Join the 2019 Mid Atlantic Conference and Expo #MACE

Start 2019 right and register to join an exciting day of education and networking at MACE! Mark your calendar for Friday, Feb. 22 at the MGM National Harbor and visit to learn more. 

The Mid Atlantic Conference and Expo (MACE) is a one-day educational conference and business forum for the meetings and events industry presented by MPI Potomac. This year, we are excited to offer seven (7) CEC credits and a series of diverse sessions for everyone. We will again be using the AgendaPop app to view the entire agenda conveniently and make connections. Below are some key takeaways you can expect.

General Sessions

Opening General Session:

It’s a Multigenerational World! Are You Ready? 
By Sonia Aranza, Aranza Communications 

This engaging learning experience is considered the next generation approach to diversity and inclusion. It explores the science, research and impact of unconscious bias on personal and organizational excellence. Ms. Aranza utilizes engaging activities and media to help participants deepen their understanding of diversity and the human condition of bias. Participants become aware of the impact of bias on decision-making and learn ways to mitigate bias in order to have more inclusive results.

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Lunch with Keynote:

Eating at a Meeting: How to Create Safe and Inclusive F&B Environments 
By Tracy Stuckrath, Thrive! Meetings and Events | Sponsored by: MGM National Harbor

Attending an event for some is a requirement, for others a source of inspiration, others a crucial business opportunity and others an indulgent affair. For those with food allergies and other dietary restrictions, attending events like this — or any other type — is a game of chance, a tale of survival. Meeting planners spend an incredible amount of time and money on food and beverage when planning an event. Event participants with dietary restrictions do the same. But for them, it’s a game of risk. As event professionals, we are committed to providing environments where everyone is treated with the same respect, dignity and courtesy. But in today’s society, that is not necessarily true. In this session, we’ll explore ways to create unforgettable food and beverage experiences that are personal, distinctive, inclusive and devoured by your attendees.

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Closing General Session:

Out with the Old (Media): Business and Marketing in the Snapchat Era
By Joanna Coles, former chief content officer, Hearst Magazines

With her signature sharp wit and humor, Joanna Coles shares anecdotes and expertise from a career spanning traditional media to the cutting-edge world of Snapchat.

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Breakout Options

Crisis Communications: Anticipate and Communicate

Alex Plaxen, president and founder of Little Bird Told Media, is an award-winning speaker and social media strategist.

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Beyond Expectations: Creating Social Media Goals for Our Events and Achieving Them

Alex Plaxen, president and founder of Little Bird Told Media, is an award-winning speaker and social media strategist.

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GDPR, Privacy and Events – Lessons Learned and Looking to the Future

K.C. Hopson, M.S., CMP, president, CEO and founder of EventRebels, has been doing business with meeting planners, associations and others in need of registration, trade show, mobile and conference software solutions for over a decade. 

Adam Lewis has over a decade of events experience, planning meetings for multiple clients annually with 300 to 10,000+ attendees. Adam came to MMS after 10 years at the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. where he oversaw membership programs, fundraising galas, awards events, and the organization’s annual academic conference.

Razvan Miutescu is a business, technology and information governance attorney. His practice focuses on privacy and data security, information technology transactions and licensing, intellectual property, and data management, including data broker transactions, cloud services, distributed ledgers + blockchain, and related regulatory and compliance matters.

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“Could You Just Do One More Thing?”

Lynne Wellish, CMP, CHSE, CHO, is an award-winning speaker, consultant, trainer and hospitality educator with

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Effective Feedback

As a full-time speaker, Tyler Enslin of Tyler Enslin International has had the privilege to present at over 700 live events in the past five years. From the age of 17, when he started his first successful business, he realized that his favorite part of any day at work was helping people.

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Advancing Women in Leadership

Michelle Allgauer, CAE, CMM, CMP, is the vice president of meetings, marketing & education for Financial Services Institute. She spent the first few years of her career on the hotel side before switching over to associations.

Tammy (Moore) Kockaya, CMP, CMM, is director, events & meetings at KPMG. Tammy is a corporate meeting professional with expertise in team leadership, strategic decision-making, stakeholder relationship development, and project and event management.

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Write Striking Statements

Keasha Lee Ince began her career as the public relations manager for the world’s largest credit union. After some time in various roles, she decided to grow as an entrepreneur and launch her own company, Striking Statements.

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Safety Has No Quitting Time: The Road to Excellence in Safety

Randy Powell is a high-energy motivational speaker and coach, providing exceptional platform and conference breakout sessions.

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Maximize Your Presentation Impact

Nadia Bilchik is an internationally renowned television personality, communication and professional development training expert, author and keynote speaker.

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Hottest Trends in Audiovisual Production 

As a multiple-award winning audiovisual rental, staging, and production company, BAV offers the complete package of conference, meeting, and special event services.

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