Artist Phil Hansen, happiness researcher Michelle Gielan and comedy troupe Four Day Weekend will deliver keynote sessions at IMEX America, reports Meeting Professionals International (MPI), the strategic partner and premier education provider for the event, which runs September 10-12, 2019 in Las Vegas.
Hansen will open Smart Monday, the pre-show education day powered by MPI. In “Embrace the Shake: Transforming Limitations into Opportunities,” he will explain how he learned to redefine limitations after developing a career-ending tremor in his drawing hand. He restored his artistic abilities and has helped businesses approach their limitations in new ways.
Four Day Weekend will present “Yes, And”: The Power of Improvisation in the Workplace on Tuesday, September 10. The critically acclaimed comedy group will describe how they’ve built a 22-year-old business using the “yes, and” improv method and how corporations can use onstage skills in the workplace and business.
On Wednesday, September 11, Michelle Gielan will empower attendees with practical, research-based, positive communication strategies to increase happiness and success. Gielan is a positive psychology researcher and author of Broadcasting Happiness.
On Thursday, September 12, MPI is breaking the keynote mould by holding an “un-keynote” in its booth at the show. Jessie States, director of the MPI Academy, will deliver “Five Funky Ice Breakers,” an outside-the-box experience exploring how to implement a little fun into learning environments.
“This year’s line-up of keynote speakers, provided through our partnership with MPI, promises to be engaging and extremely beneficial for attendees to grow their knowledge and advance themselves professionally,” says Carina Bauer, CEO of IMEX Group. “We’ve identified topic areas that are particularly salient within the industry, with confidence that attendees will leave IMEX America highly informed, connected and energized. Unusual for the U.S. market, IMEX also provides all this added value, including entry to the show, the education and to Smart Monday, completely free of charge. This is something we’re enormously proud of.”
In addition to the keynotes, MPI’s Smart Monday line-up includes nearly 30 education sessions covering industry hot topics such as risk management, medical meetings, contracts, strategic communications, and behavioural science. The majority of the education sessions are aligned to the CMP International Standards and eligible for up to 4.25 clock hours.
“IMEX America is one of the biggest meetings events in the world, and we are so honoured to continue our strategic partnership alongside IMEX to host education and networking opportunities that advance our industry,” says Paul Van Deventer, MPI CEO. “We are excited to meet in Las Vegas, one of North America’s top destination cities, and once again deliver an unforgettable experience for all those in attendance, especially our member community.”
IMEX America will be held September 10-12, 2019 at the Sands® Expo and Convention Center at The Venetian® | The Palazzo® in Las Vegas. Smart Monday powered by MPI will be held on September 9, 2019. Keynotes (except MPI in-booth keynote) will be held in the Sands Showroom, The Venetian.