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December 2011

Volume 31, Number 4

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Message From the President

Greetings MPI St. Louis Area Chapter!

As we end the calendar year, I want to hear from you. What was your biggest success of 2011?

Did you have a favorite MPI moment? I can tell you that mine was the MPI St. Louis Area Chapter induction ceremony at the end of June, when the 2011-2012 Board of Directors was introduced to the chapter. It was a thrilling moment that still gives me chills because it meant that MPI St. Louis Area Chapter was going to have another extraordinary year with some pretty wonderful people. And who doesn’t like high fives?!

What are you looking forward to in 2012? Let’s get the conversation going on Facebook! Click here if you want to add your thoughts.

Whatever you are hoping to achieve, I hope that you will let MPI St. Louis Area Chapter help you achieve your goals. Tell us what you are looking for in the annual survey. Or join committees that can help you in your personal and professional development. Working together with your fellow members helps forge great long lasting relationships that can shape your future career growth. Working on a committee that is your passion fuels you to do even more than you imagined. On the flip side, working on a committee that is new to you provides a challenge that you may be seeking to conquer. Our members continually tell me that they didn’t realize how much they could get out of MPI until they started volunteering on a committee. Join one today!

Couple of Reminders!
Do you know a student that is looking for help with their resume or how to interview? Make sure that they check out our MPI St. Louis Area Chapter Student Day by clicking here.

Don’t miss the next MPI St. Louis Area Chapter Monthly Program - "Boring Meetings Suck..." There’s more information in this edition of on!

Volunteers are still needed for all committees! Contact our MPI St. Louis Area Chapter offices if you are interested in joining a committee at (314) 416-2234.

MPI St. Louis Area Chapter Board of Directors meetings are held the first Thursday of every month. If you would like to attend, contact me at (314) 232-0494.

Sarah Nungesser, CMP
MPI St. Louis Area Chapter

Education & Events

Kick off the New Year discovering how Boring Meetings Suck! Jon Petz, author of Boring Meetings Suck, Get MORE Out of Your Meetings, or Get OUT of More Meetings (Wiley 2011), is a keynote speaker, professional master of ceremonies, and award-winning comedic entertainer. Click here for more information and to register.

Know someone looking for a job? Or who needs help with their resume? Join MPI St. Louis Area Chapter for a Student All-Day Education Session on Wednesday, December 28th at the Hilton Garden Inn - Airport. Click here for more information.

It’s Trivia Time - Save the Date! Our Annual Trivia Fundraiser will be held on Friday February 17, 2012. Watch for more details coming soon on location and theme. Mark the date on your calendar for a night of trivia questions and silent auction fun! If anyone is interested in volunteering on the trivia committee, the first meeting will be December 8th at 3:30 p.m. Please reach out to Ashley Carey or Christine Topp for more details. The Trivia Committee will be collecting silent auction items. If interested in donating to the silent auction, please submit the donation form to Trivia Co-Chairs, Ashley and Christine.

EduCon 2011 Was A Blast! The speakers filled the day with entertaining and educational sessions that got everyone talking during the networking breaks. Deborah Gardner kicked-off the morning with a captivating general session that challenged up professionally to compete better now. Click here to read more.

Chapter News

CMP Study Group Forming
A CMP study group is forming to prepare for the Summer 2012 exam. The first study group meeting will take place on Tuesday, January 17th, from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at MAC Meetings & Events. We’ll review the CMP application process and answer questions about the application, exam, blueprint, and anything else you might need to know. The group will then meet every other Tuesday through the exam date in the MAC offices on the Landing. For more information or to join the study group contact Emily Lemons at or (314) 584-6016.

Member News

New Member Spotlight
Brett Leary
Corporate Sales Manager
Millennium Hotel St. Louis
Click here to read more.

Board Corner

Welcome to the Board Corner on the MPI St. Louis Area Chapter Education Committees where you will find everything you wanted to know about education for the chapter. Click here to read more.

Industry Information

Reinventing Meetings - A critical look at the latest movement to design content-driven events
The meetings industry is in a giant rut, and if we don't do anything to shake things up dramatically, there will be little reason for meetings - as we know them - to exist. Click here to read more.

Welcome New Members!
MPI St. Louis Area Chapter would officially like to welcome our newest chapter members!

Jennifer Espelien
Conference Sales Manager
Chase Park Plaza Hotel

Brittny Goran
Stephens College

Christy Lambert
Sales & Marketing Manager
Hard Rock Cafe St. Louis

Hannah Ward
Webster University

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