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Volunteer of the Quarter - January 2024, Lisa Benevides

By: Shawn Petersen, VP Membership | Dec 27, 2023

Congratulations to our MPI Volunteer of the Quarter Lisa Benevides.  Lisa moved from her native New York to Minneapolis in 2019.  She spent some time working at a downtown hotel before the pandemic shut everything down.  In 2021, Lisa joined Fredrickson and Byron.  Since most of her first years in Minneapolis were spent in lock down, she looked for a great way to connect with industry professionals in the area and decided to join MPI.  It didn’t take Lisa long to realize that volunteering would be the best way to connect and interact with fellow event experts.

Lisa mentioned that after she joined the Strategic Alliance committee in the Spring of 2023 she wanted to jump right in and co-chair the Annual Holiday Celebration.

When asked what she would tell fellow members about volunteering she said, “there is no right time to add more things to your plate, you just need to do it.”  “You will gain professional ins and outs of the events in the community.”  Lisa added, “you will also gain valuable connections with people who share the same interests, it’s about the people.”

Thank you, Lisa, for being a “valuable volunteer” for the Minnesota Chapter of MPI.



Shawn Petersen, VP Membership
Account Executive at Maple Lane Media


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