I hope you are all having a fantastic summer and that you’ve been able to take some time to relax and enjoy this beautiful Southern California weather!
Our year got off to a running start and I could not be more proud of or excited about what our committees have already accomplished thus far!
Hopefully, you were able to come to our first networking reception on July 22nd at Malibu Family Wines! What a wonderful evening of connecting with old friends and colleagues in such a beautiful location. If you were not able to join us, I hope you made it to the August Monthly Program on Emergency Preparedness at the Hotel Maya on August 11th, and took away some valuable information to bolster your own emergency preparation plans. Thank you so much to our sponsors of both programs, and kudos to our Education and Monthly Programs teams for putting together these great networking and educational opportunities!
In this issue of InterCom, we are focusing on meetings industry advocacy. As I mentioned in the July/August issue, one of our goals as a board of directors for this year is to provide relevant, quality education and professional development opportunities to further the meetings industry, as well as promote meetings industry advocacy. Please consider, as you read the articles in this issue, how you may be able to get involved in either a formal advocacy effort to promote our industry, or how you may be able to further the promotion of the positive impact of the meetings industry informally though your everyday contacts and connections.
One way that we at MPISCC are planning to promote meeting industry advocacy is by building on the Meetings Mean Business and Meetings Move Us Forward campaigns and initiatives. Stay tuned for our monthly program that will be tied into North American Meetings Industry Day (NAMID) as well.
Did you know that we have a tab on our website [mpiscc.org] dedicated to Meetings Advocacy? Well, we do! I invite you to click on the tab and read more about the Meetings Mean Business and Meetings Move Us Forward initiatives, along with the Face Time, It Matters initiative. We also have an Advocacy Chair, Deshawn Wynn, who can be a great resource for you.
Once you’ve familiarized yourself with our meetings industry advocacy initiatives, I invite you to join us on social media by using #meetingsadvocacy in your posts. Help us to promote the importance of meetings face-to-face, the positive impact it has to our economy, as well as the jobs that it provides each and every one of us to your social networks.
You can also support our industry as a whole by coming to monthly programs. Get involved. Volunteer. Attend conferences and conventions. Not only are you supporting our industry, but you’re developing yourself professionally in the process, and hopefully even making valuable connections and gaining resources along the way!
We are passionate about continuing to create a lasting legacy for the benefit of our members, the strength of MPISCC, MPI International, and for the meetings industry as a whole. An active advocacy role is just a part of that legacy – thanks for being a part of our MPISCC Legacy.
From one advocate to another,
Mariles Krok, CMP
2015/2016 MPISCC President