MM&E Kansas City Expo Presenters

October 11, 2013

Here’s a look at some of the presenters who will share their expertise with you at MM&E’s Kansas City Expo, November 12 and 13, 2013.  Stay tuned as we add more speakers and sessions in the coming days!

Jessica Gatewood and Dave Gillette
Session:  Event Fund Raising and New Technology Overview

Missouri Meetings &
Events is thrilled to introduce you to two experts in auction automation: Jessica Gatewood, area director at BidPal, and Dave Gillette of Charity Resource LLC, who will provide you with cutting-edge trends for nonprofits. In this seminar you will learn about the silent auction industry, technology trends, best practices, future industry trends and new ways to increase your nonprofit clients’ revenue. Did you know that nonprofits can leverage technology to add incremental sponsorship revenue? Have you heard about how nonprofits are opening auctions to “anyone” outside the

event and charging a virtual ticket fee to participate?

Make sure to join us to discover how technology provides real-time reporting and post-event analytics in this seminar on event fund raising and the new technology that is changing the game for nonprofits.

Pat SchaumannPat Schaumann, CMP, CSEP, DMC
President, Meeting Compliance IQ
Managing director, Present China
Founder, International Medical Meeting Professionals Association

Session: Validation through Certification and Certificate Programs
November 13, 10:30 am to 11:30 am
Organizations place a high value on the legitimacy inherent in holding oneself to scrutiny and validation through continuing education and certification. Meeting professionals are challenged to prove their value in their organizations. And especially for health-care meetings that include new global compliance regulations, transparency of spend reporting, violations, fines and penalties, planners and suppliers are expected to know more and deliver data capture to meet mandated regulations.

This session will discuss various new continuing education programs such as IMMPA’s new Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate.  These programs can enrich your professional life, improve your knowledge and validate your specialization as a meeting professional.

Marcus StrautherMarcus Strauther
Chief executive officer, Brainstorm Media Group

Session: Branding Your Events, Part 1
November 12, 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm
In this session, you will learn the basics of branding, marketing, and creating an effective identity for your events. Marcus Strauther is a highly sought-after brand specialist who has helped many local and national organizations and businesses realize greater profits while keeping a handle on tight marketing budgets. His clients have included the St. Louis County Department of Health, Washington University in St. Louis, the National Association of Black Engineers, Emerson YMCA, and the St. Louis Board of Election Commissioners.

Session: Branding Your Events, Part 2
November 13, 10:30 am to 11:30 am
This session builds on the basic marketing and branding strategies presented in Part 1. Strauther will cover more in-depth topics, such as how to effectively handle event public relations crises.

churchillAnne Churchill
Session:  Meetings & Events 101
You know the basics of meeting planning – but do you really know how to implement your planning process effectively and efficiently? This fast-paced, interactive session will help you better understand the fundamentals of meeting and event planning. Learn the tips and tools necessary to save your organization time and money. You’ll leave this session with resources that will make your job easier and help you achieve personal and professional success.

Jillian RichardsonJillian Richardson
Emcee, event producer and promoter

Join your emcee Jillian Richardson as she kicks off this year’s Missouri Meetings & Event Expo with the New Age of Meeting & Events! She will apply her fresh, lively and always impeccable emcee talents to keep us on schedule and entertained. Richardson is working on her master’s degree in communications from University of Missouri-St. Louis, with an expected graduation date of 2014. Some of the titles won by Jillian include Miss Hannibal and Miss Metro St. Louis 2013. She recently was awarded first place in the interview portion of the 2013 Miss Missouri Pageant, which took place in June 2013 in Mexico, Mo.


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