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#day in the life
EXPLORING OLD AND
NAME: Deborah Kelly
MPI ROLE: Member of Membership Committee,
MPI UK & Ireland Chapter
DAY JOB: Business Development Manager -
UK, London & Partners
BASED IN: London
DAY IN THE LIFE: My day usually begins at 6:30 a.m.
and, after passing by the historical Cutty Sark (which is
a stunning event venue too!) on the way from my flat in
Greenwich to the Tube, I watch the motley crew that are
Londoners during my short ride to in to central London.
Most mornings begin with a client breakfast event;
this morning I was a guest of Carlson Wagonlit's as they
presented a hot topics event on the future trends within
the business travel sector. I then headed over to the
Business Travel Show for a series of client and partner
meetings before checking out the rest of the exhibition.
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Once back in the office, the team meets for
a daily briefing and to run through key priorities.
I'll then catch-up on emails, client briefs and
projects - this could be anything from researching
events, preparing a presentation or planning a
client site inspection.
My lunch break usually involves a quick
walk around the block to refresh my mind; in 30
minutes, I'm able to take in a range of worldfamous sites including the Tower of London, City
Hall and Borough Market. I'll then have a bite to
eat whilst catching up with colleagues in the brand
new Traveltech Lab and café in our office; the Lab
provides space for entrepreneurial travel, tourism
and hospitality start-ups and is a great networking
I'll spend the afternoon working on my trade
show project - The Meetings Show, a must attend
event for the UK inbound and outbound meetings
industry. This involves recruiting partners for our
stand - one of the largest and busiest at the show,
working with clients to become part of the Hosted
Buyer Programme and developing a client FAM trip.
Later, I'll spend some time with my colleague,
Jarmila Galikova, as we're both members of the
membership committee for MPI's UK & Ireland
Chapter. Together we'll review new members
and welcome them to the community, as well as
supporting to retain existing members.
After a busy afternoon, sometimes I forget that my
office is sandwiched between two London icons ...
one of the oldest (Tower Bridge) and one of the newest
(The Shard), but when I look up and see them poking up
between the buildings of 2 More London, I'm reminded
why I love working for the CVB of London!
Whilst traveling to an evening event, I'll take a few
minutes to catch up on all of the day's industry news
and developments. Most evenings are spent attending
client events, venue showcases or networking with
industry colleagues at events such as MPI Networks -
which is one of my favourites! @
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of @MPIGNY - Spring 2015
Ask the Board What Is Your Ultimate Travel Destination?
President’s Message by Carvie Gillikin
Building a Strong Team
Healthy Habits for the Home Office
Incentivize Me: The Road to Incentive Trip Recovery
Glamping Across the Usa and Abroad
14 Personal Branding With Ceci Johnson
Member Spotlight a Conversation With Alesia Lawson
Meeting and Event Trends: Let’s Get Engaged!
Day in the Life Exploring London With Deborah Kelly
Meetings Industry Building Global Momentum
18 Shades of Green
Ibtm America Launches a New Show Format This Summer
Notes From the Field
Javits Center Debuts a New Look, Feel for Nyc Meetings
Meeting in Detroit
Iceland Offers Endless Ideas for Events
@MPIGNY - Spring 2015