WEC Las Vegas 2021 | On-Demand Access

Jun 15, 2021 ‐ Jun 17, 2021


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our profession was shaken to its core. After a year that put gatherings on hold, there’s light at the end of the tunnel. But, what does the future of meetings and events look like? More importantly, what if YOU could take an active role in planning, designing, and shaping it?

WEC Vegas at CAESARS FORUM is your opportunity to get together with your peers, roll up your sleeves, sharpen your pencils and draw up the blueprint of what the future of your profession looks like. With last year’s WEC Grapevine, MPI safely and effectively convened a hybrid experience to demonstrate how to meet safely and lead our industry to recovery.

We’ll continue—and build upon—that promise again this year. WEC Vegas will once again be a hybrid event; an in-person experience and a digital one. Both are 100% live, happening simultaneously and allowing you to participate in the way that’s best for you. Through open-source programming, live collaboration, and a fluid, nimble mindset, WEC Vegas will give you real-time inspiration, knowledge, and tools to design the future of what you do.

They say the future is what we make it. Make YOUR future at WEC Vegas.

Standard: $99.00
Premier: $0.00
Preferred: $49.99
Essential: $49.99

Sessions

WEC Today Show | EMEC WEC Today Show | EMEC

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WEC Today Show | EMEC

Jun 14, 2021 11:00am ‐ Jun 14, 2021 12:00pm

Credits: None available.

Join our WEC Today television show broadcast and gain exclusive access to interviews with conference keynotes and experts, breaking industry news and content you just can’t find anywhere else. This is your opportunity to ask questions and gain insight into the future of the meeting and event industry alongside your peers from all over the world. Last year, more than a thousand industry professionals joined us from 17 countries to learn the next practices and the latest industry fare. Once a day on Tuesday and Wednesday and twice on Thursday, our television broadcast is the place to find the news and segments you need—right when you need them.


Call to the Post (COVID Event)Call to the Post (COVID Event)

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Call to the Post (COVID Event)

Jun 15, 2021 11:15am ‐ Jun 15, 2021 12:15pm

Credits: None available.

Join us virtually on-site at Churchill Downs during their Spring Meet for a timely panel on F&B executions for scalable events post-COVID. From massive events like the Kentucky Derby (held on May 1, 2021) to more intimate parties or board meetings, learn from experts at Churchill Downs and Brown-Forman Corporation about how they are reconsidering budgets, trends, sustainability and more for their events in 2021.

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Get Big Things Done: The Power of Connectional Intelligence

Jun 15, 2021 11:15am ‐ Jun 15, 2021 12:15pm

Credits: None available.

During this unprecedented time of change and uncertainty, we are collaborating faster and more often than ever before. We feel like we’re connected – but are we really?

How do we connect meaningfully with our audiences and partners right now? How do we make sure work still gets done in our own teams and keep morale high? How do we build inclusive and inspirational events virtually and through hybrid models? In this session, you will learn how to master the art of Connectional Intelligence and Digital Body Language, led by 21st-century collaboration expert and author Erica Dhawan.

Learner Outcomes

1. Develop a modern meeting strategy to create the most engaged and successful events in this time of change and uncertainty
2. Reduce the confusion and frustration that comes with digital collaboration across all our various mediums, like email, phone, IM, text, chat, and video meetings
3. Understand your personal collaboration style and what digital body language signals you are broadcasting (even if you don’t intend to!) and build trust and human connection, no matter the distance

Speaker(s):
  • Erica Dhawan, MPA, Author and Keynote Speaker on 21st Century Collaboration, Cotential

Empowering Imperfection in your Speakers

Jun 15, 2021 12:30pm ‐ Jun 15, 2021 1:45pm

Credits: None available.

One thing that is not going to change for events is the need for engaging, confident speakers. Instead of providing them with a list of dos and don'ts for the virtual stage, we must empower imperfection.

Learner Outcomes

1. Understand why speaker imperfection engages audiences.
2. Find out how this mindset will enhance speaker confidence.
3. Discover easily executable tactics to improve speaker performance.

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Thinking Ahead: Contract Strategies For The Evolving Marketplace

Jun 15, 2021 12:30pm ‐ Jun 15, 2021 1:45pm

Credits: None available.

It is an unprecedented time in the business travel & meetings industry and we must work together to overcome the issues at hand. Join us, as we sit in on an enlightening conversation with Cheryl Payne as we discover tips and tricks to contracting in & beyond these challenging times.

The only thing constant in our industry is change.

As we adapt to the changes that are currently taking place in our industry, this session will arm you with real-time tactical strategies that will help you to negotiate and defend your organization.

We will review what is happening in today's environment, explore new ideas to elevate your contract to current times, as well as, learn about what other Meeting Planners are doing to minimize their risk with hotels for 2021 and beyond.

We will review key contract clauses, including force majeure and cancellation clauses, and explore negotiation tips and proven strategies on how to get to “YES” while reviewing variables that help influence a hotel's decision to accept your business.

Learner Outcomes

1. Understand our current marketplace and how it affects a planners' strategy during negotiations.
2. Review key contract clauses and how to defend them to benefit your organization’s bottom line.
3. Discuss variables that the hotels consider when reviewing their overall business value.

