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

February Education Event - " All Things Conflict" with Michelle Johnson

February 08, 2018
11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
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Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel
107 6th Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
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February Education Event
Thursday, February 8, 2018


"All Things Conflict"

How to Manage Conflict of Interest,
Conflict Management,
and Get to Solutions Together
with Michelle Johnson

Event Description:

Conflict is often the driver of failed relationships both in business and our personal lives. No one ever really loves the thought of having a difficult conversation with someone they work with or better yet, someone they love. We often avoid the difficult conversation and just shuffle it under the rug and for the short term we are in a good place. That is until the next time it happens. By then the frustration level is higher and depending your personality, it can be a game changer for your relationship with the other person.

When it comes to conflict, equipping yourself with tools, conversation starters and being able to identify triggers can help you in all aspects of your life. Michelle will teach you how to recognize a situation is in front of you and share some tricks with you to help diffuse the moment so that a productive and engaging conversation can take place.
Using some of these techniques you will find a common ground for accountability, from an employee or boss to a volunteer or friend. Learn how to “love” conflict - well, at least learn how to face it head on and be able to manage it.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify conflict and accept the behaviors it comes with from both sides of the story.
  • Know the difference between a situations that need to be dealt with and those you are ok to let go of.
  • Getting a mutual agreement on accountability in all aspects of your life - employment, home and volunteer-ing.
  • How to prepare and successfully hold a “difficult” conversation.

Speaker Information: Michelle Johnson 

Michelle is the champion of community and brand building at The Anchor Group. Her background in both Human Resources and Event Management taught her that shared purpose makes a community — and a successful gathering.

Michelle’s true expertise is getting clients to start with a vision and carry it through to the end — a task requiring collaboration on a wide scale with seamless execution and guiding with a purpose.

Her professional career started at The Timberland Company as the Director of Global Events and today successfully owns The Anchor Group, an agency specializing in events and engagements.

In addition to managing events, Michelle currently supports several association Chapters Board of Directors for Meeting Professionals International across the country as a Facilitator and Coach. They have come to rely on Michelle as a facilitator, as she assists in building their business plans, stay on track with their goals, seamless execution and keeping their eye on the prize.

She was recently appointed the Chair of the Chapter Member Advisory Council for Meeting Professionals International. She is also a Past President of the New England Chapter of MPI and has been a Platinum Speaker since 2007.


CMP Preferred Provider - MPI Pittsburgh, is a CMP Preferred Provider through the Events Industry Council. The Events Industry Council has approved this topic as a CEU credit under Human Resources.





Now through
January 26, 2018

January 27, 2018
through February 8, 2018

MPI Member Preferred/Premium



Non-Member & Essential Members



MPI Student & Faculty Members



Non-Members Student & Faculty





Have you been wanting to check out the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel’s gorgeous lobby?  How about their newly renovated guestrooms or redesigned and expanded ballroom? 

If the answer is yes, join MPI Pittsburgh’s February Educational Lunch and Learn Event on Thursday, February 8th at the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel.  Not only will you enjoy learning and networking, you will also have the opportunity to tour this unique property following the event!  


MPI Pittsburgh 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.

 Look Who's Coming:

# Name Company
1 Kimberly Abey Keynote Create Inc.
2 Jaime Andrade-Budesa Visit Pittsburgh
3 Dan Bickerton DoubleTree Pittsburgh MeadowLands
4 Michelle Crites DoubleTree Pittsburgh MeadowLands
5 Lisa Bielevicz Renaissance Pittsburgh
6 Lindsay Mongell, CMP California University of Pennsylvania
7 Linda Canon,  CMP CGMP Software Engineering Institute
8 Michel Conklin SWPA BotsIQ
9 Yvonne Darragh FHLBank Pittsburgh
10 Paula J Dworek Rand Corp
11 Minerva Garcia Visit Indy
12 Danielle Himes Grant Street Group
13 Jill Huber Pittsburgh Technology Council
14 Patty Iannotta Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center
15 Courtney Jamison Crowne Plaza Hotel Pittsburgh South
16 Michelle Johnson The Anchor Group
17 Roberta Keller,  CMP CMM HelmsBriscoe
18 Kate Knecht Pittsburgh Marriott North & Courtyard Pittsburgh North
19 Angela Antonucci Pittsburgh Marriott North & Courtyard Pittsburgh North
20 Caroline Mays Pittsburgh Marriott City Center
21 Danielle Rohal Pittsburgh Marriott City Center
22 Herbert Moller Penn State Hospitality Services
23 Stephanie Jo Montavon Bold and Brave Events
24 Erin Nelson Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown
25 Stephanie Novak Carnegie Mellon University - SEI
26 Lindsey Relich Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel
27 Erin Sharpe Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center
28 Carla A. Sims Hughie's Event Production Services
29 Gloria Stone California University of Pennsylvania
30 AnnaMarie Turi Renaissance Pittsburgh
31 Kristen Turner VisitPittsburgh
32 Mary Vlahos Visit Canton
33 Becky Wiley Event Source
34 Patricia L Zurat, CMP Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown