November Program: Leadership: Everyone Needs It

  • November 16, 2017
  • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
  • Washington Dulles Marriott Suites 13101 Worldgate Drive, Herndon, VA 20170


What it means to be a leader is a challenge to define and can be specific by organization. Management and leadership are not synonymous however and what it takes to manage is not necessarily what it takes to lead. As the job landscape changes do you have the management skills you need to move up? Are you worried your daily tasks are hindering your professional development? Whether you manage a team of planners or your to-do list hear from thought leaders on what it takes to excel and grow both inside an organization and as an independent business.

Learning objectives:

  • Implementable practices that successful meeting planners are using to tackle their to-do list while leading large teams

  • How to use delegation as your friend


Renee Shipe

Manager, Meetings & Conference Registration,

NACHA, The Electronic Payment Association

As someone who always wanted to know what was going on behind the scenes, Renee actively engaged in events while working in the College Program at Walt Disney World. Upon graduation from Virginia Tech she accepted a position in association meetings and has enjoyed expanding her role managing in the planning of conferences large and small.


Robert Smith

Director of Meetings

America Educational Research Association

Robert Smith is the Director of Meetings for the America Educational Research Association.  He has been a meeting planner for more than 25 years, working with both associations and corporations in the education, financial, medical and tech sectors.  He has designed and implemented a wide variety of events, conferences, and annual meetings ranging from city wide events to small retreats.  His passion in the industry is to find new ways to deliver content to attendees, and to help mentor other industry professionals.  He has taught multiple sections of the MPI CMP Study Group for the last 15 years.

Amy Schull

Director of Meetings

Degnon Associates

Amy Schull has been with Degnon Associates for 10 years, bringing with her 5 years in non-profit association management and 14 years of business management and

marketing experience.  She began as a client relationship manager and grew her meeting role over several years and most recently transitioned to the Director of Meetings, a position she helped develop based on an opportunity she identified.  She now oversees approximately 25 meetings/year of various sizes and is growing the Meetings Department to support the additional demand.  A particular talent she is proud of is her history of developing successful teams and looks forward to the next steps in her career. 

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