GMID – Harnessing The Power of Partnerships

April 06, 2017
11:00 AM to 2:15 PM

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The Alfond Inn
300 East New England Avenue
Winter Park, FL 32789


Event Details


  One Price Fits All
We invite both Members and Non-Members to join us at the Preferred Member Rate in the spirit of Harnessing The Power of Partnerships:  $55 per person

Event Details
Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) will shine a light on the real impact meetings have on businesses, economies and communities. Meeting professional’s organizations, association chapters, corporations, destinations, partners and other supporters will hold events in all around the world to support this international day of advocacy. Possible events include rallies, press conferences, speaking panels, educational events, award presentations, proclamations and more.

This is our opportunity as industry professionals take our message to the grassroots level and participate in a newsworthy event that will advocate and show how meetings support our local economy, connect people and drive positive business results.

Harnessing The Power of Partnerships

GMID not only serves the purpose of raising industry awareness around the importance of FACE-TO-FACE Meetings but, it’s also a day for our industry to come together as one voice.

This year MPI Orlando invites EVERY Industry Association to Harness The Power of Partnerships and stand with us on April 6th to join forces and become one industry and one voice because,
When We Meet We Change The World and also because Face To Face Meetings Mean Business!

GMID Official Event ANTHEM

We forget blog posts. We forget PowerPoint slides. But we remember emotions. We remember how a person, place or event made us 'feel.’

So to help celebrate the inaugural Global Meetings Industry Day, the team at SongDivision wanted to contribute an anthem that would capture how meeting professionals feel about their work and its incredible impact on people, businesses and communities. We wanted the song to communicate the key messages of GMID whilst reflecting the love we all have for what we do, and share that emotion with the world.

Event Speakers 



             Kevin Kirby                                Chris Klauda                        Shari Harley
    MPI Global Guest Speaker              Industry Insights            How to Say Anything to                                                                                                   Anyone


Keynote Session
How to Say Anything to Anyone: Setting Expectations for Powerful Working Relationships

You have a request for one of your co-workers but don’t know how to say it, so you don’t say anything.
  A project you worked on for six months has become a black hole. There is no information about the status. 
You’re frustrated, but you don’t say anything.
Two employees aren’t working well together. It’s impacting the atmosphere in the office. 
You don’t know what to say, so you don’t say anything.
 Speaking up when we are frustrated is hard and, as a result, most of us don’t. 
Instead, either we tell other people (aka gossip) or we say nothing, and relationships become strained. 
 You can say anything to anyone and have it be easy. You just need to lay the ground work to do so, and most of us don’t.


 Learning Objectives

 1.) Build trust in all of your business relationships, making it easier to say hard things.
2.) Find out what the people you work with need from you, so you don’t have to guess.
3.)  Tell others what you need, making it more likely that your needs are met. 

Teambuilding Activities

The Ice Breaker
Produced by Wildly Different

Wildly Different invites you to “harness the power of partnership” with the Selfie Social!  Typically, when you’re on your phone, you’re placing a barrier between yourself and others.  But, with the Selfie Social, your phone will bring you closer to other attendees as you mix and mingle during this fun networking activity.  

Attendees are challenged with finding a different person they can partner with to take each of the selfies outlined, so they bring a caption to life.  At the end of the activity, you’ll leave with new connections;
memories you can share from the photos you uploaded to social media; and - if your photo is selected at random from all those taken - a prize!

Boom Time
Produced by Play With A Purpose

Get ready for Boom Time, a brand new and completely unique conference energizer with guaranteed results!
Feel the beats coursing through your body as your team unifies to create adrenaline pumping music.
Boomwhackers are precision tuned musical tubes which your team uses to smack, thwack and thump themselves into a musical frenzy. This infectious icebreaker transforms any conference room into a colorful, fast-paced orchestra that is sure to get everyone engaged, enthused and energized.

