September Education Program
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ZOMBIES 2030! 
Planning the Most Challenging Event Imaginable!
Presented by Shawna Suckow, CMP


Location: Metropolitan Room at the Newark Club
Address:  One Newark Center, 22nd Floor
1085 Raymond Blvd., Newark, NJ  07102

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Registration and Networking
12:00 pm: Lunch
12:45 pm - 2:00 pm
Announcements and Educational Program

CEU Credits = .1; Contact Hours = 1

MPI New Jersey Chapter Attendance Policy: All Essential Level members or non-members are limited to no more than two events in one fiscal year and must pay the Essential Level/Non-member rate. MPI Preferred or Premier Level members are welcome to attend all chapter events at the Member Price.
This session will engage event professionals of all types, roles and experience levels, because NOBODY can say, "Oh I've done that before." It's engaging, entertaining, collaborative, and education - and the resulting lessons have nothing at all to do with zombies.

The year is 2030, and zombies have taken over the Earth! 

They've decided to hold their first gala event, and have hired your team of non-zombies to plan it.  Fortunately, they're no longer aggressive brain-eaters!  Your mission:  to take the goals and objectives of this audience, understand a completely new culture, and deliver the event this challenging new group desires.

Each table is a team, and is tasked with planning a conference to serve a very different population.  They'll have to consider different food and beverage requirements, room setups, ADA issues, agendas, speakers, the works!


Please note that the physical address for this event is:
1085 Raymond Blvd., 22nd Floor
Newark, NJ
The address to the indoor parking garage in the same building is:
42 Mulberry Street
Newark, NJ

The Metropolitan Room will validate your parking ticket for $7.00 at the meeting.

• Understand how to implement event elements for a completely new culture.  Have the confidence to take on a challenging new client,  a new group, or a new project and achieve goals and objectives.
• Successfully and strategically interact in a team of varying generations, roles and experience levels to achieve common goals.
• Think beyond typical constraints to find unique solutions to fit even the most challenging audience.

Shawna has been planning meetings and events since 1992. In 2008, she founded SPIN:Senior Planners Industry Network, which is now the world’s largest association comprised strictly of senior-level planners. In 2014 she founded The Hive Network - a community just for salespeople, offering the new C.C.S.E. (Customer Certified Sales Expert) designation. Her mission is to bridge the communication gap between customers and salespeople, to make the entire buying process easier for everyone.

In 2014, she visited her fifth continent to speak on that subject. Honors include being named a 2014 Industry Trendsetter by Meetings Focus magazine, Top 25 Most Influential in the Meetings Industry in 2012, 2013 and 2014 by Successful Meetings magazine, Planners' Favorite Speakers of 2014 by M&C magazine, and one of top Top 8 Speakers of 2013 by MeetingsNet. She's published two books: Planner Pet Peeves in 2012, followed in 2013 by Supplier Pet Peeves.

Shawna is a freelance writer for several publications on topics such as networking, hospitality, conference strategy, and the sales process from the customer's perspective. She speaks worldwide on these topics, and consults with all types of organizations to help them rethink how they communicate and sell to customers. Suckow is a Colorado native who has lived in Minnesota since 1999. Personally, she thinks she is hilarious, but her kids don't agree. Her husband would describe her as incredibly impatient, and with a special talent for parallel parking. Her philosophy: "What are you waiting for? Take the risk or you will never know what could have been."