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president's message

A Focus on YOU
Lesly Connolly
MPI Potomac President
Director of Sales & Marketing
Holiday Inn Washington Dulles Airport Hotel

HELLO, MPI POTOMAC!
I am so thrilled to be president of the
MPI Potomac Chapter and I am looking
forward to engaging with you over
the next year.
What is my vision for 2017-2018? There
is no glorious vision, no grand plan, no
shoot for the stars mentality.
This next year is about YOU, the
members. It has always been about YOU.
It's about listening to you - what you
need and what you want - and providing
you as many opportunities as possible to
achieve your personal and professional
goals. Whether that is through our
networking events or our educational
opportunities, this next year will be about
focusing on fundamentals.
I am very excited about our Board of
Directors - they are a very well rounded,
multi-faceted group with such varying
degrees of experience and backgrounds.
This is sure to be a successful year. In
May, we spent two days at our incoming
retreat, designing programming and
events for the upcoming year that we
are confident you will find engaging
and worthwhile. You will see the return
of such favorites as Summer Sizzle,
Derby Days and our very popular Fall

joint event, "Get Hooked," with the
PCMA Capital Chapter. For those who
are considering obtaining their CMP
certification, be sure to take advantage
of our 11-week CMP Study Course or one
of our weekend CMP Boot Camps. And,
of course, MACE! - our main educational
event of the year will be back on
February 27, 2018, at the Omni Shoreham
in D.C., but with a new twist that we are
all very excited about, so look for more
information in the coming months.
You will hear more from me each month
in the chapter's monthly enewsletter FYI,
where I'll share our plans for the year,
goals we have set, and opportunities that
we are creating for each of you to achieve
the most out of your membership. But for
right now, my main message is:
Talk to us. Tell us. Volunteer. Get
involved. This is YOUR chapter. We are
here to make your experience the best
it can be, but we need your feedback.
Engage with us - let us know what you're
thinking. When the annual membership
survey comes out, please take part
and provide your honest feedback.
We take your comments very seriously
and want to shape the chapter based
on the needs of the membership.

Volunteering is a key component
to our overall chapter success.
Eleven years ago when I walked
into my first MPI Potomac event, you
could not have convinced me that
one day I would be speaking with
you as president. My journey is a true
testament to the organization and
the opportunities that are presented
to you if you take advantage of them.
Even after serving on MPI Potomac's
Board for six years on the director
level, as vice president and for the
past year as president-elect, the
honor of serving as your president
is one that I never saw for myself.
And it all started with someone
recognizing that there was a potential
leader inside me, and asking me to
step up and believe in myself. And
I challenge all of you, our current
and future members, to do that.
Challenge yourselves. Step up and
become involved. Take chances
and put yourselves out there. Will
there be failures? Absolutely. But
the rewards you receive will far
outweigh the risks you will take.
Our chapter grows and becomes even
better when we all work together. ■

TALK TO US. TELL US. VOLUNTEER. GET INVOLVED. THIS IS
YOUR CHAPTER. WE ARE HERE TO MAKE YOUR EXPERIENCE
THE BEST IT CAN BE, BUT WE NEED YOUR FEEDBACK.
ENGAGE WITH US - LET US KNOW WHAT YOU'RE THINKING.

ENGAGE www.mpipotomac.org

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of PMPI Engage - Summer/Fall 2017

Planners Speak!
Event Cancellations: When Things Don’t Go as Planned
Evening of the Stars Takes Center Stage
3 Ways to Become a Conference Wellness Superstar
Destination Spotlight: Baltimore and Toronto
President’s Message
Meetings Thought Leadership
Member Spotlight
Welcome, New Members!
Members on the Move
Index of Advertisers
PMPI Engage - Summer/Fall 2017 - Intro
PMPI Engage - Summer/Fall 2017 - cover1
PMPI Engage - Summer/Fall 2017 - cover2
PMPI Engage - Summer/Fall 2017 - 3
PMPI Engage - Summer/Fall 2017 - 4
PMPI Engage - Summer/Fall 2017 - 5
PMPI Engage - Summer/Fall 2017 - 6
PMPI Engage - Summer/Fall 2017 - President’s Message
PMPI Engage - Summer/Fall 2017 - Planners Speak!
PMPI Engage - Summer/Fall 2017 - 9
PMPI Engage - Summer/Fall 2017 - 10
PMPI Engage - Summer/Fall 2017 - 11
PMPI Engage - Summer/Fall 2017 - Event Cancellations: When Things Don’t Go as Planned
PMPI Engage - Summer/Fall 2017 - 13
PMPI Engage - Summer/Fall 2017 - Evening of the Stars Takes Center Stage
PMPI Engage - Summer/Fall 2017 - 15
PMPI Engage - Summer/Fall 2017 - Meetings Thought Leadership
PMPI Engage - Summer/Fall 2017 - 17
PMPI Engage - Summer/Fall 2017 - 18
PMPI Engage - Summer/Fall 2017 - 3 Ways to Become a Conference Wellness Superstar
PMPI Engage - Summer/Fall 2017 - 20
PMPI Engage - Summer/Fall 2017 - Member Spotlight
PMPI Engage - Summer/Fall 2017 - 22
PMPI Engage - Summer/Fall 2017 - Destination Spotlight: Baltimore and Toronto
PMPI Engage - Summer/Fall 2017 - 24
PMPI Engage - Summer/Fall 2017 - Members on the Move
PMPI Engage - Summer/Fall 2017 - Index of Advertisers
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