I am excited to be the new chair of MPISCC’s Advocacy Committee. The committee was formed in 2013 under the direction of Past President, David Anderson. Under David’s leadership the committee sought to educate MPISCC members about the importance of being a champion for the meetings industry. They created the Advocacy Charter which defines the committee’s overall purpose which is to coalesce event professionals, students, business leaders, media, and politicians to become advocates for one of the largest and most economically beneficial industries in the country.
This year we plan to build upon the work that has already been done by focusing our attention on building relationships with influential people outside of our industry. We want to explain to our local leaders why we are so passionate about the work that we do. We want to introduce MPISCC to the local politicians from each of the cities represented in our chapter. We want our excitement to become contagious.
The North American Meetings Industry Day (NAMID) was created to show the real impact that meetings and events have on business. The second NAMID will take place in April of 2016. Our chapter has decided to support this endeavor by holding one of our largest monthly programs, the State of the Industry, on that day. It is our goal to ensure that this event is not just attended by MPI members. We want to welcome local press, politicians and business leaders to attend as well. We want to solidify our relationship with these entities by allowing them to see and experience just how amazing MPISCC and its members are.
In order to reach our goals, the committee needs your help!
Do you love what you do? We need you to tell your story and explain just why this is absolutely the best profession to be a part of. Do you have contacts with people who work in city government? We solicit your help to meet and schedule meetings with our local leaders. What about the press? We want to utilize our local newspapers and news outlets to tell our stories. If you have relationships with the press, we would love your help.
We don’t want MPISCC to be the best kept secret in town. We want the people in our communities to understand that we don’t just know how to throw a great party. We want our local leaders to understand that it is because of us that things get done.
DeShawn Wynn, CMP | President/Owner, Wynning Touch Event Design, has over 18 years of experience in meetings and events planning, with a current focus on corporate meetings & religious retreats. She is MPISCC’s 2015-2016 Advocacy Chair.