MPI Pittsburgh holds one monthly chapter education program each month of the academic year beginning in August and ending in June. In most cases, the program is held on the first Wednesday of the month.

The full schedule of education programs is posted on the MPI Pittsburgh website along with event details, locations and times, session outcomes and presenter biographies. You can pre-register for each event well in advance to take advantage of the early bird rates or by using the benefits of a pre-purchased Season Pass.

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Meeting and Event Information

Disney's Approach to Employee Engagement

June 14, 2017
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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Kimpton Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh
620 William Penn Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
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*Submitted for Clock Hours In Domain D - Human Resources

Planners and suppliers alike succeed when they develop an organizational culture that enables extraordinary experiences for employees, clients and attendees. How can you find and nurture great talent, while fostering an environment of outstanding teamwork and effective communication? Whether you're an individual business owner, a corporate planner or work with a team of two or two thousand, this session offers practical takeaways that can help you and your team work more effectively and exceed expectations.

Learner Outcomes Include:

* Shape your organization's culture based on desired employee behaviors, and select people who are a right-fit for your culture.
* Adapt training strategies that ensure employees are confident in their roles by creating a holistic plan that drives employee engagement.
* Develop high-quality communication that strengthens your organization's culture and engages your employees.
Create a supportive environment through genuine care, including employee recognition and the elimination of workplace hassles.

About Disney Institute

Disney Institute uses business insights and time-tested examples from Disney parks and resorts worldwide to provide relevant illustrations and engaging stories that help organizations develop the customer experience culture they are capable of delivering. For nearly three decades, Disney Institute has helped professionals discover ways to positively impact their organizations and the customer they serve through immersion in leadership, service and employee engagement. Unique to Disney Institute is the opportunity to go behind the scenes in a “living laboratory” to observe firsthand how Disney methodologies are operationalized and how they can be adapted and applied to any work environment.

Dee Byrne  

Dee began working for Disney in 1977 as a merchandise sales hostess on Main Street U.S.A. at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Dee also worked in WDWR Human Resource and, in 1989, joined the Euro Disney Opening Team as Manager.Her sunset role with the Disney organization was as a leader in the creation of the Walt Disney World Human Resources Organization Development department. She was also a key member of the Disney team that developed and implemented the leadership culture known as "Performance Excellence.

Her sunset role with the Disney organization was as a leader in the creation of the Walt Disney World Human Resources Organization Development department. She was also a key member of the Disney team that developed and implemented the leadership culture known as "Performance Excellence."

In addition to her Disney experience, Dee has provided organizational development consultation services to many diverse companies (healthcare, education, not for profit, and small and large businesses) across the United States and abroad as Principal of the Byrnes Group. Dee’s company has provided executive coaching, project management, program design and facilitation, successfully since 1996.

Prior to starting a career with Disney, Dee attended Western Michigan University as an art major and received an honorable discharge from the United States Army after successfully completing a three-year assignment in Europe. Dee was assigned as part of a five-member team charged with designing, developing and delivering the first Europe-wide computer system for the United States Army.

Dee is a certified Professional in Human Resources, accredited by the Society for Human Resource Management and has delivered presentations on leadership, organizational effectiveness and change to executive teams and organizations across the United States.

Kimpton Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh
Sheffield Ballroom
620 William Penn Place
Pittsburgh, PA    15219

5:30pm-6:30pm         Registration and Reception
6:30pm-7:45pm         Educational Session
7:45pm-8:30pm         Dessert/Coffee

Look Who's Coming

Number # Name Company
1 Jaime Andrade-Budesa Visit Pittsburgh
2 Ms. Kara Battaglia GNC
3 Ms. Susan Bonidie Highmark Health
4 Tracy Brailey Pittsburgh Transportation Group
5 Lindsay Bullis California University of Pennsylvania
6 Ms. Jodi Dague GNC
7 Ms. Tracey  Escamilla American Society of Regional Anesthesia & Pain Medicine
8 Ms. Jill Garcia HelmsBriscoe
9 Tara Gerek Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence
10 Mr. Greg Goffin Kimpton Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh
11 Jaimie Hanson Ace Hotel Pittsburgh
12 Patricia  Hastings Materials Research Society
13 Mr. Craig Hendrick Conference Direct
14 Sarah E Hitchcock Lenzner Coach Lines / Coach USA Pittsburgh
15 Ms. Adrianne Holmes University of Pittsburgh
16 Brianna Horan Fairmont Pittsburgh
17 Tom Horowitz Plantscape
18 Sherry Kai Bettis Floral and Event Design
19 Eileen Kiley Materials Research Society
20 Ms. Shannon Kiley Association for Iron & Steel Technology
21 Marissa Kozen Fairmont Pittsburgh
22 Ms. Jen Krause Oncology Nursing Society (ONS)
23 Ms. Lori Lombardi Ryan, CMP One Connection Management Group
24 Mr. Jack Miner Highmark Health
25 Herbert Moller Penn State Hospitality Services
26 Stephanie Jo Montavon Bold and Brave Events
27 Lindsey Relich Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel
28 Sandy Rim, CMP MIM Meetings Info
29 Jamison Roth California University of Pennsylvania
30 Mr. Randy Satz Bettis Floral and Event Design
31 Mr. Gregory Sgro Kimpton Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh
32 Erin J Sharpe Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center
33 Carla A. Sims Hughie's Event Production Services
34 Margie Stang Margie Stang Events
35 Ms. Angela Stengel, MS, CAE American Society of Regional Anesthesia & Pain Medicine
36 Ms. Lori Strilka, SHRM-SCP Highmark Health
37 Ms. Diana Voto Disney Meetings - The Walt Disney Company
38 Sarah Winkler CCO
39 Patricia L Zurat Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown




$45.00 MPI Member (Preferred/Premier level) Registration
$35.00 Earlybird rate before June 7

$60.00 Non Member and MPI Essential Member Level

$15.00 Student Registration

$45.00 Guest of Member Registration
$35.00 Earlybird rate before June 7

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