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Saturday, May 2 – 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm – $170 per person (Everyone)

Gatorland Experience Tour

Gatorland is a 110-acre theme park and wildlife preserve in Florida. This tour gives you the opportunity to journey along 1,200 feet of high flying, heart pounding adventure from some of the finest zip line towers in the world. Soar through the air over Cuban and Nile Crocodiles, before flying over an Alligator Breeding Marsh complete with 130 giant alligators below! Then, hop aboard the 12-foot-high custom-made, off-road monster vehicles for a rugged adventure. To conclude the tour, you will experience a real-life private animal encounter! Includes box lunch.

Sunday, May 3 – 7:00 am – 2:00 pm – $285 per person (Everyone)

Golf Tournament at Waldorf Astoria Golf Club

Recognized by Golfweek and Golf Magazine, the award-winning Waldorf Astoria® Golf Club course winds through a large wetland preserve with shimmering lakes, wildlife, and stately cypress trees. Test your skill on this 18-hole Rees Jones-designed championship golf course, measuring 7108 yards with a Par 72, Slope 139, and 74.6 rating from its Professional Tees. Designed with a five-tee system for all playing abilities, the Waldorf Astoria® Golf Club provides a unique challenge for golfers of every caliber. Includes breakfast and lunch.

Sunday, May 3 – 8:00 am – 12:00 pm – $135 per person (Everyone)

Celebration Bike Tour

A fun 7-mile guided bike excursion is the perfect way to experience the Town of Celebration, famous for its nostalgic flavor and elegance. Learn about Celebration’s rich history and discover picturesque neighborhoods with world-class architecture, multi-million dollar mansions, parks, scenic winding trails, waterfront pathways, native wildlife and a vibrant downtown area. Includes light snack.

Monday, May 4 – 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. $170 per person (Spouses/Guests)

Disney Springs Food Tour

Disney Springs is a one of a kind destination with a mix of magical character, culture and unique shops. World class cuisine has found a home at Disney Springs, and you will dine and sip your way through tasty treats and beverages. Tour includes stops at three exquisite dining establishments: Jaleo brings alive the spirit and flavors of Spain; Morimoto’s delicious take on Chinese, Japanese and Korean dishes; and Wine Bar George – the only Master Sommelier-led wine bar in Florida.


Tuesday, May 5 – 7:00 am – 8:30 am – Women in Industry Breakfast & Presentation

You Have 7 Seconds. Make them Count!

People we meet make quick decisions about us. Should they hire us? Trust us? Buy something from us? It takes a blink of an eye, and like it or not, you are going to be judged. Your initial imprint on your customers is an important start to building a relationship with them. It will set the tone for the entire customer experience and influence their decision-making process. The good thing is that this impression is something you can control. Sylvie will show you how you can influence the message you send to others, and make customers buy faster and more often. This program is available for all attendees – men and women! Pre-registration is required.  

About Sylvie diGiusto
Sylvie’s nearly twenty years of corporate experience, her ability to empower people to influence the success of their own career, and her lifelong dream of being an American have led her to New York City, where she uses her extensive expertise to work for companies, professionals, and politicians who place great importance on the impressions they make. Sylvie speaks to audiences around the world about the importance of “First Impressions . . . and everything beyond” and takes them on an entertaining journey that reveals how the world sees them. She is the author of The Image of Leadership, the co-owner of the Studio for Image Professionals, and the creator of “How You Impress.”

Tuesday, May 5 – 10:00 am – 12:00 pm – $160 per person (Spouses/Guests)

Sound Healing & Yoga

Come enjoy a relaxation sanctuary at the Hilton Bonnet Creek complete with beautiful sounds, relaxing yoga session, and mindfulness workshop. After the session, participants will be guided in a facilitated discussion on sound, and how it relates to mindfulness. Enjoy healthy and satisfying power break and take home a special gift.

Tuesday, May 5 – 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm – Give Back (Everyone)

Hunger Project

A Hunger Project is a high-energy event where Members will work side by side, assembly line style, packaging meals for children and families in need. MHEDA convention attendees will have the opportunity to do good and help others! Beyond the Give Back Event, we are also accepting monetary donations for this event. Funds received will be put towards the purchase of additional meals for those in need.  Pre-Registration is required for this free event.

Lunch at the Hotel – Monday and Tuesday  (Spouses/Guests)

Monday, May 4 – 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm $85 per person

Tuesday, May 5 – 11:30 am – 12:30 pm. $85 per person

Planning on staying at the hotel and want to join your spouse for lunch? Please register and we will save you a spot!

Open and Closing Parties (Registered Convention Attendees)

Sunday, May 3 from 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Opening Party: Mango’s Tropical Cafe

When it comes to delivering a show and experience to remember, no place does it better than Mango’s, recently voted “Best Nightclub in Orlando!” Boasting a massive center stage and nine unique bars, all are designed around a distinct theme and featuring original artwork by local artists. You will enjoy a world-renowned live entertainment show with tributes to music icons and more. Included with your full registration fee. No additional registration required for this event. MHEDA will provide transportation to this off-site event.

Tuesday, May 5 from 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Closing Party featuring Private Stock

We will kick off the evening with cocktails and an elegant dinner then dance the night away with high energy, fun and live music featuring MHEDA’s favorite band, Private Stock. Come make some noise and end the convention with your MHEDA friends. Party will take place at the hotel. Included with your full registration fee. No additional registration required for this event.