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Board Member Exposé

Debbie Hughes, CMP

VP of Finance


Debbie Hughes hails from the Fenton area and received her BBA from Western Michigan University. Prior to her current position, her background was strictly accounting, up thru the level of controller. It was a little too “in the box” for her so a change was needed. Since 2011, Debbie has worked as an event coordinator for the Michigan District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. It is here that she has found her passion, planning upwards of 30 events per year of various sizes and complexities. Debbie is currently serving on the board as VP of Finance, has served as Director or Regional Conference prior to this. She earned her CMP in 2015 and received the President’s Award of Excellence in 2014 and Member of the Year in 2017 She lives in Fenton with her husband Moe, and has two daughters, both college students at EMU, ,Tiffani and Ashleigh.


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Just Around the Corner!

Michigan Event Industry Day (MEID)

October 19, 2017 
10:00 AM to 3:15 PM
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East Lansing Marriott at University Place300 M.A.C. Avenue
East Lasning, MI 48823

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10:30 - 11:00 AM - Registration & Networking

11:00 - 11:45 AM - MI Industry Update - Kelly Wolgamott, Director of Marketing, MI Economic Development Corporation

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM - Lunch

12:30 - 2:30 PM - Combating Underperforming Education Program - Aaron Wolowiec, MSA, CAE, CMP, CTA, CTF, Event Garde


As education providers, we routinely inherit programs with unclear or undefined outcomes; we operate in an increasingly competitive professional development environment with fewer resources and budget-strapped attendees; and we consistently grapple with unrealistic revenue and attendance targets while forgetting to sunset programs that are past their prime.  

During this session, we'll identify the hidden pain points most likely to result in an under-performing education program.  We'll then leverage an innovative framework for knowledge sharing, known as The Solution Room, to provide each participant with a brief but powerful consulting session on a personalized pain point of their choosing. 

Participants can expect to walk away with a variety of ideas and resources that can be immediately applied to their unique challenges, resulting in a stronger brand, an elevated reputation and more loyal participating. Come prepared to actively participate!


Aaron Wolowiec is a learning strategist and meetings coach for leading trade associations and individual membership societies across the United Stated.  Committed to the latest research and trends on learning, international networking environments and meaningful transfer exercises, he launched Event Garde in 2011, a professional development consultancy.

Aaron earned a master's degree in administration from Central Michigan University (CMU).  He also holds a number of certifications, including his CAE and CMP.  An active member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), Aaron is the past chairman of both the Professional Development Section Council (PDSC) and the Young Association Executives Committee (YAEC), and a 2009-2011 Diversity Executive Leadership Program (DELP) scholar.

Currently, he serves the Michigan Society of Association Executives (MASE) as a top-rated Academy of Association Management faculty member on professional development and as the lead CMP Prep Course Instructional designer/facilitator.  His contributions to the meetings industry earned Aaron the Convention Industry Council's (CIC) top #CMP30 Influencer Award in 2015.  In addition, Aaron maintains the Event Garde blog and has contributed to a number of national association publications.



$60.00 Member Planner
$80.00 after 12:15 am October 6

$60.00 Member
$80.00 after 12:15 am October 6

$60.00 Non-Member Planner
$80.00 after 12:15 am October 6

$60.00 Non-Member
$80.00 after 12:15 am October 6

$25.00 Student

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Save The Date

December Signature Series

December 05, 2017

10:30 AM to 2:30 PM

Birch Run Expo Center
11600 N Beyer Rd
Birch Run, MI 48415

More details to follow!

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Ask a CMP!

What was the main reason you chose to pursue your CMP designation?  What was your biggest challenge along the way and most triumphant success story?

I chose to pursue my CMP designation because I could see the value in being part of an International organization of my peers that all understood what the highest standards of our industry are.  There were other people in my office that had the designation and were so knowledgeable.  I wanted to have that knowledge!  I also love to learn and was excited to know more about the career I had chosen and to be able to help my clients.

I think the biggest challenge was learning the CIC standards and way of doing things.  We all think we know the answer and the best way to do our jobs.  Learning the correct or standard way of doing things was so beneficial, but hard to wrap my brain around at times!

My most triumphant success was when I had a client that refused to work with anyone that did not have the CMP designation.  I was so excited to be able to call her and tell her that I was a CMP and that I could not wait to work with her!

Kate Barber, CMP

Director of Sales | Suburban Collection Showplace

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Register Now for GLES!

Save the Date and REGISTER NOW for the 4th Annual Annual Great Lakes Education Summit! 

November 12 - 14, 2017

Sheraton Indianapolis City Centre
Indianapolis, IN

The 4th Annual Great Lakes Education Summit, to be hosted by MPI Chapters of Indiana, Michigan & Wisconsin, boasts outstanding educational programs along with networking opportunities for its attendees. This one of a kind regional event is coordinated and organized by our three dedicated chapters. With the involvement and influence of the chapters' leaders, this annual conference will grow not only into a successful event that offers great educational programs, but one that also offers a fantastic network of industry professionals. This network will be a tremendous value to members of the host chapters along with other attendees throughout the region.



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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 October 2017

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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