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The newsletter offers committee and event highlights, member spotlights and articles from members and chapter partners. It's a great resource for chapter information and staying up to date with chapter news. 

40 Years of MPI in Chicago - It is a Matter of How We Communicate

Ted Miller, HMCC, CHME, CHSP, CGTP, CGMP | Apr 3, 2018
The history of our chapter has always been tied to how we communicate and how we express our identity. When our association was young and growing, it had a different name: Meeting Planners International. It took several years before the association recognized that of its many members, barely half of the membership was involved in planning or executing meetings.

The Lifecycle of Event Planning - Part 1: Understanding Your Client

Sarah Wantz | Apr 3, 2018
Understanding Your Client is the first step to planning any event. Before diving into mood boards and conception, it’s important to try to get a real sense of your client’s personality, likes and dislikes, and the ‘vibe’ they are trying to achieve. Do they want a serious tone to come across, or do they want this to be an event where their employees and/or customers let loose, socialize with one another, and leave with a positive feeling towards the company?

Jessica Defraties: October Engaged Member of the Month

Kate Shea, Bankers Life | Mar 20, 2018
Jessica Defraties

Jump into Spring with F&B trends

Brandy Gonsoulin, Blue Plate Catering | Mar 20, 2018
Springtime in the meeting and events industry is when we recollect from the holidays, inspire with new ideas and plan some killer events. For Blue Plate Catering, our focus goes to the food, because, after all, food is the anchor for the beginnings of a memorable event. Here are some quick tips on trends we are seeing going into spring.

Ask the Expert – Risk Management

Ted Miller, HMCC, CHME, CHSP, CGTP, CGMP | Mar 20, 2018
Question: I am new to meeting planning and I keep hearing I should be aware of the Risk Management as a part of my job. Can you please give me an idea of what I should know?

Lindsay Woike: October Engaged Member of the Month

Kate Shea, Bankers Life | Mar 6, 2018
Lindsay Woike

Technology trends you should expect to see in 2018

Soraya Herbert, DAHLIA+ | Mar 6, 2018
The forecast of technology for 2018 is bright and shiny with a few interesting bumps we will welcome along the way.

Sponsorship and Branding – It's all about the design

David Epstein, HMR Designs | Mar 6, 2018

Engaged Member of the Month

Kate Shea, Bankers Life | Feb 20, 2018
Engaged Member of the Month - Mary Schonta Sprow

Ask the Expert - Business Golf

Ted Miller, HMCC, CHME, CHSP, CGTP, CGMP | Feb 20, 2018
Golf is one of the few sports activities that can be used to enhance a business friendship. It provides you dedicated time with one or more people. Golf is also an activity that allows someone who is not a consistent player to participate with you or a group and be able to contribute to the game.

Food Allergies, What Do I Do?

Amanda Masters, White Lodging | Feb 20, 2018
Food allergies are becoming more common than not, which can make planning or organizing any event, regardless of size, intimidating. On the flip side, attending an event as a participant who has an allergy, some would argue, is even more intimidating...

Come get Involved - Call for Volunteers

Kate Shea, Bankers Life | Feb 20, 2018
If you are looking to become a leader in MPI, we want you! The MPI-CAC is one of the largest chapters with 800 members, and hosts 12 educational and networking events annually.

Combating Food Waste

Christie Springer and Matt Rundquist, Sodexo USA | Feb 6, 2018
Growing up, “clean your plate” was the rule at the dinner table. We were taught the importance of not wasting food, along with the reminder that countless people go hungry all over the world. While our leftovers wouldn’t go very far, in the hospitality industry we can indeed make a difference.

Engaged Member of the Month

Kate Shea, Bankers Life | Feb 6, 2018
Brooke Weidman September Engaged Member of the Month MPI Education Committee Co-Chair Complex Director of Group Sales Director W Chicago – Lakeshore

Engaged Member of the Month

Kate Shea, Bankers Life | Jan 23, 2018
Engaged Member of the Month - Kate Shea

Work Wellness: Educating Yourself on Yourself

Tara Gray, CMP, CIS, Maritz Travel Company | Jan 23, 2018

Transportation - Tips and Tricks to Getting Around

Ted Miller, HMCC, CHME, CHSP, CGTP, CGMP | Jan 23, 2018
Contracting transportation requires detailed tasks. It also requires an expert to know what equipment is required and what restrictions a planner may face. Some of the top questions transportation companies will ask are how people will be dressed, what they may be carrying and their budget. These are all key factors in decisions regarding transportation needs.

July Engaged Member of the Month

Kate Shea, Bankers Life | Jan 9, 2018
July Engaged Member of the Month - Megan Palm

Enhancing Your Attendee Experience with Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

Rachael Riggs, CMP | Jan 9, 2018
CSR is a hot topic right now. I have heard over and over again that planners want to incorporate CSR into their attendee experience, but don’t have the time or know where to start. Many say their Boards of Directors or stakeholders want a program, however, they don't realize the amount of work it could take.

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