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
Provided by the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International

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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Education Programs


MPI AZ 2019-2020 Schedule of Education Programs

Joint MPI/HSMAI Education Program

Thursday, May 14
Diversity & Inclusion presented by Preethi Fernando
11:00 am - 1:15 pm

Orange Tree Resort
10601 N 56th St, Scottsdale, AZ 85254


Past Events

February 13, 2020 - 11:00AM – 1:30PM

Ultrastar Multi-Tainment Center


Register Now!


UltraStar Multi-tainment Center & Elements Event Center
16000 Maricopa Road
Maricopa, AZ 85139

Jeff Butler

21st Century Leadership – How to Cultivate Leadership in Today’s Multigenerational Workplace

Whether you're a Baby Boomer, Millennial or Generation Xer, the same rule applies, leaders speak with their actions, not with their words. So, it’s imperative that leaders understand how to stimulate action in adverse circumstances. Jeff dives deep into how the psychology of leadership works, debunking the biggest myths that are often preached about leadership. Mostly important, Jeff shows how anyone can develop leadership traits to create life-changing adjustments to get extraordinary results, whether that may mean getting a better following, group leadership, or inspiring others around you. For maximum impact, Jeff provides real world, actionable tips to help attendees take immediate steps to apply his advice and his as leaders in their own careers.

 (3) Learning Objectives

1. Project the right leadership image in person and online.

2. Discover the truth behind common leadership traits such as courage and purpose

3. Avoid common mistakes of personal leadership and career advancement.

Internationally respected speaker and consultant, Jeff Butler helps bridge generational gaps between Millennials and companies looking for their talent and patronage. Butler is a third-generation Silicon Valley entrepreneur and has founded three companies at the age of 27. Jeff was a computer science major at U.C. Berkeley, whose program was ranked second in the country. Butler quickly built his reputation as a memorable presenter with tangible solutions building differences in multigenerational workplaces. Within just the past three years, he has spoken at two TEDx events and multiple Fortune 500 companies such as Google, Amazon, and LinkedIn. Butler spent the first years of his career at some of the world’s fastest charging startups and tech companies before launching his consulting company in 2016. He is the author of two books, The Authentic Workplace and The Key to the New You.



November 14, 2019

"Take it to the Next Level"


Angela Armstrong








Presented By: 

Amanda Armstrong, CMP - Immediate Past Chair, MPI Global Board of Directors

Hilton Garden Inn Phx Airport






Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport
3422 E Elwood St, Phoenix, AZ 85040


Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport











September 20, 2019

Business Owners Forum

Business attorney and SCORE adviser, Brian Burt, returns to address the MPI Business Owners on 

“How to Structure Consulting Relationships”

Structured properly, your consulting relationships can add tremendous value to your business. Here are the key points Brian will cover:

  • The business deal
  • Representations and warranties
  • Authority to act for your company
  • Ownership of intellectual property
  • Confidentiality
  • Non-competition and non-solicitation covenants
  • Indemnification.

 Brian is a business lawyer advising entrepreneurs and emerging growth companies in all stages of development. He represents a wide variety of industries including professional services, consumer products and services, education, and entertainment/media. He is the creator and host of the popular Emerging Business Seminar Series and as well as a blog. Having previously run his own company, Brian brings a “real world” perspective to his practice and his presentations.

Program Details:

Friday, September 20, 2019

Desert Willow Conference Center

Noon to 2:30PM

Hosted lunch followed by the program

Thank You for Attending!

Thursday, September 12

“25 MUST Have APPS”

Presented By: Nancy Shenker, theONswitch 

Nancy Shenker









Apps, apps everywhere! Which ones should you download or bookmark on your device and which ones belong in the trash pail?

This fun, fast-paced interactive session will enlighten you to the applications that can make your business and life easier and help you grow your business. You’ll walk away with recommendations for different types of useful apps, as well as a process for deciding which ones belong at your fingertips.

Crowne Plaza Phoenix Airport



Thank You for Attending!

Thursday, July 11, 2019

The Westin Kierland Resort and Spa






Westin Kierland Resort & Spa


"Ripped From the Headlines"

Experiential Interactive Program Content Crowdsourced by Attendees

Presented by Roger Rickard, Voices in Advocacy

Thank you for attending!

Thursday, May 9th 2019

"Meeting Planning IS Project Management"

Presented by:  Belinda Goodrich

Phoenix Convention Center

February 14, 2019

"MPI Feud"  Presented by:  Deborah Gardner

Main Event Tempe
8545 S Emerald Dr.
Tempe, AZ 85284

November 8, 2018 • 11:00am – 1:30pm

"Effective Feedback"
Presented by: Tyler Enslin

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
1140 E Baseline Rd.
Tempe, AZ 85283

July 12, 2018

Event Crisis: Prevention & Responding Best Practices

Westin Kierland Resort & Spa






 August 24-26, 2018

EduCon 2018:
"Back to the Basics of Event Planning - Building Blocks for the Future"

CIVANA Carefree

September 13, 2018 • 8:00am - 11:00am

"Flawless and Creative Site Tours"

Desert Botanical Garden
1201 N Galvin Parkway
Phoenix, AZ 85008



MPI Member Value

Webinars, Courses, and Certifications

Be sure to check on the ongoing MPI member webinar, courses, and certification programs being offered.

Please see our catalog or log onto academy.mpiweb.org for ongoing training.

Professional Development On Demand

On Demand is a service of MPI and a benefit of your membership to obtain continuing education credits through webinars at a time when it is convenient for you! These webinars are free as a part of your membership and upon completing the webinar you can record your participation to track CEU's for your CMP qualification or re-certification. There are hundreds of topics you can select from. Visit https://academy.mpiweb.org/mpi/conferences/1/view

PLEASE NOTE: Per the Convention Industry Council (CIC) MPI no longer provides documentation for CMP Clock Hours. If you wish to track your CMP clock hours, whether you are a current CMP or planning to apply, you will need to do so on your own following the guidelines listed here. You can use the information our chapter provides for each program as listed below or on the registration site for each monthly program.




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