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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. 

A Q&A on Venue Security

Jeanne Hahn | Sep 18, 2018

The Know How On Rooming Lists - Tips and Tricks

Kristina Tarantino, CMP and The Health & Wellness Forum | Aug 17, 2018
Putting together, maintaining and managing a rooming list can be a time-consuming and often overwhelming process. Here are a few key considerations to ensure successful management of the rooming list process from start to finish.

A Q&A on Cyber Security

Jeanne Hahn | Aug 17, 2018
Everyone lives on their phones today. Cybersecurity is top of mind for meeting planners, venues and attendees. Sitting down with Brian Mann, director of property technology of the Q Center, provided a unique view of cybersecurity and great information for planners to help manage the ever-changing world of data.

Everything’s Going Wrong. GOOD!

Matt Getz | Aug 17, 2018
No matter if it’s on-site, off-site, pre-event, post-event or any other time frame you can imagine, whatever happens, your immediate reaction should be: GOOD! And then follow that up with how it’s an opportunity you can use to your advantage.

New Social Media Rules for Engaging Event Design

Barbara Rozgonyi, CoryWest Media LLC | Aug 7, 2018
When you’re mapping out your event design strategy, think in 4D

Ask the Expert- Building Your Team

Ted Miller, HMCC, CHME, CHSP, CGTP, CGMP | Aug 7, 2018
There are two ways you can “build your team,” and the most important one is having a group of colleagues or co-workers where you feel comfortable and confident in your ability to work successfully with them.

Millennial-Friendly Meetings

Kevin Dana, executive director of product and development, CORT Trade Show & Event Furnishings | Aug 7, 2018
Many aspects of traditional corporate meetings and conferences appear mundane and uninteresting to millennials in today’s workforce. Creating entertaining and inviting environments that challenge and excite them is the key to a successful event.

WEC 2018 promotes designing experiences

Heather Warthen, H1 Marketing & Events | Jul 24, 2018
With a revamped conference layout and timely session topics, MPI World Education Congress 2018 proved to be an impactful three-day experience for attendees.

Ask the Expert – How to change your meeting

Ted Miller, HMCC, CHME, CHSP, CGTP, CGMP | Jul 24, 2018
Question: We have been tasked with running what is known as a road show going to a different city each day for two weeks. We need space for 200 people and are having a hard time getting space confirmed three months in advance since we require very few sleeping rooms. Do you have a solution to our problem of securing the meeting space we require? Answer: There are three possibilities for venues that should be able to confirm your space early.

MPI Golf Classic – The abbreviated version

Jeff Durocher | Jul 24, 2018
While it was abbreviated, the outing was considered a success and it would not have been possible without the event committee, the quick response from The Grove, US Poker and Casino Parties, the sponsors and the agility of the guests. While no one will remember golf at the 2018 outing, they will remember the creative thinking of turning the Golf Classic into an indoor event.

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 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.

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