Meeting Professionals International Director of Thought Leadership Kristi Casey Sanders, CMP, CMM, DES, HMCC, is a 15-year industry veteran, serial entrepreneur, innovative educator, community builder and business development strategist. She earned a scholarship to the DIgital Event Strategist certification program for her work producing hybrid educational panels for the 2012 Plan Your Meetings LIVE Event series and the three-day virtual 2014 GMIC Sustainable Meetings Conference experience, achieving DES certification in 2014. She joined the Meeting Professionals International team in 2015, and served first as its director of digital marketing and then as director of the MPI Academy before being appointed head of thought leadership for the association. She works on special projects for MPI's CEO and COO, and acts as an internal consultant for internal business development, marketing, membership and education teams. Prior to joining the MPI family, she was VP of Creative for Plan Your Meetings, a leading-edge media, live event and education company serving the administrative planner segment of the meeting industry, which was acquired by MPI in 2015. She's an alumna of both Northwestern University and the Boom Chicago Comedy Theatre in Amsterdam.