February 2018 Print

Board Member Exposé


Sonja Wood, CMP

Director of Finance

This girl knows meetings! Part of that is because she brings over 20+ years of hospitality business to the table. The other part? She’s just plain great at working with people and delivering on her promises. If you already know Sonja, she isn’t all business! In fact, she’s all about building great (and lasting) client relationships, and having fun along the way. She loves her job as the Manager of Go Great Meetings for Michigan’s Great Lakes Bay Regional CVB, representing remarkable people and properties, and affordable meeting opportunities in Midland, Bay City, Saginaw, Birch Run and Frankenmuth to meeting professionals everywhere.

She has been an active member of our MPI Michigan Chapter for over 20 years, has worked on numerous committees and served on the Board of Directors in several positions. Currently, Sonja is our Director of Finance. In 2002, she was selected as the recipient of the MPI Michigan Chapter Rookie of the Year Award, was named a MSAE OrgPro Genius and in 2015, was named Michigan’s Finest Sales Professional by MPI Michigan Chapter.

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Just Around the Corner!

April Signature Series

April 23, 2018 
8:00 AM to 12:30 PM
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Great Wolf Lodge
3575 N US Highway 31 S
Traverse City, MI 49684

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8:00 am - 9:00 am  - Registration
8:15 am – 9:00 am – Yoga
9:00 am – 10:00 am – Brunch
10:00 am – 11-:00 am – Engaged Member Activity
11:00 am – 12:30 - Hungry for Happiness: How Food Can Fill You With Health & Happiness: Kristen Brogan

DRESS IS CASUAL!  Come in your favorite comfy clothes, yoga attire or team’s spirit gear.


Great Wolf Lodge, Traverse City

Rate $129.00 per night, plus applicable taxes

Cut off date:  March 22, 2018

Reservations can be made by calling 866-962-9653, and referencing reservation code: 1804MMPI or using the code when booking onlin at www.greatwolf.com/traverse


45 Minute Yoga Flow: Join Certified RYT Yoga Instructor, Kristen Brogan as she takes you through a dynamic Vinyasa flow routine that improves alignment, balance, strength, flexibility and overall well- being. While flowing through a dynamic series of poses, Kristen will help you to incorporate breathing and mindfulness, allowing you to be more present and fully engaged in the movement. From the beginner to the experienced yogi, this class is perfect for any fitness level. No equipment required—just bring your own body (BYOB).

 *Anyone who is not a preferred or premier level member is required to pay the non-chapter member rates for events and is limited to no more than 2 events in one fiscal year at the non-chapter member rate.



How would you like to design, plan, and produce exceptional meetings and events that has your audience saying “WOW” for years to come? What if you could inspire your clients and audience to live happier and empower them to live their best self?

As a Keynote Speaker, Registered Dietitian, Author, Superfood Chef, Yoga Instructor, and Chief Nutrition Officer at On Target Living, Kristen Brogan has been on a hunt all around the world to find what truly makes people happy—and what she has found will totally blow your mind and taste buds. Join Kristen in this powerful presentation as she reveals the secret to life-long happiness.

Following the presentation, Kristen will take the audience on a culinary experience to show simple tips for making traditional dishes healthier and more flavorful. Here, Kristen will share how to navigate this confusing food world with confidence and how you can use food to energize and engage your audience.

Audience Take-Aways

  • Understand how to live healthy without making sacrifices in order to achieve greater work/life balance.
  • Tips for making your audience more energized, engaged and happier.
  • Learn what foods are best for energy, stress, sleep, hormones, weight loss, and lasting happiness.

Kristen Brogan specializes in unlocking happiness, optimal health, and mindful living 
by building lasting habits and transforming lifestyles. 
Kristen’s lifestyle message results in more productive, engaged professionals, and improved company culture.


$0.00 Member Planner

$0.00 Non-Member Planner

$42.00 Member 
$62.00 after 12:15 am April 9

$80.00 Non-Member
$100.00 after 11:45 pm April 9

$25.00 Student

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Save The Date

World Education Congress

June 02, 2018 
12:00 AM to 12:00 AM
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Indiana Convention Center
100 S Capitol Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46225

The conference is scheduled for June 2-5, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Indianapolis is the #1 convention city in the U.S, and it’s the perfect host for WEC’s cutting edge education. Every programming decision MPI is making for #WEC18 is toward the goal of revitalizing you and the events you plan. From the keynotes to concurrent sessions; from the networking functions to the food, #WEC18 will be the place to recharge yourself and the experiences you design.



Planner $899
Supplier $999
Faculty $449
Student $249


Planner $1,099
Supplier $1,199


Planner Membership Bundle $1,199
Supplier Membership Bundle $1,299
Faculty Membership Bundle $599
Student Membership Bundle $259


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Celebration Nominations

Hello MPI Michigan members!

We are excited to announce that nominations are now OPEN for MPI Michigan's upcoming annual awards gala Celebration!, June 12 at Suburban Collection Showplace.

Please consider nominating yourself or an industry colleague in these categories:

  • Meetings Impact Award
  • Young Professional Achievement
  • Meeting Industry Leadership
  • Member of the Year
  • Finest Meeting Site
  • Finest Non-Property Vendor

Please email Terra Damchuk your nominee with a few short sentences of why you think your submission should win:

Deadline to submit is March 13. 

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Ask a CMP!

What is your on-site crisis management planning process for events?

 “I don’t have a formal onsite crisis management plan. My team and I will speak with the venue(s) we are at and inquire as to what procedures they have in place so we can all be on the same page. That information then gets incorporated into the pre-arrival staffing document for the team.”- Sara Atkinson, CMP of the MVP Collaborative 

The Operational Teams at venues are pivotal in assisting with this information, including preparing for such times and also being there when a crisis may occur, which makes us all thankful for everything they do for us as meeting planners!



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New Sponsorship and Advertisting Opportunities!

Now is the time to BUY MPI Michigan Chapter! To find out more about strategic partnerships and advertising opportunities, visit http://mpimichapter.org/images/downloads/2017_2018_sponsorship_catalog.pdf

Why buy? With 50 percent planner members in its membership, you are directly hitting your market. MPI Michigan Chapter is a prominent association for professional meeting planners and suppliers.

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Membership Information

Monthly Renewal Drawing for February 2018

Renewal Drawings:  www.mpiweb.org/renew

Are you up for renewal this month? Renew your MPI membership before the end of June and you will be entered into a drawing for one of THREE great prizes. The winner will pick one! Renew today!

  • 6 month extended membership
  • Complimentary CMP Study Kit  (valued at $312)
  • Receive $200 off any MPI Professional Development Certificate Program

Benefits of Membership:


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