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.
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.
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.
Insights about our industry and topics of well-being were presented by top-notch dynamic speakers including:
Changing the World: Leaving a Lasting Legacy
Health & Wellness on the Road
Understanding Your Leverage
Chop Wood, Carry Water: How to Fall in Love With the Process of Becoming Great
(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.
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.
Thank you to our amazing (WE)Con sponsors:
Ventura County West
Conference Venue Sponsor
Crown Plaza Ventura Beach
Four Seasons Hotel — Westlake Village
Visit Las Vegas
Music & Entertainment
Hey Mister DJ
Scott Cummings Music
Hosted Buyer Sponsors
Allegretto Vineyard Resort
Atlantis Casino Resort & Spa
Blue Man Group – Las Vegas
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
Sonoma County Tourism Board
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
Article by Rosa Navas | La Opinion
Photos by Alvalyn Lundgren | Alvalyn Creative