What We Did At (We)Con

MPISCC hosted its first Weekend Educational Conference — (We)Con — in January. (We)Con is a new platform for MPISCC members to network and receive valuable industry education, CE credits, and personal growth tools to improve their work-life balance. This year the event was hosted at and sponsored by the Crown Plaza Ventura Beach.


Attendees began the weekend festivities with  Thursday night’s “clambake” opening reception sponsored by the Crown Plaza Ventura Beach.  Attendees enjoyed an evening outdoors with the sounds of the waves complementing the music provided by Hey Mister DJ and Scott Cummings Music, as members networked with new contacts and re-connected with fellow members.

“My top take away from (We)Con is being reminded of the importance of introspection and how looking within can profoundly affect both our lives and our leadership abilities.”
—Peter Brenner | Visit Temecula Valley

Morning activities included an invigorating beachside yoga session on Friday, and an insightful Walk ‘n’ Talk on Saturday with MPISCC President, Mariles Krok. The evening concluded with a wine-tasting event at the Top Harbor room overlooking the beach.

A hosted buyer session at (We)Con
A hosted buyer session at (We)Con

Our Hosted Buyer program for this year’s event was completely redesigned to build stronger connections between suppliers and planners. Each supplier had twelve, 10-minute appointments with qualified planners. In addition, an exclusive dinner was held on Friday evening at the Museum of Ventura County and sponsored by Visit Ventura as way for the hosted planners to get to know the participating suppliers on a more personal level.

The educational sessions provided a wonderful mix of industry insights and personal growth. Members were able to gain their education credits from valuable break-out sessions such as Arlene Sheff’s Food & Beverage: Strategies and Savings, Marcus Anthony Gray’s Behind Party Lines: What’s Trending in 2016, and Carl Christman’s How to Read Minds & Influence People.

Marcus Anthony Gray led a highly interactive breakout at (We)Con
Miles Nye led a highly interactive breakout at (We)Con


Carl Christman led "How To Read Minds & Influence People"
Carl Christman led “How To Read Minds & Influence People”


Personal growth sessions provided strong tools for members to implement at work or home. Dr. Judy Morley offered From Managing to Leading. Interactive drum sessions were the focus of Craig Miller’s and Nina Rodriguez’s The Rhythm of Inclusion.

The Rhythm of Inclusion with Craig Miller and Nina Rodriguez
The Rhythm of Inclusion with Craig Miller and Nina Rodriguez

Insights about our industry and topics of well-being were presented by top-notch dynamic speakers including:

Dan Quiggle
Changing the World: Leaving a Lasting Legacy

Dan Quiggle, author of "Lead Like Reagan"
Dan Quiggle, author of “Lead Like Reagan”

Paulette Lambert
Health & Wellness on the Road

Paulette Lambert

Michael Dominguez
Understanding Your Leverage

Michael Dominguez

Joshua Medcalf
Chop Wood, Carry Water: How to Fall in Love With the Process of Becoming Great

Joshua Medcalf

(We)Con concluded with Be in the Know, Ahead of the Game and Take the Lead in Our Industry, a Ted Talk-style triple-play of speakers. Bryan Churchill of LATCB presented global and local events and policies affecting our industry here in Southern California. David Adler of BizBash shared his predictions for the meetings and events industry in 2016 and beyond. Stephen Hahn of Marriott identified current trends in venues and hotels coming down the pipeline.

Steven Hahn, NIkki Wilbur, CMP, David Adler, Mariles Krok, CMP and Bryan Churchill

Overall the weekend truly brought the attendees, both members and non-members, closer together, which will in turn hopefully create more business for our colleagues here in Southern California. Stay tuned for information coming soon about the next (WE)Con that will take place early in 2017.

Marcus Anthony Gray
Margaret Develey

Thank you to our amazing (WE)Con sponsors:

Platinum Level

Ventura County West

Conference Venue Sponsor

Crown Plaza Ventura Beach

Gold Level

Four Seasons Hotel — Westlake Village

Caesars Entertainment

Silver Level

Visit Las Vegas

Visit Ventura

Audio Visual

A.V. Masters

Music & Entertainment

Hey Mister DJ

Scott Cummings Music

Hosted Buyer Sponsors

Accor Hotels

Allegretto Vineyard Resort

Atlantis Casino Resort & Spa

Blue Man Group – Las Vegas

Creative Coverings

Encore Productions

Four Brix Wineries

Grand Sierra Resort

Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority

Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board

Love Light Yoga

Main Course California Catering

Marina Del Rey Convention & Visitors Bureau

Museum of Ventura County

Pali Retreat & Kinetic Teambuilding

Plan B Wine Cellars

Reno-Tahoe USA

Sonoma County Tourism Board

The Garland

Travel Tacoma

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Thanks to the (WE)CON Committee

Joe Martin, Director of Professional Development, MPISCC, & Partner at BDI Events

Nikki Wilbur, CMP, Co-Chair & Events Senior Coordinator at Paul Hastings

Rosa Navas, Co-Chair, Chair of MPISCC Member Care & Marketing Manager at La Opinión

Brandon Tallman, Account Manager at A.V. Masters

Kristin Twombly, CMP, Senior Event Planner at Capital Group

Jeanna Harris, Event Planner at Salient Events

Josephine Falvo  National Sales Manager, Allegretto Vineyard Resort

Lucille McGovern Williams, Vice President of Business Development at Radar 360

Natalie Hagee, CMP, Special Events Sales Manager at Warner Bros. Special Events

Sandy Gimpelson, Event Manager at Sandpiper, Meetings, Events & More

Sarah Diem, Event Manager at Scott Cummings Music

Shelley Grey, CMP, Vice President, Meetings & Events at TCW

Tammy Dickerson, CMP, President, The Baker Group

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Article by Rosa Navas | La Opinion

Photos by Alvalyn Lundgren | Alvalyn Creative


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