Speaker(s):
  • Cheryl Payne, CMP, CMM, Strategic Partner, INNOV8 Meetings + Events

DESIGN to CHANGE - Elevating your abilities to look and act beyond the now.

Jun 15, 2021 12:30pm ‐ Jun 15, 2021 1:45pm

Credits: None available.

A good conversation can shift the direction of change forever. Would you leave it chance?

Would you like to know how to identify, respond and act in situations of ambiguity with your event owner?

A conversation with the authors and creators of the Event Canvas™ with a sneak peak into their new book "DESIGN to CHANGE".

Driven by the needs and conversations with Event Owners and Event Designers who use the Event Canvas™ around the world in a turbulent time of change, we have drafted the “DESIGN to CHANGE” companion book to the best-selling “Event Design Handbook”.

In this session, you will explore with the authors and EDC MasterMinds the implications of the change in the event landscape and how to design the conversations between Event Owners and Event Designers. A story about wants and needs, process and outcome, and horizons of change from a dualistic perspective.

The session is for designers, owners, managers, change-makers, and gatekeepers, interested in how events can create value for an organisation over time.

Learner Outcomes

1. Discover communication strategies to have compelling conversations with event owners about the usefulness of claiming Time, Team, and Space to design for more valuable outcomes.
2. Better understand your own behaviors and why you may not always be taken seriously when event owners were having the conversation about change. How to identify, respond and act in situations of ambiguity.
3. Ability to address risk and reward with your event owner in your next conversation as an event designer/planner.

Speaker(s):
  • Roel Frissen, CMM, Founder & Managing Partner, Event Design Collective GmbH

General Session | Critical Next Steps from Influential Industry Leaders + a Conversation with Usher

Jun 15, 2021 2:00pm ‐ Jun 15, 2021 3:30pm

Credits: None available.

For much of the past 12 months, there has been keen discourse around buzzwords like business continuity, endurance, pivoting, and recovery, but it’s impossible to understand what all these truly mean without context that explains how industry professionals can act, analyze, turn and—most importantly—change as we seek to accelerate forward. Sure, you’re ready to “Make Your Future,” but why and how? MPI invites key leaders from critical industry sectors (corporate and association) and supporters (technology, destination marketing, and hospitality) to share their inspiring stories of innovation and reinvention during the pandemic—and challenge the idea that we’re “going back to normal” with the realization that we never will go back. Discover key lessons from the past year that will inspire your future-focused path with applicable ways you can chart a new normal. Don’t miss this historic and fleeting moment in our history when we have the opportunity to design the future of our industry together. 

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The State of Meetings—Now & What’s Next

Jun 15, 2021 4:00pm ‐ Jun 15, 2021 5:00pm

Credits: None available.

There is no doubt that the meetings & event industry has been through more change in the past year than the past few decades. Join our panel of industry experts to take a look at where we are now and how these changes will impact the state of meetings in the future. This session will also focus on practical advice and best practices on how to implement these new meeting and event protocols. Panelists include: Kathy Mouw, VP Global Sales, US & Canada, Marriott International, Don Ross, VP Meeting Operations - Las Vegas Region, Caesars, Harrah's & Horseshoe, and more.

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How to Hybrid: The Key Drivers to Creating Successful Hybrid Events

Jun 15, 2021 4:00pm ‐ Jun 15, 2021 5:00pm

Credits: None available.

As our industry moved from live events to virtual events during 2020, meeting professionals started to become familiar with how to produce an effective virtual event. Although not ideal, there has been a reluctant acceptance of virtual events. However, hybrid events are still a bit of a mystery to a lot of meeting professionals and they are seen as complex and costly. This presentation will focus on the six key drivers that every meeting professional needs to know about planning, producing, and executing a successful hybrid event. 

Learner Outcomes

1. Define a hybrid event and the benefits to participants and your organization.

2. Understand how to maximize your hybrid event ROI utilizing six key drivers.

3. Understand how to apply the key drivers to common meeting types. 

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Help Her Win: Leadership Strategies for Women’s Success

Jun 15, 2021 4:00pm ‐ Jun 15, 2021 5:00pm

Credits: None available.

Want to be an even better leader? Of course! But really, who has time to invest in leadership training? Not the leaders who need it; they’re too busy leading!

Yet, our organization’s health and success heavily rely on leaders who evolve their skills and become the best leaders possible. See the quandary?

Busy Bosses is a fun, efficient, and, most importantly, actionable course on the leadership trends needed to excel as a leader in today’s environment.

Some of the trends covered include:
- Prioritization
- Intellectual Humility
- Overcoming Fear of Conflict
- Fostering Trust Across Difference
- Virtual Collaboration
- Tactical Empathy
- Empowering Others
- Inclusion
- Maintaining Mental Clarity
- Servant Leadership

During this talk, Melissa Majors, CEO of Melissa Majors Consulting, synthesizes best practices for evolved leadership into a comprehensive course that you actually have time to take! This discussion is relevant for leaders of people and initiatives.

Learner Outcomes

1. Demonstrate tactics associated with relevant leadership trends and best practices.
2. Describe the need for evolved leadership.
3. Gain access to resources (infographic and pre-defined social posts) that can be used to continue the conversation with your network.

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