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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. 


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.

Ask the Expert – Speaker Selection

Ted Miller, HMCC, CHME, CHSP, CGTP, CGMP | May 1, 2018
Question: How do you select a speaker who is not only an expert but will be well received at our conference? Answer: Use a speakers bureau to give you the options available and then request a video of each speaker to review each one that interests you.

Rebecca DeLuca, December Engaged Member of the Month

Kate Shea, CMP, CNO Financial Group | May 1, 2018
"MPI has given me the opportunity to serve on a board, cultivate my strategic thinking skills and immensely grow my network. Within the safe environment of MPI-CAC, I have learned how to make mistakes, ask for help and be appreciative of diverse perspectives. I am better at what I do and how much I contribute to my organization’s success because of MPI." Learn more about Engaged Member of the Month Rebecca DeLuca.

The lifecycle of event planning - Part 3: Venue and Vendor Sourcing

Sarah Wantz | May 1, 2018
We are now onto the phase where we know and understand our clients, we know the tools to accomplish their vision, and so the time begins to source vendors that can make it all happen. Dependent on the event format and client’s wish list, an event planner will be booking and managing everything from the venue to the DJ, catering, entertainment, sound, lighting, photography and interactive activations. With so many moving pieces, a quality team of vendors is absolutely crucial in putting on a high quality event.

Unique Meeting Venues Just Outside of Philadelphia

Rachel Riley, Valley Forge Tourism and Convention Board | May 1, 2018
Valley Forge and Montgomery County are the ultimate meetings destination. With more than 300 cutting-edge venues, planners can hold an event in the countryside and still have that city feel.

Erin Connell, November Engaged Member of the Month

Kate Shea, Bankers Life | Apr 17, 2018
Erin Connell

The Life Cycle of Event Planning - Part 2: Creativity in all Elements

Sarah Wantz | Apr 17, 2018
Event vendors are in a prime position today as special events become more and more prevalent as the form of B2B and B2C marketing. Events are an opportunity for a company or client in general, to show who they really are, what their product is, how it works, and what building community means to them.

Adam Hud, November Engaged Member of the Month

Kate Shea, Bankers Life | Apr 3, 2018
Adam Hud

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