High-tech visual interface
Using our musical teambuilding expertise, we created a high-tech visual interface which guides your group in generating incredible, invigorating sounds. It’s like Guitar Hero on steroids!
Throughout the activity, color-coded musical blocks move across a large screen. Participants use timing and teamwork to strike their tubes and create musical notes each time a block hits a key. As the event progresses, the pace and complexity grow; blocks move faster and your team responds more vigorously to keep the rhythm building to an uplifting crescendo.




Start Time

End Time


11:00 AM

11:30 AM


11:30 AM

11:40 AM

Welcome Remarks

11:40 AM

12:00 PM

Networking Ice Breaker Produced by Wildly Different

12:00 PM

Plated Entrées Served

12:00 PM

12:20 PM

Speaker: Kevin Kirby
Session: MPI Global Guest Speaker

12:20 PM

1:00 PM

Speaker: Chris Klauda

Session: Industry Insights

1:00 PM

1:45 PM

Team Building Activity Produced by Play With a Purpose


1:45 PM

2:00 PM

Keynote Speaker: Shari Harley
Session: How to Say Anything to Anyone: Setting Expectations for Powerful Working Relationships

2:00 PM

2:15 PM

Closing Remarks


Complimentary Valet Parking; You May Also Parallel Parking Park Along The Street Where Available.




About Our Speakers

Keynote Speaker
Shari Harley 
Candid Culture
Founder & President


Shari Harley runs Candid Culture, a training and consulting firm making it easier to tell the truth at work. Shari is bringing candor back to the workplace. Before launching her business, Shari led leadership development training for Oppenheimer Funds, conducted customer service training for American Century Investments, and facilitated for Dale Carnegie Training.

Shari is the author of the book How to Say Anything to Anyone, has a master’s degree in Communication, and taught leadership development at the University of Denver. Shari’s practical approach has led her to speak and train in Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, India, Dubai and Australia. From ‘Making Meetings Work’ and ‘Delegating Better’ to ‘Managing Your Career’ and ‘Saying Anything to Anyone,’ Shari’s tips are sure to delight and inform in a real, direct and very funny way.

Watch videos and learn more about Shari at

About Candid Culture

Candid Culture brings fun, useful, and cool looking products to the workplace. We tell it like it is, saying the things most people only think. Our products are just
like us –real, direct, and candid.


Kevin Kirby
MPI Global Guest Speaker

Kevin is a senior global sales and marketing executive with more than 20 years’ experience advancing iconic entertainment-centered hospitality brands.

He has served in leadership roles over the course of 20+ years for Universal Studios, Disney Parks and Resorts and Hard Rock International, where his responsibilities focused on marketing, promotions, and global sales. Prior to his move to Florida, he led marketing and sales strategy for Geauga Lake in Ohio and Darien Lake in western New York.

Kevin just concluded his extended term as the appointed chairman of Meeting Professionals International (MPI) board of directors. He travels extensively on their behalf promoting the value of face 2 face meetings and events. MPI is the world’s largest experiential meeting and event professional association spanning 70+ countries and representing over 18,000+ affiliated members.

Kevin presently leads North America business development for Picsolve Ltd UK, providing world class imagery capture and distribution platform solutions for the leisure and entertainment industry. Picsolve is launching two consumer-facing products that are certain to draw praise from consumers and leisure partners alike: PicCities and PicPlay.

Kevin joined Picsolve from his own company, The KIRBY Consulting Group LLC. He has been a champion and architect of multi-platform strategic initiatives, including integrated advertising campaigns, new product launches, e-commerce, CRM engagement, and business development for hotels, theme parks and restaurants.

About Picsolve
We offer a range of world class image capture solutions, including ride photography, on-ride video, attraction photography and Green Screen Experiences at theme parks, water parks, tourist attractions, holiday resorts and other attractions around the world.


