MPI So Cal Connect

MPI Southern California Chapter


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.


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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.




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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.




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Pacific Palms Resort
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!

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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