MPI WEC OnSite Thursday

THURSDAY, JUNE 22

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

Who Says There’s No Magic? Hip-hop dance crew Jabbawockeez came off the bench and wowed the All Attendee Lunch crowd.

With her adrenaline pumping, Finzer managed to pull it off, relocating the event to the Shaw Con- ference Centre in Edmonton. “We didn’t lose a single guest out of 1,000 peo- ple,” she says. “It was a miracle.” Behind that miracle, though, was a very sea- soned meeting planner who thrives on crisis man- agement. “I love logistics,” says Finzer, president of CEO Events in Edmonton. “The crazier the situation, al- CONT. ON PAGE 6 SCHEDULE: PAGES 3-4

Finzer got some jaw-dropping news: She had to move the event. With a wildfire sweeping through Fort McMurray, Alberta, the Edmonton EXPO Centre, where the gala was supposed to be held, had to be transformed into an evacuation center. “They had to remove us from the venue so they could house people who needed a place to sleep,” Finzer says. She received the shocking news a few minutes before 5 p.m. and had fewer than 24 hours to re- locate the event.

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ON ALERT

IN MAY 2016, Junior Achievement of Northern Al- berta was a day away from holding a 1,000-person gala when the nonprofit’s meeting planner Anne By Elaine Pofeldt

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Closing Night Celebration Join rock icon Joan Jett at Brooklyn Bowl. p 6

Revving Up for Indy WEC18 Preview Luncheon and Closing General Session. p6

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Learning By Doing Mazda Miles on finding her calling in the meeting industry.

5 Ways to Amplify Your Brand Judi Holler discusses promoting yourself and ignoring haters.

WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS... #WEC17 PG. 22

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