Chris Klauda, CHI
Director, Destination Research

Chris Klauda leads the research and analytic efforts for STR’s destination clients and is instrumental in producing STR’s biennial study of meeting planners titled Destination MAP (Meeting Assessment Planning). The next issue will be available in July, 2017.

Chris was previously a VP with D.K. Shifflet where she provided research and managed projects for all hotel clients, including Best Western, Choice Hotels, and Marriott. Chris is often called upon to present industry insights at travel industry conferences and as a guest lecturer at various universities.

Chris graduated from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Business.

About STR
STR provides premium global data benchmarking, analytics and insights for multiple market sectors with the hotel industry as our cornerstone. Our data is confidential, reliable, accurate and actionable, and our solutions empower our clients to strategize and compete within markets.

Founded in 1985, STR’s presence has expanded to 10 countries around the world with a corporate North American headquarters in Hendersonville, Tennessee, and an international headquarters in London, England. Our range of products and unrivalled market insights help our clients make better business decisions. But the work we do goes beyond the numbers. Every day, we empower people and their businesses to reach new heights


 About Our Sponsors

The Alfond Inn is a stylish boutique hotel in Winter Park, Florida that opened in 2013 and was ranked #1 in Florida in the 2016 Condé Nast Traveler Readers ‘Choice Awards. 
Owned by Rollins College, a private coeducational liberal arts college in Winter Park, The Alfond Inn was built with a $12.5 million grant from the Harold Alfond Foundation. Net operating income from the Inn is directed to The Alfond Scholars program fund, the College's premier scholarship fund.

The hotel showcases a rotating display of cutting-edge works from The Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art, a nearly 300 piece collection of contemporary art. 
The 112-room boutique hotel includes the award-winning Hamilton's Kitchen restaurant, a pool and fitness center, and 10,000 square feet of flexible meeting space.

It is 15 minutes from downtown Orlando and 30 minutes from
Walt Disney World & the Orlando International Airport. ____________________________________________________________________

For over 25 years, event and meeting planners have put their trust in our Team Building Experts to bring their meetings to life. Playing with some of the top organizations in the world has sparked our creative juices to continually develop new events, and given us a world of experience to design and facilitate from.

Whether you are looking for a truly effective teambuilding event that results in positive feedback, a community give-back event that makes a world of difference, or an enter-active event that infuses your meeting with interaction and relationship building, there is an event that will WOW your guests.


At Wildly Different, we make it easy for people to "play outside the cubicle,” with one-of-a-kind team building, charitable, and networking events.  Choose from one of our 100+ off-the-shelf events, or allow us to
customize a unique activity to meet your specific goals.  We work with any size group and travel
the world to bring your perfect event to life.

SmartSource Rentals is the largest Event Technology Rental provider in the U.S. We are a full-service audio visual and digital technology partner with nationwide locations and over 30 years’ experience in the
trade show and events industry. We offer a multimillion-dollar inventory and a team of
professionals who deliver excellence every time.

Large or small, we can design and deliver custom rental solutions based on your needs anywhere in the U.S. Let SmartSource Rentals help you plan, organize and execute your next trade show, event or conference.


Experience You Can Count On For Any Size Events | Photographers Specializing in only Event and Corporate Photography
Whether 10 or 10,000 people, or anywhere in between, Christie’s Photographic Solutions can assist your event. We have worked regularly and are preferred photographers for all of the major meeting
venues throughout Florida, Las Vegas and the US. ____________________________________________________________________

Exhilarate Events and Marketing is a creative agency known for producing invigorating meeting and convention environments through live and digital spaces. From small details to epic productions, Exhilarate’s proven strategies have continuously delivered stunning results.
We believe in collaboration, transparency and just a little bit of audacity.


MPI Greater Orlando Chapter Attendance Policy: All Essential Level members or non-members are limited to no more than two events in one fiscal year and must pay the Essential Level/Non-member rate. MPI Preferred or Premier Level members are welcome to attend all chapter events at the Member Price.


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