This year’s Meetings Exploration Conference (MEC) in Atlanta took a new approach: a new time of year, a new venue and the theme “Re:Imagine” as a catalyst for fresh ideas and technologies.
Organizers of GaMPI’s annual three-day event hosted nearly 400 meeting and event professionals in April, including educators and facilitators new to GaMPI, including Cynthia Alford, CTP; Monica Compton, CMP; Midori Connolly; Dahlia El Gazza; Jessica Levin, CAE, CMP, MBA; and Shawna Suckow, CMP; among many others.
“As a new GaMPI member, first-time MEC attendee and newcomer to Atlanta, this is a must-attend event,” said Angela Carruthers, CMP, an event coordinator for the University of Chicago. “The content in the sessions is diverse enough to satisfy a variety of educational levels, but the scale of the conference is intimate enough to network and make meaningful connections within the region.”
MEC this year organized its educational sessions into Knowledge Pods, with topics that complemented one another. The approach was intended to help event professionals improve their careers and become leading-edge thinkers. The pods included tracks for meeting design, career advancement, enhanced partnerships and hands-on learning labs. Also new: the Small Business and Independent Planner Pavilion, an area staffed with business consultants giving advice on accounting, insurance, website creation, health and wellness, and emerging technologies.
MEC attendees also had access to a new app powered by EventMobi,which reported more than 641 users and more than 13,000 page views.
Opening keynote speakers Scott “Yogi” Beare and Steve Edwards from Blue Angels Mindset discussed teamwork and dedication as key elements to flawless execution. In the closing general session, Steve Uzzell, an industry-leading advertising and corporate photographer, discussed and demonstrated how to prepare and problem-solve. The Exhibit Hall featured more than 100 exhibitors.