Segways, Care Boxes, Motivation, and Innovation
The Best Social Media Posts from WEC 2018.
Meeting and event planners from all over the world flocked to Indianapolis this past week to attend one of the biggest education and networking opportunities you can find. Meetings Professionals International hosts the World Education Congress every year to foster innovation, imagination, and creativity in the events industry. This exciting event includes cutting-edge innovation and leading event trends connect with attendees in new ways. This year cookies saw a tech-trendy spin, puppies showed that all events need a little heart, and pep rallies took motivation to a whole new level. As proud members of MPI and with some of our team members in attendance – we were entranced by all the amazing events and activities that happened throughout the conference.
Of course, the whole event was captured on social media by the attendees, so we have chosen some favorite posts from this year’s WEC.
Equality, Respect, Mental Wellness & Confidence
I had the opportunity to share the stage with my industry sister for 90 minutes to talk about real issues facing women including mental health. In the wake of the tragic suicide of successful fashion designer Kate Spade, we are reminded yet again that this disease does not discriminate based on societal status. Depression is real in both men and women. As women (and I’m so guilty of this!) we tend to take on just about everything, deny help, put others before ourselves and neglect our needs. We internalize and analyze but we put up a front as if we have to prove something to others. I encourage you to always be in tuned with your emotions and find avenues of escape to keep your mind and heart in check. Surround yourself with good people and talk through your dark moments because you have so much color to offer this world. 🌈#WokeWomen
This year’s WEC speakers didn’t shy away from the tough issues, and instead they dove headfirst into tackling complex challenges that affect event professionals every day. Courtney Stanley and Sarah Soliman led a session titled “Woke Women: Finding Success in the Business of Meetings” that spoke to many of the attendees on a personal level. Addressing obstacles like gender-based assumptions and glass ceilings, their candid discussion focused on solutions and best practices.
The MPI International Board of Directors took some time to relax and network on a group segway tour of Indianapolis. What a great way to get outside and see the city while making connections with your peers.
Snuggles At The Social Village
WEC’s new format included four themed villages, each with a specific purpose. Their Social Village included information for optimizing connections with audiences, customers, and the community. To help demonstrate their tips, therapy and rescue dogs from Indiana were there to supply lots of cuddles and stress relief.
Sustainability, Health & Wellness At Events
— Positive Impact (@PIevents) June 4, 2018
Health and wellness at events is not longer just a trend, but an integral part of creating a thoughtful experience for everyone. Attendees appreciated the care WEC put into providing food appropriate for all dietary restrictions—and making them really yummy choices!
Giving Back Through Community Service
— Heather Wilson, CMP (@CityCountryLife) June 4, 2018
— Jama Haynes (@shortyjh1) September 20, 2017
Proving that even the most jam-packed event can build in time for community service activities, attendees partnered with Cherriodicals to put together care boxes for sick children. Filled with toys, craft supplies, and games, these boxes served as a powerful connection to the local community.
Personalizing Interactive Experiences
With event tech turning toward more interactive options, MakeLab’s pop up experiences made a huge impression on WEC guests. Attendees took full advantage of the edible selfie photo booth, making cookies with their faces etched right onto them!
Keeping Up With The Keynote – Mel Robbins’ 5 Second Rule
With an unforgettable delivery and strikingly honest message, Mel Robbins is a world-renowned motivational speaker. At WEC, she roused the audience with her actionable directives for achieving your biggest goals in the events industry.
The President’s Dinner & Honoring An Industry Legend
— Miguel Neves, CMP (@miguelseven) June 4, 2018
The WEC President’s Dinner is a long awaited event filled with luxurious food and drink and lots of valuable networking. They carry their charitable mindset throughout their planning by donating the entire conference’s leftover food to Second Helpings and the floral arrangements from the President’s Dinner to Random Acts of Flowers.
— San Antonio Meetings (@MeetinSA) June 5, 2018
Roger Dow, President and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, was honored for his exceptional contribution to our industry. Starting as an assistant housekeeper at a hotel to his current position took some hard work, confidence and guts, to say the least. His influence in all sectors of the meeting and event space has been legendary. He is relentless and a tireless advocate. Here’s what he had to say:
“I think this industry is one of the rare industries where people compete like crazy but are also best of friends,” he says. “I think it might be because people move around to different companies and organizations, but my greatest competitors are among my best friends. It’s where you build lifelong relationships, lifelong friends, and that’s one of the great things in this industry. I don’t think a lot of other industries really offer that.”
Hot Entertainment Trends
Michael Cerbelli’s Hot List got attendees energized and astounded, rounding up an array of event entertainment ideas for planners to surely make lasting impressions for their guests—so many great creative options and accents – including these show-stopping pyrotechnic fountains! The social media posts were all abuzz from his presentation- so inspiring! Another amazing feature we love included –
Paint Your Event was at WEC painting live! What an incredible expression of art during the conference for attendees to watch. This perfectly captured the event’s theme of creativity and innovation.
Lunch With A View & A Destination’s Hospitality At It’s Finest
We loved the lunch program at the Colts Stadium – what a great take for this iconic location! This was an awesome example of how to showcase an event to hospitality and event professionals.
The Indy Speedway & Photo Opps
Are you the “I” in Indy? Some of the attendees certainly had fun with their creative photo opp design – which appeared from the opening night event to the speedway closing event! We loved seeing how interactive the entire Indy Speedway feature was. Guests got the chance to race around the custom track at 120mph – now that’s not something you get to do every day! They got many selfie opportunities at the stations and had a blast.
Where’s MPI WEC Next?
Another cool aspect WEC utilized and continually does each year, is they announce the following year’s location at one of the showcasing events. They did it absolutely so creatively and fun, by leaving guests with these cool selfie props highlighting clues to 2019’s WEC location – Toronto.
This year’s WEC curated an impressive schedule of inspiring, enlightening information about where events are headed.
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