2012 WEC MPIGNY Member Experience
In a hyper-connected world, it is no longer enough for meeting professionals to focus on event planning alone. They must also design and manage human connectivity. That was the theme of MPI’s World Education Congress July 28-31 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri where thousands of industry members connected for networking, education and to get down to business.
Many MPIGNY members were in attendance. Here are some of their experiences:
MPI’s WEC in St Louis was a great four days of connecting with past contacts, some I had not seen for 10 years, as well as making new ones. I also enjoyed time to get to know some of our own chapter members better. Although we are all here in the tri-state area, we are often too busy to connect. Networking, learning and being together, even around thousands of other industry professionals, was a tremendous opportunity.
I was also very impressed and encouraged with MPI International’s direction and focus on advocacy for our industry led by our new Chairman, Kevin Hinton. This is the most important topic facing us right now and I am glad to see MPI is tackling it directly.
Director of Sales
Associated Luxury Hotels International
Going to WEC this year was a truly remarkable experience. As a supplier, I found the education sessions to be particularly interesting; they didn't provide me with direct how-to's, but rather gave me a wonderful insight into how my clients think and the methods they use, which I find to be far more valuable!
Nicole P. Lewis
The Palm - Tribeca
This year’s WEC was different for me because I participated in the Hosted Buyer appointments. It made all the difference to be able to speak with customers that wanted to meet with me! I came away with excellent client contacts that my colleagues and I have not worked with in the past. They all represented new business opportunities. I also really enjoyed the Greater NY Chapter reception as well as the evening networking events.
Assistant Director of Sales
THE WALDORF=ASTORIA and THE WALDORF TOWERS
The WEC general session presentation message about how important new ideas don’t come from a screen, but from random conversations, is the human friction that meeting planners create in face-to-face meetings. The real value of a meeting is in the human conversation which can take place in thousands of interactions designed, planned and facilitated by meeting professionals. It’s all about being connected.
Benjamin Hart, CMP, CMM