MPI Tampa Bay Area May Education Program

May 16, 2018
4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
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Tampa Marriott Westshore
1001 N. Westshore Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33607

Strategic Meetings Management (SMM) Boot Camp: Essentials of SMM for Planners and Suppliers

Program Overview:
The idea of centralizing and controlling meeting and event spend has been around for many years, and is now commonly referred to as Strategic Meetings Management or “SMM”. SMM started out simply enough with meeting managers trying to reduce meeting expenses and mitigate the risk of poorly negotiated contracts. Through its evolution, many industry accepted procedures have developed in order to design and deploy a successful SMM Program. SMM has also affected the buying process from transactional to strategic. This session will provide insights into some of the key components of SMM from the client perspective and will examine changes in the buying process from the supplier perspective. Topics such as stakeholder management, meeting registration, strategic sourcing, and data analysis will be discussed. Current trends in SMM will be examined. Attend this program if you want to learn more about Strategic Meetings Management from both the planner and supplier perspective.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the key objectives and outcomes of a Strategic Meetings Management Program from the planner point of view
  • Acknowledge changes in the buyer/seller relations as a result of SMM
  • Recognize current trends in SMM

1.0 clock hours of Continuing Education (CE) - Domain A- Strategic Planning

MPITBA has aligned this program with the EIC Domain A: Strategic Planning; this is for self-reporting purposes and has not been pre-approved with EIC.


Speaker Details:
Betsy Bondurant, CMM, CTE
Bondurant Consulting

Betsy Bondurant, CMM, CTE offers a unique 360 degree perspective with over 30 years industry expertise in hotel sales, meeting & trade show management, and procurement, including 17 years of direct involvement in the discipline of Strategic Meetings Management (SMM). This diverse background positions Betsy uniquely for the successful development and delivery of projects in the category of meetings, events, and trade shows.

Betsy began her career in food and beverage in 1977, transitioned into hotel sales and ultimately found her passion in meeting and trade show management. During her 15 year tenure at the world’s largest biotech company. Betsy developed and implemented a pioneering corporate-wide Strategic Meetings Management program. In 2007, she moved from the corporate meeting world into niche consulting, dedicated to providing unbiased appraisals and recommendations for SMM programs. In addition to her current work with Fortune 500 companies, Betsy is considered a Subject Matter Expert, and as such, has authored many articles, developed educational content, and presented to audiences in North America, Europe and Asia.

Betsy holds a Bachelor of Science in Hotel Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She has been an active member of Meeting Professionals International (MPI) since 1994; and has served as a member of the International Board of Directors. Betsy is also a volunteer leader in GBTA, PCMA and is a member of the Events Industry Council APEX Standards Committee. Additionally, Betsy has participated in many industry advisory boards, panels and forums.

Bondurant Consulting has held a certification as a woman-owned business from Women’s Business Enterprise National Council since 2011, thus qualifying her as a diversity supplier. In 2016, Betsy was recognized as one of the Top 25 Women in the Meetings Industry by Meetings and Conventions Magazine. Additionally, Betsy has been recognized as one of Business Travel News “Best Practitioners” and honored as one of Meeting News “25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry”, and was awarded MPI “Chairwoman’s Award”.

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Board Meeting: 3:00 – 4:00 PM
Registration & Networking: 4:00 – 4:30 PM
Program & Reception: 4:30 – 6:30 PM
NO New Member Orientation  

Networking Opportunity!
Are you looking for a way to get the most out of your networking opportunity? Sign up to be a table host when registering (available as an add on). For just $40, you'll lead the table discussion, be acknowledged as a host, get a special table in the networking area and provide marketing materials and giveaways to your tablemates!  

Thank you to our sponsors: 

Thank you to our MPITBA Education Committee Meeting Venue Sponsor for the 2017-2018 Year!

Meeting Attendance Policy: Non-members and Essential level members are welcome to register at the non-member rate only two times during the fiscal year. After attending two meetings we are confident that you are ready to take the next step and become an active, engaged member of the MPI Greater Orlando Area Chapter!
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$40.00 MPI Member (Preferred & Premier)
$45.00 after 05:00 pm May 9

$40.00 Hosted Buyer

$70.00 Non-Member & Essential Level Member
$75.00 after 05:00 pm May 9

$10.00 MPI Student

$5.00 Set of Six (6) Raffle Tickets

$10.00 Set of Twelve (12) Raffle Tickets

$15.00 Non-Member Student