Early bird registration is now available for the 2017 Cascadia Educational Conference—a joint regional conference for Oregon, Washington state and British Columbia chapters of Meeting Professionals International (MPI). The 2017 conference will take place at Wildhorse Resort & Casino in Pendleton, Ore., March 5–7.

The conference will include a tradeshow, more than 40 hours of education, hands-on experience with cutting-edge technology and a hosted buyer program with up to eight one-on-one meetings with qualified buyers. Most importantly, it is an opportunity to network with more than 250 of your peers, exchanging ideas and making valuable connections.

Early bird registration runs through Jan. 31, 2017 and is $325 for MPI members, $400 for non-members and $150 for students. Registration includes access to educational sessions/keynotes and materials provided for these sessions, an opening-night rodeo, Monday night hoe down and all meals. Keynote speakers will be Julius Solaris, creator of eventmanagerblog.com, and Richard Aaron, president of Bizbash Media.

For more information and to register, visit mpicascadia.com.

INGREDIENTS
—1.5 oz. Tito’s Handmade Vodka
—1.5 oz. Baileys Salted Caramel
—2 oz. half and half

DIRECTIONS:
Combine ingredients in a Belgian beer glass garnished with soft caramel along the rim, chocolate sauce and a chocolate branch. Looks fancy schmancy and tastes deee-licious!

Courtesy of Shore Lodge in McCall, Idaho

 

This past October, the world lost a business and philanthropic giant with the passing of Paul Allen. Here in the Northwest, his absence will be deeply felt. Among his many achievements, Allen co-founded Microsoft; founded Vulcan Inc., Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Allen Institute for Brain Sciences, and Allen Institute for Cell Science; and was owner of the Seattle Seahawks and Portland Trailblazers. There doesn’t seem to be an industry that he hasn’t touched, expanded and improved, including the meetings and events industry, particularly in the Seattle area.