@MPIGNY - Winter 2014 - (Page 20)

#feature #STICKWITHMPIGNY BY MEGHAN SCHILT, CMP W hat happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas ... or at least that is how the saying goes. Luckily, for the members of MPI's Greater New York Chapter this time there would be an exception to that rule. Picture it, Las Vegas 2013, I was sitting in a darkened ballroom surrounded by fellow MPI members awaiting the wisdom of the keynote speaker hoping that these words might inspire me for a few moments but not expecting too much. Let's face it, not all speakers are created equal, and the ones that truly make you think and change your world view are few and far between. However, it did not take long for the words of Candy Chang to resonate with me, 20 @MPIGNY WINTER 2014 and as the images of her projects flashed on the jumbo screens before my eyes, an idea popped into my head. Immediately, I turned around and got President-Elect Carvie Gillikin's attention and said, "I have an idea, let's bring this to New York." I am not even sure that I gave him a chance to respond before the wheels started turning in my head and this idea got set into motion. As with any worthwhile project, there were a few boxes to tick and people to get involved to help me make this idea happen. First and foremost, I sought Candy's approval, which she willingly gave, to bring essentially her concept to our community. I also needed the support of the current Board of Directors, buy in from our Communications Team, a design and a name. The key to the concept was to stay true to the simplicity of its origin but to adapt it slightly to serve the greater good of our professional community. One of MPIGNY's recent goals has been to create a more engaged community by removing roadblocks and increasing pathways of communication. And one of the biggest challenges has been that it is often a one way conversation. I saw evidence of the successful projects at work, not only in the cities that Candy has worked in but first hand at WEC. Critical to the success of this project for Greater New York though, was to elicit the right feedback that would resonate with our members and actually foster the flow of ideas. Rather than just posing one question, we decided on three and created stickers with different colors that simply said: I am inspired by... I am here to learn about... I wish MPIGNY would... These stickers, which are inexpensive to produce, potentially anonymous and portable, would be available at our monthly educational events while the responses would be collected and

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of @MPIGNY - Winter 2014

ASK THE BOARD
PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
14 MEETINGS TECHNOLOGY TRENDS TO WATCH FOR 2014
10 EVENTS IN NORTH AMERICA YOU SHOULDN’T MISS IN 2014
SPORTS INCENTIVES AND MEETING PLANNING A WINNING TEAM
HOSTED-BUYER PROGRAMS: A PLANNER AND SUPPLIER Q&A
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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT A CONVERSATION WITH JULIE GREEN
TECHNOLOGY CORNER BY WALTER J. RECHER
TIME. WARPED.
LEGAL REVIEW BY BARBARA F. DUNN, ESQ.
FITNESS FOCUS BY KELLY FILIPPONE
NOTES FROM THE FIELD
NEWS
DESTINATION: MANHATTAN
NEW MEMBERS
ADVERTISER’S INDEX

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