Updated March 20, 2020

Hello Arizona Sunbelt Chapter,

These are unprecedented times, and during these times it's best not to act out of fear. As we all know, a good leader gathers all the facts before making an informed decision. MPI AZ remains diligent in ensuring that the safety and security of our members and attendees remains the top priority. As stated in last week’s email, MPI AZ has continually been monitoring the latest COVID-19 developments locally. When we made our decision, it was based on Governor Ducey’s approach that Arizonan's should not panic and that our approach would be calm and steady since we had not had a spike in cases, after he declared a state of emergency.

On Sunday afternoon, the state of Arizona received an order from Governor Ducey that Arizona would now be following the updated COVID-19 guidelines from the CDC. What does this mean for us? It means that mass gatherings and events over 50 be canceled for the next eight weeks. This includes: conferences, festivals, parades, concerts, sporting events, and other types of large assemblies. All MPI AZ events that follow under these guidelines & timeframe will postponed until further notice. Effective immediately, we will be postponing our networking mixer that would have taken place Thursday, March 19th at Dave & Buster’s, and our Global Meetings Industry Day event on Tuesday, April 14th at the Arizona State Capitol. Please stay tuned for further updates as we work to figure out alternative plans for our chapter.

Again, I will reiterate that during times like these, it is vital that we remain focused on facts and share information from credible resources, such as the CDC or WHO. MPI AZ is still committed to providing you up to date resources to keep yourself informed at a global and local level as you navigate this uncharted situation that we are currently facing. Please continue to refer to MPI Global’s devoted page that provides resources for our meeting and event professionals community. In addition to that page and the resources listed below, our social media and chapter newsletter will continue to provide updated, relevant and credible content to ensure our community is well-informed.

Let’s not lose hope! We have weathered tough times in the past, and we will overcome this setback. If anyone has any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me at any time. All lines of communication to me are open and waiting to hear from you.

Please stay healthy and safe!

Tiffany Higgins
MPI AZ President

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Additional Resources

Resources for Hotel and Travel Industry Professionals
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Provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Local Resources

Resources for Arizona Tourism Professionals
Provided by the Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association

Provided by Maricopa County

Provided by the Arizona Department of Health for members outside of Maricopa County

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Membership Benefits

Become a Part of The MPI AZ Community


Top 7 Reasons to Join MPI AZ

  1. Build your connection base through networking.
  2. Continued education in all areas of the meeting industry. MPI AZ is a Preferred CMP Provider and all programs are CIC Domain accredited.
  3. Earn points to attend the MPI World Education Congress (WEC).
  4. Access to our Annual Chapter Directory.
  5. Build your professional profile.
  6. Have great presences and contributions by volunteering.
  7. Be well-informed of industry trends and how they impact you.


New Member - Now What?

  1. Get the most out of your membership by attending a monthly program
  2. Get connected by joining a committee
  3. Utilize the resources available at the MPI Resource Center
  4. Obtain your CMP or CMM certifications


Other action items to consider:

MPI Premier Member Benefits

MPI's Premier Membership Level is an elevated membership for the meeting and event industry expert. As an active member and high-level professional, you are exceedingly dedicated to your career and an advocate for the meetings and events industry. This means you have numerous responsibilities and your time is valuable. MPI is here to maximize your involvement and make your life easier. By joining or upgrading to the Premier Membership level, you'll not only receive all of MPI's existing membership benefits, you'll enjoy prestige and exclusive features.


International Benefits

  • Access to Direct Marketing Lists - Ensure that your outreach and advertising is more effective by targeting the right audience within the MPI global membership.
  • VIP Experience at MPI Signature Events - When you attend one of MPI's signature events, your VIP access moves you to the front row and the front of the line. You'll receive reserved seating at the General Session and exclusive meet-in-greet opportunities with select featured speakers.
  • Advance Access to Meetings Outlook Research - Our quarterly industry trend report offers a unique look into the future of the meeting and event industry. Not only will you have access to it, you'll get it first.
  • Career and Academic One-on-One Counseling - Whether you know which career path is right for your or you have no idea where to start, one-on-one career counseling can be a valuable resource. MPI Academy can provide career counselors to work with you to determine your specific strengths, weaknesses, and goals in order to formulate an action plan to get you to the next level. You will also receive a 30-minute follow-up call to check in after 30 days and assist further as needed.
  • Member Concierge Line - Get a direct line to MPI Member Services. Whatever your question or inquiry, a knowledgeable MPI representative is ready to help.
  • You will receive all of the benefits included in Preferred Membership to include 1) Chapter affiliation, 2) Chapter leadership opportunities and 3) CMP application assistance.


Chapter Benefits

The following benefits have been designed specifically for Arizona Sunbelt Chapter Premier Members:

  • A private session with select speakers either prior to or immediately following a monthly program.
  • A signed copy of a book from the monthly program - speaker will provide to member (if speaker has been published).
  • A "Premier" Member ribbon for name badge.
  • VIP seating at all monthly programs.
  • VIP seating at a reserved table for the Annual Holiday Party and the Annual Awards Gala. The Premier Member will have the authority to invite others to sit at their table.
  • Complimentary parking at all meetings, where applicable.
  • At the end of year one of this program, a survey will be sent to all Premier Members to learn what membership benefits are important to them to continue this level of membership.


If you want to join MPI, go to www.mpiweb.org/Membership/join-mpi to join as a Premier Member.

If you are a current member and want to elevate your membership by becoming a Premier Member, contact Teresa Sauceda, MPI Membership Liaison at tsauceda@mpiweb.org or call 972-702-3037.

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