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The OFFICIAL award-winning daily publication of MPI’s 2017 World Education Congress

Passion and Dedication Makiko Yamamoto is honored with the 2016 Chair’s Award by Fiona Pelham during the Opening General Session. Read more on Page 6.

try would not be as strong as it is today, with so much promise, without quick-thinking disruptors and en- trepreneurs in our space. IACC Meeting Room of the Future, an initiative we started in 2016, has a goal to bring together the brightest minds to predict, create and shape the fu- ture of meetings using this knowledge. We identified these disruptors—those who are looking three to five years ahead and developing meeting spaces and experiences in readiness—in our research. I’d like to share the DNA and unique approaches of some of CONT. ON PAGE 6 SCHEDULE: PAGES 3-4

THE DNA OF DISRUPTION approach to others and howyoumake them feel. Good hospitality has existed for centuries on these values, right? Would corporatemeetings and conferences receive the same level of investment by organizations had we, the meeting industry, relied on delivering competent hospitality alone and not createdmore dynamicmeet- ing experiences? In other words, without the exciting new venue environments and experiences we see more of today, would organizations be running fewer meetings, conferences and training sessions? Invariably, some venues have not moved with the times. These venues will be focused on other lines of business or closed for business. It is likely our indus- HOSPITALITY AND ENTREPRENEURIALISM are two words that don’t sit together in the same sentence too often. After all, being hospitable is about your personal FEATURE By Mark Cooper






Best and Brightest Recognizing outstanding achieve- ments in our community during today’s RISE Awards luncheon.

Have It Your Way Flash Point presenter Susan Cain discusses how to thrive as an introvert.

Embracing the Shake How Flash Point presenter Phil Hansen found liberation through limitation.

Dancing the Night Away An unforgettable Rendezvous networking event featuring the band Train awaits.

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