3 Must-See Sessions @ MPI WEC 2015

Posted by Lanyon on 07/23/2015

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At Lanyon, we’re thrilled to be attending Meeting Professionals International’s World Education Conference (MPI WEC) in San Francisco, and we’re sure you are, too. With so many inspiring voices and interesting sessions planned, it’s hard to pick which ones to attend. Here are a few of the upcoming sessions that we’re most looking forward to:

Disruptive Technology & Shared Economy Panel Discussion
David Bonnette (Lanyon)
When: Monday, August 3 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM

We’re super excited about this exclusive session — taking place at MPI’s Corporate Summit, to be held at the Fairmont San Francisco — and not just because our awesome CEO, David Bonnette will be moderating. In his over 20 years in the software industry, David, who served as CEO at BigMachines before joining Lanyon and held a variety of executive roles at Oracle before that, has seen a lot of tech trends come and go. In this session, David will lead a panel of high-profile business leaders in a discussion of peer-to-peer technologies and their effects on the business landscape.

SMM: Selling the Values That Go Beyond Cost Savings
Carolyn Pund (Cisco Systems), moderated by Kevin Iwamoto (Lanyon)
When: Monday, August 03, 2015 | 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM
This case study of Cisco Systems will share insights and lessons learned during the structuring of one of the most mature, successful, and effective global SMMPs today. Carolyn Pund of Cisco systems will share her personal experiences on how to structure a successful team to drive the implementation of a global SMM program.

The discussion will also focus on what it means to start a SMM program strategy and how it is more than just sourcing. Central to this discussion will be the issue that all types of change management require continuous stakeholder education. Cisco’s experience with this process will be dissected to provide attendees with a step-by-step guide to ensure success and compliance.

The Collaborative Economy
Jeremiah Owyang (Crowd Companies)
When: Monday, August 3 | 10:00 - 11:15 AM

Mobile and social are converging and powering new opportunities with the collaborative economy – from Airbnb to TaskRabbit and Uber to Lyft – the sharing economy is on the rise. Plus, crowd-funding and the maker movement are enabling people to create their own goods rather than buy them.

So how are companies redefining their business models using the concepts of the collaborative economy? Jeremiah Owyang shares how organizations can not only stay relevant but lead the charge in their own industry.

This Flash Point session reveals three ways you must shift your business to adapt to the collaborative economy. Find out how top organizations can tap into the crowd in every business function – reducing costs and increasing innovation.

There you have it — our recommendations for MPI WEC 2015. And, of course, we’d love to meet you there. Come by and see the new Lanyon in our lounge in the MarketSquare.

Hope to see you there!


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