MPI So Cal Connect

Calling all new and future members! We're so happy to have you as part of the MPISCC family. Grab your favorite beverage and meet the membership team for a casual chat on September 10 from 4-5 p.m. Space is limited so please register now. We can't wait to get to know you!
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Last month we hosted two amazing webinars for our members:
On August 10, planners and suppliers gathered virtually for Open for Business! Guests Welcome. A Panel Discussion on Venue Re-Opening and Safety Standards. The hour-long panel was made up of a diverse collection of venue managers with audience Q&A handled throughout.
Then, on August 27, MPI Southern California was joined by a very special guest – Leland Melvin, the only person to catch a pass in the NFL and walk in space for Chasing Space: An Astronaut's Story of Grit, Grace, and Second Chances?

We are beyond thrilled to announce that the newly launched MPISCC book club has a very special guest for our first meeting on September 24. Attendees reading "The Hate U Give" will have the unique opportunity to hear from George Tillman Jr., director and producer of The Hate U Give movie. George is a film producer, screenwriter, and director known for films such as Soul Food, Men of Honor, The Longest Ride, the Barbershop series and The Notorious B.I.G. George garnered some the best reviews of his career with his adaptation of Angie Thomas' YA best-seller "The Hate U Give," which tells the story of a 16-year-old black girl who divides her time between an affluent, predominantly white high school and her more diverse, working-class neighborhood. We are so excited to hear from George as we delve into the themes presented by the book and movie. This is one event you won’t want to miss!

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Book Club sessions are complimentary to MPISCC members and non-members.

September 30, 2020: MPISCC Virtual Networking Event
October 8, 2020: MPI Golden State Collaborative Conference
October 29, 2020: Shaken, Not Stirred: Transforming a Setback into Your Greatest Comeback with Courtney Stanley
November 12, 2020:  The Future of Work for Meeting Planners

By: Haley Powers, CMP
Principal, InSiteful Meetings
MPI Member Since 1982
Past Board Member MPISCC
In February 2020, I became a 38-year member of MPI. I can’t begin to tell you the value of my membership – both personally and professionally. When I joined MPI in 1982, I was a supplier with a hotel company searching for new business from MPI. My rewards by joining have gone way beyond any expectations I might have had.
I have gained lifelong friendships, job opportunities, training and education, exposure to every possible venue imaginable, including new venues that open every year. I have met and continue to meet people who have inspired me and have taught me that the meeting business is just beginning and continues to grow.
We want to take a moment to honor our members celebrating an MPI anniversay in 2020. Thank you for being a part of our family.
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“Wash your hands, wear a mask and stay two arms’ length from other people.” Those simple instructions help us navigate our re-entry to social spaces and minimize our risk of contracting the novel coronavirus. But how are meetings supposed to look post-COVID? That question and the lack of a clear answer spurred the creation of this guide.

This white paper was written by meeting professionals from our remote offices around the world while we were all sheltering in place. As borders continue to open and we get used to meeting face-to-face again, some of the advice in this guide might change. But we hope what you find here helps you get back to business now and feel confident moving forward.

Click here to view this community-created document from MPI Global.

Industry News
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