President’s Message

President`s Message
Engage – Embrace – Energize: Welcome to the 2017-2018 term of your MPI D/FW chapter.

Thank you MPI D/FW members; I am grateful for the opportunity to serve as your chapter president during the 2017-18 term. 17 years ago, when I joined this prestigious chapter, I did not know how many truly wonderful industry people I would meet, the education I would receive and the sense of strong community I would experience. Now, as a Chapter President, it is my turn to give back to this organization that has helped me develop both as a person and helped me advance my career.

The incoming board has big goals for this term. We spent May and June developing a solid business plan for this term and we also approved a balanced budget. The President’s logo “E” to 3rd power for the term reflects the primary strategic goals for this term:

  • ENGAGE with planners and suppliers. Our chapter could not exist without our volunteers, or our strategic partners. During the previous term, our partners donated over $400,000 (retail value) of goods and services. Each donation of cash, in-kind products and services is critical to our chapter’s operations. I appreciate all your help. This dynamic industry is built on meaningful relationships. We are also able to build new, exciting relationships with alliances with Plan Your Meetings (PYM) and The Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI).
    • EMBRACE all members and all change. We also embrace the planner/supplier relationship as we can learn so much from each other. The strategic alliances are further deepened when we buy MPI. We also embrace the continuing support of MPI Global with chapters getting exciting added support this year.
    • ENERGIZE your career. The meetings industry is changing rapidly both is scope and in depth and a great way to stay ahead of the change curve is to lead the change. The chapter mentoring program gives many opportunities to be part of this change. As a mentor you are able to enhance the less-experienced person’s professional and personal growth – and you will be challenged to lead in this changing environment. Another great way to learn new skills is to volunteer in the chapter. With opportunities in Communications, Education & Events, Finance, Leadership and Membership you are certain to find an area that will interest you.

We are already off to a great start celebrating the 40th year of MPI D/FW Chapter as our chapter brought home two RISE (Recognizing Industry Success and Excellence) Awards from WEC. The RISE Award for Meeting Industry Leadership was presented to Colleen Rickenbacher, CMP, CSEP, CPC, CTA, CPECP and the RISE Award for Educational Programming for the Mentor Café.

ENGAGE with suppliers and planners … EMBRACE all members and all change … ENERGIZE your career … and get involved with this amazing Chapter!

Erin Lucia
Chapter President, 2017-18