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Video: Looking Beyond Squares and Rectangles

Amy Current | Jul 10, 2018
Cutting edge video is more affordable and attainable than ever! Photo Credit: Sean Su/PurplePhotoCo

Ask the Expert – Get Involved and Get Known

Ted Miller, HMCC, CHME, CHSP, CGTP, CGMP | Jul 10, 2018
The Chicago Area Chapter of Meeting Professionals International has stood out as the premier organization to build and create business relationships with people who are actively seeking new business partnerships. But to be effective, you must be known to your potential audience by being very visible and approachable and being involved with committees and events through MPI is a great way.

How to Balance Your Personal Summer Schedule with Work

Kristina Tarantino, CMP MeetingHealthy.com and The Health & Wellness Forum | Jul 10, 2018
Maintaining a healthy life balance is essential for happiness and well-being. With summer upon us, how can we best balance our personal summer schedules with work?

Tips of the Road, Adapting to being a Road Warrior

Amanda Masters | Jul 10, 2018
Traveling, for most people is a treat. Something that many people look forward to because, for most, it means vacation, exploring new places, and time away from the office. But what about those who define travel a little differently; those who do it for a living, and travel every, single, week?

Erin Leary: Engaged Member of the Month

Kate Shea, CMP, CNO Financial Group | Jul 10, 2018
Meet Erin, a new but Engaged Member of Month working and networking on the Leadership Development Committee. Learn about her MPI experience here.

Event Design - The Design Process

Kim Bakota | Jun 26, 2018
Kehoe Designs just took event design to the next level at The Geraghty. After successfully executing a global firm’s 37th annual holiday party, Kehoe Designs took the design process to a case study and provided a little insight on the design process.

What to know about cancellation and attrition?

Amanda Masters | Jun 26, 2018
Booking a room block? Hosting an event? Catering a luncheon? Chances are the contract carries cancellation and attrition clauses; are you fully aware of what that means? Let me tell you a little bit more about cancellation and attrition from a hotelier’s point of view.

Linda Whitlock: January Engaged Member of the Month

Kate Shea, CMP, CNO Financial Group | Jun 26, 2018
MPI helps keep me stay in tune with the pulse of the industry and popular trends. As a business owner, I want stay ahead of the curve to design new programs that enhance my client's meetings and events. Continue reading to learn how MPI impacts Linda's career.

Quick Tips Anyone Can Use to Host a Green Meeting

Corinne Como | Jun 26, 2018
Loyola University Chicago is a leading destination for green meetings and events in the Midwest. Check out this checklist to green your events anywhere! Even if just a couple strategies are implemented, a measureable impact can be made by each event.

Ask the Expert – Social Responsibility

Ted Miller, HMCC, CHME, CHSP, CGTP, CGMP | Jun 22, 2018
Question: We hear a lot about Corporate Social Responsibility and wonder how a small company be involved in such a practice. Answer: Corporate Social Responsibility is not something you just start, it must be part of the nature of the company or organization.

Healthy Eating for the Attendee

Mallory Mondloch, Pinstripes | Jun 12, 2018
Business travel is hard on the body, mind and spirit. Help battle these travel symptoms and improve retention by providing healthy meal options.

Whitney Taylor: Engaged Member of the Month

Kate Shea, CMP, CNO Financial Group | Jun 12, 2018
When you get to plan events together, learn, create and challenge one another, strong bonds are formed that you can't get anywhere else. THAT is what makes MPI most memorable. Continue reading to learn more about Whitney Taylor's Engaged Member of the Month experience.

The Buying Power of Multi-Year Contracts

Michelle Olewinski | Jun 12, 2018
Multiyear contracts present convenience for a group hosting a conference in the same city year after year and can save planners and organization time, reduce required negotiation, create cost savings, increase data collection and build great relationships.

Help Wanted - The Marketing & Communications Committee needs YOU!

MPI-CAC Marketing and Communication Committee | May 29, 2018
If you’re thinking that this article is for someone with more marketing experience than you, think again. With guidance from your fellow committee members, co-chairs, and the MPI-CAC executive office, taking a position on the committee allows you to explore the world of event marketing in a safe, organized environment.

The Stress of the Busy Season - How to Relax and Recharge

Rachael Riggs | May 29, 2018
It is the busy conference season and you are taking care of everyone but you. However, for you to take care of everyone else, you must make yourself a priority. For you to produce a good meeting/event, you need to be at the top of your game.

Engaged Member of the Month

Kate Shea, CMP, CNO Financial Group | May 29, 2018
Meet Engaged Member of the Month Anna, a new but involved member of MPI. She has always been a planner and fell into the event industry by first managing a Minnesota restaurant, then weddings and catering. Read more about her experience here.

Paradise Coast # 1 Golf Destination

Debi DeBenedetto | May 15, 2018
Welcome to Florida's Paradise Coast of Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades. Miles of white sand beaches, luxury resorts and golf galore! IAGTO voted Naples America's #1 golf destination for 2016. For meetings, our resorts will please every type of sporting or beach event with 4 & 5 star quality.

The lifecycle of event planning - Part 4: Execution

Sarah Wantz | May 15, 2018
After each detail is finalized, all vendors confirmed and every element carefully timed out in the run of the show, we move into the execution phase where planners go from ‘planning’ to project managing and the step involved with Execution.

3 Ultimate #SocialSelling Tips for Smart #EventProfs

Barbara Rozgonyi, CoryWest Media LLC | May 15, 2018
Wondering how social selling really works and how it can work for you? Here’s a quick recap from Barbara Rozgonyi’s MPI-CAC NEXT presentation . . .

December Engaged Member of the Month

Kate Shea, CMP, CNO Financial Group | May 15, 2018
Meet Criag Rehak, our December Engaged Member of the Month and Director of Accounts at Conference Direct. Learn about his MPI background here.

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