In two weeks, I’m headed to Indianapolis (where I was born and raised) for MPI’s World Education Congress (WEC18), and I can’t wait. Not only will it be nice to see Indy all decked out for the convention, but I will love seeing how the world receives my hometown.

The last time I attended the congress, it was in Vancouver, B.C. This year, organizers promise an experience unlike anything we’ve seen before. On the Saturday before the conference, I’m planning on going on a behind-the-scenes tour of the WEC Villages as they’re being constructed. The villages include the social village (which will have puppies to cuddle, so I’m pretty sure you will be able to find me spending quite a bit of time there), the experiential village, the leadership village and the innovation village. I’ll be sure to share photos for those of you who won’t be able to make it!

The educational sessions look amazing, and I’m particularly excited to hear keynote speaker Mel Robbins. I’ll be providing updates while I’m there so keep an eye on our social media. So who’s with me? If you’re going, shoot me an email at teresa.kenney@tigeroak.com.

The family-focused, Wisconsin-based Great Wolf Lodge opened its first resort in Wisconsin Dells in 1997. Over the next two decades, it slowly expanded with more properties around the Midwest, moving into the Northeast, South, West and Canada. And this summer, the greater Chicago area will get its first resort from the brand.

 

Have you let your favorite vendor, event planner or venue know how much you appreciate them by voting for them in Northwest Meetings + Events Best of 2018 readers’ choice awards? No? Well, what are you waiting for? Show them some well-deserved love!

 

One of my first official duties as editor of Northwest Meetings + Events waaaaaaaaay back when was serving as a judge for the Emerald City Applause Awards. I remember being incredibly impressed by all of the talent in our region. I still am. Come celebrate that ingenuity at the (nearly sold out) 2018 Emerald City Applause Awards (ECAAs). Guests are encouraged to dress in accordance with the event’s theme: Seas the Night.