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#spotlight MPIGNY TALKS WITH MPIGNY TALKS WITH LISA KYLE LISA KYLE LISA KYLE EVENT MANAGER, MEETING & EVENT MANAGEMENT E*TRADE FINANCIAL LISA.KYLE@ETRADE.COM Tell me a little about yourself, your meeting planning career and your current position. I was born and raised in Southwest Louisiana and graduated from Louisiana State University in 1996. After college, I moved to New York City to begin a career in television production. I have worked for 15 years as a freelance production event manager for companies such as Classic Sports Network, The Food Network, MTV Networks, NBC Sports and CBS Sports. For 11 of these years, I managed live television sporting events for CBS Sports, including National Football League Super Bowls, NCAA March Madness and U.S. Open Tennis. I transitioned from the television events industry to the corporate events planning sector in the financial industry. I was hired in the fall of 2011 as manager of meetings and events for E*TRADE Financial. Our team of three manages more than 100 meetings and events for internal and external clients. What prompted you to join MPIGNY? How long have you been a member? Describe any volunteer activities with MPIGNY. I joined MPIGNY in early 2011 while transitioning from television to corporate event planning. The decision was easy and obvious because of the many educational and networking opportunities that MPIGNY provides. My membership has been one of my best career investments, and MPIGNY has provided amazing member benefits that keep me up to date on current industry trends and have introduced me to outstanding members of our profession who have become lasting friends, both personal and professional. My first year, I volunteered on the Education Committee, and this year I volunteered on the Fundraising Committee. Each has proved to be a great learning experience to better my understanding of the MPIGNY Chapter. IT’S GREAT TO HAVE AN What is the best part about belonging to MPIGNY? The best part of belonging to MPIGNY is the relationships I’ve built with both planners and suppliers in our industry. It’s great to have an organization that brings like-minded people together whose thoughts and goals are all very similar. VERY SIMILAR. What is the best part about working in the meeting planning industry? What is the greatest source of job satisfaction? The best part about working in the meeting industry is watching our company create a meaningful event for its attendees. As event planners, we create an environment where others feel comfortable, enjoy themselves and meet their professional potential. Nothing is more gratifying than hearing stories of our attendees networking and building their businesses based upon contacts made at one of our events. What else would you like to share with readers (i.e., something you are proud of, a personal note about yourself, hobbies or interests)? I am a big foodie and wine person and closely follow New York’s restaurant ORGANIZATION THAT BRINGS LIKE-MINDED PEOPLE TOGETHER WHOSE THOUGHTS AND GOALS ARE ALL scene. Every time I travel, I make a conscious decision to sample new restaurants and cuisines and love to bring this knowledge to our events. What are your future plans? My personal goal is to achieve my CMP certification. As an event manager, I want to continue to learn about current trends and technology in our industry to better benefit my company’s meetings and events. The event management industry continues to evolve, and our organization keeps its members at the forefront of that evolution. @ Get in the Member Spotlight! In the “Member Spotlight” column for the @MPIGNY printed magazine, MPIGNY members like you are the stars! If you would like to be featured in a future installment, please contact Suzanne Medcalf at suzanne.medcalf@imexexhibitions.com. info@mpigny.org 13

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of @MPIGNY- Summer 2013

President's Message
10 Powerful iPad Strategies for Meetings & Events
Revolutionized By Technology
Spotify At Events
Introducing The 2013-2014 MPIGNY Board of Directors
2013 MPIGNY Genie Awards
Member Spotlight
Destination New Jersey
The Summit
New Members
Can You Spot Yourself?

@MPIGNY- Summer 2013