MPI Pittsburgh offers chapter educational programs specifically geared to help advance each attendee's career, not just within the hospitality industry, but also within many different businesses.
Educational programs are typically held the first Wednesday of each month from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM and offer one, but often more, topic expert(s).  On occasion, times and dates will be altered so be sure to check the calendar of events regularly. In addition, the educational programs offer excellent networking opprtunities with hospitality industry professionals throughout Pittsburgh, as well as access to first-class venues in the region.


Throughout the year, the chapter offers various special events - some social and some a combination fun and education.  MPI Members have the opportunity to showcase their venues, products and services.

Meeting and Event Information

Education Meets Networking: “Event Horrors”

Kick off the Halloween Season with MPI Pittsburgh and it’s annual Education Meets Networking Event.
October 04, 2017 | 5:00 PM

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Cutting-Edge Legal & Security Issues in Tomorrow’s Meetings

April 05, 2017
11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
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Cambria Hotel & Suites Pittsburgh Downtown
1320 Centre Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Approved for Clock Hours in Domain C – Risk Management

  • Presentation featured at 2016 WEC with 97% favorable rating.

Room poaching, suitcasing, Airbnb, guns in meetings, data theft - these are just some of the latest challenges facing the meetings industry.  With meetings booming, market forces allow hotels to pick and choose clients and impost tough contract terms.  The social unrest and changing laws affecting gun rights, religious expression, and other areas of everyday life is affecting our attendees’ willingness to attend events in some popular occasions.  And Airbnb, Uber and other parts of the sharing economy, as well as tech innovations, are impacting our room blocks, meeting space costs, and guests privacy.  All of these factors will confront meeting professionals with increasing frequency in the coming years.

This program is an interactive and though-provoking review of the year’s hottest issues.  Learn how to address these issues and more:

  • Threats caused by “room poaching” - unauthorized housing agencies contacting your guests.
  • Airbnb and other “sharing economy” businesses and their effect on hotel room blocks and meeting space.
  • New gun laws allowing open-carry and concealed weapons in your meetings.
  • Planning for controversial new laws that make attendees want to boycott your meeting city.
  • Challenges of unauthorized suppliers “Suitcasing” an event and undercutting valuable exhibitors and sponsorships.
  • Zika, Ebola, Terrorism, and other threats that may keep attendees away from your meeting.
  • Protecting guests’ personal information on computer networks and in cyberspace.
  • RFID Technology pro’s and con’s.
  • Controlling social media comments.


Joshua Grimes, Esq.

Joshua L. Grimes, Principal Attorney of Grimes Law Offices based in Philadelphia, is a leading attorney in the association, nonprofit, meeting, and hospitality industries.  Mr. Grimes is a specialist in all matters relating to meetings and conventions, as well as association & nonprofit governance.  Mr. Grimes is a member of the APEX Contracts Panel, and the Board of Directors of the Academy of Hospitality industry Attorneys.  He was selected as a “Pennsylvania Super Lawyer” and recently designated a “Legal Leader” by ALM Media.  He is also frequently quoted in industry publications.   Mr. Grimes is one of the association and meeting industries most prominent speakers.  In addition to speaker regularly for MPI and PCMA, he conducts in-house training programs for corporate and association executives.  Mr. Grimes has appeared before industry professionals throughout the United States, and in Europe, the Middle East, Canada, and Mexico.  He is a member of the Bars of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Washington DC.  He is also proud to represent his hometown as an elected Commissioner in Lower Merion Township, Pennsylvania, a part of Philadelphia’s famed “Main Line” neighborhood. 



Cambria Hotel & Suites Pittsburgh Downtown

1320 Centre Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA    15219


When: Wednesday, April 5, 2017

11:00-11:30am -  Registration and Networking

11:30am  - 12:00pm -  Opening Remarks, Lunch is served

12:00-1:15pm -  Lunch and Presentation

1:15-1:30 p.m. Q&A


Thank you to our Sponsors:






Grimes Law Offices:

MPI 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.


$55.00 Member (Preferred/Premier level) Registration
$45.00 Earlybird rate before March 29

$60.00 Non-Member & Essential Level Registration

$15.00 Student/Faculty Member Registration

$20.00 Student-Non Member

Future Meetings

Save Big With MPI Pittsburgh’s Season Pass!

September 30, 2017
12:00 AM


Attend 4 educational programs and 2 networking events during the 2017-2018 season for the price of $190.

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Education Meets Networking: “Event Horrors”

October 04, 2017
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Nova Place
100 South Commons
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
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Kick off the Halloween Season with MPI Pittsburgh and it’s annual Education Meets Networking Event.

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