Meeting/Event Information

MPI Gulf States Lunch & Learn

August 17, 2017
11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Riverview Room
600 Decatur Street
New Orleans, LA 70001
Venue website

Registration is Closed, if you would like to attend please contact Jan Allen at or call 504-304-7261.  


Win tickets to the annual Blackpot Festival & Cookoff including an overnight stay with breakfast at Lafayette’s Hilton Garden Inn!   


Register for our August luncheon, clean out your closet and bring your gently used professional wear to the meeting.  Why?  We’re collecting donations for Dress for Success and, for each item donated, you’ll receive a raffle ticket.  Please note, you must be present to win. 



Are You Engaged to your Stakeholder?

Every event professional comes in contact with a wide range of event stakeholders who can have an impact on the success of the event or who can be affected by the event. This program is designed for YOU the industry professional who is impacting or being affected by the design and execution of any type of meeting or event. The foundation of your success is stakeholder engagement; aligning your services to their needs and ensuring the best outcomes. Ultimately, you will become engaged to your stakeholder, a commitment that will include delivering on the promise of their vision.

To assist in reaching this goal, you will learn three vital steps that will bring extraordinary results to include:

  • Creating stakeholder engagement and trust through good communications.
  • Demonstrate service first mentality.
  • Identify stakeholder needs to bring value to their organization.

Learning Outcomes: Managing Stakeholder relationships in order to maintain positive long-term relationships with key best practices for communication, recognition, conflict resolution, and legal considerations.

Program is pre approved by the EIC for continuing education credit (1CE- Domaine F/Stakeholder Management)

11:00am-Noon: Networking & Venue Tours
Noon-1:30pm: Lunch & Program


Dress for Success Clothing Drive

Looking to clean out your closet? Our Dress For Success Drive is the perfect solution…
The mission of Dress for Success is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Bring your gently used professional attire, accessories, handbags and jewelry to the August event and they will be repurposed to help unprivileged women in our community. You’ll be helping a wonderful cause and also receive a raffle ticket for each donated item.

New Orleans School of Cooking has been sharing the fun, food, and folklore of New Orleans with the world for over 30 years. Our Chefs teach Creole and Cajun specialties and sprinkle them with history, trivia, and tall tales. Join us for a private dinner show, interactive cooking experience, or mixology class for the tastiest afternoon in New Orleans.

Where the French Quarter meets the Mississippi... You can have it all in one place at the Riverview Room. The Riverview Room is a unique location for your special event, with panoramic views of the Mississippi River, the French Quarter riverfront and Vieux Carre. The elegant interior, with its floor to ceiling windows, is surrounded by five breathtaking outdoor terraces.

LoriAnn K. Harnish, CMP, CMM, CED

LoriAnn is known for her leadership excellence. She is a visionary thought leader, strategic manager, solutions architect, event and meeting designer, and mentor/teacher to many in the hospitality industry. Her business recipe for success is having a valuable network of relationships.

Most recently she was the Manager of Corporate Meetings and Events for US Foods, as well as the President and Owner of Speaking of Meetings. In her spare time, she is a passionate supporter of a variety of local charities serving as a volunteer and board member. Her dream job is to become a professional volunteer one day in the future. She has a Master of Arts in Organizational Management and Bachelor of Arts in Business Management & Marketing from the University of Phoenix. She has received many honors and accolades to include being named by Successful Meetings Magazine as one of the top six CMM’s in the world, and in 2011 was the recipient of the Arizona Zonies Lifetime Industry Achievement Award. 




$45.00 MPI Member
$55.00 after 5:00 pm August 15

$65.00 Non-Member
$75.00 after 5:00 pm August 15

$25.00 MPI Student

$5.00 Louisiana Hospitality Foundation