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#feature MPIGNy @ WEC A REFLECTION ON INTERACTIONS, EDUCATION AND SELF-REINVENTION by stacy hanas "G reat things happen when meeting face-to-face" was a common phrase used by MPI President and CEO Paul Van Deventer at the 2016 World Education Congress. As a first year attendee, I found that statement true. Harrah's new 125,000-square-foot Waterfront Conference Center was home to about 2,000 meeting industry professionals for the event, which took place June 11-14. As attendees gathered from around the world, new bonds and friendships were formed. WEC promised top-rated education, networking and business opportunities for those in the event and meeting community. With MPI's fun and exciting agenda, keynotes and conference structure, it was safe to say that they delivered. The Power of Face-to-Face Interactions Nearly 280 new participants took part in the WEC Meetings Ambassadors Program (MAP), which paired a new attendee 8 @MPIGNY SUMMER 2016 with a past attendee. I had the pleasure of being one of those matched with a mentor, an MPI chapter past president. On the very first day, she said to me, "Your conversations with industry contacts will be different the next time you speak; it will be more personal." She was right. Over the years, I have sent emails introducing myself to industry peers, just as many others do. At WEC, I had the opportunity to visit with one person who I have often interacted with via email at the puppy cuddling station. This interaction was different. It then occurred to me what WEC was all about. There was a time where I thought, "Am I having too much fun? Is it okay to dance with industry experts who I have often looked up to?" Then I thought, "How could I not?" I then discovered WEC's secret - business interactions are developed through valuable, authentic relationships, and WEC presents an event designed to create those personal relationships with acquaintances. On the first night, I rode a rollercoaster with a client I often email. This client lives hundreds of miles away, so it was nice to bond in person - and at a beach party!

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of @MPIGNY - Summer 2016

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE BY SUZANNE MEDCALF
BUILDING YOUR PERSONAL BRAND
MPIGNY @ WEC
CREATE A HEALTHY HOME OFFICE THIS SUMMER
THE EVOLUTION OF GAMING VENUES FOR MEETINGS & EVENTS
MEET THE 2016-2017 MPIGNY BOARD OF DIRECTORS
THOUGHT LEADERSHIP A SPOTLIGHT ON TOP MEETING TRENDS
NOTES FROM THE FIELD
FROM THE BEACH TO THE BAY
NEW MEMBERS
ADVERTISERS’ INDEX

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