MPI Tampa Bay Area Meetings Academy

April 13, 2017
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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Wyndham Grand Clearwater
100 Coronado Drive
Clearwater, FL 33767

Conference Chair: Maria Maggio, CMP 

Just $119 for MPI members/$179 for non-members!

Elevating Events with Meetings Academy, featuring:
-A full day of education with a minimum of three CMP Continuing Education Credits
-Hosted Buyer Program
-CSR Opportunity
-High Level Speakers including Keynote
-Countless Opportunities for Networking
-A Hands-on Experience of Clearwater Beach’s newest hotel featuring 22,000 square feet of meeting space, including over 10,000 square feet ballroom

Education Breakout Sessions include:

Don’t Phreak Out – It’s Only Pharma, Susan Arts, CMP
Cutting Edge Legal Issues in Today’s Meetings , Joshua Grimes, Esq.
Getting the Most Out of Your MPI Membership, Tara Liaschenko, CMM
The Sharing Economy: Meeting the Legal Challenges, Joshua Grimes, Esq.
The Millennial Attendee, Chris Krimitsos
Transportation: The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round: How to Keep Them From Coming Off, Karn Clark, CMP

Keynote Speaker – Michael O’Donnell

Pioneering the Impossible: The story of success, failure and reinvention set on the stage of high altitude climbing and international business.

Michael will elevate our experience at Meetings Academy through his life experiences. Michael has produced high-powered results in industries across the board. With his remarkable successes and his equally remarkable ability to share his inspiration and wisdom, Michael inspires, motivates, educates, and makes lasting positive changes in his audiences.

His experiences include:

  • World-class mountaineer and explorer
  • Personal guide for Erik Weihenmayer, first blind man to reach summit of Mt. Everest
  • Personal life mastery coach
  • Acclaimed team builder and corporate coach
  • Author of: Leading on the Sharp End


Additional breakout speakers and topics announced soon!


Interested attending the conference for FREE?  Qualified planners can attend Meetings Academy 2017 for FREE through the Hosted Buyer program!




Save the Soap!

Ever wondered what you can do with all the travel sized soaps and toiletries we all collect through our travels? We have your answer! Start collecting today: For our CSR opportunity at Meetings Academy we’re going to provide these items to a local charity, S.T.A.N.O. (Supporting Troops Area Wide Nationally and Overseas). We appreciate your support to Save the Soap

Supporting Troops Area wide Nationally and Overseas (S.T.A.N.O.) Incorporated is a not-for- profit organization based entirely on volunteers dedicating their time and efforts to help a great cause. S.T.A.N.O. is committed to provisioning support to our military members who sacrifice so much for us by sending care packages, personalized letters and cards every month regardless of their branch or where they are stationed (stateside or overseas).

About Global Meetings Industry Day
Leaders from across the meetings and events industry will come together to support the second annual Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) on April 6. Our Meetings Academy might be one week after GMID, but we are still celebrating with other MMB partners who are hosting over 100 events in more than 30 countries on April 6 in all corners of the globe to showcase the real power of meetings, events, conventions, exhibitions and more.

We have a small block of sleeping rooms available at Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach on the nights of April 12 and April 13 at a reduced rate of $189++, per room, per night. Make your reservation by March 12! Call the hotel at 727-281-9500 and mention MPI Tampa Bay Area Chapter Meetings Academy to receive the group rate.

Valet parking is available at Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach on the day of the conference for a reduced rate of $10 per day, per car.


Thank you to our Venue Sponsor:


Thank you to our Sponsors!









Please check back often as we provide further updates as the conference approaches.

We hope to see you at this exciting educational and networking experience!


NEW 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 Tampa Bay Area Chapter!
Please click here to familiarize yourself with MPI's new membership levels. Once you register, please be sure to SIGN IN to your profile before registering in order to get member pricing.


Cancellations must be received twenty-four (24) hours in advance in order to receive a refund, credit or not be billed as a no show. 



$99.00 Member Registration (Preferred/Premier Level)
$119.00 after 05:00 pm March 22
$79.00 Earlybird rate before December 16

$149.00 Non-Member & Essential Level Registration
$179.00 after 05:00 pm March 22
$119.00 Earlybird rate before December 16

$25.00 Student Registration

$55.00 Non Member Student Registration (includes one-year MPI membership)

$550.00 Hosted Buyer Program- MPI Members-Suppliers- (Preferred & Premier level)

$650.00 Hosted Buyer- MPI Non Members and Essential Level- Suppliers

$75.00 Swag Bags (MPI Members-Preferred & Premier Level)

$100.00 Swag Bag (Non Member and MPI Essential Member Level)