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THE ENERGY OF MANY The Show Must Go On! There’s not enough column space to list all AS THIS COLUMN COMES TOGETHER, I AM FLYING FROM EUROPE TO THE STATES TO VISIT of the developments, but I’d be remiss if (as a technology aficionado) I didn’t highlight how chapters in Canada, California and Wisconsin MPI expanded education and professional develbefore heading to MPI headquarters in Texas opment not only in chapters, but also on your for the final board meeting of this fiscal year. I’ve had the privilege of experiencing a number computers and smartphones. A dynamic new website laid a foundation for such initiatives as of weeks like this as I’ve visited chapters and MPIWeb Connect, the Professional Developclubs around the world, getting to know many ment On Demand portal and mobile access to of our community peers face-to-face. education 24/7 on smartphones and tablets. Since the first round of generous applause at the 2010 World Education Congress (WEC) Some of the other initiatives may be less visias I greeted attendees in as many languages as ble at the chapter or local level as MPI prepares I could manage to the warm hospitality and to drive success among members and within camaraderie at chapter meetings, it’s been amaz- the industry in the years ahead. The future of ing to see how, through terrorist threats and meetings will be solid and strong, because MPI natural disasters, economic declines and recov- is laying a foundation around initiatives that eries, we’ve rallied as a community to encourage are challenging, innovative and meaningful. and support one another. Thanks in large part to the millions of dollars I recall the amazing energy we experienced thought leaders have invested through the MPI at the inaugural Solution Room at the European Foundation, we are making unprecedented Meetings and Events Conference in February, headway in multiple research and content when 200 European members inspired and development areas. Many of these will come to learned from one another over an afternoon light in the next weeks and months, as studies, in Düsseldorf. I’m excited that we’ll have the research and tools are unveiled. opportunity to see that vibrant energy next As my tenure as chairman comes to a month at our WEC in Orlando. close, I see a roadmap unfo unfolding for each of It’s that passion for working together, us that is more strategic, more focused and hat seeking new solutions and challengmore collaborative than ever before. We th ing one another that I admire so are speaking the lang language of business much about our community. We and we have a great future ahead bout not only challenge each other to of us. New chapter leaders and an y do more, but to be better, and I see International Board of Directors, led e, it time and again, no matter what by Chairman Sébastien Tondeur, are Sébast chapter, country or continent I’m ready to continue the success story of visiting. Our board of directors MPI. issued similar challenges imilar this past year to t MPI leadership to dership do more and be e better, and it’s nd been exciting citing to see the he products, s, programs ms ERIC ROZENBERG, CMP, CMM, is president of Swantegy and the 2010-2011 chairman of the MPI International Board of and parttDirectors. He can be reached at nerships s that have ve developed. ed. 10 one+ 06.11 > The MPI Foundation continues its drive to provide innovative, career-building thought leadership development through the following key industry partnerships. Corporate Social Responsibility InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is supporting a five-year CSR initiative to help meeting and event industry professionals achieve sustainable organizational success through development of training, certification, reporting tools and a CSR research center. Value of Meetings Reed Travel Exhibitions through AIBTM is dedicated to studying and understanding the appreciable business value of meetings through key research findings. This will culminate at AIBTM in Baltimore, June 2011. Future of Meetings Jumeirah is focused on studying and understanding the future of meetings through the Meetings Outlook Research Initiative. Omni Hotels is focused on studying and understanding the future of meetings technology through the Meetings Outlook Research Initiative. PSAV is focused on studying and understanding the future of meetings technology through the Meetings Outlook Research Initiative.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of One + June 2011

One + June 2011
Energy of Many
Paradigm Shifts, Part I
Ask the Experts
Web Watch
Recognizing Individual Excellence
Sound Off
Art of Travel
River Mason
Top Spots
Plan It Forward
Great Thanking
Running on Defaults
The New Mobile Workforce
World Wide Open
Higher Education
Progress Through Technology
Step by Strategic Step
Meeting Rxcitement
Tame Social Media Chaos
Meeting Against Meat
Re-Designed for the New Rules of Engagement
Industry Insights
Your Community
Making a Difference
Until We Meet Again

One + June 2011