MPI So Cal Connect
Although we can't be together in person while we are sheltering at home, we have created many virtual educational opportunities over the coming months, and we are deep in planning mode for the rest of the year. Join us and we will see you soon! 

In case you missed it, MPISCC hosted a Chapter Chat on Wednesday May 13th.  It was an opportunity for members to hear directly from Southern California leadership about the health of our chapter, and for the Board of Directors to hear from membership on how we can best serve them during these unprecedented times. 

Discussion topics included Member Support, Scholarships, Chapter Programming and MPI Global Initiatives.   

Below is a round up some of our favorite pics from past MPISCC meetings  ....#TILLWEMEETAGAIN


Attendees were polled prior to the event “what type of content would you find most valuable right now?”  Responses included:  

  • Pivoting to Produce Virtual Events
  • Suppliers - How to Sell Group Business in New Climate
  • Planners - How to Source Hotels Right Now
  • What Meetings and Events Will Look Like Post COVID-19
  • How to Volunteer with MPISCC
  • Preparing for the CMP

If there are topics you would like to see offered, but are not included above, be sure to take the MPISCC Education and Membership Survey and make your voice heard!

The event closed with a lively Q&A discussion, where participants took the opportunity to share with one another how their organizations are handling the transition to a virtual world, and what they currently experiencing.  Many attendees felt that the discussion, which allowed members to hear from one another directly, was incredibly valuable.  Look for another Chapter Chat coming soon!

Attendees kicked off the session with a look back at images from some of our favorite moments of the year
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Did you know that MPISCC has different scholarship opportunities available to help members continue their education, attend events and more?  Read on for a summary of our current offerings.  Applications close on May 29th.  Click here to read more and apply.

Gary J. Rosenberg Scholarship
Recipient will receive $1,500 to be used on Education for any MPI Global, MPISCC, University Courses, CMP and CMM designations.

Beverly Laing Student Scholarship 
This scholarship awards a one-year student membership & complimentary registration to our events for a year.

Lois K. Hauser Award
Recipient received their choice of 1 year MPI Membership, CMP Study Group, access to 5 monthly events, or complimentary WeCon attendance.


In a virtual world, it is more important than ever that we come together as a chapter and recognize the outstanding achievements of those making a difference in our community.   Please consider nominating one of your fellow members today.  Learn more and nominate here.

Shining Star of the Year - Chapter volunteers who are nominated throughout the year. Board members are not eligible for this award.

Emerging Leader of the Year - Awarded to a new member (less than two years membership) who has made a significant contribution to the chapter during their short time as a member.

Member of the Year - Awarded to a member (with more than two years membership) who has made significant contributions to the chapter, is active in the industry, and shows commitment to professional development.

Chapter Leader of the Year - Awarded to a member of MPISCC who has influenced the chapter based on their ability to motivate others, stimulate volunteer action, provides a sense of direction and serves as a catalyst to produce exceptional results.


As we continue to adapt to our current environment, we want to ensure that MPISCC is providing the most relevant educational offerings and membership benefits to our chapter.   Please take a moment to complete this brief survey by June 15th.

Click here to take the survey now!

In appreciation of your time, respondents will have the opportunity to win a 2-night stay at the beautiful Conrad Punta de Mita Luxury Resort with breakfast good through November 2021.


As we navigate through an uncertain time within our industry, there are many unknowns.  But if there is one thing we do know and is that MPISCC will continue to provide members with important, relevant and timely professional development opportunities, be it virtually, in-person, or some combination of both. 

To successfully execute a conference in any format takes many months of careful planning, so we are excited to announce that the (We)Con21 Call for Speakers is officially open!

Topics will include: Dynamic Engagement in a Virtual World, Resume Writing, Maximizing Your LinkedIn Profile, Contract Negotiations in a New Era, Food & Beverage Trends, Emergency Preparedness, Planning Meetings on Limited Budget, Social Media and many others.

Click here to learn more and apply today!

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