Latina author and speaker Gaby Natale will join the world’s largest meeting and event industry association Meeting Professionals International (MPI) as the opening keynote speaker for their upcoming World Education Congress (WEC23).
Her address, Utterly Unique You: Breaking Barriers and Redefining Possibility, will show how attendees can turn discomfort into a wake-up call for transformational leadership and personal growth. The triple Emmy winning journalist will illustrate how visionaries and innovators are not extraordinary people, but instead, ordinary people who choose to see themselves and the world in extraordinary ways.
“Encouraging people from all walks of life to embrace their uniqueness, break barriers and redefine what is possible is a crucial part of my work as speaker, author and journalist. I believe leaders come in all forms, shapes, sizes… and accents,” explains Natale.
As the first Latina to win three Daytime Emmys back-to-back, the first Hispanic author to be published by HarperCollins’ Leadership division and one of the few foreign-born writers to narrate their audiobook in English, she has had her own share of being “the first like her” in leadership spaces.
“At MPI, we recognize that the meeting and event industry is ever-changing,” said Paul Van Deventer, president and CEO of MPI. “That’s why we prioritize providing engaging topics for discussion that are both relevant to our business today and anticipate what will be important down the road.”
Touted as an opportunity for planners to “refresh” and focus on embracing change in an ever-changing industry, MPI’s signature, award-winning North American event will be taking place south of the U.S. border for the first time when it converges upon the all-inclusive Barceló Maya Resort and the Barceló Maya Arena in Quintana Roo, Mexico June 13-15.