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"INSIDE NATO: A Planner's Perspective" Panel Discussion & Networking Event
Date: July 11, 2012
Time: 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Navy Pier
600 East Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

Contact: MPI Chicago Area Chapter
Phone: 888-721-8908
Email: info@mpicac.org

Leaders from around the world gathered in Chicago this past May for an important diplomatic summit hosted by President Barack Obama. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) held meetings in Chicago May 20-21, allowing the city to highlight its economic vitality, its arts and architecture, and its can-do spirit.  

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is a political military alliance made up of 28 member countries, including the United States. Formed in 1949, NATO has played a unique and essential role in maintaining security and stability throughout the past six decades. It has grown and adapted to changing political environments and security challenges and with enlargements, partnerships and peace-keeping missions, has proven itself to be a continuingly effective alliance. The core principle on which NATO was founded is the Article V commitment, which states that an attack on one member is an attack on all.

In the spirit of leaders coming together, Meeting Professionals International Chicago Area Chapter (MPI-CAC), Greater Midwest Chapter Professional Convention Management Association (GMC PCMA) and Midwestern Chapter of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) are coming together! The three meetings and events industry associations along with our sponsor, Navy Pier, are hosting an education and networking event that discusses the planning of a large event like NATO.

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Please join us in this industry collaboration to discuss "INSIDE NATO: A Planner's Perspective" on Wednesday, July 11th at Navy Pier. After the discussion, stay for a networking reception where you'll have the opportunity to mingle with industry friends and make new ones. The networking will culminate with a spectacular fireworks display synchronized to music on Lake Michigan.

A panel of industry professionals who participated in planning this year's NATO Chicago summit will discuss:

  • What it takes to plan a high-profile international event
  • What is involved with the host organization being on another continent and 6 time zones away
  • What is involved when dealing with multiple world governments and the US Government
  • Dealing with security for attendees
  • Dealing with worldwide media
  • How to handle and respect protesters
  • How to decide on F&B when so many varied cultures are present
  • How to communicate with attendees on a secure level
  • How to truly partner with vendors
  • Protocol for who has the final decision

Moderator
Bill Martin - Experient, Inc.

Panelists
Laura Bowen Wills - Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary of State for Management at the Department of State
Chief Debra Kirby - Office of International Relations, Chicago Police Department
Gary W. Schenkel - Executive Director for Office of Emergency Management and Communications for the City of Chicago
John Chikow - President and CEO of the Greater North Michigan Avenue Association
Alyson Anderson - Senior Convention Services Manager for Hyatt McCormick Place
Rose Horcher - Vice President, Client Services for Choose Chicago







Thank you to our sponsors, Navy Pier and Edward Fox Photography, and our partners, IAEE and GMC PCMA.




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