MPI So Cal Connect

(WE) Con 2020
February 20-22, 2020
Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort

SOLD OUT WEEKEND! Follow us on social media throughout WeCon!

2020 GMID- Global Meetings Industry Day Celebration    

April 2, 2020

Hosted by MPISCC, MPIOC, PCMA Southwest & Pacific, and SITE SoCal

Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) brings together leaders from across the event industry to showcase the positive impact that events have on our local communities. Join us as we celebrate the importance of our industry’s contribution to our local economy and community! The event will begin at Pacific Park on the world-famous Santa Monica Pier for a morning of networking, midway games with prizes, amusement rides, drinks and bites, followed by an educational program & luncheon at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel highlighting the impact our industry has made on the global economy and our community. 

Registration now open!

2020 Installation Awards & Gala
June 18, 2020
Terranea Oceanfront Resort
More information coming soon!

Mix Business with California beach leisure.
Annenberg Community Beach House
From team-building exercises to executive presentations, meetings to retreats, the site allows your group to mix business with California beach leisure and historic Hollywood glamour. The Annenberg Community Beach House is also available for filming, and still photography shoots.
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We love to spotlight our Members on #MemberMonday on our social media FacebookInstagram and Linkedin platforms!

Please send 5-10 #FUNFACTS about what make you uniquely you, why you love MPI, and what you love to do when you aren’t planning meetings and events! Please send submissions to

The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa
Are you looking to connect with your peers on a deeper level? Do you want to grow your business through your MPISCC network? Joining a committee is the best way to expand your contacts and build relationships.
Did you know that some volunteer positions only take ONE HOUR a month? MPISCC has a variety of opportunities: join an events team such as GMID (Global Meetings Industry Day) or Installation; connect with members on the member care team; support our sponsors on the sponsor fulfillments team; and so many more! We have a teamworking opportunity for everyone!
With myriad ways to engage an audience—television, radio, print, digital and social media advertising, for example—research shows that consumers are tuning out and skipping ads more frequently than ever. But there's a approach that's proving more difficult for consumers to ignore: guerilla marketing. This method incorporates an element of surprise and has been a powerful tool to elevate engagement and increase event sponsorship.
Meeting Professionals International (MPI) and the National Coalition of Black Meeting Professionals (NCBMP) have entered into a partnership that will focus on education and collaboration at events, the two organizations recently announced.
Members of NCBMP, a non-profit organization dedicated to elevating hospitality professionals, meeting planners and association executives within the meeting and tourism industry, will have access to benefits available exclusively for MPI members. This includes member rates for all MPI events and education and certification programs through the MPI Academy.
Nestled between majestic mountains and sparkling ocean, Vancouver is truly one of the most beautiful cities in the world, offering an unforgettable meeting experience. There are many great things about this city and hotel.
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In my opinion, mentoring is one of the most important tools a student can utilize during their academic career to progress in their personal professional endeavors after graduation. Mentoring is essential because of the knowledge and tools students can gain from their mentors that one may not obtain from the classroom. Not only is mentoring important, it also provides professional socialization and personal support after the student graduates from college. My mentor has equipped me with valuable knowledge that will help me in my future endeavors as a professional. Not only does my mentor express the importance of certificate programs in the hospitality industry, she also gives me vital insight into the industry and offers her advice in how I can be the best business professional in the future. The knowledge I gained from conversations with my mentor is incalculable; I gain real-time knowledge of the industry and develop a stronger understanding of the industry while I am still pursuing my degree.

I want to express the notion that students should not be afraid to develop professional mentor-mentee relationships between professionals in the industry. In my own experience, I learned the notion that most

professionals want to help college students and have a desire to see their mentees succeed. Finding a mentor can be as simple as messaging someone you admire and aspire to become on LinkedIn. Finding a mentor can be tailored to your own personal experience, whether you admire one of your professors, discover an inspiring professional online, or even a guest speaker at your college, it is essential to build a relationship and continue networking with professionals in the industry. Since I am in the hospitality industry, networking is essential in my career, thus, students should begin practicing their very own networking skills and reach out to future mentors.

My mentor has empowered me to pursue different avenues in the industry I was unaware of. Having my mentor illustrate the notion that empowered women can be very successful has been crucial in my success this past semester. Having an individual I can look up to and aspire to become one day is extremely motivating. Not only is it inspiring that she is a business professional that is continuously rising in the corporate event planning industry, she is a strong woman who dedicates her valuable time to mentoring future leaders in the industry.

Mentorship has shown to be powerful and impactful to both the mentor and the mentee. At MPI Southern California, there are lots of opportunities to mentor and advocate for one another. Email VP of Leadership Development Libby Zarrahy to learn more and get involved today.

Industry News
With gender equality and inclusivity awareness at an all-time high, how can meeting planners ensure that the playing field is level at their events? Here are several tips for creating an atmosphere that is welcoming to people from all walks of life.
Levity Entertainment Group
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Enter to win fun and awesome prizes upon completion of THE MPI GLOBAL SURVEY that you should have received via email on February 19, 2020. The survey will be divided into two sections;
1. Membership and Chapter Satisfaction
2. Industry Research.
If you complete the entire Membership and Chapter Satisfaction Survey, you will be entered into a chance to win an $100 Amazon gift card! Additionally, if you complete all the industry questions you will have an opportunity to win a comped registration to the World Education Congress in Grapevine, Texas in June 2020.
(Prize only includes a complimentary WEC Grapevine registration and does not apply to pre-con/certificate programs, President’s dinner or Rendezvous. It does not include air travel, lodging or other expenses associated with attending WEC. It is non-transferable and can only be used for WEC Grapevine)
Cast Iron Partners, LLC is a next-generation restaurant company, led by Carl Schuster, co-founder and CEO of Wolfgang Puck Catering. Cast Iron takes a unique approach: supporting chefs, project partners and investors by creating original restaurant concepts around them. The result is culinary creativity come to life, and visitors can experience this at several locations in Los Angeles, including OtiumThe Fields LA and Freeplay DTLA.
Read more about this group here.
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