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Sept. Education: Morning Workshop and Luncheon Session 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Choose a workshop (Advanced or Beginner) and attend the luncheon session, too, presented by acclaimed expert Tyra Hilliard, PhD., Esq., CMP. 

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Join MPISSN for its first education event of the new program year!


Morning Workshop: 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Workshop & Luncheon
generously sponsored by:

Two concurrent workshops will be offered in the morning geared to your desired learning level. 

An education luncheon program follows the workshop offering you up to 3 hours of valuable learning.


Addressing Those “Uh-oh” Situations in Your Contracts (2 hours)

Presented by: Tyra Hilliard, PhD, Esq., CMP
(See Biographical Summary below)

Everything is going along swimmingly with your meeting until, “uh-oh,” something you didn’t anticipate threatens to disrupt or derail it.  Using scenarios that address real issues like construction and remodeling, dishonored reservations, conflicting groups, drone photography, and more, we’ll discuss what you should have in your contracts to prevent the issue from occurring or mitigate the damage if it does occur.  Groups will have a chance to review scenarios and discuss in small groups before sharing solutions.

  • Develop clauses to help address the myriad of “uh-oh’s” that might blindside you.
  • Help the hotel help you in terms of determining what kinds of groups might be conflicting and what to do about it if they are booked over your dates.
  • Determine how new technologies may need to be addressed in your contracts.



Your Contract/Agreement Primer: Setting the ground rules for great relationships and great meetings (2 hours)

This 2-hour session will equip you with a good understanding of contracts and agreements for meeting and events. This workshop is designed for those who are just beginning in their roles as meeting planners (less than 2 years) and will stress the importance of “getting it right” to ensure a successful program, but also to forge solid “ground rules” that will cement respected relationships with all your meeting and event partners.  Learn about the necessary elements of a good contract, plus expert tips specific to meeting professionals. 

Presented by: Christina Hake, CMP and Michelle Murphy of Avery Murphy LLC

*These programs are pending approval by the
Events Industry Council


Recent presenter at WEC 2017

Tyra Hilliard, PhD, Esq., CMP

Tyra Hilliard is driven by a mission to bridge the gap between knowledge and action. Her career has included management roles in hotels, travel, meetings and events, law, catering, and academia.  All of the diverse roles in her career have culminated in a passion for educating the meetings and hospitality industries about crisis preparedness and liability issues. 

She has been invited to share her irreverent approach to life, business, and hospitality with groups worldwide.  Published and widely quoted on legal and crisis management issues in academic and industry publications, Tyra also teaches college courses in business and hospitality management at the College of Coastal Georgia. 

Tyra has been honored for professional achievement as an Educator by the Professional Convention Management Association and received national recognition for her contributions to best practices initiatives with the Convention Industry Council and Meeting Professionals International.  

She is one of only two people in the world to have a law degree, a PhD in Hospitality, and a CMP.

Education Luncheon: 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

The Law of
Doing Good Things
(1 hour)

Presented by: Tyra Hilliard, PhD, Esq., CMP
Audience: Planners & Suppliers
Level: Intermediate & Advanced

In our litigious society, anyone can get sued for doing anything—even good things!  In this unique and informative session, participants will consider scenarios that highlight the liability issues associated with integrating social responsibility into the meetings industry.  Discuss the parameters of the food donation laws.  Explore the realities and myths of Good Samaritan laws—and find out about the less-well-known “bad Samaritan” laws.  Find out who is really protected under the Volunteer Protection Act.  You can and should do good things…but you should also protect yourself and your organization. 

Learning Objectives/Outcomes:

  • Develop effective food donation policies and programs.
  • Communicate the limitations on personal risk to potential volunteers.
  • Evaluate the risk and responsibility for rendering aid (or failing to render aid) to those in need.

*This program is pending approval by the
Events Industry Council 

Secure the best price by selecting the Workshop/Luncheon combo pricing!

  • Choose your preferred morning workshop when registering.
  • See rates and registration link below

Registration Fees   

(ends Sept. 5)

MPI Members 

MPI Essential level)

Workshop & Luncheon



Workshop Only



Luncheon Only




(after Sept. 5) 

(after Sept. 5) 

Workshop & Luncheon 



 Workshop Only



 Luncheon Only




(after Sept. 12)

(after Sept. 12)

Workshop & Luncheon 

$125 $155
Workshop Only

$85 $105
Luncheon Only

$75 $85





Enjoy MPISSN's presentation of these annual awards:

  • Chapter Leader of the Year
  • Rising Star Award
  • Crystal Platter Award
  • And Longevity Pins!


  Meeting Information
September 19, 2017

Holiday Inn Sacramento - Downtown Arena

300 J Street
Sacramento CA 95814
[Show Map]

Lynette Magnino

Phone: (916)509-7270
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9245 Laguna Springs Dr., Ste. 200, Elk Grove, CA 95758
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