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Meeting and Event Information

November Education Event-Welcome to the Participation Era of Events

November 01, 2017
7:30 AM - 10:00 AM
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Hard Rock Cafe Station Square
230 W. Station Square Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
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"Welcome to the Participation Era of Events"


It’s time for a cultural shift in our industry. The signs have been there and the buzz is building, but we as the day to day players have to make a conscious decision to change our own practices and mindset. 

What do we want to leave as our legacy, a bunch of successful meeting? Or do we want to leave behind participants who have been changed by our meetings? Truly, when you get right down to it, it's not about the meeting, it's about the people at the meeting. 

So why do we focus so hard on the details of building a successful meeting when what we really all want at the end of the day is successful people? People who they want to be actively engaged and involved in the content. 

For planners, you walk away with at least concrete techniques to help you focus more on your participant. For suppliers, you'll have an arsenal of suggestions that make you look like the rock star partner to planners that you want to be. 

And, in keeping with the title, you will all be actively engaged as participants. No attendees allowed!


>Participants will leave equipped to educate others about the shift in our industry >Participants will understand the basic brain science of participation >Participants will experience live participation experiments 

>Participants will leave with 

*at least 3 actionable ideas out of 20+ presented to apply to their meeting, event or client 

*A plan of action for implementing the three ideas for their next meeting


As the founder, CEO and creative force behind PlayWorks Group, Meredith likes to say she plays for a living. Drawing on too many years of attending boring meetings, Meredith aims to teach others how to integrate play and fun to change snooze fest corporate meetings into interactive, participant driven experiences.In addition to consulting with meeting planners and delivering team building events, Meredith has been a panelist, speaker and blogger and is wishing desperately right now her book would write itself. 

Way back in the 90’s, Meredith did her masters degree focusing on group and play dynamics. In 2002, she launched PlayWorks Group, a niche event planning firm that designs and provides live corporate team building events. In the Spring of 2016, PlayWorks Group launched its first line of digital products, offering DIY options to corporations. Meredith has presented for MPI at their World Education Congress and other chapters throughout the US. Meredith is married to Bill Hoban, partner in business and life, and is mom to Caroline and Claire and an adorable rescue dog named Olaf.



7:30am - 8:00am

Registration and Networking

8:00am - 8:30am

Opening Remarks; Breakfast is served

8:30am - 9:30am

Breakfast and Presentation

9:30am - 10:00am







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CMP Preferred Provider - MPI Pittsburgh, is a CMP Preferred Provider through the Events Industry Council. This program is a CEU credit under the domain of Meeting or Event Design.





# Name Company
1 Jaime Andrade-Budesa Visit Pittsburgh
2 Jacqueline Antonucci Butler County Tourism and Convention Bureau
3 Lisa Ashbaugh Visit Pittsburgh
4 Dan Bickerton Double Tree by Hilton Pittsburgh Meadow Lands
5 Lindsay Bullis,  CMP, CMP California University of Pennsylvania
6 Yvonne Darragh FHLBank Pittsburgh
7 Paula J Dworek Rand Corp
8 Tracy Brailey Pittsburgh Transportation Group
9 Danielle Himes Grant Street Group
10 Catherine Taylor Grant Street Group
11 Sarah E Hitchcock Lenzner Coach Lines / Coach USA Pittsburgh
12 David Hume Sheraton Station Square
13 Roberta Keller,  CMP CMM HelmsBriscoe
14 Heather LaValley Sheraton Station Square
15 Donna M. Mangold,  CMP Federated Investors
16 Meredith Martini
17 Cathy Ann Matko Crowne Plaza Hotel Pittsburgh South
18 Herbert Moller Penn State Hospitality Services
19 Stephanie Jo Montavon Bold and Brave Events
20 Erica Montgomery-Tamorria Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh 
21 John Moore HM Media
22 Jenny Nielsen Grantmakers of Western Pennsylvania
23 Kristen Oakes Drury Plaza Hotel Pittsburgh Downtown
24 Courtney Pack Excel4apps
25 Yrai Pounds  
26 Susan Silinski Sheraton Pittsburgh Airport Hotel
27 Jim Smith JPSmith Training Solutions 
28 Gloria Stone California University of Pennsylvania
29 Becky Wiley Event Source
30 Patricia L Zurat,  CMP Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown