Event Recaps

@MPISTL – December 2017 – EduCon 2017

Another successful EduCon event full of learning, networking and energy was held downtown at the Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis on Thursday, November 30, 2017. Attendees were treated to exceptional hospitality from our host venue and their sponsorship of the event was critical to its success.

The day started with a “kick in the attitude,” provided by keynote speaker, Sam Glenn. In his positive inspiring and frequently hilarious presentation, EduCon attendees were encouraged to examine their own attitudes and learn how to take action for positive outcomes. His session was topped off with Sam sharing his artistic talents on stage, and two lucky people were able to take home his artwork as a memento of their experience.

Education is the key focus of EduCon. Eleven sessions were available as approved CEU credits throughout the day with topics ranging from logistics such as AV pricing, contract negotiation and current industry and technology trends to professional development with relationship building, building on strengths and avoiding professional pitfalls. Meredith Commender, Colleen Cussick, Sam Glenn, Sam Foxman, David E. Merrell, and Stosh Walsh were our expert group of speakers that informed and engaged all who attended their sessions.


A bit of friendly competition, some excellent treats and beverages, as well as working together for a great cause rounded out the event. This philanthropy-based teambuilding session was hosted by TeamBonding. With instruction from our energetic facilitator, Dustin Reichert, each group created dog bed covers, cat scratching platforms and pull toys that were donated to the Humane Society of Missouri.

Special thanks to Todd Thomas with Porta Party DJs for keeping the day running smoothly as our emcee.

This event would not be possible without the generous support of all of our sponsors. We greatly appreciate the contributions of the following organizations who sponsored EduCon 2017.

Strategic Partners
Diamond Strategic Partner
Logic Systems

Platinum Strategic Partner
Explore St. Louis

Gold Strategic Partners
Saint Charles Convention Center
Chicago Southland CVB
Greater St. Charles CVB

Silver Strategic Partner
Conference Technologies

Special Strategic Partner
Visit Indy

EduCon Sponsors
Host Sponsor
Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis

Platinum Sponsors
Logic Systems

Silver Sponsors
Connie Duglin Linens
Q&A Business Solutions
Porta Party DJs

Contributing Sponsors
Best Transportation
Dubuque CVB
Express Scripts
Lodging Hospitality Management
Missouri Meetings & Events

Thanks to the EduCon Committee (Julie Davinroy, Courtney Brown, Lenny Klinger, Cara McGuire, Sarah Kay Broeker and Erica West) for the hard work that went into the production of this year’s event. Planning for 2018 will begin soon, so if you are interested in becoming involved please reach out to Kaitlin Jakel, Vice President of Education or Elizabeth Cordes, Director of EduCon, for more information.

Finally, we hope that each person who attended this year’s event left refreshed, inspired and energized – all of the efforts were made for you! Best wishes in the New Year from the MPI St. Louis Area Chapter and the EduCon Committee. See you at EduCon 2018!

Submitted by Cara McGuire

@MPISTL – December 2017 – MPI After Five at Painting with a Twist!

MPI After Five at Painting with a Twist!

MPI St. Louis had a great night at Painting with a Twist in Brentwood. During the networking event attendees mingled, enjoyed wine and snacks and painted a beautiful winter wonderland masterpiece!

Painting with a Twist offers a colorful, casual party atmosphere where you will leave your cares behind and go home with a one-of-a-kind painting created by you. Painting with a Twist provides the painting supplies and artist instructions. No art experience needed! Simply be ready to have a Twisted good time.

@MPISTL – November 2017 – October Meeting Recap

The October education meeting was something to write home about. If you missed it, you missed a good one!

First, we would like to say thank you to Logic Systems for hosting our members at their facility and to their staff for the amazing hands on education. AV is a pain point for a lot of planners and this was a chance for them to see the interworking’s of the third party AV provider. Logic was able to give insight on certain things they do in specific situations and why they do them. This spoke not only to the planners, but the DMC and hotel suppliers as well. Attendees were able to sit in on mini sessions on sound, lighting, and stage visuals. The Decorum tour gave us an understanding on event design and custom furniture fabrication. The group also toured Logic’s warehouse of current inventory. The staff was very knowledgeable and answered every question we threw at them. One thing that stood out above the rest was the futuristic hologram display. Be on the lookout for this type of technology at the next meeting you attend or host.

We also want to make sure to give special thanks to Moulin Events and Catering for the delicious spread and libations they provided, paired with the decorations and the musical instruments on display in the warehouse.

Both Logic Systems and Moulin created a great atmosphere to boast an amazing education session this past month!

As a reminder, for those who attended, you will be receiving 1.5 CE credits. For more information, please email education@mpistlouis.org.

Submitted by Valerie Fox

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