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MPIGNY CALENDAR OF EVENTS PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE #message Meghan Schilt, CMP President, MPIGNY A t MPIGNY, we are fully engaged in an exciting year, and I hope that you build in some time into your busy schedule to take advantage of all that we are offering you in the next few months. Education remains a top priority. If you thought we were hitting the mark last year, get ready to kick it up a notch. On October 9, MPIGNY welcomes back MPI Chairman of the International Board of Directors and Senior Vice President, Corporate Hotel Sales for MGM Resorts International Michael Dominguez, who will team up with Scott Wayne of The Frontier Project to expand our collective thinking and infuse some innovation. In November, Cindy Novotny brings a truly new perspective to the concept of balance. Then, on January 17, Dave Mitchell provides greater insight into how understanding other people can lead to enhanced relationships and optimized performance. Don’t miss the chance to engage in these educational programs. But don’t stop there, at MPIGNY, we heard what you said in our annual survey and during the focus groups conducted this past spring. In response, we have revitalized our networking events by bringing back multiple dedicated programs that are nothing but networking at a low price for both planners and suppliers. And, if you know me, you know that I am not really comfortable unless I am pushing the envelope, so to that end, in September, Director at Large for Networking Events Laura Mulholland launched a new, informal, no-fee networking opportunity coined the After Six Mix. You don’t register, you don’t pay to attend and you can even bring your friends who are not MPI members. Simply follow us on Twitter, @mpigny, to find out the date and where we are heading for drinks after work, i.e. at 6:01 – and show up. Call us crazy, but we thought it was time for something simple. Industry professionals + drinks = valuable connections. Plus, the holidays are just around the corner, and I am thrilled to announce that MPIGNY is partnering with the New York Marriott Downtown to host the 2013 Annual Industry Association Holiday Party on Monday, December 9. It is hard to believe that just about a year ago this month, Superstorm Sandy was wreaking havoc across our neighborhoods, and, although the storm passed, it certainly left its mark. It means a lot to us at MPIGNY that we are able to celebrate with the New York Marriott Downtown as it unveils its newly remodeled event space. Speaking of character-building experiences, MPIGNY also has the privilege to recognize one of our outstanding members in this issue of our magazine. Anne-Marie d’Alessandro, senior manager, conference services and events, at Skadden, Arps, Slate Meagher & Flom LLP, showed incredible grace under extreme circumstances during a program scheduled to take place in Boston the week of the bombing. Although it comes as no surprise for those of you who know AnneMarie, the professionalism she displayed is remarkable and offers a huge opportunity for all of us to learn from her. So for my last President’s Message, that is the note I want to end on. The value of your MPI membership lies in its members. These past 15 months have taught me so much and, similar to Superstorm Sandy but in a positive way, you all have left your mark on me. When I made the decision to become president, it was driven by the simple fact that I knew that I could make it better. It never dawned on me that the experience of being president would make me better. And the reason that I am a better person, leader, professional and friend is because of all of you and the impact that you have had on my life. MPIGNY has created possibilities, opened doors, enriched my career and afforded me the learning space that I needed. And MPIGNY is designed to do the same for you. I value the innovators, connectors, educators, designers, problem solvers, leaders and, most importantly, the thinkers who I have met through MPIGNY. And on December 31, when I pass the baton to Carvie Gillikin, I am excited to stand alongside him with our current Board of Directors and be a part of the even GREATER things that are in store for us with him at the helm. See you soon, Global Events Manager, Apax Partners 2012-2013 MPIGNY President #happenings OCTOBER 9 Education Speakers: Michael Dominguez DECEMBER 9 Industry Holiday Celebration 6-9 p.m. and Scott Wayne 23 MPIGNY Oktoberfest Networking Event NOVEMBER 5 Education: Selling the Value of Meetings and Meetings Professionals Speaker: Cindy Novotny 19-21 Venue: New York Marriott Downtown, 85 W. Albany St. EIBTM Barcelona, Spain JANUARY 10-11 MPIGNY Board Mid-Year Retreat 17 Education Speaker: Dave Mitchell For more information regarding chapter events, visit www.mpigny.org. info@mpigny.org 5 http://www.mpigny.org

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

ASK THE BOARD
HAPPENINGS
PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
T HE RISE OF HOSTED-BUYER PROGRAMS
CRISIS MANAGEMENT FOR MEETINGS
A PITCH, A PUTT AND A PERFECT DAY
MPIGNY @ WEC
MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
MOBILE SOCIAL NETWORKING IMPROVING THE ATTENDEE EXPERIENCE
ACROSS THE POND – AN MPI UK AND IRELAND CHAPTER MEMBER VISITS MPIGNY
NOTES FROM THE FIELD
GOLF + MEETINGS = GREAT BUSINESS
DESTINATION: THE CATSKILLS
NEW MEMBERS
ADVERTISER’S INDEX

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