45 PM - Registration, Exhibits*, Lunch and Opening Keynotes:

"The Rapidly Changing Hospitality World" with Michael Dominguez

"Roadmap to a More Professional You: Career Management" with Dawn Rasmussen, CMP

4:00 PM – 6:15 PM - Breakouts & Closing Keynote:

"Developing High-Impact Presentations with Sizzling Delivery" with Dawn Rasmussen, CMP

"Creating a Winning Work Environment" with Terri Breining, CMP, CMM

Closing Keynote:

"Leadership in the Changing World of the Meeting Professional" with Terri Breining, CMP, CMM

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM - Exhibits* and Reception

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Opening Keynote I: "The Rapidly Changing Hospitality World" with Michael Dominguez

What do planning professionals need to stay successful in a rapidly changing hospitality world? Michael Dominguez's in-depth look at how the economy has changed the way hotels do business will provide current, credible and relevant content that will prepare today’s planners for tomorrow’s challenges. He will share insights into understanding the cost pressures that are affecting the hotel industry’s bottom line, as well as how hotels develop their pricing.

Mike will also share the vision of MPI, its goals and objectives and will be taking questions from the audience.


  • Attendees will learn the driving issues in the hotel industry and how that impacts meetings
  • Find out what economic conditions to expect for 2013 and beyond
  • Understand a hotel’s profit/loss statement, cost pressures and restrictions
  • Gain insights into the direction of MPI International

Ideal for meeting planners of all levels as well as hospitality representatives

Note: This program qualifies for 1 CEU clock hour of credit toward CMP Certification under the CIC International Standards domain name, A. Strategic Management.

Opening Keynote II: "Roadmap to a More Professional You: Career Management" with Dawn Rasmussen, CMP

This session strengthens your professional development and the mapping out of your career management strategies. By understanding the tools available, creating a step-by-step action plan to enhance your own skill sets, and by thinking proactively versus reactively, this session will enable you to seize opportunities and leverage them for both your current employer’s benefit as well as your own, personally.          

  • Actively think about steps to take to manage your own career
  • Understand how to track and what to track in terms of accomplishments
  • Be empowered by the career tools available to you to not only do a better job in your current job but also position yourself for future promotions or career advancement

Closing Keynote: Leadership in the Changing World of the Meeting Professional - Terri Breining

This workshop is intended to help those in attendance become more effective leaders and create work environments that are more successful, profitable and enjoyable. This will be a highly interactive session, providing participants with specific tools and techniques that will allow you to thrive as leaders in your business and community.           

  • Identify blocks to effective leadership, and how to handle them
  • Determine how you can increase your influence
  • Enhance your own success by preparing and enabling those around you

Breakout sessions

"Developing High-Impact Presentations With Sizzling Delivery"  presented by Dawn Rasmussen, CMP 

Ever get the yawns when you are listening to someone else’s presentation? How about get jittery when it’s your turn on stage? This session will help you develop interesting, engaging and more importantly, MEMORABLE sessions that energize participants and encourages retention of material.

  • Organizing presentations – what to include / what not to include
  • How to visually lay out info being presented in a meaningful way
  • Proper use of visuals to enhance presentations
  • Committing to your purpose and using repetition to emphasize main points
  • Delivery tips: vocal variation / physical positioning / adding spice and eliminating bad habits
  • Adding storytelling, startling facts, jokes and more
  • Including the “3 C’s”: Charisma, Confidence and Creativity
  • Reading audience cues during delivery to adapt content
  • Audience participation
  • Removing fear out of your delivery

"Creating a Winning Work Environment" presented by Theresa Breining, CMP. CMM

The workshop is intended to show those in attendance how to become more effective managers and create work environments that are more successful, profitable and enjoyable.  Topics will include:

  • Identifying some of the blocks to effective leadership, and how to handle them
  • How to increase your influence
  • Enhancing your own success by preparing and enabling those around you
  • How to hold on to good people and get the most from them

This will be a highly interactive session, providing participants with specific tools and techniques that will allow them to thrive as a leader in their business, community and family.


