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State of the Industry

January 26th at Sheraton Universal Hotel & Universal Studios Hollywood

Top Performing Chapter Award



Scholarships & Awards

MPI Southern California is very proud to offer our members three outstanding Scholarship and Award opportunities, named in honor of three of our most dedicated members.  

Please follow the links below to learn more about these opportunities and applications for each.   


You Belong Diversity Scholarship Program


  • To create an inclusive membership that more accurately reflects our diverse Southern California community.
  • To recognizes event industry professionals/students who seek to advance the cause of diversity through continuing education.


Beverly Laing Student Scholarship Fund

Purpose: To mentor students studying to work in the meetings industry and to support students in their journey to become a meeting professional.


2022 Winners:

Athanasia Panagiotopoulou Andritsopoulou

Victoria Krivenkoff


Gary J. Rosenberg Scholarship

MPI Southern California has a long and rich history of educational excellence.  The Gary J. Rosenberg Scholarship is one way that MPISCC promotes education and opportunity to its members. 


2022 Winner: Amanda White



Lois K. Hauser Award

The Lois K. Hauser Service Award is presented annually during the MPISCC Installation Gala to a member of the chapter who has exhibited extraordinary commitment, dedication and service to the chapter in a volunteer role.


2022 Winner: Margaux Macgregor



Chapter Awards and Criteria

Volunteer Impact Award - Chapter volunteers who are nominated throughout the year. Board members are not eligible for this award. This is a board nominated award.

Volunteer Impact Award Nominees:
Q3 2021 Winner- Marina Hernadez
Q4 2021 Winner- Jennifer Hurley, CMP
Q1 2022 Winner- Jennifer Minzey (Winner)
Q2 2022 Winner- Sacha Tani Ching

Emerging Leader of the Year - Awarded to a new member (with less than two years membership) who has made a significant contribution to the chapter during their short time as a member. Board members are not eligible for this award. Nominations for 2021-2022 are closed.

Emerging Leader of the Year Nominees:
Sal Farfan
Marina Hernandez
Terri Taylor, CMP
Khris Uybengkee (Winner)

Member of the Year - Awarded to a member (with more than two years membership) who has made significant contributions to the chapter, is active in the industry as a whole, and shows commitment to professional development. Board members are not eligible for this award. Nominations for 2021-2022 are closed.

Member of the Year Nominees:
Bernadette Churchill
Bernie Gaps
Mandi Graziano
Janet Green
Candace Lopez, CMP
Margaux Macgregor
Jennifer Minzey
Sacha Tani Ching (Winner)
Serena Villamor

Chapter Leader of the Year - Awarded to a member of MPISCC who has influenced the chapter based on their ability to motivate others, stimulate volunteer action, provide a sense of direction and serves as a catalyst to produce exceptional results. Board members are eligible for this award. Nominations for 2021-2022 are closed.

Chapter Leader of the Year Nominees:
Braidy Barnett (Winner)
Suzy Kay, CMP
Miranda Shaft
Karly Watson
DeShawn Wynn, CMP

Past Presidents’ Award - Selected by the Council of Past Presidents for outstanding contributions to the Southern California meetings industry.

2022 Winner: Visit California

President’s Award - Selected by the current President for outstanding contributions to the Chapter.

2022 Winner: Christine Hartman

Each year, MPI honors its best and brightest chapters and volunteers through the Recognizing Industry Success & Excellence (RISE) Awards.

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