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Kristi Casey Sanders
Educate. Empower. Innovate.
Educate. Empower. Innovate.

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How cute are these? Reminds me of An American in Paris.

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In other words: There's enough air for all of us here. Being territorial, throwing shade and spending too much time worrying about what others are doing and thinking is a waste of time.

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A chance meeting in an airport with an old +Plan Your Meetings friend prompted the ideas shared here. Good read if you're still trying to figure out how to make your association relevant to the next generation of members. #assnchat   #eventprofs   #mpi  

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IF you've never been to a +Plan Your Meetings LIVE Event, here's a great recap from one of our #eventprofs  attendees. If you plan meetings & events, these free roadshows are a fun way to gather new ideas and increase your portfolio of business contacts. Here's a list of upcoming cities and dates. For a full list and links to register, visit

Austin - May 26
Charlotte - June 21
Raleigh - June 22
Denver - July 21
NYC - Aug. 25
Dallas/Frisco - Sept. 22
Fort Lauderdale - Oct. 13
Houston - Nov. 9

Plan well & prosper, friends! #yaypym  

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Just in case you've ever wondered who's behind +Meeting Professionals International (MPI) global events like #WEC16  I've started writing this series. Introducing Mara Jackson: She loves site visits, crab cakes and karaoke. Enjoy!

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I hope you can join me and +Christy Lamagna Thursday for this special Hangout to discuss why the meetings industry needs us to be better advocates and what we can do to keep meetings from falling under attack. Please share with your #eventprofs and #meetingindustry   #meetingprofs  friends!
According to business executives, events are the No. 1 marketing channel in terms of driving revenue and reaping ROI. Meetings are the fastest way to educate, inform, gain consensus, handle crises and train people. So why do they keep coming under attack?

If you're involved in the meetings industry, there may be things you're doing (or not doing) that are making it easier for the media, politicians or even your boss to dismiss the true importance of the meetings and events you plan, attend or are supporting.

Join us for this 30-min conversation with Christy Lamagna, CMP, CMM, CTSM, to discover how and why you should become a meetings advocate, and the little things you can do that could dramatically effect how people view this industry.


About our guest:  Christy Lamagna, CMP, CMM, CTSM

When Christy joined the meetings industry 25 years ago, event planning was more of a concept than a recognized profession. In the ensuing two and a half decades, she proudly participated in its evolution while growing along with it. By teaching two, strategic planning classes at the University level for the last ten years, Christy is actively striving to shape the industry’s future.

An endless drive for self-growth, Christy earned a Masters in Arts degree, graduating cum laude, and holds multiple industry certifications, (CMP, CMM, CTSM). Christy’s contributions to the industry are seen in her extensive library of thought-provoking articles as well as webinars ( she hosts and through events at which she speaks.

Recently, featured in an American Express spot ( and the recipient of the ‘Enterprising Woman of the Year Finalist,’ a ‘Top 25 Woman Entrepreneurs and Business Owners’ and an ‘Oneonta Alumni of Distinction,’ Christy has been recognized nationwide for her achievements and contributions as leader, mentor and entrepreneur.
In 2001 Christy set out on a mission to bring the industry and the talented professionals who share her passion for strategic planning the respect they deserve. Her first step was founding Strategic Meetings & Events, a strategic planning firm which produces goal-driven corporate meetings, worldwide. In 2015, she launched SME Displays ( a tradeshow and displays company which brings SME’s quality of service and attention to detail to displays sales worldwide.

‘Life Strategies with Christy Lamagna,’ a series of online courses, a formal mentoring program and one on one coaching had its soft launch in January of 2016 and already has a waiting list of participants. The goal for that endeavor is to inspire and help as many people as possible achieve their goals regardless of their field.

Christy’s passion for helping others is not limited to the event industry. She is on the Board of Directors of Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village (, an active contributor to Heart for Honduras (, and, a foundation to help homeless veterans. Her philosophy of giving back is based on the ‘Tikkun Olam’ concept which means ‘repair of the world.’
The focus of her life and career is shifting to giving back. She has been incredibly blessed and wants to return her good fortune to as many people and causes as possible, while growing and learning throughout the process.
#GMID16   #meetingsindustry   #yaypym   #eventprofs   #meetingprofs   #marketingprofs   #mpi   #pcma   #ises   #spin   #site  

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What are you doing this June #eventprofs? Join me in Atlantic City! I'll be leading a Basics Boot Camp: Meeting Fundamentals Certificate course designed for non-traditional planners like my friends at +Plan Your Meetings But there's experiences specific for senior-level meeting planners and everyone in between too!

Here's more info on the class I'm teaching:

Here's some general #WEC16 info:

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FYI my #eventprofs  friends. If you're planning on coming to #WEC16  here's another incentive to do it before the price increases April 27.


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Great opportunity to pick up some educational items ...

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Want to learn how to put on mega-events? The winner of this contest not only will get to attend #CES2016, they'll gain 11 hours of hands-on training and walk away with a Certificate of Experiential Marketing with a concentration in trade show management! Enter before Dec. 19:
Amazing opportunity for meeting and event planners who are interested in learning how top-tier experiential marketers create mega-events: Enter to win a behind-the-scenes education at #CES2016 with the MPI Academy. Read more & enter here:

#MPIexp #marketinprofs #eventprofs #experiential #marketing
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