MRI is excited to bring a few fun features to our virtual conference! We’ll have a few special guests, games during the day, and ways to relax and take a break.

Our special guests are Guy Fieri and Jennifer Hudson! Guy Fieri will be cooking with us on Monday and Jennifer Hudson will be performing on Tuesday.

Monday, October 19


Guy Fieri

Guy Fieri, chef, restaurateur, New York Times bestselling author, and Emmy Award-winning host, began his love affair with food at the age of ten, selling soft pretzels from a three-wheeled bicycle cart he built with his father called “The Awesome Pretzel Cart”. Since that time, Guy has created a thriving culinary empire as the host of top-rated TV shows, including the Emmy-nominated Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Guy’s Grocery Games, Guy’s Family Road Trip , and most recently, Guy’s Big Project and Guy’s Ranch Kitchen. In addition, he has opened over 63 restaurants around the world and at sea, from the Las Vegas strip and the Atlantic City boardwalk to South Africa and Dubai. He has also authored six bestselling cookbooks.

Tuesday, October 20

Jennifer Hudson

A two-time GRAMMY® Award-winning recording artist, Academy Award-winning actress and best-selling author, Jennifer Hudson is an extraordinary talent. From humble beginnings, Hudson began singing in a small Chicago church where, week after week, she brought the congregation to its feet. From there, she’s gone on to worldwide acclaim. She can currently be seen in Tom Hooper’s film adaptation of “Cats,” and is currently in production for the Aretha Franklin biopic, “Respect,” directed by Leisl Tommy. Last year, she returned for her second time to NBC’s “The Voice” alongside Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, and Kelly Clarkson and for her third time and winning coach to season 8 of “The Voice UK” alongside coaches Tom Jones, will.i.am, and Olly Murs. Hudson’s song, “I’ll Fight,” written by Grammy-winning songwriter Diane Warren for the critically acclaimed documentary, “RBG,” was nominated for a 2019 Academy Award. In 2007, Hudson won an Academy Award for her role as Effie in the smash hit Dreamgirls, an adaptation of the Broadway musical. Her breakout film performance also garnered a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a BAFTA and an NAACP Image Award.

Scavenger Hunt

Take a little time and explore all of the features of our virtual experience! Find everything for a chance to win.


Learn about the MRI Ascend sponsors through a rousing game of Jeopardy! Top scorers will be entered for a chance to win.

Dance Party

Get your heart rate pumping with an exciting DJ set!