  1. Participants will identify their actions that prevent effective management, along with techniques to counter these actions
  2. Participants will be given a tool to identify their own strengths, as well as those of their team, enabling them to better leverage both
  3. Participants will create an action plan to implement the lessons learned as soon as they return to their work place.


Featuring many local and national vendors that can make your business and life easier. See what’s new for 2013! 


AFR Event Furnishings
Caesars Entertainment
Ct. Convention and Sports Bureau
Delamar Greenwich Harbor Hotel
Fairmont Raffles Hotels International
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts Bermuda
Hyatt Regency Greenwich
Intercontinental San Juan
Langham Hospitality Group
Long Island CVB
M & I Forums
Mohegan Sun
Mohonk Mountain House
Rock Resorts/Vail Resorts Hospitality
Tampa Bay and Company
The Fairmont Copley Plaza, Boston
The JW Marriott & Ritz-Carlton Hotels Orlando, Grande Lakes
The Langham-Boston
The Langham-Chicago
The Sagamore
Universal Orlando
Woodloch Resort

Hotel Zero Degrees
Turning Stone Resort & Casino
Leros Point to Point
Serendipity Labs
The Stoweflake Mountain Resort, Conference Center & Spa
Trump Hotel Collection
M Communications
Professional Marketing Services, Inc.
CORT Event Furnishings
iml Worldwide
Dolce Norwalk

Presenter Biographies:

Dawn Rasmussen, CMP, is the president of Pathfinder Writing and Career Services based in Portland, Oregon. Clients from across the United States and Canada and from all career levels have benefited from Dawn’s highly-focused and results-oriented résumé, cover letter, and job search coaching services. Many professional groups as well as colleges and universities have appreciated the insights and expertise she shares during presentations on topics, and she is a frequently requested national speaker as a result. Dawn also shares her knowledge as the official “Get the Job” columnist for One+ Magazine distributed to over 26,000 meeting professionals worldwide, and Talentzoo.com, a job site for creative and marketing professionals. Recently, she was quoted on CBS MoneyWatch and also in the Chicago Tribune. Additionally, Dawn is a recognized career expert on Careerealism.com, which is a top-10 world contributor to TalentCulture.com’s weekly meeting #tchat ‘meeting of the career industry minds’ on Twitter. When not helping clients, you will also find Dawn quietly donating time at the Oregon Employment Department as a volunteer, teaching unemployed workers how to build compelling career documents as part of her ‘Pay it Forward’ philosophy. With Dawn’s coaching expertise, caring nature, and well-connected networking, she is known as the meeting and hospitality industry’s leading career management partner.

Theresa Breining, CMP, CMM is a principal with Breining Group LLC, whose focus is facilitating, training and consulting in the meeting industry.  Terri has been in the meeting planning industry since 1976, and has been responsible for producing meetings around the globe. Prior to forming Breining Group, Terri served as the founder and president of Concepts Worldwide, a meeting management firm headquartered in San Diego County for more than two decades. Concepts Worldwide was a recognized international leader in providing ROI measurement, consulting services, and full service strategic meeting management. Considered by many to be a thought leader, Terri is an activist working tirelessly on the continuous advancement of the level of professionalism in the meeting industry, and has been serving as adjunct faculty for meeting planning programs for universities throughout Southern California for over 20 years. She is a sought after speaker, presenting educational workshops for a variety of business entities, and co-authored a book with Jack Phillips, entitled Return on Investment in Meetings and Events. Her influence has been recognized many times over the years, including having her firm, Concepts Worldwide, acknowledged as a "Best Company to Work for in San Diego". She served MPI as the Chairwoman of the International Board of Directors in 2003-04, and she been included several times on the list of “Most Influential People in the Meeting Industry” by Meeting News Magazine. Most recently, she was inducted into the Convention Industry Council’s Hall of Leaders for 2010.

Hotel Discount
Please note: take advantage of a special $50 per night guest room rate at Dolce Norwalk Conference Center. Please call the hotel directly at 203-852-7300 and mention that you are attending the MPI MeetNow 2013 conference. This special rate is applicable for Wednesday, February 20th and Thursday, February 21st.

Thank you to our event sponsors: