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President's Message

April 2021

JC York1

President’s Message



As we are all aware the beginning of the month starts with April 1st and April Fools Day.  What many don’t know is why we celebrate this day at all.  And according to history experts they really don’t even truly know why.  Here’s a little info about it: April Fools’ Day: Origins, Meaning & Hoaxes - HISTORY or check out: April Fools' Day - Wikipedia

We would all like to think that the past year has been a really bad joke and nothing to celebrate, I would like to take a different look at it.  It is a time to celebrate.  To celebrate how resilient our industry and each of us are.  How we have adapted and supported one another during the past year just goes to show that we are stronger together. 

And while it’s been a tough year, we do have a lot to celebrate as we can fully embrace our new moniker of Champa Bay!  Yes, the local sport teams finally joined us as champions, as our chapter is back-to-back “Champions” for being recognized for being a Top Performing Chapter and a Merit Award Winner for Volunteer Engagement. 

So, we shall fully embrace our winning ways as our chapter proudly presents Meetings Academy – “Championship Edition”.  Join us in-person (or virtually) on Tuesday, April 20th, 2021 at the Tampa Marriott Water Street.  We have an impressive line-up for you as we have not 1, not 2 but 3 Keynote Speakers! 
Leading off Dr. Alexandria White, Ed.D speaking on “The importance of identifying personal biases in order to create more inclusive meetings and events”.
Followed by ‘The’ Patrick O’Malley, former 1st place winner in the National Speaker’s Association International Speaking Competition, speaking on “Tech Tools For Remote Teams That You Don’t Know Yet”.
And batting clean-up, our very own Tampa Bay Area resident and community leader, as well as Super Bowl Champion and NFL Hall of Famer, the one and only Derrick Brooks!  He will be sharing is vast knowledge on “Building, Developing and Engaging a Diverse Team”.

As you can see, it’s definitely an event that you don’t want to miss.  Please click here to sign-up for the event and also find out all about our Speakers and their specialized topics: MPI Tampa Bay Area - Meetings Academy 2021

I look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday, April 20th.
Be well and stay safe,

JC York
Classic Entertainment / Wise Guys InterACTive
MPI Tampa Bay Area Chapter President 2020-2022


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