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ON THE RISE
n the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris and
san Bernardino, Calif. - both of which involved
meeting and event venues - Lori Hedrick, CmP, Cmm,
mHA, CseP, is introducing brand new educational
programming to the mPi Carolinas Chapter. it's
risk management is not a new topic for most meeting
professionals, but this time Hedrick plans to bring in local
law enforcement and the red Cross to address questions
about what to do if the worst happens. for instance, she'd
like them to answer: What do you do in that minute before
help arrives, with the people with you in the room?
"Who would have thought two years ago you'd be
worried about doing triage in the middle of a meeting,"
says Hedrick, vice president of education for the mPi
Carolinas Chapter, as well as a meeting professional with the
Burroughs Wellcome fund in research Triangle Park, n.C.
Hedrick is not alone in her concern. in the latest Meetings
Outlook survey, 28 percent of meeting professionals
said they are making changes in how they run meetings
in response to the recent terrorist incidents.
"The vast majority of people are taking a very sober
and thoughtful approach to ways to improve security
without alarming the attendee," says Bill Voegeli (mPi
Georgia Chapter), president of Association insights, the
Atlanta-area research firm that conducts the survey.
in addition, 48 percent of respondents said they expected
the costs of meetings to rise, because of the need for greater
security. supplier costs are already ticking up, the research
found. some meeting professionals reported meetings were
being cancelled, at a cost to both planners and suppliers.
meeting professionals' concerns about terrorism
are contributing to an overall mood of caution in
the industry - one that also extends to projections
about budgets and business conditions.
To read more about how meeting professionals are
addressing increased security concerns of attendees, read
the Meetings Outlook, a data report published quarterly by
mPi in partnership with Visit Denver and imeX Group, at
- By Elaine Pofeldt
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of @MPIGNY - Spring 2016
ASK THE BOARD
MEETINGS & TRAVEL IN TIMES OF CRISIS
MEETINGS OUTLOOK: SECURITY CONCERNS ON THE RISE
10 WAYS TO MILLENNIAL-IZE YOUR MEETINGS
THE MPIGNY GOLF OUTING TURNS 25!
MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR PROFESSIONAL EVENT PHOTOS
DAY IN THE LIFE
NOTES FROM THE FIELD
WHAT’S COMING TO TORONTO IN 2016
@MPIGNY - Spring 2016