MPI So Cal Connect

Save the date for the next MPISCC Book Club!

Thursday, December 9 | 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Join us virtually as we discuss  A Collar in My Pocket: The Blue Eyes Brown Eyes Exercise by author and educator Jane Elliott. 

Elliott created the "Blue Eyes, Brown Eyes" exercise to help her students understand the work of Martin Luther King Jr. The exercise and Elliott's work have been cited and studied by psychologists and sociologists across the globe. 

The discussion is expected to be both enlightening and lively, so you won't want to miss getting in on the action while expanding your mind. 

After having the chance to dive into the book, we will get the opportunity to hear from the You Belong Committee, who will conduct an exercise to illustrate the book's theme and present a short DE&I topic. 

Members and non-members are welcome. Registration opens soon!

By Chrissy Thompson
Where to begin? Sometimes we're so busy with the hustle and bustle of everyday life that we forget to stop and thoughtfully engage with the people around us. Sound like you?
Don't worry, as I too am guilty of this — especially as in-person events and site selections ramp up these last few quarters. My team and I have been oh so busy, which is why I really wanted to attend this virtual education session led by Mandi Graziano.
Thursday, January 13, 2022 
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Mark your calendars on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022, for our annual State of the Industry!
2021 is almost over, and things continue to change for meetings and events as we recover from the pandemic. Looking forward to 2022, we will share insights on the latest developments impacting the event industry and discuss your questions.
Thursday, July 21, 2022
Save the date! On Thursday, July 21, 2022, we will host the second MPI Golden State Collaborative. This event will provide premier professional development, networking and marketplace opportunities for the meetings industry in the state of California.
Unite with members of California’s MPI community to learn, innovate and collaborate, moving the event and hospitality industry forward.

Celebrate 50 Years of MPI!

In 2022, MPI turns 50! We’re celebrating by collecting YOUR
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Pacific Palms Resort


Give your group the opportunity to put on a race suit, helmet and gloves, and feel the absolute rush of driving the BMW M4 GT4 at 120+ mph on a real racetrack. The only place to do it? The BMW Performance Driving School at The Thermal Club near Palm Springs.

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Each month, MPI Southern California Chapter is featuring one of our members to get to know them and highlight their contributions to the chapter and the industry overall.
For the month of November, we connected with Laina Pinella-Guerrero, group sales manager at Enchantment Resort in Arizona. She celebrates 10 wonderful years with the chapter this year. 
Read on to learn more about Laina's life and career!

Over the next several months, the You Belong Committee will be sharing what we call "The DEI Minute" — which is quick hits of information and content designed to help our chapter level-set our collective diversity, equity and inclusion knowledge. We'll start by providing the definitions of the most commonly used terminology in the space as the starting point of our journey as we embark on true learning and awareness — together!


Workplace equity is when focus is placed on the chapter members’ individualistic needs. A natural byproduct of a diverse workplace is that differences exist. Equity requires that we acknowledge that everyone has different needs, experiences and opportunities.

Because we want to hear from ALL MPISCC members, we've extended the submission deadline for the DEI Survey through the end of November. 

This is  your chance to have your voice heard and your perspective counted. 


It will only take three minutes of your time, so here's your chance to be counted!

Email to get started!

Industry News
Starting with a pledge made for the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), the Joint Meetings Industry Council has developed goals and strategies for drastically reducing carbon from events in the coming years.
As hybrid events become the more prevalent meeting method, your team will need to have the skills to take on the challenges of planning a successful long-term merging of in-person and virtual.
Industry attorney Jonathan T. Howe shares insights on the kinds of precautionary measures meeting planners can take when holding in-person events to help address the uncertainties that remain due to the pandemic.