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An open track filled with brand new BMWs sits in Thermal, California, just outside of Palm Springs where 16 MPISCC chapter members recently gathered in person to network and test their skills behind the wheel. Attendees were able to experience the BMW Performance Center West firsthand and see how corporate groups are able to utilize the venue. For most attendees, it was their first time being back to an in-person event, adding to their excitement (beyond learning to race luxury sports cars!).
  
“Bright Roads Ahead” was the theme for this year’s MPISCC Annual Conference – and that spirit was woven throughout the program. Gathering virtually this year was essential for bringing our community together as we approach reopening in California.
 
Held on ExpoPass and Zoom, the event brought together 108 attendees over May 10-14, including five keynote sessions, 22 breakouts and many networking opportunities.

Did you miss out on (WE)Con 2021: Bright Roads Ahead? Great news!

(WE)Con 2021 was a virtual conference where general sessions and breakout sessions were recorded to create a Virtual Pass. The Virtual Pass is now available for purchase. It includes all four days of (WE)Con 2021 recorded programming. A total of 16 CEUs! Click HERE for more info! 

 

  
Join us for a conversation with the Office of the President as we reflect on the past year and discuss the coming one.
 
Discussion topics include:
•  Accomplishments from the 12 months
• Goals moving forward
• Our financial health
• DEI initiatives
• Member pulse check: safe return to in-person
• Educational and networking goals and how we can help you meet them
• Audience Q&A
 
This will be an informal discussion, so bring your questions, or simply listen in for a sneak peek at what's in store for the coming year. Space is limited; sign up today!
  
Wednesday, July 14 I 6 PM - 8 PM
 
Join us for an unforgettable evening together in Malibu as we honor the volunteers, sponsors and board members who make all of our chapter initiatives possible.
 
This event will be held in person at the beautiful Calamigos Guest Ranch and Beach Club.
 
Space will be extremely limited. Register now!
 
 
 
Grow

Earlier this month, MPISCC’s very own Kristin Twombly, current chapter president, and Amani Roberts, chapter president-elect, were featured in Smart Meetings magazine as part of the Reinventing Your Joy series.

The series shares the experiences of event industry professionals through the pandemic and provides insights on how they managed through such a challenging time. Check out Kristin’s highlight HERE and Amani’s HERE. Kudos to you both for sharing your stories!

Smart Meetings is the leading meetings industry publisher and voice of inspiration for meeting professionals. We inspire our audience of meeting and event professionals to dream big — and create brilliant experiences that delight attendees, achieve desired results and elevate the impact of the meetings industry. Smart Meetings publishes cutting-edge meetings content in print and digital magazines 12 times per year, hosts world-class networking events, produces CEU-accredited webinars and offers myriad digital resources.

   
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This month, MPISCC sat down with Tom Smith, MSC, MSM, CMM, CMP, who is the director of public relations and special events for Forest Lawn. Tom has a long history with MPISCC and celebrates 35 years of service with the chapter this year! 
 
As Father's Day is around the corner, we should also mention that Tom is a proud father of three sons and welcomed his fifth grandchild — a baby girl named Sophia — in May!
 
Read on to get to know more about our fellow MPISCC member! 
  
August 15 - August 16
 
Mark your calendars for the MPISCC Family Reunion, our grand return to in-person events!
 
This will be an event you don’t want to miss — fun, food, entertainment, activities and education.
 
Discounted rooms are available for only $149 (normally $650).
 
Guest tickets will be available.
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Industry News
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Key women leaders from Las Vegas are coming together for a panel discussion at WEC Vegas this week titled “The Superwomen of Vegas: Rising Up and Empowering Others.” In this article, the panelists and moderator reflect on a moment in their lives when another woman empowered them.
On June 1, Smart Meetings and twine joined forces for a Twitter Chat using the hashtag #TheEventVaxDebate to find out how meeting professionals are handling the vaccine requirement conundrum.
   
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Happy Pride Month from MPI Southern California Chapter!

Love is love, and there is plenty of reason to sparkle this June for pride month.